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Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Lasseod in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughter 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.
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  • Series: The Kincaid Brides (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209116
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy...with cowboys.
She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, 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. The Trouble in Texas Series; Swept Away, Fired Up, Stuck Together. The Wild at Heeart Series; Tried and True, Now and Forever, Fire and Ice. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy. And Novella collections; A Bride for All Seasons, Four Weddings and a Kiss, A Match Made in Texas, Hope for the Holidas Contemporary Collection, Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, With this Kiss Contemporary Collection, With this Kiss Historical Collection and many more books.
Under the pen name Mary Nealy, she also wrote Ten Plagues--a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders--three cozy mysteries.
Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and a small bevy of spectacular grandchildren.

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150 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2011
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"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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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By javamama on 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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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful By bookworm726 on December 5, 2011
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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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104 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Jody on September 16, 2011
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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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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By has11 on April 15, 2012
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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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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on September 3, 2011
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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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