Mayhem abounds in Fire and Ice, too. Somebody's out to get Gage Coulter and it doesn't matter if someone else goes down with him. Then you throw in an unexpected and mostly unwanted guest who drives everyone nuts and you have a book that you will most assuredly enjoy to the fullest! Oct 19, Laura rated it it was amazing. I didn't think I would like Bailey much from the other two books in the series Now and Forever and Tried and True because she was very much a manly woman. However, Bailey does have a feminine side and we got to see it as well as get to know her and Gage during this hair-raising historical I read FIRE AND ICE through in one sitting I was doing a lot of "hurry up and waiting" at the time and found it hard to put this book down when I had to move from point A to point B However, Bailey does have a feminine side and we got to see it as well as get to know her and Gage during this hair-raising historical romance.
Someone is trying to kill Gage -- but who? I greatly enjoyed this book and look forward to whatever is next in Ms. Oct 09, Cheryl Baranski rated it it was amazing. This is the best book yet in the series. The story of two very headstrong people. Both determined to have their own way. This story is filled with so much love, heartache, pain, laughter and tears. There is never a dull moment in this wonderful story. The story flows so smoothly from one scene to the next. These are characters that will surely capture your heart.
Mar 03, Aerykah rated it liked it Shelves: I actually finished this one back in May and only just now realized that I had never marked it finished or written a review I had a really hard time getting into and enjoying this story. It was pretty good, but not as good as the previous books in the series. I liked it okay, but I didn't love it.
Aug 11, Karen R rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great ending to this fun series! Loved the spunky heroine and tough-on-the-outside-marshmallow-soft-inside hero. Throw in a bunch of bad guys, one borderline personality mother, a herd of cows, plus a few rounds of dynamite, and boom! Glad that poor gal finally had something nice happen in her life after all the horror she faced from the war and her pa. Recommend for fans of western themed Christian fiction!
Jul 20, Amanda rated it really liked it. But the way it played out as increasing desperation rather than cold-heartedness was thoroughly convincing. The love story, that was believable, too. I enjoyed that the relationship between Baily and Gage started as contentious yet mostly respectful. It seemed that every single time Gage was mentioned, the author commented on his cold stare or his icy gaze or his frigid expression or the cool steel color of his eyes or… I get it! I think that horse died in the first few chapters, but the author kept beating it until the very last paragraph.
Thankfully, there was enough humor and action and generally fun characters to overshadow that overdone theme. May 12, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I finished this book with a big smile on my face, sighing with happiness. That should tell you that this is going to be another gushing review, because. I freely admit that I am a huge fan of Ms.
That being said, I did honestly love this book! It grabbed my attention from the very first page and I read quickly, finishing it within a day. I found myself in stitches more than once and just randomly grinning, probably causing a few people to question my sanity. These books are a bit more serious and cut a little bit closer to the heart.
I was kept on the edge of my seat for most of the story, wondering what might happen next and how everything would work out. I love the details and descriptions, but also simply her writing style. The dialogue is also a blast, both the verbal and internal. She paints lovely and hysterical pictures with her words, to the point that I could almost imagine I was right there with Bailey and Gage. I hate to play favorites, but I think Bailey Wilde has been my favorite sister from the start. I enjoyed getting to really know her and see another side of her character.
She comes to life within pages of her story. Beyond that though, is a hurting woman who has faced war and lived to tell about it. One of my favorite parts of her story is when we finally get to know what haunts her and understand who she truly is behind her mask. Stubborn fills in a lot of gaps. But on the flip side, once you get past his cranky exterior he is very caring toward Bailey and her family. Gage is one of those heroes that I loved, but also wanted to slap at the same time. So I sympathized with Bailey quite easily. Beyond his annoying qualities, he is actually quite likable and I had to laugh and agree with many of his observations.
The ending was well done, with all of the loose ends neatly tied up. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in anyway. All opinions expressed are my own. Oct 07, Joan rated it really liked it. The Wild at Heart series comes to an end with this fun western romance. This novel centers on Bailey, the only one of the Wilde sisters not yet married. Bailey is doing just fine on her ranch until Gage decides he wants to run his cattle in the canyon he owns but her ranch blocks access to.
