Only Mine (Only Series #2)

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Whether she's creating incomparable love stories of passion and redemption or breathtaking tales of romantic suspense, there is simply no finer storyteller at work today than the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Lowell.

The bastard son of a viscount and a Cheyenne shaman's daughter, Wolfe Lonetree agrees to rescue the pampered Lady Jessica from an unwanted impending wedding -- but only if she will be his wife.

Naive and shockingly...

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Overview

Whether she's creating incomparable love stories of passion and redemption or breathtaking tales of romantic suspense, there is simply no finer storyteller at work today than the phenomenal New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Lowell.

The bastard son of a viscount and a Cheyenne shaman's daughter, Wolfe Lonetree agrees to rescue the pampered Lady Jessica from an unwanted impending wedding -- but only if she will be his wife.

Naive and shockingly innocent, Lady Jessica Charteris tricked a rugged, handsome stranger into a marriage in name only in order to escape a union with a vile British lord. Totally unprepared for the hardships awaiting her in America, she is terrified by the prospect of life in the harsh and magnificent land at the edge of the Rockies. But even more frightening is Wolfe himself -- a man whose raw sensuality leaves her breathless. Her proud, virile new "husband" is not one to be trifled with, nor will he be denied what his heart fervently desires -- for only in Wolfe Lonetree's arms can Jessica truly learn the unparalleled joy of becoming the right man's woman.

From the author of Only His - Lady Jessica Charteris has tricked her way out of marriage and into the arms of Wolfe Lonetree, the bastard son of a viscount and a Cheyenne shamans daughter. There's just one catch: Jessica must accompany her new husband to America. Wholly unprepared for the hardships that await her in America, Jessica is more terrified still of Wolfe himself, whose raw sensuality leaves her breathless...

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Romantic Times
There Is No Finer Guarnatee Of Outstanding Romance Than The Name Of Elizabeth Lowell.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380763399
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Only Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 557,658
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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."

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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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Chapter One


St. Joseph, Missouri

Spring 1867

"Do be reasonable, my Lord Wolfe. It wasn't my idea to dismiss Betsy and the footmen."

I'm not your lord. I'm a bastard, remember?"

I find my memory improving with each moment Jessica said under her breath. "Ouch! That pinched."

"Then stop wiggling like a worm on a hook. There are twenty buttons left and they're as small as peas. Damnation. What silly idiot made a dress that a woman has to be helped into?"

And out of.

That was the worst of it. Wolfe knew the time would come eventually when he would have to undo each of the glittering jet buttons, and each undoing would reveal more warm, fragrant skin and fine lace lingerie. She was an elf who barely came up to his breastbone, but she was bringing him to his knees with raw desire. Her back was supple and elegant as a dancer's, graceful as a flame; and like a flame she burned him.

"I'm sorry," Jessica whispered unhappily as Wolfe's words scorched her ears. "I had hoped. . ."

"Stop whispering, damn it. If you have something to say, say it and damn all this aristocratic foolishness about talking so softly a man has to bend double to hear you."

"I thought that you would be glad to see me," Jessica said with great clarity. "Until this morning, I've not seen you once in the months since we exchanged vows. You haven't asked me how my voyage was, nor about the train trip across the United States, nor —"

"You said you wouldn't complain if I left you alone," Wolfe interrupted curtly. "Are you complaining, Lady Jessica?"

Jessica fought against a wave ofunhappiness. This wasn't how she had imagined her reunion with Wolfe. She had been looking forward to riding over the Great American Desert with him on eager blooded horses. She had been looking forward to long days of comfortable silence and lively conversation, to nighttime fires beneath the blazingly clear American sky. But most of all, she had looked forward to seeing Wolfe.

"When your letter came asking me to meet you here," she said, "I thought you had gotten over your pique."

"Pique. Now there's a mincing, aristocratic kind of word." His fingers fumbled and touched warm flesh. With a savage curse he jerked his fingers back. "You don't know me very well, lady. I wasn't piqued. I was bloody furious. I will remain that way until you grow up, agree to an annulment, and return to England where you belong."

