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Innocent as Sin (St. Kilda Consulting #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,603 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
On what at first appears to be an ordinary day, everything changes for private banker Kayla Shaw when she barely escapes a brutal kidnapping attempt and finds herself accused of a shocking crime: the illegal laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars. Damned by lies and false "evidence," she is trapped with no place to run.

After five agonizing years, landscape painter R
ebook, 432 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 12th 2007)
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Feb 11, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know what to say, so maybe it's time for a story.

Once upon a time I was sitting in a café where it was not frowned upon to buy a skim-soy weak decaf latte. I was with an old friend and her latest boyfriend who was wearing black jeans, black doc-martins (with purple laces) and a black t-shirt boldly emblazoned with the Japanese character for "woman". Making an effort at polite conversation while I nearly threw up the god awful flavored coffee I was served we got to discussing book
May 09, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

The romance was kind of bland. I’ve read some really amazing romance novels by Elizabeth Lowell, but this definitely wasn’t one of them. The romance between Kayla and Rand happened fast and without the gripping emotions usually found in Lowell’s writing. There were opportunities to build on the characters (Rand’s twin brother’s death, his being a painter, Kayla’s travels, her parents’ deaths) that could have added depth to the romance but that were not capitalized upon.

Katie Kenig
This was my third pick for vacation novels this year, and while the back cover and the first few lines of the first chapter intrigued me when I first picked it up, it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Innocent as Sin is touted as a suspense novel, and it does open with a whodunit question - who killed the photographer? Unfortunately, from there it delves into the world of international banking with a different protagonist that is hard to get to know, not easy to like, and boring in her hob
May 01, 2008 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebooks
Elizabeth Lowell's thriller Innocent as Sin continues her recent series of books featuring St. Kilda Consulting--her latest plot device for having studly, competent heroes run around with whip-smart, brave heroines, while things and people get shot at and other things explode and pasts get angsted over and crosses and double-crosses happen and oh yeah there's passionate smooching and sex, too.

In short, pretty much the perfect thing to read when you're sick. ;)

This installment has the studly comp
Vicki Bacon-Thomas
It has an interesting story, but I'm not into romance mixed in with my bad guys.
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The plot about Kayla Shaw who as a private banker, gets maneuvered into doing questionable things for a client who turns out to be a crook, and then has to try to avoid jail from the IRS, or, worse, death as her "client" decides she's a loose end, is a good one.

The story moves quickly, there's plenty of excitement, and, of course, there's the growing attraction between Kayla and Rand, the agent of the mysterious St. Kilda Consulting, who, for his own personal reasons, has a vested interest in h
Apr 08, 2015 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Lowell writes suspense that reels you in and doesn't let go until the very end. Her books are captivating and I've never been disappointed in any of her books that I've read. If you like danger, suspense, twists & turns, romance but with emphasis on suspense, and definitely a page turner author.

Kayla is a private banker and suddenly finds herself in danger. Someone tries to kidnap her. Then she is accused of money laundering. Now she has the police looking for her and the ones who
Jan 26, 2016 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On what at first appears to be an ordinary day, everything changes for private banker Kayla Shaw when she barely escapes a brutal kidnapping attempt and finds herself accused of a shocking crime: the illegal laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars. Damned by lies and false "evidence," she is trapped with no place to run. After five agonizing years, landscape painter Rand McCree has finally been offered what he desires most: the name of his twin brother's murderer. Hungry for vengeance, he ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Denni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Lowell has been an auto buy for me for over a decade, but slipping the last few years. Not her best effort, again...kinda cookie cutter. Ms. Lowell is beginning to sound self righteous...bad guys are overpoweringly evil, goverments (including ours) are corrupt and/or inept, officials desire to do good but are ineffective & puppets of crooked superiors. Only her heros (self discribed as operating in legal gray areas) can save the world...much ego Ms. Lowell?

