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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?

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Hott Review:

Fire and Ice is a great ending to the Wild a Heart trilogy, but it also makes for a terrific stand alone book too!

There is nothing not to love about Baily. Still afraid due to the events in her past, Baily has fashioned a life out of pushing everyone away. Mostly by posing as a man on a ranch in the midst of nothing. Until her sisters, who live on adjacent lands, get married and leave. Then Baily experiences a loneliness like nothing she’s ever known. Marrying Gage, a nearby rancher, in exchange for some land she’s been coveting sounds like a terrific idea – until that Gage’s mother arrives & someone decides Baily would be better off as a widow.

Fire and Ice has Ms. Connealy’s usual wit and charm with a hefty dose of warnings. In her own entertaining way, we’re reminded about trust and love. Not only how to give, but more importantly, how to accept.

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Author: Mary Connealy
Source: NetGalley
Publisher & Date: Bethany House (September 29th 2015)
Genre: Historical Christian Romance & Adventure
ISBN: 0764211803 (ISBN13: 9780764211805)
Pages: 336
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA/Adult | There is a reference to women being treated horrible during the war, but it’s not specific enough to warrant caution.
Setting: Aspen Ridge Dakota Territory / Idaho Territory Border, 1866-1867
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 Just for Fun Reading Challenge, 2015 Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, 2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge,
Series: Wild at Heart #3

Tried & True

Now and Forever

Fire and Ice

Author Bio:

My writing journey is similar to a lot of others. Boil it down to persistence, oh, go ahead and call it stubbornness. I just kept typing away. I think the reason I did it was because I’m more or less a dunce around people—prone to sit silently when I really ought to speak up(or far worse, speak up when I ought to sit silently).

So, I have all these things, I want to say, in my head; the perfect zinger to the rude cashier, which you think of an hour after you’ve left the store, the perfect bit of wisdom when someone needs help, which doesn’t occur to you until they solve their problems themselves, the perfect guilt trip for the kids, which you don’t say because you’re not an idiot. I keep all this wit to myself, much to the relief of all who know me, and then I write all my great ideas into books. It’s therapeutic if nothing else, and more affordable than a psychiatrist.

So then a very nice, oh so nice publishing company like Barbour Heartsong comes along and says, “Hey, we’ll pay you money for this 45,000 word therapy session.” That’s as sweet as it gets.

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