Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In Too Deep



He casually agrees to a marriage of convenience...never expecting to fall in love with his bride.

Ethan Kincaid proposes marriage with the same detachment he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland accepts his proposal so she can stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.

But Ethan never expected Audra to affect him so profoundly, and it terrifies him. Someone he loved was once seriously injured on his watch, and he won't let that happen again. If Audra will just do as he says, he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on the 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!

Can two fearful hearts -- wary of getting in too deep -- become two trusting hearts, willing to let go and fall in love?

My Review:

"Six full feet of stubborn and another few inches of dumb." (p.34) is an apt description of Ethan Kincaid, Connealy's latest reluctant hero. The descriptor also gives you a sense of the author's unique style and her wry sense of humour. Laughter ricochets off every page like bullets in a cavern. There's a staccato rhythm in both her comedy and drama that sets a fast pace to this intriguing plot.

Fans of Out of Control will be thrilled to become reacquainted with familiar characters. And while Rafe and Julia and Seth definitely play their parts well -- this is Ethan and Audra's story. Though be forewarned, you'll want to read the first book in the series before you delve into this one.

Fear is a recurring theme throughout the plot. It acts as a catalyst that propels the characters into action and reaction, including the dastardly villain. From Audra's determination to grow a backbone to Ethan's valiant struggle to put the horrors of the past behind him, Connealy deals with a prevalent issue with surprising depth and clarity for a romantic comedy. And she does it with panache.Add in the toe-curling romance and an air of mystery and you come up with another winning read from Mary Connealy.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of this book please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoread AT yahoo DOT ca. Please remember to put the title in the address line so your entry is easy for me to spot. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday February 12. Offer open to international readers.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Have only read one book by Mary and loved it! Please enter me for In Too Deep. Thank you.

    Linda at: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. I enjoy all of Mary's books. I have all of them on my keeper shelf. I am looking forward to this one and the last one in this series. Please count me in. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  3. I also have read one book by her and it was very good. She has so many books out there that look good. Please enter me as well.


    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

  4. Oh, love that quote you used for the beginning of that book. Now I have to read it! Loved the review :)

    Thank you :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  5. Thanks everyone! Good luck!!!

  6. When I want to laugh and enjoy an awesome story, I know Mary Connealy will not let me down. In Too Deep sounds like it will be a great follow up to Out of Control. Thanks for a chance, Kav!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  7. I absolutely love Mary's books; they always make me laugh and are such fun to read. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, "Out of Control" and would be very excited to win a copy of "In Too Deep" so I can continue the story of the Kincaid brothers and their brides. Thanks for the opportunity.


  8. Love the quote that started the review!! I would love to read this! :)

  9. The quote is definitely characteristic of Mary's writing. She's a wonderful writer and a great lady. I had the privilege of meeting her in Tulsa last fall. It was one of the highlights of my year. She was signing the first book in the series, so I have that one. I would LOVE to win this one.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

  10. I love marriage of convenience stories, please enter me

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  11. Ooooh, Andrea. Lucky you!!!!! I bet meeting Mary would be the highlight of anyone's year!

    Good luck everyone!

  12. Love to read this. Thanks for all your great reviews and giveaways!

  13. I would love to get this!
    I liked the first book in the series so I am looking forward to reading this one.
    dymesich AT juno DOT com

  14. My mom introduced me to Mary Connealy's books --she has the first one (which I still need to read), but I know she enjoyed it, so I'd love to win book 2 for her! Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. love mary's novels...thanks for the chance to read her latest :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. I have read a few of Mary's books and love them. Would love to read this book.


  17. It's such a fun read, Anna. Good luck!