No Way Up

No Way Up

by Mary Connealy

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ISBN-13: 9780764211812
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Series: Cimarron Legacy Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 559,518
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 sold. 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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No Way Up 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line interwoven with family relationships, love of the land and one another as well as mystery of the death of a patriarch. In the midst of all this Sadie finds a future with Heath.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
What can I even say about this book to make you understand how much I loved it? Mary Connealy takes her books to a whole new level. While the book still provides us with the customary wit and banter we have come to expect in a Connealy novel, there is an underlying seriousness that is, to me, new and exciting. The interactions between Heath and Boden clan kept me in stitches. He certainly has a brotherly relationship with Justin and Cole! The romance between Sadie and Heath was very well spaced between the mystery surrounding the avalanche and the danger lurking in the shadows. Overall, the legacy of love and faith Chance and Veronica Boden left their children is beautiful and I hope we see the Boden clan come together over the next few books! I can’t wait to read more!
AubyDee More than 1 year ago
In Mary Connealy's new novel No Way Up The Bodens are in danger and they need to find out who's threatening them before it's too late. One ride to survey the ranch and Chase Boden is taken down in a spontaneous avalanche, with his extensive injuries there is no time to get him to a doctor with enough time to save his leg. Heath Kincaid takes charge to patch him up as best he can. After, Chase decides to implement his will straight-away. The will states that all three of the Boden children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, must live under the same roof for one year or the ranch will be given to their detested cousin. With further investigation Heath discovers that the avalanche wasn't an accident and that Chase isn't the only one in danger. Having continuously growing feelings toward Sadie, Heath will do anything to keep her and her family safe. I am a big fan of Mary Connealy's work but I feel that this one wasn't as interesting to me. It was a good story with funny characters it just didn't have enough to it to keep me captivated like her other books have. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
No Way Up was a fun start to a new series. Actually, there is a free prequel novella titled The Boden Birthright that introduces the ranch and background story. While you can enjoy No Way Up without having read the prequel, I personally really liked the prequel and have always enjoyed getting to know more about a series. In No Way Up, I loved the sparks and connection between Sadie and Heath that started to fly early on in the book. They were both strong and fun characters and it was a blast to read their thoughts regarding Sadie’s brothers and see their responses to Cole and Justin needing to “protect” Sadie. There was plenty of danger and wild west drama to keep fans of western fiction turning the pages to see what happened. The story wrapped up nicely while also making it clear that all was not necessarily resolved in regards to the safety of the Cimarron Ranch. It makes me anxious to read book two!
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A great book, with an ongoing mystery that started in the prequel to the series. The family unit is strong and their fight to keep their land is the center of this series. I loved this book and will be reading the rest.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
Mary Conneally's latest book, No Way Up, starts with a bang. As Chance Boden, the patriarch of the Cimarron ranch, heads out with some of his cowboys to gather up part of his herd that has run off, they are suddenly caught in the middle of an avalanche! Once the final rock has fallen, Chance seems to have suffered the worst of the injures. His leg has been broken to the point that part of the bone is protruding through the skin! One of the cowboys, Heath Kincaid, uses his knowledge of first aid, to clean the injury to the point that Chance can be transferred to Denver to have surgery performed. Before he leaves, Chance has a message for his three children. He has changed his will and and it states that Cole, Justin and Sadie must remain on the ranch for an entire year or the property will be given to a distant relative upon Chance's death. This is a hard charge for three siblings who do not get along and have work they would rather perform elsewhere! Once it appears the their father's life has been saved and they learn that the avalanche had been intentionally started, these siblings slowly learn to get along as they attempt to discover who may be behind the attempt on their father's life. Hold on until the final pages to learn who was behind the avalanche. You will also get a glimpse at the growing relationship between Heath and Sadie! http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
