With more than 7 million books in print, RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Awardwinning and USA Today Bestselling author Rosanne Bittner pens a historical Western romance filled with dangerous cowboys, capable heroines, and an epic love story that sweeps across the Old West.Read more...
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With more than 7 million books in print, RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Awardwinning and USA Today Bestselling author Rosanne Bittner pens a historical Western romance filled with dangerous cowboys, capable heroines, and an epic love story that sweeps across the Old West.
"Stop Or I'll shoot your hat off."
Maggie Tucker has just gone through hell. Outlaws murdered her husband, looted their camp, and terrorized Maggie before leaving her lost and alone in the wilds of Wyoming. She isn't about to let another strange man get close enough to harm her.
Sage Lightfoot, owner of Paradise Valley ranch, his hunting for the men who killed his best ranch hand. But what he finds is a beautiful, bedraggled woman digging a grave. And pointing a pistol at his heart.
From that moment on, Sage will do anything to protect the strong-yet-vulnerable Maggie. Together, they'll embark on a life-changing journey along the dangerous Outlaw Trail, risking their lives...and their love.
Praise for Bestselling Historical Western Romances by Rosanne Bittner:
"Fans of such authors as Jodi Thomas and Georgina Gentry will enjoy Bittner's thrilling tale of crime and love in the Old West."-Booklist Online
"The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era."-RT Book Reviews
"There is tension, danger, anger, and love all combined in this story."-Long and Short Reviews"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Bittner (Wildest Dreams) takes on the dangers of 1886 Wyoming as a couple fall in love despite the odds. When Paradise Valley ranch owner Sage Lightfoot encounters Maggie Tucker on his land, she’s nearly done burying her husband—who’s been killed by a trio of Sage’s former employees. Raped by the fugitives and grieving her husband, Maggie doesn’t trust Sage at first, but she joins forces with him when she realizes that he’s just as anxious to bring the criminals to justice. After Maggie and Sage start hunting the outlaws, a series of crises befall them: Sage is attacked by a grizzly bear, one of the fugitives shoots Maggie with an arrow, and then Maggie is kidnapped. Amid all the drama, Sage falls for Maggie and she for him, even as she fears she may be pregnant by one of the rapists. The unrelenting lineup of disasters comes across as overly melodramatic, but strong characterization helps to balance it out. Agent: Maura Kye-Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (July)
True grit, true love
The rough-and-tumble West is the setting for romance in Rosanne Bittner’s Paradise Valley. In 1886, widow Maggie Tucker teams up with rancher Sage Lightfoot to track the thieves who murdered both her husband and Sage’s foreman. Though Sage is reluctant to take the young redhead on such an arduous journey, she proves her courage and grit to him early on. Sage is aware of Maggie’s sexual appeal, too, but due to a previous love affair gone bad, he intends to ignore the attraction. However, close quarters and Maggie’s desire to be with a man who makes her feel safe—and whom she has come to love—push them into passion. Now traveling as husband and wife, they tackle varied dangers, make new friends and learn about each other’s pasts and past hurts. Maggie fears she might never have claim to Sage’s heart, but she holds on to hope as they draw closer to their quarry. Bittner has written an enthralling, gritty read with colorful, dangerous characters, as well as a hero and heroine who face hard lives yet are not hardened to love.
LOVE, WYOMING STYLE
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Stephanie Laurens offers her trademark blend of lush passion edged with danger in her historical romance The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh. As the last unmarried Cynster of her generation, Mary Cynster is serious about finding the right husband—one unlike the domineering types who people her family tree. To that end, she’s set her sights on a gentleman she believes will be the best mate for her . . . though an entirely different male is constantly putting himself in her path: Ryder Cavanaugh, the Marquess of Raventhorne. As he attempts to convince Mary that her target is a poor match for her, Ryder comes to realize that she would, instead, be the perfect bride for him. But will Mary, who likes to be in charge, be willing to become the wife of a man who is not only a legendary lover, but also one renowned for his strong will? Threats to both their lives require that they combine forces, accelerating their growing romance—and making readers worry about whether they’ll survive. A sensual, action-packed treat.