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.
Chase Wilcox knows all he needs to know about women - gold-digging vampires, the lot of them. So when his married brother starts espousing Nicole Ballard's charms, Chase runs to the rescue. One look at Nicole, and he is hopelessly lost, but his defenses go into overdrive. Believing he is saving his brother's marriage, Chase ruthlessly seduces and abandons Nicole, destroying her with a single, deliberate conversation. Only afterward, when the veil of hatred clouding his vision lifts, does he truly see her and realize the damage he has inflicted. James Daniels handles Lowell's wrenching novel with impressive skill. Emotions seethe beneath the surface but are never overdramatized, even during explicit love scenes. His smooth delivery and comfortable cadence make for easy, pleasurable listening. Perfect vacation material; highly recommended for public libraries. - Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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September 30, 2002
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Excerpt from Eden Burning by Elizabeth Lowell
"Did you say something, little brother " Chase asked.
"I just wanted to be sure you could spare the two weeks," Dane retorted, his voice smooth and smug. He winked at Nicole.
"What two weeks " Chase asked, looking at Nicole again rather than at his brother.
"The two weeks when you take Mark and Sandi."
Chase's head snapped around. He gave Dane his full attention. "Counting chickens "
Dane just smiled.
"What chickens " Nicole asked.
"Chase and I have a bet," Dane explained. "When he loses, he takes the kids while Jan and I go on vacation."
Nicole's hesitation came from the emotions she sensed seething just beneath Chase's calm exterior. She didn't know what was wrong, but she could guess. Impulsively she turned to him and rested her hand on his bare forearm.
"I know how busy you must be, and Dane's kids can be a handful. Not to mention Lisa," Nicole said. Then she smiled at the thought of the shy and quietly stubborn child who had Chase's radiant gray eyes. "Don't worry. If you lose, I'll help out. All the kids love picnics in the kipukas."
The affection she had for the children warmed her voice and the smile that came and went like the flicker of flame in a wind. Dane gathered up one of the red strands of her hair that she had missed braiding earlier and gave it a teasing tug.