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New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell creates suspense and emotional intensity with her classic Midnight in Ruby Bayou, a riveting romantic thriller in her popular four-book series featuring the remarkable Donovan family. A recipient of the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, Lowell delivers a treasure of a story that seamlessly blends passiNew York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell creates suspense and emotional intensity with her classic Midnight in Ruby Bayou, a riveting romantic thriller in her popular four-book series featuring the remarkable Donovan family. A recipient of the Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, Lowell delivers a treasure of a story that seamlessly blends passion and peril as a beautiful artist and a dashing adventurer join forces on a hunt for a legendary fortune in gems. Midnight in Ruby Bayou is a treat for Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, and Jayne Ann Krentz fans....

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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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Midnight in Ruby Bayou Reviews

  • SesameG
    2018-11-17 20:23

    Does it bother anyone else when an author continually describes the heroine as "smelling like woman"? Actually, in this book, Faith is either described as smelling like "gardenias and woman" or, to make the meaning more obvious "like gardenias and a night of slow, sultry loving"... Time to take a bath, Faith!

  • Jan Baldocchi
    2018-11-01 02:09

    I have spent 5 days reading the entire Donovan Series ! Each book gets better and better! I was totally enthralled by Owen Walker and Faith Donovan, who are multi-layered characters deftly handled by the author. The lush setting of the south mixed with gemology had me in heaven. There were times when I felt like saying,"please pass the crab" that is how engrossing this novel was and will be. You can feel the sweat poring out of your body, the is how real this book makes you feel. I believe Owen Walker is one of the strongest male characters in this series. I have a feeling we will be hearing from Walker and the Donovans in the future at least I truly hope so, because they have become an amazing family to know and there is much more to learn

  • Angela
    2018-10-31 18:25

    The fourth book of Elizabeth Lowell's Donovans series, Midnight in Ruby Bayou, is for my money the best of the lot. It's got the most complex of any of the plots in the series up to this point, and since it's a bit longer than the previous ones as well, Lowell has more time to develop the various characters. This time around, the Donovan Sibling Du Jour is Faith, Honor's sister, and we finally get some payoff on the plot point set up in previous books, involving an asshole ex-boyfriend. We've also got a stolen priceless Russian ruby, and the torrid secrets of a South Carolina family who've commissioned Faith to design a necklace for a forthcoming wedding--that of her own best friend.Lowell does a decent job tying all of these elements together, although there's a clear demarcation between the half of the story involving "Faith and Owen travel to South Carolina", and "Faith and Owen arrive at the Monteageaus' mansion, and deal with all the drama there", and the transition between the two parts isn't entirely smooth. But that said, out of all of the lead characters in the Donovans series, I like Faith and Owen the most. Their relationship and chemistry come across to me as the most equal out of any in the series, and not just because Owen is an employee of Faith's family. He's the most understated of the male leads in the series, and a lot of this is on purpose as he deliberately plays to the "Southern good ol' boy" stereotype as well as to the fact that he's carrying a cane as he recovers from an injury sustained in Afghanistan. Most importantly, while he and Faith do their share of arguing, they get over it quickly, and there's no Big Misunderstanding sorts of annoyances that so often annoy me in romance and romantic suspense novels.Once the action shifts to the Montegeaus' mansion, everything takes on a decidedly darker tone--because at this point the plot delves into the sordid history of the family, and in particular, the crazy old woman Tiga. Questions of alcoholism and incest and murder are all explored, all of which give a bit more weight to this novel than its predecessors. As this is a romantic suspense novel, nothing is ever really graphically called out, though the presence of these plot elements at all may make it a questionable read for some. So be on the lookout for that.All in all though a decent read. Three stars.

  • Cruth
    2018-11-07 21:32

    Author: Elizabeth LowellFirst published: 2000Length: 5346 kindle locations, 577 pagesSetting: Contemporary, Savannah.Sex: Infrequent, hand wavy.Hero: Bodyguard.Heroine: Jewellery designer.Trigger: Emotional/physical abuse by ex-husband.Trigger: Incest (secondary characters).Includes: Author answers questions on book / narrative development.Really enjoyed this one. Lengthier than others with more story and romance. Appearances from all the previous characters and a believable HEA.The Donovans:Book 1 Amber Beach - Honor Donovan and Jake MalloryBook 2 Jade Island - Kyle Donovan and Lianne BlakelyBook 3 Pearl Cove - Hannah McGarry and Archer DonovanBook 4 Midnight in Ruby Bayou - Faith Donovan and Owen WalkerReferences:Author’s website: 9780061747779)-CR-

  • Holly Boehmke
    2018-10-22 01:23

    Great until the ending, where it felt as if she were just wrapping up the story. got a little graphic and I did NOT expect that. Not to say that I had a huge problem with it. I just had no idea that the book would go so far as to detail those certain events.

