Sunday, April 1, 2012

Giveaway & Review ~ In Too Deep by Mary Connealy

History, Romance, Humor--and Cowboys!—from Bestselling Author Mary Connealy

In 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.

And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they'd planned.

Ethan doesn't expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he's terrified of the pain he's felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He's determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their ranch.

Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another--and they've done a poor job of it. Now she's planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way! 

What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love?



In Too Deep by Mary Connealy, Reviewed by Judy Burgi

"In Too Deep" picks up where "Out of Control" left off. "In Too Deep" features Ethan Kincaid the second in the line of three Kincaid brothers.

Ethan isn't too sure about himself. He feels he has been a coward most of his life. He doesn't have the confidence in himself like Rafe his older brother has. Actually, Ethan is sick of being bossed around by Rafe and now that he is running the Kincaid ranch he wants respect from Steele, the head ranch hand, the same respect that Steele gave Rafe when he was in control of the ranch.

Ethan proposes marriage to Audra after listening to Rafe's suggestion that it would make sense to do so. Audra feels she should leave and go back to her parent's home even though she doesn't want to. After all, her Father had sold her to her first husband to pay off a gambling debt and her Mother didn't do anything to stop it. Now that her husband is dead she feels she has no choice but to leave. Even though Audra and Ethan aren't in love with each other they go along with Rafe's suggestion and marry. Audra has two little girls to look after and she really could use a good man to help her out. Ethan on the other hand could use a good woman to do his cooking, cleaning, and other household chores.

Of course what would this story be like without the bad guys, the monster cavern, and younger brother, crazy Seth, having his nightmares and needing to be looked after?

If you are looking for action, this is the book for you. It has everything. Humor, nail biting incidences, suspense, and romance. The author also provides the reader with a trust and faith in God to get the Kincaid's through the rough spots.

The first book, "Out of Control" was good but I didn't bond with bossy Julia! "In Too Deep" is a book that you can't put down. I adored Audra. I had this book in my hands every spare moment and even got irritated when I wanted to read but had to clean house or fix a meal. Yes, life is pretty rough isn't it?!

"Over the Edge" is the next book in this series and I can't wait! We will get to read about Seth, the youngest Kincaid brother. Is he really crazy? Guess we will have to wait to find out!

I want to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of "In Too Deep" to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

Judy is giving away her review copy. Leave a comment to be entered to win. Drawing will be on April 6th! US Only.

58 comments:

  1. JUDY- That's a fantastic review! I am waiting on Seth's story, as he is my favorite character in this series :) Thanks for sharing your love of reading and books with all of us!

    *I am not entering, so don't anyone panic ;) I do allow Judy to enter for books that authors, publishers or myself offer for giveaway though.

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  2. Hi Judy/Anne! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of ITD. I love Mary Connealy -- she is a barrel of laughs. :-)

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. I love Mary Connealy's books and have read almost all of them. "In Too Deep" is one I haven't yet read but want to very much! I really enjoyed "Out of Control" and want to continue the story of these brothers and their escapades. Mary's books always have a great mix of humor, action, romance, and faith. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "In Too Deep."

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  4. A new author to me, hope to get to read it. Enter me, please

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  5. GWENDOLYN - Mary's always makes me laugh too, and it's the best medicine :)

    PAM - The Kincaid brothers are definitely a hoot!

    Did y'all watch the trailer?

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  6. LORETTA - Nice to have you here. Mary's books are great fun!

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  7. huge thanks for this opp to read more of Mary Conealy's writing!
    great offer and kind generosity :) TY!

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  8. I haven't read any of Mary Connealy's work and this sounds promising. I'd love to win this one.

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  9. If I were to win this book, I'd most likely donate it to the Alamance Christian School library where I work as Development Coordinator. :)

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  10. I've been wanting to read this book (and the first one). They sound fun. :-)

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  11. I haven't read any of her books yet - sounds good!

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  12. "I had this book in my hands every spare moment and even got irritated when I wanted to read but had to clean house or fix a meal."

    Judy, You will like this one! http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/423583_2743969440019_1280982977_32383896_816301788_n.jpg

    I would love to win your review copy of "In Too Deep." Thank you for your review.
    I, too, would like to read "Out of Control," the first book in the series.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  13. I haven’t read any of her books yet but it sounds good!

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  14. Lane, you made me laugh out loud! Thanks I needed that! :)

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  15. Good luck to everybody! I strongly suggest that you read "Out of Control" before you read "In Too Deep". You will miss a lot of the story line and the characters history if you don't.
    I hope everybody had a great Palm Sunday and praying you have a good Holy week!
    Blessings!
    Judy

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  16. I LOVE FINDING NEW AUTHORS i WOULD LOVE TO WIN

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  17. I would love to win this book. I just read "Out of Control" a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I am in the middle of the "Sophie's Daughters" series on my Kindle right now.

