Wildest Heart

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Passionate, headstrong Lady Rowena Dangerfield and ...

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Overview

What Readers Say:
"A true American west adventure. It makes you cry, it makes you wish, and it makes you dream. It's what a romance novel is all about."

"The Wildest Heart kept me captivated well beyond the last page...beyond the last word...Ro and Luke continue to wander out there in the southwest, two truly 'wild hearts.'"

Passionate, headstrong Lady Rowena Dangerfield and dark, dangerous outlaw Lucas Cord... two destinies intertwined under the blazing New Mexico sun...

Lady Rowena Dangerfield travels from the exotic palaces of India to the splendor of the Royal Court of London to the savage New Mexico frontier to lay claim

to her inheritance and live freely as only she would dare. In the violent, untamed American Southwest, she finally meets a man as strong as she is: Lucas Cord, a dark, dangerously handsome, half-Apache outlaw.

Fighting scandal, treachery, and murder, Luke is determined to have Rowena for his own, and as their all-consuming passion mounts, no one is going to stop him...

Praise for Rosemary Rogers

"The queen of historical romance."
-New York Times Book Review

"Rosemary Rogers has brought unique fantasy into the lives of 60 million readers worldwide."
-Chicago Tribune

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Rogers's unpolished latest, Rowena Dangerfield, raised in India by her grandfather, goes on a globe-trotting quest for a staggering fortune. The plot takes Rowena from India to London and New Mexico, where she must claim an unlikely inheritance. As she reads the diaries of the father she never knew, Rowena discovers that she is supposed to make peace between two embittered families, and as independent as she thinks she is, she's still not prepared for the web of love, intrigue and violence that fills the frontier. Unfortunately, Rowena comes across as clinically detached instead of headstrong, and nearly every encounter she has with a man (even the "good" ones) reads like an assault. The plot, meanwhile, moves in fits and starts, and many pages are eaten up with atrocious dialogue ("Listen, you stubborn, bad-natured female! When are you going to realize I want you?"). If you read only one doorstop romance this summer, don't make it this one.
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Alpha Heroes
The brilliance of this book is that the plot is so complex and yet it's entirely character-driven.
— Nicola Onyhuck
Best Romance Stories
Re-reading this book brought back the memory of why I started reading romance books in the first place — to be transported to another place and time, losing yourself in someone else's problems, but knowing that, in the end, everything is going to turn out okay!
— CJ Harris
Books and Needlepoint
Be ready for a ride when you open the cover... a great book and I recommend it!
— Kristi Herbrand
Books Like Breathing
Rosemary Rogers writes the type of romance that I love...historical, full of tension, with strong characters.
— Grace Loiacano
Found Not Lost
Rosemary Rogers is a story-teller who knows how to weave... this reprint will find a whole new generation of Rosemary Rogers fans.
— Jeanette Moore
Historical Novel Reviews
A first-person narrative written in a voice so smooth and sure that... it draws you through the complexities of the story, entices you to care about the passions of the characters, and leaves you with a desire to know more about the history of New Mexico.
— Nancy J. Atwell
Libby's Library Reviews
The Wildest Heart is the epitome of historical romance. It is a spectacular saga of epic proportion.
— Libby Neas
My Book Addiction and More
Very emotional... the characters leave you spellbound and unable to put the book down.
— Wendy Keel
My Overstuffed Bookshelf
Strong characters that will keep you captivated all the way to the last page! A very erotic and true romantic read!
— Amy Jacobs
Night Owl Romance
An epic novel... I highly recommend this wonderful work. You won't want to put it down. Reviewer Top Pick
Pudgy Penguin Perusals
[Rosemary Rogers'] writing flows easily off the page and I did find myself able to vividly picture the scenes.
— Karen Gervasi
Readaholic
I was able to picture everything that was happening to her as though it was happening to me.
— Bridget Hopper
Revenge of the Book Nerds
A sweeping, beautiful epic historical romance... this book is worth each and every page you read.
— Jaime Huff
The Bookworm 07
A really good read. It's the kind of book you can really sink your teeth into.
— Naida Milenkovic
The Burton Review
Be prepared to be consumed by some gun-slinging, hijacking fun with some captivating fire and rain romance thrown in!
— Marie Burton
The Romance Rookie
I found myself swept into the drama and intrigue... Rosemary Rogers excels at creating a stunning masterpiece with very intricate details that all tie into an explosive conclusion.
— Jill Dunlop
The Romance Studio
Rogers' profound depiction of the people, the historical correctness of the period, and her twists mesmerized me.
— Brenda Talley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402256950
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 669,007
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Called "the reigning queen of romance," "the princess of passion," and "the bestselling novelist in America," Rosemary Rogers has written 24 romances and 19 have been New York Times bestsellers, and she has sold over 60 million copies. She was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and currently lives in California.

