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Fired Up (Trouble in Texas Series #2)

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Well, now I understand--this is the second in the series! That i

    Well, now I understand--this is the second in the series! That is probably why I struggled to connect. Sorry to start a review that way, but I did not find this book overly engaging, and part of the problem is that I did not read the first book. The author has written a sequel, and in order to fully embrace the story, the reader must read the first book. Otherwise, you will probably struggle just like me.




    As far as historical romances go, this was par for the course. I was unimpressed with the fact that the gospel message was only minimally in this story. I would have preferred a bit of a stronger message. I can certainly be glad that there was no profanity or sex scenes. If you are looking for a clean romance, look no further.




    Was there anything I liked? Yes, I was intrigued by the struggle Dare had with the evident calling God placed on his life. I think every Christian can relate to struggling against God's will from time to time, but if we are living as we should, there is no doubt that God will use circumstances and people to steer us in the right direction. I was not a fan of any other characters, I have to admit. 




    The mystery in the novel was not too involving for me. Since I was unable to connect with the characters, I struggled. I wish I had more pleasant things to say about this book, but it was just not for me. On a more positive note, I was never bored in the reading of the book, and the author certainly was excellent. I would be willing to give some of her other books a try, but this one just didn't grab my attention. Please understand that this is only my opinion, and I am possibly in a minority.




    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Fired Up is book 2 in the Trouble in Texas series. I did not hav

    Fired Up is book 2 in the Trouble in Texas series. I did not have a chance to read book 1 but feel book 2 is sufficient as a standalone.
    There are some plot issues that occur in book 1 relevant to book 2 however Mary Connealy does a fine job of keeping you abreast of
    the information you need.

    I really struggled with this book. I did not enjoy it like I had hoped to. Previously I've read the Kincaid Brides Series and positively
    reviewed two of her books; but this one was not on par with my earlier experience.

    However in light of that, I have read many other bloggers who have posted reviews of Fired Up and there have been several four and
    five star reviews. So let me do my best to give you precise comments from my opinion to help you with your decision. 

    Let me start with what I did like. 

    The characters in the story were interesting. I especially enjoyed the Regulators. Although it took me quite awhile to keep straight who
    was who (this may have been easier if I'd had the chance to read book 1), their story lines were very complimentary. I loved the way they
    supported each other and brought different strengths to the team. I also appreciated Dare's core struggle of being a Doctor without any
    formal schooling and feeling like a fake. Mary Connealy did a great job of his arc throughout the story. The ending and resolution came
    along too quickly though. I really needed to see him wrestle through the steps of the acceptance of his calling.

    I also enjoyed her settings - the drastic and often unforgiving rock wilderness was a treat to picture. The town and the locations felt very
    realistic and easy to imagine.

    The plot of the story Fired Up is based on a woman trying to stand on her own two feet after several painful relationships and a man
    struggling with his calling in life to be a doctor - though not properly trained.  I liked the premise stated on the back cover of the Dr
    having to clean up her "cooking mishaps". However when the story started to unfold the plot premise was weak. Men were returning
    for horrible food day after day because ... she was pretty.  Even the Good Doctor himself ate her food in order to ... look at her?  I needed
    a much deeper motivation. 

    Once the flow of the story took over and the threats against the Doctor's life began taking shape the read became easier to follow. Yet
    the story arc of Glynna felt unstable as well. She flitted back and forth between swooning over the doctor and resisting the Doctor. I
    didn't "feel" her much. I did like the reason behind her flits - her angry son - desperate to protect his ma. Yet, this needed to be explored
    deeper than just a short fuse in the boy. His big hurts in his little life must be so deep and so raw and so complex. The story wraps up
    too quick at the end with a fast proposal and a run for the preacher. The boy seems to just give in and allow it and then they live "happily
    ever after". I would have loved to see this fleshed out.

    In the past I have enjoyed the easy flow of Mary's writing. It has been for me a fun, quick read that doesn't take too much work with lots of
    humor. This book didn't have the same easy feeling. The thoughts seemed choppy and repetitive. The writing felt forced feed. Perhaps
    if I hadn't struggled so much with this I would have enjoyed the entire book a lot more. To me this was the deal breaker. I am not
    interested in reading book three. However, I have not given up on Mary Connealy's books altogether. I will look forward to a new series
    coming in the future.

    Reading (and writing) is such a personal experience. Please peruse other people's opinions and make your own decision. 

    "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". 

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Fired Up by Mary Connealy is the second book in the Trouble in T

    Fired Up by Mary Connealy is the second book in the Trouble in Texas series.  This book focusses on the characters Glynna Greer and Dare Riker from the first book.  Glynna, newly freed from her abusive husband, is attempting to start a new life with her two children by opening up a diner-even though she can’t cook.  Dare, plagued with doubts about his doctoring skills, is trying to leave medicine behind-only medicine keeps pulling him back in as various tragedies hit their community.  Will Glynna manage a new start, will Dare give up being a doctor, and do either of them have a chance at love?  And, who is trying to kill Dare-is it Glynna’s angry son, or someone from the past?
    My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first book in this series-Swept Away.  This one-not so much.  It is just that I don’t like the main character Glynna.  The first half of the book spends most of its time pointing out all her flaws to the point that I want to say-how is anyone going to fall for this gal?  The only thing she seemed to have going for her was that she was really pretty.  Not sure how that cuts it in the tough life of the wild west.  The second half of the book got better because it focussed more on Dare and the mystery of who was trying to kill him.  I really liked the dynamic between Dare and his friends, and how they worked together to track down the culprit.  The love story part was really ruined for me though, because I just couldn’t see what Dare saw in Glynna.  The book also leans a little more towards a romance novel in spots-which isn’t my favorite.  All in all, it is well-written, has an interesting plot, but I wish there had been a stronger female character.
    I am still interested in the series and other characters, and I am sure I will read the next book, but this one wasn’t a keeper for me.
    As always, I thank Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    This was a sweet story and a very easy read. Dare and Glynna wer

    This was a sweet story and a very easy read. Dare and Glynna were wonderful characters. I love how their romance progressed throughout the story and the life lessons he would impart to Paul.
    The romance in the story was sweet, but the friendships between Dare and his friends was truly amazing. I can't wait to read book 3.

    I received a free copy of this book courtesy of The Book Club Network for honest review.

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