Monday, September 16, 2013

Fired Up by Mary Connealy

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Oh, there is just somethin' about a western romance with Mary Connealy's signature sarcastic comedy. One of my favorite authors has yet again produced a new fun story to share with the world. Fired Up is the second book in her Trouble In Texas series, the first being Swept Away. When I reviewed that book, I mentioned that I was looking forward to Dare's story, and here it is!
Imagine a doctor who isn't techanically a doctor and a cook who can't cook--that's Dare Riker and Glynna Greer (or Glynna Sevier as she prefers to be called). The great thing about a series is revisiting a place and characters that you've come to know. Luke and Ruthy make appearances--Luke can't abandon his friend while he's in trouble, after all.
Dare's story has more suspense than Luke's. Someone is out for the doctor, and it could be any number of people. I enjoyed this tale, and again Mrs. Connealy has whet my appetite for Vince's story. She has a talent for that, including a character who will become the lead in the next book and making the reader extremely curious about him.
I would've liked a few more twists in the plot, but I can't be too critical. Mary's books are popular for good reason. My main issue was the cover--it bothers me when character's faces are shown on covers.
If you like Westerns--or even if you don't think you do--try anything by this author.
She continues to be one of my favorites.
Backcover Blurb:
Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she's determined to make a go of it on her own. In a town full of men, Glynna decides she can support her two children by opening a diner--never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent.
Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment--which is a challenge, since right now he's trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.
Though his doctoring business is booming due to Glynna's questionable cooking, Dare seems to encounter unexpected dangers wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And the fire. And then the shadowy figure with a knife. Can Dare survive it all long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?
***I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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