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Perfect Touch: A Novel
     

Perfect Touch: A Novel

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by Elizabeth Lowell
 

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The New York Times bestselling queen of romantic suspense returns with a heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer—a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion.

An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sara

Overview

The New York Times bestselling queen of romantic suspense returns with a heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer—a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion.

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, and Sara 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 seventh generation of Vermillions.

When Jay hires Sara 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, Sara and Jay try to fight the intense heat between them. Then the killer targets Sara. And suddenly, Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he’s once again willing to die for . . .

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2015
Dedicated careerist Sarah "Sam" Maddox circles the globe to find the best artwork for her clients, while Jay Vermillion is putting all his efforts into the family ranch in Wyoming he's just inherited. Neither has time for love, but it happens anyway when Jay hires Sam. Then a pair of too-close-for-comfort murders really throw them together.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062328359
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/2015
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,826
File size:
614 KB

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
April 5, 1944
Place of Birth:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education:
B. A., University of California, 1966

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Perfect Touch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the characters. Good story, but not worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story!,,,
Anonymous 11 months ago
Love Greed Family Hurt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phoebe_Jordan More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell's a queen of romantic suspense. I’ve heard of Elizabeth Lowell and I’ve seen many of her novels when visiting Barnes and Nobles but I’ve never had the chance to read any of her novels until I was given this hardcover novel of her most recent release. Perfect Touch is a heart-racing tale in which a former soldier turned rancher and a beautiful designer race to stop a vicious killer—a battle for survival that threatens to explode in an intense and irresistible passion. The novel begins with the heroine who is 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 and has a sophisticated comfortable life in San Francisco is light years away from the poverty of her family’s dairy farm. Sara will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong and as a dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn’t have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements. The hero Jay Vermilion has recently inherited his family’s 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 is determined to restore Vermilion Sky, but first he’s got to settle a vicious battle with his former stepmother over some of his late father’s paintings. When Jay hires Sara 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, Sara and Jay try to fight the intense heat between them but then the killer targets Sara. And suddenly Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he’s once again willing to die for and Sara finds something that will give her more to life than just her career. As a first novel to introduce me to Lowell’s writing it was a very fun read and I will definitely be looking forward to any of her past or future books. I felt that both Sara and Jay’s romantic journey to finding out who is after the Custer paintings and who would be willing to kill anyone that gets in their way was an intriguing read that left me turning the pages. Sara is an intriguing heroine because though she doesn’t want to end up like her mother living on a ranch she falls in love with a soldier who happens to own a very large ranch with several heads of cows and cattle. Jay is also an intriguing hero because though he’s seen so much horror in his years as a soldier he didn’t fight all too hard against his growing feelings for Sara. They both had been talking with one another over the phone for several months getting to know each other though it had started out professionally but ending with a more intimate connection. Sara and Jay’s world wind courtship was filled with intrigue, mystery and murder which just made their love for each other that much more intense. In the end I enjoyed reading Lowell’s latest novel Perfect Touch which again was a great first introduction to Lowell’s writing and so I’m giving this book a rating of 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
jilliej26 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell is one of my favorite authors. I have collected her books for years. So, I was dancing with joy when I was given an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. From the time I picked the book up to start reading, I was drawn into a book that is fast-paced with intrigue, a twist you did not see coming and a hot romance. I loved it! As always, Elizabeth Lowell does not disappoint her readers. Great book! I have already read it twice! A great addition to my Elizabeth Lowell collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Elizabeth Lowell has delivered a fascinating story whose characters draw you in until you can't put the book down. Time to go rest my eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great combination of romance and suspense. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
