Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West

Rosanne Bittner: Heart of the West


Updated 26 June 2024
Outlaw Hearts Series

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Book cover showing a cowboy embracing a blonde womanA man whose tortured past won’t let go.

A woman whose love goes beyond forgiveness.

     Jake Harkner is scarred on the inside from his tortured childhood and scarred on the outside from cruel beatings and too many gunfights. Years ago, a chance encounter with Miranda Hayes struck his heart like lightening and struck hers like thunder. Their ensuing storm-filled love match often threatened their years of marriage.

     OUTLAW HEARTS is the ultimate romantic saga, told through realistic history and events that settled the American West and tested a man and woman’s love beyond what most can handle. Now, thinking that the storms are finally over, the dark cloud of a woman from Jake's past appears on the horizon, creating an emotional twister that threatens to tear him from the woman he loves.

      Not only does Dallas Blackburn's visit force Jake to reveal a deep dark secret to his wife and family, but Jake is forced to break a promise he made to his wife of never strapping on his .44’s again. Only this time, Miranda vows she will not be left behind to wait and worry while Jake rides into danger. Come hell or high water, she intends to ride beside her husband into outlaw country.clear the storm clouds of Jake’s past.

     A bad man with a good heart, Jake Harkner is a classic hero Bittner’s readers fell in love with. You will, too, after reading SHADOW TRAIL. Follow Jake and Miranda's journey from their sprawling ranch in Colorado to northern Wyoming's Outlaw Trail for a final confrontation with Jake’s past of good and evil that could finally clear the storm clouds that have followed him all his life.

      "We are all gettin' older, Jake," Cole teased. "How do you keep up with a wife who is ten years younger than you?"

     Jake paused, glancing at Miranda. "You just have to love her so much that it hurts," he answered. "The rest is easy."

      Randy smiled. She was always surprised at how a man who could be so ruthless often spoke more like a poet than an outlaw.

     I am SO happy that everyone is loving this book! Here are some comments from my readers:

  • "OMG, I had to close it last night! The writing is so good that it gave me angst! I won’t say anything more than, 'Dear God, Randy, what are you doing???? Stop!' I shall continue it tonight, with a glass of wine in hand!" -- Melinda, via Facebook

  • "I absolutely loved this one! Beautiful and epic in every way! And loved how the past connects them together in a deeper almost spiritual way. Brilliant job Rosanne Bittner! Thank you for sharing them with us once more." -- Lover of Romance Book Reviews (You can read the full review here.)

  • "Long day. Anixety high. So I'm gonna get lost in my book! If you like good westerns, this is the series. Women love Rosanne Bittner's Outlaw Hearts Series, and it's a series men would love too. Get lost in the old west!" -- Tonya

  • "Just finished Shadow Trail. !! Once again you knocked it out of the park Rosanne!!! Great story, great ending!! Love Jake & Randy!!!" -- Judy

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My first contemporary romance novel, DANCING BENEATH YOU!

Book cover showing mountains, prairie, woman running, and wolf.

"DANCING BENEATH YOU is a novel that will capture your senses, tug at your heartstrings, and keep you on edge from beginning to end with its addictive pacing, beautiful atmospheric portrayal, and the edgy thrills that keep you yearning for more…A GEM OF A ROMANCE!" -- Renee, Addicted to Romance (Read entire review here.)

     Finally divorced from a violently abusive man, Carmen Wolfe is ready to enjoy life again, but not ready to love again. During a performance of Native American song and dance she attends at a new casino near her Michigan hometown, a live wolf named Caesar, who is part of the act, disobeys its trainer and sits down beside Carmen’s aisle seat and refuses to budge. He glares at Carmen with wild, yellow eyes, leaving her terrified and afraid to move.

     Worried about the dangerous situation, lead dancer Benjamin Red Wolf Colter, a lawyer for the Lakota (Oglala Sioux), leaves the stage to calm the tense moment. He urges Caesar back to his cage and apologizes to Carmen, but once he returns to South Dakota, Ben cannot stop thinking about the beautiful woman he met in Michigan. Heartbroken over his wife and unborn son, who were killed in an assassination attempt on his life, Ben believes that the incident with Caesar means the wolf spirit has chosen Carmen as the woman who can put an end to his grief and teach him to love again.

Carmen, too, cannot ignore the sizzling attraction she and Ben shared in that first fateful meeting. She stays in touch, and soon a deeper relationship leads her to South Dakota. Can these two overcome past tragedies? Can Carmen learn to trust again? And can she live with the fact that someone still wants Ben Colter dead?

The haunting lure of the South Dakota Badlands holds all the answers.

"Addicted to Romance" also did a wonderful interview with me, along with more details on Renee's opinion about DANCING BENEATH YOU. You can read it here -- I know you'll enjoy it!

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A man haunted by his outlaw past.
The woman who loves him.
A tight-knit family he holds dear.
Old enemies out to kill him.

       Jake Harkner loves hard. He also fights hard, determined to protect the woman and the family of whom he has always felt unworthy, but they are the only light in his inner darkness. Now Jake lives in changing times. New laws tell him he can no longer deal his own kind of justice with the guns that made him infamous. Jake’s passion for the woman who understands him more than any human being on earth might be the only thing that keeps him alive.

Hot. Gritty. Old West Meets New West.
An unforgettable love story.

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