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Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them.
With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
"Connealy's storytelling is laced with humor and wit and coupled with a solid plot. All this makes this sweet inspirational story very entertaining." -RT Book Reviews
Posted September 18, 2014
Tina can’t believe that she’s still unloved and unwanted. Her parents ran off. Her aunt dumped her for a man. Her brother never came to find her. No man has ever looked at her. Sure, she hides the hurt behind a picket sign, but still… it’d be nice.
Vince isn’t much better. He can’t chose whether he’d rather grow up to be like his shallow mother or tyrant father. He may have been on his own for years but he so scared that he can’t see his way to the future.
Can either of them Let go and Let God?
OH MY GOODNESS!! I laughed and I cried – sometimes in the same paragraph! It was amazing! As much as Tina and Vince frustrated me I loved them! Oh, I’m so going to miss this Texas gang!
It takes quite a talented author to weave all of the titles of her book into one conversation on the last page of the book!! ;)
Author: Mary Connealy
Source: Bethany House via Netgalley
Series: Trouble in Texas #3, Kindcaid/Stone Connection
Posted August 23, 2014
Stuck Together by Mary Connealy is the third book in the Trouble in Texas series. This book focusses on Tina Cahill and Vince Yates. Tina is Jonas’ sister-recently arrived in Broken Wheel, and while happy to see her brother, is determined to rid Broken Wheel of all its vices-alcohol being first on her list. And, she will do anything to achieve her goal-including getting her brother and his friends involved-whether they like it or not!
Vince does his best to stay out of Tina’s crazy schemes, but that goal suddenly takes a backseat when his family shows up in town unannounced. What could make his parents (and a sister he’s never known of) show up out of the blue? And what happens when Tina’s schemes accidentally uncover a sinister plot? Things get even more complicated with a murderer on the loose, and the Kiowas on the warpath. How will the town of Broken Wheel survive, and will Tina and Vince ever be able to resolve their differences and make a life together?
I had the fortune of reading the first two books. I really liked the first book in the series, and while I didn’t like the second book because I didn’t care for the main character of Glynna, I was happy to see that the third book was a lot more like the first. I really enjoy Mary Connealy’s writing style, and this book especially had plenty of action to keep the story going. Every time I turned a page, some new complication arose causing yet another ripple to the story. This book was a quick and entertaining read, and I really enjoyed it. It was definitely the best book out of the bunch, and I would definitely recommend it!
Once again I thank Bethany House for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.
Posted August 7, 2014
Trouble in Texas!
Vince Yates has his hands full with his uncaring father coming to town with Vince's mother and sister in tow. He is also busy corralling the local firecracker Tina Cahill as she creates chaos in the view of the whole town. Now she insists on sticking her pretty little nose into his personal affairs. He has begun to have these weird thoughts that if she wasn't always busy looking for trouble she might make someone, maybe even himself, a good wife. What could he be thinking, getting stuck with Tina? Could be a real adventure!
When you read one of Mary Connealy's books I gua-ran-tee there will be plenty action, romance and laughter. This book has all that and more. There are some very serious characters like Vince and Tina when put together they manage to turn into a couple like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. Lethal yet hilarious.
They both have a powerful dedication to friends and family. They believe in what is right and just. In all this is the makings of a solid foundation.
King James Bible, Mark 10:9
"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley/Bethany House for an honest review.
Posted July 27, 2014
Fun and Light Reading...
Trouble in Texas Book 3
By Mary Connealy
When Tina Cahill moved to Broken Wheel, Texas, to live with her big brother Jonas, she determined to shut down the saloon. But Tina's determination just might not be enough. After all there a few woman and children living in Broken Wheel to help her in her campaign.
But Tina is good at one thing - stirring up trouble. And she's determined to stir up as much as she can, even if it means dragging Jonas and his friends into it with her. If she can just convince Broken Wheel's unpaid sheriff Vince Yates to take her part - she knows that she'll get things changed quick.
But Vince has problems of his own, what with his family making a surprise visit. And then Lana Bullard is still a prisoner that he can't figure out what to do with. And Tina is starting to become his biggest problem, especially where his heart is concerned. Vince has a secret that makes him push away any chance of love, but Tina has a way of getting under a man's skin. But somehow this little pest has managed to make her way into his heart and he's fighting it all the way.
