From Publishers Weekly
Those expecting this book to be as thrilling and romantic as the tales spun by Lowell's mother, Elizabeth Lowell, will be sorely disappointed by this uninspired effort. None of the characters possesses a distinct voice or much depth, so it's difficult to be drawn in by the plight of Los Angeles assistant DA Tessa Jacobi, who has just taken on a high profile date rape case. Aspiring singer Kelly Martin claims that a popular pro quarterback raped her, but there's little physical evidence to support her story. Determined to override the he-said/she-said stalemate of most celebrity cases, Tessa enlists the aid of handsome PI Luke Novak. Their investigation leads them to Club Red, a private salon that serves as a stable for "Thoroughbreds," innocent young girls who are trained for sexual pleasure. As Tessa and Luke dig deeper, the attraction between them builds, but their sex scenes lack passion. A suspenseful attempt on Tessa's life gives readers momentary hope that the author has hit her stride, but the scene quickly gives way to more tedious narration. Lowell (When the Storm Breaks
) has yet to master the skill of telling a story through action rather than passive narration and dialogue, and it is this handicap that prevents the novel from fully engaging the reader.
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“Heather Lowell Kicks off her teriffic debut with a sexy, romantic suspense.” (Romantic Times on WHEN THE STORM BREAKS)
“[Heather] Lowell proves that talent can pass from one generation to the next.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
“From page one, When The Storm Breaks announces itself as a romance for readers of the author’s generation.” (Publishers Weekly)
“[Heather] Lowell has crafted a heroine whose verve mirrors her creator’s.” (Publishers Weekly on WHEN THE STORM BREAKS)
Lowell is back with another intense romantic thriller that is just as riveting and complex as the first. (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
Definitely an author on the rise (Romantic Times BOOKclub)