Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fired Up by Mary Connealy ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review and giveaway

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  • Series: Trouble in Texas (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209154

Rollicking Wild West Adventure and Romance from Bestselling Author 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?
My take on this book:

I always hope to get a few laughs whenever I read one of Mary Connealy's stories and so far she never disappoints  With "Fired Up" I found myself laughing out loud more than once! 
Widow Glynna Greer isn't interested in romance, after all she hasn't really had to great a luck in the husband department, all she is interested in is providing for her two children, Paul and Janet.Her idea is to  open a diner, only one snafu she isn't much of a cook!  Dare Riker is the town doctor, he and Glynna have a bit of history together, and thing is he is developing feelings for her, only problem is he has some major baggage of his own to deal with, such as the fact that it seems that someone might want him dead. Whose after Dare, and why? What about romance will Glynna give love another chance?

This book takes place in 1868, the period shortly after the civil war, which I loved. The authors descriptions seemed to capture the period as well as the setting perfectly.I found the interaction between Glynna and Dare to be great, and while I knew from the beginning how their story would wind up it was a joy to read how the author's imagination got us to the final destination! While "Fired Up" is the second book in the Trouble in Texas series, I feel like it can easily be read as a stand alone story because the author provides sufficient background information making it a book that is so easy to dive right into. What I found within the pages of "Fired Up"  was  a story that grabbed me  from the beginning with an avalanche, and then keeps up the pace with more adventurous turns than you can shake a stick at. Historical fiction fans who like a little humor in their romances will find this a delightful read!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Mary Connealy


Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
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Mary is celebrating the release with a Kindle Fire giveaway and a LIVE author chat party on October 8th.
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD
  • Swept Away and Fired Up by Mary Connealy
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 8th. Winner will be announced at the “Fired Up” Live Webcast Event on October 8th. Connect with Mary for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Mary will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.
So grab your copy of Fired Up and join Mary and friends on the evening of October 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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