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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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130 of 141 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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83 of 89 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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52 of 55 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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96 of 108 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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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worst female character ever April 15, 2012
By has11
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This book was terrible. I am always hesitant to get free kindle books, but this one had a 5 star rating so I thought I'd try it. BIG MISTAKE. The main female character, Julia, was the brattiest little girl I've ever met. When her life is in danger and a man she doesn't even know is trying to save and she just has to sit back and be quiet, but all she can do is babble on and on about fossils like some 5 year old. I also could not understand how Rafe managed to fall in love with her when all I wanted to do was slap her and tell her to shut up. Plus they were both overly bossy control freaks.Also the end leaves it open as to if she continues to be an idiot and risk her life doing stupid things simply because she wants to with no regard to her safety or her husbands and I really don't want to pay to read the second book in the series because if it is this bad I would be super angry, although I liked Audra and Ethan better by far. To sum it up, this book was a huge waste of my time and I had to struggle to finish it. If I want to watch a bratty girl who pouts and whines when she doesn't get her way and doesn't listen to common sense or people telling her no for her own good, then I will just spend time watching my toddler throw a fit.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not good March 29, 2013
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Did not care for this book. The premise behind it could have been a good one but so many parts of it seemed so random and like it kept repeating itself. And I found none of the characters in the least bit likable. Would not recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy reader for those that read a lot
An easy reader for those that read a lot. No foul language for those young adults that want a romance type of book.
Published 1 hour ago by Debbie Zander
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun simple
A fun simple romance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved!!
I absolutely loved this book and can't wait to read the next two!! I read it from beginning to end within only five hours!! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jericha Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed my second Mary Connealy book tremendously. Interesting characters, suspenseful plot and great ending!
Published 1 day ago by Beth Byler
4.0 out of 5 stars Relatable, Fun Characters
Although much of the book was predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters Connealy creates and their interactions in this novel. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ashley Carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I love books wrote in the old days. It was hard to stop reading. I wish I knew if Ethan and Audra get married and what's to become of Seth..
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Published 2 days ago by Eugene Nichols
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Christian Novel
This was an okay Christian novel whose main plot I couldn't really follow, with the descriptions of various ailments and Civil War references standing out the most.
Published 3 days ago by J. Gallen
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Very pleased with purchase and with service…Thank you!
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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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