When she forbids him to cross her property, he literally blasts another path into the canyon. The adversarial relation ship between Bailey and Gage takes a sharp turn when he comes to her in the spring — needin The Wild at Heart series comes to an end with this fun western romance. The adversarial relation ship between Bailey and Gage takes a sharp turn when he comes to her in the spring — needing a wife.
His ma is coming and he had written her last fall that he was married and doing just fine. He never thought his mother would actually come to visit. Gage desperately assures her the marriage would be in name only. Bailey strikes a hard bargain but, tired and lonely after a hard winter, agrees.
The situation becomes potentially deadly when it is clear someone is trying to kill Gage. And Bailey is fit to be tied with Gage's ma being very jealous of the attention he shows his wife. Talk about an overbearing mother, Gage's ma takes the prize. And Gage, being a man, just does not see what it is doing to Bailey. And Bailey, being the independent woman she's been for years, has a hard time being controlled by someone else. It's a recipe for relationship disaster which can only be surmounted if love breaks through.
Bailey fought in the Civil War you have to read the previous novels in this series. She saw some pretty horrible things and took part in an act that haunts her even now. That results in a good lesson about God's forgiveness. Bailey is a strong female heroine I enjoyed. This series has also contained a good lesson in parenting. The Wilde sisters' father is not a man whose example any should follow.
It is amazing the women turned out as they did with such a terrible father. This novel contains well drawn characters, frontier intrigue, a little romance, and a little humor. It was a pleasure to read. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review. Oct 08, Faith rated it really liked it Shelves: Fire and Ice Introduction After having read the first two books in the series, Tried and True and Now and Forever, when the opportunity came to read and review this one, I wanted to read it. Though Mary Connealy isn't my favorite author, Bailey and Gage were the two characters I most liked in the other two books, especially with all the hints about Bailey.
They were real and they both had issues to deal with, including a mystery an Fire and Ice Introduction After having read the first two books in the series, Tried and True and Now and Forever, when the opportunity came to read and review this one, I wanted to read it. They were real and they both had issues to deal with, including a mystery and a controlling mother. When Gage goes to Bailey's cabin after everyone was snowed in for the winter, the whole dialogue there was captivating.
There was always something happening like a rockslide, a dark ride through the woods with wolves, a blizzard that almost kills one of the main characters, and a really odd proposal. Connealy definitely knows how to build the suspense. It was a good read and gave me a new perspective on a few things.
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Oct 22, Brittany rated it it was amazing. It is such a treat to read stories like all three of the books in this series. I really did not enjoy having to set the book down. There were humorous moments, tempered with plenty of heartfelt emotion. These main characters each carried pain from their past and that is something they both had to deal with. The development of the romance in this story was great and I enjoyed the flow of the storyline. Bailey and Gage face danger and trials, but they persevere.
I am happy that I grew to like Bailey. For about the first third of the book, I really did not sympathize with her. The stance she took about building her home across the mouth of the canyon to block Gage from his land was sneaky and did not endear her to me. But, as the story progressed, and I watched both Gage and Bailey change and soften, I really began to like her. These are not perfect characters, which makes them interesting.
But, these things did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. You can read this review on my blog at: Oct 29, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed this book. Mary has a great sense of humor and her books are fun and interesting. I read through it pretty quickly. This is the third book in the Wild at Heart series, but you don't have to read the others to get the point of this one. Bailey is the oldest of three sisters, who have all posed as men to settle the land they've claimed in the wild west. Bailey has chosen a peak position blocking the crossing to Gage's canyon.
He could beat himself up for thinking the land between I really enjoyed this book. He could beat himself up for thinking the land between him and the canyon was not necessarily important. Who would want to settle there? Obviously she knew what she was doing, but what he doesn't know is that Bailey is a woman. Gage is an honest upstanding man and does all he can to keep the peace within reason, but he really needs his land. Bailey on the other hand, is not giving in or giving up. She wants nothing to do with anyone and is used to surviving on her own and being a loner.
A threat on Gage's life, a visitor, and a long lonely winter can make for some interesting choices and decisions. Can the two of them work through their differences? Or will they go back to who they were? Both Bailey and Gage has emotional issues from their past they need to work through - trust, forgiveness of self and others, fears. I like how Mary brings these things to light and works them through it, by relying on God and each other.
