Title: Perfect Touch
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
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 open books.