Saturday, August 18, 2012

Out of Control

Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House
August 2011
ISBN: 978-0764209116
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Rafe Kincaid is minding his own business when he thinks he hears someone crying. When he investigates, he finds a hysterical woman who was left in a cave, the rope pulled up, leaving her stranded. She is terrified, and to shut her up enough to rescue her, Rafe kisses her, but then worries that maybe she is a sixty year old woman. She slaps him for suggesting such a thing, but that calms her down enough so he can rescue her.

Julia Gilliland has loved caves and fossils since she can remember. She found a fish fossil in the cave and someone was stalking her in the shadows, scaring her. After Rafe rescues her, her father comes home, and she learns that he is living a double life, using fake identities and that is why she lives so far out of town. Her father has an injury though that is making him meaner than he usually is—and someone is stalking her in an attempt to get back at her father.

Rafe is intrigued by Julia, but their developing relationship comes between him and his brothers. Rafe is forced to make a decision. Choose the woman who turns his life upside down and inside out, or take the calmer route that will keep his brothers home and safe.

OUT OF CONTROL is the first book in The Kincaid Brides series, and it is funny in spots, and in others it seems to drag. I really thought one part of the story lasted way too long--and Julia was way whiny. However, the humor in the story is top-notch, and I love the way Rafe struggled with his physical reactions to Julia.

Ms. Connealy is a wonderful writer, and I can’t wait to read the second book in the series, In Too Deep, and the third, On the Edge. If you like historical romance, you won’t want to miss OUT OF CONTROL. There is a touch of suspense in the story as well, with the stalkers point of view added. $14.99. 329 pages.

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