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Only His

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,232 ratings  ·  137 reviews
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 stran
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Avon (first published 1991)
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
For me this was essentially a Linda Howard wilderness/survival historical interspersed with Diana Palmer style intimate moments!
Don’t get me wrong I am a big Elizabeth Lowell fan and love her books. But yes, she’s one author who stands close to LH in her style and nothing wrong with it.

So we have a surly alpha wild west type H who has to escort the ‘southern lady’ h through the Rockies across to the San Juans to be with her brother.
Now the H hates this brother’s guts as he believes this man on
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very very good 3 stars read. This is a book which I could say with ease that "I liked it."

A western HR, a young woman looking for her brother and a man who was also looking for her brother, for rather sordid reasons. For me Caleb made the book, but Willow wasn't a bad heroine either. In the beginning and on and off in the middle of the story, we get sidetracked by some wilderness plots. I skim-read those. But the book is mostly focused on Willow and Caleb. When it does, it is a very readable s
Aug 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, romance
Let's talk Elizabeth Lowell Old West romance!

Willow Moran is heading west in search of her missing brother Matt, last heard from on his way to a gold mine--and she gets her Asshole Repellent on by telling everybody that her brother is actually her "husband", which is all very well and good until she hires gunfighter Caleb Black to escort her into the wild territory where her brother's rumored to be. See, Caleb's in a mood for vengeance, 'cause he thinks Matt "Reno" Moran is responsible for the s
Not angsty as I hoped but a nice adventure story.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
While I liked this book and its characters, I did feel that there were some parts that were very repetitive. I liked the fact that the book focused on the relationship between H&h and no other outside crap. And here is what I think Caleb Black looks like.

Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, audio
I just finished rereading this about 15 years after I read it before. I remembered it as one of my favorites, in fact one of a few books that survived a big purge of books. (Big Mistake!) The reread lived up to my memories of the book I am happy to say. The hero, Caleb Black, was an "old testament type of man" out to avenged his sister's death. Willow, the heroine, was an innocent looking for her brother while posing as his wife. Set in the Rocky Mountains after the Civil War with beautiful coun ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
There were some pretty big hurdles to get over in this book. First off, Caleb pretty much calls Willow a whore ("fancy lady") throughout the first half of the book. So, that grates. Then, there's the whole dichotomy of Caleb wanting revenge on Reno for seducing and abandoning his virgin sister, while Caleb himself is...seducing and planning to abandon Reno's virgin sister. You can argue the points that he doesn't think she's a virgin, he doesn't know she's his sister (she says she's Reno's wife, ...more
Gotta love Elizabeth Lowell, who writes series that are essentially the same book over and over with just a few details changed--and yet manages to make each one an entertaining read. Doesn't hurt that she writes great sexual tension that's maintained a good long time before culminating in hot--if very drawn out--sex scenes; hard-ass uberalpha gunslinger heroes; and tender-but-tough heroines in these historical Westerns. Her landscape descriptions and Western "flavor" are her real gifts, conjuri ...more
Haya (hayainshelves)
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I mean....I was expecting it to be an alllll consuming sweep-me-off-my-feet romance but it really wasn’t. It was hot and steamy and sexy and all that — great, really — but I wanted more, I guess? It can be a me thing tbh so I gave it 4 stars instead of 3. I should probably give this author another chance. Some of my trusted bookish people rave about her.

Caleb and Willow’s sex scenes tho — 🔥
This book actually made me cry (several times). I loved the heroine, Willow. She was strong, but Lowell showed it by how she handled her circumanstances with maturity and a sense of responsibility for her own actions. She was only 20, but had been through the Civil War, so she had already seen a lot of hard times before she tried to trek across the Rockies. A lot of writers tend to show the heroine's "strength" by having them throw screaming fits or do stupid, reckless things.

The hero was harder
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Although it's a pretty good romance, it's not as appealing to me as some of the others later in the series like Only Mine or Only Love. Still, Willow is tougher than she thinks she is and Lowell really emphasizes how much of a fighter she will and I like that. And Caleb is really protective, but he doesn't show his emotions well. I wish he was a little more expressive there, but I suppose this was written as a historical romance and men didn't really express their emotions so much back t
This one started out fairly good but lost my interest rather quickly. I think it was in part that I wasn't in the mood to read a western at this time. But I found it at the library and wanted to read more of the Only series. I'll wait on the rest of the series until I'm ready for a western.

The hero, Caleb, wanted revenge. He finds the opportunity to take his revenge when Mrs Willow Moran needs him to guide her to her "husband". Okay, he's not really her husband but her brother. Why the secrecy?
Susan (susayq ~)
Wow! This was so much more than I expected. It was a tale of survival and love and passion.

Caleb fell in love with Willow knowing she would end up hating him for what he felt he had to do. His turmoil tore me up reading this. he was so torn between hoping he wouldn't have to kill Willow's brother and believing he had to avenge his sister's honor.