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  18. This sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

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  19. I love Mary Connealy's books. I am in the middle of Sharpshooter in Petticoats right now! Would love to win a book from this new series.

    Patty

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  20. Good morning to all! I wasn't expecting so many new comments already but I should have since Mary's books are always such a fun read! I love reading books that make me laugh out loud :) Best wishes to each of you!

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  21. Rina, Mary's books always are :)

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  22. Hi Vera, I have donated quite a few books to our church library. ACSL is blessed to have you, I'm sure!

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  23. Mary is a new author to me, but have been wanting to read her books for a while now. It is definitely set in the era I enjoy reading! Please enter me in your drawing and thank you for the opportunity!

    God's Blessings,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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  24. I always enjoy Mary's wonderful books and I can't wait to read Ethan and Audra's story. Add me please!

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  25. This book sounds great!
    I would love to be entered!
    I liked the first book in the series about Rafe and Julia.

    dymesich[at]juno[dot]com

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  26. I absolutely love Mary Connealy's books! Thanks for opportunity on a chance to win a copy of this one. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  27. Mary Connealy is a favorite at our house. Even the guys like for me to read them outloud.
    Would love to win this one.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  28. I am so excited to read this book. It is on my TBR list...love your books!

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  29. Great review, Judy. Mary is one of my writing heroines. Reading her books is like that commercial...I laughed, I cried... I want to see (read) it again! Thanks for the chance to win her latest.
    LyndeeH
    spooler(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. I've liked Mary's books in the past. I look forward to reading this one and would love to win it!

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  31. Wow! Enter me!

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  32. I've never read Mary's books before, I'd sure love to, though!

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  33. Thank you for all the kind words. Its fun to read. I mean the comments not the book.
    Well, the book is fun to read, too.
    Moving on...........
    I'm linking my blog to the nice review Judy. Thank you!

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  34. Thank you Judy. Great review. I have GOT to get busy and read this book

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  35. I love Mary's books...they're so much fun! Would love to win this one.

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  36. I love her books! thanks for the review!

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  37. Hey Mary,

    Thank you so much for coming by! Your books are always fun to read. I'm looking forward to Seth's story :)

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  38. Any book with a cowboy in it and I am "all in"!!

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  39. I've never read any of Mary's books, but they sure look good! Thanks for giving a copy away!

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  40. Thank you Lyndee! Good luck in the drawing!

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  41. Thank you Mary! I'm with Anne...I'm looking forward to reading Seth's story.

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  42. Thank you Cindy! Good luck in the drawing!

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  43. Heidi, You are so funny but I have to agree. Cowboys make a story pretty good!

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  44. Heidi,
    The cowboy on the front cover of "In Too Deep" is very easy on the eyes! Being a married woman that is all I am saying! :)
    Good luck in the drawing!

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  45. I love Mary's books and would love to read this one. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo

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  46. I've been so busy with my family and haven't had much time to answer individual comments but y'all are such a blessing to me & Judy & Rebecca! Just knowing that you each take time out of your own busy days to come by and encourage, plus enter the fabulous drawing, is a balm to my heart! I wish each of you could win a copy, but please consider buying one if you don't win. Mary's stories are full of humor and hope!

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  47. Thanks for posting this giveaway, "In Too Deep" is on my to read list.

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  48. This book sounds fascinating! I would love to have an opportunity to read and review it! Audrey

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  49. a great review...thanks for sharing your book w/ others :)

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  50. I have read many Amish books and enjoy them all. I would love to try other Amish books by other authors.

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  51. Hi Karen,

    I think you might have meant this comment for the other giveaway. Mary writes some of the best western historical fiction! But I'm sure if she wanted, she could write great Amish fiction too :)

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  52. I would love to win a copy of Mary`s book, I have read some of hers before and they are awesome.

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  53. Thank you. It is a great pleasure to give away books that I am able to review and pass along. I just love Christian fiction. Good luck in this giveaway!

    Blessings!
    Judy

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  54. I love Mary Connealy's books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. I've never read Mary Conneley and from what I have seen here, she would write a delightful story. I'd love to win this one. I don't read a lot of western fiction, but a bit now and then adds interest to the mix. :)

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  56. Patt Brenner SpidelApril 9, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Keep up the good work! I love historical westerns, and yours always make me laugh out loud! PBS

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  57. I was just thrilled to meet Mary at my local library this week. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  58. Hi Shelly, I bet that was fun to meet Mary! The giveaway ended on April 6th but hopefully you'll be able to get a copy from your library :) Thanks for coming by!

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