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Lorraine Heath’s books are always magic, but she’s at the top of her writing game with IN BED WITH THE DEVIL. You won’t be able to put it down! (Cathy Maxwell)

Heath steals your heart, then takes you on a journey that will leave you torn between tears and joy. (Christina Dodd)

Heath is a consummate storyteller, whose characters leap from the pages. Their powerful emotions and intense passions translate exceptionally well to readers, allowing them to become deeply involved in the fascinating plot and leaving them breathless and wanting more. (RT Book Reviews (top pick) - 4.5 stars - Praise for LORD OF TEMPTATION)

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Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases for a publicist, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990, she read a romance novel and not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA's RITA®, a HOLT Medallion, and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
You won't regret this one! 24 May 2000
By "kleo76" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I discovered Lorraine Heath about a month ago, and since then I've read 5 of her books, Never Love a Cowboy being the 5th. She has a way of creating heroes to fall in love with, heroines that you like and identify with, and she writes storylines that have me crying usually more than once.
Never Love A Cowboy epitomizes Heath's writing. Harrison is a tortured hero - he had a very troubled childhood. But he doesn't wallow in it, and in general this just adds to his scoundrel-ness, without making him a jerk. Jessye is a spitfire if there ever was one, but she's also generous, friendly, and very compassionate. She too has a pretty troubled past. When they get together, sparks fly and the dialog is fun to read.
But the book is really about the journey these two characters take together. It's not just about falling in love, but about really being in love. Something pretty traumatic happens about halfway through, and it's when the two characters try to overcome this event that you begin hoping the book will never end (and wishing you had more Kleenex handy!). Talk about a couple that breaks your heart.
So if you're in for a great love story, some wonderful characters, and a storyline that never lags, this is it. Enjoy!
(and then check out Heath's other books... none of them disappoints)
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
What an Emotional Read! 5 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Harrison (Harry) Bainbridge, the 2nd son of an English Earl, and Jessye Kane, a salon keepers daughter are two wounded souls who belong together. Harry is exiled to Texas, by his father, after amassing huge gambling debts. Once in Texas, Harry and his friend, Christopher (Kit), decide to make their fortune by rounding up cattle and driving them to market in Missouri. They have no money to invest in this venture but Jessye agrees to back them by using her life savings. She becomes their partner and insists on going along with them to protect her investment. As Harry and Jessye roam the Texas plains to gather the cattle, they gradually get to know one another, and realize they have misjudged one another badly. As they talk, we learn secrets about both of their lives and find out what has lead both of them to stake their future on this cattle drive. There are delightful secondary characters in this book, Kit and Grayson (the 2 friends Harry came with to Texas), Abby (Grayson's wife), Jessye's father and a whole caste of new characacters that are hired to help with the cattle drive. I was delighted that Grayson and Abby showed up in this book because, after reading their story in the 1st book, I wanted to see what happened to them later. The characters are so richly drawn that I felt many of the emotions that they felt as I was reading about their lives. To me, that is the hallmark of a great story, that as I read the book I feel what the people in the book must be feeling and that I can see myself in them. I cried throughout this book as I read about the pain that Harry and Jessye have endured in their lives. I cheered when they overcame every obstacle and got together in the end. I did not want this book to end! I look forward to Kit's story, the final book in the Englishmen in Texas trilogy.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A "good" read but not my favorite Heath 20 Jun 2000
By BarkLessWagMore (Horror After Dark Crew Member) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jessye works in her father's saloon serving drinks. When she was sixteen she fell in love with a handsome, smooth-talking dude who promised her the world and instead left her heart and reputation in tatters. Jessye believes that she is unworthy of a husband and a family of her own because of her past. She dreams of becoming independent from men and making her way on her own. This is why she agrees to finance a half-cocked idea thought up by two Englishmen to round up cattle and deliver them eastward. They guarantee she'll make a fortune and since she knows more about cattle rustling than the Englishmen she goes along with them on the cattle drive.
Harrison (Harry) is the second son of an earl sent by his father to Texas to clean up his act. Because of his past Harry believes he is incapable of love and spent his youth drinking, gambling, and driving up huge debts. Harry believes he is indeed the scoundrel he presents to the world but deep down lurks a kind, generous and even insecure man. Because Harry doesn't enjoy working any harder than he has to he intends to make this cattle venture a success.
Harry is strongly attracted to the outspoken Jessye and turns on the charm full-blast in order to get her into his bed. Although Harry tempts Jessye (he is gorgeous after all) she turns him down and tells him flat out that he will never get her in his bed until he can offer her his heart - the one thing that Harry knows he can never do.
The two spend most of the book doing all they can to avoid falling in love. Harry because he believes he simply can't love and Jessye because she refuses to give her love again. These two characters are very wounded souls and have multiple layers to their character which is exactly what I've come to expect from a Lorraine Heath novel. But because Harry's reasons for holding out were not explained fully or early enough his refusal to admit that he was falling in love exhausted and frustrated me. I guess I've just burned out on the stubborn "I don't have a heart" hero. A terrible accident occurs about half way through which adds more fuel to Harry's refusal to love Jessye but it also makes him a much stronger man. This section was written believably and with much compassion.
Jessye is an admirable heroine who has had to make a heartbreaking choice and her reasons to avoid love were much more understandable than Harry's. There is a subplot involving a little girl that was just way too coincidental for me to believe but I was able to over look it because it did create some painfully emotional scenes and added much to Jessye's characterization.
"Never Love A Cowboy" has a good mix of action and emotion and is definitely worth a read. It managed to move me to tears and made me smile in quite a few places but it is not my favorite Lorraine Heath novel. I reserve that spot for TEXAS DESTINY.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A very special and heartwarming tale 10 April 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a second son of an English aristocrat, Harrison Bainbridge knows he inherits almost nothing. He and two friends travel to Texas to make their fortune. However, instead of easily making a bundle of money, Harrison ends up working in the field under the supervision of women whose men are either dead or struggling to come home following the end of the Civil War.