  • Joanie Coleman
    2018-10-28 23:23

    Like a hot "Lifetime Movie Channel" presentation: Mystery, murder, intrigue, Russians,rubies,southerners, Yankees, Seattle, Savannah, Hilton Head, lunatics, incest...great way to spend a hot July afternoon.

  • Chris
    2018-11-19 21:02

    Hey, Romantic Suspense? I'm just not that into you. If I hadn't just finished reading the wonderfulby Aja Raden, I would never have picked up this book, even for a buck-fifty at the resale shop, but guess what? Not too bad for a first date!This novel traces the bloody arc of an historic ruby about the size of a baby's fist after it is stolen from a museum basement in St. Petersburg, and the race is on by the Russian mafia to get it back at any cost - whether monetary or human. Enter Faith Donovan, a Seattle jewelry designer who belongs to a large family of international jewelry dealers, the Donovans. (This book is the final installment of the Donovan saga). Faith has been commissioned to design a show-stopping necklace of some fine old rubies as a wedding present for an old college friend in the deep south. After an unsettling encounter with an unpleasant and persistent foreigner in her shop, Faith finds herself unwillingly yoked to Owen Walker, a new bodyguard, expert in rubies, and somewhat of a family friend, who was hired by her brother. Faith and Owen must travel together to a jewelry exposition in Savannah, in the steamy southern Low Country, Owen's birthplace, and before you can say badda-boom-badda-bing, "her gardenia-and-woman scent" brings "everything masculine in him to full alert" and she responds to his "scent of soap and vital, warm male." Well, now. Let's discretely withdraw and leave them them to it.I actually enjoyed this book after skimming over the silly bits. The author has done her due diligence in detailing the ruby trade and jewelry making, much of which was fascinating! I feel as if I just graduated from Rubies 101.Lowell is a fine and seasoned author with excellent descriptive powers that brought her coast to coast settings from Seattle to Savannah's Hilton Head to life. "Last fall's leaves had long since been ground to a brown paste, and licked away by winter rain. The rain was still at work washing streets, buildings, and pedestrians with the insistence of a mother cat grooming a dirty kitten." "Pools of brackish water winked like alligator eyes in the scrub, marking the slow dissolving of land into marsh and marsh into sea" where "sometimes oysters clung to every wet surface like dirty white ruffles."The two main characters, in spite of my snickering over the obligatory heavy-breathing, are interesting, well-rounded, and likeable, and Lowell has a fine eye for the workings of a large, boisterous, and close-knit family like the Donovans. As Owen and Faith - along with some other good guys and bad guys- are drawn deeper into the dangerous and nefarious secrets held in Ruby Bayou by the once powerful Montegeau family (who commissioned the ruby necklace) we, too, are increasingly spellbound by this masterful plot peopled with some memorable and tragic characters.Overall Rating: 3.5 stars

  • Carina
    2018-11-01 20:32

    This is the longest of the Donovan books, and it feels it. The pace here isn't as frantic as Pearl Cove, Jade Island or Amber Beach, instead it seems quite slow and laid back - despite the action taking place. I believe one of the stereotypes of Southern life (at least in years gone by) was of a slower pace of life and this book seems to reflect that (helpful as most of the book takes place in a Southern state).Walker is an interesting lead, I like him but he's not the best male lead of the series. I like that he has been in the books before (seen in Jade Island, mentioned in Pearl Cove) so his integration and knowledge of the Donovans felt really natural. Faith is probably my least favourite of the female leads. I don't know why, she's as strong as the others in her own way, and as naive, but there is just something that I cannot put my finger on that I dislike with her.Archer takes a biggish role here, more so than he did in Amber Beach, and I think a bit more than Jade Island. It might just be me but his characterisation sure seems to have changed - you could argue that is down to the addition of Hannah in his life, but he isn't the Archer of old. I found it rather hard to believe that he'd engage in sex acts whilst on the phone to his sisters bodyguard - that was the most out of character thing I think, and given how fiercely protective he is of family I don't think that can be explained away by him being with Hannah.The plot here is the most convoluted of all the books, and at times I did find it hard going - generally these books are a quick fun read so this one sure stands out. But by the end of the book I enjoyed it. For me it is on par with Amber Beach, but below both Jade Island and Pearl Cove.

