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Book Review: Fired Up (Trouble In Texas Series, #2)

About the Book

Fired Up

When a doctor who attracts danger falls for a cook determined to make it on her own, there’s going to be trouble in Texas!

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 make a go of it on her own. In a town full of men, Glynna decides she can support her two children by opening a diner–never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent.

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.

Though his doctoring business is booming due to Glynna’s questionable cooking, Dare seems to encounter unexpected dangers wherever he goes. There’s the avalanche. And the fire. And then the shadowy figure with a knife. Can Dare survive it all long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?


Christian Historical/Western Romance

My Rating

3 out of 5 (Stars)

My Review

This book turned out better than I expected.

I liked that the plot had a good dose of humor in it, and the general characterization was brilliant. I also liked that the characters of Book 1 were not suppressed so much to the background as is found in most series. They were in fact, important parts of this story. I can see that Mary is taking advantage of the series to build the personalities of the characters, so that you know each character better with each book.

As before, my favorite is Vince. Been looking out for his story since Book 1, and I’m glad to know he is next in Book 3. It was nice to have a peek at his love interest in this book. I sense fireworks all the way with this one and I’ve already fastened my seatbelt in readiness for a rollercoaster ride with these two.

I liked Dare and his unusual sense of heroism and honesty. It was always a laugh watching him declare he was no doctor one minute, and then have him run-off to go save someone the next. I’m glad everything worked out for his career the way it was supposed to, at the end.

I liked Glynna, but I expected more from her. I often felt she was putting her stubbornness and resilience in all the wrong places. In my opinion, there were times she was supposed to have taken control and maintained authority, but didn’t. I wasn’t satisfied with the way that part of her was handled even at the end.

A part of the end of the book was abrupt and in an unrealistic sort of way. I don’t believe issues like the one between Dare and Paul just slide over so easily and quickly. I believe that arriving to that point would have needed a slower build, except if Dare was dealing with a person much younger than Paul. Paul’s anger and defenses against Dare’s intentions should have been seen to begin crumbling at an earlier part of the story for it to end the way it did.

The message of the book was subtle but clear: you can’t let anger rule your life, and also, you can’t let someone’s anger get in the way of what should be done. It never makes any sense giving an angry person any power over your decisions. It’s always better to find another to deal with an angry child. And to crown it, forgiveness does more for the victim than the offender. It was good Paul learned this at the end.

Overall, it was a fun read. I still maintain it turned out better than I expected. I’m glad I continued with the series and I’m looking forward to the next book with eagerness. Because Vince is my favorite of the regulators? Maybe. Or because his love interest in a very interesting choice (well done Mary! Good pick. J). I’m already laughing just imagining what the story would be like.

*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for an ebook in exchange for my honest opinion.

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About the Author

Mary ConneallyMary Connealy is an award-winning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively historical romances. An author, teacher, and journalist, she lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband, Ivan, and has four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at

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