Elizabeth Lowell writes with a gritty edge, it doesn’t matter if she is writing about the American West or stories steeped in Medieval lore, she wraps her sensual delight with gritty undertones of what is going on around the characters. But when she stepped into romantic suspense, Ms Lowell hit her stride.. Whether it be the Donovans and yes I too want to see the twins get their own stories or her Rarities books and most especially her St Kilda series.. each book has a gritty real world intensity that can only be found in Ms Lowell’s writing. Beautiful Sacrifice is a blend of her romantic suspense books intertwined with her trademark gritty realism. Romance at its best.
Hunter Johnston’s best friend is marked to take a fall for some missing
artifacts Hunter knows just who to turn to. Dr. Lina Taylor. Hunter has
been monitoring classes on the Mayan culture from her for a few years
and they have been doing a dance of desire. Although, it never seems to
get past a cup of coffee and general discussion. He knows she has the
brains, the knowledge and the family connections to get some answers. He
just needs to try to keep his memories of a family lost and a desire to
spend some hot sweaty Houston nights with Lina under control. I like
Hunter, mostly because he is pretty well adjusted, sure he had some
tragedy in his past but he comes from a loving family, he is a loyal
friend and he doesn’t need to beat his chest declaring himself the man
in order to capture our attentions.
Lina Taylor, A woman with a goal, a plan and a hidden desire to make
mom and dad proud. Yep, she’s the one with the baggage and yet she isn’t
consumed by it and most definitely doesn’t wallow in it. She accepts
that her family will never be what she needs or wants it to be and deals
with it. She doesn’t expect Hunter or any man to swoop in and fix
things for her. Even in her deepest darkest secret place.. Nope, she has
it all together.
think that is why I like so many of Elizabeth Lowell’s characters, they
aren’t weak.. even if they have a sordid past or tragedy hiding in the
wings they are slaves to their pasts, rather they rise above it and
become fascinating characters. Lina and Hunter are prime examples.
Lowell takes us from Houston academia to border patrol to the jungles
of the Yucatan, explaining Mayan culture while twisting it to enrich a
deep and dark plot. Lina and Hunter need to find missing artifacts and
why there is death surrounding them. Reasons other than the fact that
they are priceless and a missing link in the Mayan heritage. A
fascinating blend of true culture and pure fiction. Wrapped in urban
decay and gritty suspense.. all that and we call it a romance *grins*.
gripped by the evolvement of the relationship between Hunter and Lina
there are times when the back story becomes a bit predictable. Maybe
because I know and enjoy Ms Lowell’s work so much I wasn’t surprised by
who the villain was. BUT she managed to thrill me with HOW the villain
saw himself/herself in the world. Their self importance really got me.
read this book in an afternoon, which means while I found a few things
to nitpick at, the story as a whole had me captivated, ensnared and
utterly exhausted. On the edge of my seat as to how this would be
resolved and if I was right in who I thought done it.. Of course
hindsight is a great attribute and I can say it was predictable, but the
entire while I was reading I was thinking.. could it be? Is it? Yeah
it’s gotta be them, nah, maybe someone else..
think Ms Lowell is one of the premiere Romantic Suspense writers out
there and that she has pulled off another fascinating story. Sharing
with us a rich history of a forgotten culture. Wrapping it up in the
2012 legend only makes it better. The best part.. you can read this as
the stand alone it is! A great book!