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Fired Up (Trouble in Texas) by Mary Connealy (2014-01-29) Hardcover – January 1, 1641
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My first thoughts were, poor Dare. It seems like Mary enjoyed torturing her hero in this book a bit more than in previous books. Dare's a doctor who, more often than not, is the one getting injured and in need of a doctor - except he is the only one qualified. Doctor, heal thyself...heh.
I really enjoyed Dare's character and his attraction to the woman he helped widow is born of admiration of her strength, not guilt. Of course there are obstacles. Like someone who appears to wish him dead and then the widow's son not wanting ANY man near his Ma. Minor details...
Mary's humor is out in full force in this book and I couldn't help but root for this couple's happily ever after. Warning: this book may cause you to lose some sleep. I got caught up in the story, didn't want to put it down, and ended up being bleary eyed at work the next day because I just HAD to finish reading once I started it.
If you like cowboys, friendships forged in hardship, and a good dose of warped humor to boot, you may just enjoy this book a lot.
It's the sequel to Swept Away, the second book in the Trouble in Texas series. It shifts the attention from Luke Stone and Ruthy to Dare and Glynna. If you read the Kincade Brides series, Luke Stone is Callie Kincade's brother. This book focuses on Doctor Dare Riker and Glynna Greer from the first book. Dare doesn't think of himself as a doctor, but he just can't help himself. He is, even though he has no formal education.
Poor Dare (short for Darius). Someone's trying to kill him. They tried three times in Andersonville during the war, and now someone has tried three times again, inflicting injury each time - through avalanche, through fire, and finally stabbing him with a kitchen knife in the night. His Regulator friends Vince, Luke, and Jonas can't protect him 24/7, even though they'd like to. His romance with widow Glynna Greer has a lot to overcome, including her son Paul's intense hatred of any man who comes close to his mother. Is he the one trying to kill Dare or is it a disillusioned lunatic?
Dare is a vulnerable, yet very strong, hero. So what if he's hurt, he's still on his feet and helping others. Glynna finds strength she didn't know she had through helping Dare. She is the self-proclaimed "second-best doctor in Broken Wheel."
I hope in future stories more of the Regulators' story in Andersonville comes out. Seeds of the third book are planted in this one between Vince and Jonas' sister. That looks to be interesting. I actually hope there will be four, so that Jonas the preacher can find someone too.
The thing about all Mary's books is the language she uses, like "mangy polecat" and "squawked like a startled chicken." She breaks a lot of writing rules regarding repetition and cliches. (At least I can't get away with `em.) But the humor makes you give her a break and enjoy the story just as she tells it.
I liked this book as I liked Swept Away, and many other books by Connealy. In the past eight months, I've read nearly all of them.