Forbidden (Medieval Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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They call her "Amber the Untouched" throughout the Disputed Lands -- a chaste, golden-haired beauty who fears the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth . . . and the death that must inevitably follow. Now Duncan has come to her in darkness, as was foretold -- a wounded warrior with no memory, seared by passion's fire and irresistibly drawn to the innocent enchantress who divines truth with a touch. Their romance is legend in a time of war. But when Duncan's memory returns, he sees Amber as his enemy. ...

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Overview

They call her "Amber the Untouched" throughout the Disputed Lands -- a chaste, golden-haired beauty who fears the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth . . . and the death that must inevitably follow. Now Duncan has come to her in darkness, as was foretold -- a wounded warrior with no memory, seared by passion's fire and irresistibly drawn to the innocent enchantress who divines truth with a touch. Their romance is legend in a time of war. But when Duncan's memory returns, he sees Amber as his enemy. Still, he cannot forsake the lover who healed his body and heart. And he will defy to the death the dread forces that have proclaimed their love . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Rendezvous
A magical tale of all-consuming love...It will cause your heart to ache.
Library Journal

Published in paperback in 1993 and available for the first time on audio, this second entry in New York Times best-selling writer Lowell's medieval romance trilogy takes up the story of Duncan, aka "the Scots Hammer," which the author began in Untamed(the third entry, Enchanted, will be available from Brilliance in December). Reader Sarah Scott levels her soft, girlish voice when the female protagonist is angry and speeds the tempo to convey excitement; however, she is unable to deepen her pitch enough to distinguish effectively among the male voices, so one must listen closely to divine who is speaking. Nonetheless, as it's sure to be popular, recommended for all public libraries.
—Juleigh Muirhead Clark

Library Journal
Set in medieval Britain, this 1993 historical romance finds heroine Amber healing a warrior brought to her cottage. The man's lost memory prevents him from knowing that she is his enemy, and they fall in love. When his memory slowly begins to return, he must decide between their love and defying his fate. Lowell is always a crowd pleaser. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061743825
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Medieval Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 33,107
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell's exciting novels of romantic suspense include the New York Times bestsellers Dangerous Refuge, Beautiful Sacrifice, Death Echo, The Wrong Hostage, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has also written New York Times bestselling historical series set in the American West and medieval Britain. She has more than 80 titles published to date, with more than 24 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.

Las aclamadas novelas de suspenso de la autora Elizabeth Lowell incluyen varios bestsellers en la New York Times. Lowell ha vendido más de treinta millones de ejemplares. Vive con su esposo en Seattle, Washington y Sedona, Arizona, con quien escribe novelas de misterio bajo un seudónimo.

Biography

Extensive and versatile, Elizabeth Lowell's résumé of titles (in almost every genre) is as long as the list of her various pen names. She's written science fiction, mystery and romance. She's also penned historical fiction and collaborated on a movie novelization. So prolific is Lowell that she and her husband, Evan Maxwell, have had to create a whole raft of pseudonyms for her books.

Her earliest work, from the 1970s, is science fiction and is written under her actual name, Ann Maxwell. The romances she and her husband began writing together in the early '90s are under the same name, because their publisher wanted a female author’s name on the cover. Their Southern California mystery series featuring the divorced lovers Fiddler and Fiora are written under A. E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan), while their joint novelization of the 1992 Val Kilmer movie Thunderheart is under the name Lowell Charters (his middle name and her maiden name.)

Her biggest solo success, the romance novels that have taken her repeatedly to The New York Times bestseller list, are credited to Elizabeth Lowell -- a combination of the couple’s middle names.

Lowell’s romances are noted for their sass and, of course, their sex. But her characterizations, particularly, draw high marks. "Elizabeth Lowell's talent is enormous," wrote The Romance Reader in its review of 1984's Forget Me Not. "She has made a well-deserved name for herself by crafting likable, plucky heroines and enigmatic but intelligent heroes." And, in 1996 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The protagonist she has chosen for her hardcover debut, Winter Fire could give a Navy SEAL lessons in survival."

Lowell embarked on a popular series in 1997 with the publication of Amber Beach, which introduced readers to the Donovan family, titans in the menacing world of precious gemstones who must dodge murderers, thieves, and power-hungry governments to protect their business. Of the first in the series, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "A romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure and squishy clichés that fans of the genre could possibly want."

When Lowell was getting started as sci-fi writer Ann Maxwell, she was writing on legal pads while caring for her two young children. Evan was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering international crime. In the early 1980s, after he had already collaborated on three mystery novels with Lowell, Maxwell decided to quit daily journalism and write fiction full-time.

