Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Now & Forever

GIVEAWAY

CONNEALY, MARY
NOW & FOREVER

Matthew Tucker survives a grizzly attack by jumping over a cliff into a rushing river. Unexpectedly, Shannon Wilde takes the plunge with him. Going through a series of waterfalls and rapids turns into a bonding experience.

By the time they battle their way back to civilization, Shannon has been thoroughly compromised, and only a wedding will do. A mountain man who loves to wander in the wilderness far from other people finds himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As they learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon’s land. Someone evil clearly wants to drive them off, but whoever it is apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad–and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with sets off something even Matthew never expected.
  And the tongue-in-cheek chapter endings made it impossible to stop reading.

My Review:

Mary Connealy is in a league of her own when it comes to spinning tall tales of epic proportion. The action-packed opening scene in Now & Forever grabbed my attention and sent me careening on a wild and sometimes whacky adventure right along with Shannon and Tucker.

Let's pause a moment and exude a few swoony sighs over this hero. A blustering, tough-as-nails mountain man who has the capacity to utter sweet love words made all the sweeter because it's so uncharacteristic for him. His wonder over discovering what romantic love can bring to his secluded lifestyle is oddly sweet and so very endearing.

Shannon's a little leery of attaching herself to any man -- but this one in particular? Well, you might say their whirlwind 'courtship' is just that -- a whirlwind! Connealy humour at it's finest.

Incredible actions scenes had me alternately cringing and laughing out loud. Makes this the kind of book you just can't bear to put down. And if all that isn't enough, Connealy weaves in some stirring faith talk and tender nuggets of sheer poetry like this:

Tucker seemed to gather her up. That was all she could think of to explain it. She felt like she was falling apart, and he held her together so she wouldn't shatter. (p.260)

An exceptional read from one of my favourite go-to authors.

*This is Book Two of the Wild at Heart series. It reads perfectly fine as a standalone, but does contain carry over characters and overall set-up from the first book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Now & Forever please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 25 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

46 comments:

  1. I love Mary's storytelling of westerns! I'm saving my books for our 7 months back to Nicaragua. Hope this one makes the pile!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Wow -- transporting 7 months worth of books must be some undertaking. Good luck, Melody.

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  2. I love Mary Connealy's books. Her sense of comedic timing is superb.

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. You're so right, Rachael. Mary's books are so much fun to read. Good luck.

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  3. OHHHHHH, I really need this book! I ave read the first book, I have the third one coming but won't read it til I get this one. So thank you so much for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. It\s a great series. Good luck, Wendy.

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  4. I love Mary's books. But haven't read one in quite a while, would love to remedy that!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh, yes, you must, Patty. Good luck.

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  5. I absolutely love Mary's books and this is the only one of hers that I don't own! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think I have almost all of hers as well. Good luck, Abbi.

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  6. Read it great read. Gotta love the characters in the book had a good laugh reading it.

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    1. And what an array of characters!!!! Glad you're another Connealy fan.

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  7. The book introduction and your review sure make this book sound exciting and fun. I love that Mary Connealy uses humor in her books. Definitely makes her books more fun to read.
    reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You can't go wrong with this one IMHO, Good luck, Heather.

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the theme of "got to get married"
    alysap at yahoo dot com

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    1. LOL -- it was fun. Good luck, jcp.

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  9. Romantic comedy - my go to! I don't find many Christian authors who do it as well as Mary Connealy. - tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. She's her own genre. Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. Also, the covers on these rom-com trilogies always make me smile. Especially, the book Over the Edge (Kincaid Brides.) There's just a little bit of goofiness in his eyes and smile.

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    3. I really love the covers too but there was some dissing going on over this cover on goodreads. People really didn't like it but I think it's cute.

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    4. It looks like she has short hair. Since I haven't read the book, I'm not sure if that is part of the story line. I'm with you, Kav. I think it's very cute, but I'm biased. I have short hair, too. :)

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  10. Mary always is fun to read.
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  11. I always enjoy Mary Connealy's books. And I think the cover is cute too!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. We should start a cover vote. LOL Good luck, rubynreba.

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  12. Loving the book poetry on page 260, Kav....had me swooning over such love words :-) I also love when a big, tough manly man (mountain or not) goes all soft around a sweet woman....nothing more endearing to read in a book!

    I have SO much to look forward to in this book when I get to it on my TBR pile....Mary sounds like quite the humorous story-teller with a touch of romance in there somewhere :-) I really would love to get the other two books in the series for a well-rounded set of characters and more of her delightful stories! Thanks for the wonderful review, I always wonder how you'll spin a book into your own whimsical words! Such a delight :-)

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    1. Thanks, Trixi. You're going to enjoy this book once you dig it out of your TBR pile!

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  13. I love the humor that is mixed throughout her books! jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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    1. She does it so well. Good luck, Jennifer.

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  14. Oh, Mary is such a good author, I enjoy reading her books! :)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this one! :)

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. You're welcome, Aerykah. Good luck.

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  15. Keeping my fingers crossed! I love Mary's books!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  16. Great drawing! Thank You!
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck.

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  17. This one sounds fabulous! Love the Wild West! Sarahsmithstormatgmaildotcom

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  18. Thanks for giving me the chance to win this book to add to the others that we have in this series.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Janet. Good luck.

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  19. I've got to read more about Shannon's whirlwind courtship! Kav, thanks for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  20. I like Mary Connealy's real life cowboy stories. Would like to win this print copy! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  21. I would love to win a copy of this book. I have read the third book in this series and would love to read this one. She is such a great author. Thanks for the opportunity.

    amylsmith AT bledsoe DOT net

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    1. I'm about to read the third book soon. Love this family. Good luck, Amy.

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  22. Mary is one of my favorites, she makes me laugh as she tells a terrific tale!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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