I think these "hidden" messages add to the story and also may be a benefit to a reader who may have similar problems. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. Mar 17, Shellie Nicholson rated it liked it Shelves: Let me start off with the fact that this is one of my favorite authors.
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I have read many of her books, and will probably do so until I've read all of her books. This novel is well written, the plot is well developed, and the characters are also well expressed. The writing style is easy to read, and this author always includes humor, which I appreciate. In my personal opinion, this first book was slightly better than this one, and the second book was utterly amazing. Unfortunately, this is probab Let me start off with the fact that this is one of my favorite authors. Unfortunately, this is probably my least favorite book in this trilogy.
I did not like how the main heroine kept considering land bought and paid for by a ranch man "hers" just because she had the only access to it. She's considered honest, but she didn't act like in this instance. The mother-in-law problem I truly think is what ruined for me. Not that she was a part of the story, but that the hero never did anything about it. He needed to listen to his new wife, stick up for her, and man up where his mother was concerned.
None of this happened by the end of the novel to my disappointment, and it was as if the heroine just sat back and was willing to take, though at the beginning she was not the type of character who would. Other than that, it's not bad. This review has no reflection on the writing or style or even the plot Someone else might not have a problem with these, but they bothered me. I have been reading this series from the very beginning and I really love it. Bailey has been masquerading as a male for years.
She served in the war and saw all the hard, awful things associated with war, death and fighting. Bailey is harboring much guilt and resentment over one event in particular. Bailey is used to being strong and independent I have been reading this series from the very beginning and I really love it. Bailey is used to being strong and independent and when Gage comes along and pushes her, she is ready to fight.
We get glimpses of Gage in the previous book and he comes off pushy and rough. I love that in this book we get to see that while Gage is pushy and rough, he is also hard working and honest.
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The more I got to know Gage, the more I liked him. Bailey has the biggest character arch, I think. Her growth emotionally really made her endearing to me. I loved the learning that Bailey and Gage do together as well. We get to see the other sisters in this book for brief moments.
It's like checking in with old friends to see how they are doing. As I said in the beginning, I have loved this series. I'm sad to see it coming to an end but I know Mary Connealy must have something great coming up next and I can't wait to read it! No swearing or sexual content. Sep 27, Tammi rated it really liked it Shelves: Set after the Civil War in the mountain territory of Colorado, Bailey Wilde, the oldest Wilde sister, has staked a homesteading claim with the dream of becoming a successful rancher.
Like her sisters, she has been wearing britches and disguising herself as a man, just as they all three disguised as men and fought in the Civil War on the side of Union. However, her sisters soon ditched the male disguises after falling in love and getting married. This leaves Bailey all alone on her homestead in a Set after the Civil War in the mountain territory of Colorado, Bailey Wilde, the oldest Wilde sister, has staked a homesteading claim with the dream of becoming a successful rancher.
This leaves Bailey all alone on her homestead in a battle with rancher, Gage Coulter over access to his winter grazing canyon. Hang on for a Wilde ride with the final sister and her range war with Gage Coulter. Yes, it has it all. Her books are light-hearted, romantic, and laugh out loud funny.
I highly recommend the entire Wild at Heart Series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network bookfun. Jul 05, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bailey is the oldest of the sisters and undoubtedly the toughest. A man, however, is her problem. Gage Coulter, a man wanting to regain access to the canyon, which is full of grass for his livestock, proposes a deal.
This was my absolute favorite book out of the three. I really enjoyed reading about Bailey and admired her toughness.
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I thought that her and Gage made a perfect pair. Hands down, favorite book, favorite sister, and favorite pair. May 18, Yvette rated it really liked it. The first two books were heavy on action and quite humorous. So, I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance, inspirational fiction, and a story that is amusing, exciting and heartwarming. I also recommend reading the three books in order for maximum enjoyment.
My full review can be read at: I received a free review copy through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program, in exchange for an honest review. Oct 13, Tammy G. I love the cover of this book and knew that the content would be just as lovely Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy is a fun read. There is no way under heaven that Bailey I love the cover of this book and knew that the content would be just as lovely There is no way under heaven that Bailey is going to give up her hard earned living and her hard earned homestead.
