Sunday 25 October 2015

Book Review: Fire and Ice

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From the Back:

Saddle up for mysteries and laughs with the Wilde sisters!
Bailey Wilde is the oldest sister--and the one who takes care of everyone else in her family. But after her sisters marry and move away, her little homestead becomes bleak and lonely, especially during the long winter months. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan concocted by her neighbor, Gage Coulter.

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

Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders finally loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in the process?

My Reflections:

I adore Mary Connealy's rough around the edges and wild characters. She always brings a certain sparkle to her writing, making me laugh, sigh and gallop through the pages just to finish and want more.
That is the sign of a good read, one where you feel so connected with the characters that you never want the book to end, but you simply can't resist the impulse to finish.

In this book we catch up with Bailey, the third and last Wilde sister. She is by far the hardest nut to crack, with her short hair, spunky I can do everything myself attitude and sharp shooting ways, Bailey is the sister the others run to when there is trouble brewing.

I have had the privilege to read all the books in this series and Gage Coulter has always rubbed me the wrong way, he is greedy, self absorbed and down right rude, although in this novel we get to see another side of the rough spoken man, dare I say a tender side? I found myself enjoying Gage, rooting for him and, well he stole my heart. Never thought that would happen! Just wait until you read about why Gage asks Bailey to Marry her, too funny!

This book is filled with just the right amount of tender moments, tempered with gun slinging action to keep the pages flipping and your heart engaged. I love a story where there is a marriage of convenience, it makes the plot have a little more depth and interest than the regular fall in love and get married type stories.

One wee personal opinion here, I would love to see the cover of the books (not just this one, but many I have read lately) reflect the characters.

The covers usually draw the reader in, even before they turn the book over, the cover conveys to the reader if they want to read the book.
The picture on the front of this novel shows a woman with piercing blue eyes, although Gage states she has hazel, brown or gold eyes. It would be great to see the story and cover reflect the character accurately. Rant done.

That personal note aside I simply loved the plot, characters and pace of this book, I highly recommend that you start with book one and work your way down it, it has been such a fun series to read! Thank you Mary Connealy I look forward to your next book!

I received this book free of charge in return for my honest review from Graf- Martin Communications. Thank you so much Graf -Martin!


  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy pens "romantic comedy with cowboys" and is known for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has been a finalist for the RITA Award, Christy Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award and is a two-time winner of the Carol Award....
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