Jade Island (Donovans Series #2)

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Wild and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his family's high-powered gem-trading empire to rove the world as a treasure hunter. Now the president of Donovan International has given Kyle an assignment with explosive ramifications. A casehe must take.

When one of China's legendary cultural treasures isstolen, Lianne Blakely, a mysterious and beautiful jade expert, is accused of the theft. Its Kyle's job to get to ...

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Overview

Wild and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his family's high-powered gem-trading empire to rove the world as a treasure hunter. Now the president of Donovan International has given Kyle an assignment with explosive ramifications. A casehe must take.

When one of China's legendary cultural treasures isstolen, Lianne Blakely, a mysterious and beautiful jade expert, is accused of the theft. Its Kyle's job to get to the bottom of what could be a potential disaster for the Donovans as well as Lianne.

But Kyle finds himself irresistibly drawn to the exotic beauty and captivated by her fierce claim of innocence. Soon they are in dangerous pursuit of the real thief, drawn deeper into the perils of spiraling power plays, and linked by a passion as powerful as the lore of the ancient culture and as enduring as the splendor of the treasured jade.

"The Donovan family saga continues in spectacular fashion with Jade Island. Clear your calendar, you will want time to savor every word."

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Romantic Times
The Donovan family saga continues in spectacular fashion with Jade Island. Clear your calendar, you will want time to savor every word.
Romantic Times
The Donovan family saga continues in spectacular fashion with Jade Island. Clear your calendar, you will want time to savor every word.
Library Journal
Jade Island is book two of Lowell's new Donovan series, focusing on jade's value to Chinese culture. Lianne Blakely is a jade expert and the illegitimate daughter of an influential Chinese family. Kyle Donovan, of Donovan International, owes the U.S. government a small favor. Lianne and Kyle are drawn together like moths to flames. Unfortunately, Laural Merlington lacks the vocal range required to create noticeably different voices for Lianne and Kyle. She attempts to compensate by using cadence to create marked speech patterns but is unable to effectively sustain this approach. As a result, the story requires very careful attention to keep track of the dialog. Despite the flaws, larger fiction collections should purchase as Lowell is on the best seller fast track. Smaller collections should purchase for demand.--Jodi L. Israel, Jamaica Plain, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380789870
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Donovans Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 263,632
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell's exciting novels of romantic suspense include the New York Times bestsellers Dangerous Refuge, Beautiful Sacrifice, Death Echo, The Wrong Hostage, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has also written New York Times bestselling historical series set in the American West and medieval Britain. She has more than 80 titles published to date, with more than 24 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.

Las aclamadas novelas de suspenso de la autora Elizabeth Lowell incluyen varios bestsellers en la New York Times. Lowell ha vendido más de treinta millones de ejemplares. Vive con su esposo en Seattle, Washington y Sedona, Arizona, con quien escribe novelas de misterio bajo un seudónimo.

Biography

Extensive and versatile, Elizabeth Lowell's résumé of titles (in almost every genre) is as long as the list of her various pen names. She's written science fiction, mystery and romance. She's also penned historical fiction and collaborated on a movie novelization. So prolific is Lowell that she and her husband, Evan Maxwell, have had to create a whole raft of pseudonyms for her books.

Her earliest work, from the 1970s, is science fiction and is written under her actual name, Ann Maxwell. The romances she and her husband began writing together in the early '90s are under the same name, because their publisher wanted a female author’s name on the cover. Their Southern California mystery series featuring the divorced lovers Fiddler and Fiora are written under A. E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan), while their joint novelization of the 1992 Val Kilmer movie Thunderheart is under the name Lowell Charters (his middle name and her maiden name.)

Her biggest solo success, the romance novels that have taken her repeatedly to The New York Times bestseller list, are credited to Elizabeth Lowell -- a combination of the couple’s middle names.

Lowell’s romances are noted for their sass and, of course, their sex. But her characterizations, particularly, draw high marks. "Elizabeth Lowell's talent is enormous," wrote The Romance Reader in its review of 1984's Forget Me Not. "She has made a well-deserved name for herself by crafting likable, plucky heroines and enigmatic but intelligent heroes." And, in 1996 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The protagonist she has chosen for her hardcover debut, Winter Fire could give a Navy SEAL lessons in survival."

Lowell embarked on a popular series in 1997 with the publication of Amber Beach, which introduced readers to the Donovan family, titans in the menacing world of precious gemstones who must dodge murderers, thieves, and power-hungry governments to protect their business. Of the first in the series, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "A romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure and squishy clichés that fans of the genre could possibly want."

When Lowell was getting started as sci-fi writer Ann Maxwell, she was writing on legal pads while caring for her two young children. Evan was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering international crime. In the early 1980s, after he had already collaborated on three mystery novels with Lowell, Maxwell decided to quit daily journalism and write fiction full-time.

