Book Review: No Way Up, by Mary Connealy

From the Back Cover
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.
“Connealy provides us with another amazing, fast-paced, suspenseful read.”–“RT Book Reviews”
About the Author
Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has over half a million books sold. 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. Learn more at

My Thoughts:

I am a fan of Mary Connealy and I enjoy her writing style and her humor. Usually. This book was not what I was used to in this author’s writing. The character interaction and struggles between the hero and heroine was just not there. I felt like the main story was on the history of the New Mexico Territory and the intrigue behind the Boden family land. My preference is more romance and personal issues between the main characters, and a definite, satisfying ending, even with a first book in a series. I didn’t feel that I got that with this book. But that is just my preference.
If you are looking for a broader story line, with rich historical details and a bit of suspense, then this would be a good read for you. I would highly recommend other books by Mary as well.
I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Bethany House provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.


About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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