In Too Deep by Mary Connealy

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing In Too Deep Bethany House (February 1, 2012) by Mary Connealy


Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist.

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy.

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist.

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist.

The Sophie’s Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she’s one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days.


In 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter. And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they’d planned.

Ethan doesn’t expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he’s terrified of the pain he’s felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He’s determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their 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!

What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of In Too Deep, go HERE.

Watch the book trailer:

Christy here. One of my favorite authors is Mary Connealy. There’s always a lot of laugh out loud moments with her down to earth cowboys and their gals. In Too Deep doesn’t disappoint. In this story, we see strong heroines, strong heros who get tamed by their strong heroines, and a whole lotta bad guys. While Connealy keeps the story light, there is a deeper, heavier message the author addresses and I felt she did it quite well. She tackled issues of letting the past rule our present and future. How fear grips you and can hold you back from God’s blessing. 

I’m looking forward to Book 3 and hope it will be the romance of younger brother Seth, who’s also known as “loco” throughout Book 2. He may have been “loco” but what happened was his character tugged at my heart strings even more than Hero Ethan. I don’t know how that happened! I loved Ethan too and it’s his journey in which is so profound into overcoming the past. 

As noted, this is Book 2 in the Kincaid Brides series. I have not read Book 1. I recommend reading Book 1 first because the characters that are primary in Book 1 play a large part in Book 2. I felt I had missed a piece of the puzzle by not reading Book 1. Book 2 can stand alone, however, but if you are particular about feeling rooted in the characters, read Book 1 first. Just my opinion and advice here. I think Connealy did a good job of giving enough information about Book One’s Hero and Heroine – Rafe and Julia – for us to move forward with the story, but since Julia and Audra had connections that stemmed from Book One, this is part of the reason I would recommend reading the first book first. (And maybe you do that anyway!  Normally I do too!!)

I recommend this story and look forward to picking up Book One while I wait for Book Three!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.