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Book #16: Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides) by Mary Connealy

Welcome to week 16 of the “52 Books in 52 Weeks [1]” series!  If you haven’t seen all the books take a moment and catch up [1]!

This week I read Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides) [2] by Mary Connealy.  The book description was pretty good on Amazon:

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?

Overall the book was good.  I have to be honest though- the Julia character drove me absolutely crazy.  Sometimes I wondered if the writer portrayed her with PTSD or some other underlying issue that she just failed to mention.  She switches back and forth between being an adult and being a spoiled 13 year old girl.  There were several moments in the book I wanted to reach through the screen (I was reading on my Kindle) and smack her.

What Julia lacks in continuity the other characters in the story make up for.  Rafe is portrayed as the cowboy every girl wants to meet when she thinks of the old West.  Connealy’s description of the land and culture of the time make that time period seem romantic and dangerous all at once- a great combination when you want to get lost in a book.

Overall I would say if you like romantic western novels this is a good bet for you!