Ride the High Lonesome

Ride the High Lonesome

by Rosanne Bittner

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Overview

A man bent on revenge
A woman determined to survive
A land that knows no mercy
Meet the Men of the Outlaw Trail

When Kate Winters is left stranded and defenseless in outlaw country, she knows there's little chance she'll make it out alive...until she stumbles across a ruthless gang hanging a cowboy for his cattle. She waits until the outlaws are gone, desperate enough to claim the dead man's horse to make her escape—only to realize he's not dead after all.

Those outlaws should have made damn sure Luke Bowden was good and gone. Now he vows he'll have his revenge no matter the cost. But they're miles away from the nearest town, and the woman who saved his hide won't survive the ride back. He owes her his life—he owes her everything—and it doesn't take long before he's faced with a terrible choice: stand by Kate...or claim his revenge?

The Outlaw Trail Series:
Ride the High Lonesome (Book 1)

Praise for Bestselling Historical Western Romances by Rosanne Bittner:
"A hero to set feminine hearts aflutter...western romance readers will thoroughly enjoy this."—Library Journal
"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
"One of the most powerful voices in western romance." —RT Book Reviews
"This is a tale of tragedy and triumph and the undying power of family to overcome all odds. Bittner at the top of her form."—RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars TOP PICK!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492689270
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: Outlaw Trail , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 10,299
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A native of Michigan, USA TODAY bestseller and award-winning novelist ROSANNE BITTNER is known as the "Queen of Western Historical Romance" for her epic love stories and family sagas. Her award-winning, well-researched books span 1800's America from coast to coast. The descriptive words used most often by Rosanne's devoted readers are "awesome," "realistic," and "unforgettable!" Rosanne and her husband live in southwest Michigan.

