This is the second in the Trouble in Texas series, but if you have not read the first one, you can read this one as the back story is clearly given.
Dare Riker is a doctor, well, sort of. He had lots of experience helping a real doctor in the Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. He's the only one around Broken Wheel, Texas with any doctoring experience, so "doctor" he is.
Glynna Greer is a woman who was rescued from her abusive husband (in the first novel in the series). She is trying to make a living for herself and her two children by opening a diner. But there is only one problem. She can't cook!
Dare and Glynna feel an attraction but there is lots of baggage in the way. Glynna wants to believe Dare is a decent man, but she has had such bad experiences with men, thinking of marriage terrifies her. And her teen-aged son is totally opposed to another man in their lives. He has only seen what horrors they've brought to his mother. And Dare is pretty busy himself, just staying alive - because someone wants him dead.
Connealy has created great characters. I love the rapport between the men. They know each other well and have fun teasing each other. I was just a tad bit disappointed with the romance aspect. It went fast - too fast to have all of the issues worked out. I really felt for the son who was so opposed to the romance. So, this second in the series was not quite as good as the first one. We are set up, however, for the next in the series. Vince has met his match!
I like to learn something when I read novels and in this series it has been about the Andersonville Prison, a Confederate prison during the Civil War. There actually was a group there called The Regulators who kept peace in the prison. It was a dangerous job as some of the Union soldiers thought the group must be in cahoots with the confederacy. The Regulators had a tight bond and we see that in this series. Luke, the main character in the first novel, and Dare are Regulators and their well being depends on their Regulator friends protecting them.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
I'm not sure how, but Mary Connealy keeps raising the bar for herself (though, I donÃ¢â¬Ët know how sheÃ¢â¬Ëll top this one)! In case you can't tell from the 5 stars, I loved this book! The characters were great and I loved the dialogue between them - it was so funny that a couple times I was laughing so hard I was crying!
Fired Up begins a month after Swept Away ends and continues the story of Dare Riker and Glynna Greer. As they deal with all the challenges that keep cropping up and attempt to solve the mystery of who is threatening Dare, you get to see their faith. As much as I enjoyed the humor and laughs, my favorite part was the faith aspect. It isn't extremely prominent, but I still appreciated that the characters would stop to pray and consider how God would want them handle the situation.
I'm really excited to read the next book and find out what's going to happen to this group of friends next!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a good dose of humor thrown in.
I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given.
Mary Connealy in her new book, "Fired Up" Book Two in the Trouble In Texas series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Glynna Greer.
From the back cover: When a doctor who attracts danger falls for a cook determined to make it on her own, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she's determined to make a go of it on her own. In a town full of men, Glynna decides she can support her two children by opening a diner-never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent.
Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can't let his guard down for a moment-which is a challenge, since right now he's trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.
Though his doctoring business is booming due to Glynna's questionable cooking, Dare seems to encounter unexpected dangers wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And the fire. And then the shadowy figure with a knife. Can Dare survive it all long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?
Dare thinks he should not be a doctor anymore however there is always someone who needs his medical help. Glynna has given up on men but Dare always seems to be around. Can these two work out their differences and get together before someone actually kills Dare? "Fired Up" is a mystery as we have no idea of who the potential killer is and it is a study in do we use the talents that God has given us or do we waste them away? It is also a romance. Ms. Connealy is a very talented writer who gives us wonderful characters that we really come to care about. "Fired Up" is filled with excitement and humor and Wild West action.
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This is not a time travel book, but I took another enjoyable Time Travel trip into 1868 Texas where it seems trouble is always brewing. This is the second novel in the Trouble in Texas series following the novel Swept Up, both by Mary Connealy. I did read the first one, but I do not think it necessary as the incidents in the first book are not only alluded to but briefly explained so that those that have read the first book are reminded of the happenings there while those that have not read it are brought up to speed in a seamless manner. The characters of the first book are very much present in this one, what with the men being a part of the Regulators. Cowboys and rustlers abound, but the story is also one of romantic comedy, which Mary does extremely well. She uses words to her advantage, and the imagery is so vivid you can almost smell the smoke, hear the clatter of the horses hooves, feel the sand in your eyes and see the fear in Janey's eyes. I enjoyed this one very much, as I do all of Mary's novels, and will be looking for the 'gang's' next adventures.
I received this book free from Amy at Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
This book crept up to the top of my TBR pile right when I needed a good long laugh and Fired Up has a belly full of laughter brimming from its pages. Just what the doctor ordered. :-) Connealy has a unique comedic pacing that I haven't found anywhere else -- one liners come fast and furious, oozing dry wit and absurdity and always leave me chuckling out loud or snorting in a most unladylike fashion. Her droll humour has me smiling even after the book is finished.
The second in the Trouble in Texas series, Fired Up reads well as a standalone, but Connealy fans will be happy to get reacquainted with some beloved characters from Swept Away. And Seekerville followers will enjoy the literary nod to the naming of some heroes and heroines.
Fast-paced action, a muddled romance and some wild west suspense create the ambiance of a classic TV Western -- only a Connealy read is all techno-colour, not just black and white. A great escape read that will uplift as much as it makes your laugh.