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Midnight in Ruby Bayou (Donovan #4)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  3,381 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell creates suspense and emotional intensity with her classic Midnight in Ruby Bayou, a riveting romantic thriller in her popular four-book series featuring the remarkable Donovan family. A recipient of the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, Lowell delivers a treasure of a story that seamlessly blends passi ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Avon (first published June 2000)
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Aug 13, 2012 SesameG is currently reading it
Does it bother anyone else when an author continually describes the heroine as "smelling like woman"?

Actually, in this book, Faith is either described as smelling like "gardenias and woman" or, to make the meaning more obvious "like gardenias and a night of slow, sultry loving"... Time to take a bath, Faith!
Sep 04, 2012 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebooks
The fourth book of Elizabeth Lowell's Donovans series, Midnight in Ruby Bayou, is for my money the best of the lot. It's got the most complex of any of the plots in the series up to this point, and since it's a bit longer than the previous ones as well, Lowell has more time to develop the various characters. This time around, the Donovan Sibling Du Jour is Faith, Honor's sister, and we finally get some payoff on the plot point set up in previous books, involving an asshole ex-boyfriend. We've al ...more
Jan Baldocchi
Mar 11, 2014 Jan Baldocchi rated it it was amazing
I have spent 5 days reading the entire Donovan Series ! Each book gets better and better! I was totally enthralled by Owen Walker and Faith Donovan, who are multi-layered characters deftly handled by the author. The lush setting of the south mixed with gemology had me in heaven. There were times when I felt like saying,"please pass the crab" that is how engrossing this novel was and will be. You can feel the sweat poring out of your body, the is how real this book makes you feel. I believe Owen ...more
Holly Boehmke
Feb 20, 2008 Holly Boehmke rated it it was ok
Great until the ending, where it felt as if she were just wrapping up the story. got a little graphic and I did NOT expect that. Not to say that I had a huge problem with it. I just had no idea that the book would go so far as to detail those certain events.
Joanie Coleman
Jul 18, 2015 Joanie Coleman rated it really liked it
Like a hot "Lifetime Movie Channel" presentation: Mystery, murder, intrigue, Russians,rubies,southerners, Yankees, Seattle, Savannah, Hilton Head, lunatics, incest...great way to spend a hot July afternoon.
This is the longest of the Donovan books, and it feels it. The pace here isn't as frantic as Pearl Cove, Jade Island or Amber Beach, instead it seems quite slow and laid back - despite the action taking place. I believe one of the stereotypes of Southern life (at least in years gone by) was of a slower pace of life and this book seems to reflect that (helpful as most of the book takes place in a Southern state).

Walker is an interesting lead, I like him but he's not the best male lead of the seri
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
First published: 2000
Length: 5346 kindle locations, 577 pages
Setting: Contemporary, Savannah.
Sex: Infrequent, hand wavy.
Hero: Bodyguard.
Heroine: Jewellery designer.
Trigger: Emotional/physical abuse by ex-husband.
Trigger: Incest (secondary characters).
Includes: Author answers questions on book / narrative development.

Really enjoyed this one. Lengthier than others with more story and romance. Appearances from all the previous characters and a believable HEA.

The Donovans:
Oct 13, 2016 SaraJean rated it really liked it
A fun read.
Feb 24, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
Hey, Romantic Suspense? I'm just not that into you. If I hadn't just finished reading the wonderful Stoned Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden by Aja Raden, I would never have picked up this book, even for a buck-fifty at the resale shop, but guess what? Not too bad for a first date!
This novel traces the bloody arc of an historic ruby about the size of a baby's fist after it is stolen from a museum basement in St. Petersburg, and the race is on by the Russian mafia to get it back at any cost - whether monetary or human.
Enter Faith Don
Aug 13, 2016 Janet rated it really liked it
Well I have finished the Donovan series of books all of which are related to the gem trade the legal and not so legal parts. This I literally didn't put down for two days. Lots of rubies, Russians and Mafia types in this one. And oh, yes, the romance part between Faith Donovan, a jewelry designer and the bodyguard assigned to her, a good ole boy from South Carolina, Walker. Lots of tension and verbal repartee between Faith and Walker and well it does move on from there. The other three novels in ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Drucilla rated it it was ok
Shelves: l
Once again, its hard to get a sense of the Donovan of the book. Faith didn't get a lot of face time in the other books and that hurt how we see her. She comes across as self-pitying in this book. On the other hand, Walker's great. I wish we had more of a background on him and his brother, though. The plot definitely twists and turns so you need to read carefully. (view spoiler) ...more
Marie K
Nov 02, 2014 Marie K rated it it was amazing
*** This is a review for the entire "Donovan Series" - Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou.***

I don't know what it is, but this series is just amazing for me. Great characters, snarky/sarcastic dialogue, exciting action sequences, exotic locales around the globe, hot UST steaming up the pages leading up even hotter sex scenes. The books are definitely a bit dated, having been written 15+ years ago. A lot of the computer hacking/internet surfing/cell phone/GPS refere
Jul 25, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
This is the final book in Ms. Lowell's 'Donovans' quartet. I am sorry to see it end. This book is Faith Donovan and Owen Walker's story and it is a good one. I really like these two together. There is a lot of chemistry and humor between them as well as respect and eventually love. Neither of them wants a long-term relationship (for different reasons) but fate has other plans. There is a fair amount of danger and suspense. I didn't want the book to end.

