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Dangerous Refuge

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,642 Ratings  ·  213 Reviews
Murder and mystery spark unexpected romance in this captivating new tale from the beloved New York Times bestselling author.

"Elizabeth Lowell's keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre."-Charlotte News & Observer

On the surface beautiful, quiet Shaye has little in common with dark, dangerous Tann
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by William Morrow
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Jan 31, 2014 Ian rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like the 2013 Mini Cooper S.
The 1963 Austin Mini Cooper S is a very cool car. In 1963 it was the car to drive and over the years its cool factor has only increased.
On my most generous day the best I could say about the 2013 Mini Cooper S is it's a girl car. The truth is, despite it's best efforts, the 2013 Mini Cooper S isn't cool, it's safe. It's the sort of car where cup holders and a USB port to plug your iPod into is more important than how it handled on the Nürburgring.


What does that have to do with this book? Well,
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sometimes some of the best scripted stories can be ruined by repeated suggestions that come far too often that they distract you from the original story. Such is the case in the latest novel from Elizabeth Lowell, Dangerous Refuge. In this novel, the reader is immediately introduced to Shaye Townsend, who works for National Ranch Conservancy, whose goal is to broker a deal between ranch owners and the Conservancy to retain the land for the purpose of ranching instead of seeing the property aband ...more
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For me, Elizabeth Lowell is first of all the author of the Only series, of which my favorite volume is Only His. Like other romance authors, she has now turned to the romantic suspense, but I had not tried one. This is done with Dangerous Refuge, which leads us a little further west than in the Only series, into the plains of Nevada and of course at the present time.

Shaye, our heroine, works for the Ranch
Stephanie  G
Apr 26, 2013 Stephanie G rated it really liked it
There are a few authors that bring back a certain sense of nostalgia for me, and Elizabeth Lowell is one of them. I started reading her books as a teenager who just discovered romantic suspense. She manages to write a terse plot without sacrificing character development, and several of her novels involving St. Kilda Consulting are on my keeper shelves. That being said, I found Dangerous Refuge to be more of a mystery, with romantic and suspenseful threads interwoven throughout the book.

Shaye Tow
Mar 14, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaye Townsend has come to love the Nevada landscape. Working for the Conservatory, saving historical homesteads and farm land, she gets to save the treasures she loves. Shaye has even come to care for many of these rural farmers as well as their farms.

Tanner Davis is called away from his LA Detective duties to his uncle’s farm. His uncle has died and there is problems with his uncles will. Tanner quickly discovers that his uncles untimely death and the circumstances surrounding how he was found
Apr 10, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dangerous Refuge Tour - Review

Hey everyone! Today I have a stop on the Dangerous Refuge tour with my review of the book for you all!

Dangerous Refuge
By: Elizabeth Lowell
Beautiful, sweet Shaye and dark, dangerous Tanner don’t have a lot in common. He’s a suspicious big city cop come home to his family’s ranch and she’s a bleeding heart who works for a group that seeks out ranches to conserve after the owners have passed away.
But the suspicious death of Tanner’s uncle
Elizabeth Lowell is a new author to me and I liked her romantic suspense book Dangerous Refuge. I don't think I would have picked this book up at a bookstore but I had a goal while volunteering at our county-wide annual book sale: find new authors. I enjoyed the writing style and the sassiness of the main characters Shaye and Tanner. It was somewhat predictable: Shaye works for a land conservancy organization and Tanner is a big-city cop coming out to the ranch after his uncle dies under mysteri ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

Elizabeth Lowell describes the settings in her book beautifully. In fact, I think I mentioned this in the review of the first book I read by her. The description of the Nevada desert and mountains made me want to visit them.

The suspense portion of this book was great! For the last 75-100 pages, I couldn't put it down. However, the romance didn't work for me. I didn't feel them falling in love. Tanner and Shaye met and he was a jerk to her. Then the next time they saw each other (the n
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
First published: 2013
Length: 373 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Refuge, near Carson City.
Sex: Infrequent, not very explicit.
Hero: Homicide detective.
Heroine: Conservationist.

Our heroine, share has TSTL tendencies. Tanner doesn’t seem to fit anywhere. Their history (her family, his job) is referred to as significant but never explained. The cast of thousands have apparently pivotal but obscure roles.

