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The Outlaw's Heart

(Runaway Brides #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  33 reviews

"Sandas will leave you breathless." —LINDA BRODAY, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author for The Gunslinger's Vow

Three runaway brides
Determined to escape their fates
Flee West to find freedom that can only be had
in a cowboy's arms...

Desperate to escape an unhappy marriage, Boston socialite Evelyn Perkins flees west in hopes of losing herself to the dusty

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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I was highly anticipating this read since I truly enjoyed the first two books and always recommend them to readers looking for western historical romances. I was taken aback by the heroine's past of abuse since that is something I am sensitive of and do not like to read about, however Amy Sandas presented it delicately. I did however loved the usually slow burn romance that she has delivered for this series. Both characters are pretty verbally quiet so there is much internal introspection in ...more
3.75/5. This heroine differs from the preceding two in the series because she starts the book as a runaway bride already, the bride of a cruel and sadistic husband. Eve's only aim was to get as far away from Boston's high society and her husband's tyrannical clutches. She got as far as to Wyoming where a case of mistaken identity leads to her kidnapping by a gang of outlaws. After surviving her husband's reign of terror, these crims have nothing on her especially when they turn out to have far ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, 3-stars
The Outlaw's Heart is book 3 in the Runaway Brides series and was an ok read for me. I have recently started enjoying Western Romances and I love when the H is a native, so I was very excited when I read the description of this book. Unfortunately while it started pretty strong and grabbed my attention it didn't last long because the pacing was so brutally slow that it was hard to enjoy. There is so much inner dialogue that it was hard to connect to Eve and Gabriel. They finally get together ...more
Lover of Romance
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Outlaw's Heart is the most newest book in the Runaway Brides series and boy I swear each book this author writes, the BETTER she becomes but especially these westerns I have just fallen in love with. They have become some of my favorites and she really is getting more
Tracy Emro
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up

On the surface, it would appear that Evelyn “Evie” Perkins married well, her husband Matthew is rich, attentive and handsome. But the reality is far different, Evelyn’s husband is abusive and beats her without mercy, he controls every aspect of her life and has successfully separated her from her friends and family. Finally at the end of her rope, Evie forms a plan and escapes.

She heads west, but knows better than to go to her brother or her friends, as she is sure that is the
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Amy Sandas offers readers a tale of innocence lost. And strength, freedom, and a love meant to endure all that would come to test it found. In The Outlaw's Heart. The third offering in her Runaway Brides series. And this reviewer's first encounter with her as an author.

Evelyn's story of abuse and escape was one that proved nothing less than riveting from word one.
But as the story progressed. With her consequent mistaken identity and kidnapping. I was sure that she would be harmed in some way. Or
Powerful and intense, The Outlaw's Heart delivers a heart-wrenchingly beautiful tale of healing, strength, and love.

Eve and Gabriel are perfect matches for each other - their histories and personalities created adults who desperately needed what the other had to give, as well as needed to give what the other needed. I loved how connected they were from the moment they were in the other's presence - their silent communication showing the depth of that bond, providing a quiet, a peace, and a safe
Caitlyn Lynch
Readers should be warned that this book starts with a pretty graphic description of spousal brutality. The heroine, Evelyn, flees her husband’s abuse and winds up far from her society life in Boston, out in Wyoming’s high mountains, hiding out with a gang of outlaws after a case of mistaken identity leads to her being kidnapped off a train. Gabriel Sloan takes on responsibility for Evelyn, recognising something in her which calls to him. He’s Native American, having been taken from his tribe as ...more
Lynsey A
This was the last book in the Runaway Brides series by Amy Sandas and absolutely, without a doubt my favorite. The hero, while seeming withdrawn and quiet, was in reality, a swoon worthy loving hero.

As with the other two Amy Sandas books I've read, this was a slow burn romance that quickly flared into one of the most loving couple's. Our H and h each have their own scars. Gabe, a Native American in the white man's world and Evelyn, an abused woman running from her dangerous husband. From the
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The Outlaw's Heart is the third book in the Amy Sandas Runaway Brides series. I really enjoyed the first two books and found this one to be just as lovely. I'm thinking it may be the last of the series, though I can't say for sure. If it is, it was a great way to conclude the adventures of the runaway brides. I will warn you that this book may be a trigger for some, as it deals with spousal abuse.

