Desperate Hearts

Rosanne Bittner
Desperate Hearts
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Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date
September 2014
Historical fiction, Historical Romance, Western Romance


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.


Lawman Mitch Brady is sworn to uphold justice in the wild lands of 1860's 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 her trust.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 18, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
73 people found the following review helpful
DESPERATE HEARTS may make you feel your own desperation for an alpha male in leather and a six shooter to love and protect you.

It's 1866 and a woman is headed to Alter, MT to escape a desperate situation in New York City. Reinventing herself as Elizabeth Wainright, the woman finds herself on a stagecoach headed west when it's attacked and her fellow passengers are killed. Suddenly under the protection of vigilante sheriff Mitch Brady whether she wants it or not, Elizabeth finds herself in a lawless town with few respectable women and even fewer respectable men. The folks of Alter are nothing like she's used to, but if she's going to escape notice from her former stepfather in New York, she'll have to keep a low profile…and her secrets.

Mitch is a rough and gruff lawman who's both feared and loved by the town. He's not sure why he brings the lovely Miss Wainright to Alter, but he's sure glad she's here...even if she's not a lady for hire. Something about her calls to him, and he'll do whatever he can to persue that connection before another man gets his hands on her. But Elizabeth is scared that her past will come for her. She can't trust anyone, even the strong and sexy man who's bent on protecting her. Mitch will do whatever it takes to prove to Elizabeth that he'd never betray her trust, but will it be too late?

DESPERATE HEARTS started off with a fun and well written stagecoach robbery, a little murder, some mayhem and a lot of lusty thoughts for the hunky vigilante lawman who rescues Elizabeth/Emma. Unfortunately that was the only redeeming thing about this long winded novel. This book was basically the same scene rewritten repeatedly, almost verbatim at times: Mitch protects Elizabeth/Emma, he asks for trust, she can't give him trust, he backs off, she laments her situation. Rinse and repeat. I was frustrated and bored by ongoing storyline, making me desperate to finish DESPERATE HEARTS as quickly as possible.

Even though the book claims to be full of hot sex, humor and lots of romance, I truly don't know where any of those things are! The sex scenes were brief and poorly written and there was zero chemistry between Mitch and Elizabeth/Emma whatsoever. I felt like he was courting her because she was the only suitable woman in his life who wasn't a prostitute. With a dull storyline and uninspired writing, DESPERATE HEARTS is definitely one book that I won't be recommending to anyone who enjoys passion, excitement and chemistry in their romance reads.
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