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I sit at my window looking out at the hot sunlight reflecting off the sunbaked, pink brick of my patio, and try to imagine myself back in London, and eighteen years old again. Somehow I find that calling up the distant past is less painful than recalling events that happened only a few months ago.
Suddenly I have a compulsion to write-to chronicle everything that happened to me since I arrived, so unwill­ingly, on the doorstep of my stepfather's house in London. Perhaps I am only seeking excuses to escape into the past as a barrier against the present. Or perhaps I will understand better the whole train of events that led me here, once I set them down and can see them in perspective.
Only a few years have passed since that time, and I am still a young woman. But so much has happened since then, and I have lost a great deal of the arrogance and self-assurance that they used to complain of. "They" were my mother and stepfather, and their large, anonymous household staff.
The opinions of the servants didn't concern me, for I was too occupied with my own thoughts and plans. I took care to stay out of the way of my mother and stepfather, and in all honesty, they were rather kind to me in those early days.
With surprisingly mature logic I came to realize that I had, in effect, been forced upon my mother. I was unwanted. I was not a child of love, but the child of a man she had been compelled to marry. Mellyn, whom my mother still called Nanny, spoke bluntly to me on the subject. "Barely out of the schoolroom, my precious lamb was at the time," she grumbled. "But they decided that she was ready to be married. He was much older than she was, had money, and the pros­pect of being an earl some day. I remember how she cried, her eyes turning all red and swollen. 'I'm not ready to be married yet, Nanny, and he's so old,' she said to me. 'I want to have fun first, to come out in style and go to parties and balls...' but her feelings were never even taken into account! Guy Dangerfield met her at a house party, and as pretty as she was, he was taken by her, I suppose. He was looking for a wife, to please his father, and she was the one he chose."
According to Nanny, my father had had nothing to recommend him beyond the money he had made in the gold fields of America. He was a dark, gloomy man, she said, who preferred the country to the city, and would have made a recluse of his wife if he could.
"I suppose he didn't want me to be born either?" I questioned.
"Don't you talk like that, miss! You don't know the whole of it, and that's for sure! Your grandfather turned you against her, I'll be bound, and for all that he'd have nothing to do with Mr. Guy after it all happened. He had a great notion that the Dangerfields were better than anyone else. My poor baby was no more than a child herself when you were born. I ask you, why couldn't he have waited awhile? Why couldn't he have taken her to live in London for a while? But no-he liked the country, he said, and he wanted a child. And he had his way. When you were born, it was just as if my poor Miss Fanny didn't exist for him any longer. He fair doted on you, he did-had your nursery moved into the room next to his, and it was he got up at nights when you began to cry. 'You take care of your baby, Mellyn,' he'd tell me, 'and I'll look after mine.' Unnatural, I called it. It was no wonder my lady pined and pined, and finally went off to London by herself. Who can blame her?"
A few new clothes were purchased for me-all in somber colors, in deference to the fact that I was still in mourning. I refused to have my hair done up in tortured coils and ringlets and preferred more severe styles, and on the few occasions when I was dragged out to teas and small evening gatherings I always managed to find myself sitting with the older ladies present, who complimented me on my "old-fashioned looks." I had none of the accomplishments that young ladies of my status in life were supposed to have. I could not play the pianoforte and I refused to sing; I could not paint a passable watercolor, and I could not dance.
I always scared away the bolder and more persistent young men by showing myself to be intellectual, and better educated than they were. I know that I gained the reputation, in a short while, of being a dowdy bluestocking-a born spinster. My mother despaired of me. Her friends commiserated with her, sometimes in tones loud enough for me to hear.
I do not know how long matters might have gone on the way they were if Sir Edgar hadn't suddenly decided that I must be married off. I had hardly spoken to him since that first day, but I'm sure my mother must have complained to him how recalcitrant I was, and how embarrassed I had made her feel on several occasions. Edgar Cardon had never liked my father, and I'm sure that my presence in his house was a living reminder to him of Guy Dangerfield.
Several months had passed since I had arrived in England, and the dull routine of my days had almost become a habit, when Tom Wilkinson came calling on me one afternoon.
We were already into autumn, and the servants had begun lighting fires every afternoon. I was in the library, desultorily searching through the shelves for a book I had not yet read, as he was announced.
"Mr. Wilkinson, to see Lady Rowena."
I turned around in some annoyance when Briggs announced him, and then quickly withdrew. I did not like Tom Wilkinson, especially since he was the most persistent of my so-called suitors. "A stout Yorkshire lad," Sir Edgar had stated bluffly when he introduced us, and indeed Tom was not only stout but short and squat as well-a dark-featured, bumptious young man who was always boasting of his fortune, his father's mills, and the grand house he had built for his future family.

