Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dangerous Refuge: A Novel

Dangerous Refuge: A Novel
by Elizabeth Lowell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.98

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 A Definite Re-Read, April 16, 2013

 "Book Synopsis

Murder and mystery spark unexpected romance in this captivating new tale from the beloved New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell
On the surface Shaye Townsend has little in common with Tanner. He's a hard-edged big city cop come home to the historic Davis family ranch to settle his uncle's estate. She's working for an environmental conservancy that acquires and protects old ranches—and she wants to preserve the Davis homestead.
When the suspicious death of Tanner's uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have trouble seeing eye to eye, Shaye and Tanner agree on one thing: They need to uncover the truth.
Combining their unique skills—Shaye's low-key approach and local connections and Tanner's experience as a homicide detective—the unlikely pair share long nights in the pursuit of justice. Before they know it, the friction they generate turns to heat, igniting a love neither ever expected to find.
They believe passion this intense cannot last. But when Shaye becomes a killer's target, Tanner realizes he'd give up anything to protect her—including his life"
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell (My Review)

I may be one of the luckier readers in that I had no expectations when I picked out this book. I do not think I have ever read this author before and if I did, I just don't remember it. Therefore, I have no way to be able to compare this book to past books. All I knew was that I really liked the premise - rich girl turned conservationist, and sexy, hunk of a cop who acts like the devil in disguise needs a conservationist (specifically Shaye) to help him solve what may be the murder of his Uncle.

I loved the lack of rapport that they showed for each other in the very beginning, I loved that Shaye was a strong woman in her own right, and showed common sense when it was called for. Yet she was also able to help save herself when she needed it and really didn't have to wait for a man to do it. Of course, for the sake of this being a romance, the man did do most of the saving, but I knew that Shaye could have finished it if she had the chance.

At any rate as you can tell I really liked this book, I know that many people did not and they are readers who have been following Ms Lowell's work since probably day one. I had no preconceived notions about the type of writing it should have been or what past books were like. This book in my opinion was great.

The level of heat between these two was excellent, the romantic scenes are tasteful yet very hot, and the conclusion of the mystery surprised me somewhat. I loved the way that the main characters were written and the authors' description of the area made it really pop in my mind.

This was quite a satisfying read, and one that I will definitely be re-reading in the future. *ARC Supplied by publisher*

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