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Half-Apache and all man, Jake Redman was more than a match for the wild Arizona Territory. Sarah Conway, on the other hand, was an Eastern lady who belonged anywhere else but on the rugged land Jake loved. Still, the stubborn beauty was determined to make Lone Bluff her home . . .

Though Jake was annoyed to find himself playing guardian angel to this tantalizing innocent, he was even more disgusted to find he liked it. Because beneath Sarah's ladylike demeanor beat the heart of ...

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Overview

Half-Apache and all man, Jake Redman was more than a match for the wild Arizona Territory. Sarah Conway, on the other hand, was an Eastern lady who belonged anywhere else but on the rugged land Jake loved. Still, the stubborn beauty was determined to make Lone Bluff her home . . .

Though Jake was annoyed to find himself playing guardian angel to this tantalizing innocent, he was even more disgusted to find he liked it. Because beneath Sarah's ladylike demeanor beat the heart of a true pioneer, a women he yearned to make his own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373835928
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Loving Jack Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.63 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
One of the most prolific and popular writers in the world, Nora Roberts (who also writes as her edgier alter-ego J. D. Robb) publishes multiple books a year. Not that it’s enough for her fans, who tear through her unconventional romances. With her trademark mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance, Roberts has created her own genre -- and romance fans are grateful for it!

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Read an Excerpt

Lawless


By Nora Roberts

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-83592-2


Chapter One

He wanted a drink. Whiskey, cheap and warm. After six weeks on the trail, he wanted the same kind of woman. Some men usually managed to get what they wanted. He was one of them. Still, the woman could wait, Jake decided as he leaned against the bar. The whiskey couldn't.

He had another ninety long, dusty miles to go before he got home. If anybody could call a frying pan like Lone Bluff home. Some did, Jake thought as he signaled for a bottle and took his first gut-clenching gulp. Some had to.

For himself, home was usually the six feet of space where his shadow fell. But for the past few months Lone Bluff had been as good a place as any. He could get a room there, a bath and a willing woman, all at a reasonable price. It was a town where a man could avoid trouble - or find it, depending on his mood.

For now, with the dust of the trail still scratchy in his throat and his stomach empty except for a shot of whiskey, Jake was just too tired for trouble. He'd have another drink, and whatever passed for a meal in this two-bit town blown up from the desert, then he'd be on his way.

The afternoon sunlight poured in over the swinging doors at the saloon's entrance. Someone had tacked a picture of a woman in red feathers to the wall, but that was the extent of the female company. Places like this didn't run to providing women for their clientele. Just to liquor and cards.

Even towns like this one had a saloon or two. A man could depend upon it, the way he could depend on little else. It wasn't yet noon, and half the tables were occupied. The air was thick with the smoke from the cigars the bartender sold, two for a penny. The whiskey went for a couple of bits and burned a line of fire straight from the throat to the gut. If the owner had added a real woman in red feathers, he could have charged double that and not heard a single complaint.

The place stank of whiskey, sweat and smoke. But Jake figured he didn't smell too pretty himself. He'd ridden hard from New Mexico, and he would have ridden straight through to Lone Bluff except he'd wanted to rest his horse and fill his own stomach with something other than the jerky in his saddlebags.

Saloons always looked better at night, and this one was no exception. Its bar was grimy from hundreds of hands and elbows, dulled by spilled drinks, scarred by matchtips. The floor was nothing but hard-packed dirt that had absorbed its share of whiskey and blood. He'd been in worse, Jake reflected, wondering if he should allow himself the luxury of rolling a cigarette now or wait until after a meal.

He could buy more tobacco if he had a yearning for another. There was a month's pay in his pocket. And he'd be damned if he'd ever ride cattle again. That was a life for the young and stupid - or maybe just the stupid.

When his money ran low he could always take a job riding shotgun on the stage through Indian country. The line was always looking for a man who was handy with a gun, and it was better than riding at the back end of a steer. It was the middle of 1875 and the easterners were still coming - looking for gold and land, following dreams. Some of them stopped in the Arizona Territory on their way to California because they ran out of money or energy or time.

Their hard luck, Jake thought as he downed his second whiskey. He'd been born here, and he still didn't figure it was the most hospitable place on the map. It was hot and hard and stingy. It suited him just fine.

"Redman?"

Jake lifted his eyes to the dingy glass behind the bar. He saw the man behind him. Young, wiry and edgy. His brown hat was tipped down low over his eyes, and sweat glistened on his neck. Jake nearly sighed. He knew the type too well. The kind that went out of his way looking for trouble. The kind that didn't know that if you hung around long enough it found you, anyway.

"Yeah?"

"Jake Redman?"

"So?"

"I'm Barlow, Tom Barlow." He wiped his palms on his thighs. "They call me Slim."

The way he said it, Jake was sure the kid expected the name to be recognized ... shuddered over. He decided the whiskey wasn't good enough for a third drink. He dropped some money on the bar, making sure his hands were well clear of his guns.

"There a place where a man can get a steak in this town?" Jake asked the bartender.

"Down to Grody's." The man moved cautiously out of range. "We don't want any trouble in here."

Jake gave him a long, cool look. "I'm not giving you any."

"I'm talking to you, Redman." Barlow spread his legs and let his hand hover over the butt of his gun. A mean-looking scar ran across the back of his hand from his index finger to his wrist. He wore his holster high, a single rig with the leather worn smooth at the buckle. It paid to notice details.