The couple has since become a cottage industry of genre fiction operating out of their Seattle-area home. They collaborate on some projects, go solo on others. Lowell has described a seven-day-a week work packed with deadlines, an organized effort that starts out with book outlines that typically take about a month to draft as well as character sketches. Then the writing begins.

"My fiction deals with problems of strength rather than problems of weakness," she told Contemporary Authors. There is no appeal or purpose for me in reading -- or writing -- fiction that portrays incessant, excruciating, and pointless pain in the lives of characters."

Good To Know

Readers are surprised to find out that the books Lowell writes with her husband are true collaborations. "In fact, a lot of people, once they know, say, 'Oh, I know who did this in the book, and I know who did this,' and they're almost invariably wrong," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Two of the most intriguing time periods for Lowell are medieval England and the post-Civil War period in the American West. "In both cases it was a time of expanded possibilities for individuals, regardless of birth or heritage, to create a better life and, ultimately, a better world, from chaos," she told Contemporary Authors.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 5, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of California, 1966

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

He will come to you in shade of darkness.

The words of the dire prophecy rang in Amber's mind as she looked at the naked, powerful man whom Sir Erik had dumped senseless at her feet.

Candle flames bent and whipped as though alive, called by the cold autumn wind pouring through the cottage's open door.Light and darkness licked over the stranger's body, underlining the strength of his back and shoulders.Sleet shone in the near black of his hair.Icy rain gleamed on his skin.

Amber felt the man's chill as though it were her own. Silently she looked up at Erik. Her wide golden eyes asked questions for which she had no words.

It was just as well, for Erik had no answers. All he had was the slack body of a stranger found in a sacred place.

"Do you know him?" Erik asked curtly.

"Nay."

"I think you are wrong. He wears your sign."

With that, Erik turned the man over. Candelight and water streamed across the muscular turso, butit wasn't the stranger's naked male strength that drew a gasp from Amber.

A piece of amber shone against the intense darkness of the hair on his chest. Careful not to touch the stranger, Amber knelt at his side and held the candle so that she could study the talisman. Elegant runes had been incised on the gem. The runes commended the wearer to the protection of Druids.

"Turn the pendant over," she said in a low voice.Deftly, Erik flipped the amber talisman. On the other side, Latin words in the shape of a cross proclaimed the glory of God and asked His protection for the wearer. It was a common Christian prayer carried by knights who had gone off to battle the Saracen forpossession of the Holy Land.

Amber let out a long sigh, relieved that the stranger was not some black sorcerer dropped into the Disputed Lands for the sake of mischief.For the first time she looked at the stranger as a man rather than as an object brought to her so that she might discover truth or treachery. Wherever Amber looked, the overwhelming reality of the stranger's strength looked back at her. The only hints of delicacy in the man were his dense, faintly curling eyelashes and the clean, curving line of his lips.The stranger was handsome in the way a warrior is handsome, the beauty of a storm rather than the beauty of a flower. Recent bruises, cuts, and scrapes mingled with the scars of other, older battles. The marks served to enhance rather than to diminish his aura of male power

Though he had no possessions beyond the talisman, not even clothes, Amber had no doubt that the stranger was someone to be reckoned with.

"Where did you find him?" she asked.

"The Stone Ring."

Amber's head snapped up

" What?" she demanded, hardly able to believe.

"You heard me."

Amber waited expectantly.

Erik simply watched her with unflinching wolf's eyes

"Don't make me pluck words from you like feathers from a chicken," Amber said in exasperation. "Speak!"

The hard lines of Erik's face flowed into an amused smile. He stepped over the senseless stranger and shut the cottage door, putting an end to the frisking of the cold autumn wind through the room.

"Do you have some mulled wine for an old friend?" Erik asked mildly. "And a blanket for whomever this might be. 'Tis too cold to be lolling there uncovered, friend or foe."

"Aye, lord. Your slightest wish is my greatest command."

The dryness of Amber's voice was as unmistakable as the affection that lay beneath. Sir Erik was the son and heir of a great Scots thane, but Amber had always felt a curious ease with him despite her own lack of high birth and the fact that she had no more kin than the wild auturnn wind. Erik shrugged out of his costly mantle. He covered the stranger with a swirl of thick, warm wool that was the indigo of twilight. There was very little of the mantle left over.

" He is a big one," Erik said absently.

"Even bigger than you," Amber said from the other side of the cottage. "The knight who felled this man must have been a mighty warrior."

Erik watched through narrowed eyes as Amber hurried toward him, her arms overflowing with the thick fur cover that normally warmed her bed.If the evidence of the tracks is to be believed, he was felled by a bolt from the sky," Erik said distinctly. The swirling length of Amber's nightclothes wrapped about her ankles, tripping her. She stumbled and would have fallen on the stranger if Erik hadn't caught her. He set Amber aright and released her in the same swift motion.