"Nor do you know me very well. You thought I would give up and beg for an annulment at the prospect of traveling alone to America."

Wolfe grunted. That had been precisely his thought. But Jessica had surprised him. She had arranged for her own passage and that of her maid, hired two footmen with the small inheritance that had come at her marriage, and crossed the Atlantic alone.

"I doubt that you'll find traveling with me as pleasant as you found being alone. Not that you were truly alone, my lady. Your entourage took care of your every need. Damn it, can't you even keep your hair out of the, way?" he asked roughly as a long, silken tendril of hair slid from her grasp and over his finger.

Jessica's arms were weary from holding her hair on top of her head, but all she said as she gathered up the fugitive lock was, "A maid and two footmen aren't an entourage."

"In America they are. An American woman does for herself and for her man as well."

"Betsy said she worked in a household that had twelve servants."

"Betsy must have worked for a carpetbagger."

Jessica blinked. "I don't think so. The man sold stocks, not rugs."

Wolfe tried not to let humor blunt his anger. He wasn't completely successful. "A carpetbagger is a kind of thief," he said carefully.

"So is a rug merchant."

Wolfe made a muffled sound.

"You're laughing, aren't you?" Delight and relief were in Jessica's voice and in her face when she looked over her shoulder at him. "You see? It won't be so bad, being married to me."

The line of Wolfe's mouth flattened once more. All he could see from where he stood was a badly buttoned dress and the graceful curve of a woman's neck. But Jessica wasn't a woman. Not really. She was a cold, spoiled little English aristocrat, the precise kind of woman he had detested since he had been old enough to understand that the glittering ladies of privilege didn't want him as a man; they wanted only to know what rutting with a savage was like.

"Wolfe?" Jessica whispered, searching the face that had once again become that of a stranger.

"Turn around. If I don't get this bloody thing done up, we'll miss the stage."

"But I'm not dressed for the theater."

"Theater?" Belatedly Wolfe understood. "Stagecoach. Not that you're dressed for that, either. Those crinolines will take up half the bench."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2006

    loved it

    I loved this book and all the only series!!!You really feel what they are feeling and thinking. She is a great writer,at least her older stuff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2002

    One of the best books you'll read!

    i love this book, once you start reading it you can't put it down. this is one of the best novels i've read!

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    Posted January 2, 2013

    Lexi

    I pull off my bra and hold them bout to you, offering them to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    very moving . Very moving & tender Very moving. I cried with jessi's character

    Very moving. I laughed & cried with jessi & felt wo lf's & her pain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Great book

    Liked it alot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Great book. This was the first time a read Elizabeth Lowell and

    Great book. This was the first time a read Elizabeth Lowell and I was so pleased that I want to read the rest of the only collection. I think that Tree that stands alone and Jessi make a great couple. The way Elizabeth Lowell writes the story you can feel what the characters are feeling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Wonderful

    Though this is not at all what I expected when I bought it, I found that I totally enjoyed every minute of it. I was hard to put down untill I completed it. I knew I liked her writing/books before as I've read several. I would definately recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Another book that ends in a hurry.

    This book had so much potential, even overlooking the fact that Wolfe and his rationales got a little old after a couple of hundred pages. But I hung on to the end thinking I wanted to be around when he finally admitted in great detail what a jerk he had been. And what happened? The great "I've been such a fool" scene was a half a page long with him not apologizing at all. Sorry I hung around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    The Sun in MY tree!

    This was a great book. I accidentally started this book in the middle (I have a nook and didn't pay attention) When I got to the epilogue I realized my mistake. But the little I read was so good I needed to go back and read from the beginning. I am glad I did. Definitely kept my interest and a great story line. I would actually read it again. And I can't say that about many books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    AMAZING

    Great read, loved this one as much as the first !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2006

    A nice change

    I love the 'Only' series. This book was especially refreshing because the story line was different- the other 3 books have the same basic plot, but in this book, the conflict occurs in the home, and not outdoors (gunfighting, etc). It was very nice to see the author change things up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2000

    great!

    a love story about regencey and western love! a woman from england and a halfbreed from the wild wild west fall in love!

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