Friday, June 27, 2014

Best Western Historical Romances – Love in the Old West!

I first discovered Western romances by reading those written by my favorite authors who also wrote in other subgenres (when I was gobbling up their backlists). Since then, I have become a true fan of the subgenre and find myself every now and then reaching for a good romance from the Old West. Love those Indian and gun-slinging heroes. So, it seemed a “best” list was in order to share some of these wonderful stories with you.

Here are the best of those I’ve read…all rated 4, 4 and ½ or 5 stars by me. Some have won Golden Heart, RITA and other awards. I think you’ll like these!

·                A Fire in the Blood by Shirl Henke
·                A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey
·                Beautiful Bad Man by Ellen O’Connell
·                Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
·                Behind His Blue Eyes by Kaki Warner
·                Branded Hearts by Heather Graham (Pozzessere)
·                Brave the Wild Wind, Savage Thunder and Angel, Wyoming trilogy by Johanna
·                Brighter Than Gold by Cynthia Wright
·                Broken Vows by Shirl Henke
·                Captive Melody by Nadine Crenshaw
·                Capture the Sun, The Endless Sky and Sundancer, trilogy by Shirl Henke
·                Colorado Promise by Charlene Whitman
·                Comanche Moon, Comanche Heart and Indigo Blue (from the Comanche series)
by Catherine Anderson
·                Dancing on Coals by Ellen O’Connell
·                Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell
·                Fair is the Rose by Meagan McKinney
·                Fire Hawk’s Bride by Judith E. French
·                Fireblossom and Wildblossom, the Matthews duology by Cynthia Wright
·                Golden Fancy by Jennifer Blake
·                Golden Lady by Shirl Henke
·                Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson
·                Heartbreak Creek, Colorado Dawn and Bride of the High Country, trilogy by    Kaki Warner
·                Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer
·                Innocent Fire, Firestorm, Violet Fire and The Fires of Paradise (from The Bragg
Saga) by Brenda Joyce
·                Into the Light by Ellen O’Connell
·                Lawless by Nora Roberts
·                Love Cherish Me by Rebecca Brandewyne
·                Love Unwilling By Shirl Henke
·                McCrory’s Lady by Shirl Henke
·                Mountain Mistress by Nadine Crenshaw
·                Night Wind’s Woman, White Apache’s Woman and Deep as the Rivers, trilogy by
Shirl Henke
·                No Other Man, No Other Woman and No Other Love, trilogy by Shannon Drake
·                Pieces of Sky, Open Country and Chasing the Sun, the Blood Rose trilogy by Kaki
·                Reckless Angel by Elizabeth Awbrey (aka Elizabeth Stuart)
·                Silken Savage by Catherine Hart
·                Sing My Name by Ellen O’Connell
·                Star of the West by Cordia Byers
·                Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers
·                Tears of Gold by Laurie McBain
·                The Ballad of Emma O’Toole by Elizabeth Lane
·                The Bequest by Candice Proctor
·                The Darkest Heart by Brenda Joyce
·                The Outsider by Penelope Williamson
·                The River Nymph by Shirl Henke
·                Under the Desert Moon by Marsha Canham
·                When the Splendor Falls by Laurie McBain
·                Where the Horses Run by Kaki Warner
·                Where the Wild Wind Blows by Nancy Morse
   and  Where Passion Sleeps by Shirlee Busbee


  1. Wow, you have so many wonderful books and authors on your list. Sometimes it's great to come late to the party as happened with Ellen O’Connell. Somehow I had missed this author then found her this past year. What a great time I had reading her back log!!! She can really spin a great story line. Beautiful Bad Man has to rank in my top 5 as well. Now to add more to my Western reading! Thanks for this list.

    1. You are most welcome, Cathy. That's why I started the help readers find the good ones!

  2. Regan, are any of these titles/authors Christian fiction? If you haven't read The Husband Tree by Mary O'Connaly, you don't know what you're missing. The title sounds weird, but the book is fantastic! Mary writes with humor, also!

    1. Judy, the closest would be Colorado Promise. Generally I don't review inspirational romances but I'll check out The Husband Tree. Thanks!

  3. A wonderful wonderful list, Regan...and soooo many of them are also still on MY keeper shelf! ☺

    ~ Cindy Nord

    1. I'm glad you found some good ones, Cindy! That's why I do the lists.