eabreese More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Romance, adventure, and a mystery all rolled into one! We meet Sara when she comes to Jackson, WY to meet her “mystery man,” Jay Vermillion. She’s been providing expert art advice remotely, but they’ve never met in person. Almost as soon as she gets to Jackson, it seems like her bad luck starts. I liked both Sara and Jay. They are both complex characters and we get to know them fairly well throughout the story without a ton of information being dumped on us at once. At first, how quickly the two of them became romantic bothered me because insta-lust seem out of character for both. But, one of the points made early in the narrative related to how much time they had spent talking over the last several months. The fact that an emotional connection had been forming and was reinforced by the physical attraction made me more comfortable with how quickly their relationship took off. The author does an excellent job of blending Jay and Sara’s budding romance in with the mystery/adventure elements of the story. I did feel like Bad guy #1 was telegraphed a little bit with how things were set up. He was just too everything to not have been involved somehow. I was surprised by who else was involved and the resolution to that was perfect. This was definitely a fun and interesting read and I look forward to more from this author. **Review copy provided in exchange for review. I was not compensated and the opinions are my own.**
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this latest romantic suspense from Elizabeth Lowell. Watching the two main characters work through their own personal battles while at the same time racing to stop a killer, keeps the pages turning. It kept me guessing right till the end and I was surprised by a few unexpected twists. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BetweenMyBookendz More than 1 year ago
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. The attraction and romance is there from the start, but the mystery builds. As with any book by Ms. Lowell, the writing is superb and she paints a vivid picture not only of her characters but the Grand Tetons in Wyoming as well. Her books always have such a sophisticated and “smart” air to them - maybe is has to do with the art, gems or treasure storyline most have. But I was engrossed in this book from beginning to end. Although I somewhat suspected one aspect of the story, I was not sure I was really right and it did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. I also love, love this author’s heros. They are alpha men, rough hewn, but they are all willing to love completely. When they proclaim their love and have tears in their eyes, it only makes them seem stronger, more masculine and definitely swoon-worthy. I thought no hero could top Holden Cameron and his “let the lover be” poem - I still sigh over that one - but Jay Vermillion, army veteran and tough rancher, can give him a ride for the money. All in all, another excellent book by Elizabeth Lowell. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
hnhn More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell writes a fantastic story, absolutely loved her Rocking M series. I really enjoy reading her stories, she makes everything so real and entertaining. Jay Vermillion is a former soldier who has inherited a family ranch, a former stepmother, half-brother and a load of trouble. The ex-step mother is after as much of the ranch and its assets as possible, particularly paintings by a former live-in artist Armstrong “Custer” Harris. Jay hires Sara Medina, an art dealer/designer, from San Francisco, to come and appraise and possibly handle a sale of the artwork. Being out on the ranch reminds Sara of where she grew up, on a dairy farm, and she couldn’t get away from fast enough. Sara wants to view those paintings, but she is also looking for signs of a specific one, but so is the greedy ex-stepmama. Jay’s half-brother is pretty useless, but just a greedy as his mother and things escalate rapidly. Mystery, danger, and murder crop up while Jay and Sara get increasingly interested in more than the paintings and the ranch. Lowell writes such an intriguing story it snatches you up and takes you along for a fantastic ride. This is one of those books you keep turning the pages faster to find out how it will turn out, and then want more when it’s done. You have to read this latest offering from Elizabeth Lowell. I received an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review
Cheryl King More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lowell review of perfect touch. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I may still go and get the hardcover so I can have a "solid" book to re-read! I love how Ms. Lowell jumps right in from page one in her books! You know there is going to be action right away. This is another one of her perfect examples of fast paced action with a side of romance with a twist! From the first page Sara finds out things are going to be complicated when she makes a stop in Jackson, WY to put a face to a voice she has been falling for as things continue to happen we see and understand why she has always wanted to avoid getting married and having a family. At the same time she shows how close she is to her family and the memories are not all bad. Jay has been looking for a family but is not a trusting man due to the activities around him growing up. He has PTSD from Afghanistan and Sara is able to understand and empathize because of a brother going through the same. All this while trying to find a missing painting and keeping more people from dying. While I was reading this book I kept having Deja vu moments like I had heard the story before. I think I read somewhere Ms. Lowell had updated and reworked the book and I had probably read the original. I am a re-reader and I can tell you if this is true I am very happy with this excellent update! Thank you Elizabeth Lowell! Another book I will be re-reading over and over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still love Elizabeth Lowell
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Called fire dancer then they stopped in middle of bringing a space ship of aliens home what happened? Fire dancer published in 1982