The irritatingly frequent inner monologues made all the characters appear sch
Teri Stich
Sep 18, 2013 Teri Stich rated it really liked it
Every now and then I want Murder, Mayhem, Mystery and well, let’s call it Romance with spice! This book, set in picturesque ranch country Nevada, provides that. When Tanner, police officer from California, comes back to settle the estate of his uncle, he finds something shady going at the Environmental Conservancy and a strong attraction to one of it’s employees.
Lowell once again delivers a great, fun, fast read.
Jul 17, 2016 Shelley rated it it was ok
Ugh!!! This book was tough to get through.

First - I listened to the audiobook. I listen to audiobooks all the time, so this was not my first audio experience. The reader could not have been any worse. There was dialogue going on between the two main characters and there was no way to differentiate if she was reading the guy or girl part during back and forth conversation. It's not hard to just slightly lower your voice for the guy or even give him a slightly different way of talking. Amateur!!

Tempe Lohmeyer
Apr 28, 2013 Tempe Lohmeyer rated it it was ok
Sadly, I think I've outgrown Elizabeth Lowell, even as a "guilty pleasure" kind of book. I miss her old way of writing.
Apr 19, 2014 Anita rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Lowell is an author I can count on to have a hot romance and a suspenseful plot. Dangerous Refuge is another in a long line of awesome books.

Shaye works for a Conservancy group specializing is preserving family ranches. She has a deal all worked out with for Loren's ranch in Refuge, NV, all her boss Kimberli had to do was get his signature. Kimberli grabs the wrong contract and Loren tosses her pretty ass off his ranch. When Shaye returns from her trip she comes home to a phone message
Amy Lignor
Apr 03, 2014 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
Yet again, another one-day read from an author who seems to always know what her fans want.

Setting up the couple…our hero this time around is, Tanner Davis. A big city policeman, Tanner has come home to his family’s ranch in order to settle the estate of his uncle, Lorne Davis.

Our heroine is Shaye Townsend; this is a woman who cares a great deal about ecology and the environment and works every day for a conservancy. Shaye’s main mission is to purchase old ranches so they can be protected from
Apr 18, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing

I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Lowell ~ and one of the main reasons is her dialogue. Her heroes and heroines always have snappy, fun & smart conversations with one another, a lot of the times "getting" what the other means like they've had a meeting of minds.
One of my very favorite books by Ms. Lowell is Running Scared ~ and I was so thrilled that
Dangerous Refuge features a heroine and hero who play off one another verbally like those in Running Scared. So you not only get the sizzle of the ph
Apr 16, 2013 Dianne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-arcs
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell

4.5 Stars

I may be one of the luckier readers in that I had no expectations when I picked out this book. I do not think I have ever read this author before and if I did, I just don’t remember it. Therefore, I have no way to be able to compare this book to past books. All I knew was that I really liked the premise – rich girl turned conservationist, and sexy, hunk of a cop who acts like the devil in disguise needs a conservationist (specifically Shaye) to help h
Claire Davon
Aug 16, 2014 Claire Davon rated it really liked it
This book takes me back to the older Elizabeth Lowell books (like Outlaw and such) but I am not sure if it is a reissue of one of those. It takes place in the rural West, as those books do, and has everything you'd expect of her books - action, wide open ranches, alpha heroes and plucky heroines. Her more recent books have focused less on the romance and more on the action and this one was no exception, but I liked both. If you are familiar with Elizabeth's work and like them, then this will be ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Gaele rated it liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva
I was excited to be offered this title, my introduction to an author I had heard good things about.

