Frontier/Western Historical Romance

C+
Forgetting Herself

The premise of this book sounds a little silly: the main conflict between the hero and heroine is that he's a sheep farmer and she's a cattle rancher's daughter. Yet, it brought back memories of 4th grade state history class when we learned about range wars between cattlemen and sheep farmers in Wyo ...

C
The Rancher Takes a Wife

Despite massive anachronisms, a potty-mouthed heroine, an intractable hero, and a Big Misassumption that runs the entire length of the story, The Rancher Takes a Wife grew on me and by the end, I found I grudgingly liked it. Not exactly a glowing recommendation, but there you have it. Rose Severi ...

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Texas Empires: Longhorn

The first two books in Evelyn Rogers’ Texas Empires triology followed the adventures of the Harden brothers as they made their way to Texas and glory. In Longhorn, Rogers introduces us to Maddie, the youngest of the Harden siblings and the last remaining family member in New Orleans. Maddie is wai ...

C
The Women of Primrose Creek: Bridget

There’s nothing actually wrong with Bridget, the first novel in Linda Lael Miller’s new series, The Women of Primrose Creek. I can’t pinpoint any specific plot contrivance or writing flaw; it just seems unfinished. At just under one hundred and fifty pages, Bridget reads like the summary of an ...

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Brit's Lady

Reading Kit Dee's Brit's Lady is the equivalent of eating fast food - it's quick but unmemorable. While the story reads at a brisk pace and the lead characters have possibilities, neither seems terribly realistic. The villain has that Snidely Whiplash aura, and the love scenes are marred by the. . . ...

C+
A Springwater Christmas

A Springwater Christmas is a warm-hearted, rather sweet and predictable tale about acceptance, love and forgiveness that will get you in the holiday spirit. If you've read the previous books in the Springwater series, you'll no doubt be thrilled with the reappearance of these fertile ladies and thei ...

B
Joe's Wife

Get out the handkerchiefs ladies, this is a good one! Joe's Wife is a three hanky read in the best sense. It's a marriage of convenience story between a widow from a good family and a man who is the son of the town whore. When Tye Hatcher came home from the Civil War, no one would hire him. No ma ...

A
Texas Destiny

Texas Destiny is a Beauty and the Beast story, a road romance, and quite possible the most tear-inducing book I have ever read in my life. I've often thought if I could get a copy into the hands of all the fans of romance novels and then buy stock in the companies that make hankies, I would be a ric ...

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Images in Scarlet

I enjoy a good amnesia story - it's interesting to see how an author serves up a fresh twist on an old cliché. Images in Scarlet uses amnesia to create a hero with a lot of vulnerability and sweetness, which is nice. Unfortunately, the the book doesn't live up to its promise. Allison Caine e ...

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Topaz

Topaz links Katherine Love and Dix Wildhorse. Katherine wears the gemstone - her mother's legacy - around her neck. Dix wears his grandfather's legacies in one ear and on his badge as a U.S. Marshal. They meet when he rescues her from the clutches of Rupert Samuels, swindler, thief, and all-round ba ...