Beautiful Sacrifice

Beautiful Sacrifice

by Elizabeth Lowell

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“This author delivers pure, undiluted excitement."
—Jayne Ann Krentz
“Romantic suspense is her true forte.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Elizabeth Lowell’s keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre.”
Charlotte News & Observer

Perennial New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell boldly puts the romance back into romantic suspense with Beautiful Sacrifice—a story of passion and intrigue centered around the ancient Mayan prediction of the apocalyptic end of everything.  Lowell’s thrillingly imaginative tale unites a dedicated female archaeologist with a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer on a mission to recover priceless South American artifacts that could bring deadly chaos into our world. Beautiful Sacrifice is action, suspense, and love on a bestselling par with Lisa Gardner, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts…and exactly the sort of romantic adventure that inspired Johanna Lindsey to declare, “Lowell is great!”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061664397
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/26/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 169,933
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 6.64(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Date of Birth:

April 5, 1944

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


B. A., University of California, 1966

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Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is NOT Elizabeth Lowell at her best. The first third of the book is chaotic...moving from non sequitor to confusion. The usually fine characterization to be found in Lowell's novels is completely missing here. The reader has no handle on the characters and so is less invested in their actions and their feelings. Whoever the editor was needs to find another job! This book should never have gone to press as it is. The only redeeming quality is the fine research done on the central subject. The final two thirds of the book are more in keeping with Lowell's fine writing style, but still lacks the basis of good characterization that makes a story like this worth reading. Pass this one by and wait for Ms. Lowell to come back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of her romantic suspense novels, but this one just didn't quite have the depth of charater or storyline as usual. I'll set it aside and read it again in a month or so and if it reads better.
EPReviewer More than 1 year ago
This was an extremely disappointing book. Hard to imagine that it was produced by one of my favorite authors. The plot was fair. The writing was very choppy and immature. The romance was forced and was awkward at best. I can't recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of E. Lowell. But this is not a "keeper". I've reread almost all her books, but this one didn't have the same quality. Really dragged and that is unusual. Give her other books a try, but wait for the library loaner on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Elizabeth Lowell books, but this one was really hard to read. I felt like i started it half way through the story. Even the dialog was difficult to follow. Was there a prequel I missed somewhere?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story strained credulity, and it is evident the author is emulating Fifty Shades...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But i just didnt dig the characters they felt a little trite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typically, I am a HUGE Lowell fan, but this book was very disappointing. It read more like a treatise on Mayan archeology. The relationship between the two main characters felt like an afterthought. There was no real depth or chemistry. I was so bored by this book that I broke my own rule and didn't even finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good author and well written!
grandma20 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading thjs book very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very Disappointed. . . This is not one of her better books. The plot is disconnected and highly unlikely. Usually, I will buy any new release with her name on it, but this time that idea bit me in the butt. The book lacks her usual high degree of research, it was almost as if she changed the setting half way through the book and didn't go back to change all of the details. Basements RARELY exist in houses in Houston (they would have a constant battle with the water table), and I-10 does not go anywhere near South Padre Island. The level of characterization that we have come to expect was also not in evidence. The personality of the characters was flat to the point of being cardboard, and the dialog was stilted.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dr. Lina Taylor is an archaeologist at Houston's Museum of the Maya. She is a descendant of the Maya and of their Spanish conquerors. Her father is an eccentric archaeologist. Her mother sells antiquities. They hate each other and Lina is pulled between them but has come to accept each of them for themselves and build her life away from them both. When some very rare Maya artifacts go missing, Hunter Johnston goes on the hunt for them to help out a friend who might lose his career because of the loss. His hunt leads him to Lina because of her expertise, contacts, and because the artifacts probably came from lands her family has owned for generations in the Yucatan. He wasn't expecting to fall in love with her. He thought he buried his heart with his ex-wife and young daughter when they were killed in a head-on collision with a truck. He wasn't looking to put his heart on the line again. Lina wasn't looking for love either. She never thought she would find a man as comfortable in the city or the jungle as she was. But someone else wants the artifacts Hunter and Lina are searching for too and is willing to kill anyone in the way. Added to this is the fact that Dec. 21, 2012 is an auspicious day in the Maya calendar. According to that calendar, the world will end and be remade then. Religious fanatics who believe this and want to help the prophecy along are also on Hunter and Lina's trail as they try to track the missing artifacts.Hunter and Lina have to deal with her obsessed father, her aging grandmother, her mother's expectations and a cult that believes in blood sacrifice as they travel from Houston to the depths of the Yucatan searching for ancient Maya artifacts.The romance grows naturally between Hunter and Lina as they face danger together and learn that they hold fundamental values in common. The story was filled with danger, intrigue, adventure and wonderful scenery. I recommend it to fans of romantic suspense.
