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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,...
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?
Posted June 24, 2014
I'm so glad this book picks up with Dare and Glynna's story!! There is a lot of action in this book and the mystery of "who done it" wasn't obvious until 3/4 the way through... And even then I wasn't absolutely sure!!
I loved Glynna's character. She was strong despite what happened in her life. She had the courage to pick herself up and keep going. Yet, she yearned for the love of a decent man and the reassurance that she was a good, honest, loving mother and woman. That's a character I can relate to. Dare Riker is an honest man, yet he can't seem to move past the fact that he isn't really a doctor. We see him fighting himself and God the whole story about it, at least half-hearted. Glynna and Dare fired each other up whenever they were together and sparks flew!
The message was one of forgiveness. God calls us to forgive others, not for them, but for Him and ourselves. As Dare reminds Paul at the end of the story, "It does a lot of damage to carry hate around inside," and "giving up the hurt and anger would leave space in your head for something better." Connealy also reminds us that though we are Christians, "live has challenges for everyone, no matter who they are." God doesn't smooth out all the bumps, but he'll get you through it!
Overall, Mary Connealy delivers another hilarious cowboy romance with a little action and a big message!
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Posted April 15, 2014
Another smash hit for Mary Connealy! I thought it was well done, even though a few parts of it are kinda cliche. I mean the mail-order bride bad situation, the not being able to cook, widowed....But all in all a great book. I loved reading and waiting what thing would happen next to the Dare. He seemed to always be getting into some situation or another. And then what food would Glynna try to pass off as acceptable for this meal. Between the love brewing with Glynna and Dare, and the antics of the men and children in the town, this book is a fun read to curl up with a cup of caffeine of your choice and just enjoy.
If you are looking for fun Historical Romances that have some cowboys or handsome men from the west in them, you are looking at the right author! Mary Connealy has some great characters.
Posted April 6, 2015
Posted January 3, 2014
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.
Posted January 3, 2014
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".
Posted December 25, 2013
Fired Up is a great sequel to Swept Away!
Trouble in Texas #2
By Mary Connealy
Fired Up takes up where Swept Away left us. Luke and Ruthie are married. Flint Greer is dead and his mail-order widow Glynna is preparing to open a diner which may be the worse thing to happen to Broken Wheel, Texas. But her cooking skills are a boon to Dare's doctoring practice with all the bellyaches she causing
But someone is still determined to make Doctor Dare Riker a patient without a doctor. And they're determined to make Dare's condition deadly and permanent.
But the Regulators are determined to keep their friend safe, which isn't easy when the good doctor falls hard for Glynna, especially since her son is dead set against any romance between his mom and any man.
Fans of Mary Connealy will love the second book in the Trouble in Texas series. Dare, Glynna, and Paul have to work past the issues that are keeping them at odds with each other before it is too late and a killer manages to get his revenge.
Historical Fiction wrapped in Romance should appeal to many readers and the touches of humor just add to the fun. Escape for a few hours to 1860's Texas and enjoy a quick vacation from the everyday.
And I think there is a setup for a third book when Tina, Jonas's younger sister, comes to town and she's determined to reform it. I can't wait to find out what comes next - there's sure to be more Trouble in Texas!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House and BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review.
Posted December 5, 2013
For quite some time all Dare can think about is quitting doctoring and marrying Widow Greer. Except, people won’t stop showing up at his door requiring medical attention and the darling widow refuses his attentions – it could have something to do with the hateful looks her teenage son keeps throwing his way.
Well, maybe he should find out why these nearly fatal accidents keep happening in his vicinity before he starts a family…
I adored the characters in this book. As always, I loved the character connections to previous books but this can be read as a completely stand-alone novel.
This particular episode had quite a lot of action and snarkiness but was still a great testimonial and lovely book.
