New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.
In A Woman Without Lies, Hawk has never met an honest woman, while Angel isn't anything other than what she appears to be: physically beautiful and generous of spirit. She has experienced enough tragedy to last a lifetime, but in Hawk she finds a man worth fighting for. Together they discover that new love has the power to erase old hurts. Laural Merlington's effective narration brings their pain and pleasure to life in this tearjerker; she wrings every drop of passion from the story without resorting to melodrama. This 22-year-old romance is out of print, so the audiobook is a welcome purchase. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Innocent as Sin, the latest St. Kilda Consulting novel. Rand McCree would do anything to find the man who murdered his brother. The only lead is Kayla Shaw, a private banker who's in the middle of a money-laundering scheme. Now Kayla has become a liability, and the bad guys decide to take her out of the game-permanently-but Rand can't let that happen. Carol Monda is a competent reader, but she can't infuse the story with the tension that it lacks; nor can she make likable the unsympathetic characters. The plot moves along, further hindered by the chapter headings that call out the time. Some tracks are two minutes and others are nearly 20, which makes place-marking more difficult. Lowell has a strong following for her suspense novels, but this one misses the mark.-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.