Easy, moving no more than was necessary, Jake met his eyes. "Something you want to say?"

"You got a reputation for being fast. Heard you took out Freemont in Tombstone."

Jake turned fully. As he moved, the swinging door flew back. At least one of the saloon's customers had decided to move to safer ground. The kid was packing a .44 Colt, its black rubber grip well tended. Jake didn't doubt there were notches in it. Barlow looked like the type who would take pride in killing.

"You heard right."

Barlow's fingers curled and uncurled. Two men playing poker in the corner let their hands lie to watch and made a companionable bet on the higher-stakes game in front of them. "I'm faster. Faster than Freemont. Faster than you. I run this town."

Jake glanced around the saloon, then back into Barlow's dark, edgy eyes. "Congratulations." He would have walked away, but Barlow shifted to block him. The move had Jake narrowing his eyes. The look came into them, the hard, flat look that made a smart man give way. "Cut your teeth on somebody else. I want a steak and a bed."

"Not in my town."

Patience wasn't Jake's long suit, but he wasn't in the mood to waste time on a gunman looking to sharpen his reputation. "You want to die over a piece of meat?"

Jake watched the grin spread over Barlow's face. He didn't think he was going to die, Jake thought wearily. His kind never did.

"Why don't you come find me in about five years?" Jake told him. "I'll be happy to put a bullet in you."

"I found you now. After I kill you, there won't be a man west of the Mississippi who won't know Slim Barlow."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Lawless by Nora Roberts Copyright ©2003 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Recommended

    This is a cowboy romance which takes place in the late 1800's. The main character, Jake keeps the story moving as does his romantic interest in a very spirited young woman. I do not usually like this type of story but this one kept my interest all the way through.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    West

    This is one of the best western romance books I have read and I have read a lot of them. It compares with Sandra Brown's Another Dawn. Both are great reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Very good read.

    Love Nora Roberts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Another Great Book by Nora

    Horse and buggy days are not generally my favorite setting for a book, but this book was full of adventure and romance - very entertaining. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended!!

    Interesting to the very last page. Nora has done it again, with excitement, mystery & detail. A Must Read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    Love it <3333

    the book is great ! its one of my favorites by her. shes an amazing writer i havent read a book by her yet thats bad

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    I would definately recommend this book. It was a joy to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2005

    Awesome!

    Fast read, awesome book, didn't want it to end... I kept wanting to know more about Jake and Sarah.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004

    Awesome!!!

    I loved this book!!!! It was so hard to put down once I got started. Nora Roberts is the best!!!! I love all her books.!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Just read loving jack first!

    I laughed outloud so many times w both books. And i also felt the pain & sorrow. Just really really good :) rhonda hopkins

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Highly recommend!

    LOVE THIS STORY!! Incredibly GOOD! My favorite Nora Roberts book! Fast paced, action packed, steamy love story! I've read it many times, never gets old. The humor and the old western references are so charming, I can't get enough. I wish Ms. Roberts would write more of this genre. The protagonist Jake is all man, and Sarah is a wonderfully strong woman. The plot perfect. I highly recommend this story.

    S.A.K.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I love books about the american west & this one does not disappoint!! Please check it out, you will love it. The gunfighter, outcast & the strong good girl, I love romantic westerns. Very good read, one of my favorite!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2004

    You won't want it to end!

    I love Nora Roberts books - some are better than others, but they're all wonderful. This one, in particular, was one of my favorites. I was sad when it ended and would love to see more of Sarah and Jake. I couldn't put the book down - you'll want to read this one in one sitting. Happy reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    Angela, your biggest and prob youngest fan

    Hey people, I'm 14 years old but when i started to read Nora Roberts, I was about 12/13. I absolutly love her writing, this is my second time reading Lawless and it was kool because one of her other books, Love By Design, had a character who was writing a book and it turned out to be Lawless. I give a big two-thumbs up to Nora, Great Wrok.!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    the Best

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I have the original but also bought a new copy so my original would not get completely worn out. Wish Nora would write more historicals-she's a terrific writer and that's my favorite genre. You know if Nora wrote it it's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2003

    Sweet love story

    I don't often go for romance novels, but Nora Roberts has made Lawless one of my favorites. It's a sweet love story full of adventure in the wild atmosphere of Arizona in the 1800's. While steamy, as romances should be, it isn't raunchy or lacking in plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    Hard to put down

    This book was one of the hardest of Nora's to put down. Once I read the first page I was hooked! I stayed up almost all night before I forced myself to put it down and go to bed. I hope that she writes many more historical novels in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    Great Story!

    Lawless has a unique twist to it. It was written by one of Nora's characters in a previous book! In Loving Jack (SSE #499, 1989), Jacqueline was writing a historical novel, which Roberts brought to life in this fun tale spun in the Old West, 1875. The land of the Arizona Territory was harsh for city-girl Sarah Conway. She traveled from the Northeast to be reunited with her father after twelve long years. She's found some disturbing discoveries about her father, his land, and the small town of Lone Bluff. Also, the attractive and stubborn, Jake Redman, came to her rescue at the beginning, but Sarah is wary of him and his bad-boy ways. Will love prevail with these two? Will Sarah overcome the hardships presented in this foreign home? I have to say this book is one of my favorite reads by Roberts.

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