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Norah Hess - 2005
    He had no use for any woman, least of all the bedraggled charity case his shiftless kin were trying to palm off on him. Rachel Sutter had been wedded and widowed on the same day and now his dirt-poor cousins refused to take her in, claiming she’d make Dylan a fine wife. Not if he had anything to say about it! But one good look at Rachel’s long, long legs and white-blond hair had the avowed bachelor singing a different tune. The beautiful mountain girl had too much pride to stay where she wasn’t wanted and soon Dylan was reduced to haunting the trading post where she’d found refuge, hoping for a glimpse of her moonlit loveliness. All he wanted was to prove he was different from the low-down snakes she’d known before, to convince her that he was a changed man, one who would give anything

The Lady Takes A Gunslinger

Barbara Ankrum - 2015
    everything a romance should be--funny, tender and charming." ~Jill Barnett, NYT Bestselling Author"I really loved this book!" ~Kat Martin, NYT Bestselling Author


Bobbi Smith - 2010
    On the trail of a ruthless gang of outlaws, a Texas Ranger and a female bounty hunter clash as each tries to best the other and deny the attraction drawing them inexorably closer.

Texas Embrace

Rosanne Bittner - 1997
    And if she is found, she'll be considered an outcast. John Hawkins knows how it feels to be an outcast. They are a man and woman who have known violence and tragedy. Yet even with desperadoes and Indians all around them, John and Tessa discover they want something more--a chance at happiness.

Dear Penelope

Sharon Ihle - 2005
     Penelope is disappointed her fiancé isn't at the train depot, and sets out to find him only to discover he is about to marry another. Unable to afford a ticket home, Penelope convinces Sabastian that the Pearly Gates needs a hostess, then snags a part-time job setting type for the town's down-on-its-luck newspaper. Sabastian wishes he'd said "no" to the effervescent Penelope as there isn't a pair of boots she can't trip over, including her own, and she' just as good at setting type. When Penelope decides to help one of the paper's love-addled readers, the 'Dear Penelope' column becomes a booming success. Finally, life is good until Penelope's father arrives to drag his unwed daughter home. Leaving Penelope no choice, she asks Sabastian to marry her. But a marriage of convenience can be anything but...convenient. REVIEWS: "Brilliant, funny and mesmerizing." Affaire de Coeur Also by Sharon Ihle: THE PROUD ONES, in series order The Bride Wore Feathers The Half-breed Bride THE INCONVENIENT BRIDES, in series order: The Bride Wore Spurs Marrying Miss Shylo The Marring Kind The WILD WOMEN Series, in order" Untamed Wildcat Wild Rose Wild Hearts THE LAW AND DISORDER SERIES, in order: To Love a Scoundrel The Outlaw was No Lady A Lawman for Maggie The Law and Miss Penny ABOUT SHARON IHLE: Sharon Ihle is the bestselling author of more than a dozen historical romances set in the American West. A lifelong Californian, Sharon recently moved from the sunny beaches of San Diego to the frozen plains of North Dakota. Hard to believe, but it's true.


Ana Leigh - 2004
    Spying handsome Clay Fraser, she puts her flirty plan into action and wakes, the next morning, with a wedding band on her finger.Clay Fraser, a former Confederate soldier, is horrified to discover that he somehow got married last night -- and worse, to a Yankee. Worst of all, his new wife refuses to share his bed Sparks fly and attraction burns as the wagon train heads west, but it will take a love as expansive as the Western sky to show Rebecca and Clay how to claim the passionate new life that is their destiny....

The Independent Bride

Leigh Greenwood - 2004
    Fort Lookout: It was a rugged outpost where soldiers, cattlemen and Indians lived on the edge of open warfare, the last place any woman in her right mind would choose to settle. Abby: She is everything a man should avoid—with a figure made for temptation, a face of beauty and an expression of stubborn determination. Colonel Bryce McGregor knew there was no room for such a woman at his fort or in his heart. But no matter how many obstacles he put in her path, Abby was determined to make a go of her father's store. And as she received proposal after proposal from his troops, Bryce realized the only man he could allow her to marry is himself.

Kid Calhoun

Joan Johnston - 1993
    . . and a cache of stolen gold that had mysteriously disappeared. But the lawman's problems had only just begun. Fighting his desire for the outlaw he had sworn would not escape justice, Jake Kearney was soon torn between his duty . . . and his love. . . .Anabeth knew she had found her match in the rugged loner who taught her the joys of passion . . . while she taught him the exquisite perils of love. She also knew that Anabeth "Kid" Calhoun was one outlaw both willing and eager to fall into the long arms of the law!

McCade's Way

Mara McBain - 2013
    Bitter, he immerses himself in the family farm until practicality demands he look for a new wife. But Trey is understandably gun-shy and the local ladies are leery of the gruff giant. On her own in depression-ravaged New York City, Genevieve Kelly has run out of options. Irish luck has graced her with ungainly height and bright copper hair, neither of which has potential suitors beating down her door. When the local priest says he knows a man in Virginia who is looking for a wife, she's skeptical. Yet a few letters later, Genevieve's on her way to wed a man she's never met. With the promise of a solid roof over her head and warm food in her belly, does she really need love too?

