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Fire and Ice

Mary Connealy
Fire and Ice

Bailey Wilde is one of the best new ranchers in the West. She's been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman--a very tough, very intriguing woman at that. Gage is an hone... Read More

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Bailey Wilde is one of the best new ranchers in the West. She's been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman--a very tough, very intriguing woman at that.

Gage is an honest man, but he didn't make his fortune being weak. He won't break the law, but he'll push as hard as he can within it. Five thousand acres of his best range land is lost to him because Bailey's homestead is located right across the only suitable entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to his land--and he's got to go through Bailey to do it.

Spending a winter alone has a way of making a person crave some human contact. In a moment of weakness, Bailey agrees to a wild plan Gage concocts. Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in
the process?
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 1, 2015
  • UPC: 9780764211805
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Oct 6, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764211803

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When fire and ice collide... by Jasmine on 5/11/2016

I've become a confirmed fan of Mary Connealy's over the last few years but I think Fire & Ice might hold the record for my fastest reading time of one of her books. I picked it up in the evening and couldn't put it down until I finished early, early, in the morning, or rather late that same night.
I've been looking forward to Bailey and Gage's story since the first book in the series, and, believe me, Fire & Ice did not disappoint.
Mary Connealy is a master at writing Christian westerns. There is always comedy, mystery, and plenty of cowboys and romance.

I truly enjoyed Fire & Ice but I'm sorry to see the end of crazy adventures of the Wilde sisters, though, this book did nicely sew up the loose ends, including solving the mystery of what happened to Bailey during the Civil War. Gosh, I had thought I had it figured out, but nope, Mary Connealy sure surprised me on that one.

I would recommend any of Mary Connealy's books, but definitely Fire & Ice and the entire Wild At Heart series.

(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinion are entirely my own.)

Strong sisters . . . by Robin on 3/26/2016

Another in the series by Mary Connealy about these strong sisters, who seem to go up against equally strong male characters. Always interesting, with some twists that you may not expect. Bailey had fought in the war (yes disguised as a boy) and came out hardened. All three sisters tried hard to please their father, who seemed to wish they were sons, and expected them to do all to honor the memory of their dead brother. Excellent read!! Christian Historical Romance set in the old west.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html

Loved Every Minute! by Cindy on 2/12/2016

Over time, Mary Connealy has easily become one of my favorite authors. She writes fun adventure stories filled with authentic characters with humor and wit that pulls me into the story time after time. Fire and Ice is the 3rd book in the Wild at Heart series which focuses on the three Wilde sisters who fought in the Civil War and have now claimed land out west as part of the government exemption for homesteaded property due to their military service.

In this third novel, Bailey Wilde is the central heroine, and she is the oldest and strongest willed of the three. She’s also the one who has kept up the ruse of living as a man the longest. And boy does she get under the skin of ranch owner Gage Coulter. These two are most definitely the true Fire and Ice combination. I loved every minute of this final installment in the series and look forward to Mary's next series.

While this is the 3rd in the series, it is easily read as a stand alone although it will mean so much more if you've read the other two books and gotten to know all these characters. I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Great read! by nessa on 1/4/2016

Mary Connealy's book Fire And Ice is the third book in the Wilde At Heart series. I've read all three books and this one is by far my favorite. Both Bailey and Gage are interesting people They had quite a few similarities but also just enough difference to make it interesting. There were some twists and turns that kept the story going in a way that I just seemed to fly through the story. It kept me interested.

*I recieved a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. As part of their book review program.

Great book a page turner for sure. You'll really enjoy this book all the way to the very end. You wish it never ended. by Aussiegirl on 11/7/2015

Mary Connealy
This truly is a great story. It’s the third one in Wild at Hearts I never read the first two sorry I missed them, because this is a page turner.
You will find Gage and Bailey at odds with each other. Gage has the best pasture land around and he needs to get his cattle to that pasture land before winter hits but Bailey’s homestead is in the way of his cattle getting to where they need to be bore that awful winter weather hits and it hits hard. If she needs to use a gun to keep him at bay she will do it.
As you go back to the time of the wild west of open ranges and guns Gage and Bailey will take you on a journey that will have you wondering what the next Mountain will hold in store for these people that try to keep their cattle and themselves alive during a very hard tough winters of snow and cold that kills along the way everything that is against them in this new land of freedom.
Saddle up and hang on, you are in for a rough ride with twist and turns around every curve and snowy trail that will have you laughing, crying, and looking over your shoulder to see who is behind you. As things start heating up they will have you on the edge of your seat.
I think you will love this book it can be read even if you haven’t read the first two. I never read the first two but I was hooked on this book from page one. I recommend it highly.
I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have express are entirely my own and no one else’s.

5 Stars
ISBN 978-0-7642-1180-5

Enjoyed the Author's Sense of Humor by Seasons of Opportunities on 10/29/2015

I really enjoyed this book. Mary has a great sense of humor and her books are fun and interesting. I read through it pretty quickly. This is the third book in the Wild at Heart series, but you don't have to read the others to get the point of this one.
Bailey is the oldest of three sisters, who have all posed as men to settle the land they've claimed in the wild west. Bailey has chosen a peak position blocking the crossing to Gage's canyon. He could beat himself up for thinking the land between him and the canyon was not necessarily important. Who would want to settle there? Obviously she knew what she was doing, but what he doesn't know is that Bailey is a woman.
Gage is an honest upstanding man and does all he can to keep the peace within reason, but he really needs his land. Bailey on the other hand, is not giving in or giving up. She wants nothing to do with anyone and is used to surviving on her own and being a loner.
But things change.... A threat on Gage's life, a visitor, and a long lonely winter can make for some interesting choices and decisions. Can the two of them work through their differences? Or will they go back to who they were?
Both Bailey and Gage has emotional issues from their past they need to work through - trust, forgiveness of self and others, fears. I like how Mary brings these things to light and works them through it, by relying on God and each other. I think these "hidden" messages add to the story and also may be a benefit to a reader who may have similar problems.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.

