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Perfect Touch: A Novel Hardcover – July 28, 2015
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Beneath the majestic Teton Range, a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer and art appraiser must race to stop a vicious killer—and quench a blazing passion that burns deep in their hearts—in this beguiling thriller from perennial New York Times bestselling author and queen of romantic suspense Elizabeth Lowell
An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sara Medina travels the world to find the ideal artwork for her clients. Her sophisticated, comfortable life in San Francisco is light-years away from the poverty of her family's dairy farm. Sara worked too hard to get out of the rural countryside to want to go back again for more than just a brief visit—even for someone as enticing as her new client, Jay Vermilion, a man with dozens of fine-art paintings that could kick her career up into the stratosphere.
Jay recently inherited Vermilion Ranch, a working ranch near Wyoming's breathtaking Tetons—and the estates of the rich and restless. While Jay was fighting in two wars, his father tried to keep the homestead running, until illness stole his fight and then his life. Jay is determined to restore Vermilion Ranch—the fruit of generations of his ancestors—but first he's got to settle a vicious battle with his scheming former stepmother and greedy half-brother over the paintings that belonged to his late father, a collection of works by a talented yet often overlooked artist named Armstrong "Custer" Harris. The last thing on Jay's mind is finding a wife and creating a seventh generation of Vermilions.
When Jay and Sara meet face to face after months of intimate phone calls, it's love at first sight—a mutually inconvenient attraction that is soon complicated by a double murder at the edge of the ranch and a potential betrayal even closer to home. Working together to unmask a murderer, Sara and Jay are powerless to resist the intense heat between them. While Jay's waited a lifetime for someone like Sara—a strong, smart, sassy woman as comfortable in the saddle as she is in stilettos—he knows the life he offers isn't what she wants. And Sara knows she's the wrong woman for Jay, even though the fire between them feels so very right.
Then the killer targets Sara. And suddenly, Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he's once again willing to die for . . .
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.
From the Manufacturer
Jayne Ann Krentz chats with Elizabeth Lowell
Elizabeth Lowell: What happens when best friends forever have books out at the same time? We talk about them, that's what. Want to listen in? (And remember that Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick, and Jayne Ann Krentz are the same person!)
Jayne Ann Krentz: Give me the express elevator version of Perfect Touch.
EL: Ack. This is romantic suspense. The heroine, Sara Anne Maddox, is a businesswoman who has vowed never to marry and have kids and live in rural poverty like her mother did. The hero, Jay Vermilion, wants another generation of Vermilions to hold and work the family ranch in rural Wyoming. Sara and Jay discover they want each other, too, but there's a murderer after them. If they hope to survive long enough to discover the difference between lust and love, they have to find the murderer before he or she kills them.
Now, you do an express elevator version of Siren's Call.
JAK: This is futuristic/paranormal romantic-suspense. The heroine is a psychic Siren—she can literally sing a man to his death. But there are other uses for her talent, too, and Rafe Coppersmith happens to need her for a very special job on Rainshadow Island. The only problem is that he stood her up on their first and only date and disappeared from her life. Sirens don't forget that kind of thing. Also, there is a dust bunny. And dinosaurs. Don't ask.
EL: Don't ask? I love dust bunnies!
JAK: Don't get me started. Dust bunnies have taken over my Jayne Castle writing life! I will say no more. I tend to get emotional on the subject.
EL: Okay, how about the dinosaurs?
JAK: Rainshadow Island has them. They eat people. What about your helicopter?
EL: The chopper isn't carnivorous, but the pilot is murderous. He darn near killed my own hero and heroine before I put a stop to it.
JAK: When I read Perfect Touch, one of the things that I really liked (besides Jay and Sara) was the sense of place. How do you do it?
EL: I go there. Take pictures. Absorb the feel of the place. Then I think about how the landscape will affect the hero, heroine, and the development of the plot.
Since Siren's Call has an imaginary geography, I'll ask about your hero's last name, Coppersmith. I'm terrible on names, but haven't I seen this before?
JAK: Good. No more dust bunny questions. Rafe Coppersmith is a future descendant of the Coppersmith family featured in my Dark Legacy series. Readers who liked those books might be interested to see what is going on with the clan in the future.
EL: I certainly was. Readers, don't miss Siren's Call.
JAK: And don't miss Perfect Touch.
Top Customer Reviews
The main characters, Sara and Jay are extremely likable. They are ethical and hard-working. They also have some humor, especially Sara. I thought the characters were well-developed with their past traumas and related hang-ups. The villains were believable and easy to hate.
The author did a great job of creating vivid descriptions. I especially enjoyed the setting descriptions, even those that described the landscapes in the paintings.
I was kept wondering almost the whole story who had burglarized Sara’s room. Every time something bad happened, I was left with lots of questions about the perpetrators, their motives, and how everything fit together. Thankfully, all of my questions were answered at the end. This book’s ending was very satisfying, in terms of the mystery and the relationship.
My main complaint was that the point-of-view shifts were not clear enough, probably because it was ebook format. I wish there had been a marker rather than an extra space to identify these because the space wasn’t very noticeable and I didn’t always know ahead of time that a transition had taken place, until I was confused about why I was in another person’s head. Also, regarding point-of-view, sometimes characters noticed things or knew things that they shouldn’t know from their perspective. For example, before Sara even knows Barton, she notices “Barton Vermillion rushed up.” If she had never seen or met him, how did she know that’s who it was?Read more ›
What should have been a leisure search at the paintings spread around the property Sara finds herself in a gun battles, dead bodies, and too many drama filled encounters for her liking. She is so drawn to Jay that she would not desert him with or without the commission on the paintings and when the guns for hire take aim at her she knows she is now a part of the past that will not be put to rest quietly.
Jay will not let anything happen to the gift of Sara he has been rewarded with and using every skill he learned in the Army has him not only on high alert but also with a perfect aim ready to shoot down trouble. His estranged family may be the culprit, but would even they resort to murder over a painting? Every moment with Sara continues to entrance Jay to the point of wondering how will he be able to let her go when her time here is over.
From the opening scene, in the courthouse where the judge rules the Custer paintings belong to Jay, the reader is treated to the back and forth play between the characters, both verbally and through their thoughts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hot Captain/cowboys & Art is a lethal combination in this latest novel
Sarah and Jay are on the hunt for all of his family's hidden artwork, which leads to greed and... Read more
This story is one of the best I've read of hers. A real thriller that kept me entertained and engrossed until the last page! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynel A. Council
A nice romantic mystery. I Really enjoyed story line & the main characters.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Elizabeth Lowell was a go to author for romance and mystery in the past. This was a miss for me.Published 1 month ago by ok
Well...this was certainly one of the more sexual romances I've ever read. I was quite surprised by that, this doesn't look like a harlequin romance novel, though that it very close... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Olivia Herrell
I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the draw of art, about auctions and such. The love story was a slow dance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JaLanham