Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fired Up by Mary Connealy

book review of Fired Up by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins

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?

This book is hilarious! Embarrassingly so. I could help but laugh, and not just a little inner chuckle. The first book in the Trouble In Texas series, Swept Away, was a sweet story and I enjoyed it but this book I couldn't put down. 

We were introduced to both Dare Riker and Glynna Greer in the first book, but I loved how the author developed the character of Glynna. She really surprised me, but in a good way. She wasn't so delicate and a little stuffy like I had expected. 

I always like it when there's a little mystery in the story and this one surrounds Dare and whoever is trying to kill him. His close friends step up to protect him and help solve the mystery, although I was pretty certain very early on who it was and it turned out I was right. 

This is a good book to get lost in for a while, forget your worries and escape into an adventure. I think it would appeal to a wide range of readers and I definitely recommend it!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her cowboy husband and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more...
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