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Fire and Ice
     

Fire and Ice

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by Mary Connealy
 

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Saddle Up for a Wildly Fun Ride
in Mary Connealy's Latest

Bailey Wilde is one of the best new ranchers in the West. She's been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman—a very tough, very intriguing woman at that.

Gage is an honest man, but he didn't

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Saddle Up for a Wildly Fun Ride
in Mary Connealy's Latest

Bailey Wilde is one of the best new ranchers in the West. She's been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman—a very tough, very intriguing woman at that.

Gage is an honest man, but he didn't make his fortune being weak. He won't break the law, but he'll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of his best range land is lost to him because Bailey's homestead is located right across the only suitable entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to his land—and he's got to go through Bailey to do it.

Spending a winter alone has a way of making a person crave some human contact. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan Gage concocts. Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders loosen up enough to earn each other's respect—and maybe find love in
the process?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764211805
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/2015
Series:
Wild at Heart Series , #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
271,013
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has over half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild At Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

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Fire and Ice 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Wild at Heart Series. If you have not read the first two; Tried and True, and Now and Forever, you wont get a complete understanding about the history of these amazing women, however you will not be completely lost either. This book will revisit people from the previous ones though. If you like reading a fun, spunky series these are for you. Bailey Wilde, the oldest of the Wilde sisters and only one still single, is determined to never need a man. When Gage Coulter continues to be a thorn in her side will she be able to keep her secret and her valley? Bailey is a stubborn, independent, girl who just wants to be left alone, yet when trouble comes calling she must realize that is not what she can get. When she and Cage finally agree things really get exciting. Can Bailey keep her independence and her heart in tact? Gage Coulter is not so sure what to make of Bailey, when he discovers one of her secrets he is really baffled. Cage is a stubborn, hardworking man who is used to getting his way. When someone is trying to sabotage him and he needs Bailey's help, will he be able to find the culprit before it is to late and will Bailey agree to his most unusual request? When Cage and Bailey spend time together, sparks fly. Will they ever find the love God has in store for them or will their stubborn ways keep them from it. I love the writing style of Mary Connealy. Her characters have their own personalities and problems. You feel you are right in the mix with it all. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
MissTadoodles More than 1 year ago
Yes, yes, yes! Mary Connealy has concluded yet another wonderful series! Bailey Wilde was definitely an interesting character, I wasn't always sure what to make of her. She had layers I couldn't begin to figure out on my own. I had to read through to finally see who she was (which I guess is the point, to keep reading, right?) Bailey being the oldest of the Wilde Women, she has always looked after her two younger sisters, shielding and protecting them from their not so great, rather low life, of a father. With the war over, now she wants nothing more than to keep to herself and run her ranch, away from people, especially men. But not because she's secretly a woman, no, there's a deeper fear hiding behind the disguise! Each of the Wild Women fought in the Civil War and each one came back with their own battle scars, but scars only become scars once they've begun to heal. Otherwise, they are just open wounds. Gage Coulter, icy, fierce...lovely! I was not expecting to fall for this guy! In the beginning I thought he was gonna A) Be a villain. or B) Constant thorn in everyone's side. He sort of was, especially in Bailey Wilde's case! But I was not expecting to find out he's actually a really good and decent guy! A good ole' Texas man moved across the country to the mountains. All we know in the beginning is that he fled to escape fighting in the Civil War. This book explains it all! Don't worry, I won't spoil it for you. Even if you begged me to tell you I wouldn't! I will tell you, however, the twist I didn't see coming even a mile away! Gage tells his mother in one of his letters that he is happily married to get her off his case but now he finds out she's on her way across the