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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062328344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062328342
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ugh. I used to enjoy Elizabeth Lowell's books, but this one is awful. The preview seemed fine, but I've read better Harlequin romances. Too much mental conversation going on, unrealistic dialogue, and unsatisfying characters for me. I read about three-fourths and gave up. A major disappointment
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Perfect Touch is a great mix of romance and action. My attention was grabbed very early on when Sara’s hotel room is burglarized. The story slowed down a little about a quarter of the way in, but it recovers and gets into scenes with lots of action and danger. I feel the rest of the book moved along quickly.

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?
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Sara Medina knew every aspect of the art world that she has become an integral part of as well as she is aware of the life on a ranch. Sara could not leave the ranch life fast enough and now she finds herself drawn back into the day to day running all over paintings owned by a man too sexy for his own good, Jay Vermilion. Jay came back home after his tour of duty in the Army, to fix the problems his late father created. This included a greedy ex-wife and half-brother that want it all and to heck with what happens to the ranch.

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.
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There is a certain quality to Elizabeth Lowell’s books, especially her last few, that I find hard to describe. The books have an almost exquisite vibe to them, with either art, precious gems or treasure strewn throughout the plot. Perfect Touch has fine art as the main thread. Sara Medina is co-owner of Perfect Touch, a San Francisco-based fine arts and items business. She has been called in to lend her expertise concerning paintings by the late Armstrong “Custer” Harris, a western painter whose works are on the cusp of being highly desired on the open market due to the placement of one in a movie. The book opens with Sara in Jackson, Wyoming, about to meet the man who hired her, Jay Vermillion, son of the late JD Vermillion and last in the present line of Vermillions who settled that section of Wyoming centuries before. JD was Custer’s benefactor, giving him food, lodging and supplies to paint. In return, JD had purchased close to all the paintings Custer painted. JD and Custer are gone, but Jay is left to continue the battle over the paintings with JD’s second wife, whom he divorced prior to his death. Liza Neumann Vermillion, who receives what seems to be an unlimited money stream from the Vermillion Ranch despite the divorce, is determined to get the Custers as well. As an aside I loved the name “Vermillion” for our hero; having done some painting, I recalled that “vermilion” it was a strong, red-orange pigment. It symbolized the strong, bold stroke of color the Vermillions had splashed across that part of Wyoming and this story.

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.
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