Sunrise Over Texas

M.J. Fredrick - 2010
    Stranded with her mother- and sister-in-law to care for, with no hope of rescue before winter sets in, Kit has only one goal: survival. So when a lone horseman appears on the horizon, and then falls from his mount in fever, Kit must weigh the safety of her family against offering aid and shelter to the handsome stranger.Trace Watson has lost everything that ever mattered to him. Trying to forget, he heads to the frontier colony of San Felipe, not caring if he lives or dies. But when he wakes to discover he's being nursed back to health by a brave young widow, he vows to repay her kindness by guiding the three women back to civilization, no matter what the cost.Soon, Kit and Trace are fighting the elements, Indian attacks and outlaws—as well as feelings they both thought were long buried...74,000 words

His Convenient Wife

Ruth Ann Nordin - 2014
    Instead, his focus has always been on her twin sister. So when Stan proposes to Harriett, she knows it’s only because he needs a mother for the little girl he recently adopted. And while her first reaction is to turn him down, she can’t bring herself to turn her back on an innocent child who needs her. So it is with reluctance she agrees to marry him. But only on one condition. Theirs will never be anything more than a marriage of convenience. She will not be vulnerable to him ever again. But as soon as Stan marries her, he regrets the deal he made. She’s not the wallflower he thought her to be. In fact, she’s much more appealing than her sister. The problem is, how can he convince her of that so they can turn their marriage of convenience into something much more?

Montana Surrender

Trana Mae Simmons - 1993
    And while the fiery passion between them is undeniable, falling in love is far too dangerous.REVIEWS:Trana Mae Simmons understands the wild land, its untamed characters and brings their complex stories to life. ~Romantic Times Magazine"Filled with unexpected plot turns and an intriguing cast of unusual characters. A winner! ~Michalann Perry, Zebra Books AuthorThe DARING WESTERN HEARTS SERIES, in order Montana SurrenderBittersweet PromisesMountain Magic

Tales of Brave Western Love

Lorelei Brogan - 2019
    Carson, the new sheriff of the town and Alina’s childhood friend, will now feel his heart shiver again and try to save her. When the situation is about to get harder and harder Alina and Carson will have a chance to rekindle their friendship. But will it be enough to help them survive and keep the ones they care for alive? The Bounty Hunter of Her Heart Willamina Billie Starling is haunted by a sobering past surrounding her brother’s mysterious exile. When she asks from Jack, the new sheriff, to help her solve the mystery, she will discover things that will change her life forever... And even though Jack finds by her side a spark that he’s been missing, will he risk his chance for love for the sake of justice? Will Billie find the love she wants and the family she needs, or will it wind up costing her everything, even her life? A Quest of Love and Redemption Willamina Billie Starling is haunted by a sobering past surrounding her brother’s mysterious exile. When she asks from Jack, the new sheriff, to help her solve the mystery, she will discover things that will change her life forever... And even though Jack finds by her side a spark that he’s been missing, will he risk his chance for love for the sake of justice? Will Billie find the love she wants and the family she needs, or will it wind up costing her everything, even her life?

Love Me with Fury

Cara Miles - 1991
    But even more frightening was Jess Wilder, the dangerous bounty hunter who pulled her from the wreckage and took her prisoner. She didn't understand why he called her by another woman's name, but when she met his fiery gaze, she vowed she'd do anything to escape her arrogant captor.

Stolen Little Thing

Sasha Gold - 2014
     Esme Duval wants nothing more than to return to Honey Creek, Texas, to the ranch she's inherited. Her father and brothers think she doesn't deserve it. Her neighbor, Luke Crosby, thinks she has no business running four hundred acres of prime ranch land and he'll do anything to prove it to her. Not so many years ago, Luke was her ally, her hero and her secret love, now he threatens everything she holds dear. When Esme comes back to claim her property, will Luke once again come to her defense, or will he seize the opportunity to blackmail her into his arms? From Chapter Two “Drink this. It’ll help you sleep tonight,” he murmured. “You’re probably not used to sleeping in a tent.” She was a skittish, wild filly, keeping her distance and avoiding his gaze. For some reason she was fearful. Why, he couldn’t fathom, but one thing he knew for certain was that he was just the man for Esme Duval. There was a reason she’d returned. They belonged together. He’d keep his seduction slow, unravel the knots that bound her just a little at a time, easing up close enough to gentle her. Nolan watched her sip the drink and laughed when she made a face. He drained his in one draught. “Better give her two. The chupacabra hates whiskey. Bet you want to know how I know that, huh, Miss Esme?” “I’d rather hear it in the morning.” Esme took another sip of her drink and shuddered. “My brothers would be laughing if they could see me. I never wanted to go camping with them, and look at me now.” Luke dropped to sit on a blanket. He lay on his side, propped up on one elbow, and sipped his whiskey. “Is your family coming soon?” Esme stared into the flames. “No. They think I’m waiting until the school year is over to claim Simon’s place. They plan to come bully me out of the land.” Luke stilled. “They don’t know you’re here?” “Not exactly.” “Ooo, shit,” said Nolan. The two boys were playing cards on a nearby blanket and snickered when they heard Nolan’s profanity. Luke stared at her. “Do they know I offered to buy the ranch from you?” “I don’t recall,” Esme said. “Your memory’s a little sketchy?” Nolan asked. Luke drained his glass, got up and returned with the bottle of whiskey. He tipped more into Esme’s glass before refreshing his own. Esme took a larger swallow and found this time it didn’t burn quite as much. She didn’t drink spirits, just a little wine every so often. It wasn’t something her father approved of, even though he didn’t apply the rule to himself. She began to feel the liquor’s effects as the moon peeped over the horizon. She watched it rapidly climb into the sky, a full moon casting a warm glow on the ridges, hills and meadows. The trees, giant oaks with limbs hanging almost to the ground, were washed in silver light. The boys, David and Joseph, played quietly at a game of cards. Nolan gazed thoughtfully into the campfire. When she turned to look at Luke, she found him studying her. “Why did you come back after all these years?” he asked quietly. “I didn’t think I’d ever see you again.”