Thursday, March 14, 2013

Book review: Swept Away

Swept Away

About Swept Away

When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas!
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him.
But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love? 

My thoughts on Swept Away

This is the first in the Trouble in Texas series by Mary Coneally.  Mary Coneally has a way of creating strong, yet feminine female characters that I love.  Just like Callie in her book Over the Edge, the character Ruthy in Swept Away is a strong, capable woman with a caring heart and a tender way of dealing with others.  I also loved seeing the vulnerable sides of both Luke and Ruthy when it came to them trying to figure out how they felt about each other.  The book deals with the topic of abuse, both child abuse and spousal abuse, and has a good amount of fighting in it.  If made into a movie, it would fit in the genre of romantic action, one that both men and women would enjoy.  It is also important to note, that while this is a separate series from The Kincaide Brides (which Over the Edge belongs to), the characters do cross over, as Luke is Callie's brother.

I recommend this to those who enjoy books with lots of action and/or romance. It is set in the Wild West, but I would not say that it is heavy in Wild West culture.  It is also highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed Over the Edge.

About the Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
Find out more about Mary at

Giveaway Information
Mary Connealy is celebrating the release of Swept Away by giving away a $250 "Swept Away" Vacation Package and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party! 


One fortunate winner will receive:
  • A $250 Visa Cash Card (Get away for the weekend or use it to buy an eReader for a relaxing ‘Staycation’!)

  • A copy of Swept Away (For you AND a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 27th. Winner will be announced at the "Swept Away" Author Chat Party on March 28th. Connect with Mary, get a sneak peek of the next book in the series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of Swept Away and join Mary on the evening of the March 28th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 28th!

I received a free copy of the above book for review purposes.  My opinion remains my own. 

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