Willow was just as strong as Caleb. Through her fear of the unknown she braved what came her way. She was a great heroine :)

I'm really glad I read th
Pretty good book, good hero and heroine. Big, gigantic, insurmountable obstacles.

I don't know how these people made it to the end of the book alive.
Jul 07, 2020 added it
As far as this genre goes, this was actually pretty good. Nice surprise.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Awesome read. The main characters are off on an adventure together and spend 90% of the novel interacting. Quite a pleasure to read about their trails and tribulations as they grow closer together. They made a great team and the romance was simply dreamy!

I was nearly a five star read, but for two things I've placed under the spoiler cut.

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In the wake of the Civil War, Willow Moran hires Caleb Black to cross the Colorado Rockies in search of her brother. For her own protection, Willow tells Caleb that she is searching for her husband. Caleb accepts the mission because he has his own agenda for wanting to find Willow's 'husband' - revenge. Much adventure and reluctant passion ensues.

This is the second book of Lowell's I've read where the initial writing was awkward and unpromising. It's also the second one I've read where Lowell re
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, western
This was just okay for me. I'm not sure if I like the frontier setting, it just may not be for me.

The h/h were okay the steam good but overall a forgettable book.

I'm going with 3 stars for the fact that it was not bad just not for me.

Sheryl Tribble
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This is probably my favorite Lowell romance so far, but all the other romances I've read by Lowell were contemporaries, and the anachronisms in this one about drove me crazy. Lowell's main appeal for me is how fast and deep her stories grab me, and with this one anachronisms were constantly pitching me back into the real world. The first anachronism that hit me is so egregious I would have caught it when I was sixteen -- in the first chapter, the hero tells the heroine, "You just look a little y ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
DNF 40%. Look, I’m sure a lot of people will find this book romantic and all but it just gives me the heebie jeebies.

Willow and Caleb are attracted to each other from the moment they meet. He is a time hardened ex yankee soldier who has lived in the Wild West his whole life and who was hired by willow as a guide. Willow is a soft but determined woman from west-Virginia (the south) who wants to get to her only living (in America) family member, her brother who’s digging for gold in the west. Wil
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think that 2-stars is being generous when it comes to this book, however, it's not as bad as a book I read earlier this week and as I can't give half-star ratings (making my view that this book deserves 1.5-stars) this will have to do.

Picked for the first 2020 episode of Romance isn't Dead, I ploughed through this book as quickly as I could. I didn't enjoy it over much. The characters were well-written, enough that I took an immediate dislike to the male protagonist. I am not sure how he expec
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in Elizabeth Lowell's "Only" series. The series, at least this book, takes place post Civil War and mid gold rush and stars the loner Caleb, who is hired by Willow to find her brother "Reno". Their journey takes us across country from North Carolina (?) westward as she hires him to help her find her only known living brother. She poses as her brother's wife to hide him from claim jumpers. Caleb thinks "Reno" got his sister pregnant then left her to die after childbirth. He ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
True confession time - this is the first romance novel I've read since I was a teen - unless "Rebecca" or Jane Austen count as romance novels. This was recommended as a well-written book about a woman who claims her sexual nature without shame.

It took a bit of time to get over the rather overheated prose of rippling muscles, brooding stares, and electric jolts of passion. In fairness, the author did a better job of describing the characters beyond heaving bosoms and throbbing male members - thou
Lou-Lou Belle
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff
I liked Willow and her determination. Is this the best book I ever read? Nope. But I enjoyed it and it was full of action (I’m talking about gunfights and such, although there were other kinds of action), which is something I don’t normally read. All that worrying about being followed, and bounties, and revenge—good stuff. Bonus points for the Rocky Mountain setting, as that’s my favorite place I’ve ever been. I never would’ve made it in the Wild West, y’all.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. But, as another reviewer said, The misunderstanding was to easily resolved.
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Honestly thought the heroine was so tstl when she 'ran away' from Caleb in a hissy self-pity fit. bc they were in enemy territory, obviously she would get captured and beaten by the enemy as per typical novels.....waiting for her tall dark handsome to rescue her, sweep her into his arms, and dance off into the sunset...which they did. ...more

Too much nature talk and scenery for me. I love vivid descriptions in survivalist/adventure books it enhances reading experience but it was overshadowing everything for me. In addition to that I was barely feeling any chemistry btw the leads though it is quite early to mention it yet the minimalist scenes I read were barely keeping me awake.
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Meh. This was a decent book but it was definitely a forgettable sort of book. I almost contemplated not finishing due to the predictability. Don’t get me wrong, it was sweet, but if I had to read “fancy lady” one more time, I was gonna scream. Also, I like to gauge a book on how difficult it is for me to put down in the wee hours of reading. Let’s just say lights out by 10:00pm 😂
Only His is a very satisfying western romance that captures the excitement, danger and epic scale of a young woman's journey west to be reunited with her brother. It's also my first Elizabeth Lowell book and I'm very much looking forward to checking out more of her books! ...more
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