country to come see him and his wife! Now he has to find one...you guessed it, Bailey Wilde! If you read the other two books you saw this coming but it was still a great surprise! Now with these two married it got that much better! It doesn't end there, now that Mama Gage is there they can't seem to get her to leave. What will Bailey do with her running and calling the shots in her new groom's life? And like the previous two books: Tried & True, Now & Forever, there is imminent danger lurking in the mountains! Lives are in danger as someone is trying to kill Gage and stage it to look like an accident! Who is this villain? Guess you'll have to read to find out! Discovering the meaning of love and trust, Bailey must learn to depend on someone other than herself. Not just Gage, but God! I give this book a 5 out of 5! I received this book for free from the publisher’s in exchange for this honest and unbiased review as part of Bethany House Review program.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy is book three in the Wild at Heart Series. Set in Texas in the 1860’s, this western novel brings mystery and entertainment in the story of Gage Coulter and Bailey Wilde. Gage relocated to Texas to escape the shame and resentment he faced back home when he did not fight in the war. Now a successful rancher, he needs to reclaim land and a lush valley that one of the Wilde’s has stolen as a homestead. The homestead blocks Gage’s access to the canyon’s lush grass. When they face off, Gage gets the surprise of his life—Bailey Wilde is not who he thought and that changes everything. Bailey is the solution to more than one of his problems. Many surprises, twists, and suspense create an enjoyable romantic western that will delight fans of westerns. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
When fire and ice collide... I've become a confirmed fan of Mary Connealy's over the last few years but I think Fire & Ice might hold the record for my fastest reading time of one of her books. I picked it up in the evening and couldn't put it down until I finished early, early, in the morning, or rather late that same night. I've been looking forward to Bailey and Gage's story since the first book in the series, and, believe me, Fire & Ice did not disappoint. Mary Connealy is a master at writing Christian westerns. There is always comedy, mystery, and plenty of cowboys and romance. I truly enjoyed Fire & Ice but I'm sorry to see the end of crazy adventures of the Wilde sisters, though, this book did nicely sew up the loose ends, including solving the mystery of what happened to Bailey during the Civil War. Gosh, I had thought I had it figured out, but nope, Mary Connealy sure surprised me on that one. I would recommend any of Mary Connealy's books, but definitely Fire & Ice and the entire Wild At Heart series. (I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinion are entirely my own.)
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Mary Connealy continues her great writing in the third book in her Wild at Heart series. Although part of the series, Fire and Ice is a stand alone book. Fire and Ice is the story of the oldest of the three Wilde sisters who were raised as boys by their widower father. Bailey Wilde is a well-written character who avoids people and wears pants so the neighbors think she is a man! I recommend Fire and Ice to others who enjoy western historical faction. I won a copy of Fire and Ice through a Soul Inspirationz giveaway.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Another in the series by Mary Connealy about these strong sisters, who seem to go up against equally strong male characters. Always interesting, with some twists that you may not expect. Bailey had fought in the war (yes disguised as a boy) and came out hardened. All three sisters tried hard to please their father, who seemed to wish they were sons, and expected them to do all to honor the memory of their dead brother. Excellent read!! Christian Historical Romance set in the old west. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Series wraps up with... Fire and Ice Wild at Heart #3 By Mary Connealy The Wilde sisters are back but Shannon and Kylie are soon to depart for their new lives with their respective husbands. Bailey is about to be on her own, confined to her lonely out of the way homestead through the long winter months. Unfortunately Gage Coulter has discovered that Bailey is a Miss just like her sisters. And even more unfortunate is Gage's immediate need of a wife. And Bailey is the only woman he thinks can handle the pending disaster coming to his ranch straight from Texas! For the right deal Bailey just may agree to Gage's proposal, but not without her own provisions added. Which will come first? Love or death? This is a book that fans of Mary Connealy will enjoy. Historical fiction with romance that isn't deep reading. I'd say this is diversionary reading that will leave some readers laughing while others will be rolling their eyes. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
Cindy_k_greenCG More than 1 year ago