The couple has since become a cottage industry of genre fiction operating out of their Seattle-area home. They collaborate on some projects, go solo on others. Lowell has described a seven-day-a week work packed with deadlines, an organized effort that starts out with book outlines that typically take about a month to draft as well as character sketches. Then the writing begins.

"My fiction deals with problems of strength rather than problems of weakness," she told Contemporary Authors. There is no appeal or purpose for me in reading -- or writing -- fiction that portrays incessant, excruciating, and pointless pain in the lives of characters."

Good To Know

Readers are surprised to find out that the books Lowell writes with her husband are true collaborations. "In fact, a lot of people, once they know, say, 'Oh, I know who did this in the book, and I know who did this,' and they're almost invariably wrong," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Two of the most intriguing time periods for Lowell are medieval England and the post-Civil War period in the American West. "In both cases it was a time of expanded possibilities for individuals, regardless of birth or heritage, to create a better life and, ultimately, a better world, from chaos," she told Contemporary Authors.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 5, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of California, 1966

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Jade Island

Chapter One

The pounding on Lianne Blakely′s door made her sit straight up in bed, her heart beating rapidly. For an instant she wondered if she was dreaming all the noise. She certainly was tired enough to be dreaming. She had worked late last night, arranging and rearranging the beautiful jade pieces in her apartment until she was certain she had the right design for the Jade Trader display at tonight′s charity auction.

The pounding increased in volume.

Lianne shook her head, pushed heavy waves of black hair out of her face, and stared at the bedside clock. Barely 6 A.M. She looked out the small window. Dawn had arrived in most of Seattle, but not in her old, west-facing apartment above Pioneer Square. Even if the morning had been clear-it wasn′t-no sunlight would reach her windows until late morning.

"Lianne, wake up! It′s Johnny Tang. Open the door!"

Now she really wondered if she was dreaming. Johnny had never been to her apartment, or to her business office, which was just down the hall. In fact, she rarely saw him at all unless she was visiting her mother in Kirkland.

"Lianne! "

"Just a minute--I′m coming!" she called.

Grateful that there were no neighbors to complain about all the yelling on a Saturday morning, Lianne kicked off the duvet, grabbed the red silk robe her mother had given her last Christmas, and hurried to the door. Two locks and a dead bolt later, she yanked the door open.

"What′s wrong?" Lianne demanded. "Is it Mother?"

"Anna is fine. She wants to see you before the auction."

Mentally Lianne rearranged her crammed schedule. If she did her own nails, she could manage a visit. Barely. "I′ll swing by after I set up the Jade Trader exhibit."

Johnny nodded, but he didn′t look like a man who had gotten what he came for. He looked restless, irritable, caged. Anger bracketed his full mouth and tightened the skin across his wide cheekbones. Despite that, he was a handsome man. Two inches under six feet, lean, quick of hand and mind, and with a generous smile when he was in the mood to use it.

"Do you have any coffee?" he asked. "Or are you still stuck on Chinese caffeine?"

"I have coffee as well as tea."

"I′ll take mine black. Coffee, not tea."

Lianne stepped away from the door as Johnny walked in. She didn′t know exactly how old her unacknowledged father was---close to sixty, surely-but he looked barely forty. Through all the years of Lianne′s childhood, her mother′s lover had aged hardly at all. Some silver hair was now mixed in with the black, a few laugh and frown lines had appeared, there was a slight blurring in the line of the jaw; small things, really, when Lianne thought of all the changes she had been through from birth to almost thirty years of age.

And never once in all that time, through all her changes, had Johnny Tang acknowledged that Anna Blakely′s child was also his own.

Pushing the thought away, Lianne closed the door and shot the dead bolt home. What Johnny did or didn′t admit was no longer the most important thing in the world to her. Jade was. Tang jade. Her father′s father′s collection. Hundreds of pieces, thousands. All of them were precious, some were priceless, and each piece of jade gleamed with time and secrets and the luminous soul of art.

"Couldn′t resist playing with them, huh?" Johnny asked, gesturing with one hand.

There were jade sculptures sitting on the small kitchen table, more objects lay on the floor, and some of the smaller pieces perched on the tiny counter.

"Playing? If that′s what you call it," Lianne said. "They aren′t exactly dolls."

He gave a crack of laughter. "Father would faint if he heard you say dolls and jade in the same breath."

"Wen knows I respect jade."

"Wen is using your skill and not paying you enough."

Lianne gave her father a startled look. "He taught me everything I know."

"Wrong," Johnny said impatiently. "Until seven years ago, he didn′t know you were alive. Then you picked up some jade beads in a garage sale and he decided you had some kind of jade genius."

"Those beads were from the Western Zhou dynasty, three thousand years old, and were incised with dragonsa symbol of royalty. They were tied with a faded red silk cord that was older than the U.S. Constitution."

"If you had sold them and put the money in the stock market, you wouldn′t be living in this dump. But no, you gave them to my father for his birthday."