The hero & heroine r
Tom Tischler
Feb 04, 2014 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kayla Shaw is a private banker in Arizona. Underpaid and
underappreciated. Rand McCree is a haunted man who paints
in the Pacific Northwest. Two strangers with nothing in
common until their lives entwine. On what appears to be an
ordinary day Kayla barely escapes a kidnapping and then finds
herself falsely accused of laundering hundreds of millions
of dollars. After five years Rand finally has been offered
what he wants. The name of his twin brothers killer. Hungry
for vengeance he accepts a job wit
Jan 08, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of the St. Kilda suspense books by Elizabeth Lowell. Same basic plot - young woman (in this case, Kayla, a private banker) gets sucked into a sticky situation involving blackmail, international upheaval, politics, etc.. Come to the rescue another St. Kilda operative acting undercover to nail the bad guy (the one responsible for his twin brother's death), and in the process ends up protecting Kayla and falling for her. Same basic plot as most of Elizabeth Lowell's novels. My one complaint ...more
Kayla Shaw is a private banker who has just realized that her very wealthy client, Bertone, has been using her to launder dirty money. Rand McCree is an operative of St. Kilda Consulting who is intent on bringing Bertone down because Bertone was responsible for the death of Rand's identical twin.

A weaker entry in this series. Kayla isn't one of Lowell's better female leads, and Rand's angst and anger seems a bit by the numbers. It's also not one of her books that features a particularly interest
Jul 24, 2011 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first book I've read of E. Lowell and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this book. It did start off a tad slow but did pick up. It's an easy read and the banter between the main two characters, Rand and Kayla, is great. The one thing that I found a little off was that the author packed in so many things taking place in just two days that it really felt like it took place over several instead. I had to double-check the dates of the chapters. I also agree with one of the reviewers ...more
Ursula Gorman
Great story, well written and entertaining; Elizabeth Lowell hits a home run again. Kayla is a personal banker that gets in over her head in a situation that is way beyond her control. Rand is a man living in torment over the murder of his indentical twin brother. When Kayla is blackmailed by the man that killed Rand's brother, the two must join forces to try to save Kayla and avenge Rand's brother's death...but things don't always go as planned.
I loved the romance, the reoccuring characters fro
Sep 05, 2008 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book started out pretty slow for a thriller, it ended up being a good fast-paced story. Kayla Shaw is a private banker who gets sucked into a money laundering scheme by a client. Rand McCree has been trying to track this particular schemer for years. The two meet up to bring down an international gun running business. Two things impressed me about this book. First, there are not many women action/thriller writers out there and Lowell does an admirable job. Second, Lowell actually m ...more
Oct 04, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Elizabeth Lowell's books combine the arts with the private mercernary types of St. Kildas Consulting. In this installment, Kayla Shaw, an international banker discovers that her client is illegally laundering money through her band and setting her up to take the fall. She becomes involved with Rand McCree, an artist and operative who is hautned by his twin's death during a St. Kildas job 5 years earlier. It is an action packed ride to the end to bring down the bad guy and keep Kayla alive. This ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Mellissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mellissa by: on load from Holly
Shelves: 2013
Meh. It was okay. Out of the four St. Kilda books that I've read, this one was my least favorite, and I'm not sure if I can pinpoint why. The intrigue/suspense part of the story kept me interested (private banker unwittingly launders war funds,) but the chemistry between the two main characters was lacking. Despite the fact that he hit on her within three minutes of their introduction (which was not appealing to me) there was very little "romance" to this one. I'll read more by Lowell, but I'll ...more
♥ Nell ♥
I loved this book!!!! Loving the series... this one was better (in my opinion) because we caught up on how Grace and Joe were going from the last book...

