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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: Swept Away by Mary Connealy

Swept Away by Mary Connealy
Trouble in Texas: Book one
Bethany House / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:

When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love?

Meet Mary: 

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.

Find out more about Mary at http://maryconnealy.com/.

My rating:
My thoughts:

Having loved the three prior books I've read by Mary Connealy (Out of Control, In Too Deep, and Over the Edge), I could hardly wait to read Swept Away, book one in her new "Trouble in Texas" series. While I did still really like it, there was just something that kept me from loving it like I did the "Kincaid Brides" series.

I liked the new group of characters and found all of the "Regulators" individual stories very interesting. I loved how close they all were and that they were willing to die for justice. I felt really bad for Ruthy and all she had to go through in her life - she was such a strong woman.

I loved how Swept Away's story was slightly tied into the Kincaid Brides series - even though none of those characters were in this one, the connection was still neat. One thing I didn't like was when it seemed as though the characters would repeat themselves needlessly.

Swept Away had a lot of action and some suspenseful scenes. There were a few twists and my attention was held throughout. I also liked the humor in this novel - I couldn't stop myself from chuckling a few times.

Overall, a great read.While it's not my favorite Mary Connealy read to date, I did really like it and am looking forward to reading book two which is set to release September 2013 - it sounds like it's going to be fantastic! I recommend Swept Away if you enjoy historical books with romance, humor, and cowboys. :)

*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

Check out an excerpt of Swept Away below!

Check out the complete Litfuse Tour to see what other bloggers thought about Swept Away!

Mary Connealy is celebrating the release of Swept Away by giving away a $250 "Swept Away" Vacation Package and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party! 


One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A $250 Visa Cash Card (Get away for the weekend or use it to buy an eReader for a relaxing ‘Staycation’!)
  • A copy of Swept Away (For you AND a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 27th. Winner will be announced at the "Swept Away" Author Chat Party on March 28th. Connect with Mary, get a sneak peek of the next book in the series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Swept Away and join Mary on the evening of the March 28th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

1 comment:

  1. I have had my eye on "Swept Away", so was glad to see you giving your critique today. I enjoy Mary Connealy's writing style (and humor) for a semi light read. Her series "Lassoed in Texas" is still my personal favorite. I enjoyed the story line of the series "Montana Marriages", however some of the books contained incidents that were less than believable; and that takes from the enjoyment of the read for me. Those were the last of her books I read. Because of your critique, I want to give her "Kincaid Brides" series a try. Thanks for your honest evaluation and comments. I love the little jewels you tuck inside your critiques. They direct me to books I might otherwise not have considered.


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