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Special Gifts

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  31 reviews

Elizabeth Hardy was afraid - afraid of her ability to see things she had no way of knowing, and afraid to risk her heart again. In Colonel Sam Oliver she found the one man who could give her courage - and tempt her to love once more.

Sam needed her help. A woman was missing, a woman who held the world's fate in her hands, and only Elizabeth could find out
Mass Market Paperback, Silhouette Intimate Moments #321, 251 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Silhouette Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I think this was my first Anne Stuart book. It was love at first sight. I really gravitated towards this story about a reclusive woman who is tormented by her psychic ability to see dark events, and the mysterious, clearly dangerous, and very ruggedly-attractive man who comes to her hiding place from the world to get her help solving a kidnapping that may have national security implications. I don't really enjoy romance books where the characters are tracking a serial killer, unless they're ...more
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
A solid 4 starrer!
For the absolutely convincing and sizzling chemistry and connection.
The sizzle is just as physical as is metaphysical.

Love the mean and cranky jerk posing as the H here. But despite his baiting behaviour towards the h, it's lovely to see him fall for a woman so out of his 'type range'. She's small and skinny - no curves to speak of (horror!), is plain and wears glasses. But worse, is into psychic hocus-pocus!
His calling her swami grates but then he's hiding a lot of secrets of
Special Gifts was really good, it had a tough alpha hero and a psychic heroine.

Elizabeth has a gift, which has defined her whole life so now she uses it to help the Denver police when she can, while living in solitude like a nun in a cabin up in the mountains(left to her by her grandmother). She is hiding from life, she is frail, hardly eats, has no electricity and doesn't really know if she has a will to live.
Her gift has never helped when she needed it, she saw her parents death but no-one
Linda Strong

Elizabeth Hardy has a gift .... or a curse sometimes. She's been working with the Sheriff in order to help solve the recent crimes of women who have gone missing. The daughter of the secretary of state has been gone several days .. a young housewife disappeared a week ago.

Elizabeth has had some visions, but not enough to locate either woman.

The Sheriff brings in an old friend, Sam Oliver. Tall, dark and deadly, and a Colonel in Army Intelligence. He doesn't believe in psychics ... and
You can find this review in English below.

Esta historia tiene 250 páginas. Me he rendido en la página 170. Y es que ya no podía más. Estaba aburrida y cansada de saltar todos los agujeros que tiene la trama.

El coronel Sam Oliver es tu típico tío-alfa. Rudo, brusco, maleducado pero con su corazoncito, aunque éste está tan oculto que no se ve ni con una lupa. Trabaja para el gobierno, no recuerdo ya para qué rama, pero tiene luz verde para hacer todo lo que le dé la gana, como coger un vuelo
Chitra *CJ*
"Special Gifts" is the story of Elizabeth and Sam.

A psychic who can see death..
A skeptical CIA agent..
A deadly serial killer on the loose..

In this thrilling read, we see our emotionally strong, yet fragile and tortured heroine who is tormented by her visions of gore, and her inability to save those affected. She repents by helping out the police, until a string of women go missing, and her insight makes her a suspect..
Secret agent Sam does not believe in hocus-pocus. Yet the delicate looking
Debbie DiFiore
I can't believe I am going to say this but I actually loved an Anne Stuart novel and I even loved the H! He is a lot like her other A$$HAT, oops I mean alpha, heroes but he actually was a great guy. He didn't even have sex with some other random woman during the whole book. He didn't think of other women's breasts, legs, sex, etc. when he was with her. I was shocked. Who is this Anne Stuart? LOL She scares me actually alot, but this was a great book. It was about a woman with visions who is ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, paranormal
Years and years ago-30 to 40 years maybe-my favorite author was Anne Stuart. I used to hunt for her books because I knew I would get a really good story and more often than not, the hero would be dark and brooding and I appreciated that. Not that I can remember much, but I think there was usually a mystery or danger involved. When I saw this book on Net Galley there was no way I was passing it up, even though I knew there was a good chance I had read it way back when as it was a re-release. And ...more
Norah Gibbons
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note... The book I read was a reprint and possibly updated version of this story

I received a copy of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Special Gifts by Anne Stuart is a romantic suspense novel. Elizabeth Hardy has the gift of sight, alone with no family and few friends so she’s been using her abilities to help the local police force to try and solve a series of brutal murders by the Colorado Slasher. When she mentions seeing a name on a truck at the crime scene
Cathy Geha
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Special Gifts by Anne Stuart

Vintage romance that stands the test of time. I thought I was getting a book by one of my favorite authors only to find out that perhaps I have not read any of this author’s books before and find that sad...really very sad. Why? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read another by this author! That said...just did some sleuthing and it seems I may have read and enjoyed some of this author’s previous books but had to refresh my memory as to which ones...and
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
a great read!
a hidden gem, a definite I think I'm starting to like this author, I haven't read much by her, but am going to start now!!
5++ stars!
Farshana S A
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vr-lib
It's been a while since I read an Anne Stuart book. Special Gifts was an entertaining read with an alpha hero and a psychic heroine.

Elizabeth Hardy has lived with her powers of sensing and seeing things from a very young age and most times the trances leave her drained and deprived. She helps the local police force as much as she can. Sam Oliver, an Army Intelligence Colonel, on the other hand, has no use for frauds and tricksters which is what he considers Elizabeth to be. But he is forced to
I read this because I read a review raving about the book and the hero. If I had read it in 1990, the date it was released, I'd have liked it. Instead, it brought into focus how much romance has changed in the last 20 years.

