Thursday, July 21, 2016

No Way Up By Mary Connealy REVIEW

No Way Up by Mary Connealy
Book #1 in the Cimarron Legacy Series

When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.
Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.
Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.

My Review
3.5 stars
Chance Boden is desperate to bring his family together. After being severely injured in an avalanche, he informs his 3 adult children that unless the 3 move to the ranch and live there together for a year, than the ranch goes to a cousin they cannot stand. His children come together and attempt to please their father, and save the ranch.
Heath Kincaid is a ranch hand who saved Chance's life in the avalanche, is crushing on Chance's daughter, Sadie, and discovers the avalanche wasn't an accident.
I really enjoyed the novella prequel to this book, The Boden Birthright, but this book fell a little flat for me. Mary Connealy is known for her humor and witty banter in her writing, and I felt like this book lacked it. It focused more around the mystery of who wants Chance Boden dead, with a little romance between Sadie and Heath. I REALLY liked Heath, but Sadie frustrated me.
Overall, it was a good read. The mystery is intriguing. And even though I thought the premise of forcing your adult children to live together was somewhat silly, it was a cute book. I'll be reading the next in the series. :)

* Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book.