But when Vince needs help he has to call on his friends and somehow he and Tina seem to keep getting stuck together. They're both determined to somehow make it through this crisis with their hearts intact though it is growing more difficult as they discover that the other does have some admirable traits after all.
This is the final book in the Trouble in Texas series. In this book we get to learn more about Vince and Tina. Both of them have major family issues that have had a lasting impact on them. Vince fears that he will take after his parents - leaving him as unfit a parent as they both were. Tina suffers from fears of rejection, as she has had the people in her life leave her behind.
When a series of crisis break-out Vince must decide which one takes precedence even if upsets his friends in the process.
All in all readers of this series should be delighted. I would have liked an ending a little more fleshed out though it was well concluded and should satisfy series fans. Historical fiction with a generous splash of romance, a jail break, a missing person, and a possible war with the Indians - get ready for some Old West excitement!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
Posted July 25, 2014
Rollicking good fun in old Texas!
I was new to Mary Connealy's writing when I read the first book in this series, but I was hooked good from the start. There is nothing like a good western comedy, funny but never silly. Stuck Together is no exception, it's like watching a Christian version of McLintock!, complete with the mud fight!
I honestly can't say enough about how much I have enjoyed this book, and the whole series. I love the humor, the liveliness of the characters, the dusty settings, the subtle lessons woven into the storyline. My only disappointment is that this is the last book in the series, but I think I will console myself with some of the author's other books.
Maybe I've watched too many Westerns, or is that even possible? But Mary Connealy has done such a great job that I felt like I was right there with the characters, walking the dusty street, riding across the desert, and of course marching the picket line with Tina.
Stuck Together is the story of two people with a lot of baggage from the past. Both of them have a lot to work through in order to have a future, just as long as it's not together mind you. I really enjoyed the way the two of them snipped at each other, and everyone else as well, it was just too funny.
There is also a good western mystery thread woven through the story and leads to the climax of angry Indians, a shoot-out, and a cave with some secrets.
One of the things I really liked about this book was how everyone in Broken Wheel, especially Vince, were kind and loving with Mrs. Yates's growing confusion and lack of memory. Knowing someone with similar issues made those sections of the story especially poignant for me.
Stuck Together is one of the best Christian westerns I have read and I highly recommend it if you like Mary Connealy's books, historicals, or just a good Texas story.
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own)
Posted July 23, 2014
Posted July 22, 2014
By: Mary Connealy
I love these western romances by Mary Connealy. She blends western fiction and romantic comedy into inspirational romance. Stuck Together is the third book in the Trouble in Texas series. You do not need to read them in order to know what is going on and who is who. If you’ve read the others, you already know the characters and what they’ve been through, and you are not pulled out of the story as they are introduced or their past talked about.
Tina Cahill is Jonas’ sister. She is on a rampage to obliterate devil’s rum from her town. She establishes a picket line and is not afraid to tell everyone they should not enter the saloon. Her past plays a big part in her future. Her parents died and she went to live with her aunt. She never felt like she fit in and was unwanted. As soon as she could she tracked down her brother Jonas and lives with him. She feels like her place with him is precarious and she will be asked to leave. She thinks she will always be alone and no one will love her for who she is. She must learn that God loves her no matter what. Tina works hard, has a servant’s heart for serving and helping others in their time of need. That draws her to Vince, but can he let go of his own past to have a future with her?
Vince Yates grew up without his parents’ love. His father was very controlling and stern. His mother would come to visit him as he was growing up; he was not allowed to touch her or show emotion. When he came back home after the war, she didn’t remember she had a son and was afraid of Vince. He has to learn to trust God to take care of him. He’s used to being on guard, watching over everyone else. He let fear control him; fear of becoming like his parents, scaring his wife and kids or not remembering who they are, keeps him from thinking about marrying anyone. Vince has to learn to forge own path to his own future.
Mother Yates has issues with her memory, doesn’t remember she has a son, calls him by his father’s name, but she is such a sweet lady. I liked how this sickness was dealt with in this story. There was no cure, but the whole town pitched in and helped when they needed it.
For a great inspirational western romance, pick up this great book by Mary Connealy!
I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 16, 2014
Stuck Together is the newest saga in Mary Connealy's Trouble in Texas series. Mary is a very talented author, and I always enjoy reading her works. This book is a delightful end to the stories about the lives of four men who met during the Civil War.
In this tale, Tina Cahill does whatever she can to close down Broken Wheell's saloon, even if it means picketing outside it every day. She's determined to 'civilize' the town and isn't afraid to stand up against the men who frequent the saloon.
