Elizabeth Lowell

How on earth does a woman fall in love with a self-righteous, arrogant, judgmental SOB like Reno Moran?!?! It must be the 'silken mustache' that does it. She writes in the most deliciously scrumptious way. Below is the first chapter from my brand-new book, Perfect Touch. Otherwise, these books follow a very similar pattern. OMG, he was partly wrong! Reno made me so mad.


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Even if she was indeed "a fallen woman", so what? The liberal in me screamed. There is no shame in making an honest living, even if that means prostitution.

But I suppose that is a matter of opinion. I have an easier time accepting a woman who became a prostitute because she had no other ways to survive than a woman who lied and schemed. But enough of that. Eve was, conveniently for the readers' sensitivity, not a whore. Reno took his sweet time to come to that conclusion and that happened of course, when he realized Eve was no longer a virgin because of him.

Age old story, but it is fiction, so I will work with that. On their gold hunt Reno and Eve became lovers. Then Reno was a lost man. He however, held on to his idiotic beliefs that no woman was worthy of his trust because a childhood love had married someone else who was willing to stay, unlike Reno who suffered from wanderlust.

He condemned all women after that and was rude to Eve out of his distrust. Their gold hunt ended in success and drama, and resulted in a breach between Reno and Eve. Reno was injured and in his delusional state he said something that hurt Eve.

And the book ended in Reno coming after Eve and then they lived happily ever after. I liked the book well enough, but as explosive as the love story is, there was a distance between the story and me that I could not bridge. And the ending was anti-climatic.

Reno was an ass. He wasn't cruel but he said a lot of stupid things to Eve when Eve was nothing but kind to him. He should have suffered more before Eve forgave him and granted him his happily ever after. Apr 18, Trewen rated it it was ok Shelves: How on earth does a woman fall in love with a self-righteous, arrogant, judgmental SOB like Reno Moran?!?!

My god what a dick. First, his reasoning for mistrusting all women was weak. I'm sorry, this just wasn't congruent with how strong and intelligent she was. I almost didn't finish this book. Reno made me so mad. Then he's kind of nice for a while but he still had all of his ridiculous expectations and I didn't see enough contrition.

At this point I was ready to give it 1 star. The very last scene, which was very short, and I still wanted to see him grovel and he didn't bumped it up one more star. I'm hoping book 4 has a hero I can tolerate. View all 3 comments. Mar 12, Frances rated it did not like it Shelves: Loved the first book in this series, but oh how the chips have fallen.

A sanctimonious jerk as hero and a heroine who I kept asking, "why did you want such a prick.? Okay, despite being majorly annoyed by the hero's opinions about women and thinking he was a jerk, I ended up quite liking this book. The hero, rather unfortunately, fell into that category of romance heroes can never trust any woman ever again except to have sex with, and also sisters and friends' wives are fine because he was betrayed in the past!!!

And so all women must be untrustworthy except for sisters and friends' wives!!! And so the heroine must be a whore, because no way co Okay, despite being majorly annoyed by the hero's opinions about women and thinking he was a jerk, I ended up quite liking this book. And so the heroine must be a whore, because no way could she be telling the truth, and also, if she's a whore, it's totally her fault, even if her masters were the ones pimping her out!

OMG, he was partly wrong! But she's still a woman, and therefore untrustworthy! Up until the very last chapter! All those exclamation points are hurting my head.

Also, he had facial hair. And this is the second book I've read this week where the hero had facial hair. And his name was Reno, meaning I had difficulties imagining him as looking like anything but this guy: Except with a mustache. This is another of my reviews in my marathon run through Elizabeth Lowell's "Only" quartet of Old West romances. In this episode we have card sharp Evelyn Starr Johnson, a.

She talks him into teaming up with her to find a g This is another of my reviews in my marathon run through Elizabeth Lowell's "Only" quartet of Old West romances. She talks him into teaming up with her to find a gold mine not the one Willow and Caleb were after; there's a lot of mine-hunting in these books though , and ol' Reno's fit to be tied since he can't for the life of him figure out why he's so hot for a "saloon girl".

Jericho Slater and assorted henchmen. Big Misunderstanding Du Jour: The whole "saloon girl" thing, complete with Holy Crap! Complete with side helpings of Reno mouthing off about Eve being selfish even after she drags his ungrateful ass out of a collapsed mine.

