Both of the main characters are very well-drawn, and Lowell masterfully builds the sexual tension between them. The love scenes are steamy and the action scenes are very compelling. I ususally would skim through gun battles, but Lowell does such a good job that you won't want to miss them. You'll be sorry to see this book end. Luckily it's just the beginning of the Moran saga!
The other books in this series are:
1. Only Love
2. Only Mine
3. Only You
4. Only His
5. Autumn Lover
6. Winter Fire
What an eloquently written Civil War era western romance! The scenery descriptions have you imagining you were going through the Rockies and over the Great Divide. The character interactions will draw you in and you'll start your own mental argument (I promise you that!). I loved that there was no overly dramatic tension or hostility between characters. Yes, there was a revenge issue - however, as much as it drove the story, it didn't overwhelm the story.
I'm not much for westerns, but for Lowell, I'll try anything once...ok, well maybe twice. If you give it a try, you'll love it too!
Loved the story. Shows you what being stubborn can do.
With a team of prize Arabian horses, Willow Moran leaves her Civil War-ravaged home, hoping to join her brother in the Colorado Rockies-entrusting her fate to a dangerous gunfighter who is torn by twin passions for vengence and a womans's tender touch.
Book 1 of the Only series.
You can never go wrong with Lowell historicals. Great romantic, sexy read set in the old west. Can be heart wrenching. Very hard book to post, as I've enjoyed it more than once. First in the Only series.
Willow Moran and Caleb Black - post Civil War. Wonderfully written.
Great book. First in a series about three brothers and their friend who find adventure and romance as they make their mark in the settlement of Old West. First is Only His, 3rd is Only Love. I believe Only Mine is 4th. I have read first three. Very good!
With a team of prize Arabian horses, Willow Moran leaves her Civil War-ravaged home,hoping to join her brother in the Coloradeo Rockies-entrusting her fate to a dangerous gunfighter who is torn by twin passions for vengeance and a woman's tender touch.
Adventure with Romance and Sex
Good early Lowell, she never disappoints.
First in the series set in the Colorado high country.
After reading all the rave reviews about this series, I began this book with eager anticipation. About 1/3 into the book, I wondered if I had picked up the correct author/book/series. Now that Ive finished the book, I still wonder.
This is a well-written book that has lots of action; Willow Moran is on her way to find Matt Moran with 5 Arabian horses. Every bad boy in the Territory wants those horses and eluding the crooks is a full time job. Because of the dangers involved, Willow hires the most knowledgeable mountain man available Caleb Black.
Caleb has his own agenda; hes been looking for Matt Reno Moran to kill him for using and discarding his sister, Rebecca Black (Rebecca died after delivering a baby, that died hours later). Caleb sees things in black-and-white; hes known as an Old Testament kind of guy (an eye for an eye summarizes his sense of justice).
***** THE ONLY WAY I CAN EXPLAIN THE 3 STAR RATING IS TO INCLUDE THESE SPOILERS. *****
1) Caleb wants to kill Matt for charming (his sister) Rebecca with lies and convincing her to give herself to him willingly. Then Rebeccas seducer abandons her when hes through. Caleb undertakes a similar seduction of Willow -- what's the difference? Yes, he plans to marry her but Willow doesn't know that. He even plots and plans Willows seduction in the hidden valley, while waiting for one of the injured horses to heal.
2) Much of the book is about avoiding horrible murderers who are on Caleb and Willows trail. When Willow and Caleb have a serious argument, Willow runs away on one of the Arabian horses (even though she knows there are 10 or more men on their trail at the time).
This is out of character for a practical person like Willow; it is used as a device to bring about the ending shoot out. All it showed was that the author couldnt think of a better device for resolving the story.
1. Only His (1991)
2. Only Mine (1992)
3. Only You (1992)
4. Only Love (1995)
Beautiful, gently reared Willow Moran left her Civil War-ravaged home with per prized Arabian horses and the dream of joining her brother in the Colorado Rockies--trusting her fate to a rugged gunfighter whose raw masculinity demanded she sacrifice her girlish innnocence for a woman's desire.
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.
From back cover:
With a team of prize Arabian horses, Willow Moran leaves her Civil War-ravaged home, hoping to join her brother in the Colorado Rockies-entrusting her fate to a dangerous gunfighter who is torn by twin passions for vengeance and a woman's tender touch. As wild as the uncivilized land he loves, Caleb Black guides the gently reared Willow with revenge in his heart-challenged at every turn by the spirited southern lady who has become a fever in his blood...and who awakens within him a need so fierce he must possess her at any cost.