Swept Away by Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Trouble in Texas(Book 1)
Goodreads Summery: Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn’t all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they’ve ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she’s rescued by Luke Stone…so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn’t make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can’t just abandon Ruthy, so she’ll have to come along.
His friends–a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers–take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that’s rather rude–he’s the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.
Ruthy has been living with a family for years since her parents died and they have treated her more like a slave then a daughter and now they are heading west in a wagon train and once they hit California they plan to force her to marry their creepy son. But fate steps in with a flash flood that sweeps her down river. Luke Stone is on his way back to his family ranch to reclaim it from a man who has stolen it when he finds beat up but alive Ruthy. He can’t leave her out in the middle of no where so he brings her along. Soon she finds herself in the middle of Luke’s ranch war and not only is the ranch at stake so is her heart.
This is book one in a new series by the author and it’s a slight spin off of the last series Kincaid Brides as we meet Callie’s brother.
What I liked: As is the authors style the characters are fun and full of fire. Ruthy slowly shows Luke she is tougher then he thinks and Luke starts to see the woman hiding behind her past all while keeping you entertained. I also like the other guys in the book who I am sure are going to be the leads for future books of the series. The scenes with the doctor and the local woman had me laughing out loud.
What I did not like: This book was a little slow getting going. But its also the first book of the series and a lot of people where introduced and that takes time. It just took me about half way through the book before I really started to enjoy it.
Over all this was a good book. Like I said above I had a little trouble getting into it because there where a lot of new characters introduced in the first half of the book and it took me some time to sort everyone out but once it got going it was very enjoyable. I am really looking forward to the 2nd book as I know the characters now and it will be like walking right back into the action of the first book.
I am no longer doing Steamy Ratings because all the books I read are Inspirational Romance. If a book would warrant a steamy rating I will add it for that book.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.