Review: Ride the High Lonesome by Rosanne Bittner

Posted November 26, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Ride the High Lonesome by Rosanne Bittner
Ride the High Lonesome

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Series: Outlaw Trail #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 26, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

It led with a hanging for two people desperate to survive in the hard, gritty frontier of the American West, but then it grew into something more if they were courageous enough to grab hold.  Give me a hard fought story full of desperation and survival in the historic West paired with a romance pair that have to grow as individuals and work against a dangerous situation together and I’m pleased as punch.


Ride the High Lonesome opens on a woman dead on her feet happening upon a hanging.  Only the man wasn’t dead when the others left and that was their mistake and her chance to survive out in that wild untame land.  Kate saves the stranger and reluctantly places her trust in Luke Bowden as they face many dangers.  Trust comes as does love though she knows its unrequited because Luke will never trust another woman with his heart again.

Luke came home from the Civil War a burdened man, but ready to pick up with his sweetheart back home only to find her married to his own brother.  Feeling betrayed by both, he came west to begin again if he can keep his stake against natural disaster and against the ruthless outlaws roaming the western trails of the high lonesome.  Now, he has a hurt woman in his care that is teaching him that not all women are Bonnie.  Maybe he can give her a chance if the outlaws he’s after don’t get him first.

This author’s books don’t shy away from setting her stories and describing with authenticity the reality of the hard, desperate life of the American Western Frontier after the war.  Her characters are colorful and suited to the times coming from a cross section of people ever moving west looking for a new start- even the outlaws who are also varied with some shades of gray more gentleman than some non-outlaws all the way through true evil needing to be stopped.  Her characters have to be strong or learn to be strong to sometimes face all she throws at them from natural elements and bad breaks to gun battles or other desperate fights to live.  In this case, the demons of the past for Luke are as tough for him to combat as Kate facing men who want to rape and steal.

I was riveted much of the time though I confess that there were times when one or the other of them was being repetitively introspective over the same internal issues so I skimmed that now and then.  I loved them as a couple though their romance stopped and started as external conflicts and personal issues had to be dealt with and for all the conflict, this was relatively angst-free compared to many of her older books.  I enjoyed that they were not prim and were quite open with each other even with Luke denying deeper feelings.  They worked together and made a great team after that first little stutter-start that had me giggling a bit at Kate’s reaction to Luke seeing her in the all-together.

On a side note, Outlaw Hearts fans will enjoy the Jake Harker cameo with a scene that takes place during his first book.  The author has promised this sort of fun cameo with several of her older series characters with each book in this new Outlaw Trail series.

All in all, I was well satisfied with this first in a new exciting western adventure romance series and look forward to each new story flowing from the pen.  I can highly recommend this one to western historical romance fans who like spicy romance and gritty action set against an authentic historical backdrop.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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New Release #160
Romance-opoly #64 Library (free choice)

About Rosanne Bittner

Rosanne Bittner is an award-winning novelist who is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California—and are often based on personal visits to each setting. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

I only tried one western novel I think but I would be curious to try more to see how I feel about them

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Anthologies like this are a good way to sample and see what you like. 🙂

2 years ago

Beautiful review. Glad you found it authentic to the time. The romance does look good.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

Thanks, Lily! Her books always grab me.

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

I love American frontier stories! I used to consume the genre though I don’t read them often anymore. This one sounds incredible though. I love when there are trust issues and they slowly learn they can rely on one another.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I’ll bet you’ve read a lot of Rosanne Bittner’s earlier stuff then. I’m late to the party, but finding a bunch in the sub-genre to love. Yes, this element of survival mode together is a great catalyst for the romance, Dani. 😉

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

I can’t wait to read this book here. You are correct in how she writes the American Frontier in a way that no other author does. I really love that there is a connection to Jake Harkner.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I think we’re in for another great series, Renee, even if it swaps up couples each book.
Yes!!!! Jake!