Frontier/Western Historical Romance

C+
Reaper's Justice

This is one of those books that's incredibly difficult to grade because on one hand I liked it, but on the other there are problems that are extremely difficult to ignore. Often, the points that I enjoyed within the story were essentially the sources of the problems. Created as a killing machine ...

B+
Texas Blue

Finding a husband for a girl living on a remote ranch in the late 1800s was difficult when the only men she saw with any regularity were crusty ranch hands or those already married. For three sisters in their early 20s, there just weren’t enough possible beaus to go around. Thomas cleverly tackles ...

B+
Pieces of Sky

A few publishers have continued to publish Western romances, but recently, I've started seeing more of them from other houses as well. With Pieces of Sky, we have the return of a type of Western romance I've missed - the big, sprawling saga. This debut novel has a slightly retro feel to it (in a goo ...

F
The Education of Madeline

Note to self: Step away from the Brava westerns. The Education of Madeline is the second one I've read in recent months, and it's as disastrous as the first. I'm starting to get the impression that readers who want something more than a sexual checklist should look elsewhere for their entertainment. ...

B-
Sam's Creed

Second in Sarah McCarty's Hell's Eight historical western series about a group of Texas Rangers in the pre-Civil War era, Sam's Creed achieves what Caine's Reckoning managed to do. Once again using an erotic backdrop, she creates a mythic western hero, protective, dominant, and emotionally distant - ...

A-
High Plains Bride

Somehow I suspect that the hero in High Plains Bride did not expect to find the woman who betrayed him fourteen years earlier showing up on his doorstep and demanding favors of him at gunpoint. Still, that is just how the book opens and the broken relationship that is healed and rekindled kept me re ...

B
Klondike Doctor

Lovers of Western/Frontier romances sure have there work cut out for them. If you are like me and have a strong affection for this subgenre, you know the pickings are mighty slim. Thankfully, Kate Bridges seems to know a thing or two about a good historic romance not set in 19th century England. Eve ...

A
The Wives of Bowie Stone

Could you tell from the title that Bowie Stone is a bigamist? Well, he is, to put it bluntly, but don't let that put you off. While I'm not much for men with more than one wife, after reading The Wives of Bowie Stone I will be happy to become Bowie's third wife and not give one hoot about the other ...

D-
The Southern Devil

I picked up The Southern Devil with great optimism. It has many things that usually draw me to a book: a Western setting, steamy love scenes, a female who isn't delicate, adventure, and a childhood connection between the hero and heroine. Sadly, each of the things I looked forward to are seriously f ...

C+
Loner's Lady

In a romance book landscape littered with paranormals and inane Regency-set historicals, it’s nice to enjoy a Western Romance read. It’s like drinking a tall glass of cool, crisp water. Loner’s Lady turned out to be a lovely character-driven romance in which plot holes, unfortunately, mar its ...