This is the second book in Mary Connealy's Trouble In Texas series. I am enjoying this series. I loved the story of Dare and Glenna. It had Romance, action and humor. I am anxiously waiting for the third book.
I won a copy of this book in an online giveaway and was not required to write a review.
Fired Up was an enjoyable read from start to finish. It's classic Mary Connealy with a winning combination of humor and action.
Dare's character is a strong but caring man who is willing to do what ever it takes to help this mother and her 2 children and just maybe gain himself a bride at the same time. Glynna on the other hand has gone through some really hard times that have left her gun shy of men and is determined to provide a new life for children through her less than stellar cooking skills.
It all adds up to a very interesting and enjoyable story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a tale from the wild west.
Fired Up is book 2 in the Trouble in Texas series. I did not have a chance to read book 1 but feel book 2 is sufficient as a standalone. There are some plot issues that occur in book 1 relevant to book 2 however Mary Connealy does a fine job of keeping you abreast of the information you need.
I really struggled with this book. I did not enjoy it like I had hoped to. Previously I've read the Kincaid Brides Series and positively reviewed two of her books; but this one was not on par with my earlier experience.
However in light of that, I have read many other bloggers who have posted reviews of Fired Up and there have been several four and five star reviews. So let me do my best to give you precise comments from my opinion to help you with your decision.
Let me start with what I did like.
The characters in the story were interesting. I especially enjoyed the Regulators. Although it took me quite awhile to keep straight who was who (this may have been easier if I'd had the chance to read book 1), their story lines were very complimentary. I loved the way they supported each other and brought different strengths to the team. I also appreciated Dare's core struggle of being a Doctor without any formal schooling and feeling like a fake. Mary Connealy did a great job of his arc throughout the story. The ending and resolution came along too quickly though. I really needed to see him wrestle through the steps of the acceptance of his calling.
I also enjoyed her settings - the drastic and often unforgiving rock wilderness was a treat to picture. The town and the locations felt very realistic and easy to imagine.
The plot of the story Fired Up is based on a woman trying to stand on her own two feet after several painful relationships and a man struggling with his calling in life to be a doctor - though not properly trained. I liked the premise stated on the back cover of the Dr having to clean up her "cooking mishaps". However when the story started to unfold the plot premise was weak. Men were returning for horrible food day after day because ... she was pretty. Even the Good Doctor himself ate her food in order to ... look at her? I needed a much deeper motivation.
Once the flow of the story took over and the threats against the Doctor's life began taking shape the read became easier to follow. Yet the story arc of Glynna felt unstable as well. She flitted back and forth between swooning over the doctor and resisting the Doctor. I didn't "feel" her much. I did like the reason behind her flits - her angry son - desperate to protect his ma. Yet, this needed to be explored deeper than just a short fuse in the boy. His big hurts in his little life must be so deep and so raw and so complex. The story wraps up too quick at the end with a fast proposal and a run for the preacher. The boy seems to just give in and allow it and then they live "happily ever after". I would have loved to see this fleshed out.
In the past I have enjoyed the easy flow of Mary's writing. It has been for me a fun, quick read that doesn't take too much work with lots of humor. This book didn't have the same easy feeling. The thoughts seemed choppy and repetitive. The writing felt forced feed. Perhaps if I hadn't struggled so much with this I would have enjoyed the entire book a lot more. To me this was the deal breaker. I am not interested in reading book three. However, I have not given up on Mary Connealy's books altogether. I will look forward to a new series coming in the future.
Reading (and writing) is such a personal experience. Please peruse other people's opinions and make your own decision.
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Fired Up takes up where Swept Away left us. Luke and Ruthie are married. Flint Greer is dead and his mail-order widow Glynna is preparing to open a diner which may be the worse thing to happen to Broken Wheel, Texas. But her cooking skills are a boon to Dare's doctoring practice with all the bellyaches she causing
But someone is still determined to make Doctor Dare Riker a patient without a doctor. And they're determined to make Dare's condition deadly and permanent.
But the Regulators are determined to keep their friend safe, which isn't easy when the good doctor falls hard for Glynna, especially since her son is dead set against any romance between his mom and any man.
Fans of Mary Connealy will love the second book in the Trouble in Texas series. Dare, Glynna, and Paul have to work past the issues that are keeping them at odds with each other before it is too late and a killer manages to get his revenge.
Historical Fiction wrapped in Romance should appeal to many readers and the touches of humor just add to the fun. Escape for a few hours to 1860's Texas and enjoy a quick vacation from the everyday.
And I think there is a setup for a third book when Tina, Jonas's younger sister, comes to town and she's determined to reform it. I can't wait to find out what comes next - there's sure to be more Trouble in Texas!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House and BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review.
Dare Riker is a man who saves lives, but he is not altogether convinced that he should be a doctor. With his experience during the Civil War, he's worked under a doctor's care. But now he's flying solo in the huge state of Texas, and he is the only doctor for 200 miles in each direction. He feels like a fraud by saying he a medical professional, but it seems like people can't stop having accidents that require his help. Between the avalanche that threatened to take out a few of his friends, the fire in his home/medical office, and various other incidents he can't seem to get under control, it seems people can't stop getting sick or hurt. Will he ever be able to begin a new life? Or is he forever stuck as a sub-par doctor?
Glynna Greer has had anything but an easy life. She's been widowed for a second time, raising two children on her own, no money, no resources, or a place to stay. She doesn't even have a plan for the future. When the town's diner becomes short an owner, she becomes the town's only cook. As her cooking is nothing to sneeze at, the majority of the town's men end up at Dr. Riker's door with stomachaches on a daily basis. Clearly, cooking is not her calling, but there is nothing else she can do to make a living. Then her attraction to Dr. Riker is further complicating her life - especially since she promised her son, Paul, that she wouldn't remarry without his consent. How is she going to fix everything that is wrong in her world? And will her children ever feel safe again?
This is a historical romantic comedy that I will never feel guilty about reading. It was just the kind of novel that you start reading hoping that it's good, and end up loving by the bottom of the first page. With Fired Up, you're going to get more than just a warm fuzzy feeling in the cockles of your heart; you're going to get an amazing story, an adventure that rivals any literary journey you've ever taken, and characters that will stay with you forever. Contrary to the popular belief that romantic comedies are for women; I highly recommend this to not only men, but even for the ladies that stay away from this genre.
This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.