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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380769549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380769544
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A magical tale of all-consuming love...It will cause your heart to ache." -- --Rendezvous

About the Author

Elizabeth Lowell's exciting novels of romantic suspense include the New York Times bestsellers Dangerous Refuge, Beautiful Sacrifice, Death Echo, The Wrong Hostage, Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has also written New York Times bestselling historical series set in the American West and medieval Britain. She has more than 80 titles published to date, with more than 24 million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Las aclamadas novelas de suspenso de la autora Elizabeth Lowell incluyen varios bestsellers en la New York Times. Lowell ha vendido más de treinta millones de ejemplares. Vive con su esposo en Seattle, Washington y Sedona, Arizona, con quien escribe novelas de misterio bajo un seudónimo.

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NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has numerous historical and contemporary novels in print, including her four-book series of romantic suspense novels featuring the unforgettable Donovan family--AMBER BEACH, JADE ISLAND, PEARL COVE and MIDNIGHT IN RUBY BAYOU. Her recent romantic suspense books are DANGEROUS REFUGE and NIGHT DIVER. PERFECT TOUCH will be out in the summer of 2015. There are more than thirty million Elizabeth Lowell books currently in print.

Lowell lives in Nevada with her husband of many years.

Customer Reviews

The plot was a bit too thin for me.
Emmanuella Udom
The story is well-conceived and well written with memorable characters who are haunted by their fears, betrayal and love.
This is one of Ms. Lowell's most sensuous stories and most entertaining reads.
Jana L. Perskie

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Lowell is frequently asked why she departed from the western and contemporary romance genres, which have been so successful for her, to write the medieval trilogy "Untamed,"
"Forbidden" and "Enchanted." She and her husband are both of Scots descent. On one of their visits to Scotland they had extra time to explore off the beaten path and, by chance, discovered the ancient ruins of a castle constructed in the 12th century. The castle had once belonged to her husband's clan, the Maxwells. Ms. Lowell and her husband then traveled to a nearby town that had a museum devoted to the Maxwells and discovered that her family clan, the Charteris, and her husband's, the Maxwell's, were linked through marriage for over nine hundred years. When Ms. Lowell found out about this age-old link between herself and her spouse, she decided to write a series based on medieval warriors and the women they loved.
"Forbidden" is the story of Amber The Untouched, a beautiful young woman who is Learned in the healing arts and who has the ability to discern truth from falsehood through touch. Unfortunately Amber does not touch many people because touching causes her intense pain. It has been foretold that when she falls in love with a man she will be able, for the first time, to touch and be touched. A prophesy attended Amber's birth, "A man with no name may you claim, heart and body and soul. Then rich life might grow, but death will surely flow. In shades of darkness he will come to you. If you touch him you will know life that might or death that will. Be therefore as sunlight, hidden in amber, untouched by man, not touching. Forbidden."
A wounded warrior is found, unconscious, inside a sacred ring of stones. Amber heals him and is able to touch him and feel only great pleasure.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By V. McLaughlin on December 1, 1999
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Outstanding! This was one of the best romance novels that I have ever read. The characters were interesting and appealing; the story was original and creative.
The heroine is Amber the Untouched, so named because of her special affinity to amber -- all things amber belong to her -- and because of her special ability to feel the emotions of others by touching them. Lowell thoroughly explores both the advantages and the drawbacks of such an ability. The hero, Duncan of Maxwell, the Scots Hammer (his name is charming and lyrical, like much of the writing in this book) is the perfect combination of strength and sensitivity. The amber prophecy, the revelation that attended Amber's birth, defines the cosmology of the book. As a lover of fantasy, I was totally captivated by it! Amber and Duncan's story is gracefully and beautifully told.
Like everyone else, I can't wait for Erik's story!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Landrum on June 15, 2000
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This is just another example of Elizabeth Lowell's remarkable work. In my opinion, this book was not as great as the first one, but it is great nonetheless.
Amber the Untouched and Duncan the Scots Hammer are a memorable couple. And I love how Lowell has Duncan remember bits and pieces but never a whole memory. Something will trigger a memory, but as quickly as it came, it is gone. The only thing I thought that would make the book more, would be if Amber was a little stronger. Though, I can understand why she did many things the way she did.
This book also has one of the most memorable scenes from any book I have read. The scene where Cassandra *teaches* Duncan the true power and pain of Amber's "gift".
I HIGHLY recommend this series of book, though I would also recommend reading them in order of sequence.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Durham on November 28, 2000
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I loved this book. This is one of those books I pull out and read when I am in the mood for an awesome love story.
The story of Amber and Duncan is fantastic. Amber is called the untouched because nobody can touch her as she has a special gift. Then along comes Duncan who has been injured and has no memory of his past life. When he is found, he is naked except for an amber pendant and all things amber belong to Amber. I liked the way their story developed as they got to know each other and how Amber fought to have what she felt was hers.
I really liked the way Duncan was developed from the first book in this series and I loved the introduction of Amber, Cassandra and Erik. I also found it enjoyable how previous characters from the first book, Enchanted, were brought in to this story.
My only wish now is that Erik's story would come out!! This man is a great story waiting to happen!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By romance reader 22 on October 18, 2005
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I read the reviews for this book before deciding to read the book, because although it came recommended by a friend, the description on the back had me rather skeptical.

After seeing all the rave reviews I figured I should at least give it a shot, even if it's not my normal genre. Neither the paranormal or a medieval setting have impressed me in past romances.

I was absolutley blown away. I've read Lowell's contemporary stories and enjoyed them, but this historical work was unlike any romance I've come across. The emotion is intense, the plot is unique and intriguging, and the characters were well developed and likeable. The plot leans heavily on the reader's acceptace of "magic," but the mystical world sucked me in so thoroughly that I never even paused to think that that what I was reading "wasn't real." Lowell engages the reader's so successfully that I readily acccepted the magical world she created.

This book may not be for everybody. If you really, really don't buy into anything "magic," be wary of this book as its the plot's central premise. Also, it wasn't really a lighthearted tale. In some ways, the plot was almost "heavy," because of the dire prophecy that looms throughout the story. Nonetheless, the plot was completely engaging, and the love story between the protagonists was among the most powerful that I've encountered in a romance.
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