Too Far Down Book Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway #LoneStarLit

December 1, 2017 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 2 ★★★★

TOO FAR DOWN
Cimarron Legacy Book 3

by
MARY CONNEALY
  Genre: Western Historical Christian Romance
Date of Publication: October 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 322


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With Danger Drawing Ever Closer, The Boden Clan Risk Losing Their Ranch Forever

Having returned home to the ranch, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back east and appreciating all that New Mexico Territory offers. Sure, he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys his new job running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.
Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone, particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who can’t seem to make up his mind about staying in New Mexico.
When a deadly explosion damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. Melanie is determined to help Cole and the family finally put an end to the danger that’s threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm’s way be more dangerous than anyone expected?



PRAISE FOR TOO FAR DOWN:

“Connealy crafts relatable characters who will inspire readers with their love, loyalty, and fortitude, and the mystery remains intriguing until the end.” Publishers Weekly 
“Recommended for those who enjoy a fast, smart historical-set suspense.” RT Book Reviews

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In the case of Too Far Down, the book blurb is not an accurate description of the novel. Sure, we don’t want any spoilers, but after reading the blurb for this book, I anticipated a historical romance. What I received, however, was a great action\mystery and family drama with a side of romance, which is a lot more intriguing to me. Like Uncle Walt says,
“I’ve never been much interested in gold, but I love a mystery.”
Yes, there is romance between Cole and Melanie, but the mystery of who is trying to destroy the Boden family is drives the plot.
On the romance side, I enjoyed reading about Melanie and Cole. Mel engages and draws Cole out during their daily rides. Cole treats Mel as an equal and respects her choices. They have known each other since childhood, but as readers, we get to watch as they grow to love each other in adulthood.
Where the romance between Cole and Melanie is a slow burn, the action of the last third of the novel really draws my attention. The cuts between scenes are well timed and kept me turning pages! These sections are a thrilling read of page after page of not knowing who would survive, and who was the behind the treachery.
Of the characters in Too Far Down, the women are well developed and really shine. Mel, Sadie, Angie, and Ronnie are strong, self-rescuing, women. Just the kind of women I have a preference for in my novels.
“Why is it, ” she asked the ceiling, ” when you really need a man around with some idea about how to rescue a bunch of damsels in distress, they’re nowhere to be see?”
She figured she, Sadie, Angie, and Rosita would just go ahead and save themselves …
Each of these women made a real impression on me, doing all they can to save themselves, their men, and the family legacy.
My only grievance with Too Far Down is the sudden switches in narrators. The switches are not labelled and very distracting. Each change takes some reading to determine the specific narrator. The narration switches between Cole and Melanie, and also switches to Cole’s mother, Veronica. The sections which are narrated by Veronica are important to the plot, but at the beginning of the novel is very bewildering. By the end, I came appreciated Ronnie’s sections of the novel.
Too Far Down is an excellent conclusion to the Cimarron Legacy books. And I’m disappointed in myself for not having read the others books in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Thanks to author Mary Connealy and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing this opportunity to review Too Far Down. I received the novel free in exchange for my honest review.

Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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