A combination of action, intrigue, and sexual tension results in superb romantic suspense. Narrator Carol Monda delivers a confident performance as the independent Jill Breck, a river guide who is pulled into a dangerous scheme when she inherits a collection of unsigned canvases. As she tries to uncover the truth about the origin of the paintings, her life is threatened, and she must seek help from a private consulting firm. Monda's husky rendering of operative Zach Balfour adds to his masculine strength while keeping his tone caring and protective. Overall, Monda's performance keeps up with the fast pace of the action, yet she deftly slows things down for the steamy scenes when Jill and Zach act upon their mutual attraction.
Zach Balfour works part-time as a consultant for St. Kilda. His expertise is gathering and analyzing information from unlikely and often dangerous sources. Though he's got the skills to be a highly effective bodyguard, being a bullet catcher isn't his preferred way to spend time.
Protecting Jill will take him into familiar territory - among a strange, savagely competitive bunch of collectors who'll do anything to stay at the top. But Jill is in deeper waters than she's ever known; as she soon discovers, the perils of running wild rivers are tame compared with the hidden dangers in the high-stakes game of art collecting.
From the cozy rooms of the Breck homestead cabin to the cold multimillion-dollar galleries of the Western art circuit, Zach and Jill must race against time to unmask a ruthless killer hidden in a blue smoke of money, threats, lies, and death.
©2008 Two of a Kind, Inc.; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
Elizabeth Lowell is phoning it in. The characters just don't come to life, and the dialogue between the female protagonist and her love interest is laughable. I think it was supposed to be funny at least part of the time, but it just felt juvenile to me.
Other books in the St. Kilda series are pretty good, but this one just never got to humming. However, there is some interesting background on Western art and some good slams on the FLDS church.
Lehua of Pacifica
This was an engaging thriller with interesting components. A bit heavy on the hormones; I found it hard to believe that a pair of extremely competent and independent superheros would take time out of an impending-death situation for some bump-and-giggle. Seems to me such protagonists would have been eliminated before a story could be written about them. Unfortunately there were several flukes like that, like superheros who can arrange planes, accommodations, security and more with a blink of an eye, forgetting nothing, yet not recharge a battery. Gimmee a break. Still, it was worth the read.
I have a dily commute of 35 - 45 minutes in heavy traffic. I find the commute is a lot more enjoyable if there is a good book to listen to.
Ms. Lowell needs to decide if she is writing fiction or an art history text book. She spends so much time on the history of Western American Art that she seems to have forgotten the plot.
And her editor needs to understand that the readers can grasp growing sexual tension without repeating every other paragraph that the heroine found the hero's body "edible."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about the St Kilda Operatives so much so that I went looking for any others. The Narrator handle the characters very well. Pity this narrator did not do the first book
Great story. I thought the narrator did a good job of handling many different parts within the story both male and female without sounding silly. Story kept my interest and I didn't want to stop listening.
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