Happy Friday! It is Marooned without a Compass Day! I do not know many people that actually use a compass since the invention of GPS! There are so many unique days in the year! Tomorrow is my favorite day (you will have to wait and see).
Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy is the third book in the Wild at Heart series. Fire and Ice is set in Aspen Ridge, Colorado in 1866. Bailey Wilde has built her home so it blocks the access to Gage Coulter's canyon. He owns the whole canyon, but Bailey wants it for her cattle. He never thought to purchase that rocky parcel of land that is the entrance to the canyon. Gage is determined to get access to for his cattle.
Gage's mother is coming to visit. She believes that Gage is married (he told her that to keep her from visiting). Now Gage needs a wife (you know where this is going). Bailey is the closest eligible female around and it does not hurt that Gage is attracted to her feisty personality. Will Bailey be willing to help him out?
Fire and Ice is a cute book but not very original. The setting of Aspen Ridge in the Rockies is just lovely, the writing is good, and the characters are interesting. I think I was at a disadvantage because I had not read the two other books in the series (I did not know it was part of a series when I picked it). In order to understand all the personal relationships and their shared histories, you really do need to read the other novels. I give Fire and Ice 3.5 out of 5 stars. I think I would have enjoyed this novel more when I was a teenager (I read quite a few romances in my late teens and early twenties).
The other two books in the Wild at Heart series are Tried and True and Now and Forever. I received a complimentary copy of Fire and Ice from The Book Club Network Inc. and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My flu is still lingering along with the awful migraines (I actually suffer from three types of headaches according to my neurologist--I am just so lucky). It is really messing with my reading and cleaning schedule (and now my mother is coming down sick too). Make sure to take care of yourself! Have a great Friday evening and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader