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. Themen 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?
Well of course Glynna can do it. Let’s face it, sometimes we read books like this knowing the outcome before we go in. Girl meets boy, boy meets girl. They like each other. There is a spark, trouble but in the end they come out better for it and poof the live happily ever after.
But what I like most about the way Mary Connealy writes is how she interweaves all her characters. Her new book Fired Up is no exception. This is the second book in the Trouble In Texas series, and it by far exceeds the first.
It continues with Glynna’a and Dare’s story. Glynna is struggling with her children and finding herself after two horribly failed marriages. Dare is struggling with whether or not to be a doctor anymore. Dare also struggles with Paul, Glynna’s son. Trying to prove his motives are unlike Glynna’s first two husbands.
The book is a quick read. It had a bit of everything. Wit, danger, loyalty. There were two things that put this book above its predecessor. The first one was the need for Godly men in a young man’s life. How often do we forget how much that is needed. Men need to learn to be men.
The second theme that weaved it’s way through the whole book was forgiveness. Everyone had a choice in this book to forgive. I wont give away whether they did or not. Forgiveness is such an important part of one’s walk with Christ. It was good to be reminded of how one can do it in the midst of crazy situations. (Even if I don’t live in Texas right after the Civil War)
Overall Mary Connealy is an established author who should not be taken lightly. I like how I can turn to her books when I need a laugh. I will be reading the rest of this series no doubt!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.