Monday, June 29, 2015

Best Western Historical Romances

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
·                Forever Mine by Charlene Raddon
·                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
·                Her Bodyguard by E. E. Burke
·                Her Wicked Captor by Sandra Jones
·                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 a Dark Rider by Shirlee Busbee
·                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)
·             Savage Ecstasy and Defiant Ecstasy by Janelle Taylor
·                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
·                Tender Touch by Charlene Raddon
·                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
·                The Tiger’s Woman by Celeste De Blasis
·                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
·               While Passion Sleeps by Shirlee Busbee


  1. Have you read any by Wynomena McGovern they were good.

    1. Julie, I have not heard of her... nor could I find her on Amazon. But if you have a book to suggest, I will read it!

  2. Hi, Thanks so much for this list .... it already contains many of my favourites. I think that Elizabeth Lowell's early 'Only' series deserves inclusion:
    Only his;Only Mine;Only You; Only Love.


    1. Brilliant minds think alike Quantum. Those books are sitting on my "to read - Western" shelf!

  3. I was wondering if you wrote this book or know who did. i cant remember the name or author. it is about a half indian that goes and recues a girl and take her back to live with the white women that raised him. He goes and works for a railroad company. He comes back and helps take care of the little girl because she gets hurt and she cant walk. her leg got infected and he had to cut it back open and get all the infection out. Once she is back walking again, he went back to the railroad to work. Then he has to come back and find the girl because someone kidnapped her. once he finds her this time he marries her Indian way. He takes her back to home. he goes back to get his son from the married women at the railroad that tricked him into having a child at the railroad he was working at. She shoots him and he goes back to the Indian village till he can heal. After he is all healed he goes and gets his son that almost dies because the railroad car over turned. After he gets his son he goes back to the girl he left back at his mothers house. when he gets back there the white women who has raised him has passed away and only the girl he married is there.