BOOK BLURB: Their Passion Shaped a Nation
Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they’ve finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.
Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes…
Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.
– one print copy of Outlaw Hearts, the first in the series –
Lloyd’s horse skittered sideways as he took the envelope. He quickly opened it. From the loft, Katie watched his whole demeanor change. She could feel it. He removed his hat and shook his long hair behind his back. He’d not retied it. “Did my sister seem okay? Was she real upset?” he asked.
Katie’s heart pounded with wonder at what was in the note.
“She seemed shook up,” Vance told him, “but her husband came home from helpin’ that neighbor kid who broke his arm. She seemed calmer once he got there. What’s in the note?”
Lloyd shoved the note into a pocket inside his denim jacket. “One of the bastards who was at Dune Hollow is out of prison, and he’ll be after my ass for sure.”
“Oh no!” Katie groaned.
“First things first,” Lloyd continued. “Let’s go catch us some rustlers.”
“Jason said it looked like they were headed south toward Denver,” Vance told him.
“And by now Pa is headed south, too. He’ll come around the south border and head on up to the house. Hard to say if he’s ahead of them or behind them.” He studied the very weather-worn and life-worn Vance Kelly, who was about Jake’s age and who Jake suspected had a very colored past but judged him to be a dependable man. “You stay here, Vance, and keep a watch on things. I’m not sure what this sonofabitch who just got released might do. I killed his brother, and he swore to get revenge, so you stay close to my wife and my sister.”
Katie’s heart pounded with dread at the words.
“You can count on me,” Vance answered. “I’ve handled my share of men like that.”
“My wife is up in that loft. You wait for her to come down and follow her back to the house; and don’t you make any jokes about us being up there, understand? You be respectful.”
“Jesus, Lloyd, you don’t have to tell me that.”
Lloyd looked at the other two. “We’ll ride all goddamn night if we have to—try to cut them off before they run across my father. They’ll be going a lot slower than us and will stop somewhere tonight, so we might be able to catch up with them by tomorrow.” He kicked his horse into a hard run, and the other two men followed.
Katie watched them ride off. Pepper and Cole were good men, older like Jake but solid and able. Jake suspected Pepper and Vance were former outlaws, but then, so was Jake Harkner, so he knew men like that better than any other kind. He read men pretty good and seemed to sense which ones could be trusted. So did Lloyd.
“Take care of him,” she whispered in a quick prayer. She hurriedly dressed. She felt embarrassed at having to walk out there and face Vance Kelly, but there was no getting around it.
It seemed they would never be able to totally relax and enjoy the new life they’d found out here. She supposed she would just have to get used to the fact that where there was a Harkner man, there was almost always some kind of danger, even without wearing a badge. All they needed was the name, and guns were required. But she loved Lloyd, and she’d learned to live with the danger.
Besides, this was nothing compared to what happened back in Oklahoma. At least not yet.
REVIEW: Before I tell you why you should read this story, let me ask you couple of questions.
Do you like reading “thick” books? If the answer is “YES”, than this book [514 pages] is just perfect for you!
Are you a fan of series that are actually “sagas” of one particular couple/family? If, once more you said “YES”, then this book is just the thing!
However, if you’ve never read this author or this series, then please don’t start with this story. You must read the previous two books [Outlaw Hearts (Outlaw Hearts, #1) and Do Not Forsake Me (Outlaw Hearts, #2)] in this series in order to fully enjoy this story.
Ever since I’ve read the first book in this series, I’ve realized that this author goes in big when it comes to writing characters and plots. Every book I’ve read so far has a feel of an epic. Trust me. I’m not exaggerating.
This is the last installment in this series and it is B.I.G. Just when I thought these two wonderful characters have been through hell and back, the author gives them more heartache and sorrow, and then brings it all around. Jake and Miranda Harkner are a couple who I’ll enjoy rereading about as much as I enjoy Outlander’s Jamie and Claire Fraser.
This story is not just for western romance lovers. This is a story for everyone that thrives on reading complex and strong characters with plenty of action and danger. I highly recommend it to all of you!
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
AUTHOR BIO: USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity.
Her epic romances span the West—and are often based on Rosanne’s personal visits to each setting. She lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.