For this Reason a Man Shall Leave his Mother... by Tickmenot on 10/20/2015

Bailey Wilde just might be having a change of heart. With both her sister's moving away, Bailey is finding herself very lonesome on her remote ranch. She is also tired of disguising herself as a man.

Winters are long in the mountains, and can keep one homebound for months once the snow starts falling. Midway through this mountain winter, Bailey is so desperate for another human's company that she would gladly even welcome Gage Coulter. Which is really saying something since Bailey spent the summer trying to shoot the man every time he approached her cabin.

Despite her home still being snowbound, Gage shows up at her door. Not only is it shocking to see him, but the proposition he has for her is even more surprising. More amazing still, is that Bailey agrees to it.
Didn't you hear what your mother said to me?!

Before the story is over, Bailey will be pretending to be a wife--or maybe not pretending--and helping Gage deal with his overbearing mother. Mrs. Coulter has traveled hundreds of miles to run his life again. Finding that Gage has a wife only makes her jealous of losing Gage's attention, and more determined than ever to control him. Trouble is brewing when Gage either doesn't notice, or turns a blind eye, on how his mother treats his wife.

Both Gage and Bailey will also be hard at work trying to solve the mystery of who has been setting deadly traps that have seriously injured Bailey, Gage and some of his best ranch hands. This story has many twists and turns before uncovering the surprising culprit.

Mary Connealy pens another hit.

I really enjoyed this story set in 1866. It had mystery, romance, and some of this author's trademark comedy, as well as, being written from a Christian point of view. It even deals a bit with post traumatic stress disorder, and problems that arise when a husband doesn't cut his ties from his mother's unhealthy influences. This fast-paced tale will capture your interest, and is a real page turner. Although this is book three in the Wild at Heart series, this story can stand on its own. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes a well-written story, or fans of westerns, romances or mysteries.

"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." ~ Ephesians 5:31

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Fire and Ice through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.

Rocky Mountain Homesteaders by Suzie on 10/13/2015

Once in a while I like to expand my reading to something that I wouldn’t normally read. My go-to reads are contemporary romance followed closely by YA. Lately, I’ve been throwing a little historical fiction in there. And my latest read is something I don’t tend to read much of: Cowboy fiction. I’ve heard there’s a large following for this genre and after reading Mary Connealy’s book, I can see the draw.

Bailey Wilde’s no-nonsense approach to life might keep her away from the townspeople, but she’s willing to work for her dreams and prove herself worthy of her homestead. But she’s also lonely, especially when both of her sisters move away with their husbands.
Gage Coulter is another person who values hard work and is willing to break his back along with his crew to get the job done. What he doesn’t count on is an attraction to Bailey, something he’s never dealt with before when it came to a woman.
Throw in a visit for Gage’s mother, and what readers are left with is a bit of humor and a lot of trouble.

****Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Fire and Ice by kp on 10/4/2015

Fire and Ice, written by Mary Connealy, is the final book in her Wild at Heart series. This tale opens with the eldest sister, Bailey Wilde, holding Gage Coulter at gunpoint as he tries to step foot on her ranch. As you watch these two tussle over who has control of the land leading down to Gage's grasslands in the canyon, you will never believe that in the end they agree to become man and wife!

Gage had previously informed his mother by letter that he had gotten married. When he learns that she is soon heading in from his father's ranch in Texas, he becomes so desperate for a wife that he promises to sign over his canyon grasslands to Bailey if she will marry him. They are barely married in town when a stagecoach shows up carrying his mother! As they journey toward Gage's ranch, both Gage and Bailey are injured by some unknown assailant. Now the craziness has begun. With Bailey in bed recovering, Gage's worst fear is realized - his mother has taken control of his house!

Will Bailey survive her controlling mother-in-law and will Gage survive with his very life? This is an action-filled tale as both Gage and Bailey work hard to discover who is out to kill Gage!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.


Mary Connealy Writes Another 5 * Book by Ann on 10/3/2015

Once again, Mary Connealy delivers a 5 star book in Fire & Ice. This is third book in the series, “Wild at Heart,” but it reads fine as a stand alone. It just makes me want to go back and read the first two books in the series!
Bailey is a strong woman, so strong in fact that by living far from town and working her ranch alone, she has everyone thinking “Bailey” is a man. Most surprised is the man she has been shooting at in order to keep him from coming to her place to talk in order to gain access through her small piece of land for his cattle to enter his luscious canyon grazing land. Bailey has been using Gage’s canyon for her own small, growing herd.
Bailey Wilde is hiding something which has developed an unnatural fear and loathing of men. Gage has his own background problems to deal with. One now involves his mother coming from Texas to visit her only son, her “little boy,” and this smothering mother thinks Gage is married. Who can he quickly find to fulfill this wifely role in his life so his mother does not discover he lied about being married to keep her away? Add to those conflicts that someone is trying to harm or kill Gage and besides not knowing who it is, they don’t even know why.
Bailey is a woman before her time. She wears britches, works the ranch, and helps birthing animals in distress. She is capable, strong, and really does not need a man, but might she have a better life a man’s love and a family? Can she hold on to working outside which has been the force in her life if she becomes a wife? The answers are found when you read another clever, delightful read by Mary Connealy.

I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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