Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Wild at Heart(Book 3)
Goodreads Summary: 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?
Bailey is the last sister still dressing like a man and not married. She has worked hard to get her herd of cattle where it is and the canyon behind her property has helped. The problem is she does not own the canyon Gage does and he wants access which he can’t get without going through her homestead. Finding out Bailey is a woman and getting access to his canyon soon becomes the least of his problem when he finds out his mother is coming for a visit.
What I liked: I was really looking forward to Bailey’s and Gage’s story. Bailey has worked hard to get her ranch up and running but with Gage wanting his canyon for his cattle she is in jeopardy of losing it all. Once Gage figured out she is a woman the sparks start to fly. I liked how both Bailey had Gage had a past they did not really want to talk about yet seemed to need each other to work through it.
What I didn’t like: Gage’s mother was an interesting character. I was disappointed though how Gage handled his mother and how in the end he never really saw how his behavior with his mother was influencing his relationship with Bailey. Things were going along and then it just seemed to come to a conclusion without any real climax it was a bit of a let down to be truthful.
Even with the less than exciting ending I still really liked this book. The spark between Bailey and Gage were great and as always lots of laughs.
This was a great series I really enjoyed it. I loved the idea of women pretending to be men and being found out and falling in love with men who can respect what they were going through. As always Mary Connealy had lots of laughing and great plots to make this series a winner. A must read in my book!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this e-book 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.