An interesting twist from her newer novels (where I started). I can see the framework of her newer novels through this work. What I did love was the expanded romance section, which did not ever detract from the suspense and drama of the novel. A great read!
Having read this first, then "Fever", then coming back to this one - the complex intricacy of the two novels combining for one longer story is great! Although separate in their plots, the framework is the same (think different rooms in the same house....). Well worth getting the set!
A very good earlier story by Lowell.
The Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador is mysterious and beautiful. Trace Rawlings is a man who lives by his own rules. Ruthless and domineering, he takes what he wants. But Cynthia is used to someone trying to manipulate her, having dealt with her father all her life. She feels sure she can handle Trace. After all, he's just there to guide her through the treacherous forest, right?
Part of a series of book, but this one stands alone. It is a great book and hard to find.
Good early Lowell, she never disappoints.
I have liked this book more after I read it a few times. It was difficult to follow the story and stay interested the first time through. Second time I seemed to be able to like the characters a bit more and understand the story.
Cynthia and Trace are forced to survive in the Ecuador forest. They start out as moral enemies, but fate has ther plans.
Another good Elizabeth Lowell book!
The 2nd and last book of the McCalls. The first was Fever which told the story of Rye. This book features Cynthia who like her brother is constantly being set up with men by her father who wants to ensure a dynasty. After his many manipulations does not lead his daughter to the alter, McCall Sr. realizes there does not have to be a marriage for Cynthia to give him grandchildren!
I love this book, except for the whole tracing-the-orchid scene, which I just skip now on a reread. Put two people who hate each other in one car and get them soaked through with rain every once in a while. Definitely a 10 on the sexual tension scale.
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Like Trace Rawlings - a man who lives by his won rules. Ruthless, domineering, he takes what he wants.
But Cynthia Ryan is used to someone trying to manipulate her, especially her powerful father. Surely she can handle this man. After all, he's just there to guide her through the treacherous forest.
Thrown together by her father's ruthless ambition, first as adversaries, then as lovers, Trace and Cynthia force their way through the cloud forest - transformed by a passion as wild and steamy as the forest itself.