Fleeing from the ravages of the Civil War, Willow Moran has nothing left but a team of prize Arabian horses. The only man who can help her on her perilous journey to the Canadian Rockies is Caleb Black--a man as wild and unpredictable as the land he loves. And though they challenge each other at every turn, a passion awaits, as fierce and vital as ...
Fleeing from the ravages of the Civil War, Willow Moran has nothing left but a team of prize Arabian horses. The only man who can help her on her perilous journey to the Canadian Rockies is Caleb Black--a man as wild and unpredictable as the land he loves. And though they challenge each other at every turn, a passion awaits, as fierce and vital as the land itself.
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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 I?ve 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; he?s 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; he?s 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 Rebecca?s seducer abandons her when he?s through; Caleb undertakes a similar seduction of Willow. He even plots and plans Willow?s seduction in the hidden valley, while waiting for Deuce to heal.
2) The entire book is about avoiding horrible murderers who are on Caleb and Willow?s 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 couldn?t 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)
Publishers Weekly, 1991-06-14 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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