No Way Up by Mary Connealy - The Cimarron Legacy, Book 1

"You're all blessed. " (44)

Title:  No Way Up
Series: The Cimarron Legacy, Book 1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  July 5, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

The Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!

When Cimarron Ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg--and possibly his life--Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch's will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance's three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don't live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative. 

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set--and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future--and a desired future with Sadie--locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

Boy, oh boy, oh boy! What a western story to lasso and hook onto you! From the very beginning, No Way Up by Mary Connealy gifted readers with intense scenes of avalanches, medical prowess and a reading of a will that will set every character on edge! Not only the characters, but readers too!  From suspense, to romance to adventure, Mary had hit the mark with this story about cowboys, their heroines and their land claims.   What I love about Mary's writings is that she can always instill humor even in tense situations, and that's what gives No Way Up an edge in my book.

I love the banter between Heath and the Boden brothers, and how Sadie jumps right in periodically too. She's spunky and holds her own. The connection between Sadie and Heath was even more personified during the climbing scenes. Heath is such a great guy! From the first page, he captures you with his control and calm, and then the same goes for his outburst in the office.

I love the message in No Way Up. It's about family and about love. Sometimes we forget what that means.  I love this story, and I can't wait to read more about the Bodens.  Mary included a sweet note in the dedication page, and I hope every reader will take the time to read it. It embodies the message we read in No Way Up, which was very nicely summed up by Sadie on page 292. (Don't want to give away too much, so you'll just have to read it!)

Thank you, Mary for a wonderful, fast-paced, easy-to-read, lighthearted story with much to give.

No Way Up is the first of a new series, but if you want to get a head start, there is a prequel novella out now, The Boden Birthright that is FREE (not sure how long this will last)!

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





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Murray Photography
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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  1. Who doesn't love a cowboy? Sounds like a great series!

  2. Well you've lassoed me in with your awesome review, Annie! :-) I didn't realize there was a prequel either, so thanks for the heads up on that. I love Mary Connealy's books, the trick is always finding time to read everything!

  3. O, CARYL, it is!! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hahah NOELA! I know what you mean! There really isn't enough time to get ALL the reading I want done done, and I KNOW I want to re-read some too! No Way Up is a re-read too! ;)

  5. I love her books, so I'm sure this one is a hit also. I need more time to read, but my garden is stealing my time, plus my hens are hatching chicks.

  6. Her books always deliver an adventure full of humor and romance! I can't wait to read it! Great review :)


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