Book Review: Too Far Down by Mary Connealy, The Cimarron Legacy Book 3


". . . it was just plain entertaining to watch Cole nearly choke." (49)

Title:  Too Far Down
Series: The Cimarron Legacy, Book 3
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  October 3, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction



With Danger Drawing Ever Closer, The Boden Clan Risk Losing Their Ranch Forever

Having returned home to the ranch, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back east and appreciating all that New Mexico Territory offers. Sure, he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys his new job running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone, particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who can't seem to make up his mind about staying in New Mexico. 

When a deadly explosion damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. Melanie is determined to help Cole and the family finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?


The Cimarron Legacy is good old western romance filled with cowboys, horse riding, lassoing, adventure and some not your typical damsels. The last novel in the series by Mary Connealy, Too Far Down explodes (and I mean that quite literally) with everything you expect from the author. 

"Why is it. . . when you really need a man around with some idea about how to rescue a bunch of damsels in distress, they are no where to be seen?" (273)

Too Far Down has humor and lovely banter. To be honest, Cole was the last of the Boden boys that I never felt too connected, despite having had quite the presence in the previous novels. And Melanie, well, I can say the same for her too. And to start off, Cole seems very "stick-in-the-mud" type and Melanie was way tomboyish than I'd like in my heroines. YET, those two just hits it off with flying colors in this story that provides so much more depth in their characters and development.

Then we hit the mark with the plot lines. Goodness! When you think of the good old John Wayne westerns with all the gun fighting and adventure, well, you'll love how the series' mystery thread unfolds. Those scenes were heart-stopping!

As the final installment of the series, Too Far Down gave readers a solid and satisfying conclusion, while maintaining its distinct voice as a single novel. It would be preferable to read the series in succession even though each can be read as a standalone. The author did a great job in weaving in the backstory of each of the characters from other novels. In all, Mary Connealy sure knows how to write Westerns filled with witty humor, fast-paced adventure and suspenseful scenes from the very first page!


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie's Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. 

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