Sam is so dominant--a my-way-or-the-highway type of guy. He decides Elizabeth doesn't really need her glasses and he doesn't like them, so he takes them off her and crumples them up. So she spends the rest of the book not being able to see well. In the beginning they hate
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
ARC courtesy of Netgalley

I didn't realize when I requested this one from Netgalley that it was a reissue by Bell Bridge Books of a very old Stuart title, one first published in 1990 under the Silhouette Intimate Moments imprint. It was a finalist for the RITA award for romantic suspense in 1991.

I've read many of Stuart's more recent books, and often find them both compelling yet disturbing, with their anti-hero male leads. This one, however, has a good guy male lead: an Army Intelligence officer
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great introduction to a new author for me! I loved how the romance and suspense were blended. Nothing too explicit in either genre for those who are squeamish. And even though you know who the bad guy is fairly early, you have to keep reading in order to find out his agenda. I would have liked more to the ending re the romance side as it seemed to resolve too quickly for me. Despite having been written in 1990, the story doesn’t feel dated (other than the telephone reference) although ...more
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was a pretty good mystery romance novel. Liz has pyschic abilities that she utilizes to help find the killer of several women. She meets Sam who is suspicious of her abilities but ultimately cannot deny their usefulness. They have an immediate connection that they initially fight but proves to powerful to deny. Although I wasn't crazy about Liz's fragile, depressing state she does come around to show a stronger
Diane Saul
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Hardy is living in seclusion in Colorado. She assists local police but she pays a terrible toll. One of her visions results in her police contacting Colonel Sam Oliver who thinks Elizabeth is a fraud, he doesn’t believe in psychics. Cicmstances require Elizabeth and Sam to work together.

This book was previously published in 1990. I hadn’t read it before and was glad for the opportunity to read it now. There was plenty of suspense along with a romance. I would recommend this book to
An excellent romantic suspense with a bit of paranormal. It's gripping and entertaining and I rooted for the characters.
I loved the romance and the mystery, solid and well crafted.
The cast of characters is well thought and likeable.
My impression is that the author left the ending somehow open so there could be another book with this characters.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Barbara Lack
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such n enjoyable read. Elizabeth is a kind and caring woman with special talent. Sam is dominating, lethal and can be a bit of a jerk. There is a lot of intrigue and suspense. The author’s description of the scenery was vivid. I felt as though I was floating along the canals. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Head in the clouds
The only Anne Stuart book where I feel lukewarm- maybe even dislike for the hero - he really was a bit of a dick...
Sandy Carmichael
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Good read; put out as a romance story but good mystery also with ESP being a part of it.
Illustrious Illusions
Anne Stuart always delivers a good book. Keep in mind this is a reprint...from about 30 years ago, but a reprint none-the-less. A well written story with a little bit of everything to keep you interested :)
29 year old Elizabeth Hardy moves to Colorado for one reason. To lick her wounds in private and resign herself to the fate of a lonesome life for the rest of her days. But one thing that prevents her from not seeking the company of other people, mainly that of Police Detective Phil Grayson is because of her visions, the visions that render her as cold as ice from deep within; visions of horror, evilness and blood red murders. It is one such vision that propels Phil to contact his ex-Army ...more
I have never been more glad to be proven wrong. Just when I decided to give up on Anne Stuart after my failed attempts to fall in love with her Black Ice featuring the coldest hero I have ever came across. Boy am I glad all her heroes aren't all like the one on Black Ice - I'd hate to miss all the things Anne Stuart has to offer.

Back to the book- Special Gift is a perfect blend of romance and suspense. I've read books like this and the mystery is usually overshadowed by the romance you fail to
Elisabeth Lane
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Here is the best thing I can say about this book: I didn't actually find it horribly offensive. I just hated it. My biggest problem with it, other than the fact I was bored with it by page 50, was that I just kept muttering to myself, "This doesn't work like that. That doesn't work like this. NONE of this works like that." The hero is an Army intelligence and one of the first things he does is commandeer a plane at Andrews Air Force Base and fly to Colorado to conduct an investigation. No. ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Man, the cover art is really misleading - this book is not all rosey haze and sweetly smiling lovers.

A psychic heroine, a military intelligence hero who needs her skills to stop a terrorist threat (view spoiler). One thing I like about Stuart is that she doesn't provide a Pollyanna depiction of the US government - it's all hidden agendas and double crosses because, after all, the government is made up of
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Elizabeth Hardy was afraid - afraid of her ability to see things she had no way of knowing, and afraid to risk her heart again. In Colonel Sam Oliver she found the one man who could give her courage - and tempt her to love once more. Sam needed her help. A woman was missing, a woman who held the world's fate in her hands, and only Elizabeth could find out where she was. But the search would be a dangerous one, and even success might not assure Elizabeth of a future where she
Angela Wade
Don't let the name of the book or the illustration turn you off - they really don't do justice to the story. Another gamma-type hero from Stuart, but she's gotten much, much better at portraying the depths of these types of characters. The heroine is intelligent and unwilling to simply sit by and let someone take the heat for her, which is always refreshing. Too short to fully explore the complex plot, but a very interesting read nonetheless, showing how far Anne Stuart has come in the twenty ...more
Book Him Danno
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Special gifts have it ups and downs that bring the stars form 4 to 3 and 1\2. The story is a dark and gritty and might not be for everyone. The romance didn't quite fit in this story and at times felt forced to be in the book.
The author has the ability to paint a dark story intertwining strong characters who are always evolving and changing from first page to the last page.
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of Anne Stuart Special Gifts.
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My Favorite Romance Novel.
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic
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