About the Book
Left with little back in Missouri, Kevin Hunt takes his younger siblings on a journey to Wyoming when he receives news that he’s inheriting part of a ranch. The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin’s supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life.
But danger seems to track Kevin along the way, and he wonders if his half brother, Wyatt, is behind the attacks. Finally arriving at the ranch, everyone is at each other’s throats and the only one willing to stand in between is Winona Hawkins, a nearby schoolmarm.
Despite being a long-time friend to Wyatt, Winona can’t help but be drawn to the earnest, kind Kevin–and that puts her in the cross hairs of somebody’s dangerous plot. Will they all be able to put aside their differences long enough to keep anyone from getting truly hurt?
In My Opinion
A new series from Mary Connealy means more mystery, strong females who are matches for the men in the books, and a few laughs. Braced for Love introduces the Hunts—three brothers who had no clue the other two existed until their no-account father dies and leaves a will that divides his ranch into three equal parts.
With a start like that, there is no shortage of distrust and flared tempers. But when Kevin’s admits to someone trying to kill him, this disjointed family pulls together.
This book starts with a lot to keep track of—three brothers, two of which have step and half siblings, a no-account father the boys have even less respect for after learning the truth of his character, and the others on the ranch—including Winona, a family friend who does the cleaning and baking for the Hunt siblings who grew up on the ranch.
Once I had who was who straight in my head, the story really took off for me. Connealy packs a lot into her books and Braced for Love was no exception. Danger, threats, strained family dynamics, secrets, and, of course, romance (a rushed one, but it works for this book). There is still some question as to the why of what is going on but I know it will be resolved by the end of the final book in the series (which, thankfully, we don’t have to wait two years for as the entire series will be in print by the end of 2021).
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