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Outlaw Hearts

Outlaw Hearts

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by Rosanne Bittner

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A decades long love story of two people, united by chance, that proves love's lasting power and its ability to overcome all odds

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


A decades long love story of two people, united by chance, that proves love's lasting power and its ability to overcome all odds

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.

An emotional saga from the "QUEEN OF WESTERN HISTORICAL ROMANCE" that will captivate fans of Debra Holland, Jodi Thomas, Diana Palmer, and Linda Lael Miller.

The Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3 — coming September 2016)

What readers are saying about Outlaw Hearts:

"Outlaw Hearts is a saga romance that will enthrall you from the first page, a love story that is majestic in its telling of it."

"This was the best western romance I have ever read by one of the greatest authors I truly enjoy."

"What I loved most was how this captivated me so much that I lost quite a few hours of sleep so I could read that one chapter."

"Jake and Miranda's love and courage remind us of what true devotion and love can conquer."

What reviewers are saying about Outlaw Hearts:

"This is a long, emotional, and adventurous love story about an outlaw who wants to be a better man for the beautiful and honest widow who is looking for a safe haven."-Fresh Fiction

"...an emotional roller coaster as I got to know the characters through their pasts, their present and as they looked toward their future."-Romance Junkies

"It was raw, gritty, all-consuming, and quite possibly one of the best books I'll ever read."

"Outlaw Hearts was a heart-breaking, toe-curling, action-packed story that stuck with me and I would recommend it to all romance readers who enjoy a comprehensive jaunt into the old west."

What everyone is saying about RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award—winning and USA Today bestselling Author Rosanne Bittner:

"Power, passion, tragedy, and triumph are Rosanne Bittner's hallmarks. Again and again, she brings readers to tears."

"The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era."

"Ms. Bittner has a way of bringing the pages and characters to life which pulled me right in from page one and I hated having to put it down for even one second."

"If you like authentic American West romances with in depth characterizations Rosanne Bittner is your author."

"We are very lucky to be living during a time when the true Queen of Historical Romance...keeps delivering epic novels that are forever engraved in our hearts."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a long, emotional, and adventurous love story about an outlaw who wants to be a better man for the beautiful and honest widow who is looking for a safe haven." - Fresh Fiction

"This is an epic book and everything they go through they stand together and never give up. It's a fantastic story. " - Hannah's Words

"One of the best Historical Western Romance I've ever read - Rosanne Bittner is truly the "Queen of Western Romance!!!" - Author's Café

" I highly recommend this story to those who want a magnificent and authentic gritty, sensual Western Historical Romance." - Delighted Reader

Library Journal
A young widow who's lost everything and a decent man on the wrong side of the law find love amid hardships and challenges in this epic Western romance by an award-winning writer noted for her realistic and carefully researched novels. First published by Bantam in 1993.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One year after the Civil War has ended, 20-year-old Miranda Hayes finds herself a widow and an orphan. Knowing that she can't manage her father's farm on the Kansas plains after he is killed by marauding raiders, she decides to search for her brother, who has gone to try his luck in the Nevada gold mines. But on a trip to Kansas City one day, she is brought by fate into contact with the outlaw Jake Harkner, who is wanted in Missouri for murder, theft and rape. In the general store, where both have stopped for supplies, Jake is recognized and a shootout ensues, Miranda herself firing at him in self defense. He escapes, and in a semi-believable plot twist, winds up unconscious in Miranda's cabin. When she discovers him, drained of blood but still alive, it's clear that these two are headed for an unlikely though inevitable partnership, as Miranda seems to be the only person who can help Jake settle his troubled and violent past. Charming but at times contrived, Bittner's ( Thunder on the Plains ) western tale is filled with vivid descriptions of the raw, unsettled land from Kansas to California in the 1800s that evoke images of a wilderness too quickly tamed by civilization. (Mar.)

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Outlaw Hearts , #1
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4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West-from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California-and are often based on Rosanne's personal visits to each setting. She lives with her husband and two sons in Michigan.

