Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell
This is a contemporary romance suspense novel (Rated NC-17)
(Four Cowboy Hearts)
An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sarah “Sam” Maddox 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, and Sam will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong. A dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn’t have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements.
Jay Vermillion recently inherited Vermillion Sky, a working ranch near Wyoming’s breathtaking Grand Teton Mountains—and the estates of the rich and restless. While he was fighting in two wars, his father tried to keep the homestead running, until illness stole his fight and then his life. Jay’s determined to restore Vermillion Sky, but first he’s got to settle a vicious battle with his former stepmother over some of his late father’s paintings. The last thing on his mind is a finding a wife and creating a sixth generation of Vermillions.
When Jay hires Sam to handle his father’s artwork, 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, Sam and Jay try to fight the intense heat between them. Then the killer targets Sam. And suddenly, Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he’s once again willing to die for . . .
I’ve never read anything by this author before and I will look for more of her books in the future. This story was a solid read that reminded me of authors I’ve read in the past, Nora Roberts and Mary Higgins Clark.
I received this hardback ARC from the publisher for an honest review.
This story is solid from a storytelling perspective. I really liked the two main characters and rooted for them all the way. I felt their attraction and wanted the best for both of them. The story was fast pace and kept moving. At some point, I found it hard to put down.
Now, I knew I was most likely getting a HEA based on the tone of the story, hence it was somewhat predictable. I knew the who done it early on as well as the twist. I’m not sure if it’s my genius, lol or a lack of twist storytelling on the author’s part. But it was obvious for me where this story would lead. I was surprised on one front with the mom. I’ll leave it at that.
Otherwise, I think the author tried to dance over the insta love with the “pre-talks” the characters had before the story begin that we were only told about. I also felt like the ending was rushed to give us an “epilogue” when we didn’t really get one. Still it was a really good read.
Overall, I would recommend this as a light read. I would describe it like comfort food when you want to curl up and smile while reading.
My book boyfriend is Jay.
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