Over time, Mary Connealy has easily become one of my favorite authors. She writes fun adventure stories filled with authentic characters with humor and wit that pulls me into the story time after time. Fire and Ice is the 3rd book in the Wild at Heart series which focuses on the three Wilde sisters who fought in the Civil War and have now claimed land out west as part of the government exemption for homesteaded property due to their military service. In this third novel, Bailey Wilde is the central heroine, and she is the oldest and strongest willed of the three. She’s also the one who has kept up the ruse of living as a man the longest. And boy does she get under the skin of ranch owner Gage Coulter. These two are most definitely the true Fire and Ice combination. I loved every minute of this final installment in the series and look forward to Mary's next series. While this is the 3rd in the series, it is easily read as a stand alone although it will mean so much more if you've read the other two books and gotten to know all these characters. I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Fiery spirit and icy heart...can the two ever become one? Bailey, a young woman with secrets that hold her hostage and Gage, a man who has built a cattle ranch through hard work and strong determination yet retreats when his Ma comes for a visit. When Bailey and Gage agree to an arrangement neither is thrilled with they have no idea what is ahead for them. Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy is a great read. Altho a third book in the Wild at Heart series, it is easily read as a standalone book. Connealy does an excellent job of filling in any needed information from the first two books. Action packed from bullets flying on the first page to blood-thirsty wolf packs, avalanches to show-downs, cattle rustlin' to birthin' babies, the pages just keep turning. Characters are believable and likable, portraying humor and strong independence, and yet also depicting the essentiality of faith in God, the importance of family, and the need for forgiveness. A great book for the reader of romance suspense novels! I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I love Mary Connealy. Her books never fail to inspire me, make me laugh, and keep me on the edge of my seat. Fire & Ice is no exception. It's always interesting to me to go back in time to homesteading and the hardships and challenges of it. Mary Connealy always does an excellent job of describing life on the range. You can tell she does an extreme amount of research for her stories. She also does an excellent job of keeping the story engaging and exciting. From the very beginning, I was caught up in the story of Bailey and Gage. Bailey is a tough woman who has endured unspeakable horrors of war and came out on top. In a way, I can relate to her fears and sorrows based on her experiences. Gage is your typical Western male, with the exception of his past. I loved that Mary Connealy gave each of these characters such a unique past. Their troubles and heartaches were different from anything I've read before, and I appreciated the story so much more for it. I always love how the author weaves the love story into her plots. She excels at making you aware of the main characters attraction, without detracting from the plot. It developed, almost, without the reader noticing. The message of the story centers on trust. I know, after you read the story you might think I'm crazy, but I have a reason for my choice. Bailey lived through unspeakable horrors. Understandably, her fears drive her to a life of isolation. When she decides to give up that isolation by agreeing to Gage's crazy proposal, she is terrified. Her fears drive her to the point where she doesn't trust anyone, including herself. Gage is just the person to help Bailey, in my opinion. His past allows him to reach out to her in a way no one else could. That's God. Near the end of the story, after Bailey opens up to Gage, he makes a bold statement that really struck me: "..What good does it do to torture yourself by wondering what you should have done? It's over. All that's left now is forgiveness. Have you asked God to forgive you?" "Yes, a thousand times. But the weight is as bad as it ever was.." "That's not God refusing to forgive you, honey...it's you refusing to forgive yourself. God's done His part; now you have to do yours." How many times do we withhold forgiveness from ourselves, even after we ask God to forgive us? Doesn't that drive our trust and fears? What a powerful message! Overall, if you're looking for a "wild ride" of a story, this is the one for you. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through the Bethany House blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! It is the third in the series Wild at Heart but I have not read the previous ones. I might have missed a little by not having done so but I never felt lost. I found this story most interesting. Baily is determined to be independent but after 6 months alone during the winter she quickly agrees to Gage’s proposal, even though he is her sworn enemy. For a suburban girl, I found the detail about horses, canyons, the wild west, and treachery all fun and enjoyable. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
