Fire and Ice (Wild at Heart) by Mary Connealy
Author Mary Connealy is an entertaining storyteller who tickles your funny bone while she touches your heart. “Fire and Ice”, Book Three, in her “Wild at Heart” series features the oldest Wilde sister, Bailey. Content to let folks think she’s a man and keep their distance, Bailey Wilde cares for her younger sisters and manages their homestead. However, after her sisters marry and leave for homes of their, the loneliness of the empty nest begins to wear on Bailey. Maybe that’s why she succumbs to the crazy scheme of her troublesome neighbor, Gage Coulter. Determined to regain his access rights to rich grazing land after Bailey Wilde claimed a homestead spread that cut him off, Gage continues to needle and harass Bailey into giving him back his right of way. Due to Bailey’s skill with a rifle, Gage has never gotten close enough to find out that Bailey is a woman. With her short hair and men’s clothes, he’s always thought she was a man. Stunned though he is when he finds out the truth, he recovers enough to offer his latest threat: he’ll dynamite his way through to the access land. Later he offers to buy half her herd and share the rich grass lands. He also tells her that wants to continue to acquire more and more land and build his herd. When Gage learns that his mother--his very controlling mother--plans to visit, he makes Bailey another urgent proposal of a different kind: he needs a wife, and he needs one fast. He had already told his mother some time back that he was married, and now that she was due to arrive at any moment, he had to produce a wife so that his mother would see that he was settled. Maybe then, she’d leave him be—just maybe. The unbearable loneliness of her solitary existence in her cabin spurs her to accept his proposal. When Bailey meets his mother, though, she learns the truest meaning of unbearable, and its name is “Ma”. As Gage and Bailey get to know each other, a definite fondness and attraction grows between them, but they have many issues to overcome before the seeing the light of true happiness. Will faith, forgiveness, and forbearance find their way into the hearts and minds of this headstrong man and woman? Will going forward with caring compromise bring them a lifetime of love and joy? Author Mary Connealy has a most delightful way with inspirational historical romance.
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Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy...with cowboys.
She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge. The Trouble in Texas Series; Swept Away, Fired Up, Stuck Together. The Wild at Heart Series; Tried and True, Now and Forever, Fire and Ice. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy. And Novella collections; A Bride for All Seasons, Four Weddings and a Kiss, A Match Made in Texas, Hope for the Holidays Contemporary Collection, Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, With this Kiss Contemporary Collection, With this Kiss Historical Collection and many more books.Under the pen name Mary Nealy, she also wrote Ten Plagues--a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders--three cozy mysteries. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and a small bevy of spectacular grandchildren.