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Dangerous Refuge: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 9, 2013
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Author One-on-One: Jayne Ann Krentz and Elizabeth Lowell
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of over 50 New York Times bestselling romantic-suspense novels, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle).
Jayne Ann Krentz: You’ve written many books in various genres. You and I have been friends for a long time and I always knew you were born to write romantic suspense. When and how did you figure it out?
Elizabeth Lowell: Like you, I wanted to write romantic suspense for years, but no one wanted to buy it. Then a publisher bought Tell Me No Lies. I was thrilled. The book did well, but the publisher didn’t. Eventually I had another opportunity to write romantic suspense. Amber Beach was a New York Times bestseller. After that, it was much easier to sell romantic suspense!
JAK: Your female characters have a real edge. They are strong, competent, sexy, and smart, yet always feminine. Shaye, the lead character in Dangerous Refuge, is a perfect example. As a writer, how do you define feminine and masculine strength?
EL: I believe that male and female are complementary. A strong man can protect a woman. A strong woman allows a man to be gentle. Each brings possibilities to the other; each fulfills needs in the other. Each could live independently but chooses to share life with another. Love is itself an expression of strength.
JAK: You have a rare gift for creating powerful settings. The landscape is always a character in your books. You recently moved to a cattle ranching valley in Nevada and used it as a backdrop for Dangerous Refuge. Why did this location call to you so profoundly, in life and in your writing?
EL: The mountains are tall, the land beyond the fences is wild, and I have always felt at home. I enjoy visiting cities, but I can’t live well in them. Something in me needs long views and mountain winds.
JAK: The intrigue in your novels always has an authentic “ripped from the headlines” feel. I know you do a great deal of research before you sit down to write. What is the “real story” behind Dangerous Refuge?
EL: Dangerous Refuge isn’t based on any “real” event. The story came from an understanding of how the Intermountain West is caught between the past, when there were few people in a huge land, and the present, when too many people depend on too few resources. Simply put, much of the West lacks water. From that truth comes much friction, intrigue, competition, wealth . . . and death. While the backdrop is very real, the story is pure fiction.
JAK: You used MMA (mixed martial arts) in the plot of Dangerous Refuge. How did you decide that it fit into the premise of this book?
EL: There is a unique grittiness to the sport. Gambling as a plot device is commonplace in Nevada settings. I wanted something different.
JAK: You and I tend to enjoy the same books so I’m curious: what are you reading now?
EL: J. D. Robb’s latest, Calculated in Death. When I’m done, I’ll begin nagging you for a preview of your next book.
JAK: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When it comes to romantic suspense, no one does it better than Elizabeth Lowell. I love that you always break a few rules along the way. Dangerous Refuge is a terrific read. Since I’ll be first in line to pick up a copy of your next book, I’ve got to ask, what are you working on now?
EL: Night Diver is my next book. It is set in a very different locale—a tropical island paradise in the Caribbean, where centuries-old sunken treasure causes some very modern problems.
More About the Author
She has been writing since 1982 and in 1989 became an innovator in the field of romantic suspense. She has over fifty books to her name.
Lowell lives in Nevada with her husband of many years.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is a romantic suspense novel written along the lines of some of Ms. Lowells other suspense novels. However, unlike those, this one is kind of slow moving and a little boring. Unlike many of those novel where there's a lot of 'suspense part' and little 'romance part', this book mixes the two almost the the point of being irritating.
The suspense part seems slow moving because peppered throughout the text is the part of the book that is supposed to be the romance novel. Unfortunately, there's nothing romantic about it. The characters don't really have any interaction that is romantic except to think or say how much they'd like to have sex with each other, often in ways that I find a little crass due to the lack of context. For example, they might be on their way to talk to a suspect and just slip in a 'Boy, I'd like to lick you' out of the blue into the conversation that then moves on about the suspect.
There's no sense that romantic tension is building other than them thinking and saying to each other that they'd like to have sex. There's no sense of caring about each other building. There's nothing but frequently expressed, practically randomly thrown in, lines about having sex.
Unfortunately, there's enough of the randomly thrown in lines about having sex that it disrupts the flow of the suspense novel and fills space which might have been spent developing that part of the story.
Overall, this book is a shame because the story line seems like it would be good had it been developed. Ms.Read more ›
Dangerous Refuge Tour - Review
Hey everyone! Today I have a stop on the Dangerous Refuge tour with my review of the book for you all!
By: Elizabeth Lowell
Beautiful, sweet Shaye and dark, dangerous Tanner don't have a lot in common. He's a suspicious big city cop come home to his family's ranch and she's a bleeding heart who works for a group that seeks out ranches to conserve after the owners have passed away.
But the suspicious death of Tanner's uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together and sparks fly.
Working as a pair, using Shay's sweet personality and town connections, as well as Tanner's experience, they set out to find justice - they never expected to find love along the way as well.
They both say it will just be temporary but when Shay is put in danger, Tanner realizes that he'll give up just about anything to save the woman he loves. But will he have to sacrifice his life to save hers?
Shaye works for the National Ranch Conservancy. She helps protect old farms and ranches. When she finds an old rancher dead she is upset because she liked him. Tanner is the nephew of the man who died and has come to settle the estate. He notice some things seem off and teams up with Shaye to get to the bottom of it. These two are nothing alike but have to work together to solve the mystery all the while trying to ignore the sparks between them.
Shaye is so awesome. She is hardworking, loyal, quiet but she will do what she can for what she believes is right. Tanner is a grouchy cop at first, who says what he thinks no matter if it should keep it to himself or not.Read more ›
Oh pleeeeeeassssssssssse, don't treat your reader with contempt. Write a STORY, with great characters, good suspense and intrigue so that we keep reading, and will come back again.
Sorry Elizabeth, you have just been added to my " not anymore" list!
The reason why this book doesn't get five stars is that it's very difficult to empathize with Shaye, the heroine. In some ways, Shaye is like some of her other heroines. Shaye defies her family's narrow expectations and does her own thing. However, unlike the plucky Lianne Blakely or Dr. Lina Taylor, Shaye's rebellion falls pretty flat, much like Shays' Rebellion after the American Revolutionary War.
Both the hero and heroine have been burned before, just like Cole and Erin in Death is Forever. It doesn't get in the way as much as Erin's PTSD, though it does prevent any action from happening between Shaye and Tanner for a fairly long period of time. It contributes to the anticipation and buildup, but much less to the actual plot.
The ending is nice and it's just like Amber Beach or Jade Island. It was a good but not great book from one of the pillars of the contemporary romance community.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An intriguing mystery/romance that provided a couple of days of entertainment. Easy reading without much complication in characters or plot.Published 2 months ago by Lynne D
I love your books. hard to put down when I should be trying to sleep or working. please, please, please...keep up the good work. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I always buy Elizabeth Lowell books. Since I have converted to using my Kindle, I have re-purchased many of her older books to re-read at my leisure.Published 5 months ago by D Denton
This was an excellent read. I read this in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. I recommend this if you like action and intrigue.Published 6 months ago by Linda
An author I pick up on name alone, and have never been disappointed. I do prefer the novels that have a connection to previous ones written, as the reader is pulled in as an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Helga D.Halverson
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell.
This book is wwell balanced with strong characters and a steady pace. I have been a fan for a long time. Read more
Every once in a while I'm reminded that books used to be written and edited by professionals. This one is well plotted with the main characters both witty and well fleshed out. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chris Cunningham