Sunday, January 14, 2018

Book Review: 'Desperate Hearts' by Rosanne Bittner


She’s just eighteen and she’s already running from a man…
Ms. Bittner writes a mean western. She is historically accurate (she must have had a gunslinger in her family!) and she believes in true love. Those combinations add up to a good read. I’m going to have to go find some more of her work.
Elizabeth Wainright is going as far as she can away from her stepfather. He killed her mother and lusts after the gem filled necklace heirloom and the girl herself. She can’t stop him from taking what he wants if she stays, but she can run with the necklace and she does. She never anticipated getting caught in a stagecoach robbery. She also has no experience with the bad men of the west. She grew up in New York and that’s a long way from Montana. It doesn’t take her long to realize just what they want to do to her. All the men on the stage are dead and she’s there all alone. While she’s anticipating the worst, someone shows up to her rescue. He looks like an outlaw himself and she’s not sure that she’s in a better situation. However, he informs her he’s the local lawman. He also asks her if she’s a whore…
It doesn’t get better in town. It’s a town with few women and lots of men. Elizabeth knows she’s attractive, but she never drew much notice in New York. Here, she’s the main attraction. It’s a good thing she has the sheriff for a bodyguard.
This is a busy tale of men out for revenge as well as a story of love. Sheriff Mitch Brady falls in love with her and her with him. Her stepfather is still coming after her. He wants the necklace and plans to kill her. The wife of one of the men hanged by the sheriff is coming after him along with her ranch hands. It’s a rough world out there in early Montana.
I enjoyed the story and worried about the main characters. This author has a talent for drawing you into the story and keeping you there. I like that; it makes the book more worth reading. Now to find some more by her…

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