Fire & Ice is another enjoyable addition to the Wild at Heart series. I’ve really liked watching these Wilde women find their happily-ever-afters. It is such a treat to read stories like all three of the books in this series.
Fire & Ice contains a story that flowed very well. I really did not enjoy having to set the book down. There were humorous moments, tempered with plenty of heartfelt emotion. These main characters each carried pain from their past and that is something they both had to deal with.
The development of the romance in this story was great and I enjoyed the flow of the storyline. Bailey and Gage face danger and trials, but they persevere. I am happy that I grew to like Bailey. For about the first third of the book, I really did not sympathize with her. The stance she took about building her home across the mouth of the canyon to block Gage from his land was sneaky and did not endear her to me. But, as the story progressed, and I watched both Gage and Bailey change and soften, I really began to like her.
These are not perfect characters, which makes them interesting. Gage’s inability to see how his mother treated Bailey was another troublesome part of the story for me. But, these things did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. Fire & Ice was fun to read and I definitely enjoyed the entire series. (4.5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
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