Vince Yates has his hands full dealing with the pesky woman while also trying to figure out what to do with his female prisoner he has in custody. His life is turned on end when his family arrives and his father dumps off his mother who has signs of dementia and a sister Vince never knew he had.
Stuck Together is a fun story and a delightful read. Put it on your list as a book to read this summer. You won't be disappointed.
This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.
Posted July 14, 2014
Stuck Together is the third book in Mary Connealy's Trouble in Texas series. Book one is Swept Away
and book two is Fired Up. The trilogy follows the lives and troubles of a group of men who met in the
war and have bonded closer than brothers. They now all live in the same small town in Texas called
What I liked: Stuck Together is another notch in Mary Connealy's belt in telling entertaining, romantic
comedy. This story is a lighthearted read filled with fun and adventure.
The heroine, Tina Cahill was fun. Her natural penchant for trouble combined with her fragile self-esteem
made for a character you could root for. Vince seemed like an appropriate match for her. He's smitten
with her from the first moment he saw her, but restrains due to his own hurts and fears of every having a
family. His restraint only feeds her inner turmoil that she is unlovable. The cat-chasing-his-tail conundrum
created by these two makes the pages easy to turn to find their resolution.
The mystery side of the plot was engaging as I couldn't guess the trouble maker until the characters
started to figure it out. Also the tension that Connealy added in page after page pushing "Invincible"
Vince to the edge was enjoyable to read.
What I didn't like: Jonas' story. I was very disappointed with this part. If you've read along with the series
so far you will understand what I'm talking about. If you are just joining with the Trouble in Texas Series
now, you may not find anything out of joint at all.
Jonas is the last leg of The Regulators group to fall in love. Instead of giving him his own book like the
others, he is given a few chapters throughout this one. It is a whirlwind romance ending in a proposal
after a couple days. Then the rest of the book the two lovebirds sneak off constantly, returning with
messed hair and disheveled clothing. He is the town Parson! I absolutely did not like this part of the
I also found the writing disjointed. It felt "narrated" most of the time. It made the reading choppy for me.
This series has not been as good as her earlier one The Kincaid Brides.
I would recommend this book to others who are familiar with Mary Connealy and like romantic cowboy
comedy. However this is not a good one to start out with if you've never read her before.
Thanks to Bethany House and the author for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not expected to review it positively.
Posted July 10, 2014
He Who Finds A Wife Finds A Good Thing…
This tale takes place in 1869, shortly after the Civil War has ended, in the small town of Broken Wheel, Texas. Stuck Together is the story of Vince Yates and Tina Cahill. Tina was orphaned at an early age, and raised by a maiden aunt, Iphigenia, who made it clear she didn’t want the responsibility of caring for a child. Iphigenia was stiff, set in her ways, and never showed Tina any affection or love. Because of her aunt’s cold treatment, beautiful Tina believes she is unlovable. Suddenly, Iphigenia marries, and Tina finds the new uncle uncomfortable to live with. Impulsively, she sets out to find her older brother, Jonas, and live with him instead. The day Tina arrives in Broken Wheel, Vince is immediately smitten with her.
Vince Yates was raised with little love. His mother, Virginia Belle, came from a rich southern family, and, although kind, was distant. His mother’s riches have been multiplied many times by his father, Julius, whose only love is money. Julius raised Vince with a heavy hand, and was cruel and intolerant.
Virginia Belle suffers from an early form of dementia, and most of the time, is confused about who she is, where she is, or the identity of those around her. Because of that, she must be watched constantly. Julius has no compassion for his wife, and his only feelings about her condition is that it is an embarrassment for him in society. Vince is concerned he will either inherit the dementia his mother suffers from, or become cruel like his father, so he vows never to marry. This becomes a difficult resolution to keep the longer he is around Tina.
Vince is a Civil War veteran who had survived the infamous Confederate Prisoner-of-War Camp, Andersonville Prison. Vince forged life-time friendships with Jonas Cahill, Dare Riker and Luke Stone while incarcerated there together. The four had become known as “The Regulators” as they worked with each other inside the prison to bring order to the miserable disease ridden Andersonville. After that ordeal, the men consider each other family. They all had settled in the Broken Wheel area after coming there to help Luke get back a ranch that was rightfully his.
