My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stuck Together Goodreads Summary
Tina Cahill, newly arrived from the East, is determined to get the saloon in Broken Wheel, Texas, closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.
Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. Not his tyrant of a father. Nor the injuries he suffered in the Civil War. Nor the fact that he is Broken Wheel's only attorney and sheriff yet has no law degree.
But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is suffering signs of dementia. And his surprise sister immediately falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince has a lot of people to take care of, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them. But with almost all the other men in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with feisty Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
I have read books by Mary Connealy before, but this is the first one in this series that I have read (I know that's weird considering it's the last in this series). Connealy can always be counted on for humor and witty, strong, and determined characters that show the spirit of the true old west!
Tina definitely fits that bill. With her fiery spirit and sassy attitude, she is a force to be reckoned with, yet she also has a kind and compassionate side that finds its way to the top at times. I admired her determination and strength to stand up for what she believed in and mask her true feelings.
Vince did an admirable job of being a true western hero. With the nickname of Invincible Vince nothing can stop him - at least not until his tyrant father, ill mother, and unknown sister show up in town, not to mention "spitfire Tina and the unwanted job of sheriff." But will his fear of becoming like his parents keep him from loving Tina?
I loved how the whole town helped watch out for Vince's mother, Virginia Belle, and how the regulators and their families stuck together and hadsuch a wonderful bond of friendship.
For you action lovers, there's a little of that too, starting from the first few pages! As Vince and Tina deal with their issues, can they learn to hand them over to God and trust in Him? This book can stand alone, but it would probably be best to read them in order.
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, though I was not required to review it. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
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