Evelyn Perkins is a socialite living in Boston with her husband Matthew. To say he isn't a very nice
Lori D
An emotional and heart pounding second chance romance that follows Evelyn and Gabe on a journey of hope and healing.
Evelyn was running from her abusive spouse. She was desperate and her only hope was to go far away and try to make a new life. But fate stepped in and landed he in the hands of outlaws who boarded her train and thought she was someone else, because she gave her seatmates name. Exactly who they were looking for!
She meets Gabe, one of the outlaws who she is sent ahead with to meet
Pelusa Rivera
I tried to enjoy this but I found it a little slow for me, I like things to move and I kept finding myself stopping and starting over.. I was happy that Eve' was able to runaway from her horrible abusive husband, I always root for someone like this that had the strength and willingness to get away from that situation. She ends up being kidnapped by some outlaws who had nothing on her tyrannical husband and were better than him..

rcvd an ARc at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed
Book Info
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492652032 (ISBN13: 9781492652038)
Series Runaway Brides #3
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Three runaway brides
Determined to escape their fates
Flee West to find freedom that can only be had
in a cowboy's arms...

Desperate to escape an unhappy marriage, Boston socialite Evelyn Perkins flees west in hopes of losing herself to the dusty frontier.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn Perkins cannot go on being abused by her husband. She knows that it is only a matter of time before he kills her. Evelyn heads west to escape his clutches, but soon finds herself in a heap of trouble when she lies about her identity. Evelyn has been kidnapped by outlaws. Although, she's in an untenable situation, Evelyn has survived worse.

Gabriel Sloan assumes the task of getting Evelyn, or "Eve" as she calls herself, back to their hideout. The trip will be grueling, but it's necessary
Jessica Grogan
The hero and heroine are both quiet people. This results in pages and pages of descriptions and inner dialogue without any actual dialogue. That’s just not my cup of tea. The plot was engaging enough but I need my characters to speak more!

This was my first Amy Sandas and I will probably give her another try in the future.

*I received an eARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchanged for an honest review.
A woman running from an abusive past lands herself with an outlaw gang and a handsome, quiet man who knows she carries secrets and patiently works his way into becoming her unlikely champion. My first foray into the author's novels and this heart-filled western series of adventures was the ride of my life.

The Outlaw's Heart is book three of the Runaway Brides series. I wasn't paying attention when this one caught my eye and I grabbed it up that it was the third book. Luckily for me, I had no
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There are triggers in THE OUTLAW’S HEART so first off, be aware that there may be domestic abuse triggers for some readers in this story. The abuse that Eve experiences is handled as carefully as possible but it is very obvious to the reader. Aside from that, there is what technically can be called adultery, as well. To be frank, I didn’t see Gabriel’s and Eve’s relationship in that light since her monster of an abusive husband is lower than dirt and if I’d had my way
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I really loved this, Boston socialite Evelyn has married an outwardly charming, but secretly controlling and violent man, she finally manages to escape to the West, when she is abducted by a gang of outlaws, as she claims to be someone else.

Gabriel Sloan is Native American man, who has learnt to keep himself apart from people. Forcibly adopted by white folk, he was treated badly, and when he finally managed to return to his tribe, found he didn’t fit in there either.

Evelyn refuses to
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, abandoned
This western romance is cloyingly sweet on the surface; delve any deeper and it is just plain bland. The prologue reveals far too much too quickly; it would have been better to cut it entirely while allowing the narration to slowly reveal Eve's past. Putting everything out in the open right away took away any element of intrigue to Eve's story. Perhaps her abuse was meant to add a darker element to the story, but it came off as melodramatic and inauthentic. Eve and Gabe are both perfectly nice ...more
Vikki Vaught
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not the first book by Amy Sandas I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and it won’t be the last. When I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review, I eagerly accepted, anticipating another fantastic romance. I was not disappointed! My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

This book is exactly why I love historical romances set in the west. Between the emotionally-charged writing and the slow build of sexual tension, it is a shining example
Amy Alvis
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn make the brave decision to leave her abusive husband. But while on the train heading west, she is taken for ransom when she tells the outlaws that she is someone else. Thinking that the men were sent by her husband, she is terrified. She soon learns that the men weren't sent by her husband, but is worried that when they learn her true identity, they will hand her over to him. One of the men holding her hostage, Gabriel, takes over the care of her and they travel alone to the "boss".

Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully moving story about 2 lost souls finding each other. This is the third book in a series, but I did not feel I missed anything since this is my first book by this author. Filled with adventure and romance, it had me hooked from page 1. Even though there is not a lot of dialogue between the H and h, (a meaningful glance, a heartfelt touch …) the story is told in dual POV which I loved since you don’t get a lot of verbal cues of their thoughts and feelings otherwise. I would have liked ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wondered how Evelyn getting married in Boston might work out for a third book in this series and I found out, the hard way. This is the most heart-wrenching story from the beginning. Cruelty was forced upon women who could not defend themselves. Eve found a way out even if the journey was edge of your seat and nail-biting suspense. The Gabriel came into her life. A hero worthy of the name HERO. Their slow learning of each other made a beautiful read. You cannot root for a better couple. Some ...more
Patricia Morgan
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 3 in the runaway bride series. The first two books were good, different. This book follows that pattern.
This is the story of an abusive marriage. Evie has been brutally beaten by her husband since day one of their marriage. The abuse is escalating and she fears for her life. So she runs.
While on the run, she is mistaken for someone else and is kidnapped.
This is where she meets Gabe. He is part of the gang that kidnaps her. He is sent to bring her to their boss to decide what to
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it until I didn't. I was really into the story, but when the husband hadn't found her by the time I gave up which was almost at the end, my interest waned. No sex yet either. He was all about trying not to frighten her by his masculinity and she was a city girl who was just timid. It got old after a while. Maybe I've read too many themes of this type, or maybe I just like them to get at it already. I need to be immersed and taken away from my life for a while. The Outlaw's Heart did it's ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evelyn is married to a wealthy, successful businessman in Boston. Their marriage is a sham and full of physical abuse that causes Evelyn to flee to Wyoming by train. The train is stopped by kidnappers that take Evelyn in a case of mistaken identity. One of the kidnappers is a Native American man, Gabriel. This is the story of Gabriel and Evelyn. I have to say that I loved reading this endearing story of the old West. The story was unrealistic but had the enticement of forbidden love!! Four big ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all the books in this series and this is my favorite. The topic at the heart of the story is physical and emotional abuse by a spouse. Evelyn has had enough of being at the mercy of her husband and decides to leave. Her journey is interrupted when she is kidnapped. She meets the most compassionate man in Gabriel. He sees deep inside her and they are intimately attracted to each other. Gabriel exhibits compassion and understanding that is the balm to Eve’s soul. She is able to heal, ...more
Sandy N
This is a very slow burner romance with way too much internal interaction, in my opinion. As the other two books, this is almost like a clean romance. There is not a lot of sex scenes in here. The author does a good job depicting the West. It's good to read the other 2 books in the series to follow the other women in their journey to happily ever after.
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC and the opinions expressed here are all mine.
a beautiful, tender story. I fall in love with Gabriel/Gabe and the tortured and abused Eve. I adore hus character, his patience, his love and the way Amy Sandas described Eve's journey to selfworth and freedom and the important role Gabe played in ths achievement.
the little minus is for me: the cover, the male hero looks nothing like Gabe, and I find that they look so much less than the story. Don't judge the book by its cover.
Christa Rayne
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whoa. Is all I have to say. This writer now has a permit fan. Amy Sandas is an amazing historical romance writer. If you are a fan of Johanna Lindsey you will love this author! I could not put it down! All the romance was historical accurate even. What a cute book, I'm running to buy the first two right now!! Please do not pass this one up.
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Amy's love of romance began one summer when she was thirteen and complained of boredom. She ended up with one of her mother's Barbara Cartland books and an obsessive interest that expanded from there. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities.

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