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Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Connealy
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Book Description

Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys her outings to the cavern near her father's homestead, where she explores for fossils and formations, and plans to write a book about her discoveries. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to find her way out.

Rafe Kincaid has spent years keeping his family's cattle ranch going, all without help from his two younger brothers, who fled the ranch--and Rafe's controlling ways--as soon as they were able. He's haunted by one terrible day at the cave on a far-flung corner of the Kincaid property, a day that changed his life forever. Ready to put the past behind him, he plans to visit the cave one final time. He sure doesn't expect to find a young woman trapped in one of the tunnels--or to be forced to kiss her!

Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known, but how can he overlook her fascination with the cave he despises? And when his developing relationship with Julia threatens his chance at reconciliation with his brothers, will he be forced to choose between the family bonds that could restore his trust and the love that could heal his heart?

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About the Author

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and her novel Calico Canyon was nominated for a Christy Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

Product Details

  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764209116
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BOXJK8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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136 of 149 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed September 7, 2011
"Out Of Control" was the first book I have read by Mary Connealy, and will be the last. This book caught my attention because I love historical fiction and am always on the lookout for another good book to get lost in. I stuck with this book until the end, but I had to force myself to do so. The plot was not well thought out and rushed. The entire story takes place within a few days, and has no character development at all. I found that I could not like either of the two main character, Rafe and Julia. Actually, I came to be annoyed by them and the way they were portrayed. Julia was only concerned about her 'fossils', even in times of great peril to her and others. Rafe could only think about how he would claim a new piece of land and make a new home. I feel as though this could have been a great story, but unfortunately, it is not.
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. December 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't really care about how things turned out for any of these characters. Julia in particular suffers from a severe case of TSTL. For example: "There's a gun-toting madman in this cave. We should be careful and quiet . . . oh, look, Fossils! Fossils! Fossils fossils FOSSILS!!!!!" I suppose she was supposed to be spunky and passionate, but I thought she was a selfish idiot. I finished it because I rarely don't finish books, but I was pretty bored by the whole thing.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible characters March 29, 2013
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I truly wish that authors would stop writing strong women as stupid women but that is the only way to describe Julia. In several scenes the only way to describe her is as too stupid to live. I know multiple people have commented on it but its so true. When you think that someone may want to kill you, and the only thing you have to do is be quiet and stick close to the guy trying to keep you safe, that is what you would do, unless you are Julia. In that case you can only notice fossils, talking loudly and hammer against the wall to make sure that everyone knows you are there. What is sad is that doesn't just happen once in the book. I get that the author wanted to give her a different interest than a lot of heroines but come on, could you also give her a little intelligence to go along with it? I also found the way she treated Seth appalling. Perhaps the author thought she was funny by having the Julia actually comment multiple times to Seth about how crazy he is. I also found it horrible that when its obvious that he is a man in desperate need of help does she give him help and take him home like he obviously needs? Oh no, she gets him to lead her around the caves. Really? The way she acted and spoke made me cringe over and over again. There is no way that Rafe would ever fall for her in the real world. That brings us to the second horrible character in this book.

Rafe is a bully who can't ask anything. He demands and commands everything. He also can't stop kissing Julia. He claims to love her but its obvious from his actions that all he feels is lust. This isn't romance, at least not Christian romance. If you love secular romances where all you need is sex then great, this is a more tepid version where everyone keeps their clothes on but the principle is the same.

I had heard good things about this author and perhaps I should give her another chance but after this book I am not feeling very motivated to do so.
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97 of 111 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful book :-( September 16, 2011
By Jody
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Out of Control by Mary Connealy was an awful book. I really like this author and am surprised that I could dislike this book sooooo much. Julia was a whiny brat whose only concern was about her fossils. She was downright selfish. I realize her father was a lowlife, but this girl needed a timeout in a big way. I have never disliked a character more. I had to force myself to finish this book. Don't waste your money on this book. Read her Montana Marriages series or Sophie's Daughters series. I have read these books many times, I guess all her books cannot be gold - but this book was awful. UGH!!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous, fun and delicious! September 3, 2011
Mary Connealy is possibly one of the best Christian Western Fiction writers there is! My first Christian Western I ever read was written by Mary Connealy and I've yet to find another Western author that I enjoy more than her! Her description of detail just pulls you in to the story and her characters are always fun and enjoyable!!

I have to admit though that I struggled with whether to give Out of Control 4 or 5 stars because I didn't quite connect with the characters as much as in some of her previous stories but over all this book was amazing besides my minor issues with Julia so I decided on 5.

The reason I struggled with liking Julia is because of weird obsession with fossils and her selfish behavior regarding them. Rafe was also a bit weird too, the whole marriage conversation that they had was strange. His haunting childhood story though was spot-on good and had me feeling the pain and emotions along with him which drew me in to his story.

My issues with Rafe and Julia were very minor though and I still ended up loving them and their stories. I especially enjoyed all the other characters involved too, especially Julia's step-mother and Rafe's brother Ethan.

One of my favorite things about this book was the added mystery and suspense involved with the caves, some of it was downright creepy and I had hurry to read to make sure everyone would be ok! Oh and the ending is the best!!

The spiritual aspect of this book I thought was more enlightening than any of her other books. Both the hero and heroine are dealing with trying to please their worldly fathers instead of their heavenly fathers and their struggles with finding God in the midst of heartache was profound.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It was full of adventure love and mystery. I really enjoyed it in fact I could not put it do we down.
Published 17 hours ago by Pen Name
2.0 out of 5 stars Honest review
This story was boring in many parts. To much backstory. And I thought that the heroine was a little crazy instead of Seth-always wanting to go exploring when a lunatic was roaming... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Janice Hennessee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertaining reading
This is the first book I have read by Mary Connealy. I liked it but I thought some of the conversations were a little overdone.
Published 1 day ago by CPuls
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Book
Published 2 days ago by Ellen M. Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow and nagging
Maybe it gets better, but I doubt I'll read that far. I am on page 54 and the endless nagging hasn't stopped. She seems very ungrateful to the person who saved her life. Read more
Published 3 days ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars read it twice!!!
Never got bored reading this book. It always kept me intrigued and interested. Compelling storyline and was a great stand alone book, but I'm ready for the next in the series!!!
Published 3 days ago by A Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book
Published 4 days ago by Michelle Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this story
Book had some interesting twists. The setting was unique, as was the story of three brothers, all wounded in unique ways. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 8 days ago by DIANE C BAKER
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy ready a good clean written book then this is ...
If you enjoy ready a good clean written book then this is definetly for you. Having read all in the series I found them to be a blessing.
Published 10 days ago by James R. Venable
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More About the Author

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy...with cowboys.
She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita and Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy.
She also wrote Ten Plagues--a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders--three cozy mysteries, under the name Mary Nealy.
Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.

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