Author: Mary Connealy
Source: Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley
Series: Trouble in Texas #2
Posted December 4, 2013
Between house fires, a very angry young boy and one truly crazy cook with a penchant for sharp knives, Dare Riker is wondering how he will make it out of this alive. Glynna Greer is newly freed from a disastrous marriage and plans on providing for herself and her children by taking ownership of the local diner. The only problem is she can’t cook worth a lick. When the sparks start to fly will these two be able to stand the heat?
Fired Up is the second book in Mary Connealy’s Trouble in Texas series and my favorite so far. The story picks up pretty much where the first one left off and my favorite characters are back for round two. Including Vince, the no nonsense lawyer, and Jonas, the priest who’s not always as heavenly as one might expect. A wonderful new character makes her debut as well and she promises to bring plenty of laughs and one raging headache for Vince. That character is Tina Cahill, Jonas ‘fat, bald, sister he hasn’t seen in years.
Dare and Glynna were my favorite characters in Swept Away and they did not disappoint this time around. Glynna has been through two terrible marriages and the effects are starting to show in her children through her son’s uncontrollable anger towards anything male and her daughter’s too timid silence. Glynna is a fantastic mother who is always trying to put her children first while struggling to still maintain the newfound control of her life. She quickly climbed her way to the spot of my favorite character with her humor and her fear of undercooking anything.
Although this book can be read as a standalone I would suggest reading the series in order to get the full effect of the story.
***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
Posted November 12, 2013
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.
Posted October 23, 2013
By: Mary Connealy
I really enjoyed this book by Mary Connealy. It is hard to put down once you open it. Story is about Glynna Greer who came west as a mail order bride with two children. First husband was a abusive man and she did no better with the second one. Her husband is killed by the town Doctor Dare. Dare kinda has his eyes on her but her son Paul is very protective of his mom. He feels he can care for her she doesn’t need a man. Paul doesn’t like the attention the doctor is giving his mom. There are attempts to kill Dare. His house is being burned down with him in stabbed in the back. Will he live? Who is doing this? Get this book you won’t be disappointed. Great adventure and twists.
Thanks to Fred St Laurent for this bookfun club and TBCN. Thanks to the publishers and the sponsors. Most of all thank you authors if not for you would not have anything to read.
Posted October 18, 2013
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.
Posted October 18, 2013
"Fired Up" is book two in the Trouble in Texas series. I enjoyed this book a great deal. It takes place in Texas in the 1860's. I must admit historical fiction is not my favorite genre, yet I read this book in just a couple of days. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times! My family now has confirmation that I am nuts.
Mary Connealy did a wonderful job of writing a book with strong characters, action, mystery and humor.
I did not read the first book in this series, but was able to follow along with no problem. The men in "Fired Up" supported and watched out for each other and the townspeople, often putting the safety of others before their own. While they were trying to figure out who was trying to kill the town doctor, who is not really a doctor, the friends work hard to keep him safe! Glenna, the female main character, is opening a diner, yet she can't cook! All her food is burnt because she worries about serving undercooked meats. Glenna is a mom, a single parent and a survivor of spousal abuse. She is in the process of healing and trying to pull her family together.
Mary Connealy has written a great book that deals with many current issues. I received this book from book The Book Club Network for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted October 14, 2013
I read the first book in this series and was looking forward to this book. I think if I was Glynna I would think twice too before I entered into another marriage. Glynna had to go through a lot and I am not sure how she did, I am not sure I would have been able to endure all she went through in her life. I enjoy reading Mary's books as they seem to pull you in from page one and keep you there all the way to the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2013
Dare Riker has had to watch his back someone wants him dead or maybe they want to see Glynna dead, possibly both of them. But no matter who the target is the perpetrator must to be stopped. Dare must protect Glynna Greer especially since she has captured his heart. Convincing her son that Dare has their families best interest at heart will be tough after the abusive father and step-father he was
forced to endure.
Glynna is determined to protect her children and not make the same mistake in the choice of men to which her and her children are subjected to. She feels a strong bond to Dare which she finds hard very to ignore. He is like no other man she has ever met, he is an honorable man she is learning to trust and possibly love.
