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Only by Your Touch

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,533 ratings  ·  72 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Catherine Anderson takes readers to a quaint wilderness town, where together, a man and a woman find a second chance at life-and love... Determined to give her son Jeremy the childhood he deserves, Chloe Evans has left a tough past behind to start over in the charming town of Jack Pine, Oregon. But protecting Jeremy becomes a dicey proposition...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Signet Book (first published January 1st 2002)
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I found this book deeply troubling. Dark heroes are becoming popular these days, and we're more willing than before to forgive past transgressions, even murder under certain circumstances. But there's got to be a line and I'm afraid that this book crossed it. Ben killed a guy. The death was an accident, but he hit the man hard enough to kill him. He got angry, hit him, and killed him. It wasn't self-defense. It wasn't a freak accident. He HIT him in ANGER hard enough to KILL him. Then he got a h...more
This was one of the most heartwarming books I have ever read, since I read the book summary I knew I would love it, and my gut is always right.

I loved both Chloe and Ben, and of course Jeremy, and Diablo XD (I'm a wolf biased), the way both people where in love with each other but had their own different reasons to be fearful kinda clench at my heart, specially Ben... His ex wife was a bitch honestly, just cause their is something that you can't explain or file and catalogue doesn't mean he's a...more
Everyone wishes they could have a fresh start in life. Chloe is a single mother with a son named Jeremy moves to a small town called Jake Pine in Oregon. There she hopes to get away from the dark past along with her ex-husband. Chloe wants to raise her son in a good enviromet, but when she gets word that there's a strange Antive Amerian who goes by Ben living aroung town, she gets nervous. Rumor has it that he was a vet and can treat and even cure any animal that strangly appears in front of his...more
Esse livro é mágico, um bálsamo para os sentidos. A Sra. Anderson criou mais uma linda história de amor e devoção ao próximo, aos animais, e aos dons que Deus pode conceder.
Aqui, Chloe Evans se mudou para uma pequena cidade do Estado do Oregon, juntamente com o seu filho Jeremy, disposta a recomeçar sua vida, levando consigo a experiência de um casamento inicialmente feliz que terminou de modo doloso e traumático. Ela não demora a conhecer o homem mais enigmático do local, Ben Longtree, conhecid...more
Isis FG
Once again, a wonderful read from Catherine Anderson. Her books never fail to capture me. She has a wonderful way of exploring characters and emotions, thoroughly engaging the reader. I didn't find this book as thoroughly enthralling and emotional as some of her other books, like Phantom Waltz and Summer Breeze, but I still loved it.

Lots of wonderful dynamics in this book. I loved Ben's character. As an animal lover myself, I loved his compassion for the animals he cared for. I just wanted to gi...more
Hollow May
This is the first book by author Catherine Anderson I've read. What did I think?! The following should tell you:







I've read a few of Catherine's books and they are rather formulaic with boy/girl meets boy/girl and falls for them but denies the love because of external conflicts (usually in relation to a dramatic past one or both of them are trying to escape from) - but despite knowing the overall plot of her stories they are usually rather good. Light smut, nothing major, but enough fluff to make you go "awww" and want to be in a nice little relationship - at least whilst reading the story.

This one had a bi...more
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Christina A. Marley
The love story itself was pretty enjoyable but I didn’t really like the male lead. (I don’ want to call him a ‘hero’.) Years ago, Ben (male lead) punched a guy so hard, he killed him. It was an accident and Ben did not meant to do it but he killed a guy because he couldn’t control his temper and that just made me not like Ben. Even if Ben killed a guy, it was his ex-wife I hated more. She wanted to get an abortion simply because she doesn’t want Ben’s child because he has freaky healing powers....more
There's been speculation as to the role the man Ben killed plays in the make up of the protagonist's personality. Yes, a man died, but it wasn't cold blooded murder. Ben was fighting for his marriage and his child's life. The man interfered and when hit, fell and died from a hit in the head. It was a terrible accident that cost Ben everything. He lives with that knowledge daily and carries it inside. Seems to me the real murderer here was his ex-wife who killed their baby just because she was af...more
Ben's explanation of why the father has changed is beyond words. How Ms. Anderson continuously manages to rip my heart out and I let her is anyone's guess. A beautiful story more so due to the relationship between man and boy than the romantic storyline.
One of my favorite's so far. Just the story is sweet and rememberable. Some people do have a gift when it comes to animals and so it was not surprising that C.A> uses this premise for this story.
3 - 3.5 stars...I think.

Parts of this I loved, but whilst reading I kept changing my mind about how to rate it. To be honest I'm still a little unsure. Let me try and explain.