"Forgive me," he said quickly. Though Erik had touched her for only the briefest moment, she couldn't conceal the unease it had caused.

"Mere is nothing to forgive," Amber said. "Better your flesh than the stranger's."

Despite her reassuring words, Erik watched Amber closely, wanting to be certain that whatever difficulty his touch had caused her was truly fleeting.

"I cant say why your touch doesn't pain me," Amber added wryly. "God knows that your heart is no more pure than it must be."

The smile that edged Eriks" mouth was as brief as Amber's discomfort had been.

"For you, Amber the Untouched, . he said, "my heart is as pure as unfallen snow.

She laughed sofly. "Perhaps it is the legacy of our childhood sharing Cassandra's lessons."

"Yes. Perhaps."Erik smiled almost sadly. Then he bent and wrapped the unmoving stranger in the fur cover. Amber hastily pulled a mantle around her own shoulders and stirred up the fire in the center of the room. Soon the friendly leap of flames warmed the room and ran like sunlight through Amber's long golden braids. She suspended a pot from the trivet over the fire."What of the man's companions?" she asked.They scattered to the winds, and so did their horses." Erik smiled rather savagely. "The ancient Stone Ring must not have cared for Normans."

"When did this happen?"...

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

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    Meh

    I'm glad these nookbooks weren't that expensive because this one was about on par with the first book in the series. It's just ok, I struggled to finish it because I wasn't really interested in the characters. Amber gave up too much too soon for Duncan, I wish she would've been stronger with more of a backbone. I wish she would've refused his touch at least once and put him in his place. The story was okay, I liked the twisted plot and the calculating of Lord Eric and Dominic, but I just couldn't get into the whole "love" story. It's ok, probably something I wouldn't read again though.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Not as good as the first

    I did not enjoy this much as the first book in the series. The main character Amber was not likable. She was very selfish and somewhat like a parasite feeding off of Duncan. Although the ending was predictable, I found myself wishing she would die. I did not care for the characters in her family as they were all like her and very manipulative. Very disappointed in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    forbidden

    Fantastic. A great weekend read with satisfying ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Undeveloped

    I felt like the characters in this book were so poorly developed that nothing made since. Yeah they LOVE each other right away. WHAT!!! I got about 1/4 of the way through and had to put it down. Very boring indeed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    Beyond Expectation

    I have never felt such emotions as when I was reading this book. To me Amber was a metaphor of an unconditional love that can pass through two people and that is rarely seen. If one pays attention to their emotions, one can sense emotions of someone they love like when they¿re sad, angry, and happy, with just a look. Elizabeth Lowell expressed that so vividly that chills ran through me and made me understand how it can be between two people that loved each other deeply. Of course, the steamy scenes made it all much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    She's written better

    I thought this book would be great since I've read her before. Yet the female lead, 'Amber' doesn't seem to have any backbone. Throughout the first half of the book, she gives up her pride, strength, freedom, and life just to have sex with the male lead, 'Duncan.' I like Lowell's novels because the female has courage and strength, and the plot isn't all about wanted to fool around. But this isn't apparent in this novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Fantastic

    Another great book from Elizabeth Lowell ! Duncan and Amber's story is a beautiful love and almost lost story . Just enough magic in there to highlight this book so very well.
    I can't wait to read the next book in this series " Enchanted ".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Love it

    Read this a few times great story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Great

    Good story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Not the best

    I found this story confusing. The prophecy storyline was hard to make sense out of. I loved the first in the series, but this was a tedious read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Great Book

    I loved this 3 book series the only thing wrong is they should have all had their on book

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    Posted February 29, 2012

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Good read

    Read the series, you will enjoy!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    you must check it out!!

    Great love story you really want the hero and heroine to live happily ever after! Love the mystery behind the story. Would recommend to anyone who likes druid and witch craft, and family loyality. Hope there is another book about Erik.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Good Book!

    I really liked this book! I just wish it didnt end so fast. I think she needed a couple more chapters to this book. But all in all It was a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Loved book 2

    Duncan and Amber's story was just as wonderful as book 1. Again, I found it impossible to put this authors book down. Very well written and well worth reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Awesome!!!

    The 2nd in the series and it was just as good as the first one :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    An ok book

    Was nothing like the first i hadto forse my self through allot of it. Though a book on eric would be good

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Great addition to the Medieval series. I really enjoy Ms. Lowell and this series is really enjoyable. I recommend it.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Highly Recommend - Loved it!

    This is my first series from this author and I loved her. Great read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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