I enjoyed the second book in the Kincaid Bride series, In Too Deep. I read the first book and recommend reading the series in order so that you understand the back story and are familiar with the characters. Ethan Kincaid is the middle-born of the three Kincaid brothers. He is hard working, but not nearly as much of a control freak as his older brother, Rafe. Ethan also feels responsible for the fire that severely injured the youngest brother, Seth, when they were children. The fire and the cave it happened in are a central theme to all three books.
Audra Gilliland is a young mother of two and the widow of a much-older man who was abusive, a gambler and a thief. Needless to say, she considered it a blessing when her husband died - but was left penniless with no way to support her children. She agrees to a marriage of convenience with Ethan.
They make for an interesting pair. Ethan is wary of harboring feelings for anyone due to the guilt he feels about causing the fire that injured his brother. Audra is wary of any relationship with a man given her past experience. Additionally, Ethan is tired of Rafe always bossing him around and wants independence and respect for all the work he has done on the family ranch. Audra is tired of having no voice whatsoever and is eager to finally have an opinion (though much less so than Rafe's wife, Julia).
The adventures, mishaps and discoveries Ethan and Audra make over the course of the book make for entertaining reading. I like the way the author incorporates suspense into the series without turning the books into "whodunit" mystery novels. Personally, I liked Audra's character better than Ethan's. She just seemed more authentic and real. Ethan came across as impossibly naÃ¯ve at times.
I like both books in the series so far, but I think I enjoyed this book more because I liked the main characters better. Ethan and Audra are a bit more likable than Rafe and Julia.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I read the first book and it was a while before I realized book 2 and 3 was out, so I briefly scanned over the 1st book and remembered what it was about. When I received book 2 and 3, I started reading, each book got better.. I couldn't put them down.. They are great books can't wait for book 4 at least I hope there is another one..
n Too Deep is the second book to The Kincaid Bride Series. I did not read the first book to this series, but after reading a couple of chapters, I was brought up to date of the previous happenings in the first book. This was a very edge of your seat novel. Most second books to a series are filed with fluff, but this one was a great read.
The plot was very fast and drama filled. The dangers lurk breathtakingly near, creating a total page turner. From beginning to end this book had me captivated. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The whole setting was placed around this mysterious cavern, that is depicted breathtakingly beautiful. I enjoyed the characters immensely. Audra was a very good addition to the characters. She is used to being hurt by others and loved by none. Ethan on the other hand is afraid to love, fearing he'll hurt everyone. When they marry out convenience, things turn interesting. We journey with these hardworking people as they learn to love, overcome fears, and trust God. Just when you think everything settles down, a shocking discovery is brought to light, making the next book a must read.
They were some mentions to life of a married couple, but overall was a good read. I rate In Too Deep a 4 out of 5.
I was provided this copy from Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for my independent unbiased review.
After the death of her abusive and wicked husband, Audra Gilliland is determined to become independent and assertive. She agrees to a marriage of convenience with Ethan Kincaid as a way to protect herself, her two daughters, and to get out of her new married step-daughter's home. Audra desperately wants to be able to stand up for herself. After all she does not care what her husband thinks about it. Ethan does not have high hopes for the marriage other than to have a wife who can cook, clean and live amicably with him. Surprisingly to both Ethan and Audra, affection begins to grow quickly. However, before they can see what this fondness will lead to, they must each deal with lingering remnants of their past lives.
In Too Deep by Mary Connealy is the second book of the Kincaid Brides series. I haven't read the first one, but this one gave enough background information that I easily understood what was going on after a few chapters. To be honest, I found the back story and ongoing drama caused by Audra's previous husband (a situation presumably addressed in the first book and in the forthcoming third book) more interesting than the love story between Ethan and Audra. Audra's character was well-developed and authentic. However, Ethan's character was a little flat and somewhat unbelievable to me. I will not mention the exact details because that would lead to spoilers, but most of the time he is presented as reasonably intelligent and talented and then other times he is unbelieveably naive. I know that people and characters are multi-faceted, but the naivety was not cohesive with the rest of his character.
This is one of those books that I recommend renting from the library before buying. Some readers will probably love it, but I don't see myself ever reading it again.
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Widow with two young children, no home and no income, needing support. * Single ranch owner, no kids, and not looking for a wife. * And somehow they end up together.
I enjoyed reading about Ethan learning to conquer his fears and Audra learning to love someone. The stories of Seth and the trials he has had to face, and the joys that Rafe and Julia have, starting out a new life together. But I did feel lost, not knowing what happened to Audra's first husband or how she and Julia were related. It took me a while to learn things that happened in book one, things I would already know, had I started there.
This book was exceptionally written, but not as a stand-alone book. You have to read book #1, Out of Control, first to completely grasp the story line in book #2.
I received this complementary book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.