The author's trademark humor and action are in full play in this novel, but what stood out to me was the layers and depth of Bailey's character. I've been looking forward to her story since in the previous two books she seemed like the toughest and hardest of the three Wilde sisters. Her father encouraged her to go to war dressed as a man, and the experiences she had not only strengthened her, but gave her vulnerabilities she struggles to overcome. We see both sides of her personality as her ranch is threatened and she endures a harsh lonely winter. Gage is also a contrast of strength and vulnerability and once they let their guard down, the two connect in ways that help heal their trauma from the past. I enjoyed reading the conflict Gage's mother brings into the mix with several chuckles, and was glad that the sisters' dysfunctional relationship with their father was finally put to rest. This book reads well as a stand alone but I recommend you read the whole Wild at Heart series for full enjoyment- they are all 5 stars in my book! (Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
I loved Fire and Ice and was drawn into the story from the standoff in chapter one. Bailey Wilde is the kind of woman that you find yourself cheering on from the beginning. She’s ornery and strong willed probably why she’s still alive based on her past adversities. But she’s also got the heart of woman who longs to be loved even if she can’t admit it right up front. This book had me literally laughing out loud. Ma Coulter made me want to tie her up and put her in the closet. At times, I wanted to slap Gage Coulter around a little bit for being such a baby but he too, won my heart. The story was wonderfully done and I enjoyed every last page. This was my first Mary Connealy book and it’s definitely just the beginning! Although Fire and Ice is the third book in the Wild at Heart Series I was able to read it as a standalone without any problems. Last but not least, here’s my favorite quotes from the book: “Resting a hand on her arm, he said, “I’d stay beside you at all times. But you can’t make decisions based on fear.” (pg. 249) Gage couldn’t believe he’d brought a pregnant woman to a gunfight. Surely that was such a big sin that it was written right down in the Bible somewhere. Probably in big letters.” (pg. 293) I give it five out of five stars and have added the rest of her books to my must read list. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers, NetGalley and the author in exchange for my honest opinion. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/fire-and-ice-by-mary-connealy/
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Fire & Ice is the first historical fiction romance written by Mary Connealy that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last. I am looking forward to enjoying future novels by this author. The book takes us into the Rocky Mountains after the Civil War has ended where Bailey Wilde has established the beginnings of a small successful ranch in the time period where women are not allowed to own land. Almost everyone thinks Bailey is a man until one day her neighbor, Gage Coulter, discovers the truth. She has homestead the land in front of a lush canyon that Gage owns. Now, he wants to move his cattle into that canyon which means he needs to move the cattle through her land. Since she refuses, he decides to use dynamite to clear a mountain path. Then, Gage has a desperate proposition for Bailey. His mother who thinks he is married is coming for a visit. Will Bailey marry him so his mother won’t know that he lied to her? Her mind goes to work, is Gage willing to give her what she wants for her to become his wife? Fire and Ice. Her eyes shine with fire and stubbornness to live her life the way she wants, and his eyes are icy grey with the pride of being used to getting his own way. Will these two ranchers overcome the skeletons of their past that are haunting their present to grasp a love for the future? ? I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous read by this author. The oldest of the Wilde sisters story is told in this action packed western romance. I loved the setting and could picture the mountains and steep cliffs. Mary has a way of writing that brings you into the story. She throws together two people who are fighting over ranching land and you end up in a twisting and turning romance riddled with danger and surprises. I loved the dialogue between Bailey and Gage as they bicker and banter about the cattle, land and what makes each other tick. There is a great cast of characters that keep the story rolling and the action interesting. You root for both Gage and Bailey as they butt heads and fight the attraction that is under the surface. I highly recommend reading this and the ones that go before it, to get the whole story of the sisters. I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