I loved Rand and Kayla... Ms. Lowell has a special talent of putting comedy into her romantic suspense books. Some parts make you want to shout in outrage, cry in sympathy or laugh with the characters. Just like you were in the room with them. When reading, it's a fantastic feeling to be sucked into the plot, like you yourself we're also a chara
Sue Farrell
This book was a fast paced romantic thriller--with international gun smuggling and third world nation manipulation and dirty politics thrown in---maybe a little too much too be believable. The romance was just enough to tone down some of the death and destuction of the action scenes. I wasn't terribly impressed with the book---but it did keep my attention all the way to the end and the short chapters made it perfect for sitting in hospital and doctor office waiting rooms because it was easy to p ...more
Feb 22, 2011 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No disappointment here!
I'll start off by saying that I have read a fair amount of Elizabeth Lowell books. Overall, I didn't think this was one of Ms. Lowell's best books, but it was close to being the best and she didn't disappoint me in this terrific story. The story moved along at a brisk pace with me trying to anticipate what was going to happen next. Ms. Lowell ensure that the main characters Rand a Kayla were well defined and left no doubt in my mind that they were the key that made this s
Leslie Mesmer
Jul 30, 2012 Leslie Mesmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't you hate it when you pick up a book all excited and after you get about 25 pages in you realize you've already read it! Fortunately this was a book I'd enjoyed the first time and still enjoyed reading it again.
I love Elizabeth Lowell books but had forgotten how well she can draw out the suspense.
I want to now pick up the other St. Kilda Consulting books. I don't think I have read the others (yet!).
The story starts off and moves along quickly without throwing everything at you at once.
Apr 16, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like her writing style. I'm so pleased that I just happened upon her; I like to find new authors.

Now that I read some of the other reviews, I suppose I agree. But, having gone into reaidng this with NO expectations - it performed marvelously for me. A decent story (not sure if it's believeable, but not too corny that I had to put it down), plenty of character interaction/romance, plus some action/adventure/suspense.

I also like the series. I did not read them in order, but I like the ide
Laura de Leon
More of a romantic-thriller than romantic-suspense. Lots of guns blazing, a major international terrorist, money laundering, etc.

I did find the banking side interesting, although I have no idea if it was made up or closely researched.

The characters never really drew me in, although they were adequately written.

The 3 stars is relative to its performance as an escapist romantic adventure book. It did fine. Not outstanding in any way, certainly no redeeming value, but a pleasant way to pass the tim
Jennie Leigh
I haven't read much of Elizabeth Lowell's work. This is only my second of her books and so far I have few complaints. I've read other reviews of this book that describe it as poor. I'm not certain why. It is hardly Pulitzer Prize quality literature, but as quick, fun reads go, it certainly fits the bill. I'm a bit of a stickler for details and this book did not present me with any overly absurd moments or utterly unbelievable characters. It is exactly what it is intended to be: fiction mingled w ...more
15/2 - I found this book a below average romance (only one romance scene, a surprise and disappointment for any Lowell fan) and only an average thriller (not all that thrilling or suspenseful). I did enjoy the fact that the female lead was a horse rider, as have been a number of her other heroines. It was also nice that there was a mention, albeit fleeting, of Lowell's favourite location and home, the San Juan Islands. Despite the average storyline I definitely intend to read her other thriller ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Oct 23, 2014 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when you find yourself stuck between a rock hard killer and a jail sentence? Well for one you can't really run cause eventually you'll run out of money, which means working. Two this guy is going to kill you if you don't do as he says, will he kill you anyway? can you play the deadly game of cat and mouse and still com out alive? Loved this book and van't wait to get my hands on the rest of this series. highly recommended. enjoy,
Feb 24, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lowell delivers another exhilarating romantic thriller. Kayla is a banker who has been tricked into laundering money for an international arms dealer. Rand's twin brother was killed by this same man five years before. They team up with help from St. Kilda to stop him before he kills them.
With fascinating dynamic characters, well reasoned motivations and plot lines, and decent writing, this book is highly recommended.
Beth (moonivy)
Jul 05, 2007 Beth (moonivy) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: read by the pool.
Read 7/1-7/2/07
Kayla Shaw, a private banker, stumbles into a nasty world of international conspiracy and dirty money. Lucky for her, St. Kilda's Consulting is around to ride to the rescue. A fast paced, entertaining suspense novel and points to Lowell for accurately describing some of the murky regulations surroundinginternational banking. (A darned boring topic that I'm required to be certified
on four times a year, so I KNOW she got it right, LOL)

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