"Exciting rural contemporary romance"
At thirty Chloe Evans feels old as she recovers from a
nasty divorce although she tries to hide the ugliness from
her preadolescent son Jeremy. To give the asthmatic Jeremy
a fresh start, Chloe moves them to the resort town Jack
Pine in Oregon where she takes a position as a police
Jeremy's Golden Retriever puppy becomes very ill, but money
is tight so a vet seems out of the question. Though
dangerous rumors abound about local outcast former
veterinarian Dr. Ben Longtree, a desperate Jeremy also
learns of his magical healing touch. The child carries his
beloved dog so that the pariah can treat him. Ben does not
want any visitors especially since he illegally provides
medical treatment to wild animals, but he cannot resist the
lad or his dog. Chloe and Ben become acquainted and soon
fall in love through the efforts of her matchmaking child.
However, Deputy Bobby Lee Shuck has a new reason to harass
and destroy the man he always hated as he wants to bed the
newcomer anyway he can even though Chloe says no.
ONLY BY YOUR TOUCH is an exciting rural contemporary
romance that stars two charming lead protagonists whose
emotional past and present demons are healed by each
other. The secondary cast, especially her son, the law
enforcement officials, and the animals provide different
layers of depth. Shuck fails to have a redeeming quality
as he even sinks low enough to threaten Jeremy to gain what
he wants. Still, Catherine Anderson shows her deft touch
with a delightful second chance at love tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 25, 2003
Determined to give her son, Jeremy, the childhood he
deserves, Chloe Evans
has left a tough past behind and is starting fresh in the
town of Jack Pine, Oregon. But protecting Jeremy becomes a
when he seeks out the most dangerous man in town, Ben
Longtree, to heal his
sick puppy. Chloe has been warned to stay away from Ben.
something about him, at once gentle and untamed, that
intrigues her . . . .
Long ago, Ben accepted his role as the town outcast.
Rumored to have once
killed a man, he lives in splendid isolation with his
secretly employing his skills as a veterinarian to heal the
animals that mysteriously come to him. Now Chloe's sunny
wamrth and brave
tenacity arouse desire he has long denied. And although
Ben is notorious for
his healing touch, it is Chloe's hands . . .and heart . . .
that have the
power to save his battered soul.