In Too Deep

Mary Connealy. Bethany House, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-7642-0912-3

This second installment in the Kincaid Brides series continues the Connealy tradition of cowboys, laughs, and love. Ethan Kincaid weds Audra Gilliland in a marriage of convenience orchestrated by his brother Rafe. Ethan brings a lifetime of hiding from the pain of his childhood, and Audra brings two young daughters from her first marriage. Her past, however, catches up when miscreants come looking for a fortune stolen by her first husband. Ethan’s past surfaces when he must face his greatest fear to save the woman he has come to love, and Audra must discover an inner strength she thought she’d never find. This tale is long on action—gunfights, fire, getting lost in caves—but short on depth as the drama and romance unfold lickity-split. Readers looking for a leisurely stroll through the Colorado countryside won’t find it here; those eager to explore the post–Civil War Colorado Territory will love riding headlong through this rollicking tale. Agent: Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Feb.)