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Product Details

  • Series: Casablanca Classics
  • Mass Market Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402222742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402222740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Rogers's unpolished latest, Rowena Dangerfield, raised in India by her grandfather, goes on a globe-trotting quest for a staggering fortune. The plot takes Rowena from India to London and New Mexico, where she must claim an unlikely inheritance. As she reads the diaries of the father she never knew, Rowena discovers that she is supposed to make peace between two embittered families, and as independent as she thinks she is, she's still not prepared for the web of love, intrigue and violence that fills the frontier. Unfortunately, Rowena comes across as clinically detached instead of headstrong, and nearly every encounter she has with a man (even the "good" ones) reads like an assault. The plot, meanwhile, moves in fits and starts, and many pages are eaten up with atrocious dialogue ("Listen, you stubborn, bad-natured female! When are you going to realize I want you?"). If you read only one doorstop romance this summer, don't make it this one.
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Review

"An epic novel... I highly recommend this wonderful work. You won't want to put it down. Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Romance

"Be prepared to be consumed by some gun-slinging, hijacking fun with some captivating fire and rain romance thrown in!" - The Burton Review

"Rosemary Rogers writes the type of romance that I love...historical, full of tension, with strong characters." - Books Like Breathing

"A sweeping, beautiful epic historical romance... this book is worth each and every page you read. " - Revenge of the Book Nerds

"I was able to picture everything that was happening to her as though it was happening to me." - Readaholic

"Very emotional... the characters leave you spellbound and unable to put the book down." - My Book Addiction and More

"Strong characters that will keep you captivated all the way to the last page! A very erotic and true romantic read!" - My Overstuffed Bookshelf

"Be ready for a ride when you open the cover... a great book and I recommend it!" - Books and Needlepoint

"The brilliance of this book is that the plot is so complex and yet it's entirely character-driven. " - Alpha Heroes

"Rogers' profound depiction of the people, the historical correctness of the period, and her twists mesmerized me. " - The Romance Studio

"Rosemary Rogers is a story-teller who knows how to weave... this reprint will find a whole new generation of Rosemary Rogers fans." - Found Not Lost

"Re-reading this book brought back the memory of why I started reading romance books in the first place – to be transported to another place and time, losing yourself in someone else's problems, but knowing that, in the end, everything is going to turn out okay!" - Best Romance Stories

"A really good read. It's the kind of book you can really sink your teeth into." - The Bookworm 07

"I found myself swept into the drama and intrigue... Rosemary Rogers excels at creating a stunning masterpiece with very intricate details that all tie into an explosive conclusion." - The Romance Rookie

"A first-person narrative written in a voice so smooth and sure that... it draws you through the complexities of the story, entices you to care about the passions of the characters, and leaves you with a desire to know more about the history of New Mexico." - Historical Novel Reviews

"The Wildest Heart is the epitome of historical romance. It is a spectacular saga of epic proportion." - Libby's Library Reviews

"[Rosemary Rogers'] writing flows easily off the page and I did find myself able to vividly picture the scenes. " - Pudgy Penguin Perusals

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Customer Reviews

I say this book is worth each and every page you read.
J. Nicole
The book was o.k., a little too slow and you knew how everything was going to work out before the ending even came.
Ella k
While I haven't yet read my Kindle edition of this book, I read it several times years ago.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a refreshing change from Rosemary Rogers Steve and Ginny stories and also from her other titles. Rowena comes to America hoping to meet her long lost father and to start a new life away from England and her shallow mother and stepfather. She arrives to find herself in the middle of a longstanding feud. Although, the heroine, Rowena, seems cold at first, you see her transforming into a warm human being during the course of the story as she learns more about the people and history of her new American home. Lucas, the hero is enigmatic, stoic and tragic and he is haunted by his past. Both characters have had less than ideal backgrounds prior to meeting and this colors their perceptions of people. This is a story of how hate and revenge can ruin lives but it is also a story of being open hearted and willing to listen to both sides of a story. The characters are colorful. Some are shallow while others are more hidden and complex. There is an element of suspense to the novel as the reader finds out what happened so long ago to initiate the feud. The ideas of duty and fate are touched on in this book but don't cast an overbearing shadow.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bea on November 19, 2009
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I regret buying this book. There is nothing but constant misunderstandings, arguing, and deceptions. The end wasn't even rewarding enough to have put up with all of that. I never once felt the love the two leading characters had for each other. More like lust. There is more description of the infatuation and love the hero has for his stepmother than for the heroine. That in itself was disturbing. It wasn't as though it was for a fleeting moment either. No, the stepmother was basically "the other woman" that wedged herself between the hero and heroine. Disgusting. The heroine put up with too much from this hero. The child she bears is named after her father and the guy that rapes her who happened to be the hero's brother. I wish I would have taken the time to read the first few chapters or skimmed the book some before I purchased it. Waste of money and a total dissapointment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2000
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The Wildest Heart was the first historical romance I ever read...and that was at fourteen. The characterization and story still capture my imagination today (I am in my mid-thirties). I enjoyed being introduced to Rowena and Lucas and viewing the struggles they went through, both together and individually. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to watch them grow emotionally and to watch them discover they were stronger than they realized. Rosemary Rogers' Wildest Heart kept me captivated well beyond the last page...beyond the last word...her Ro and Luke continue to wander out there in the southwest, two truly "wild hearts."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2000
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The Wildest Heart was the first historical romance I ever read...and that was at fourteen. The characterization and story still capture my imagination today (I am in my mid-thirties). I enjoyed being introduced to Rowena and Lucas and viewing the struggles they went through, both together and individually. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to watch them grow emotionally and to watch them discover they were stronger than they realized. Rosemary Rogers' Wildest Heart kept me captivated well beyond the last page...beyond the last word...her Ro and Luke continue to wander out there in the southwest, two truly "wild hearts."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Logsdon on July 15, 2006
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I love this book. I read it when I was a junior in High School. I'm 46 years old now and it's still as clear as yesterday in my memory. I love the relationship that Rowena has with her "half breed" lover. I remember sitting on a New York subway train, reading this book and actually crying!!! No other book has ever had this effect on me...not even "Sweet Savage Love," that was the popular book at that time. Jinny has nothing over Rowena. I even swore I'd name my first daughter after her. What a great story!!! Rogers best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K. Chance on August 19, 2010
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All I can say is the heroine is one confused woman. Granted, there were a lot of people lying to her or telling half-truths, but still... Most of the story is told in the first person and therefore the reader hears the story from her point of view and it is pretty skewed. She hates the hero one second and loves him the next. Repeatedly. And with no warning, most of the time, as to why she switches from hate to love so fast. Over and over. This was so prevalent that sometimes I didn't even know how a sentence was going to end let alone the paragraph. For all the reader is allowed into her thoughts, this isn't shared. Well, other than the few times she lets us know she lusts after him. If I hadn't read the back of the book and known which man she would end up with I wouldn't have known that theirs was the true love relationship. All the men were too brutal and the heroine too bitchy.

Also, as other negative reviews have said, there is just too much about the love between the stepmother and the hero and not the hero and the heroine, for the most part even in the end when it is no longer first person narrative.

I will agree with the positive reviews that the twist at the end is very well done. Too bad it was wasted on this story. Another positive is RR writing style is hard to resist. She can really tell a story and kept me hanging on, though there was always the hope that it would be to read how much these two loved each other. Even with her great writing style I was still left to wonder in the end how much he loved her. Not a good feeling for me.
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