Review – Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner

Posted April 11, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 14 Comments

Review – Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne BittnerDo Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner
Series: Outlaw Hearts #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 7, 2015
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Western
Pages: 480
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Chance brought Miranda and Jake together. Now, the strength of true love is tested against a past that he can't leave behind.

Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their desperate love flourished despite countless sorrows. Now, twenty-six years later, their family has finally found some measure of peace...balanced on the knife's edge of danger.

Jake has spent his years as a U.S. Marshal atoning for sins, bringing law to the land he once terrorized. But no matter how hard he fights the demons of his brutal past, the old darkness still threatens to consume him. Only Miranda keeps the shadows at bay. But when outlaws looking for revenge strike a fatal blow, Jake risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior and to the man inside.

He always knew there'd be the devil to pay. He just never realized he might not be the one to bear the ultimate price.

I had a fantastic time with this book! It has been a few years since I read the first book in the series and I was a little worried that I would have trouble jumping into this book but the author did a great job of refreshing my memory with everything that I needed to know from the previous book over the course of the story. It was so nice to read a romance featuring a couple that has been together for a long time and has a solid relationship. I really enjoyed this second chapter in Jake and Randy’s story.

I have to say that I absolutely love the fact that Jake and Miranda were older than the typical couple featured in romance novels. They have been married for 26 years and have 2 grown children and a couple of grandchildren. Jake is in his 50s and Randy is in her 40s. They still had the passion that they have always had together and were facing some pretty big obstacles in this book. Their son, Lloyd gets married in this book so there is also a bit of new romance in the mix as well.

Working as Marshalls, Jake and Lloyd both lead a rather dangerous life and have made more than a few enemies. They can handle it as long as their family isn’t threatened. On this adventure, they are joined by Jeff, a man from Chicago who hopes to write a book about Jake. Things get really intense and I was worried about how things would work out for Jack, Miranda, and the rest o the characters. I would definitely characterize this book as a page-turner.

I would recommend this series to others. Since this is a continuing story, I would recommend reading the series in order. This was a wonderful story filled with a lot of emotion, great characters, and some pretty intense action. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series very soon.

About Rosanne Bittner

USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West and are often based on her personal visits to each setting. Rosanne lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons.

14 responses to “Review – Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner

  1. I love the plot on this one – especially that they’re an older couple with a significant history. It’s been too long since I’ve really read much romance and I don’t think I’ve ever read a historical Western.

    • You should definitely give the genre a try. I really like it when a series follows the same group of characters.

  2. Sounds like a good book. Romance is a tricky genre for me. But it’s refreshing to have an older couple at the center of a romance novel.

    • I don’t mind reading about younger people but it is nice to see a couple closer to my own age from time to time.

  3. I am loving your review of this one here. I do think many don’t need to read book one to read this one. and I LOVED Jeff, he is my favorite side character. Seeing him and Jake become friends was awesome! Lots of emotion though, that ending tears me apart every single time I read it! I hope you love book three “Love’s Sweet Revenge”