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's life was changed the day she faced down Jake Harkner…and walked away with the dark and broken heart of the infamous outlaw. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a dangerous 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.
Discover the sweeping historical western romance filled with old west outlaws, passion, betrayal, and a love that could never be denied.
"Veteran romance author Bittner revisits the characters of Outlaw Hearts as a much older couple in this captivating romance...a refreshing view of enduring love that survives the dangers of the Old West." — Publishers Weekly
"Against the backdrop of a raw Western landscape, this post-Civil War-era romance delights the senses. Through Jake, Bittner (Desperate Hearts) explores the complex issues of childhood abuse, self-forgiveness, the bonds of family, and love's promise to be true no matter the price." — Library Journal
"Do Not Forsake Me is a sensually woven love story, action packed, emotionally driven in ways you can't comprehend, and utterly stimulating!! This powerful saga romance continues..." — Addicted to Romance
"[Do Not Forsake Me] was absolutely amazing and I felt so part of the story feeling and experiencing everything. Western Historical Romance fans really need to pick this one up as soon as possible." — Delighted Readers
"Do Not Forsake Me was a wonderful read. It's a hard story and a difficult life but an amazing family that inspired and shone brightly in their harsh surroundings because of the incredible love they had for each other. A definite winner! Bittner will pull you in and give you a serious case of the feels." — Herding Cats and Burning Soup
"More than two decades in the making, Bittner's sequel to Outlaw Hearts is an emotional powerhouse! The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era. This epic tale of an outlaw lawman and the woman who tamed him has everything Bittner fans expect and more. This classic historical western is destined for the "keeper" shelf. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!" — RT Book Reviews