The author did not fail to draw me into book two which I was not able to put down. I enjoyed her sense of humor and at times I was brought to tears. The subjection of emotional and physical abuse the children and Glynna had gone through in book one and then fought to conquer their fear and mistrust in book two was heart wrenching. I am ready to read book three. Bring it on Mary Connealy!
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing/Bethany House Publishers via Litfuse Publicity Group Tour.
Posted October 8, 2013
The best yet! I’m not sure how, but Mary Connealy keeps raising the bar for herself (though, I don‘t know how she‘ll top this one)! In case you can’t tell from the 5 stars, I loved this book! The characters were great and I loved the dialogue between them - it was so funny that a couple times I was laughing so hard I was crying!
Fired Up begins a month after Swept Away ends and continues the story of Dare Riker and Glynna Greer. As they deal with all the challenges that keep cropping up and attempt to solve the mystery of who is threatening Dare, you get to see their faith. As much as I enjoyed the humor and laughs, my favorite part was the faith aspect. It isn’t extremely prominent, but I still appreciated that the characters would stop to pray and consider how God would want them handle the situation.
I’m really excited to read the next book and find out what’s going to happen to this group of friends next!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a good dose of humor thrown in.
I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given.
Posted October 7, 2013
Mary Connealy in her new book, "Fired Up" Book Two in the Trouble In Texas series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Glynna Greer.
From the back cover: 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?
Dare thinks he should not be a doctor anymore however there is always someone who needs his medical help. Glynna has given up on men but Dare always seems to be around. Can these two work out their differences and get together before someone actually kills Dare? "Fired Up" is a mystery as we have no idea of who the potential killer is and it is a study in do we use the talents that God has given us or do we waste them away? It is also a romance. Ms. Connealy is a very talented writer who gives us wonderful characters that we really come to care about. "Fired Up" is filled with excitement and humor and Wild West action.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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."
Posted October 6, 2013
This is not a time travel book, but I took another enjoyable Time Travel trip into 1868 Texas where it seems trouble is always brewing. This is the second novel in the Trouble in Texas series following the novel Swept Up, both by Mary Connealy. I did read the first one, but I do not think it necessary as the incidents in the first book are not only alluded to but briefly explained so that those that have read the first book are reminded of the happenings there while those that have not read it are brought up to speed in a seamless manner. The characters of the first book are very much present in this one, what with the men being a part of the Regulators. Cowboys and rustlers abound, but the story is also one of romantic comedy, which Mary does extremely well. She uses words to her advantage, and the imagery is so vivid you can almost smell the smoke, hear the clatter of the horses hooves, feel the sand in your eyes and see the fear in Janey's eyes. I enjoyed this one very much, as I do all of Mary's novels, and will be looking for the 'gang's' next adventures.
I received this book free from Amy at Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
Posted October 3, 2013
This is book two in the Trouble in Texas series. Dare who is the town Doctor seems to have a bulls eye on his head because trouble seems to be following him everywhere and its up to him and his buddies to figure out why before he ends up dead. All Dare wants is to win the heart of Glynna but she has sworn off men and her kids are none too happy to see him showing interest in her. As much as Glynna wants to provide for her kids and not need a man she is drawn to Dare and can’t help but wish things could be different. Can they find love before its too late?
What I liked: I like how we really get to know the characters in this book. In the first book everyone was introduced but in this book we get to learn what makes them tick. Dare does not feel like he is a real Doctor because he did not go to school for it and Glynna is trying hard to support her kids without the help of a man(without killing the town with her cooking). I also liked how the kids feelings were explored it made for a very well developed storyline. I also like how there is a little more development of the other characters that I am sure we will get to know much better in the coming book.
What I did not like: The one thing I love about Mary Connealy is her humor and near non stop western action when it comes to her books yet this book felt a little week in that area. There was the normal banter between Dare and Glynna but the plot about who was trying to kill Dare was kind of weak and quite predictable. I just felt a little let down.