The author uses humor while telling a story that includes the serious subjects of indifferent and hard-hearted parenting, and the difficulty an adult child experiences with the long-term caretaking of a sick parent. The story also includes kidnapping, a jail break, erratic and dangerous behavior as a result of alcohol, and conflict between American Indians and white settlers. In the midst of all this, romance blossoms.
This is the third book in the series, Trouble in Texas, and the story can stand on its own. I have read a number of the author’s works, and have enjoyed all of them. She is an expert at interweaving many character’s stories, and including humorous situations, too. Ms. Connealy’s tales are always entertaining, interesting, and written from a Christian perspective. This book is no exception, and I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys tales of the Old West, romance, or clean fiction.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
Posted July 7, 2014
This story is set the 1860's in the small town of Broken Wheel, Texas. Tina moved in with her brother in Broken Wheel after her aunt kicked her out. She doesn't know him well, but since he's the only family she has, she goes to him for somewhere to live. Tina believes alcohol is evil and causes problems for the families of those who drink so she pickets in front of the only saloon in town. Vince is one of her brother’s best friends but Tina and he rub each other the wrong way when they first meet. Vince is the town lawyer (but he doesn't have a degree) and sheriff so he is suppose to stop Tina from picketing.
This book had many wonderfully funny scenes, especially when Tina was picketing the saloon. The author realistically had the entire town helping watch Vince's mother which is the way people who live in small towns are. The characters were quite well developed and extremely real. They were caring and funny. The picketing, drunk cowboys and dementia made this a fun read.
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Posted July 4, 2014
While I like romantic comedies I have to be in the mood for them so if that sounds like you then make sure you are in the mood before your read. I could definitely see this romantic comedy book in movie form.
Mary writes her stories with humor and wit. Don’t skip a word or you’ll miss the hilarity of the situation.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers as part of their blogger review program.
Posted July 2, 2014
Stuck Together is the third book in the Trouble in Texas series. I have enjoyed all three books in this series, and particularly like that all of the characters from each previous book are present in the later books. That being said, I believe that this book is best read as part of the trilogy. These books really build on one another and make much more sense if you know the full story.
Stuck Together was probably the slowest going of the three books for me – at first. I had trouble getting into the story for awhile. And, honestly, for the first third of the book, I did not like the heroine, Tina Cahill. I think that is what slowed my reading down. Because when I don’t care for the character, it doesn’t matter much to me what happens to them. But, knowing that I usually really enjoy this author’s writing, I kept reading, and I am very glad I did.
I am pleased to say that the author was able to turn around my opinion of Tina Cahill. Now, she won’t ever be my favorite character, but my opinion of her was dramatically improved as I continued reading. I think part of that was getting to see her through Vince’s eyes, and I really liked Vince! What a heart that guy has! He had some major trials in his life and didn’t hold much hope for his future. Seeing him learn to accept the past and find hope in his future was great.
Once I accepted Tina for who she was and really dived into the story, the book just took off for me and became a very enjoyable and fast read. There is a lot of sweet romance in this story, a gentle and thought-provoking issue with Vince’s mother, and plenty of western-style shootin’! I loved the epilogue at the end of the book. It tied everything up with a pretty little bow.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Posted July 1, 2014
This was a fantastic book! I absolutely love Mary Connealy. Her stories are always entertaining and the dialogue is always hilarious. This story is no exception. There were several laugh out loud moments that I truly appreciated.
I also enjoyed getting to keep up with the other characters from Swept Away and Fired Up. Luke, Ruthie, Glynna, Dare, and Jonas make excellent secondary characters that keep the story flowing swiftly. Vince and Tina are my favorite couple because it took them the longest to realize their love for each other! Their characters had to go through some pretty difficult obstacles, that I also appreciated.
The message of the story is clear: put your trust in the Lord and let go of your fear. He will not lead you where His grace won't keep you. I loved that Vince had to learn to let go of the fear of his past and future because he realized it was defining his life and his relationships. I loved that Tina had to realize that her fear of being unlovable made her who she was and it was great to see her let it go.
Overall, this was satisfying conclusion to the Trouble in Texas series and I look forward to reading more by this incredible author!
*Thank you, Bethany House, for providing me with a free copy of this book via the Bethany House Blogger program in exchange for my honest review.*
Posted June 28, 2014
Book three is the last book in this series. I was a little surprised as I thought there would be four books since there was four male friends but this book though focusing on Vince also tells Jonas’s, Tina’s brothers outcome.
