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7.27.2014

Stuck Together ~ Review

Stuck Together
Trouble in Texas Book 3
By Mary Connealy

When Tina Cahill moved to Broken Wheel, Texas, to live with her big brother Jonas, she determined to shut down the saloon.  But Tina's determination just might not be enough.  After all there a few woman and children living in Broken Wheel to help her in her campaign.

But Tina is good at one thing - stirring up trouble.  And she's determined to stir up as much as she can, even if it means dragging Jonas and his friends into it with her.  If she can just convince Broken Wheel's unpaid sheriff Vince Yates to take her part - she knows that she'll get things changed quick.

But Vince has problems of his own, what with his family making a surprise visit.  And then Lana Bullard is still a prisoner that he can't figure out what to do with.  And Tina is starting to become his biggest problem, especially where his heart is concerned.  Vince has a secret that makes him push away any chance of love, but Tina has a way of getting under a man's skin.  But somehow this little pest has managed to make her way into his heart and he's fighting it all the way.

But when Vince needs help he has to call on his friends and somehow he and Tina seem to keep getting stuck together.  They're both determined to somehow make it through this crisis with their hearts intact though it is growing more difficult as they discover that the other does have some admirable traits after all.

This is the final book in the Trouble in Texas series.  In this book we get to learn more about Vince and Tina.  Both of them have major family issues that have had a lasting impact on them.  Vince fears that he will take after his parents - leaving him as unfit a parent as they both were.  Tina suffers from fears of rejection, as she has had the people in her life leave her behind.

When a series of crisis break-out Vince must decide which one takes precedence even if upsets his friends in the process.

All in all readers of this series should be delighted.  I would have liked an ending a little more fleshed out though it was well concluded and should satisfy series fans.   Historical fiction with a generous splash of romance, a jail break, a missing person, and a possible war with the Indians - get ready for some Old West excitement!

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

When a lawman who values order gets stuck with a feisty crusader who likes to stir things up, there's going to be trouble in Texas!

Now that she's settled in town, Tina Cahill is determined to get Broken Wheel's saloon 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. 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 showing signs of dementia. And his surprise sister quickly falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince suddenly has a lot of people depending on him, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them.

With nearly every other man in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with strong-willed 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 crazy 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.