Friday, October 23, 2015

My Review: Fire & Ice

Does the cover of this book make anyone else smile?  Because her expression is exactly what I would imagine from Bailey.  Also, I love the colors.  All of the covers in this series are gorgeous!

Bailey Wilde is one of the best new ranchers in the West. She's been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman--a very tough, very intriguing woman at that.

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

Spending a winter alone has a way of making a person crave some human contact. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan Gage concocts. Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in
the process?

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 in print. 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

My Review:  5 stars
I finished this book with a big smile on my face, sighing with happiness. That should tell you that this is going to be another gushing review, because . . . I loved it! I freely admit that I am a huge fan of Ms. Connealy’s, so this review may lean a bit toward bias, though I always try to give a thoroughly honest review. That being said, I did honestly love this book!

This book is the last in Mary Connealy’s Wild at Heart series and is Bailey’s book. I’ve been anticipating this one since reading the first, so I was super excited to receive it. It grabbed my attention from the very first page and I read quickly, finishing it within a day. I love that Mary’s books always make me laugh and this one is no exception. I found myself in stitches more than once and just randomly grinning, probably causing a few people to question my sanity. She’s doing something a bit different with this series, though. These books are a bit more serious and cut a little bit closer to the heart. I honestly adore this, because while I enjoy the fluff and laughter, if a book touches my heart, that’s one I’m going to remember. Now, before I make it sound like a drag, it definitely isn’t. I was kept on the edge of my seat for most of the story, wondering what might happen next and how everything would work out.

Mary’s writing is, per usual, excellent. I love the details and descriptions, but also simply her writing style. It’s unique in a way I can’t really define, but that I know I enjoy. The dialogue is also a blast, both the verbal and internal. I love knowing her characters’ thoughts, because they so crack me up with their bluntness and just the fact that they’re thinking what most people would never say but definitely never admit. She paints lovely (and hysterical) pictures with her words, to the point that I could almost imagine I was right there with Bailey and Gage. I love being so thoroughly swept into a story and Mary’s books do that.

I hate to play favorites, but I think Bailey Wilde has been my favorite sister from the start. She’s the mysterious one that plays at being a man and is willing to fight toe-to-toe with anyone who would dare threaten her sisters. Even if I didn’t love her before this book, I do now. I enjoyed getting to really know her and see another side of her character. She comes to life within pages of her story. She isn’t quite as tough as she’s led everyone to believe, but she is fierce and a force to be reckoned with. Beyond that though, is a hurting woman who has faced war and lived to tell about it. One of my favorite parts of her story is when we finally get to know what haunts her and understand who she truly is behind her mask.

Gage Coulter . . . I’m not sure what to say about him. Stubborn fills in a lot of gaps. Thickheaded. Tenacious. But on the flip side, once you get past his cranky exterior he is very caring toward Bailey and her family. Even when they’re driving him batty (though that was often mutual). Gage is one of those heroes that I loved, but also wanted to slap at the same time. So I sympathized with Bailey quite easily. Beyond his annoying qualities, he is actually quite likable and I had to laugh and agree with many of his observations. 

I also enjoyed the bit of mystery that’s woven throughout, keeping me guessing as to what might happen next. It’s actually downplayed a bit from the previous books, but with everything else going on, I understood that it didn’t exactly take precedence. The ending was well done, with all of the loose ends neatly tied up. I was disappointed to see it come to an end, simply because I didn’t want to say “goodbye.” There’s something bittersweet about reading the final book in a series and realizing that my time with these particular characters is coming to a close. That being said, I’m also very excited to find out what Mary has up her sleeve, next!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in anyway. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog!  I hope you enjoyed my review!  As always, there are links for it below.  I hope you're having a fantastic day!


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