First thoughts: This was my favorite book of the Wild at Heart series. From the first time meeting Gage and Bailey, I wanted to know more about their pasts. They lived up to my expectations with an entertaining story full of heart. I always enjoy the mix of cowboys, old west, quirky humor and the dash of danger that Mary Connealy brings to her stories.
Plot: The last of the Wilde sisters to hold out in keeping her disguise as a man, Bailey fights with nearby rancher Gage Coulter for the prime grazing land of the canyon. Gage owns the land, but Bailey’s property blocks his access. Upon finally meeting Bailey face to face, Gage learns her true identity. After a long winter being snowed in, Gage receives news that has him desperately scrambling to find one thing. A wife.
Characters: Bailey’s the typical Connealy heroine: a tough woman doing a man’s job. With her sisters both married and moved away, she’s a little lonely. Something in her time at war causes her to be wary of men, especially in numbers, but somehow Gage has managed to slip through her defenses. Gage has his own secrets; he left his home in Texas to escape being branded a coward for not going to war. Now, he’s a successful rancher, tough and honorable.
Recommendation: If you enjoy light-hearted stories, feisty heroines and the old west, I’d recommend giving these stories a try. Fire and Ice is the third book in the series, but it can stand alone.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.