To be honest I am not a fan of western novels but I thought would give this one a try and I am so glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed it! This is also the first time I have read one of Ms. Connealy’s books. Yes, it was an action packed western, but I was delighted to see it also a romance, a mystery, filled with danger and suspense, but my biggest surprise was the wonderful humor throughout the book! Chance Bowden was a wealthy and powerful man. His children are grown and all have left the ranch except one. The other two have pursued careers they love away from the family empire. Chance is unexpectedly seriously injured in an avalanche. Before he is taken to Denver for treatment to save his live he calls his children, Cole, Justin, and Sadie, to his bedside and delivers a surprising ultimatum. They must all agree to live together on the ranch for a year or lose their inheritance ( a quite substantial one) to a cousin the detest. They grudgingly agree. Hired hand, Health Kincaid stands by them. His wisdom and skills become invaluable to the siblings when serious trouble begins to emerge. Much to her brother’s disapproval Sadie begins to see him as more than an employee. Little did they know when they agreed to their father’s demands how much danger they would face and what hidden family secrets they would uncover. A very exciting and entertaining book! I look forward to reading more by Ms. Connealy! I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I'm always excited to start a new series by Mary Connealy! I prepared by reading the free prequel novella ( The Biden Birthright) which gives the background of the legacy and the quick romance between the parents of the children who are featured in this book. I felt like much of the history was retold in No Way Up, but I think it was necessary for those who didn't read the prequel. The violent history of the ranch will definitely come into play with the future books of the series, so I was impressed that this one felt like it was wrapped up nicely while still enticing readers to continue with the next book. Sadie is a great heroine, strong-willed enough to keep her brothers from riding roughshod over her and determined to not be left out of any of the action. I loved that Heath didn't have a problem with that, but encouraged her independent spirit while also helping her understand the overprotectiveness of her family. Heath does some growing in the book, but we only hear him tell of the difference between who he was before, living under the thumb of his brothers, and now, out on his own working as a ranch hand. He and Sadie share a bond and both come to appreciate the love of their families and older brothers in particular. There is plenty of humor of course, especially in the banter, and I love that Heath always seems to have a twinkle in his eye. There are sparks between Sadie and Heath from the beginning, and all the action and trials they endure give them insight into each other's strengths. I can't wait to read the next book in the Cimarron Legacy series! (Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Another must read from Mary Connealy! I love Western movies but I suppose I've always been a little suspicious of Western books, guess I got used to Louis L'Amour's writing, however, I excitedly look forward to each of Mary Connealy's new titles. No Way Up was in no way a disappointment. I quickly became caught up in the lives of Heath and the Bodens, immersed in the danger and romance. I definitely enjoyed the aforementioned romance and danger but I also loved Mary Connealy's trademark humor. Her books are just so much fun to read! The harsh life of the Old West is balanced out with romantic comedy making each story, and definitely this one, hard to put down. As you can imagine, since I enjoyed No Way Up so much, I am anxiously, impatiently, waiting for the next book in The Cimarron Legacy series to come out. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
This story takes the reader on quite an adventure and keeps you in suspense for the entire ride. Much of the ride is on horseback, starting with Chance Boden, owner of the Cimarron Ranch, riding with four of his men out to a desolate canyon to bring back several head of cattle. This could have been Chance’s last ride without the skill and swift action of Heath Kincaid after Chance is caught in a large rockslide in the mouth of the canyon. Heath gets him patched up enough to get him back to the house, but then he has to ride to town to get the doctor and to locate Chance’s son and daughter who live in town. The big shocker comes when Chance makes known the conditions of his will in the event he doesn’t recover from his injuries. He requires all three of his children to live at the ranch or it will be given to a distant relative and they will get nothing. Once Heath convinces them to work things out in order to protect their vested interest in the ranch and everything else they hold dear, their battles between each other continue as their father is battling for his life in a Denver hospital. Heath and Sadie are drawn to each other which makes for some interesting times as Cole and Justin try to keep them apart. After Heath becomes suspicious that the rockslide was not an accident, the suspense and action intensify. If you enjoy good Old West drama, you will find it here with some romance added into the mix. I am ready for the next book in the series.
