Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fired Up



Title:  Fired Up (Trouble in Texas #2)
Author:  Mary Connealy
Pages:  336
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany
I first enjoyed Mary Connealy’s writing when the Trouble in Texas series book #1 came out titled, Swept Away.  The Western genre is packed with adventure, drama and romance so expect that and more when reading this series.  There are characters from Swept Away who continue in Fired Up along with the introduction of some new players.
Glynna Greer was saved from her abusive husband when he was confronted by the law, but rather than give up he decided to fight it out and lost.  Refusing to return to the land Mr. Greer had stolen, Glynna had to find a way to make a living so she opened a diner.  Dare Riker is the closest thing to a doctor the town has.  He is busy taking care of those who ate at the diner.  On top of that, Vince is the town’s lawyer who is busy trying to keep someone from successfully killing his friend Dare.  Jonas, who is also a close friend of Dare’s, is expecting his sister to arrive in town.  She is a real spitfire young lady who turns the town of Broken Wheel upside down!
I could tell you more of the story like about Lana who turns out to be the town’s best cook and yet winds up in jail.  There are even more parts of the story that will find you smiling and figuring out who it is that is trying to hurt Dare, but I don’t want to ruin it for you.  Mary Connealy has written a story that has a mix of romance, western flavor and colorful characters that will keep you reading till long after dark.
Here is a tale of learning to forgive as well as how far God has gone to redeem people; therefore, why people should forgive others as well.  Does forgiveness equal trust?  This is a question that has a couple of the characters wondering till the last page where the answer is shared by one of the players you would least expect.
It has been some time between when I read Swept Away and Fired Up, so it took a little bit for me to remember where book one left of and where the sequel picked up.  The novel starts with danger and action as an avalanche has started and death is riding right on the heels of a wagon with children!  Then, when Ruthy, who is married to Luke, begins getting sick at the smell of coffee what she has to be told Dare Riker just can’t bring himself to say.  Who does end up helping Ruthy to understand why the scent makes her sick?  Read Swept Away followed by Fired up.  You won’t regret it!
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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