This was a sweet story and an easy read. Even though I did not read the first book in the series I was able to pick up and follow the story. The story takes place in Texas in 1868 and is a fast-paced humorous romance mystery of a widow, her two children and the local doctor, Dare Riker. Glynna is rescued from a bad marriage by Dare and his retires regulators. Will Glynna learn to trust again and will she and Dare find true love? All types of mishaps plague Glynna and Dare and keep them apart. The stories that are developing with the other characters make you want to read the next book to find out what has happened to them. I give this book 4 stars. I received a free copy of this book from Bookfun.org and Bethany House for my honest review.
Between house fires, a very angry young boy and one truly crazy cook with a penchant for sharp knives, Dare Riker is wondering how he will make it out of this alive. Glynna Greer is newly freed from a disastrous marriage and plans on providing for herself and her children by taking ownership of the local diner. The only problem is she can't cook worth a lick. When the sparks start to fly will these two be able to stand the heat?
Fired Up is the second book in Mary Connealy's Trouble in Texas series and my favorite so far. The story picks up pretty much where the first one left off and my favorite characters are back for round two. Including Vince, the no nonsense lawyer, and Jonas, the priest who's not always as heavenly as one might expect. A wonderful new character makes her debut as well and she promises to bring plenty of laughs and one raging headache for Vince. That character is Tina Cahill, Jonas Ã¢â¬Ëfat, bald, sister he hasn't seen in years.
Dare and Glynna were my favorite characters in Swept Away and they did not disappoint this time around. Glynna has been through two terrible marriages and the effects are starting to show in her children through her son's uncontrollable anger towards anything male and her daughter's too timid silence. Glynna is a fantastic mother who is always trying to put her children first while struggling to still maintain the newfound control of her life. She quickly climbed her way to the spot of my favorite character with her humor and her fear of undercooking anything.
Although this book can be read as a standalone I would suggest reading the series in order to get the full effect of the story.
***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
I'm a die-hard Mary Connealy fan. I adore her writing. She's funny, whimsical, and at the same time, deep. Her stories can make me laugh quicker than almost any other story out there, with the possible exception of Shel Silverstein.
This second book in the Trouble in Texas series, was pretty good. It had the characteristic funny moments that made me laugh out loud (and make my husband wonder if I have finally rounded the proverbial bend), and there were parts that made me irritated. How this writer can describe a teenaged boy to such perfection, including his desire to be a man while being an obnoxious, hateful brat, made me wonder more than once if she's had to deal with this type of person in reality. And if she has, wow. I'm so sorry. ;)
I had the inkling that her next book in the Trouble in Texas series was going to pick up the story of Dare and Glynna ~ I was right. Glynna wasn't my favorite in the first book, but she grew on me a little in Fired Up. I still didn't like her as much as I liked Ruthy, but she was tolerable. One thing I detested was Glynna's son, Paul. Oh my goodness, there were *so many* times I wanted to reach out and touch someone with the board of education that it wasn't funny. I seriously wanted to teach that rascal a thing or two in a not so nice way and I praised God on more than one occasion that my son isn't like that. Whoo-eee! But, she created a character that I had an emotional response to ~ which is the intent of every author, isn't it? Kudos to Connealy for doing so with Paul.
The characters that really gained my intense interest and I wanted to know more about though, were Vince and Tina. Oh please, please, please tell me there's going to be another Trouble in Texas book that tells their story! Seriously. Sign me up right now and I will finish that book in less than an afternoon. It will be devoured. Vince is my favorite rascal, and he needs an equally difficult woman to contend with. Really, I cannot wait for their story.
My final answer on this book?
*My thanks goes to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I was not required they be positive.*
Mary Connealy delivers romance, comedy, and suspense in this much awaited sequel to Swept Away. Dare Riker and Glynna Greer continue the fractious relationship that began in Swept Away. Newly widowed Glynna is determined to make a life for her children, free of men. Dare understands that Glynna and her children have been hurt by men and may need time and space, but his attraction to Glynna defies reason. Meanwhile someone wants Dare dead. The reader is second-guessing the obvious suspects until the moment Connealy reveals just who the wannabe killer is. The romantic tension is believable because the conflicts Dare and Glynna face are just as relevant today. If you enjoyed Swept Away, you will love Fired Up.
I received a copy of the book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
I LOVE Mary Connealy's books! Every time a new one comes out, I have to read it! When I was able to get this book from NovelCrossing, I, of course, had to go buy the first one on my Kindle and read it quickly before Fired Up came in the mail!
You ask: Why didn't I get it right away when it came out? I read so many books... with a common theme: christian historical romance fiction. I found they stories tend to blur in my head, so if I read a series all at once, or near together, I don't have to research the previous installments. :)
I really liked this book. At times I had trouble identifying each of the Regulators. I mean, without pictures how can you keep so many ruggedly handsome men straight in your head?
I love the action and romance Mary weaves in each book. I only hope she can write quicker! I read too fast! :)
I received this book from Bethany Publishers/ NovelCrossing.com to review for my honest opinion.