Review: “Dangerous Refuge” By Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell, the author behind Dangerous Refuge, is one of the old-timers in the mystery space: She has more than thirty million books in print, including many historical romance and contemporary romance novels. She has been writing since 1982 and in 1989 became an innovator in the field of romantic suspense. She has over fifty books to her name. Dangerous Refuge is one of her latest works released by William Morrow as hardcover.

A Brief Summary:

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.

Our Take:

Since this book has a relatively cliche plot and ending (most of us have seen many stories like this both as film or in print), the mystery part might be as satisfying. Having said that, this is a well written story with interesting characters and it reads very fast: If you want to pick something which doesn’t require that much thinking and has a mix of romance and suspense, this might be a good pick.

Our Rating: 3.3

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