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have followed along with some of Connealy's other books, for instance the Kincaid Brides Series will know Heath Kincaid from book 3, Over the Edge. This new series takes place in New Mexico Territory in 1880. Connealy writes with her usual humor and delight to entertain readers. If you've enjoyed her cowboy series in the past you will likely enjoy this one as well. However, if this is a new author for you I'd recommend starting with the Kincaid Brides series. This new book felt a little slow and dry for me compared to her others. I struggled my way through to complete the book. It was hard to put my finger exactly on the problem. I liked the characters. The setting was intriguing. The writing was fun and engaging. I think it was the tension, or lack thereof, that tripped me up. The story is based on figuring out who is threatening the ranch, yet I couldn't buy in to it enough. There was no compelling urge to find out whodunit. Just my personal opinion. Currently Mary Connealy is offering a free e-book prequel novella title The Boden Birthright. Why not check that out to inspire and ignite your interest for her new series. Book two in the series, Long Time Gone will be out in February 2017. Although this was not a favorite read of mine, I still recommend this author if you like stories with humor and heart and lots of western brouhaha. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
And I thought ... A fun little summer read. Give me a Cowboy and I'm happy. I couldn't happier No Way Up is full of Cowboy's! It was an easy fast read. The story only takes place in a few days but it is filled with tension as the Brode family fights no only for their ranch but to stay alive! There is suspense in the air as some unknown villain try's to 'take them out'. There was a little sibling squabbling going on as Sadie annoys her brothers when she starts becoming interested in ranch hand Heath. The humor comes out in the story as each of the siblings 'fire' Heath for one reason or another. Mostly for getting caught kissing the irresistible Sadie. I enjoyed the sub story line about Angelique who comes to town to work at the orphanage when Sadie has to leave her position to 'help at home' I'm a little curious if Book 2 will offer us a little romance with the new in town Angelique and one of the brothers. No Way Up (Kind of a strange title to me which is explained within just a few pages) is book 1 of the Cimmarron Legacy. I look forward to Book 2. No Way Up was a good summer read appropriate for all audiences. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. This review will be posted at My Journey Back, Good Reads, retail sites and linked at blog linky parties.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
No Way Up is book one in The Cimarron Legacy series by Mary Connealy. This book is absolutely wonderful. I was captivated right from the start.This book will take you on a roller coaster ride with all the happens in the story. It is so full of laughter, tears, heartache, pain, and determination. I fell in love with Sadie and Heath. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Be sure to get your copy today. 4.5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Mary Connealy and I enjoy her writing style and her humor. Usually. This book was not what I was used to in this author’s writing. The character interaction and struggles between the hero and heroine was just not there. I felt like the main story was on the history of the New Mexico Territory and the intrigue behind the Boden family land. My preference is more romance and personal issues between the main characters, and a definite, satisfying ending, even with a first book in a series. I didn’t feel that I got that with this book. But that is just my preference. If you are looking for a broader story line, with rich historical details and a bit of suspense, then this would be a good read for you. I would highly recommend other books by Mary as well. I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Bethany House provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Chance, the owner of Cimarron Ranch, is badly hurt in an avalanche. The quick work of Heath, a ranch hand, is the only thing that saves him. But Chance is still not out of the woods and the local doctor decides the only way to save his leg is get him immediately to Denver by train. His children learn of Chance's peculiar requirements from Heath after his departure. All three must stay on the ranch and work if they don't want the ranch going to their lazy cousin. Their father hopes to bring them all back together and rekindle their love for the land that's been in the family for years. But a killer is on the loose and Heath may be the only outsider they can trust to help them solve an old murder and keep from being murdered themselves. This was a fast-paced suspense novel with history and romance thrown in. The characters were well developed. The plot was detailed and kept me guessing. There was a lot of information about the local area, the generations who'd been in possession of the ranch in the past, and the details explaining one of the characters who was from another series. It felt like the author was setting the reader up for the next few books in the series. This book didn't have the same feel as her other books, but it was still good. There were some errors, which surprised me since Bethany