Book Reviews of Desperate Hearts

Desperate Hearts
Desperate Hearts
Author: Alexis Harrington
ISBN-13: 9780451406972
ISBN-10: 0451406974
Publication Date: 12/1/1996
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Topaz
Book Type: Paperback
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Jace Rankin is a bounty hunter with a reputation for getting his man. When a boy who is being bullied by a group of miners asks him to kill a man who forced him off his ranch, Jace agrees that he will bring the guy to justice but not kill him. But first he must make a detour to find a friend.

Kyla Springer has been riding the trails for the last month searching for Jace Rankin. Disguised as a boy, Kyla needs Jace to get revenge on the man who killer her husband and took her ranch. When a confrontation along the way gets her shot, and Jake discovers that the boy is really a woman, she has to come clean about why she wants the scoundrel dead.

I thought his book had a slow beginning, but it turned out to be solid western romance with lots of action and adventure. Jace is a person who has went through his life never knowing love. Kyla is an independent woman who was raped by the book's villain. They are thrown together and must make the best of the situation. I was thoroughly entertained by this book. My rating: 4 Stars.
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Jace Rankin is a bounty hunter and Kyle/Kyla Springer needs his help. Kyla (dressed as a lad) finds him as Jace is confronting his sister's killer in a saloon.

The search for his sister's killer has taken him 3 years to find. This is a continuation of HOMEWARD HEARTS in which Jace had found that his best friend did not kill Jace's sister. Now that Jace has killed the murder, he doesn't feel a sense of accomplishment. He wonders how he will spend the rest of his years now that his main goal has been met.

Jace agrees to help Kyle (the lad explains that the ranch was stolen by an evil step-brother and someone was killed); but first he must tell his best friend that he'd found his sis's killer. Kyle isn't happy but agrees. One of the interesting facts is that Jace is a short man (a hero less than 6 feet, horrors!) who has had to fight bullies all of his life because of his size. He's always been a scrapper.

On the way to the best friend's home, Kyle is gravely injured. When they arrive at the best friend's house, it is abandoned and Jace finds himself caring for the lad -- who turns out to be a young woman.

This was a pleasant diversion and a quick read. The characters were compelling and the action kept the story moving along. I get really involved in Alexis Harrington's characters; in this one I was less caught up than usual. It was nice to have a hero who was less than perfect.

Unfortunately, I read this book first, not knowing that it was the second in a series. Perhaps I would have felt closer to the characters had I read them in order. Alexis Harrington always offers a great story line.

2 Book Series
Homeward Hearts
Desperate Hearts
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starts with an "execution" gun battle in a saloon, a stray youth, a "let the boy go", the boy askinbg him to kill a man, that's just the first few pages...