Only His (Only Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Escaping the ravages of the Civil War, a gently reared lady must leave behind everything she knows -- and trust her life and her future to a dangerous gunfighter with a passion for vengeance.

A team of prize Arabian horses is all that Willow Moran has left—and Caleb Black is the only man who can help her reach her brother in the Colorado Rockies. But she fears this stranger who burns to avenge the wrongs of treacherous men. For Caleb is as wild and unpredictable as the ...

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Overview

Escaping the ravages of the Civil War, a gently reared lady must leave behind everything she knows -- and trust her life and her future to a dangerous gunfighter with a passion for vengeance.

A team of prize Arabian horses is all that Willow Moran has left—and Caleb Black is the only man who can help her reach her brother in the Colorado Rockies. But she fears this stranger who burns to avenge the wrongs of treacherous men. For Caleb is as wild and unpredictable as the uncivilized land he loves. Yet, though she challenges him at every turn, the spirited southern lady knows this proud, enigmatic loner is her destiny. And no matter what peril awaits, they must face it together—for Willow has become a fever in Caleb's blood . . . awakening a need so fierce that he would defeat the devil himself to possess her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this tedious historical romance, Lowell ( Tell Me No Lies ) gives barely enough plot to keep a short story moving. Willow Moran, a West Virginian who lost her parents and most of her possessions during the Civil War, is traveling west with her remaining valuables--five Arabian horses--to find her brother Matt, who is prospecting for gold. Her guide from Denver to the San Juan mountains is former Army scout Caleb Black who, unbeknownst to Willow, also is hunting Matt; on her deathbed, after bearing an illegitimate baby, Caleb's sister named Matt as her seducer. The largely uneventful journey, complicated only by ruffians who are pursuing them (to steal Willow's horses and finish a fight begun in Denver with Caleb), occupies a substantial portion of the book: Willow and Caleb spend much of their time riding, eating and lusting after each other. By the time the hero, ``with a silent curse at his unruly desires,'' indulges in yet another assessment of the heroine, wondering ``how her hair would feel spilling over his naked skin,'' the reader is likely to be silently cursing right along with him--and brother Matt isn't even close to being on the horizon. (July)
Library Journal
This 1991 historical romance, set in the Wild West, finds Willow Moran trying to bring a team of Arabian horses to her brother, Matthew, in Colorado. She hires gunman Caleb Black to help her, not knowing that Black has a bullet with her brother's name on it. Along the way, they, of course, fall for each other.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061803154
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Only Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 50,080
  • 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

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The man looked dangerous.

Dark, strong, unsmiling, he filled the hotel doorway. Leashed power radiated from his stillness. When he moved, the muscular coordination of his body was predatory rather than merely graceful.

Dear God, Willow Moran thought as she watched the man stride closer to her across the lobby of the newly built Denver Queen hotel. This can't be Caleb Black, the God-fearing military scholar Mr. Edwards found to take me to my brother.

Willow's dismay didn't show in her hazel eyes or her posture. She didn't back away so much as an inch despite the sudden frantic beating of her heart. The War Between the States had taught Willow that when a girl couldn't run and couldn't hide, she stood her ground with as much dignity as she could muster . . . and a two-shot derringer hidden in a special pocket of her skirt.

The knowledge of that cold steel weight lying between folds of silk comforted Willow now as it often had in the past. Gripping the small gun, she watched the dark stranger draw near. What she saw of him at close range didn't comfort her at all. Beneath the shadow of his broad-brimmed, flat-crowned black hat, an icy intelligence watched the world from eyes the color of whiskey.

"Mrs. Moran?"

His voice was as intensely male as the thick mustache and black beard stubble that heightened rather than blurred the strong planes of his face. Yet the voice itself wasn't harsh. It was deep, smooth, potent, like a midnight river flowing to an invisible sea. A woman could drown in that dark voice, in those tawny eyes, in the power that seethed beneath the man's controlled surface.

"Yes, I'm Mi—er, Mrs. Moran," Willow said, feeling heat stain hercheekbones as she spoke the lie. Willow Moran she was. Mrs. she was not. "Have you come to take me to Mr. Black?"

Willow's voice was too husky, almost breathless, but she could do little about that. It was difficult enough just to force air past the sudden tightness in her throat as the stranger's masculine impact flooded over her in a dark, compelling tide.

"I'm Caleb Black."

Willow forced herself to smile. "Forgive me for not recognizing you. From Mr. Edwards' description, I expected a somewhat older gentleman. Is Mr. Ed wards with you?"

There was a very faint emphasis on the word gentleman that most men would have missed, but not Caleb Black. His mouth shifted into a curving line that only a charitable person would have called a smile as he jerked a thumb over his shoulder.

"Out in those mountains, Mrs. Moran, a gentleman is less use than a handful of spit. But I wouldn't expect a fine southern lady such as yourself to understand that. We all know the importance you Virginians place on elegant manners." Caleb looked past her toward the wide doorway at the far side of the lobby. "Eddy and the Widow Sorenson are waiting for us over there.

A faint flush rose beneath Willow's translucent skin, a combination of embarrassment at her own accidental rudeness to him and anger at Caleb's intentional insult to her. She hadn't meant to demean him with her careless tongue. The long journey from her ruined West Virginia farm might have hardened the muscles of her five Arabian horses, but it had turned her own brain to pudding.

