Westerns are devoted to telling stories set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West, but there are also a number of works about Western-type characters in contemporary settings.

Westerns often stress the harshness of the wilderness and frequently set the action in an arid, desolate landscape.

The Me I Used to Be
A Prayer for Travelers
Yours Truly, Thomas
The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower, #9)
Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #2)
Frontier America (Preacher & MacCallister #1)
Cowboy in Colorado
Come Back Around (Leaning N, #4)
Home at Chestnut Creek / Wild Cowboy Ways
The Cowboy's Return (Family Ties, #4)
Tex n. 705: La Maschera di Cera
Magico Vento - Il ritorno n. 1: La notte della cometa
Tex Willer n. 9: Sierra Madre
Justified / It's All About That Cowboy (Loveless, Texas #1)
More Than Words Can Say (Patchwork Family, #2)
The Cowboy Takes A Bride (Wyoming Matchmaker, #1)
Buck Wild (Bennett Boys Ranch #1)
Wolf Pack (Joe Pickett, #19)
The Wedding Pearls
Arrogant Devil
The Bride Wore Red Boots (Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys, #2)
Restless Hearts (Gold Rush Romances #1)
The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)
Endangered (Joe Pickett, #15)
Taken by Love (The Bradens at Trusty #1; The Bradens #7; Love in Bloom #16)
River's End (River's End, #1)
Country Heaven (Dare River, #1)
Cooper (Cowboys of Ransom Creek #3)
Vicious Circle (Joe Pickett, #17)
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtryBlood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthyThe Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWittTrue Grit by Charles PortisAll the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Literary Westerns
200 books — 308 voters

Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O'ConnellAnnie's Song by Catherine AndersonComanche Moon by Catherine AndersonTexas Destiny by Lorraine HeathDancing on Coals by Ellen O'Connell
Favorite Historical Western Romance Novels
529 books — 1,114 voters
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenOutlander by Diana GabaldonJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Best Top Romance Novels of All Time
473 books — 1,298 voters

On the Road to Death's Door by M.J. WilliamsBlue Coyote Motel by Dianne HarmanCornered Coyote by Dianne HarmanHeavy Duty People by Iain ParkeThe Saladin Strategy by Norm Clark
Indie Mysteries, Thrillers, Westerns
487 books — 484 voters
Almost a Cowboy by Em PetrovaTexas Straight Up by Jodi VaughnCrashing into Tess by Lilly ChristineMade in Nashville by Mandy BaggotCowboy Heat by Sable Hunter
Best Cowboy Romance Books
302 books — 328 voters

Lonesome Dove
True Grit
The Sisters Brothers
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
Riders of the Purple Sage (Riders of the Purple Sage #1)
No Country for Old Men
Sackett's Land (The Sacketts, #1)
Long Hard Ride (Rough Riders, #1)
The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire, #1)
Dead Man's Walk

Alice Walker
But I don't know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive.
Alice Walker The Color Purple

Annie Proulx
Again the ranch is on the market and they’ve shipped out the last of the horses, paid everybody off the day before, the owner saying, ‘Give them to the real estate shark, I’m out a here,” dropping the keys in Ennis’s hand. He might have to stay with his married daughter until he picks up another job, yet he is suffused with a sense of pleasure because Jack Twist was in his dream.
Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain

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