Shannon Dysart may have hired a team to travel with her across the country, but she still feels very alone. With heirloom maps of a lost city, she and her party are on the hunt for gold and riches. When months of searching yields no discoveries, her gang steals her belongings and leaves her for dead. Lucky for her, wandered Gabe Lasley hears her cries for help and comes to her rescue. Though tension is high, sparks immediately fly between Gabe and Shannon. And when Gabe agrees to accompany Shannon on her continued quest, the romance is sure to get hotter. But when Shannon's former crew doubles back with hostile intentions, things in the Grand Canyon are going to get quite treacherous.
How Mary Connealy managed to write an opening that was even better than all of her other book beginnings, I will never know. But she did it. Seriously. Best. Opening. EVER. This book was great. Gabe and Shannon's dialogue is so snarky and yet never waivers from being tender too. It is obvious to any reader that Connealy loves writing about landscapes and nature just as much as she loves writing strong women and tough cowboys. Her descriptions of the Grand Canyon are never long, but the detail she does provide clearly illustrate the beauty and awe the land inspires. She same goes for her characters. Small snipets like "the man spoke through a mustache so bushy his mouth didn't appear to move" are perfect examples of how one little detail can really cement an image in the readers mind. As always, I am looking forward to her next book!
It seems as if I have read this book before, since I know what will happen in the next chapter. Thus far I am not enjoying the book. I'm on page 215 so will finish it. Maybe I will have a surprise in the next 100.
Stranded and left for dead by those she trusted, Shannon Dysart is rescued by Gabe Lasley, not a prince or knight, but a simple rancher. Together, they set out to find a city of gold, one of the fabled seven. They must deal with the harsh sun, a pack of ruthless robbers, and their mixed feelings for each other. Will Shannon learn what real treasure is? Will Gabe do what is right or turn his back on his instincts?
Deep Trouble was written by Mary Connealy who is an award winning writer. Connealy has published over ten books. Deep Trouble is the second in the Wild West Weddings series. She lives on a ranch out West with her family.
I like and disliked this book. My primary complaint is several allusions to intimacy among the characters. I think Connealy goes further than she needs to, even when these references are among married characters. The book is well written and does not need them. My reasons for liking this book are numerous. It is good adventure. There are several exciting scenes that are in the spirit of other great adventure books/movies. There's mystery surrounding the cities of Gold, horse chases, life threatening landscape, and much more. Another reason to like this book is the way she handles the Gospel and moral theme of this book. I've read many books where it seems written in as an after-thought. In this book it flows so naturally that you cheer as the characters learn the lessons placed in their path and may even stop to consider the lesson for your own life.
This book will be released in May 2011. I award it 4 out of 5 stars. Deep Trouble is written by Mary Connealy and published by Barbour. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.