Perfect Touch: A Novel
By: Elizabeth Lowell
About The Book:
Sara Medina is a designer and art dealer from
She matches her clients desires with fine and folk art from the world
over--living up to her thriving business named Perfect Touch. She still
remembers her rural childhood of hard work and poverty on the family dairy
farm, but she keeps it firmly in the past as she searches out new artwork and
artists that are on the breaking edge of acclaim. After she experienced the
cultural riches San
had to offer, she decided her life would be that of an urban career woman
rather than a working mom commuting from the suburbs. With the intensive hours
and travel required to grow her business to the next level, she has no time or
energy left for romantic or family entanglements. San
Jay Vermillion recently inherited Vermillion Sky, a ranch that nestles up to
’s Wyoming --and the estates of the rich and restless.
As a returned veteran of numerous deployments over the course of two wars, he
finds himself wrestling with the demands of a ranch that has been run down
during his father’s long illness. Between the urgent need to modernize and
revitalize the Vermillion Sky, as well as an unexpected and vicious fight with
his former stepmother over the custody of now-valuable paintings that were part
of his father’s estate, Jay has no time for finding a wife and creating a sixth
generation of Vermillions to ensure the family legacy continues. Grand Teton Mountains
When Jay hires Sara to appraise and market his father’s cache of paintings by Harris “Custer” Armstrong, neither one expects the explosive results of their eventual meeting in
. In addition to a mutually inconvenient attraction, they a
discover double murder at the edge of the ranch lands and a potential betrayal
even closer to home. All trails lead to Custer’s artworks as valuable enough to
kill for, especially an unknown painted rumored to be called The Muse. Jackson, Wyoming
As Sara and Jay unravel the motive for the killings, they both discover that love, like murder, doesn’t wait for a convenient time. On the heels of that soul-shattering realization, Sara is targeted for murder. Suddenly, the war-weary soldier finds something he is once again willing to die for…
PERFECT TOUCH is an exciting suspense story with an engaging leading couple and set in the world of Western Art. I felt the connection between Sara and Jay from the start. Sara is smart and savvy and is the perfect partner to the sexy, responsible Jay who has had to fight his greedy former step-mother for years. Though they weren't looking for a relationship, fate seemed to have paired them together. This connection and trust is what keeps them alive as they soon find their lives on the line while dealing with an extensive art collection left to Jay by his late father. This collection can keep his ranch and legacy alive for himself and his younger half-brother, but someone is willing to kill in order to retrieve something among the scattered artworks.
Though I thought the story was a bit slow at first, the action jump-started soon after and never stopped. Besides the budding romance between Jay and Sara, there are a series of crimes which started when Sara came to town. Shortly after, a terrible murder happens on Jay's land and the couple find themselves in danger. Greed and betrayal add to the suspense mix and you end up with another top-notch story by long-time favorite author, Elizabeth Lowell. This one is a winner!
Sara’s phone chimed and vibrated in her hand. She looked down, saw her partner’s phone number, and connected. For a few minutes Piper Embry would take Sara’s mind off the cold and the man whose deep voice wove through her dreams.
“Bought any great rugs lately?” Sara asked.
“I’ve got my eye on some that have me checking Perfect Touch’s bank balance.”
“What happened to consignment?”
“I’m working on it,” Piper said. “What’s this message you left about
“I wrapped up the Chens early and came to
“I thought you were getting tired of flying all over the place.”
“But you’re still lusting after those Custers? Or is it Jay Vermilion of the incredible voice?”
“Wait until—if—I get my hands on those paintings,” Sara said, ignoring Piper’s teasing. “They will wring the hearts and pocketbooks of at least five of my clients, and go a long way toward reducing my world travel.” Chilly air swirled hard against her, blowing her hair into a nearly-black cloud around her face.
“What’s that sound?” Piper asked.
“Wind. Spring here is long on bluster and short on cherry petals.”
Sara glanced around quickly, looking for shelter. All she saw was another odd arch leading into another part of the park. Or maybe out of it. Whichever, she opted to stay in the sun.
“You okay?” Piper asked. “Your voice is different. Kind of strained.”
“You know me too well. My room was robbed. Computer and coat are gone. But I’m fine. Don’t have time right now for some junkie’s drama. In five minutes the judge is supposed to finally deliver herself of a verdict on the Vermilion case.”
Elizabeth Lowell’s exciting novels of romantic suspense include New York Times Bestsellers: Dangerous Refuge, Beautiful Sacrifice, Death Echo, The Wrong Hostage, Amber Beach,
, Pearl Cove, and in Ruby Bayou. She has also written Jade Island NYT best-selling historical series set in the American West and Medieval Britain. She has more than 80 titles published to date, with over 24 million copies of her books in print. She lives in the with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.
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