Overall this was a good book and I really enjoyed it. I am interested to see what the next book will be about. I highly recommend this series!
Posted September 30, 2013
This book was just so much fun! I enjoyed every page.
Like it's predecessor, Swept Away, Fired Up is a wild, dangerous, and humorous ride in a small Texas town in the late 1860's.
The book starts with an avalanche of rocks that nearly takes out most of the main characters and continues on with a fire, a measles epidemic, bellyaches from Glynna's cooking, a crazy woman with a knife, shootouts, an angry boy, and a whirlwind sister's arrival. All of it liberally sprinkled with romance and some of the funniest lines and expressions I have read in quite awhile.
This book had a little more mystery in it which I found very enjoyable. Someone is trying to kill Dare and the big question is: who could hate him that much? He's got a few possibilities but nothing concrete. So he winds up trying to balance preserving his own life, doctoring the townspeople, romancing an unwilling Glynna, trying to win over her children, and a crisis in believing he was meant to be a doctor.
Sure, the doctor has a full plate, but so does Glynna. Between a very angry son and a silent daughter, trying to run a diner, an unbalanced cook, doctoring Dare, trying not to fall for the aforementioned doctor, and dodging rocks and a killer; she hardly has time to deal with her own problems from 2 bad marriages and trying to regain some faith, in men and God.
One of the things I like about Mary Connealy's writing is how she introduces us to the characters in the next book, slowly setting up the story for them to take over as the hero and heroine. Not only that, but characters from the previous book make their appearances as well. In Swept Away we read Luke and Ruthie's story and were introduced to Dare and Glynna, Fired Up focuses on them but starts setting up Vince and, what I am expecting, Jonas's sister Tina for book 3.
Four friends bound together by their experiences in Andersonville Prison will do whatever it takes to help each other, right the wrongs done by evil men, help those in trouble, and saving a damsel or two in distress.
Don't miss the second book in the Trouble In Texas series, Fired Up is a must read!
(I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
Posted September 29, 2013
BEST. BOOK. EVER.
I read and reviewed the first book in this series (Swept Away) whenever it came out, and ever since then I have been counting down the days to get this one in my hands. So far each book has been about one of the "brothers", and there are a few of them left, so maybe (hopefully) there will be another installment in the "Trouble In Texas" series. Not to mention that Mary Connealy is one of my all time favorite authors. I always get SUPER excited when she has a new book coming out.
I've been looking forward to Fired Up for months.
Doctor Dare Riker is the town doctor, and a fine one at that. He thinks of himself as under qualified for his job, and apparently so does someone else, because someone is trying to kill the man. He survives a man-made avalanche, someone trying to burn his house/doctors office to the ground (with him in it!), a stab wound to the back, and more. Let me tell you, Dare is one tough cookie. And to top it all off, while he is trying to stay alive he is also trying to woo Glynna Greer, (and round up her rowdy son). Is all this more than one man can handle?
Glynna Greer is a widow woman. She has been married two times, but both husbands have already died. Her second husband Clint Greer (the lousy skunk) died at the hand of Doctor Riker. Nobody wanted to kill anyone, but when you're defending those close to you, you got to do what you got to do. To Glynna, Dare is her knight in shining armor. She was tired of being beat up and thrown around, plus because of two lousy fathers her son Paul was going downhill fast. His heart was hard and bitter, and Glynna doesn't know if she will ever be able to penetrate the wall that he has built up around his heart. His distrust runs not only to the men he grew up with, but to all men. This boy has some serious problems to work through.
Dare, Glynna and her kids, and all the "brothers" come together to solve the mystery of Riker's attacker, and what they find both shocks them and confirms their suspicions. This book is very well written, and it definitely shows some good ol' Texas charm. And it has one thing that all of Connealy's books contain: humor. Some of the things she writes are just downright funny! Especially the scenes where Glynna is in the kitchen. I would encourage anyone and everyone to read this book, I'm quite sure that you won't regret it.