“Elizabeth, Oliver, and danger. Certainly a combination you ought not miss!” -Maldivian Book Reviews
A dangerous man . . .
The man who’d broken into Elizabeth Hardy’s Colorado house was no lost ski bum. Her inexplicable and intuitive powers, those unwanted gifts, were always vague, but she knew that much. Sam Oliver was tall, dark, and deadly—a liar and a trickster, and she’d finally found a man she couldn’t ignore.
Off limits . . .
She didn’t look like a fraud and a liar, and after years in Army Intelligence Col. Sam Oliver should know. Instead Elizabeth Hardy was a pale, vulnerable-looking waif, though he didn’t buy her innocent act. He’d always made it a rule to keep his hands off his targets. Some rules were made to be broken.
Unanswered questions . . .
With a young housewife missing and presumed dead, there were no simple answers to any number of questions. Why did the missing woman look exactly like the also-missing daughter of the secretary of state? Why did Elizabeth want to trust him, why did Sam suddenly want to believe in psychics? For God’s sake, why couldn’t they resist each other?
And the biggest question of all: would they survive to find out what was going on between them? Or was all hell about to break loose?
About the Author: Anne Stuart recently celebrated over forty years as a published author. She has won every major award in the romance field and appeared on the bestseller list of the NYTimes, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today, as well as being featured in Vogue, People Magazine, and Entertainment Tonight. Anne lives by a lake in the hills of Northern Vermont with her fabulous husband.
About the Author
Anne Stuart (b. 1948) is an American romance novelist who has written more than 100 books and is the recipient of the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors. Her first book was Barrett's Hill,a gothic romance published in 1974 when she had just turned 25. In addition to numerous stand-alone novels, she is the author of the series House of Rohan, Ice, and others. A native of Philadelphia, Stuart lives with her husband in Vermont.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 after the refreshing can remember those books well. Definitely glad I read this book and revisited some other previously read books as a result. This book has a bit of the paranormal going on with Elizabeth Hardy “seeing things” that are unsettling for her but helpful to the police in solving cases. When she sees something “big” the detective she is with calls in a buddy and the story takes a chilling turn. Sure, Elizabeth was helping with a serial murder case with a butcher fiend but with the word she threw out it brings on international implications that bring the government into play. What I liked: * Elizabeth: she was much stronger than she appeared to be at first and I really liked the way her character developed as the story progressed. * Sam: he seemed mean at first and rather obnoxious but he grew on me as the story got further along and by the end I really liked him a lot. * Phil: A good man – would have enjoyed knowing him better * Danny: Intriguing fellow – would love to read a story based on his character * The pace and plotting * The fact the story resonated even thirty years later – timeless What I did not like: * The Spandau group...and the people affiliated with it * The corrupt within and outside of the government * When the last page was finished and I wanted to know how Sam & Elizabeth ended up – would have loved an epilogue Thank you to NetGalley and Belle Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
3.5 STARS 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 she doesn't trust him. But they are forced to work together if they are to stop a serial killer. The more they discover in their investigation, the more questions they have ... and the more danger they face.. especially when she foresees Sam's death. Credibility had to be stretched a bit, but it was still an entertaining read. It was nicely paced with bursts of fast action. The intimate moments between Elizabeth and Sam were very explicit and expressive. Many thanks to the author / Belle Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Romantic Suspense. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Anne Stuart specializes in anti-hero heroes. Here Sam Oliver, a military intelligence operative baits psychic Elizabeth Hardy over her supposed skills, and openly suspects her of being more than she appears.Elizabeth is the last 29 yo virgin, with waist long hair and baggy shapeless clothes, a recluse tormented by her gift and trying to do some good with it. Their chemisty is intense and the book is short (a category romance that packs plot and punch) and while Sam never seemed to sleep (any normal human would have keeled over long before!) the romance is is hot and hte action is fast. A keeper and a reread.