Unhappily Willow admitted that she deserved at least some of the bleak appraisal in Caleb's whiskey eyes, eyes which at the moment were lingering with faint contempt on the fit of her clothes. The dress had been tailored for her in 1862, before war had wholly ravaged her family's farms and fortunes. New, the dress had more than allowed for each curve of Willow's budding body. Four years later, Willow's curves had become more pronounced. The cut of the dress had stayed the same. As a result, the blue-gray silk pulled across her breasts and fit tightly around her waist.

Yet it was Willow's only silk dress. She had worn it because she expected to meet a gentleman who would appreciate her gesture toward a more gracious time. She hadn't expected an unshaven gunfighter who would note only the bad fit or her cloths. Her chin came up slightly as she faced the man who so obviously didn't like her.

The war is over, Mr. Black.

And you lost.

Willow closed her eyes, then opened them. Yes.

The husky admission surprised Caleb, as did the sudden darkening of Willow's hazel eyes. Surprise at finding that this quarry, Matthew Reno Moran, had a wife was giving way to the suspicion that the young woman with the tight dress and frankly sensual mouth was no quite what she represented herself to be. Reno's woman, surely. But his wife? Probably not. Nothing Caleb had learned about Reno since he began hunting him indicated that Reno was the marrying kind.

Caleb looked Willow over again, taking his time, watching the color rise once more in her cheeks. the blush piqued his curiosity. Females like Willow couldn't afford emotions or pride, yet it was apparent she had both.

Not for the first time, Caleb wondered what her so-called husband was like-what kind of fine southern gentleman could both seduce an innocent like Caleb's sister Rebecca and inspired such passion in an experienced young man to the heart of the untamed West.

With a Shrug that made muscles shift and coil beneath the dark trail clothes Caleb wore, he dismissed his own curiosity. It didn't matter that Willow was probably a Miss rather than a Mrs. Nor did it matter what the elusive Matthew Reno Moran was like. Caleb had been looking fir his sister Rebecca's seducer for eleven months.

When he found Reno, he would kill him.

Shall we go? Caleb asked. Or have you changed your mind about finding your...husband, is it?

Cool golden eyes looked at Willow's left hand, which was slender and without a ring. She flushed guiltily. She hated having to lie, but her brother's letters had made it clear that he was living in a wild, uncivilized place. A young woman traveling alone in such a place was at risk. A wife, on the other hand, had a husband's protection. Even an absent husband was enough to give other men pause.

Yes, Willow said, clearing her throat. She met Caleb's eyes with a combination of embarrassment and defiance.

Copyright ) 1991 by Two of a Kind, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2002

    Couldn't put it down.

    I started this series -- Only His, Only Mine, Only Yours, Only Love -- on a Sunday and was done in a week. I loved all of them and just can't make up my mind which of the four men I love most. I'm usually a Nora Roberts reader, but I'm happy to have discovered another excellent writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Loved this book...

    I only recently became a fan of romance novels, and I love hisorical romances best of all. This book was such an excellent read, I bought all of the books in the "Only" series and read them all in less than a week! I've since re-read "Only His" and find that it is just as good the second time around. The book is not only romantic and sensual, but I found myself in suspense and enjoying the overall story and characters. The editorial reviewer obviously does not enjoy historical romances, and should not have reviewed this book...but if you do like to "escape" the hum drum of the daily rat race, you will enjoy losing yourself in a romanctic story like "Only His." My first taste of Elizabeth Lowell's books was with the "Medieval" series, which I would also highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Amazing

    I just recently discovered this author, i started to read her Untamed series which was amazing !!! Im not a big western romance reader but this was a wonderful read, i loved it so much i bought the rest of the Only series :) Cant wait to read matt's ( reno ) book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    One of her best

    I own this book in paper form. Ive read it so many times it is soft, worn, and nearly falling apart. so glad to have it now in ebook so i can enjoy it again and again. Obviously I rate this one a keeper!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Tails

    You here ruelle?

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

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    What a great book! This is the first book I have read by Elizabe

    What a great book! This is the first book I have read by Elizabeth Lowell and I just have to say WOW! The characters was extremely well written and realistic, the dialogue was fantastic, and the love scenes were super hot! She did a great job creating characters that I loved, and the way she described the majestic scenery of the Colorado rockies took my breath away! A Must Read! Highly Recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Great

    This series is really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Check this out

    Just like all her of her other books a great read. Didnt want 2 put it down

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    great book

    I loved this series. Started with the first one and had to read all 4.
    Keep me involved with the story thru the whole book. The charactors in the book were so real.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Loved Loved Loved !

    Recommend the whole series of "Only"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Hot story

    If you like a story with sexual tension that doesn't let you down this is a good one for you! The story was good. Willow and Caleb were interesting enough to keep me reading to see what happend next. I liked her Midevil tales better, but worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    Love it

    Have read it several times

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  • Posted December 24, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Not my favorite

    Not my favorite a little slow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    A definite 'Re-reader'! I've read this book a dozen times! It's great!

    My style is normally Johanna Lindsey but Lowell's writing reminds me of her in that there are so many ups and downs in emotion between her two main characters...such great chemistry...AND they truly seem to care about one another. It's not all about lust, although that's a nice bonus, too! LOL

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