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Fires of Eden [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Lowell
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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June 1987 Silhouette Intimate Moments
The intense passion and storytelling magic of New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell blazes in this remarkable reimagined classic of desire, hope, and dangerous destiny-as the fires of Eden burn hotter than ever before.Eden Burning

Paradise calls to Chase Wilcox. A man of science fascinated by the rebirth of life in the wake of cataclysmic natural upheaval, he is drawn to the lush beauty of the island of Hawaii and the secrets it holds -- while escaping the destruction of his own personal world. Here where warm breezes caress the skin and vibrant colors assault the senses -- and where dangerous fires rage unseen beneath the earth's surface -- Chase plans to immerse himself in his work...and somehow heal and forget. The last thing he needs or wants is love.

But the island is home to many unexpected wonders, which is why Nicole Ballard could never leave it. A research assistant, an artist, and a dancer -- a tall, stunning redhead who goes by the stage name of Pele, the goddess of fire -- she, too, hides a secret pain, releasing her pent-up sensuality to the accompaniment of native drums before a mesmerized audience. Nicole has never met a man quite like Chase, strong, intense, and brilliant. And he, in turn, is fascinated by this remarkable woman who seems to be a breathtaking force of nature in her own right. Fate has cast them together, causing a chain reaction that neither imagined in their most secret dreams.

Joined on an important scientific project that carries them into the verdant heart of a tropical wonder land, Nicole and Chase will be forced to confront their own lingering inner darkness, while resisting a newly inflamed need to touch, to give...to care. But in the shadows of Kilauea, all restraints will be broken, as emotions flow as hot and free as rivers of molten lava. And desire will erupt, as unpredictable and dangerous as the living volcano, transforming the very landscape of their lives -- a torrent that no power on earth can contain, a passion that bums like fire.

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Winner of the Romance Writers of America Award in 1994, Lowell has been retooling older paperback works and reissuing them as hardcovers. Her newest revision concerns passion in, appropriately, Hawaii.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elizabeth Lowell's acclaimed suspense novels include the New York Times bestsellers The Color of Death, Die in Plain Sight, Moving Target, and Running Scared, as well as the four books featuring the Donovan family, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. Lowell has more than thirty million books in print. She lives in Arizona and Seattle, Washington, with her husband, with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

Las aclamadas novelas de suspenso de la autora Elizabeth Lowell incluyen varios bestsellers en la New York Times. Lowell ha vendido mÁs de treinta millones de ejemplares. Vive con su esposo en Seattle, Washington y Sedona, Arizona, con quien escribe novelas de misterio bajo un seudÓnimo.