What I liked: This was a fun book. Being the third book in the series the characters are well established and made it easier for me to keep up with what everyone was doing. I struggled in the first book because I could not keep everyone straight. I really liked the plot and how Vince’s family came to town and turned everything upside down. The suspense was also good and made this a very good read.
What I did not like: The only thing that bothered me was that this was the last book and that instead of Jonas getting his own book he ended up with a side story in this book and I found that disappointing as I was looking forward to his story and feel short-changed a little.
Overall this was a great book and I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what the author has planned next. I highly recommend this book, series and author.
Posted June 25, 2014
STUCK TOGETHER by Mary Connealy is an exciting Western Historical Fiction set in 1868 Texas. #3 in the "Trouble in Texas",and the conclusion to the series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in the series. See, "Swept Away", and "Fired Up". "Stuck Together" picks up where "Fired Up" ended.
A delightful tale of forgiveness, healing, drama, a mud fight, dark secrets, and a bit of danger. Oh what twists and turns Vince and Tina find themselves in as love blossoms. "Stuck Together" pulls together families, children and friends with a bit of wit,lots of love and a bit of danger, you don't want to miss this delightful tale of love, God's plans for a couple of strong willed individuals and their families. A wonderful read from the first page to the last. Ms. Connealy pulls the reader into the story with her strong characters and her interesting storyline. Received for an honest review from publisher.
*Coming in July from Bethany House, a Division of Baker Publishing Group*
Heat Rating: Sweet
Reviewed By: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted June 22, 2014
I enjoyed Mary Connealy’s recently released book: Stuck Together. It is Book 3 of the “Trouble in Texas” series. Even if you haven’t read the first 2 books of this series, you’ll be in the know soon, as Mary does a good job of quickly giving you the back story of the first 2 books. Because I enjoyed both of the first 2 books, I was very glad to see all my favorite characters throughout this third book.
I already loved Vince from the first two books, but love him more as we learn about his background. No matter what pain or sorrows her characters have faced, Mary Connealy manages to bring out some humor to help see them through the tough times.
Tina Cahill is a multi-talented woman with a tender heart, but still finds ways to get into trouble. So she fits right into a series called Trouble in Texas.
Stuck Together is a great read---personally, I love to read a book that is set in a location/time far different from my own. And I just love Mary Connealy’s historical romantic comedies! Stuck Together is another great read from a great author!
Posted June 20, 2014
When a lawman who values order gets stuck with a feisty crusader who likes to stir things up, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Now that she's settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel's saloon closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.
Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them.With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her crazy causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
When I first started this book I thought okay so far I have nothing in common with Vince Yates or Tina Cahill! But it was interesting and entertaining so I kept reading. And I realized that I had a lot more in common with the characters than I first thought. Vince is a great guy full of charm and sarcastic whit. But his always being so concerned with turning out like his dad or mom really annoyed me. Just because your parents are a certain way does not automatically mean you will turn out to be like them. How you act is your choice.
Tina was great! You might think it's strange but I like characters - especially main female characters - who are full of spunk, like Tina is. She is sassy, independent In a way, sarcastic, and strong. Her chemistry with Vince was great! All in all I'd say this book was ok, I didn't read the other books in the series but it didn't really seem like you would have to, it didn't have two many characters so it wasen't confusing. It wasn't my typical type of book, I'd usually go for a mystery/suspense book. It was boring at times and I didn't think they were very good detectives but then again this is not an mystery book lol! All things considered it was pretty good anyway.
* I receved this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Posted June 19, 2014
Another fun western adventure from Mary Connealy! I always enjoy the humor that makes her characters so likeable. Although it can be read as a stand alone, I'd recommend reading the previous novels in the series since they are just as wonderful and the group of men that are "closer than brothers" from their experiences in the war prison camp each take their turn as the lead character. The author does do a good job of making sure the reader knows who everyone is and how they are important.
The initial attraction between Vince and Tina isn't very romantic- kind of like they were each the only ones left to pick from- but as they each accept the others quirks and begin to depend on one another, the relationship blossoms and the chemistry has a foundation to build on. What they have in common is that they both put up a strong front in spite of their vulnerabilities, and they come to admire that in each other.
Vince's sweet mother and her dementia was a unique twist to the story, and had everyone pulling together to support her. I was struck with how the perception of mental illness was so extreme back then, and makes me understand a little more the roots of the social stigma there still can be found today.
(Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review)