doesn't usually have them in their books. Overall, I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Cole, Justin and Sadie Boden are to live at Cimarron Ranch (CR) for an entire year, effective immediately. This is no problem for middle-child Justin, as he already lives there, but it means a move for Cole and Sadie. If the siblings do not all reside at the CR for a full year, they forfeit the ranch to a despised third-cousin-to-their-mother. Their father and CR patriarch Chance Boden was caught in an avalanche, and without the quick thinking and Army-medic skill of hired hand Heath Kincaid, there’d probably be no chance that Chance would keep his leg. Heath makes the discovery that the avalanche may have been intentional, and that; therefore, is not the end of the danger. Though he’s ready to move forward with his future – and preferably one with Sadie in it – he won’t leave the Boden siblings alone to fight for themselves or amongst each other. ‘No Way Up’ is the first in The Cimarron Legacy, which I plan to continue, as I very much enjoyed this first story. Mary Connealy’s historical fiction novel never makes me feel as though I’m sitting through a history lesson. On the contrary, the book was a swift read. Her characters are compelling; you root for them but then shake your head when an argument ensues, for they can bicker like anyone from any era. Connealy’s world-building feels authentic; I could practically feel the dust and grime from a day on the ranch. It is also apparent that the author did her research. There’s a budding romance, and there’s intrigue, issues to resolve and danger lurking, a ranch to protect and sibling rivalries to overcome. And also faith. Sadie says it well, ‘No matter what you’ve done in this life, all God asks is that you believe in Him. God loves you …’ That’s the truth. Always. Highly recommend! -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
NO WAY UP is classic Mary Connealy. She uses strong verbs that really add a lot of punch to her scenes - "She erupted out of the chair." "He stormed across the room." You can feel the action and the tension! Add in an unexpected avalanche of stones. loads of injuries to the key players, an unexpected clause in the will (which was read before the death) and siblings who don't get along -- oh, and then discover that the avalanche was really an attempted murder! A family saga, a historical, a western, and lots of mystery and suspense and you have a book that has pages that turn and turn and turn until you finish the book! You have to keep reading to discover what happens next or how they'll survive the attack or avalanche or whatever. Negatives: the story is a bit slow and did lack some of the sass I'm used to with her books. Also some of the events are a bit silly and far-fetched - but that does add to the humor that is trademark for this author. NO WAY UP is the first book in Ms. Connealy's new series, The Cimarron Legacy about the two brothers and one sister in the family (and the family dynamics). Long time fans of Ms. Connealy will not want to miss NO WAY UP and those who like westerns, mystery, suspense, historicals, and maybe a touch of romance will likely enjoy Ms. Connealy's books. Recommended.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
Realistic. Mysterious. Hilarious. Sadie Boden's father is trying to control her life! But maybe that won't be so bad with Heath Kincaid (Yes, Mary Connealy fans, Kincaid!) around, as long as she can keep her knuckleheaded brothers from running him out of town. Things become even more complicated when it becomes apparent that someone is targeting Sadie's family. I quite enjoyed this spunky story! The setting and the details seemed so grounded in the time period. The description captured me from the first chapter. I love the history - both real and imagined - that Mary Connealy worked into the story. I think what I loved most though, was the imperfections of the characters. I feel like a lot of series where each book portrays a different sibling makes them each look like the greatest thing since sliced bread. But you could see all the realistic imperfections of the characters. They were so relatable. From Chance's loving yet manipulative attempt to teach his children to Justin and Cole's pigheadedness. Even Sadie and Heath didn't have everything figured out at the end of the story. They just knew they loved each other, and that that love could overcome all the other obstacles. Love that! Bottom line: I really liked No Way Up, and I recommend it to anyone who loves romantic westerns. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Four Stars. I received a copy of No Way Up by Mary Connealy from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best I've read from Mary Connealy so far. Filled with her trademark quirky humor, the story was entertaining from start to finish. I enjoyed the mix of humor and danger. The story moved at a great pace and kept my interest throughout. I also love how her different series still have a connection, so if you've read the Kincaid Brides series, you may find a familiar face. Plot: When Heath Kincaid goes out with his boss to track down some cattle, he has no idea his life will drastically change. After an avalanche sends them running for safety, Heath must fight to save Chance Boden's life. Then he finds himself caught in the middle of the ranch owners three kids as they're fulfilling their father's wishes. While