Fires of Eden Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1987
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From Library Journal
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 the Hardcover edition.
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.--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Stilted dialogue, one-dimensional characters, improbably talented, gorgeous people. C'mon, Ms. Lowell. You can do MUCH better than this.
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?
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on March 11 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by Desmond Chan
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 morePublished on Aug. 11 2002
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 morePublished on March 20 2002
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 morePublished on March 17 2002
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 morePublished on March 1 2002
The beginning of this book is rather engaging, but about a quarter of the way through, it completely falls apart. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by G. Greene