Monday, July 27, 2015

Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell ~ Review & Giveaway

Source: Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review 

The 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, Sarah “Sam” Maddox 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 Sam 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 sixth generation of Vermillions.

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

Available tomorrow from William Morrow


So this isn't my kind of book.  Not the suspense part, I love those kinda of books.  Not the romance, I'm a fan.  I liked the characters after a while and was fine with them.  The story was okay.  I figured out at least part of the story pretty quickly.  The rest came fast with only one little surprise to me.  None of that was an issue for me.

The problem I had was the writing style.  This is the first book I've read from this author and I didn't care for her style.  It's a personal preference for me.  I've never been a fan of third person writing with omnipresent being my least favorite.  This is written in that form but with a variation that I found jarring.  When a character thinks something it's written in first person and printed in italics.  It made me crazy.  
Overall, the book is fine otherwise.  Characters, setting, theme, and romance are all good.  I just struggled to read it.  I plowed through it because I just wanted it over.  I do think that anyone who enjoys third person writing will be fine with it.  Just not me.

So, I'm giving away the ARC I received to someone who will enjoy it more than I did.  If that's you, enter below.

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  1. I think the italics would drive me batty as well. At least the romance was okay.

  2. I am into the cowboys. I read the review, and I'm not a fan of the italics either.

  3. I like third person, but I think the switching with the italics would drive me crazy. Glad you liked the story though.

  4. Cowboy who left the military :)

  5. It depends on their personality. Each person is different! :)

  6. A shame you didn't enjoy the writing style Val, I can see why it would bug you though.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  7. I struggle with third person, and omnipresent POV as well. I just have trouble with connecting with the characters when it's written that way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  8. Hmmm. I'm not sure. Cowboy, I suppose. The POV does sound like it might get annoying.

  9. military man no contest. I love a man in uniform and someone who has put thier life on the line for their country.

  10. This book is so different from the author's other books. I didn't like the writing style either and her other books do not reflect this. Don't give up on this author! Read the Rarities Unlimited and Donavan series!

  11. This book is so different from the author's other books. I didn't like the writing style either and her other books do not reflect this. Don't give up on this author! Read the Rarities Unlimited and Donavan series!

  12. I usually thoroughly enjoy Elizabeth Lowell's books but this one was written in such a different style. I agree with the reviewer and plowed through just to finish. Don't give up on this author's books! Read the Rarities Unlimited and Donavan series!