Wildest Heart [NOOK Book]

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Rosemary Rogers's romances are known for their breathtaking pace, exotic locales, violent passions and unforgettable characters. Rowena Dangerfield is the sensual, headstrong and scandalously independent granddaughter of the British governor of a province in India. After his death, she travels to England and then to New Mexico to lay claim to her inheritance. There she discovers an affinity with the wild, untamed frontier and meets Lucas Cord, a devastatingly handsome half-Apache renegade outlaw. When Lucas ...

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Overview

Rosemary Rogers's romances are known for their breathtaking pace, exotic locales, violent passions and unforgettable characters. Rowena Dangerfield is the sensual, headstrong and scandalously independent granddaughter of the British governor of a province in India. After his death, she travels to England and then to New Mexico to lay claim to her inheritance. There she discovers an affinity with the wild, untamed frontier and meets Lucas Cord, a devastatingly handsome half-Apache renegade outlaw. When Lucas encounters the beautiful Rowena he knows he must win her, and not even the treachery of desperate enemies can stop him...

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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: 9781402256974
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Casablanca Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 33,577
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Chapter One

India -- 1892

"Wild blood! it's a taint in the blood. I've heard it said that every generation of Dangerfields produces one of them. They call it the Dangerfield devil."

Mrs. Leacock, beginning to fan herself vigorously, continued, "All those generations of inbreeding ... what do they expect? They call Melchester 'the Eccentric Earl' bebind his back, but at least he hasn't done anything too outrageous yet ... but I think it's a positive outrage that he lets Rowena go her own way! That girl Will come to a bad end one day -- I can feel it. That temper ... do you remember the time she half whipped a groom to death because he had forgotten to rub, down her horse? And she's the only white woman In the province of Jhanpur who has ever witnessed a public execution. The colonel told me he was stunned to see her there in the first place, and that she didn't tam a hair, either!"

"Something," Mrs. Leacock pronounced awefully, "must be done! You know how my dear husband hates to interfere, but I shall ask him to speak to the governor. We cannot have a scandal here, and especially one involving a young Englishwoman and a native prince!"

It was the custom of the Englishwomen who had followed their husbands to the small province of Jhanpur to gather together for tea every afternoon. When Mrs. Leacock, who was the bishop's wife, or Mrs. O'Bannion, whose husband commanded the small English garrison, presided at such gatherings they became tea parties, with the rules of protocol and etiquette strictly adhered to. Dainty iced cakes, sweet fruits, and thin sandwiches cut into pretty shapes by a well-- trained cook were graciously served .Either of the two ladies sat graciously behind a silver tea service, making a pretty ceremony of pouring.

On this particular afternoon, Mrs. Leacock was the hostess, and as she served the last steaming cup of tea she leaned forward, lowering her voice slightly.

Speaking of discipline' she continued, "I must confess that the natives are not alone in their lack of it! I tell you, my dears, that girl's behavior grows more outrageous every day!"

Ever since the Earl of Melchester, who was British governor of Jhanpur, had brought his granddaughter to live with him, Rowena Dangerfield had been a source of speculation and comment among the small British community.

"Oh, heavens!" Mrs. O'Bannion said, sitting up straight, "are the rumors true?"

"I learned from our groom, Mohammed Khan, that she has taken to meeting the young prince on her rides. And if you'll remember we were talking about him only last week, about how glad the maharajah must be that his son has stayed so long on a visit."

"Oh, dear! You think this is why he's stayed?" Little Mrs. Loving, whose husband was a very junior subaltern, opened blue eyes very wide.

Mrs. Leacock smiled graciously to show that she forgave the interruption.

"Everyone knows that the Shiv Jhanpur is far fonder of the fleshpots of Bombay and Delhi than he is of the province he'll rule one day. He was educated at Oxford, like his father, but that doesn't really make too much difference to these native princes-they follow their old ways as soon as they return here!"

"But, Marion!" Mrs. O'Bannion looked visibly agitated. "Surely-what I mean is, is the governor aware of this? As-as peculiar as some of his ideas are, I do not think ... "

"You know as well as I do, Amy, that he allows that girl to ran wild! Allowing her to visit the palace, and even to-to visit the women's quarters! It's unchristian, posiively heathenish that these Indian princes should be allowed to continue with their old custom of having so many wives! Why, even the prince has five, at least. He was married to the first of them when they were both no more than infants!"

"Oh!" Mrs. Loving breathed, and the older women gave her understanding looks.

"You haven't been here long enough, my dear, to understand how very primitive these people can be!" Mrs. O'Bannion sniffed knowingly.

"Of course not!" added Mrs. Leacock. "And you haven't met the governor yet, have you? My husband, who is a dear, sweet, chafitable man has reached the point of despair. I mean, one expects the governor to set an example, but he hasn't been to church for years, and neither has that hoydenish, arrogant granddaughter of his. I mentioned it to him myself, I said 'It would be so pleasant to see dear Rowena in church some Sundays; after all we do live in a country of heathens, and if children are not taught their own religion while they're still young enough to be influenced . . .' and then, my dear, he cut me off! He wouldn!t let me say another word, merely frowned down at me in that bushy-browed way and said curtly that he did not wish his granddaughter's mind to be cluttered up by dogma! I can tell you, that left me speechless I sometimes doubt if he's a Christian, himself."

"But you were telling us about Rowena," Mrs. O'Bannion persisted, and her friend gave a long-suffering sigh.

"Yes, of course. Well, to my mind its all part and parcel of the way shes been brought up. She's never been to school, and when I mentioned once that my own dear Marcia would be going to an excellently recommended boarding school in England, all he did was raise one eyebrow and growl 'Is that so, madam? Well,I'II not have my granddaughter's mind rained by pianoforte lessons and watercolors. She'll get her education from me.' He had boxes and boxes of books brought here -- some of them from France and Germany. And if the girl isn't out riding, or on a tiger shoot she has her nose in

The Wildest Heart. Copyright © by R Rogers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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