Being hit on the head is no excuse. Really, of all the heros in this quartet, I wanted to smack Reno the most. Actually, little stands out to me in particular in this installment, mostly because I spent more time being annoyed at Reno and his "saloon girl" stupidity than I did at the attempted chemistry between him and Eve.

Jun 10, Melowin rated it it was ok. Omg, it's good that Lowell is such a good writer, because the men in this series are tough to take in at least the first 50 pages of every book so far. Reno is no exception, once again assuming Eve is a whore and treating her as such.

But Omg, it's good that Lowell is such a good writer, because the men in this series are tough to take in at least the first 50 pages of every book so far. But still - major asshole alert, turned my stomach. But she writes the period, the landscape, and the action well, and even if once again she seemed to take the stock cue of having the man cry on the last page to prove his love, it was better than the first book, and decent in its own right.

Jul 15, Maddux rated it really liked it Shelves: Sweet little western romance. Finding gold, finding love, yada, yada. She writes in the most deliciously scrumptious way.

I've said before that she writes the bold words. Bold words that turn you inside out and melt you at the thought of a real life man ever saying such things to you Otherwise, these books follow a very similar pattern. Virgins with presumed bad reputations that the heroes lust after and fe Sweet little western romance.

Virgins with presumed bad reputations that the heroes lust after and feel entitled to take. Then they learn the truth as soon as a maidenhead is breached. Though I'm too manly to apologize. But since we've done it, let's keep on doing it. Jul 19, Katie B-K rated it it was ok. This was okay but the "hey I'm not totally sure but you might actually be a whore" inclination was really dated and infuriating. Mar 28, Christine rated it really liked it Shelves: Western style romance and treasure hunt.

It was a quick read, sexy, and fun. The characters were good, although I had trouble understanding the hero's bitterness. Apr 21, Anna rated it liked it. Eve es fuerte, curtida, tenaz y sobre todo la aplaudo por ser capaz de devolverle las pullas hirientes al maromo de turno. Lowell, pero no sus maromos protagonistas. Miedo me da coger el siguiente. Almost didn't write review here finished again couple days ago but have begun to check others before I waste my time.

Note the cynics are out in force. This is supposed to be fiction people!!! Songs and stories forever about the girl I left behind but not ok for Reno to be snake bit by little cheat who failed with older brother then wants him to settle near "daddy"!?!

Eve admits what she was even set him up possibly to be killed, can see where feelings regarding appearance might can come into p Almost didn't write review here finished again couple days ago but have begun to check others before I waste my time.

Eve admits what she was even set him up possibly to be killed, can see where feelings regarding appearance might can come into play. Yes she explains background but from what he's seem??? I still enjoyed very much as I read to enjoy a time long ago and picture created of what was like to explore land so new and to come to trust and really look at what is.

All Lowell books of this series build beautiful if fanciful stories, characters and history and romance and yes "happily ever after" now that's true fiction!! Especially the happily ever after part!!!! LOL plus was "current" western read when came out in Honestly the reason that caused Reno to have an everlasting contempt for women is way too dumb.

Like do you really expect Savannah to wait around for you everytime you leave her there? Who knows when you'll even come back or if ever! And this was another time, when women had kids early on and married early on. You can't possibly be so selfish as to ask her to come back to you everytime you leave. It was only necessity that she moved on.

I also dislike how he degrades our heroine until a little pa Honestly the reason that caused Reno to have an everlasting contempt for women is way too dumb. This is the story of Reno Moran and Evening Starr. This series has captured my heart with it's sweeping grand word pictures, stories of the pursuit of gold, life in the wild, unsettled west, love found through hardships and trials.

This series is epic in scope and romantic at it's heart. I love it but need to read it in small pieces, lest I lose myself in it. I'll be back soon Mar 06, Sonya rated it it was amazing. Jul 13, Quinn rated it it was ok Shelves: This really didn't work for me. It's very dated, and I don't like the approach the author seems to be taking with this series. Matt "Reno" Moran 'wins' Eve in a hard game that she was hustling, before she absconds with the loot and leaves him in a gunfight with Jericho Slater and his henchmen.

None too happy about this when he catches up with her, he decides to hold her to the bet she made and drags her along on a quest to find a hidden goldmine. Sure, Eve didn't really make a good initial im Ugh.