This latest offering by this talented author of western romance tells the story of Sara Maddox, an art dealer and owner of a design studio in San Francisco. For months she has been having phone conversations with Jay Vermillion, a rancher and former military man who has inherited the Vermillion Sky in Wyoming from his late father. Sara is intrigued by Jay and the contrasts presented by the smooth talking, articulate man who is the reluctant owner of a series of paintings owned by his late father. The paintings are scattered around the ranch holdings and have to be located.
Jay is also enmeshed in a vicious battle for control of the artwork with his father’s ex-wife and her son (his half brother). Jay hires Sara to research history and ultimately sell his father’s art and the attraction between them, from the beginning, is intense. Sara, who agrees to stay at the ranch and work on finding and cataloging the paintings, is immediately enmeshed in the conflicts and drama of the ranch.
I have to admit that I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book in the first few chapters. But I have to tell you that it was a compelling read, with intense descriptions of the Wyoming landscape and lifestyle. Lowell did her trademark work with this book, drawing her characters with a fine brush and meshing these two very diverse individuals in a perfect montage of intense attraction and romance. A fine edge of intrigue around these paintings, the artist, and the family members coveting the work, just adds to the delicious complexity of the novel. Not to be missed!
Reviewed by: Jeri Neal
Rating: 4 1/2