The romance was beautifully done, as always. Ben and Chloe were really likeable and their relationship development was sweet and romantic. With Catherine Anderson I expect the love to come before the physical, and truly, she is a master at this. With other authors you can sometimes feel that they have thrown in a bit of con...more
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3.25 stars

Catherine Anderson has a gift with her very easy-to-read style of writing. I read a few of her books years ago, remembered liking them and then went onto better things. But that ease of enjoying her characters was something that came back when I started ONLY BY YOUR TOUCH. And it has a strong start.

That said, there is quite a bit going on here. You have a Chloe, a single parent with a child, Jeremy, that has medical issues. She is divorced with baggage that comes back to haunt her. Sh...more
Christina Sesok
This is the first Catherine Anderson book that I've read that isn't a part of her Kendrick/Coulter series, so I wasn't entirely sure how I'd like it when I started. I have to admit, at first I couldn't understand why exactly there was a spark between Ben and Chloe, but perhaps that was because Ben wasn't exactly my type, so I couldn't understand why Chloe would fall for him either. After a while, however, that changed.

Anderson did a wonderful job of capturing such a powerful character. Ben Longt...more
Sep 18, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of contemporary romance
Pretty standard for Anderson, maybe a little blander and hokier than most of her stuff. Like so many of her books, you've got a strong-willed single mother who's just left an abusive husband and is trying to start over in a new, somewhat remote town. Jeremy, the little boy, wasn't as precocious and over-the-top as some of Anderson's other little kids. When Jeremy's puppy gets sick, he impulsively brings it to Ben, a vet who lives with his sick mother out in the woods. There are all kinds of bad...more
I think this is a great story. I started out thinking it was about an abused single mother and child. It is, but with an original and interesting twist. there are lots of animals, a little magic, and a scary stalker. Anderson's style is easy to read. It flows so nicely.

I just have to comment on the reviewer who hated the hero having killed someone. She obviously didn't read the whole book. Near the end he explains how it happened. And it was an accident.
Another great one by Catherine Anderson. Any time I want to read a really great love story that might just make me cry, I pick her up and she never fails to disappoint.

This one is about a young woman (Chloe) who moved to a new town with her son after having a rough time with her ex-husband. Her son (Jeremy) meets a vet named Ben who is the town pariah, but he seems to be the only one who can help his puppy get better. Chloe feels reluctant to let her son associate with Ben, but realizes she has...more
I loved this book, I did. A simple romance, I haven't had one of those in a while. And the main character, Ben Longtree was a healer, of animals, im so jealous. I've got a way with animals, specifically dogs, but cats too, but to be able to walk into the woods and pet a bear would be awesome. Anyways, this one was good, right elements of a mystery and a bad guy, and magic and love and animals and just the right combo of all of it. it was great.
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May 30, 2011 Brandy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YES!!!
Absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!!! Had a hard time putting it down. Yet, didn't want it to end. That's how good it was! GREAT storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat like a good movie!A little bit of supernatrual (where Ben is concerned.)But, not so much that it's unbelievable. It actually works and is quite believeable. (I'm not one for supernatural type stuff) but the little bit in here works. Wonderful characters. I know have a new hero crush (Ben!) :-) LOVED Ben & Chloe. L...more
The suspense in this book was so huge, I felt sick in several places. As usual, Ms. Anderson creates complex and intriguing characters so that the reader's involvement is total. In this one, she combines Shoshone, children's book writer, veterinarian, and special healing powers in Ben Longtree with Chloe Evans, a woman whose husband was brain-damaged in an accident that was her fault. To save her son Jeremy, she ends the marriage after five months of trying to deal with her husband's violent out...more
Adriana Hepler
Loved it!

Loved it!

I am a big fan of Catherine Anderson, her novels never disappoint! I always,get sucked into the characters and the story!

Only by your touch

amazing story! like that it kept you on the edge of your seat. different with the Shoshone in the story of the blue aura but good
I just started reading Ms. Anderson's book and I really enjoy them. Picked up another yesterday. I love her romances
I enjoyed this book. It was a fun romance, reminiscent of Nora Roberts, a little predictable, but not bad. It features a young divorced Mom with a very cute kid and a hunky native American, with a secret gift. The thing I find unsatisfying about books like this is I always want to know what happened next. The author does include a short epilog at the end, but I always want more. I like books that are a series, so you can find out what happened after the couple gets together. I will probably read...more
This book was magical, I absolutely loved it.
I would actually be giving this book 3.5 if I didn't love the characters so dang much. There were a lot of places early on where it felt like the story was still in draft form. It didn't seem nearly as polished and complete as some of the author's other titles. That said, I really liked some of the observations made by Nan, Ben, and Chloe at different times throughout the book. I would love to see the author revisit this one now and do a kind of Director's cut to fill in some of the gaps, and sm...more
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