ReviewsFromTheHeart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well here it is, 2012 and once more there is talk of the Mayans and the prophetic December 21, 2012 date looming in the very near future. This is the under lying theme for the latest book by Elizabeth Lowell, Beautiful Sacrifice.This one is an action-packed version of Romancing the Stone meets Indiana Jones with a whole lot more sexuality going on between the two main characters Dr. Lina Taylor and Hunter Johnston. There on and off again steamy relationship became when Hunter was called in to audit some of the classes Lina teaches at the museum her family owns. Now with the light being drawn on the Mayan prophecy, Hunter calls in a favor with Lina. Apparently during a recent arrest some Mayan artifacts have gone missing. Very rare artifacts that border on priceless and would guarantee the owner of such items to be not only wealthy but to gain such importance in all social aspects, they could write their own ticket to anywhere.Hunter's friend, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer or ICE for short, has been accused of the stealing the artifacts. If he can't locate and return the items, he will be fired. This isn't something he can do since he's married to his wife Ali, who is pregnant and between them already have five kids. So he enlists Hunter's help.This is where the storyline truly escalates in fast forward as the body count begins to climb. These artifacts are objects used in a blood sacrifice ritual that is culminating around the Mayan calendar prophecy. As arrests are made, the trio discover human sacrifices are already being conducted, lives are being exchanged and the hunt is on. Only now Lina is the object of the hunt and a man by the name of El Maya and he will stop at nothing to ensure that she is found and brought to him. Could her lineage have anything to do with the artifacts, the upcoming ceremony and the need for a blood sacrifice? You'll just have to pick this one up to find out!I received Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. This book does contain some graphic violence and sexuality, so the reader should be warned before picking this one up as some subjects matters may not be suitable for all audience types. However if you love a great romance story with a bit of mystery, suspense and action thrown in, then you will love this one. It definitely keeps the reader engaged til the very end. I would rate this one a 3 out of 5 stars just based on my personal rating system, but overall the story is amazing.
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MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell was an archaeological thriller-romance read that had me on the edge of my seat throughout the read.   The romance was hot and heavy as  Lina and Hunter yielded to their need.  The story was rich in Mayan culture and belief, and violence as blood was shed in sacrifice.  Lowell's characters were rich and well developed, strong in their individual rite. The story was shrouded in mystery and very intriguing as Hunter and Lina searched for the missing artifacts.   Returning to Lina's childhood home, they were met with an ailing grandmother,  a selfish mother and a temperamental father, and a cousin lost in the traditional Mayan ways of the past. The most perfect, most beautiful of all sacrifices was to be the Mayan princess, unless Hunter could somehow stop the event from happening.    His entire future depended upon it.   This was a very intense read and as a result was very enjoyable.   Lowell's writing style, although very informative, was smooth and easy to follow.
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Plot and story line hook you st once
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The_Book_Queen More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Sacrifice was my first Elizabeth Lowell book, but I assure you it will not be my last! I love this book---the rich details, the intense story line, the smokin' hot chemistry between Lina and Hunter, as well as the witty parts sprinkled through out! I was sucked right into the story from page one, and even when I wasn't reading it, I was still thinking about it, wondering what would happen next, daydreaming about it, etc. I loved all the information and stories of the Maya. Even though this is a work of fiction, I could tell by the way things were written that Elizabeth put a lot of research into it, not just her creative edge. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed and perhaps even a bit disappointing. After all the things that went on in the first 3/4 of the book, I guess I was expecting something major, and instead everything was wrapped up neatly (more or less) in a very short amount of time. Obviously I knew the world wasn't going to come to an end, but I was still waiting for more. Overall, a great book, and one that I highly recommend, not only for the thrilling--and very interesting--story, but also for the sexy tension between Lina and Hunter. Well done, Lowell, well done!
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One of Elizabeth Lowell's finest.
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