Gage has to reclaim some of the five thousand acres that Bailey has in her possession. So, Gage comes with quite a plan and Bailey, in a moment of weakness, agrees to his plan. Once again Mary Connealy pens a fantastic and somewhat humorous western. A fun read for all western fans! Mary Connealy includes faith and love of God in this great read! Mar 26, Robin Willson rated it it was amazing. Another in the series by Mary Connealy about these strong sisters, who seem to go up against equally strong male characters.
Always interesting, with some twists that you may not expect. Bailey had fought in the war yes disguised as a boy and came out hardened. All three sisters tried hard to please their father, who seemed to wish they were sons, and expected them to do all to honor the memory of their dead brother. Christian Historical Romance set in the old west. Disclosure Another in the series by Mary Connealy about these strong sisters, who seem to go up against equally strong male characters. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program.
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Oct 08, Rachael rated it really liked it. Once again a pleasurable read from Connealy! I like so many different authors and moods of books. Hers are always funny and enjoyable reads that lift the spirit. Bailey Wilde is the oldest sister who is still trying to hang onto her manly ways and her ranch. The city has fallen into arctic decay under the rule of the Eagle Knights, of Pirosian descent, who appear little better than the old rulers.
Tandor is an Imperfect and the principle character, but the story revolves around an ensemble of other characters that flesh out the back story of the City of Glass and the adjacent states. Tandor is something of an anti-hero, who causes a catastrophe that serves as the motivator for the other characters, who do not see a great deal of development and exist to serve the plot rather than shape it.
Icefire is toxic to all but the Thilleians and Pirosians, but the latter cannot see or control it. Their immunity is not complete, as infertility is a major problem which has allowed their society to degenerate such that women are mere incubators for families who can afford to pay. The writing style is inconsistent with more expository devices than I would have liked. Some characters seem natural while others are more contrived. Where the author seems comfortable with the themes the writing flows well enough, but others not.
Scenes depicting sex or violence are usually stilted and forced. In contrast, the social narrative of Chevakia is the most interesting. The author seems familiar with the inner workings of a bureaucracy. World building is also a bit hit-and-miss. The technology, or magic, again only exists to serve the plot-driven nature of the story, with gaps or inconsistencies appearing when that immediate aim was not required.
However, despite awkwardness of many parts, the story kept me interested. I wanted to see how it ended. This turned out to be another weak point, the final climax was not entirely convincing. But overall I was engaged enough to read the follow-up Moonfire trilogy. Nov 25, Greyscotty rated it it was ok. Not my favourite and I don't think I'll be pursuing the series. Almost like slogging through a bog. Backstories are almost non existent and character development is like watching paint dry. Could have been a neat idea but Jan 16, Carolyn Injoy rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a world where 'Imperfects' were left on ice floes to be eaten by polar bears.
They were able to see the icefire. Tandor, the grandson of a former king has been saving them to help form a revolution against the current regime. He also betrays his friend Isandor who had managed to become an Eagle Knight in spite of the imperfection of missing a lower leg which he disguised with icefire. I will likely read Icefire Trilogy 2 in spite of several typos or grammatical errors. Jul 10, Alicia Huxtable rated it it was amazing. The writing and characters wrapped me up so completely in there story that there was little chance of putting this book down. Jun 16, Jenn rated it did not like it.
The only positive I could say was that it was over quickly! Nov 27, Ali rated it did not like it Shelves: That and as other reviews have said it's already reading like a haphazard draft. Feb 12, Crystal rated it really liked it. When a baby was born with a physical disability, a knight would take the infant and leave them on the ice floes so that they could be eaten by wild animals.
Women who had come of age were given a special drink that would be able to make them conceive and they did not have to marry just to procreate. Not everyone thought that what the knights were doing was a good When a baby was born with a physical disability, a knight would take the infant and leave them on the ice floes so that they could be eaten by wild animals. Not everyone thought that what the knights were doing was a good thing, so they would go out and rescue the babies and find people to raise them.