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Outlaw Hearts 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Outlaw Hearts is a saga romance that will enthrall you from the first page, a love story that is majestic in its telling of it. In the past I have had the opportunity to read her before, but it has been many years. Almost ten years since I have read anything of her. So I was thrilled at the chance to read this one, especially with it being republished, and high ratings….and boy does this story deserve them, each and every one. This is not a short story, so be warned but so worth every moment of reading you take into it. It took me about two days to read this, it’s about 600 pages, but it didn’t feel that long to be honest. This story spans from when they first meet in their 20’s and ends when they are in their 40’s. We see them fall in love, get married, make love for the first time, have children, get separated and their relationship tested, we even see grandkids, but we see a love story that grows and becomes stronger with challenge they have to overcome together. We see how their relationship develops, and how no matter what they got put up against, they still won and their bond became even more firm than ever. This is a page turner, and keeps you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of what these two will have to endure to stay together and keep each other safe. What I loved most was how this captivated me so much that I lost quite a few hours of sleep so I could read that one chapter. It is quite an emotional journey we are taken on as readers, and it will really tug at those heart-strings in ways that you won’t see coming, and FYI :Bring a box of tissues to your reading corner because you will need them) it leaves the story will some things settled and a few questions but what a wonderful ending, and what is better is you have a second book that just became published so you can find out what they have to deal with next. This is a western based romance, set in a historical context, and the author is fabulous in describing vivid detail and making the story come alive with each page there is raw emotion and a true interpretation of the time and culture that the reader is opened up to. I will say this for Rosanne Bittner, she is one of the best romance authors that have ever written. This is a unforgettable story and a book that I will be re reading again, a story that is by far one of the best romances ever to be read and I soaked it all in, every character…every detail…every setting, this is a must read for any romance lover, because I guarantee you will cry, you will laugh, you will jump up and down in excitement, your mind is going to enter into a world you have never known or dreamed, and you will adore every delicious moment!!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Outlaw Hearts series. Miranda Hayes has lost her whole family. The latest, her father, was killed by a band of rebel raiders. So when she comes across Jake Harkner and learns that he is a wanted criminal, she shoots him before he can hurt anyone else. She never imagined that he would turn up at her home and need medical attention. Running after being shot, Jake comes across a home where he intends to find help for his wounds. Learning it is the home of the woman that shot him comes as a surprise. But learning she is willing to help him is an even bigger surprise. As they spend time together. Miranda learns why Jake turned to a life of crime. She is falling in love with him, but is she willing to give him up when his body is healed? Loved, loved, loved it!! Learning that there will be at least three books in this series makes it even better. This story takes us through about 20 years of Miranda and Jake's lives, ending when their children have just reached adulthood. Books 2 and 3 continue with the lives of Miranda and Jake and their extended family. I'm imagining it will be similar to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series in which we follow the lives of the H/H as they get older and experience more life. I always like a good western and I was not disappointed by my first book by Bittner. I like that it covered so much of their lives because so often we only get to see the courtship and wedding (sometimes not even that) of a couple. I am looking forward to reading the next two books (maybe more) in the series. Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review. 
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I loved this story. It was a love story between an outlaw and a woman who ended up shooting him but then saving his life. Jake turns around and saves Miranda's life and they fall in love. From there they travel to different states always ahead of the law. They have a lot of battles through the years and some heart ache too. A lot of action and drama! It has a great ending and I'm on to reading the next story "Do Not Forsake Me". The story continues with Jake and Miranda's family plus Jake still has to prove himself and keep his family safe.
Carol_Ann7777 More than 1 year ago
This series is one of my all-time favorites. I fell in love with the characters. It's truly a beautiful love story.
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Bittner brings the Old West to life for readers of all kinds in this novel.  Her unique look at mining towns and the western settlements after the war gave me a unique perspective on the issues faced by the characters throughout.  This is one of those novels that takes you apart piece by piece, breaking your heart over and over again, and then puts it back together, but changed in an unmistakable way.  The story was wildly romantic.  There was simply so much emotion and rebuilding of lives throughout.  Bittner’s novel embodies the period Western at its finest. I loved how this story followed the bulk of the married lives of the main characters, showing just how much love it took to make it through the trials.  Romance, and life, don’t stop at the wedding.  Bittner created a fantastic couple to do this with.  As much as I loved getting to know Jake and Randy, this novel wouldn’t have packed half the punch without the vast and varied supporting cast.  Everyone’s stories worked together to create a fantastic whole.  You could really see the big picture.  Clarence, the slimy weasel, stood out even among the outlaws in the novel.  He was a different kind of bad news. This was an intensely satisfying read.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys western romances.  But I will warn you, grab a box of Kleenex, or two. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soo good yet very frustrating. I sometimes just had to put the book down take a breather and continue on with the story. No coulple should endure what this characters lived through it was one tragedy after another once you think its going to be okay it gets worse for them you just want to cry. I loved this book i've read it four times and it still has the same affect on me everytime. Love this book!
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500 pages and I bailed out early. Yup, at page 300, I bailed out of Rosanne Bittner¿s OUTLAW HEARTS. Not something I¿m proud of, but something I had to do. Why? The story is too gritty, too depressing, and too filled with raw emotion. But boy, can Rosanne Bittner write one hell of a story.

Jake Harkner is the product and the result of a miserable childhood. A dark childhood filled with relentless beatings, rape, and finally murder. He is a hard-fisted, gun-toting outlaw who defends his property, gets revenge, fears nothing, and most of the time is downright nasty. BUT cold-hearted Jake Harkner loves sweet, gentle Miranda Hayes.

Miranda Hayes is a proper woman, living the hard-life, in the American West. This proper woman should disapprove and avoid Jake Harkner, but instead she finds herself attracted to, lusting after, and loving this hard, violent man.

Realistically, and this is a bonus for Bittner, the author did not suddenly reform this turbulent man. Instead Rosanne Bittner, showed her reader, Jake Harkner¿s flawed and gentle side, as he struggled with his feelings for Miranda -- here Bittner demonstrates a brilliant writing maneuver. This maneuver, combined with a great writing style, and her excellent storytelling ability, makes OUTLAW HEARTS choice material. So, why the bail out? For this reader, the story proved to be too much of an epic, it was too much of a journey, and it JUST took too much inner strength to go on.

When I decided to stop, ¿The Wild Bunch¿ came to mind. This movie was Sam Peckinpah's provocative, brilliant, yet very controversial western -- an unrelenting tale of the savage American West. It was shocking, yet truly realistic! How well I remember my husband praising the action, while I sat there stunned. So, I guess my vision of the old west lays more in the ¿Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid¿ mode of thinking -- westerns with a little humor and a little milder, perkier type of gun play.

OUTLAW HEARTS may not be everyone, but it confirms that Ms. Bittner is a very talented author and I will read her again. Grade: B

Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.