Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fired Up by Mary Connealy

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.

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 care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she's terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner---never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.

Glynna can't help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna's diner into Dare's back. Are Flint's cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna's son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

Here's my review of this terrific read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Fired Up" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

 “Fired Up” by Mary Connealy is the second excitement-filled installment in her Trouble in Texas series.  Glynna Greer has packed up and left the house where she was kept imprisoned by her second husband, Flint.  She is ready to begin a new life with her children, Paul and Janny.  When Glynna has to use her own doctoring skills to patch up Dare Riker, the town doctor, her abilities become a valuable asset in the face of trouble.  But when the sparks begin to ignite between the beautiful widow and the doc, Glynna’s protective son may keep true love at bay.

This series is aptly named, and the trouble continues through this wonderful novel when it appears that someone is trying to kill Dare.  And Glynna isn’t really trying to kill the men in town with her cooking…  And if Paul could kill every man who looks at his ma with the daggers in his eyes, he would.  Meanwhile, Jonas’ sister, Tina Is relocating to Broken Wheel, much against his wishes.  But when she’s not the little girl he remembers but rather a beautiful woman, he finds himself in the position to defend her against the men in town like Paul defends his ma!  Still, Dare has a plan to win over Glynna’s son and Tina has caught someone’s eye, as well.  This story is heaping with romance, action and fun!
Mary Connealy’s signature wit is once again a prominent component in this suspense-western-romance.  The inner monologues of the characters are laugh-out-loud funny!  The characters themselves are thick and realistic.  The storyline educates and entertains.  Before I even read the description of one of Mary’s novels, I know it’s going to be a winner!  You can’t go wrong when you buy any of her books.  They are all destined for my keeper shelf!

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