A decades long love story of two people, united by chance, that proves love’s lasting power and its ability to overcome all oddsMiranda Hayes has lost everything-her family, her husband, her home. Orphaned and then widowed, desperate to find a safe haven, she sets out to cross a savage land alone…until chance brings her face-to-face with notorious gunslinger Jake Harkner.
Hunted by the law and haunted by a brutal past, Jake has spent a lifetime fighting for everything he has. He’s never known a moment’s kindness…until fate brings him to the one woman willing to reach past his harsh exterior to the man inside. He would die for her. He would kill for her. He will do whatever it takes to keep her his.
Spanning the dazzling West with its blazing deserts and booming gold towns, Jake and Miranda must struggle to endure every hardship that threatens to tear them apart. But the love of an outlaw comes with a price…and even their passion may not burn bright enough to conquer the coming darkness.
This is my first book that I’ve read of Rosanne’s and I felt like it overwhelmed me, but in a good way.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a hero in it like Jake. He has lived a hard life since he was a young boy which leads him into becoming an outlaw and gunslinger, not afraid to cut any man down on his path and is feared by other outlaws due to his handiness with his guns. Jake has come to a part in his life that he wishes he could change – lead a better, calmer life – and that’s when he meets Randy. It’s not everyday that you get shot by the woman who is destined to be your soulmate and that is exactly what happens to Jake. Of course Randy mends him shortly afterwards. Jake does everything he can to shake and scare Randy off, telling her he’s no good, but Randy doesn’t budge – I believe she can see the good in him that’s hidden deep down inside. She has faith in him and stays, which leads them in their crazy hectic journey that takes them to California, Colorado, Missouri, and eventual Oklahoma. Life won’t be easy for Randy as Jake has made quite a bit of enemies in his life, but she is made of sterner stuff, literally nothing scares her off from leaving him – from gunslinger outlaws having a shoot out at a local town gathering, to Jake being arrested for a crime he didn’t commit (rape). I cannot express how happy I am that Randy stuck it out and stayed with Jake. I felt like he truly needed her, she made his life so much better and helped him become the man he thought he never could be. I guess you could say that love from a good woman – Randy – is what saved him and gave him a second chance to live a life worth living.
One of my favorite parts about this book, which happened all throughout it, is when Jake would whisper endearments in Spanish – his mother was Mexican – to Randy. I thought that was so heart melting and sweet.
One thing I wish was different is the time span, which spans about 26 years from the beginning to the end of the book. I felt like things could of gone a little bit slower or perhaps expanded the big time difference over 1-2 books, but yet that is just my personal preference. It was still a very, very, good book regardless, which I will definitely read the next few books in this series as I loved reading about Jake, Randy, Lloyd, and Evie.
If you like your books to have a lot of angst, and trust me this one does, with a tough harden man with a lot of rough edges get a second chance at life due to receiving love from a good woman, then you don’t want to miss out on Outlaw Hearts or the rest in this series. Rosanne can sure own a good historical western romance that sucks you in due to the details that she goes into when writing these types of stories. Life in the West wasn’t easy, let alone the lives that the outlaws lived and experienced, which she doesn’t sugar coat any of it, from shootings, killing, rape, etc, which I love because I want to read and experience the ‘realness’ of the time and setting.