he's not dying, Chance still insists that his sons and daughter, Sadie, read his will and learn that they must all get along and live on the ranch for a full year. Otherwise, a distant relative inherits the whole thing. Heath finds the family bickering entertaining, until they realize that the avalanche wasn't natural and someone else wants the family's ranch. Characters: I really liked Heath. Even though it's not his fight, he sticks around to help the Boden family, putting his own life on the line to save them. Sadie's a typical Connealy heroine: a tough woman that can hold her own and won't be told what she can or can't do. I also liked the supporting characters and the bit of foreshadowing into Sadie's brother's stories. Recommendation: I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy historical westerns with strong female protagonists. If you like Melissa Jagears, Regina Jennings or Karen Witemeyer, I'd suggest giving this book a try. While the characters are Christian and the book is pretty clean, there's not a lot of spiritual threads, so I could recommend it for general market readers as well. Rating: 4/5 stars I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
PaperBlossoms More than 1 year ago
I just read the book No Way Up by Mary Connealy. It's the first in what will be a series, though I'm not sure how many more she plans to write. The ending definitely left a lot of room for the story to continue. The basic plot is that three siblings grew up on a huge family ranch that their grandfather had started and had been murdered for and their father is intent on his children to desire to stay and continue the legacy. Two of the siblings have gone different directions away from the ranch while only one has stayed on. The father gets seriously injured in what turns out to not be an accident and because he isn't sure he'll live has his will read and enforced right away. The siblings need to stay on the ranch for a year or lose it all to a distant relative. They decide to stay and work together to uncover who was now trying to kill their father and if it was linked to their grandfather's death as well. There is a love interest that plays throughout the entire book and ends happily. Overall I'd give this book a solid 3 stars. I liked it. It was interesting enough to keep reading but it wasn't a "I can't put it down" story for me. The author's writing style is okay, a bit too wordy and repetitive for me but not terrible. I would be mildly interested in reading the next book but could easily pass as well. It's a good book. **I received this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for an honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.**
MotherofPeace More than 1 year ago
Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, but the quick actions of Heath Kincaid save him. Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately. Nobody is there to serve as a witness so Heath has to read the will. Chance’s will states that if Justin, Sadie and Cole Boden don’t live and work at home for an entire year, then the ranch will go to cousin Mike. Heath learns that the avalanche was a murder attempt and the danger is not yet over with. Pick up a copy today and discover what becomes of the Chance and the Boden children. Good Reading! I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House for this review.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
I have never read any of Mary Connealy's books before and loved her writing. This story takes place in the New Mexico territories and in the lower southwest corner of Colorado. The plot combined, mystery, suspense, romance and some humor. As I read, I couldn't help reflect on the Mesa Verde dwellings; although the the different levels of Mesa Verde were more complex than those in the story. I truly enjoyed this book and found it an easy read. The characters are easy to relate to and the author weaves a wonderful tale. I will definitely look for more of her books. Disclaimer: Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, provided me with this book free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
No Way Up by Mary Connealy The Cimarron Legacy Book One Sadie Boden's life has just been flipped upside down. Not only is her dad injured so badly they aren't sure if he'll live, but he dropped a bomb on her before the doctor took him away to a doctor in Colorado who might be able to help him. She had to give up her teaching job at the orphanage in town and move back home. If Cole and herself didn't move home to the ranch, along with Justin who is already there, for one year—he was leaving everything to their relative none of them liked. Heath Kincaid was with his boss, Chance Boden, when the avalanche of rocks came down on the man. His little bit of knowledge from watching the army doctor had him doing what he could to try and save Chance's leg...and his life. It also threw him in close contact with the bosses beautiful daughter. It seems maybe it wasn't an accident. The more the Boden's and Heath look for the culprit the closer he gets to Sadie and the more he misses his three bossy brothers out in Colorado. Maybe it was time for him to stop running and go home. The beginning of another good series by this author. The Boden Birthright is a novella that gives the background on the ranch. Heath's story starts in The Kincaid Brides Series. **Received through Bethany House for an honest review