Shaye is committed to her cause: saving the old ranches and dedicated to the people who populate this area, her passion and dedication are apparent, even as she uses her connections to aid Tanner in his pursuit of justice. Tanner, on the other hand, has big city tattooed on his forehead. In this community, he might as well be dragging a neon sign, and his arrogance and jaded view of those he encou
Dale Harcombe
Aug 25, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it liked it
I don't think I have read any Elizabeth Lowell novels before. This was interesting enough to keep reading since I couldn't get to the library for any more books, and I quite enjoyed it. Some of the dialogue between Shaye and Tanner is sassy and clever. Other lines are just over the top. Basically that's what I thought about the whole book. Rather uneven in pace, dialogue and character. Okay but not brilliant. Maybe I should have been warned off by the cover?
Lowell has always had characters who talk to themselves in italics, but when it starts with the third graph into the story, you know you might be in trouble. She goes overboard with the italics hear, but her style remains pretty strong. If you love Lowell you'll like this, and if you don't, well you'l probably hate this.
A almost burned out cop returns home to settle his estranged uncle's estate, and mets the woman who found the uncle's body. She just happens to represent a conservation group try
I wanted to like this book far more than I did. EL has brought back the romance into her Romantic Suspense novels after fans complained that they had become suspense rather than romantic suspense. But this book is just missing a certain something. It's a very slow book. The pace is meandering rather than romping. The romance is lovely, and well worth the inclusion. But somehow this book just really fails at the pass.
Leila Mota
Mar 23, 2016 Leila Mota rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of books by Elizabeth Lowell some years ago. Many authors that were hot in the 80s or in the 90s couldn't keep their style or whatever we may call it, some even started sharing the writing with other people. I still read their books for some time and then I couldn't be interested anymore. To my surprise, this book kept my attention and I even think that the author got rid of what I used to think as excessive painful feelings.
Everything was too much, the men were always too hurt
Casey Hagen
Apr 17, 2014 Casey Hagen rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to reading an Elizabeth Lowell book again, it's been quite a while, but I was very disappointed in this book. The sizzle that usually accompanies her stories just wasn't there. By page 200 the couple hadn't even kiss yet, but then were all of a sudden having sex. Just didn't make sense. No natural progression. I also couldn't stand the frequent italics letting the reader know that essentially the character was talking to themselves in their own head. I know a lot of ...more
Kerrie Strong
I always look forward to Elizabeth Lowell's latest romantic suspense, and enjoyed this one, although I couldn't get into the characters as easily. I'm not sure what it was, but I had a hard time entering their heads and hearts. I liked the suspense part of the story, and I'd still recommend it because it was still a good read.
Barb in Maryland
Apr 16, 2013 Barb in Maryland rated it it was ok
After my experience with Lowell's last book (Beautiful Sacrifice), I swore off her books. Well, old habits die hard. After all, I've been reading her books for 30 years or so, so I picked this one up.
It was fairly 'meh' for me. I read it, I finished it, I don't regret the time spent. End of review.
Patty Youngdale
Apr 24, 2013 Patty Youngdale rated it did not like it
I have always enjoyed this author but this book is lame, seems like she had to throw something out there. I can't even finish it.
Apr 16, 2013 Jacqueline rated it liked it
I have to admit I was a little disappointed...I generally LOVE Elizabeth Lowell books but this one just felt a little long...
Jennifer Campbell
This was a little out of my norm, but it was on sale and I didn't want to stop reading after I got through the sample. It was not as quick as the last romance I read, though the suggestions of it began early. This was much more of a slow build - both in content and style. It didn't grip me quickly enough that I couldn't put it down at times, but just kept me interested enough to keep reading until I got to the more active developments in the investigation half way through the book. That was when ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it
Lowell did an excellent job of creating strong, likable characters and giving them voice. Tanner is rough around the edges but tall, dark and sexy. He is somewhat jaded from years on the force, and family disputes. Lets just say he lacks charm when on the case. I liked him, and we caught glimpses of his softer more vulnerable side. Shayne is sweet, smart and believes in what she does. Her contacts allow them entry into this small rural town as they move to discover the truth.As Tanner ruffle
Apr 05, 2015 AlwaysV rated it really liked it
I love everything Elizabeth Lowell/Ann Maxwell has written. Have to confess though, that her older books Fever, Eden Burning, etc. are still the ones I run to when life gets too tough. Loving Dangerous Refuge so much too. Loving the location in Nevada. Shaye and Tanner are amazing together. The hot spring scene? makes for such a sweet dream. Why not 5 stars? The scene Tanner rushed headlong to save Shaye but ended up crashing the truck?! Why? :D The cover is truly gorgeous, so Shaye! And no ...more
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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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