After one friend, Gray Rhodes, married (see A ROGUE IN TEXAS), Harrison and his fellow expatriate Kit Montgomery agree that cattle is the way to become wealthy. Since they lack capital, the duo turns to Jessye Kane, daughter of a saloonkeeper, who is their last hope for an investor. Jessye agrees to fund them on two conditions. She and Kit are full partners, leaving Harrison as a common worker and she goes with them on the cattle drive. Harrison pushes Kit into signing the contract. As Harrison and Jessye become truly acquainted during the dangerous cattle drive they fall in love. However, he is the son of an aristocratic icon and she is a saloonkeeper's daughter with a past.

The second tale in Lorraine Heath's western romance trilogy is an endearing story that lives up to its passionate predecessor. The story line is filled with an insightful look at the Southwest just after the end of the Civil War. The lead couple is a humorous, warm, and realistic pair whose squabbles will entertain the audience. The support cast augments the tale by providing a deeper understanding of the inner motives of Harrison and Jessye. After reading back to back winners, fans will anxiously wait for Kit's tale to be told by the wonderfully gifted Ms. Heath.

Harriet Klausner
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Heartbreaking but I love it.... 4 July 2000
By Christine H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok. I think I love all of Lorraine Heaths books but this is one of my favorites. Harry, an Englishman, came to America with two of his friends (Kit and Gray) to make something of himself. Having been mistreated as a young child by his mother, Harry doesn't believe in love. During the first book in the trilogy (A Rogue in Texas), where his friend Gray finds the woman of his dreams and gets married, he meets Jessye. She's a no nonsense woman who says it like it is, even if it's not the nicest or most appropriate. They clash but ultimately become friends. In "Never Love a Cowboy" the story continues and they become closer. However, tragedy strikes, and what the characters go through is heartbreaking (I won't tell you, you'll just have to read the book). I love Harry who is the perfect gentleman (I'd love to know where they got the model for the inside book cover). All I can say is that Lorraine Heath is an outstanding author who really knows how to bring feelings into a book. I can't wait for the final book (Kits story). It won't be released until January of next year. :-(
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