Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stuck Together (Trouble in Texas, Book 3) by Mary Connealy

Tina Cahill, newly arrived from the East, is determined to get the saloon in Broken Wheel, Texas, closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.

Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. Not his tyrant of a father. Nor the injuries he suffered in the Civil War. Nor the fact that he is Broken Wheel's only attorney and sheriff yet has no law degree.

But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is suffering signs of dementia. And his surprise sister immediately falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince has a lot of people to take care of, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them. But with almost all the other men in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with feisty Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.

I'm always happy to pick up a book by Mary Connealy.  I've read many of her books.  I know exactly what I'm going get when I pick up her books and I depend on that.  

Stuck Together was exactly what I hoped it would be.  A western setting with two likeable characters.  Clean, light Christian fiction.  Easy reading that I can settle into without too much thinking- the perfect snuggle in distraction.  What's not to love about that?

Tina is a funny character.  She is quirky but has a great big heart of gold.  She cares about people and does her best to help, even though sometimes her good intentions cause a bit of trouble. (like the all out mud brawl in front of the saloon)

Vince isn't as gruff and hard as he tries to be but he is a tough guy who works like he has something to prove.  He cares about the people in his town and does his best to protect them.  He has all sorts of hero qualitites.

I always like books with a sense of community- where people help each other just because that's what neighbors and friends do.

What's nice about books in this series is that you never really have to let go entirely of any characters.  Once they play a major roll in their own books, they play minor rolls in the others.  It's just nice to keep those old friends around in each book.

My thanks to Bethany House publishers for allowing me to read and review this title for them.

You can pick Stuck Together up at Amazon.

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