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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Morrow,William & Co (March 6, 2000)
  • ASIN: B0041HJJRI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than thirty million books in print, including historical romance and contemporary romance novels. The series of novels featuring the unforgettable Donovan family--AMBER BEACH, JADE ISLAND, PEARL COVE and MIDNIGHT IN RUBY BAYOU have won acclaim as some of her best romance novels. Her most recent romantic suspense books are DANGEROUS REFUGE and NIGHT DIVER. Her new romance novel PERFECT TOUCH will be out in the summer of 2015.

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.

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Tara Choate on June 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to believe that anyone can maintain the level of excellence that Elizabeth Lowell had maintained in the Donovan series, but she has done it again with Ruby Bayou. Wow is about the only word to describe just how good this book is. By the name, you will guess that this book focuses on a mystery about the ruby trade (the others in the series focused on amber, jade and pearl trades). Though Ms. Lowell has written other books on the fine gem industry (Diamond Tiger and The Ruby (both under her Ann Maxwell pseudonym)), she still manages to bring new information to blend with sizziling sensuality and a great mystery. Also interesting, she brings Owen Walker (from Jade Island) as Faith Donovan's mate. Seemingly less intense that Ms. Lowell's other heroes in this series, he is a great character who compliments the hurt Faith. I always enjoy Ms. Lowell's male characters, as they are always very strong and genuinelly interesting... they aren't a copy of anyone! I think her husband's influence (she used to write with him under the pseudonym A.E. Maxwell) gives her books both strength and truth. This is a great stand alone-book, but it is even better if you read the others. Good reading!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Young on June 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Lowell (aka, Ann Maxwell) contributes another intelligently written, enthralling novel. The dialogue is snappy and clever, the plot is well thought out and holds some intriguing surprises, while returning to the Donovan family is like welcoming an old friend back into your home. The topical information on rubies is fascinating and instructive. However, the issue which changed my rating from "5" to "4" was that the relationship didn't sizzle for me. The romance was tepid. Although this book was an enjoyable read and one I will certainly read again, I don't believe this installment in the Donovan saga is up to Ann's usual standard for romance. She normally produces sizzling romantic tension/resolution that is completly engaging -- the reader becomes emotionally engaged in the relationship as it evolves. Ruby Bayou, however, didn't evoke the same emotional connection for me...the Faith and Walker relationship took a long time to develop and then quickly transformed from passion to love to permanence in an implausible way -- Walker does a romantic 180 and the transformation seems forced. It seems clear that as romance writers are elevated to "mainstream fiction" by their publishers they lose some of the romantic heat which is so appealing to romance readers. For diehard romance readers: before you pay hardback cover prices for this, just know that while its a great suspence read and offers a welcome return to the Donovan family, Ruby Bayou may leave you romantically wanting.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Lowell saves a tired plot with clever banter and one likeable character. Owen is, for me, the best male character of the series. He is warm without being mushy, savvy without being hard like Archer. Even with his recent injury, he manages to be extremely tough to kill.
Too bad he wasn't paired with a more memorable female lead, but Faith lacks spine. Recovering from a very weak chioce on her last boyfriend, I began to wonder halfway through if she didn't deserve him. There was just something missing in her character.
The plot itself is pretty mundane, missing gems, bad guys, eccentric southern family with a history of abuse and other weird stuff. The resolution of the conflict also lacks sizzle. Faith, proving once again what a flat character she is, caves competely, without even an attempt at assertiveness.
There wasn't as much information on rubies as I have come to expect, either. I missed the soundbites of lore and legend, coupled with the gemacological tidbits
The improvement I would suggest is for Owen to leave Faith, meet a woman with a bit more oomph, and have a rough and tumble courtship that doesn't involve steroetypical bad guys (The Mob, come on!). Now that would be a book worth keeping. This one, I fear, is defintitely one to recycle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By lieslt/FeeltheLove Productions on July 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am not going to complain about the in depth jewelology that is all over this book because some people enjoy it and the author clearly enjoys writing about it. I just wish the love story could have been as lovingly rendered as the details given the ruby business. The love scenes were certainly passionate and thrilling, but the romance part a little lacking. Best things about the book were more visits to Donovan family, fun Bayou location, and sizzling attraction between characters. Weaknesses include, why was the pregnant lady crazed about gaining weight? Honey, your'e eating for two! Have some more pasta! There were a few blips in logic like that which I found really jarring; the sudden introduction and then focus of the secondary family, I just spent the first half of the book investing in a whole world on international bad guys, and then I was thrown a more domestic and not really connected group of secondary charaters half way through that i didn't really care about. And finally the very quick resolution keeping the hero and heroine together was not very emotional or satisfying. If I am going to read hundreds of pages of stuff about rubies and murders and ghosts and rape etc. in my ROMANCE novel, then the romace better pay off in the end and not give me the sense that the writer went, whew! case solved, and lovers...poof! love! Off to the publisher! I only sort of felt the love in this book.
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