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Subject: Elizabeth Lowell.... my new obsession!
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 8:09 PM ET
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I just finished Only Love - by Elizabeth Lowell. Its the first book of hers I have ever read and I LOVED it!!! I have been looking for an author as good as some of my favs like Linda Howard and Susan Elizabeth Phillips and I think I have found it. Anyone else a fan? What do you think of her romantic suspense. I would like to give it a try.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I loved Tell Me No Lies ..I have zero interest in Chinese stuf yet I was fascinated with the story(she can tell what's real and fake - a talent she has) the government wants her to determine if something is real or fake by allowing her credibility to be swayed by a  man(and boy oh boy was he HOT!) so if she does the job her credibility will be gone forever. plus she has recurring ngihtmares and her parents died when she was little in China and stuff from her past comes up and she risks losing respect of people who were like family to her.. I really liked it and now I'm wanting to read it again. I also liked the books named after jewels though i need to re-read them 'cause I've forgotten a lot of those (amber beach, jade island, pearl cove, and ruby something or other)

and yes I love those alpha guys and loved outlaw and warrior - 2 older silhouette desires!

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 8:39 PM ET
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I really enjoyed her medevial series.  I think the first book was Forbidden.  It was really good.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:19 PM ET
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I am not a fan but have read 10+ bks of her in my day. Like quilt, I loved TELL ME NO LIES. I actually do know a *little* about Chinese bronzes and I thought her research was superb. Not a false note in the book.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:26 PM ET
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I loved her historicals. Only Love is part of a series, you have to get the rest!  I loved the medieval series also. The thin contemporaries that she wrote are awesone...Chain Lightning, Granite Man, Reckless Love, Sweet Wind Wild Wind, Forget Me Not, Valley of the Sun (also called Beautiful Dreamer), Fire and Rain, Warrior, Outlaw, Too Hot to Handle,

I believe I have read all of the ones I listed above...she is great. I haven't, however, read any of her suspense. I may have to give them a try. She is an incredible writer.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:36 PM ET
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Yes - I'm trying to get a deal on the rest of the Only series!! Good to know that the contemporaries are good.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 1:48 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/20/2009 11:43 AM ET
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I tried reading one of her medievals, Untamed. But she was beating the falcon metaphor like a dead horse and I gave it up. Haven't tried reading any more of her books, but I'm wondering if her latching onto a metaphor is a trait or was just a phase?

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 9:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/24/2009 7:21 AM ET
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I don't remember the falcon metaphor. but yes metaphors are her style.

Subject: I love her books
Date Posted: 7/25/2009 1:41 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/25/2009 3:15 PM ET
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She has several pen names for other genres.  So when you run out of her books, she has mysteries and SciFi as well.

ETA   Ann Maxwell and A E Maxwell.



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Date Posted: 7/25/2009 8:18 PM ET
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Thanks ladies! Since first posting this topic I have ordered and received the entire only series - two from the medieval series and the donovan series as well as to the ends of the earth. I'm really excited to read them all!!!! Thanks for all of your feedback:-)

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 9:30 PM ET
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Karla -

she usually does pick a metaphor or motif for a book and  repeats it ad nauseum.

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 10:47 PM ET
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One book she did this at the beginning so much I had to actually skip 2 hours ahead. I was listening to it and I just figured 2 CDs into it should be enough... it was... I won't read or listen to that one again, though. It was the one set in Hawaii. Aha. Eden Burning. Her earlier books are like that quite a bit. As you get further along in publication dates, that is weeded out some. And some of the ones that were reprinted seem to have some of that edited out (though not much). ETA I mean, reprinted under different names.



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Date Posted: 7/26/2009 11:43 PM ET
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I find Lowell to be a hit-or-miss author for me. Loved To The Ends of the Earth, and Too Hot To Handle, and the first and last books of the Only Series. She does have a tendency to repeat certain themes or phrases or something over and over in one book until you just want to scream I GOT IT ALREADY - and yet, in some books that works for me and in others not so much. She does put in a lot of details about whatever the subject is - the one about caves comes to mind, but the title escapes me. I'm not glomming her but when a book appears in front of me, yeah I'll read it.