This exciting contemporary tale has beautiful imagery, an intimate look at some of the challenges of cattle ranching, a compelling and sensual romance, and chilling and stark interludes of violence. I love the glimpses of the very capable ranch dogs, the way the hero can shift between a very competent rancher and a deadly war-trained warrior, and the heroine’s wry self-knowledge and impressive self-confidence. I am not so fond of the constantly shifting points of view and frequent forays into introspective musings, but the escalating tension, sizzling interludes, harrowing episodes, gradually revealed mystery, and the glimpses of the history that has shaped each of the main characters still made this a very enjoyable and compelling read for me that kept me riveted until the very end and did a great job of providing a thrilling read that kept me up way past my bedtime!
“Perfect Touch” by Elizabeth Lowell is a romantic suspense novel that follows rancher Jay Vermillion, who has returned from military service to discover that the legacy he inherited is in danger of being obliterated by his greedy stepmother and half-brother. A fortuitous hiring of Sarah ‘Sam’ Maddox, an art expert who is an authority on the paintings of Armstrong “Custer” Harris, brings her into the bitter conflict over ownership of the paintings that are scattered around the Vermillion holdings but also serves to remind Jay that he is fighting to preserve a legacy for the family name. The growing attraction between Jay and Sarah is threatened by escalating dangers and it becomes questionable whether they will survive long enough to find out why someone would kill over paintings that may be moderately valuable but certainly aren’t priceless…or are they?
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 . . .