FIRE & ICE By: Mary Connealy This truly is a great story. It’s the third one in Wild at Hearts I never read the first two sorry I missed them, because this is a page turner. You will find Gage and Bailey at odds with each other. Gage has the best pasture land around and he needs to get his cattle to that pasture land before winter hits but Bailey’s homestead is in the way of his cattle getting to where they need to be bore that awful winter weather hits and it hits hard. If she needs to use a gun to keep him at bay she will do it. As you go back to the time of the wild west of open ranges and guns Gage and Bailey will take you on a journey that will have you wondering what the next Mountain will hold in store for these people that try to keep their cattle and themselves alive during a very hard tough winters of snow and cold that kills along the way everything that is against them in this new land of freedom. Saddle up and hang on, you are in for a rough ride with twist and turns around every curve and snowy trail that will have you laughing, crying, and looking over your shoulder to see who is behind you. As things start heating up they will have you on the edge of your seat. I think you will love this book it can be read even if you haven’t read the first two. I never read the first two but I was hooked on this book from page one. I recommend it highly. I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have express are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-7642-1180-5
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy is the third book in the Wild at Heart series. Fire and Ice is set in Aspen Ridge, Colorado in 1866. Bailey Wilde has built her home so it blocks the access to Gage Coulter's canyon. He owns the whole canyon, but Bailey wants it for her cattle. He never thought to purchase that rocky parcel of land that is the entrance to the canyon. Gage is determined to get access to for his cattle. Gage's mother is coming to visit. She believes that Gage is married (he told her that to keep her from visiting). Now Gage needs a wife (you know where this is going). Bailey is the closest eligible female around and it does not hurt that Gage is attracted to her feisty personality. Will Bailey be willing to help him out? Fire and Ice is a cute book but not very original. The setting of Aspen Ridge in the Rockies is just lovely, the writing is good, and the characters are interesting. I think I was at a disadvantage because I had not read the two other books in the series (I did not know it was part of a series when I picked it). In order to understand all the personal relationships and their shared histories, you really do need to read the other novels. I give Fire and Ice 3.5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Fire and Ice from The Book Club Network Inc. and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Fire and Ice is the third installment of the Wild at Heart series. I have really enjoyed this series but I think this is my favorite. Full of fun and surprises with action and romance mixed in, makes it a great read. Highly recommended. 5 plus stars. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange of my honest opinion, which was given.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Bailey is the last sister still dressing like a man and not married. She has worked hard to get her herd of cattle where it is and the canyon behind her property has helped. The problem is she does not own the canyon Gage does and he wants access which he can’t get without going through her homestead. Finding out Bailey is a woman and getting access to his canyon soon becomes the least of his problem when he finds out his mother is coming for a visit. What I liked: I was really looking forward to Bailey’s and Gage’s story. Bailey has worked hard to get her ranch up and running but with Gage wanting his canyon for his cattle she is in jeopardy of losing it all. Once Gage figured out she is a woman the sparks start to fly. I liked how both Bailey had Gage had a past they did not really want to talk about yet seemed to need each other to work through it. What I didn’t like: Gage’s mother was an interesting character. I was disappointed though how Gage handled his mother and how in the end he never really saw how his behavior with his mother was influencing his relationship with Bailey. Things were going along and then it just seemed to come to a conclusion without any real climax it was a bit of a let down to be truthful. Even with the less than exciting ending I still really liked this book. The spark between Bailey and Gage were great and as always lots of laughs.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Mary has a great sense of humor and her books are fun and interesting. I read through it pretty quickly. This is the third book in the Wild at Heart series, but you don't have to read the others to get the point of this one. Bailey is the oldest of three sisters, who have all posed as men to settle the land they've claimed in the wild west. Bailey has chosen a peak position blocking the crossing to Gage's canyon. He could beat himself up for thinking the land between him and the canyon was not necessarily important. Who would want to settle there? Obviously she knew what she was doing, but what he doesn't know is that Bailey is a woman. Gage is an honest upstanding man and does all he can to keep the peace within reason, but he really needs his land. Bailey on the other hand, is not giving in or giving up. She wants nothing to do with anyone and is used to surviving on her own and being a loner. But things change.... A threat on Gage's life, a visitor, and a long lonely winter can make for some interesting choices and decisions. Can the two of them work through their differences? Or will they go back to who they were? Both Bailey and Gage has emotional issues from their past they need to work through - trust, forgiveness of self and others, fears. I like how Mary brings these things to light and works them through it, by relying on God and each other. I think these "hidden" messages add to the story and also may be a benefit to a reader who may have similar problems. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Bailey has hidden her true identity for years. Will she be able to set aside the charade, forgive herself for her past and open herself to love? In 1866 it is unheard of for a woman to be a successful rancher. But that is exactly what Bailey Wilde has done. Through hard work, sheer determination and hiding that she is indeed a woman, her ranch is thriving. Partly due to the fact that she has homesteaded directly across the opening to a lush canyon owned by Gage Coulter. Gage will stop at nothing to get his canyon back, even if it means blowing up the mountain. Bailey's sisters have both married and moved away just as winter is setting in. As she endures the frigid winter months alone, she longs for companionship. And then Gage shows up with a proposal that could drastically change their lives. Will they both be able to overcome their stubborn independence and work together as a team? Will their fire and ice spark into love along the way? "That's not God refusing to forgive you...It's you refusing to forgive yourself." Fire & Ice was a wonderful completion to the Wilde sisters' stories. Mary Connealy's unique story line was very interesting. I did get frustrated with Gage's attitude a couple of times, and the situation was never fully resolved. But all in all, this is a tremendous story of the journey of forgiving yourself. My only real complaint about this book is the cover. Bailey is described multiple times as having warm hazel eyes that burn like fire. But in the picture, she has very blue eyes. Her hair is also described as short, yet curly. And the picture shows straight hair, there is a picture on the binding with her hat removed showing very straight hair. I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but there you have it. The cover aside, Fire & Ice was yet another wild journey of the last Wilde sister finding forgiveness and love. This book can stand alone, but I highly recommend reading the whole series! I received a free copy of Fire & Ice from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Fire and Ice is the final installment of the Wild at Heart series. Pa Wilde wanted a son to take the place of his favored offspring who was killed in the Civil War. He also wanted to claim land in the West which was reserved for Veterans. He forced his remaining children, all girls, to pass themselves as young men and fight in the war. When the war was over, he insisted they continue their charade and travel west to claim land in Montana Territory. The first two books tell the tales of the two younger sisters, Shannon and Kaylie. This final book is about Bailey, the eldest, protective of her sisters, and the only one of the three who actually participated in the battles of the war. This left her wounded and with secrets. Bailey believes that she is very capable of establishing a ranch of her own and keeps to herself to maintain the charade of her being a man. The problem is, Bailey knowingly chose a section of land which blocked the entrance to a canyon, full of lush grass for cattle. The canyon is owned by Gage Coulter who will stop at very little to gain access to his canyon. When Gage learns that Bailey Wilde is actually a woman he asks her to marry him, hoping to solve several of their mutual problems. Startled that Bailey actually accepts his proposal, with conditions, Gage marries her. Both of them have secrets from their pasts and someone is also trying to kill Gage. This was an entertaining look at the old west in the territories. It was a fitting end to this trilogy and readers will find themselves satisfied with the conclusions. Mary Connealy certainly seems to know her way around a ranch, so many of the activities ring of authenticity. I received this from The Book Club Network.