At first Lianne was too surprised to answer. It wasn′t like Johnny to talk about family. Certainly not with her. She looked at him out of the comer of her eye, measuring all the small signs that he was truly upset.

"I didn′t know you disapproved of what I did," she said quietly.

"Would it have mattered?"

"Of course. I don′t want to anger you or your family."

Lianne had never wanted that. She had turned herself inside out, learned Mandarin and Cantonese, worked seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, to prove to the family of Tang that she was worthy of them. She was still working on it, no matter how much she pretended to herself that she was simply trying to keep her own business healthy by stayingthe widespread, interna-ying close to her best clients tional family of Tang.

"You should have done as your mother wanted and become a teacher," Johnny said.

"You woke me up at six A.M. to tell me this?" Lianne asked finally.

"No."

When Johnny didn′t say anything more, she turned on the gas under the coffeepot and waitad for things to start perking.

Jade Island. Copyright © by Elizabeth Lowell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Kyle's Story

    The second book in the Donovan series (after Amber Beach) and again set in Seattle, Jade Island focuses on U.S.-China relations, a missing fortune in imperial jade, Kyle's evolving entanglement with his own love interest, and Chinese triads. Elizabeth Lowell again offers a heady mix of political intrigue, historical details, encyclopedic detail about jade, a glimpse into cross-cultural romance, and enough suspense to keep turning pages. This one stands up to rereading, and the test of time.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Recommended Read

    Wow, what a surprise! This is the second book in the Donovan series which ends at four to my great disappointment. Elizabeth Lowell does a good job of including cultural insights and information about Jade. The book is well written with strong characters you will love and ones you simply will want to hit. I would recommend you read all four books in this series and hope that someday she will continue with this interesting family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Couldn't put it down.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Good book did not want to stop reading

    This book was as good as I expected after reading the first book of this series. Very interesting with twists and turns.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Roxas to josh

    .... uhhhh not to be rude buuuuttt...... u know vibrators are for lesbians? Right?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Hope

    Not much cries out in poeasure harder wrk me realy hard harder the hardest please moa.nz realy loud

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Josh

    Puts vibrater on di.ck and shoves back in pu.ssy the vibrater turns on vibrating u whole body. Pulls u as close as u can get to me. Plays with (•)(•) and kisses u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Oh, my, my!

    Elizabeth Lowell created such a great book and perfect beginning for Donovans series! It's so romantic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Love

    This is my favorite out of the series! I hope the last two brothers get their book.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    One to go back to again and again!

    For the romance-lover; Elizabeth Lowell does an incredible job of marrying steamy romance with a downright good "thriller" touch. I love adventure/thriller, mysteries, and romance; and Elizabeth Lowell is one of my all-time favorites. This whole series is one I've owned for years, loaned out for years, and go back to about every 6 years. Enjoy!

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Great Read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    not one of her best

    I loved her writing with her older books ,now there is to much detail,I feel like I am reading a reference book. Theres not enough feeling to much information, not enough story line I'm going to miss her but I can't get threw her books anymore this was the last

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    Smart, Sassy and Sexy

    I just love the way Lowell can give the reader information on gems and secret societies and also pull off such an incredible story. Now I know everything about jade. Lowell pulled it off once again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    A Life You Want To Have!!

    Ms. Lowell is very unique! This was the first Donovan series i read. I laughed, Cried and got angry at times. It was great!ALSO Pearl Cove and Midnight in Ruby Bayou are great. I also cried reading those.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2001

    The best book, the best author!

    I love this book where Ms. Lowell portrayed the Donovan family beautifully. It is a heartwarming tale of love, hatred, lies, family ties,etc... Guaranteed to make you weep, men and women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Jade Island

    I'd never enjoyed reading a book more than this one. After reading it for a few times, I still loved it, especially the actions and dialogues between the two main characters, Kyle Donovan and Lianne Blakely. Ms. Lowell just keeps getting better and better with every book. Highly recommended. You have to read it to believe it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Jade Island

    This was the first Donovan series I read. I loved it so much. I couldn't keep it down. The story had a great plot with many interesting characters, especially Kyle and Lianne. They were such a cute couple. And I am looking very forward in reading about the other Donovan siblings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    THE DONOVANS RULE!!!!!!

    This is the first book out of the Donovan family saga and I was totally blown away. I loved the way Elizabeth Lowell talked about Kyle and Lianne, and very gracefully added the info of jade along. It made a dynamic duo and I loved it. It was so dramatic and this family is just so cool. They're the epitome of a loving family and it just makes you wanna be part of it and when you read the book, it seems as though you are. I loved Amber Beach and Pearl Cove. Archer is so cool, but Kyle rules! This is my all-time fav! I can't wait for Midnight At Ruby Bayou! I'm sure it's about someone else in the Donovan clan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2000

    Amazing!

    I loved it! It is well written, and includes all the things that make a romance great. Intrigue, love, and international mystery. Definately a more than worthy sequel to Amber Beach.

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