by Elizabeth Lowell

June 2001
ISBN: 0-0601-9875-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Moving Target lives up to the high standard readers have come to expect from Elizabeth Lowell. Events, places and characters flow together seamlessly - this is what a romantic suspense should be! Villains should be villains and be appropriately bone chilling. There should be an actual mystery and you should not be able to guess the who, what, where, when and why of it all half way through the book. Yet there should be romance. A man and a woman put together by whatever means the author deems. Bonds should grow, love should bloom and happiness should flower.

In other words Moving Target earned every one of the five roses I gave it. Serena Charters is a very self-sufficient woman. Raised by her seemingly eccentric and thoroughly paranoid grandmother, she's always been urged to distrust her fellow man. By some twist of fate, she's managed to avoid becoming the hard woman her grandmother had been and still be tough enough to handle whatever the world wants to throw her way. Not until her grandmother's death is she faced with the possibility that her grandmother wasn't just a paranoid old lady, but that she really did have something to fear. And now whatever or whoever her grandmother feared is after her. Her inheritance is the key to all the intrigue that now surrounds her life - but she'll need help to find and keep the rest of it.

Erik North is a man who can tame wild creatures. He has the patience of Job and the intelligence to make all that waiting worthwhile. Right from the start he's enigmatic and ridiculously appealing. He's a man who has the ability to kill silently and quickly but has chosen instead to use his abilities to find and guard the ancient treasures of the world. Unfortunately, in the world of ancient art, the ability to kill silently and quickly is very useful to have. Much is the case when Erik and Serena embark on a journey to uncover the mysteries of The Book of The Learned and an old lady’s death. Complicating matters are ancient ties that bind Erik and Serena together. Their past and their fate are tied in with the ancient book. It must be found.

Ms. Lowell has woven whispers of her books, Forbidden, Enchanted and Untamed through Moving Target. These books are among my least favorites of the Lowell books and are three that I've reread the least. Moving Target makes me want to give them a second try. It's been years since I've picked up these books. Perhaps now I'll read them and be left happier with them than I was the first time.

All of the characters in this book are interesting, some, of course, more than other. I'm left wondering what will happen to Dana and Niall in the future. Will Shane Tannahill be featured in one of Ms. Lowell's future works? (God, I hope so!) And exactly how did Gretchen react to the chocolate syrup in her shoe?

Hopefully all of these characters will be revisited soon. And if not, it sure was thrilling getting to know them through Moving Target.

Reviewed in February 2002 by JaToya.

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