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Fire & Ice is another enjoyable addition to the Wild at Heart series. I’ve really liked watching these Wilde women find their happily-ever-afters. It is such a treat to read stories like all three of the books in this series. Fire & Ice contains a story that flowed very well. I really did not enjoy having to set the book down. There were humorous moments, tempered with plenty of heartfelt emotion. These main characters each carried pain from their past and that is something they both had to deal with. The development of the romance in this story was great and I enjoyed the flow of the storyline. Bailey and Gage face danger and trials, but they persevere. I am happy that I grew to like Bailey. For about the first third of the book, I really did not sympathize with her. The stance she took about building her home across the mouth of the canyon to block Gage from his land was sneaky and did not endear her to me. But, as the story progressed, and I watched both Gage and Bailey change and soften, I really began to like her. These are not perfect characters, which makes them interesting. Gage’s inability to see how his mother treated Bailey was another troublesome part of the story for me. But, these things did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. Fire & Ice was fun to read and I definitely enjoyed the entire series. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
StaceyNV More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Mary Connealy and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Fire and Ice" 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. “Fire and Ice” by Mary Connealy didn’t grab me from the start like her novels usually do. But once I got through the stage setting of the novel, it took off like a runaway train! Connealy’s signature humor made this book an absolute joy, just like every other book of hers that I’ve read! She is one of those authors whose books I will purchase – and recommend to others – without even knowing what it’s about! This is the third installment in the Wilde Sisters Saga, but it reads perfectly well as a stand-alone story. Bailey is the eldest of the three Wilde sisters who were treated like boys by their pa, who failed to see the value of a female child and misses his deceased son. All three girls served in the military during the civil war, but Bailey saw the ugliest part of it and still bears the scars. She is deeply in touch with her tougher, more masculine side, so it comes as a big surprise to her neighbor, Gage Coulter, that she is in fact, a woman. This story is slathered in mystery as it becomes evident that Gage is the target of a killer. It is also thick with humor and romance as an impromptu proposal turns into a hysterical living situation when Gage’s mother comes to visit. The Lord is a big part of how these characters live, so God is mentioned often. “Fire and Ice” is an entertaining, satisfying read.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I had been dying to read Bailey’s story since I read the first book in the Wild at Heart series. Bailey and her sisters Kylie and Shannon are introduced in book one, Tried and True. I immediately loved them. I have read all three books in the series but don’t feel that you need to in order to love this one. That being said, honestly, if you don’t read all three you are missing out on some really good stuff. I felt like I got to know these amazing people, and wouldn’t want you to miss out on the same experience. These books will always be on my read again shelf. Mary Connealy has a way with words, and creates the best characters. I find myself wishing that there was another sister so I don’t have to say good bye to the Wilde sisters and their families. Connealy not only makes interesting female characters, but amazing men too. Fire and Ice focus’ on the oldest sister Bailey and her neighbor Gage. Bailey has spent most of her life taking care of her sisters. They all went to serve their country during the war, while they were disguised as young men. They all carry the scars, maybe not physical but mental, of what they did and saw. Now that her sisters have found their match Bailey has less to worry about. When her sisters leave, she finds herself way lonelier than she planned. There is too much snow to check on her cattle, so she has little to do to amuse herself. She finds that she wouldn’t even mind her annoying neighbor stopping by, and knows that she’s in trouble. He’s a decent man, but he sure knows how to drive her crazy. Gage is a man with a mission. He is the type of man, that when something needs to get done he’ll see that is does, and do almost anything to make it happen. He has worked hard to earn all he has, and won’t let anything happen to his cattle. When Bailey fights him every time he comes near her land, he knows he has to find a way to deal with this stubborn woman. When unforeseen circumstances come up, he has no choice but to make an alliance with her. They are both very different, but same in a lot of ways. And Gage knows that Bailey is a strong woman, and a good rancher herself. Can they form an alliance that will benefit them both? Will they face their fears and see what God has in store for their lives? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical fiction. Connealy had me laughing, and scared out of my whit’s, of course not at the same time. I found this book was impossible to put down, and I’m sure you will feel the same way. I know when I am picking up a book by Mary Connealy that it’s going to be amazing! And Fire and Ice is definitely that. It’s one of those books where you can’t stop reading, but don’t want to read it too fast because then it will be over. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.