Saturday, July 6, 2013

Book Review: Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell

Dangerous Refuge
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
Publication: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 9, 2013)

Description: Murder and mystery spark unexpected romance in this captivating new tale from the beloved New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell.

On the surface Shaye Townsend has little in common with Tanner. He's a hard-edged big city cop come home to the historic Davis family ranch to settle his uncle's estate. She's working for an environmental conservancy that acquires and protects old ranches—and she wants to preserve the Davis homestead.

When the suspicious death of Tanner's uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have trouble seeing eye to eye, Shaye and Tanner agree on one thing: They need to uncover the truth.

Combining their unique skills—Shaye's low-key approach and local connections and Tanner's experience as a homicide detective—the unlikely pair share long nights in the pursuit of justice. Before they know it, the friction they generate turns to heat, igniting a love neither ever expected to find.

They believe passion this intense cannot last. But when Shaye becomes a killer's target, Tanner realizes he'd give up anything to protect her—including his life.

My Thoughts: Elizabeth Lowell writes great romantic suspense novels and DANGEROUS REFUGE was no exception. LA homicide detective Tanner Davis comes home after the unexpected death of his uncle Lorne. Shaye Townsend found his body. She had been working with him to try to convince him to leave his land to the Ranch Conservatory program after his death. However, her airhead boss Kimberli brought Lorned the wrong contract and made him so angry that he was on the verge of signing the papers backing out of the deal when he died.

Tanner hears about what Shaye saw when she discovered Lorne's body and his homicide cop instincts told him that the death was suspicious. The County Sheriff, a political hack, determined that Lorne died of natural causes. Tanner, with Shaye's help, decides to investigate on his own.

Their investigation turn up all sorts of shady characters including the politician who wants to use the governorship of Nevada as a stepping stone to the White House, the developer who had plans that included Lorne's land, the casino owner who wanted to build a bigger and better casino, and Shaye's boss who was pretty stupid but really easy to manipulate. 

Shaye and Tanner compliment each other nicely. He has the tough edges and the skill at investigations; she has the tact and connections that gain access to the people Tanner wants to talk to. They are intrigued with each other but Shaye is at home in Refuge, Nevada and Tanner's home is LA. 

The story was exciting and the climactic chase through the deserted heights near Refuge where Shaye is trying to get away from the man who wants to murder her and Tanner is racing against time to catch up was heart-pounding.

I recommend this title to fans of romantic suspense. 

Favorite Quote:
I'm crazy, she said to herself. The dog, Tanner...Crazy. At least the dog needs a home.

The part that made her doubt her sanity was her growing belief that Tanner did too.
Sometimes I just need to read something by an author I know writes books that resonate with me. I bought this one. You can buy your copy here. 

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