Braced for Love
Series: Brothers in Arms #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date March 2, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Wyoming Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Written for: Adults
When entering the rough new land, does he go to meet his greatest enemy, or his greatest ally?
Kevin Hunt was at peace with the grueling but honest labor of Kansas farm life, until he received the news that he had inherited part of a successful Wyoming ranch. The only catch is it's to be shared with a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin's supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life, and the townsfolk are quick to spurn Kevin and his siblings for it.
But trouble seems to follow Kevin on the way, and he wonders if his half brother Wyatt is behind the attacks. Once at the ranch, everyone is at each other's throats, and the only person willing to stand in between is Winona Hawkins, the local schoolmarm and a wealthy rancher's daughter.
Despite being a longtime 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. With every reason to despise each other, can the Hunt brothers put aside their differences long enough to protect the ones they love?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Man With a Past, Love on the Range
I was excited to see the start of a new series by Mary Connealy! Her stories are very enjoyable – full of adventure and excitement. Braced for Love was no exception.
As I’ve come to expect, this story started with a bang and the situation escalated from there! As did the convoluted circumstances Kevin found himself in when he showed up in Wyoming to find out about his strange inheritance.
I loved Kevin’s character. He had such a strong sense of justice and desired always to be on the side of right and good. And he was very chivalrous as well, not only protecting his sister Molly and brother Andy, he extended that need to protect the others around him as well.
Full of intense action and some suspense, Braced for Love also has sweet romance. While the characters were not as quirky as in some of the Mary Connealy books I’ve read, at least one came close. But we’ll have to wait to learn more about him in a later story in the series – his role in this one, while significant, was minor.
There were some points at which I thought the secrets Win and Kevin both kept were related to something darker than what they ended up being. Which I mention because when the secrets were revealed, some things from earlier in the story almost didn’t make sense – almost as if originally the secrets were worse than they ended up being. Whether this was the case and it was just missed in the editing, or was just me reading too much into things, is not clear.