  • Janet
    2018-11-11 00:31

    Well I have finished the Donovan series of books all of which are related to the gem trade the legal and not so legal parts. This I literally didn't put down for two days. Lots of rubies, Russians and Mafia types in this one. And oh, yes, the romance part between Faith Donovan, a jewelry designer and the bodyguard assigned to her, a good ole boy from South Carolina, Walker. Lots of tension and verbal repartee between Faith and Walker and well it does move on from there. The other three novels in this quartet were mainly set in Seattle, but this one moves to the Savannah, Georgia and South Carolina coast area very quickly. I do love novels set in the South and this one did not disappoint and captured the southern speech very well including the phrase, "There you go." However, when it comes to bar b que pork on a sandwich it comes chopped or pulled, there is no such thing as "pull-pork" and with a hyphen even. Well thank you Ma'ma for allowing me to correct the pulled pork and by the way I will have mine with coleslaw, a side of fried pickles and yea unsweet iced tea, that tea thing is a little Yankee left in me.This was a great read for a hot humid summer day. Wish there were more titles in this series.

  • Drucilla
    2018-11-12 23:07

    Once again, its hard to get a sense of the Donovan of the book. Faith didn't get a lot of face time in the other books and that hurt how we see her. She comes across as self-pitying in this book. On the other hand, Walker's great. I wish we had more of a background on him and his brother, though. The plot definitely twists and turns so you need to read carefully. (view spoiler)[Although, the whole plot thread with Sal Angel, while neccesary, wasn't pulled off well. He just seemed pushed into the background. (hide spoiler)] April Joy is in this book and I don't know why. Jade Island I can understand and I can even believe Pearl Cove, but I don't know how she could help in this book. As for knowledge of the ruby trade, there's more than Amber Beach, but less than the other two and it's perfectly understandable. Be warned rape and incest do play a part in this book so if you're sensitive to it, don't read the book.

  • Marie K
    2018-11-01 00:11

    *** This is a review for the entire "Donovan Series" - Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou.*** I don't know what it is, but this series is just amazing for me. Great characters, snarky/sarcastic dialogue, exciting action sequences, exotic locales around the globe, hot UST steaming up the pages leading up even hotter sex scenes. The books are definitely a bit dated, having been written 15+ years ago. A lot of the computer hacking/internet surfing/cell phone/GPS references are ridiculous now.... and the stuff about how characters can just sorta board a plane in a second are kind of hilarious. Oh, pre-9/11 world. My favorite books in the series, in order: Jade Island (Book 2), Pearl Cove (3), Amber Beach (1), Midnight in Ruby Bayou (4).

  • Mary
    2018-11-16 00:07

    This is the final book in Ms. Lowell's 'Donovans' quartet. I am sorry to see it end. This book is Faith Donovan and Owen Walker's story and it is a good one. I really like these two together. There is a lot of chemistry and humor between them as well as respect and eventually love. Neither of them wants a long-term relationship (for different reasons) but fate has other plans. There is a fair amount of danger and suspense. I didn't want the book to end. This series has been a good one with strong characters and interesting settings as well as lots of information about the world of gems. I would recommend all of the books--the Donovans are hard to resist!

  • Morpheus Reads
    2018-10-27 18:08

    Midnight in Ruby Bayou by Elizabeth Lowell#4 Donovan seriesNarrated by Robin Rowan3-1/2*Owen Walker, family friend and new employee of the Donovans, is assigned the task of being Faith Donovan's bodyguard and protector of an extremely valuable ruby necklace as she travels to a trade show in South Carolina, followed by the wedding of her best friend in a mansion along swampland in the Low Country where Owen himself grew up. The unique jewelry pieces she designs are well received, but unfortunately they have also drawn the attention of members of a Russian mob, as well as the F.B.I.Good chemistry, complex plot, good mystery surrounding an old southern family thrown in.

  • Anita
    2018-10-27 19:19

    Always a treat to revisit a book you have read and find it still enjoyable the second time around. I have just finished the Donovan books and wonder why she didn't do the last two brothers. This book is about Faith, who ended things with an abusive boyfriend and Walker, who couldn't save his brother from being killed. Heavy baggage to bring into a relationship. Faith's friends future father-in-law has commissioned a ruby necklace for the wedding. Faith makes it and all of a sudden a Russian hitman and mob goons are after her. Walker protects and serves, in more ways than one.

