Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner

Title:  Do Not Forsake Me
Series:  Outlaw Hearts #2
Author:  Rosanne Bittner
Publication Date:  July 7/15 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length:  512pgs
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  Review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Experience the epic, sweeping story of Jake and Miranda Harkner from Bittner's beloved Outlaw Hearts, called by New York Times bestseller Heather Graham "a wonderful, absorbing read, with characters to capture the heart and the imagination".

Fate brought them together. His past may tear them apart.
Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their desperate love flourished despite countless sorrows. Now, twenty-six years later, their family has finally found some measure of peace...balanced on the knife's edge of danger.

Jake has spent his years as a U.S. Marshal atoning for sins, bringing law to the land he once terrorized. But no matter how hard he fights the demons of his brutal past, the old darkness still threatens to consume him. Only Miranda keeps the shadows at bay. But when outlaws looking for revenge strike a fatal blow, Jake risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior and to the man inside.

He always knew there'd be the devil to pay. He just never realized he might not be the one to bear the ultimate price.

My Review:

Once again Bittner has created an emotional novel that takes you back in time and shows you what real cowboys are all about. It was a fantastic sequel to Outlaw Hearts that highlighted the hard hitting lives these characters lived. Lasting love and romance shines through while the harshness of the land is apparent to all.

Bittner’s vivid and lifelike characters invite you deep into their lives. They’re the type of individuals that you instinctively want to get to know better. I appreciated how Bittner takes the individuals we came to know in the first novel of the series and allows them to grow and change based on the circumstances they now find themselves in. Their personal and interpersonal relationships, along with the land they live on, shaped their lives.

Although his novel could potentially be read as a standalone, I would suggest reading the series in order. I loved how Bittner showed us what happens in the ‘ever after’ for the characters that we met in the first novel.

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