Fire and Ice
by Mary Connealy Published by Baker Publishing Group
on October 6th 2015 Genres: Christian
, Western Pages:
Saddle Up for a Wildly Fun Ride in Mary Connealy's Latest. Bailey Wilde is one of the best new ranchers in the West. She's been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman--a very tough, very intriguing woman at that.Gage is an honest man, but he didn't make his fortune being weak. He won't break the law, but he'll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of his best range land is lost to him because Bailey's homestead is located right across the only suitable entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to his land--and he's got to go through Bailey to do it.Spending a winter alone has a way of making a person crave some human contact. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan Gage concocts. Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in the process?
Fire and Ice is the third and last book in the Wild at Heart series by Mary Connealy. The three books follow the lives of the Wilde sisters, the first book was Kylie’s, the second was Shannon’s, and now this book gives us Bailey’s story. Bailey is the oldest of the sisters and undoubtedly the toughest. She can efficiently run her own homestead and doesn’t need anyone’s help, especially not from a man. A man, however, is her problem. Bailey’s homestead is right across an entrance to a valuable canyon. Gage Coulter, a man wanting to regain access to the canyon, which is full of grass for his livestock, proposes a deal. Things aren’t easy for the two. Bailey’s old war trauma still haunts her, Gage’s possessive mother arrives from Texas, and someone is attempting to kill Gage.
This was my absolute favorite book out of the three. I really enjoyed reading about Bailey and admired her toughness. She’s a strong woman, even at her weakest moments. I thought that her and Gage made a perfect pair. There’s nothing I like more than squabbling couples. Hands down, favorite book, favorite sister, and favorite pair.
If you haven’t read this series or anything written by Mary Connealy, I would a hundred percent recommend her books.
Now and Forever (Wild at Heart Book #2)
by Mary Connealy Amazon Published by Baker Books
on May 26th 2015 Genres: Christian
, Western Pages:
Saddle up for romance and adventure with the Wilde sisters! Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker! Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad--and trying to hurt the woman he's falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.
I adored the first book in this series, Tried and True, so I was excited to get my hands on book two. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy Now and Forever as much as I wanted or expected.
In Tried and True, we had Kylie’s story. Her two sisters Shannon and Bailey were also introduced, so I already knew what their characterization was like. Shannon’s the sheep loving middle daughter of the Wilde family who has recently moved out west to create something of an empire, although there is very little peace for them because there’s always someone stirring up trouble. Kylie was the first to be targeted, but now it’s Shannon’s turn. This time around, however, things are much more sinister.
The love interest, Tucker, was someone I absolutely loved in Tried and True. So naturally, I thought I would again love him in Now and Forever as the main lead man. But as it stands right now, I’m a bit torn. He’s fun and humorous, but at the end of the story, a decision he made and expected from Shannon, he just seemed a little (or maybe more than a little) unfair to me. She seemed to accept it, so maybe it works.
The way Shannon and Tucker got together was almost too outrageous, but then again what else would have gotten those two close enough together? Probably something dramatic like that, because otherwise a relationship probably wouldn’t have happened or not as soon.
Despite not liking Now and Forever as much as Tried and True, I will without a doubt be reading the third book. Bailey has a lot of potential and I can’t wait to see more of her and that mean sass.
Tried and True (Wild at Heart Book #1)
by Mary Connealy Published by Baker Books
on August 26th 2014 Genres: Christian
, Romance Pages:
Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters! Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister--and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It's a risk--they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as "boys"--but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future? "Another great laugh-out-loud historical romance with memorable characters who have charm, style, grace, and a bit of mischief."--RT Book Reviews on In Too Deep"Connealy's style is fast-paced and spritely and sure to keep drawing fans."--Publishers Weekly"With her trademark humor, Connealy weaves a delightful tale that is sure to please her fans and win new readers."--Library Journal on Over the Edge
I was lucky enough to receive this book from the publisher to review. In all honesty, I love Bethany House books and of course Tried and True is no exception.
Tried and True follows the Wilde sisters who had served in the Civil War disguised as men and are now trying to continue to live on as men so they can homestead using the exemptions they earned from serving in the war. But Kylie, the youngest sister, dreams of a life back East with tea parties and civilization. The land agent Aaron Masterson isn’t fooled by the disguises, although. Soon they both must work through unique challenges of their own. And the rest, well, you need to pick up a copy and find out.
This book was amazing, fun, cute, romantic, and everything I wanted and didn’t know I wanted. I loved the characters, especially Matt Tucker. I cannot wait for the sequel. It’s not coming out until June 2015, so I’ll have to wait and count the days until then.
I would rate Tried and True five out of five stars. This book is going on my special shelf of favorite books and will be most definitely reread.