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Table of Contents

Prologue i India—1872
ii London—1873

The Journals of Rowena Elaine Dangerfield (1873—1876)

Part I: The Marble Goddess
Part II: The Inheritance
Part III: The Violent Peace
Part IV: The Valley of Hidden Desires
Part V: The Bitter Season
Part VI: The Tangled Web

Epilogue: Silver City—1878

About the Author

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    Beautiful

    A sweeping, beautiful epic romance, "The Wildest Heart" by Rosemary Rogers kept me entranced throughout 739 pages. Yes, 739 pages. Beginning in 1872 with Rowena in India, onto 1873 when upon her grandfather's death she is sent to her mother's (whom she has never met) in London, and off to America upon her finding out her father is dying and has left her his ranch in New Mexico and a very wealthy woman. These pages take you through her life to 1878 without disappointing and no obnoxious down time. When I first saw this book, I was overwhelmed. A romance THIS long? How much can the author write about? Obviously plenty and without disappointing the reader. This is a TRUE romance in my book. Lady Rowena is beautiful, fierce, independent and strong. Her life was never easy, she is The Wildest Heart. I felt so much of a connection with Lady Rowena, dislike towards Todd Shannon, unsure about Luke Cord, and all the players. I love when an author can build other characters without losing her key players. The late 1800s was a time of wild, raucous and outlaws, especially in the west. The author has woven the time period in beautifully.

    Just beautiful. I say this book is worth each and every page you read. I wasn't disappointed and I am sure other readers won't be either. I will even say this, this is definitely going into my re-read pile for another round.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    gotta get it

    Beautiful story about love. I have read this book over 10 times. It is just that good!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    It shouts 'Sequel' Give us more!

    As in your Sweet Savage series,it drives you to read until you drop from exhaution. Its a true American west adventure. It makes you cry,it makes you wish, and it makes you dream. Its what a romance novel is all about. Please consider a sequel to this wonderful story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    too bad

    i remembered this book as being exceptional - read it when it first was published many years ago. i must hav had great patience then. i read 20% of the book and the two main characters had not even met yet. i put it aside and may try to pick it up again - or not. HATE That!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Very Highly Recommended - I Still Have The Original!

    This was the first Historical Romance I ever read. From that day on, I've read all of her books. Yes! I still have it. It was just that good as were all of her books. The boundaries of romance have expanded a lot today. This lady had a lot to do with that. Good writing, exciting story, fast paced and a "HOT" hero. Didn't even equate that word with them then, but looking back. Oh, yeah! They were and still are. That's why I've kept it. Trust me. If you want a good, hot historial romance you won't regret buying this book. Be thrilled by one of the best writers in the romance genre ever! She's one of the original Queens of Romance. Love that cover too! From this baby boomer, you'll always ROCK Rosie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    details that make you want more

    This book is the best book for romance and history lovers. It takes place in America and takes you halfway around the world. It is enchanting and will wrap you up in an adventure that will not let you put your book down. i strongly recomend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Historical romance that doesn't skimp on the history, romance and intrigue

    Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and characters. The central plot took a while to develop but once it does buckle up for a sweeping tale of love hatred betrayal and murder. A stone cold page turner and a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Would recommend

    A good book for a rainy afternoon. I liked the pace of the story but I thought the characters could be fuller and have more depth. I have read a many of this authors books and she never fails to entertain with her stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    A tom cat pounces on lilacdew and humps her rapidly and c.ms into her. He takes her to force mate res 1

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Good

    Good Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Ok

    This was a strange love srory to me. Could not relate to it at all.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    More plot than charater development

    Other reviewers complained that the hero and heroine did not meet until halfway through. This is because this is a story of a woman who happens to find love in the end. Not a love story. The heroine was not very sympathetic and the amount of men who forced themselves on her a bit off-putting. It did pull you in, however, because of the epic twists and turns of the story.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Fabulous Read From Rosemary Rogers

    I have been reading Rosemary Rogers since my sophomore year in High School. She was wonderful then, and she is wonderful now. It is a treat to have to wait awhile between her books, because you know that the next one will be great.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

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    Bridget's Review

    Rowena is an independent woman. When her grandfather passes away, she finds herself being handed the duties of her grandfather. She reads a diary that belonged to her father and figures out that she is supposed to smooth things over with her family's rivals. Rowena is hot tempered, especially when conversing with the opposite sex. Will she be able to do what she is destined to or will her pride stand in her way?

    I loved the dialogue in this book! Rowena reminds me a lot of myself and I was able to picture everything that was happening to her as though it was happening to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Baby-boomer who read this when first published

    I read all Rosemary Rogers' books through approximately 1985. I have re-read Wildest Heart many times, it's been my favorite. A sequel would definitely be fun. I rediscovered her novels in 2004 and I have now read all but two of Rogers' books. Historical romance novels are a great escape!

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