This book was a hard for me to get into in the beginning. The book was dry and did not capture my attention, I almost stopped reading it because of that. I am giving this four stars because I am hoping that book two will fill in some missing parts. May 11, Emireland rated it really liked it. Good storytelling in an interesting world I like the story well enough that it made it memorable and slightly hard to put down. The only reason it didn't get five stars was there was not enough background as to why the imperfect were hated and why they were being rounded up by the knights.
There were parts that were confusing specially the young queen. If the author wanted Carro to be totally pathetic, she succeeded, but then so were Isandor and the queen. All of the characters were flat with no d Good storytelling in an interesting world I like the story well enough that it made it memorable and slightly hard to put down.
All of the characters were flat with no development as the story went. Reading the next book just to see if more things are explained otherwise I probably won't read the third one. I received this book for free from NetGalley. Apr 13, Warren Dunn rated it liked it Shelves: An interesting introduction to this series, but interestingly, without any real likeable characters.
The final solution was a better fit, and now the world is turned upside down, which makes me wonder where this is going with the second book. Apr 01, Beverly rated it liked it.
My mental interpretation of icefire is something like electricity controlled by an Imperfect person, who can also cast illusions. One of the main characters in this first book of the trilogy is an Imperfect who was neutered by the people who stole the kingdom from his grandfather. So he's out for revenge and to win back the kingdom. Problem is, he isn't very likeable, so I probably won't continue reading the series. Jul 06, Linda rated it it was amazing. For years, after the knights abused him, he escaped to save the Imperfect children that were left to die on an ice float.
His plan was to gather as many as he could find alive to help him with their untrained gift of icefire. Book one only whetted my appetite for more! Jun 19, Kathy Knuckles rated it really liked it.
I have to say that this is a different kind of story than I have read before. It does pull you in as you go along! There are some aspects that elude me where the fireice is concerned, but I very much enjoyed the story as I kept reading. I hope you will take the time to read this book and the rest of the trilogy.
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Jun 21, kim caldwell rated it liked it. I enjoyed the book enough to finish, but so much time was spent on building all the different characters that they just sort of came together then the book was finished. Building to a good trilogy or more, but book should have been longer to develop more story line. Jan 05, Melody rated it it was ok. I tried really hard to finish reading this and to like it.
I felt lost the entire time. The background to the story just isn't there. I think if that was more clear, and I was not questioning what is going on the entire time, I would have enjoyed this. This book has major potential despite what I have said about it. Dec 08, Mary rated it it was ok. This first novel in a trilogy really has little or no connection to the novella which preceeds it. The characters are the same, but their relationship does not reflect the first book. The story was okay, but I kept waiting for that one moment which connects the reader to the story.
I won't be reading the remainder of this trilogy. Normally I love fantasy. But for the first time I had to give up only a couple of page in. I felt like I was missing something - that is wasn't book one, but maybe book two I was reading. Maybe if I had read the whole thing it would make sense to me, but the total feeling of feeling lost from the start just had me give up. May 07, Teshai rated it it was ok.
It took me forever to finish this book. The story itself was fascinating, but the writing annoyed the crap out of me. I am hoping it was an advanced copy I read. And why is the exchanging of hearts between Isandor and the Queen different in Icefire 0.
Why wouldn't the author explained what the old King was like in that installment? Why not write what happen for this world to be in the state it is in now? I will read the other books, because I must know what will happen to them all, but won't ru It took me forever to finish this book. I will read the other books, because I must know what will happen to them all, but won't rush. Sep 07, James Groenestein rated it it was amazing Shelves: It has taken me a while to read this book, but it was worth it.
Fantastically written, the author has brought a world full of strange magic and customs to life. I'm intrigued to find out what happens in the next instalment - I will be purchasing soon! Jul 28, Pat Eroh rated it really liked it. Difficult beginning but worth sticking with.
Ms Jansen is extremely versatile in her writing and intriguing in many genres. May 13, Cheryl Montgomery-Nolan rated it really liked it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading this coming of age story about a differently-abled boy living in a society that demands perfection. Jan 11, Sonia Santos rated it it was amazing.
Amazing tale This book is so interesting to read. It keeps you enthralled with suspense of what will happen next. Can't wait to read the next part. Dec 01, Teryl rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Original concept although I did find Isandor's decision about heart swapping rather odd.. Have bought book number 2. Jun 17, Holly rated it liked it. An interesting fantasy novel.