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?
Titles in the Men of the Outlaw Trail series include – Ride the High Lonesome –
Title: Ride the High Lonesome
Series: Men of the Outlaw Trail #1
Author: Rosanne Bittner
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Published: November 26, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
I am never disappointed in a Rosanne Bittner story and RIDE THE HIGH LONESOME captured me early on and held me captive for Kate and Luke’s story. I enjoy Ms. Bittner’s worlds. They are realistically wild, ruff and tumble told with a sometimes old-fashioned slant, one that keeps me coming back for more of her stories time and time again. If you’ve followed her “Outlaw Hearts” series then you’ll want to keep an eye out for the first of the cameos she’s promised in this story. No, I’m not going to tell you who – that would spoil the fun but simply be on the lookout for an old book friend.
Aside from the trauma to both Luke and Kate, witnessing her wagon train’s occupants being slaughtered in front of her and being hung and left for dead while outlaws made off with his cattle, these two have some other issues to be dealt with before they find their happy ending. Watching them deal with the past while coping with the present made for an entertaining story. I’ll be frank and say that there were a couple of events that I questioned motives and reasons about – but overall, I found RIDE THE HIGH LONESOME to be an intense taste of the wild west and two loners who discover that love can happen when least expected.
If you love a good Western Romance with characters who leap off the page, enough danger to satisfy, and issues to be dealt with before love can fully bloom then you need to get in on the beginning of this new series – right now.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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