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Ride the High Lonesome 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Maria Carpenter 5 days ago
Ok read. I really liked it at first, then it just got melodramatic. I love you but I can’t love you. I love you but let me leave you so we really know we love each other?!? Of course the never ending shoot’em up and no one goes to jail. The push and pull between Luke and Kate took away from liking them. I wishe there was a tad more backstory on both. Oh well I dragged through it. Not my favorite by far. Received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley, for an honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover 5 days ago
Kate has been through hell. She barely survived an attack on her wagon train and has been walking alone in outlaw country when she spies a man about to be hung. She can do nothing to save the man, but hopes that his horse can save her. But upon reaching the man, she sees that he is still alive and does what she can to save him. Luke has survived a hanging and now he seeks his revenge on the men that tried to kill him. But he can't leave Kate behind since she saved him. He agrees to help her get to her brother in law's home after he gets what was stolen from him. But he'll travel faster without Kate. Can Luke get his revenge and still keep his promise to the woman that saved his life? I really enjoyed Luke and Kate's story. Kate was a strong woman and just want Jake needed in his life. But he didn't trust others after two people close to him betrayed him. It was nice watching him open up his heart to let love in. We get to see a favorite of mine from another of Bittner's series and that was fun!! This was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to see what Bittner has in store for us!
georgia1 9 days ago
Kate was a woman alone after the wagon train she was on was was attacked and she had hidden. Walking lost out in a vast country, not knowing if she would find help, food or anyone to help her. Can you just imagine? Luke Bowden had been attacked by outlaws, who ended up stealing his cattle and trying to hang him. By a miracle, Kate came upon him and saved his life. Two strangers, both with a hard past come together unexpectedly. Kate a widow whose husband had been killed in the war. Luke back from serving in the war to find his girl married to his brother.. Could these two help each other and find a little bit of happiness for themselves? Such a well written story which painted a picture of life in the west and what it took to survive. It was not easy and reminds us that the men and women who were brave enough to venture west, were truly amazing.. Just a wonderful story! I read this through NetGallery and the publisher. Lori D
SunshineLakeReviews 9 days ago
Raw and poignant, Ride the High Lonesome seizes your attention from the start and keeps you spellbound until the end. Fate intertwines Kate with Luke, at first simply for survival, and then as time goes on, as a peaceful solace to their hearts. In a time and place where surviving was a constant challenge, they provided motivation and strength to each other, quickly becoming the ideal match for each other. While both had a past that created mental wounds in desperate need of healing, that vulnerability left them open to the beauty they could find together. The trials encountered built the solid foundation and trust needed to heal and move forward, claiming the good out of life they both needed and desired. I adored being there as Kate found her strength again, let go of her loneliness and fears, and settled into the love and security Luke provided. I think she's alot like most women out there - stronger and braver than she realized, and just needed the right encouragement and time to claim that for herself. I loved Luke's deep sense of honor, respect, protectiveness, and determination. He carried a heavy burden and had some dark demons messing with him, but he dug deep and didn't allow them to destroy the good he found in his Kate. Luke had his moments of larger-than-life virility, but it was perfectly woven in with moments of vulnerability and a touch of [make you wanna growl at him], keeping him real-to-life. This story quickly became one of my top favorite Rosanne Bittner tales, with the emotional impact, epic story-telling, and the charm of an captivating love story. Bringing the wild vastness of Wyoming to life around me, I felt transported back in time and became lost in a different reality. I took my time reading this book just because I wanted to soak up every moment spent with Luke and Kate and didn't want it to end. And when it was over, after I took a few moments to soak it all in, I jumped back in to reread favorite parts... and I can't wait to revisit them again and again!
CathyGeha 9 days ago
Ride the High Lonesome by Roseanne Bittner Outlaw Trail #1 This story grabbed me at the beginning as Kate is watching the lynching of Luke. Would she be able to save him or just grab his things and maybe find salvation in civilization? There was so much potential for Kate and Luke as they both seemed to be survivors, smart, mature and with enough of a backstory (maybe) to make them interesting. I mean, they booth had lived through the Civil War and experienced loss and changes from those losses that made them grow and change. At some point I began to feel that Kate was too wrapped up in the idea that she might be raped or someone might see her body parts or something else that would be improper. Sure, there were some rather scary things that happened to her and some wicked outlaws that nearly got her but still...she seemed to spend a lot of time in her head thinking about what might happen, whether or not Luke might really like her, would Luke come back for her, could he love her, etc. And Luke, he seemed the strong stalwart wise one but they he was derailed into a revenge seeking killer that also could not trust a woman because of...well...because of a woman that did him wrong. So, I have mixed feelings. It was a good book but it could have been a great book if both characters had stayed truer to the strong character I saw in both of them and hadn’t begun to wallow in the angst and push pull of the relationship that developed instead. Did I enjoy this book? Yes...for the most part Would I read more in this series? I would try another book in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
Pokeybooboo 9 days ago
Ride the High Lonesome is the first book in Rosanne Bittner's Outlaw Trail series. I just adore starting a new series. I have read some of Ms. Bittner's work previously and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to have the opportunity to read this one. Kate Winters is the sole survivor of an attack on a wagon train that was making its way to Oregon. Stranded in Wyoming, she comes across a gang hanging a man. She hides until they leave, then makes her way to the man. She needs supplies, and he won't need them any longer. However, when she approaches him, she realizes he's still alive; she cuts him down and cares for him. Luke Bowden wants his revenge and won't let anything get in his way of hunting down the men who did this to him. However, he vows to protect Kate and they head toward the outlaw town of Lander. Thus commences a story of traveling through the "high lonesome", outlaws, shootouts, hardship, friendship and love. This story worked better as a western than a love story for me. I actually found the romance between Kate and Luke to be a bit annoying. Kate came across as needy, whiny and concerned about her reputation. Luke seemed to care more about his revenge, and he had an odd idea of how to decide if he loved Kate or not. I believe a bit more backstory for these two characters was needed. However, I still found this story highly enjoyable, mostly for the way Ms. Bittner writes about the Wyoming Territory. She really brings the area to life; you can almost feel the beating sun, then the stinging snow of a blizzard. She excels at showing the beauty of the land. I will definitely read the next installment of this series; I just hope for a better romance. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
JackieBCentralTexasJB 9 days ago
Book Info Paperback, 320 pages Expected publication: November 26th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492689262 (ISBN13: 9781492689263) Series Outlaw Trail #1 Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB A man bent on revenge A woman determined to survive A land that knows no mercy Meet the Men of the Outlaw Trail When Kate Winters is left stranded and defenseless in outlaw country, she knows there's little chance she'll make it out alive...until she stumbles across a ruthless gang hanging a cowboy for his cattle. She waits until the outlaws are gone, desperate enough to claim the dead man's horse to make her escape—only to realize he's not dead after all. Those outlaws should have made damn sure Luke Bowden was good and gone. Now he vows he'll have his revenge no matter the cost. But they're miles away from the nearest town, and the woman who saved his hide won't survive the ride back. He owes her his life—he owes her everything—and it doesn't take long before he's faced with a terrible choice: stand by Kate...or claim his revenge? My Thoughts These 4 statements from the books blurb/synopsis are what I am going to address first in order of their appearance and my thoughts on the story as a whole follows. A man bent on revenge Luke Bowden may have been left bound, hanged and helpless by the unlucky gang of men who also stole his cattle but his quest for revenge on them is fueled by the determination of a man hellbent on western justice. A woman determined to survive Kate Winters was a part of a group of travelers bound for a better life, a quest cut short in the most brutal way so finding Luke was an answer to her survival prayers. Of course she did not expect a total stranger would become important to more than that in a very short space of time either. A land that knows no mercy Starting off with their relentless journey which takes place miles away from the nearest town and culminates within the boundaries of a town which is in itself also has little to no mercy for its eclectic inhabitants. Many, if not all, of which are violent men and women with questionable pasts or even more questionable futures. Meet the Men of the Outlaw Trail Brutal land and even more brutally violent men, or women, rule along countryside and the towns in areas known as The Outlaw Trail. Kate Winters and Luke Bowden were lucky more than not to survive their escapades in this era of lawlessness. Finding themselves alone and depending on each other takes more than trust but also hard work as well. Traveling is harsh and their surviving stretches each characters limits at times, also bringing to fore qualities in Luke and Kate that were unexpected by their foes or each other some of the time. Nice beginning to the series, which I was expecting, with some unexpected twists here and there to keep anyone who had read the authors work before wanting more of the same and new readers forging eagerly ahead to find out what happened next. Despite the ease with which one immerses into the book it is not so easy to put it down once started, nor did I expect it be. Looking forward to other books in this series once they are available to read and enjoy. [EArc from Netgalley]