Desperate Hearts by Rosanne Bittner

Desperate Hearts by Rosanne Bittner
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (355 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

She’s a woman with a secret

Elizabeth Wainwright is on the run. Accused of a murder she didn’t commit, she has no choice but to cut ties with her old life and flee West. The last thing she wants is attention, but when her stagecoach is attacked, she suddenly finds herself under the fierce protection of one of Montana’s famed vigilantes . . . whether she likes it or not.

He’s a man with a code
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Lawman Mitch Brady is sworn to uphold justice in the wild lands of 1860s Montana. He’s never met a man he’s feared, and he’s never met a woman more desperately in need of his help. Something’s shaken the secretive Elizabeth, but as he gets to know the beautiful city belle, he finds the only thing he wants more than her safety . . . is her trust.

She’s just eighteen and she’s already running from a man…

Ms. Bittner writes a mean western. She is historically accurate (she must have had a gunslinger in her family!) and she believes in true love. Those combinations add up to a good read. I’m going to have to go find some more of her work.

Elizabeth Wainright is going as far as she can away from her stepfather. He killed her mother and lusts after the gem filled necklace heirloom and the girl herself. She can’t stop him from taking what he wants if she stays, but she can run with the necklace and she does. She never anticipated getting caught in a stagecoach robbery. She also has no experience with the bad men of the west. She grew up in New York and that’s a long way from Montana. It doesn’t take her long to realize just what they want to do to her. All the men on the stage are dead and she’s there all alone. While she’s anticipating the worst, someone shows up to her rescue. He looks like an outlaw himself and she’s not sure that she’s in a better situation. However, he informs her he’s the local lawman. He also asks her if she’s a whore…

It doesn’t get better in town. It’s a town with few women and lots of men. Elizabeth knows she’s attractive, but she never drew much notice in New York. Here, she’s the main attraction. It’s a good thing she has the sheriff for a bodyguard.

This is a busy tale of men out for revenge as well as a story of love. Sheriff Mitch Brady falls in love with her and her with him. Her stepfather is still coming after her. He wants the necklace and plans to kill her. The wife of one of the men hanged by the sheriff is coming after him along with her ranch hands. It’s a rough world out there in early Montana.

I enjoyed the story and worried about the main characters. This author has a talent for drawing you into the story and keeping you there. I like that; it makes the book more worth reading. Now to find some more by her…


  1. What a great review. I’ve loved Rosanne’s books for years. Her early works are just as wonderful and I highly recommend them.

  2. wow…nice and … I can’t quite find the word im looking for but its gonna be worth the read.

  3. I have always loved her books!!!! Cant wait to read it!

  4. Shirley Ann Speakman says

    I’ve never read a book by Roseanne Bittner but this book sounds really wonderful A Lawman as a bodyguard I look forward to reading it.

  5. Thank you for the great review! If you think I write a mean western and a good love story – just wait till you read OUTLAW HEARTS next June and its sequel, DO NOT FORSAKE ME next July. You will DEFINITELY LOVE these two books, which are the story of a wanted man and the woman who changes his life and becomes his rock and his strength. DO NOT FOSAKE ME is a story of forgiveness and redemption and a fabulous (continuing) love story of outlaw Jake Harkner and his beloved wife Miranda – and in Book #2 their grown son (hot!!) and beautiful grown daughter. Mark these books on your calendars! DO NOT FORSAKE ME is my 60th published novel!

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