This series has been a good one with stron
Midnight in Ruby Bayou by Elizabeth Lowell
#4 Donovan series
Narrated by Robin Rowan

Owen Walker, family friend and new employee of the Donovans, is assigned the task of being Faith Donovan's bodyguard and protector of an extremely valuable ruby necklace as she travels to a trade show in South Carolina, followed by the wedding of her best friend in a mansion along swampland in the Low Country where Owen himself grew up. The unique jewelry pieces she designs are well received, but unfortunatel
Jul 27, 2012 Anita rated it it was amazing
Always a treat to revisit a book you have read and find it still enjoyable the second time around. I have just finished the Donovan books and wonder why she didn't do the last two brothers. This book is about Faith, who ended things with an abusive boyfriend and Walker, who couldn't save his brother from being killed. Heavy baggage to bring into a relationship. Faith's friends future father-in-law has commissioned a ruby necklace for the wedding. Faith makes it and all of a sudden a Russian ...more
Lulu Jemimah
Aug 30, 2007 Lulu Jemimah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: no one yet.
A slow read this is. Faith Donovan and Owen Walker obviously have the hots for each other and their tale is woven in a search for jewelry and exquisite gems. Although I Haven’t been able to get past page 85 in two weeks, it is promising to be a good read. Its just that it is slow in the beginning; too much detail about rubies and gems which I care little about. The attraction between the protagonists is thrown at us in the first chapters which always takes away the thrill. I hope I finish it ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: from-mom, series
How to know a romance from a mystery/thriller: When the main characters got together for good, it ends. Overall it wasn't too bad. I would have like to see the fiancés face when she came in with all those jewels, even the ones she supposedly stole. I would have also enjoyed Him telling his boss, aka her big bro that he was going to marry her. I know Archer wouldn't have had a problem with it, but I also think he would have make Walker squirm a little, just for fun. It would have been ...more
Dec 29, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I love this series, but I was a little disappointed in this book. This must have been one of her last before she went strictly suspense. Walker had such potential that she never tapped into in this story. I was so excited to see him and Faith in this story, but there were so many things that weren't realized. There are hints in all the other books about Walker's past and his demons, and it was very glossed over in this book. Although not a bad book, it's definitely more about the mystery than ...more
"I really enjoyed this one, though the sub-plot involving Tiga was a little ... disturbing. The interaction between Faith and Walker was very amusing, and the development of the relationship pretty good. I did find her relationship with her ex to be a stretch - I don't think anyone growing up in such a good family would end up with someone like him.[return][return]Anyway, a good continuation of the Donovan series, with at least a few scenes with everyone from the earlier books for continuity."
Nov 05, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
Faith Donovan makes jewelry and was commissioned to make a piece out of 13 rubes as her best friends wedding gift. Unknown to her, the rubes are stolen from Russia and the mob is looking for them and traced the "heart of Midnight" to her. Her brothers have assigned Walker to protect her and together they have to solve the mystery to save Faith's life.
Richard Stephens
Mar 06, 2013 Richard Stephens rated it really liked it
This was the fourth book in the series, so having read the first three made the characters more fun for me. Elizabeth Lowell has a nice way of blending Romance with mystery without feeling like it was forced. Minimal suspense, but enough when combined with everything else. It kept me reading to the end.
Oct 14, 2009 Kristen rated it liked it
Least favorite of the 4 books in the series - even though it was well written. The ruby info was interesting. However, toward the end of the book - part of the story line completely turned me off. I had to lay the book aside for a couple of days. Forced myself to finish it (had to make sure I didn't miss any surprises). Again, well written, but not completely to my taste.
Elaine Cougler
Aug 18, 2016 Elaine Cougler rated it liked it
This book surprised me. Oh, I got a little tired of the bodyguard Walker's sexual feelings but I also liked him as much as I did Faith, his headstrong charge. I needed something to read on holiday in Cancun while I was recovering from Montezuma's Revenge and this mystery fit the bill nicely.
May 05, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
A little bit of a slow start for me, but a good story overall. Follows suit with the other three books. Wish there was one more coming for the Donovan twins. You really can't go wrong with a hot male lead a lot of action a little smut ;)
Mar 16, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Last in the Donovan series, Lowell proves herself to be a somewhat cookie-cutter writer. The basic plot to her books is the same, but the characters vary as do the locations. More suspense and easy reading.
Feb 05, 2014 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The plot of the story was a good one, concerning a museum heist, those searching for the stolen gems and a jewelry artist unwittingly thrust in the middle of the intrigue. However, the whirlwind, head-over-heels love story imbedded amidst the tale detracted from the storyline.
Oct 10, 2012 C K rated it really liked it
This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that. Always in depth characters that anyone can identify with on some level.
Kathleen Freeman
Loved Owen Walker's character, I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the Donovan series, I am sad to see the series end. All the books in this series were interesting and I learned some new things about the various gems that were featured and the locations the books were set in.
Nov 17, 2008 Anita rated it it was amazing
This book is very much a book directed to woman but men could definatly would get a good read, i really loved it becuse it has a great love story mixed in with mystery. it really great with a lot of twists and turns.
Jan 13, 2013 Artha rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
It was a good read, her characters are good and enjoyable, her plots are good, if she just gets over that romance ain't gonna work, since she's done it to death, then I look forward to some more in this series
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Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery. After working in contemporary and historical romance, she became an innovator in the genre of romantic ...more
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Donovan (4 books)
  • Amber Beach (Donovan, #1)
  • Jade Island (Donovan, #2)
  • Pearl Cove (Donovan, #3)

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