Fired Up is book #2 in the Trouble in Texas series by Mary Connealy. I always enjoy Mary's books (my favorite series by her is The Kincaid Brides series) because she brings her stories to life with her quirky, realistic characters and the trouble they often get themselves into. She writes in such a way that, when you finish each book, you miss the characters and wish you could keep reading about them.
Fired Up is about Glynna Greer, a twice-widowed woman who came west as a mail-order bride and has had bad luck with husbands. She's decided to be an independent woman and support herself and her two children by opening a diner in this town full of men. The problem? She can't cook. She's pretty, though, so the men still pay to come by for burnt biscuits, bitter coffee, and blackened roast and business is booming.
Dare Riker is the town's doctor (though he doesn't seem to think so) and is trying to figure out who is trying to kill him and why they seem so bent on doing so. Between that, doctoring, and trying to win Glynna and her children, he's keeping himself pretty busy.
What I enjoyed about this book:
- I enjoyed watching Glynna's children, Janet and Paul, grow throughout the story. As children who have never had a godly man in their lives, they take a bit of time to open up, heal, and begin to trust Dare. Seeing them move from a place of fear to a place where they can love and give love is beautiful.
- The camaraderie and trust Dare shares with his friends from the war is incredible. I enjoyed hearing their stories about life in Andersonville.
- Dare and Glynna's romance is sweet and persistent, despite the obstacles they face along the way.
- Watching the mystery unfold was thoroughly entertaining and not entirely predictable. I found that I had my guess about who the criminal was, but I wasn't entirely sure until nearly the end of the story.
What I didn't enjoy about this book:
- Normally, I love Mary's books. I enjoyed the plot, storyline, and characters in this one, but didn't find it quite as believable as her other books. (I don't mean realistic, just believable.)
- There seemed to be a slight lack of editing in places. On page 141, the book says, "Lana felt a surge of relief to see that knife out of Lana's hand..." and in one or two other places in the story, I felt that sections could have been edited - I felt as though there were so many secondary characters in the story that, at times, I had a hard time sorting them out in my head.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it for Mary's fans and historical fiction fans. I did not love the book as entirely as I normally do Mary's books, but it is still a wonderful story and I did enjoy it. Regardless of what I didn't like about the book, I still fell in love with Glynna, Dare, and the children and found myself wanting to read more about them after I finished the book.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. My review and opinions are truthful and entirely my own.
I really enjoyed this book by Mary Connealy. It is hard to put down once you open it. Story is about Glynna Greer who came west as a mail order bride with two children. First husband was a abusive man and she did no better with the second one. Her husband is killed by the town Doctor Dare. Dare kinda has his eyes on her but her son Paul is very protective of his mom. He feels he can care for her she doesn't need a man. Paul doesn't like the attention the doctor is giving his mom. There are attempts to kill Dare. His house is being burned down with him in stabbed in the back. Will he live? Who is doing this? Get this book you won't be disappointed. Great adventure and twists.
Thanks to Fred St Laurent for this bookfun club and TBCN. Thanks to the publishers and the sponsors. Most of all thank you authors if not for you would not have anything to read.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. I had never read anything by this author, and was told that I was going to enjoy her writings, so, I was anxious to read this book. I don't ordinarily read a series book out of sequence, so, it was unusual for me to read it since this was Book #2 and I hadn't read Book #1. However, that caused absolutely no problem, as the author continuously provided pertinent information about the characters' past, to keep the reader updated. Thus, this book qualifies as a successful "Stand Alone" book. Very shortly after learning some of the history of the characters, with examples of murder, physical abuse, child abuse, thievery, treachery and many villainous acts, I found myself laughing out loud. This author is able to give the reader suspense, romance, intrigue, sprinkled with the most delightful comedic dialogue among the characters. In so doing, it made this novel so very real, because that is how true life is, for most people. We have laughter among our difficult times. I absolutely LOVE this author and am so glad I found her. In this novel, we have Glynna, who had two prior evil husbands, two troubled children who witnessed much abuse, Dare, who was instrumental in aiding Glynna, but,in the process, falling in love with her. There is one who wants Dare dead and the book gives the reader many murderous attempts, but, until the very end, does the reader finally learn the evil perpetrator, who lurked throughout the story.
Now, I wanted to give this author five (5) stars, but, could not due to the huge distraction of improper grammar. It was very distracting to me, causing me, over and over, to stop my absorption in the story to be annoyed by the poor editing. It started on page 73 with the words, "these ones", which is so prevalent in today's generation, but, of such a sad commentary that an author would use this phrase to expose readers to poor usage of English. Another blaring error, which was peppered throughout the book was the word, "hung", when referred to someone having "hanged" himself. I notice many people misuse this word, but, I expect better when reading a novel. "Ms. Connealy, may I be your editor?...lol...I know I can do better!"
I highly recommend this book! It was super enjoyable, with a super sense of humor amongst super suspense!
Fired Up is the second book in the Trouble in Texas series. Mary Connealy pulls through with another electrifying novel packed full of adventure.
Glynna has had some very bad luck with husbands. Because of that, she has no desire to consider marriage again. All she wants is a fresh start to raise her two kids and start her very own diner. Problem is, she can't cook!
Dare Riker has been doctoring folks for a while. He learned his skills while he was in the war but never had a formal education. Dare believes he needs to stop being a doctor and get into cattle ranching. This might be a good choice, but he knows nothing about cattle. To top things off, he has someone trying to kill him.
This exciting story will have you laughing while enjoying the fun characters that the author has created. Be prepared to read about everything from cowboys and danger to family and love. There's even a great lesson on forgiveness thrown into the mix.
I enjoyed this book and look forward the next one in the series, Trouble in Texas. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes adventure, romance, and humor.
I received a copy of Fired Up from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.