Have you read FIRED UP by Mary Connealy?

Fired Up
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About the book~Fired UpTrouble in Texas Book 2

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?

My summary~
Feeling like a fraud because of his lack of schooling, Dare Riker isn’t convinced he’s supposed to be a doctor. Glynna and the rest of the town know that he’s the closest thing to a doctor Broken Wheel will ever have. Dare saved Glynna from the rough treatment of her deceased husband, and his heart’s set on marrying her, but Glynna promised her son she’d not marry again without his blessing. When danger strikes Dare more than once, he can only hope it’s not Glynna’s son intent on killing him.

My opinion…

Glynna wasn’t the typical Connealy heroine: headstrong, gun-toting, and a ‘save the hero from himself’ kinda gal, but she wasn’t weak, either. After surviving her second husband’s abuse, she was determined not to marry again and to make it on her own. She opened a diner, but couldn’t cook, and I enjoyed a twist from the normal stereotype.

I also loved how the author set up the chemistry between Vince and Tina, secondary characters. I’m hoping that’s because Vince and Tina’s story is up next in the Trouble in Texas series. 🙂

Sparks always fly in a Connealy novel, and you’re guaranteed a few laughs. This one was no different. A theme of forgiveness weaves throughout the book so naturally, it’s seamless and as essential to the plot as the romance. I enjoyed a few hours reconnecting with Glynna and Dare, and I can’t wait to read Connealy’s next Romantic Comedy with Cowboys. Will it feature Vince and Tina?

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Disclaimer: Sending a big thank you to Bethany House Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance review copy of Fired Up. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and I received no monetary compensation.

Have you read Fired Up? 
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