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Braced for Love by Mary Connealy | #BookReview @MaryConnealy @bethany_house #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance

They will pay for their father’s sins.

Brace for Love by Mary Connealy is book #1 in the Brothers in Arms series but can be read as a standalone.

Our thanks to the author,  Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Print Length: 304 pages
Bethany House Publishers (March 2, 2021)

Book Description

Left with little back in Missouri, Kevin Hunt takes his younger siblings on a journey to Wyoming when he receives news that he’s inheriting part of a ranch. The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin’s supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life.

But danger seems to track Kevin along the way, and he wonders if his half brother, Wyatt, is behind the attacks. Finally arriving at the ranch, everyone is at each other’s throats and the only one willing to stand in between is Winona Hawkins, a nearby schoolmarm.

Despite being a long-time friend to Wyatt, Winona can’t help but be drawn to the earnest, kind Kevin–and that puts her in the cross hairs of somebody’s dangerous plot. Will they all be able to put aside their differences long enough to keep anyone from getting truly hurt?

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Wyoming, 1870, Kevin Hunt lost his father 20 years ago. His mother remarried, and he struggled to raise his younger siblings, especially after she passed away.

But the truth is that Kevin’s father has been dead only for a few months. All this time, he had been alive and well, even finding time to marry someone else and have another son.

Kevin’s father left him a third of a ranch on his will. The tricky part was that he would have to share it with his unknown half-brother.

This astounding news was particularly shocking to Kevin’s siblings, as they realized they were both illegitimate, as Kevin’s mom was still married to his dad when she remarried.

As their village ostracized his siblings due to their illegitimacy, Kevin decided to claim his inheritance, still confused about how his hero father became a bigamous liar.

As they start on their journey, they find out nothing is what they believed it to be, and their very lives were at risk.

I love how Kevin was sweet and caring despite the harsh environment he was raised in. He was so honorable and utterly irresistible. The heroine, Winona, was a good-hearted and loyal person.

Their connection rang true, so romantic and a real.

The side characters are as good as the MCs, and I’m looking forward to the next installments in the series to get to know them better. Kevin’s brothers were unique and fascinating, and I especially enjoyed reading about Cheyenne, one of his brother’s half-sister.

It always amazes me how hard life used to be and how strong and brave our ancestors were to face it all.

Brace for Love is a story of family, bravery, perseverance, loyalty, friendship, and love.

Great read!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.

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