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AMBER BEACH
by Elizabeth Lowell

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

1997 BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Nominee

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Honor Donovan is in a bind. After learning that her missing brother's passport had gone through customs at Seatac Airport, Honor hires an experienced fisherman/ guide to guide her through Puget Sound as she searches for clues. Kyle disappeared from the former Soviet Union with a fortune in raw amber. There is also the small matter of a dead body to explain. Honor can't believe that Kyle is responsible, and her family claim that he was set up by J.J. Mallory of Emerging Resources.

Jake Mallory doesn't like being taken advantage of and to his chagrin, he both liked and trusted Kyle Donovan. Now with Kyle missing and the powerful Donovan clan blaming him, Jake is persona non-grata in Eastern Europe, where he and Jake worked. Using Honor may be the only way to trace Kyle and clear his own name. The U.S. and Russian governments, the Russian Mafia and Lithuanian separatists are all determined to get their hands on what may be a legendary treasure. For not only did Kyle disappear with raw amber, he may have also had a piece of the famous Czar's lost Amber Room, stolen by Nazis during WWII. Honor knows that she is being manipulated, but is forced to trust Jake.

A breathtaking romantic suspense tale that has become her trademark. This one sizzles to the bone!Paperback release (Sept., 387 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Avon

Published: September 1998

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3 Stars

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Amber Beach

Submitted by Robin in PA on August 26, 2012 - 10:25pm.

When Honor Donovan finds out her brother, Kyle, is missing, she heads to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest to find him. Kyle is rumored to have stolen a fortune in amber, including a panel from Russia's Amber Room which was stolen by the Nazis in WWII. The police are hounding her and Honor knows Kyle wouldn't steal the gems. Determined to find him, Honor hires a "fishing guide" to help her search the islands. But Jake Mallory is not really a fishing guide. He has been doing business with Kyle Donovan and suspects that Kyle set him up to take the fall for stealing the amber.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the relationship between Honor and Jake. There was real conflict between them and the fact her brother was accused of stealing the amber and making it look like Kyle was behind it. My problem with the story was there being so many people including the Feds, Russian operatives, Coast Guard, and mafia also looking for the gems. I was confused as to who was on what side of the conflict. There was also loads of information on fishing, the care and handling of boats, and how to tell if Amber is real or fake. Just too much detail for me that slowed down the story. My rating: 3.5 Stars.