Frontier/Western Historical Romance

B-
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 ...

B-
Sweetwood Bride

For about the first 100 pages of this book, I had to overcome the temptation to toss it through the roof and into orbit. I hated Eulie Toby the heroine, I hated what she had done to Moss Collier, the hero, and above it all I loathed how she kept referring to him as "the husband man." After about wha ...

C-
Texas Proud

Nothing pleases me quite like a good Western. I'm not sure what it is: maybe the lure, for this city-dweller, of wide-open spaces, maybe the idea that living in the 19th-century West was not for the faint of heart. More than a few of the books on my keeper shelf are Westerns. Unhappily, Texas Proud ...

D
Springwater Seasons: Savannah

Sometimes an author gets too ambitious. In a series romance, due to length restraints, there really is only room for a story about a developing relationship, with maybe a tiny bit of subplot thrown in. In Springwater Seasons: Savannah, Linda Lael Miller attempts the impossible - to stuff a book with ...

B+
Cherish

Cherish is beautifully written and has wonderfully drawn characters, but it was so grim and gritty that it reminded me why western romances usually fall into the category of books I normally read only if they're light and humorous. Race Spencer comes across a slaughter in an arroyo while he's out ...

D
Only With You

Only With You is not really a story about two people who fall in love. Rather, it's a story about a heroine who thinks she's in love with her best friend's fiance‚ until the second to last chapter, and a hero who finally tells the heroine he loves her on the last line of the last page. An extremel ...

C
The Fugitive Heart

Inspirational novels can be difficult to review. You can't exactly give a novel a lower grade simply because you don't agree with the beliefs of the author. As you might expect from an inspirational novel, the crux of this novel is a spiritual conflict. The hero has rejected God, and the heroine fee ...

B
The Rebel

The Rebel is the third installment in the Men of Pride County series, and it is definitely a departure from the other two. While the hero is a man from Pride County, almost all of the story is set in territorial New Mexico. And unlike the other two, the bulk of the story takes place during the Civil ...

A
The Outsider

The Outsider is a keeper. It's also the second book in Rosalyn West's The Men of Pride County series. Set in post-Civil War Kentucky, the series features a divided county trying to heal its war wounds. The hero of The Outsider was first introduced in the series' first book - The Outcast. It definite ...

B+
The Outsider

I don't think that there is any sadder time in history than the American Civil War period. I used to read about those times a lot, until I watched the PBS series on the Civil War. Reading about the Civil War always depressed me, but after that series, I lost my enthusiasm for it, and for the resurre ...