‘Outlaw Hearts’ by Rosanne Bittner

9781492612810STORY: Miranda Hayes has lost everything-her family, her husband, her home. Orphaned and then widowed, desperate to find a safe haven, she sets out to cross a savage land alone…until chance brings her face-to-face with notorious gunslinger Jake Harkner.

Hunted by the law and haunted by a brutal past, Jake has spent a lifetime fighting for everything he has. He’s never known a moment’s kindness…until fate brings him to the one woman willing to reach past his harsh exterior to the man inside. He would die for her. He would kill for her. He will do whatever it takes to keep her his.

Spanning the dazzling West with its blazing deserts and booming gold towns, Jake and Miranda must struggle to endure every hardship that threatens to tear them apart. But the love of an outlaw comes with a price…and even their passion may not burn bright enough to conquer the coming darkness.

REVIEW: From time to time I exit the world of Regency and enter the world of western romance, and when I took this book on I never thought it would be as long, or as good as it was.

First, as an Outlander fan, I’m a sucker for “thick books”. I feel that they give me more of the world these characters live in.

This amazing western romance had a feel of a saga because it spans over 20 years of our hero and heroine’s life. I just couldn’t help but fall in love with the world and the characters Ms. Bittner created within these 500 pages. Some of you may get put off by the length of the book, but I’m thinking most will appreciate it and fall in love with this uncompromisingly frank, raw and heartwarming story of love and redemption. I did.

If the above book blurb isn’t sufficient enough to hook you, let me add that the story is filled with strong, three-dimensional and very complex characters; its plot is solid and intriguing; the pace of the romance is realistic and the chemistry between the leads jumps off the pages; the world through which the author takes her readers is unflinchingly real.

For some the pace might have been a bit faster, but for me, I found that reading it slower helped me prolong the joy this world offered, just a bit longer.

This is a book that will stay with you for a very, very long time.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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