--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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When is it going to dawn on writers/Mainlanders running from their mistakes that we in Hawaii don't want them to come here and bring their "baggage" with them? No matter how "at home" you feel, what kind of spiritual moments you think you have here, you will be an outsider until the day you die-preferably somewhere else. Lowell buys into every tourist cliche ever contrived when she misuses famous Hawaiian names and then names her heroine Pele:that alone should be enough to make Kilaeua erupt in indignation. Using the hula for sexual tension and having onstage clinches is another major no-no. Did she do ANY research with local Hawaiians? This is a formula book with the requisite cute meet, sexual tension, sloppy sex, the "bump" when there is a misunderstanding, and the reconciliation. Romance readers should skip it because it appears hurriedly written and poorly edited, not to mention the commodification of Hawaiian culture for a draw, and just plain bad research - I was a fan until read this one. Now it'll be a while before I buy Lowell again and I hope she rewrites this one with more sensitivity to the culture she pillages for material.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but Silly March 20 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
I purchased the audio version of this book knowing it was one of the author's earlier books. I've always been a fan of Elizabeth Lowell's and when you compare her early works to her current books I can see the difference in character and plot development. Eden Burning lacks depth, though I do give the author points for trying to incorporate some of the technical aspects during a volcanic eruption. I thought the addition of drums as a sound effect on the cassette was a little silly and distracting as it made me think of cannibals rather than Hawaiian dancing. I felt the book ended too abruptly (at least it did on the audio version, I don't know how it is on the text version) and there was a brief message from the author noting she had revisited the characters and had beefed up the storyline. Some things are best left unvisited, and Eden Burning is one of them. Only the most die hard of Lowell's fans may want to read this and appreciate the literary growth of Lowell's skill in her more recent work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Descriptive, and overly dramatic... Feb. 26 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Chase Wilcox thinks all women are lying, scheming _________ (fill in preferred noun here), because of an experience with such a woman. He meets Nicole Ballard, who he thinks is trying to ruin his brother's marriage. Though it is clear that she is anything but, he cynically sees her as having a hidden agenda that everyone else is too stupid to pick up on.
He takes her to bed, calls her a tramp, and hurts her badly. He later tries to amend this, but can't seem to get her to trust him (or herself). So, he decides to help her learn to trust herself (and gain self-esteem in the process), and leave before he asks her to do something she doesn't want (like get married).
Obviously, the story is much more complicated than that.
This book is OK, just not my type of plot. I find the hero, portrayed as a very intelligent man, a contradiction in his low opinion of women. I mean, getting burned real bad once does not guarantee that all women are alike.
The book was also quite dramatic. I like a bit of emotion in a romance, but the analogies of butterflies throughout the book might have been over the top. I also knew something was very wrong when the characters started speaking in rhyme.
On the plus side, I have always loved the descriptive writing of Elizabeth Lowell which is displayed in this book. And yes, I will read more of her books.
All in all, this may be someone's idea of a good read, but everyone has something different to say.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual Nov. 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love many of Lowell's books (the Donovan clan series, built around gemstones, for example) but this was so formulaic and ridiculous that I threw it in the trash. Stunningly beautiful-but-wounded innocent (who somehow managed to become the world's best, most erotic dancer in a couple of years), beloved and protected by the entire island of Hawaii, it seems, falls for a brilliant, world-leading scientist who is somehow too stupid to understand that a bad experience with one woman doesn't mean that all women are cheap tramps. This chick's all but got bluebirds twittering around her head (all the little children love her, all the women adore her) but he misses that, too, takes her to bed--where he awakens those ole' hidden fires--but then calls her a tramp. She's immeasurably wounded (and, get this--all those loving, protective islanders apparently figure that because the guy's REALLY in love they don't need to do anything about it). He immediately feels bad about misjudging her, wins her back with a lot of nonsense about butterflies licking from his hand if he'll only hold still long enough, then dumps her. Takes a volcano eruption that the whole world except the heroine knew about to get the guy to rescue her and have a happy ending.
Stilted dialogue, one-dimensional characters, improbably talented, gorgeous people. C'mon, Ms. Lowell. You can do MUCH better than this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sexual healing July 31 2002
I expected a love story, a romance. If there was any doubt in my mind it was confirmed by the ending which was all about sex. I have only read one other book by Lowell so I am not a particular fan of hers or the genre. This book was not that bad. I was particulary moved by the misunderstanding in the middle of the book. But from that point on the book lost all credibility. Nicole never held Chase accountable for his rudeness. And later she did not challenge him on his assumptions about her motives. No way would I forgive someone without having that conversation!
The only other gap I will point to in the story is the absense of the other characters toward the end of the book. I think Lowell could have done a better job of developing some of the other adult characters and making them a part of the story. What about Jan? She is such a great person but she does not have a line past the first chapter. And Dane. Give us some of the conversation between he and his brother at the end. Okay, one more gap... how does Chase know how to drum for Tahitian dance? I thought he was from Hawaii but later it seems he is not. Oh well. It is not a mystery novel, it is a romance. Boy gets girl - boy loses girl - boy gets girl back. I just wish Lowell had ended the book with Nicole's clothes on. Nicole said she did not want to be a man's "thing" yet in the last scene she is naked in the lap of a fully clothed man. Duh?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where did she go wrong?!?
I loved the Untamed series and think of Lowell as a pretty good writer in general and a great writer when compared to others in her genre. This book was just plain stupid. Read more
Published on March 11 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Tepid and embarrassingly dramatic
When the descriptions of Mauna Loa and volcanic regions Kilauea breathes more sprite and fire than the romance, it becomes crystal clear that the classic love story is tepid and... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002 by Desmond Chan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth re-publishing
I've enjoyed other books by Elizabeth Lowell but this one was decidedly below her usual quality. The characters were a little flat and she was not up to her usual research... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this one!
Not one of Ms. Lowell's better efforts. I generously gave it 2 stars because it was slightly better than DESERT RAIN, which I generously gave 1 star). Read more
Published on March 20 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I wish I had waited for the paperback. Really a poor example of Mrs. Maxwell's work. She is one of my favorite authors but this book is obviously one of her first efforts and... Read more
Published on March 17 2002 by "hvcan"
1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Fizzle
I only wish I would have known that it was an "updated" version of an old book by this author before I purchased it. Read more
Published on March 1 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best Work
The beginning of this book is rather engaging, but about a quarter of the way through, it completely falls apart. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2002 by G. Greene
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip This One!
I suffered through this in audiocassette form and my head is still throbbing from the incessant drum references throughout the story. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2002 by melibrarian
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