  • Lulu Jemimah
    2018-10-29 18:07

    A slow read this is. Faith Donovan and Owen Walker obviously have the hots for each other and their tale is woven in a search for jewelry and exquisite gems. Although I Haven’t been able to get past page 85 in two weeks, it is promising to be a good read. Its just that it is slow in the beginning; too much detail about rubies and gems which I care little about. The attraction between the protagonists is thrown at us in the first chapters which always takes away the thrill. I hope I finish it soon.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-07 20:24

    How to know a romance from a mystery/thriller: When the main characters got together for good, it ends. Overall it wasn't too bad. I would have like to see the fiancés face when she came in with all those jewels, even the ones she supposedly stole. I would have also enjoyed Him telling his boss, aka her big bro that he was going to marry her. I know Archer wouldn't have had a problem with it, but I also think he would have make Walker squirm a little, just for fun. It would have been entertaining. But nope! "I love you" and DONE. Boo.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-16 02:21

    I love this series, but I was a little disappointed in this book. This must have been one of her last before she went strictly suspense. Walker had such potential that she never tapped into in this story. I was so excited to see him and Faith in this story, but there were so many things that weren't realized. There are hints in all the other books about Walker's past and his demons, and it was very glossed over in this book. Although not a bad book, it's definitely more about the mystery than the romance. Don't expect a lot of depth between Faith and Walker.

  • Deb
    2018-11-08 02:18

    "I really enjoyed this one, though the sub-plot involving Tiga was a little ... disturbing. The interaction between Faith and Walker was very amusing, and the development of the relationship pretty good. I did find her relationship with her ex to be a stretch - I don't think anyone growing up in such a good family would end up with someone like him.[return][return]Anyway, a good continuation of the Donovan series, with at least a few scenes with everyone from the earlier books for continuity."

  • Joanne
    2018-10-24 22:04

    Faith Donovan makes jewelry and was commissioned to make a piece out of 13 rubes as her best friends wedding gift. Unknown to her, the rubes are stolen from Russia and the mob is looking for them and traced the "heart of Midnight" to her. Her brothers have assigned Walker to protect her and together they have to solve the mystery to save Faith's life.

  • Richard Stephens
    2018-11-14 23:08

    This was the fourth book in the series, so having read the first three made the characters more fun for me. Elizabeth Lowell has a nice way of blending Romance with mystery without feeling like it was forced. Minimal suspense, but enough when combined with everything else. It kept me reading to the end.

  • Kristen
    2018-11-13 22:23

    Least favorite of the 4 books in the series - even though it was well written. The ruby info was interesting. However, toward the end of the book - part of the story line completely turned me off. I had to lay the book aside for a couple of days. Forced myself to finish it (had to make sure I didn't miss any surprises). Again, well written, but not completely to my taste.

  • Elaine Cougler
    2018-11-04 18:02

    This book surprised me. Oh, I got a little tired of the bodyguard Walker's sexual feelings but I also liked him as much as I did Faith, his headstrong charge. I needed something to read on holiday in Cancun while I was recovering from Montezuma's Revenge and this mystery fit the bill nicely.

  • Jane
    2018-10-20 22:29

    A little bit of a slow start for me, but a good story overall. Follows suit with the other three books. Wish there was one more coming for the Donovan twins. You really can't go wrong with a hot male lead a lot of action a little smut ;)

  • Karen
    2018-11-08 01:31

    Last in the Donovan series, Lowell proves herself to be a somewhat cookie-cutter writer. The basic plot to her books is the same, but the characters vary as do the locations. More suspense and easy reading.

  • Clare
    2018-10-26 22:06

    The plot of the story was a good one, concerning a museum heist, those searching for the stolen gems and a jewelry artist unwittingly thrust in the middle of the intrigue. However, the whirlwind, head-over-heels love story imbedded amidst the tale detracted from the storyline.

  • C K
    2018-10-20 23:07

    This is an author that I have read a lot of and have added her books to my 'keeper' book shelf. Most I have read at least twice and some even more than that. Always in depth characters that anyone can identify with on some level.

  • Kathleen Freeman
    2018-11-01 20:03

    Loved Owen Walker's character, I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the Donovan series, I am sad to see the series end. All the books in this series were interesting and I learned some new things about the various gems that were featured and the locations the books were set in.

  • Anita
    2018-11-08 18:12

    This book is very much a book directed to woman but men could definatly would get a good read, i really loved it becuse it has a great love story mixed in with mystery. it really great with a lot of twists and turns.

  • Artha
    2018-11-19 23:23

    It was a good read, her characters are good and enjoyable, her plots are good, if she just gets over that romance ain't gonna work, since she's done it to death, then I look forward to some more in this series

  • Karla
    2018-10-27 01:28

    So glad I got introduced to the Donovan series. All books were very well written with interesting characters. The suspense and romance was well put together. I can't decide which one i liked best. wish there were a lot more from this family.