Forged in Love by Mary Connealy

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When sparks begin to fly, can a friendship cast in iron be shaped into something more?

Mariah Stover is left for dead and with no memory when the Deadeye Gang robs the stagecoach she’s riding in, killing both her father and brother. As she takes over her father’s blacksmith shop and tries to move forward, she soon finds herself in jeopardy and wondering–does someone know she witnessed the robbery and is still alive?

Handsome and polished Clint Roberts escaped to western Wyoming, leaving his painful memories behind. Hoping for a fresh start, he opens a diner where he creates fine dishes, but is met with harsh resistance from the townsfolk, who prefer to stick to their old ways.

Clint and Mariah are drawn together by the trials they face in town, and Clint is determined to protect Mariah at all costs when danger descends upon her home. As threats pursue them from every side, will they survive to build a life forged in love?

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Hott Review:

One of the things I love most about Ms Connealy’s books is that you jump right into action. It’s always well explained and I rarely if ever felt lost but there is action from word one. I couldn’t ask for a better way to start a book.

Forged in Love starts with a stage robbery and gun fight. As you read it’s obvious that there is a past between the characters but the current relationship is developed so well that you don’t feel like you’re missing out by not knowing them previously.

I can’t even imagine how Mariah felt knowing that she lost her father and brother and that her friends and community were hiding her to save her life. It would be such a profound mix of devastation and love.

I loved laughing out loud at the snarkiness in this book. It warms my heart to see the good-natured teasing and the loving way that they laugh at each other and themselves. Several times my husband looked at me like I was nuts because I was laughing so hard.

I loved guessing the perpetrators, some were given and others you just know are going to be found out in future novels. I can’t wait for the next book in the Wyoming Sunrise series, it’s so exciting to see if I’m right! ;D

This is a must read new series, that’s going to make you want to read everything she’s ever written! Fabulous!


Author: Mary Connealy
Source: NetGalley
Publisher & Date: February 28, 2023 by Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9780764241130 (ISBN10: 0764241133)
Pages: 304
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA/Adult
Setting: Wyoming (United States, 1870)
Series: Wyoming Sunrise (#1)


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