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He casually agrees to a marriage of convenience... never expecting to fall in love with his bride.Ethan Kincaid proposes marriage with the same detachment he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland accepts his proposal so she can stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.But Ethan never expected Audra to affect him so profoundly, and it terrifies him. Someone heHe casually agrees to a marriage of convenience... never expecting to fall in love with his bride.Ethan Kincaid proposes marriage with the same detachment he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland accepts his proposal so she can stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.But Ethan never expected Audra to affect him so profoundly, and it terrifies him. Someone he loved was once seriously injured on his watch, and he won't let that happen again. If Audra will just do as he says, he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on the ranch.Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another—and they've done a poor job of it. Now she's planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way!Can two fearful hearts—wary of getting in too deep—become two trusting hearts, willing to let go and fall in love?...

Title : In Too Deep
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ISBN : 9780764209123
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Number of Pages : 331 Pages
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In Too Deep Reviews

  • Tweety
    2019-02-02 07:36

    This book is so hard to rate and review. If the story had made Rafe and Julia more side characters (after all, they already had their own book), and had focused, really focused, what's his name? The hero and heroine. See?! I can't even remember their names, and it was supposed to be about them, not their relatives. If it had, I'd have given this book four stars because is good, but not as good as Seth's story in Over The Edge. What I remember most about the "main characters" is that the hero nearly always had a shallow grin on his face and the heroine was always trying to prove she had a backbone. I like that the two of them really talked to each other though. And because of that they helped each other overcome feelings of worthlessness and cowardice. But, other than those few conversation I enjoyed this book best when Seth was in it. He was the highlight of all three of these books. He was to me at least the most relatable. Not that I'm crazy. PG A few swears, some violence and a talk of wedding nights, being married all the way and so on. But all respectfully and nothing beyond kisses. Which there seemed to be a lot of.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-26 07:57

    Ever read a book with a stolen fortune, outlaws, marriage of convenience, and a cavern? Want to? Then read In Too Deep!Back in November of 2011, I read Out of Control - that was the first book I read by Mary Connealy! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and if all of her books are as good as these two, I will HAVE to read them! :)I could hardly wait to read In Too Deep, since Ethan Kincaid was the character that intrigued me most from Out of Control. Reading Ethan's story and getting to know him (and the other characters) was just fantastic!In Out of Control we learn that Audra's first husband stole a fortune, and in In Too Deep, there are outlaws after it! This added a lot of adventure/danger and it's just another reason why I loved this book!Ethan made me laugh many times in this book. He was just so funny! I loved learning more about the reasons why he smiles a lot and seeing his character grow.There is still another book in The Kincaid Brides series (I wish there were more!), Over the Edge, and I am anxiously awaiting it! In Too Deep gives some hints as to what to expect, and I'm pretty sure it will be great!While I recommend reading Out of Control (because it was so good) before you read In Too Deep , I don't think it is entirely necessary. In Too Deep is great on its own!I loved In Too Deep - it's now a favorite of mine. I recommend it if you like romance, historical, or western novels!*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*Was my review helpful? If so, please click yes on Amazon:

  • Kav
    2019-01-29 08:45

    "Six full feet of stubborn and another few inches of dumb." (p.34) is an apt description of Ethan Kincaid, Connealy's latest reluctant hero. The descriptor also gives you a sense of the author's unique style and her wry sense of humour. Laughter ricochets off every page like bullets in a cavern. There's a staccato rhythm in both her comedy and drama that sets a fast pace to this intriguing plot. Fans of Out of Control will be thrilled to become reacquainted with familiar characters. And while Rafe and Julia and Seth definitely play their parts well -- this is Ethan and Audra's story. Though be forewarned, you'll want to read the first book in the series before you delve into this one. Fear is a recurring theme throughout the plot. It acts as a catalyst that propels the characters into action and reaction, including the dastardly villain. From Audra's determination to grow a backbone to Ethan's valiant struggle to put the horrors of the past behind him, Connealy deals with a prevalent issue with surprising depth and clarity for a romantic comedy. And she does it with panache.Add in the toe-curling romance and an air of mystery and you come up with another winning read from Mary Connealy.

  • Sarah Smith
    2019-02-08 01:37

    WOW!!!! :-). Gee whiz!!!! :-). "In Too Deep," the second novel included in The Kincaid Bride Series is a SUPER, SMASH HIT!!!! :-). I ABSOLUTELY ADORED the continuing saga that intertwine the lives of the Kincaid brothers and their growing family!!!! :-). Because I knew nothing about Mary Connealy and her work when she introduced me to Rafe and Julia, Ethan, Audra, Maggie, and Lily, and Seth in "Out of Control," I found it rather difficult to become attached and root for happy endings for any one of them -- until the final 100 pages of the novel, that is. By the time that I finished it, I was TOTALLY HOOKED!!!! :-). I was SO ANXIOUS to learn more and develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with each character. Unlike its prequel, I devoured the pages of "In Too Deep" viraciously from beginning to end!!!! :-). Mary Connealy has earned my deep respect and has captured a special place in my heart!!!! :-). EXCELLENT, TOP-NOTCH SUCCESS!!!! :-).

  • Abbi
    2019-02-15 04:54

    I know I say this a lot but it bears repeating, Mary Connealy is an AMAZING author! Honestly I have yet to read a book of hers that I wasn't instantly drawn into.So needless to say I loved this book. I was laughing so often my sister is probably ready to kill me. I really enjoy all the ribbing between the brothers, whether spoken aloud or thought. They just have such an interesting relationship that it makes for some great times. Ethan and Audra were a great couple and I loved watching them bond as they struggled to overcome their fears and discovered that “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” 1 John 4:18

  • Abbie
    2019-02-09 06:58

    Book two picks up on the heals of book one. Ethan’s older brother Rafe is now married to Julia. Audra does not want to be a burden now that Julia is married and is thinking about heading back east to her uncaring father. Rafe will have none of that and come up with the idea that Ethan should marry her so she can be the house keeper at the Kincaid ranch that Ethan is now taking over. Before either of them have a chance to think they are wed. Heading back to the Kincaid ranch with crazy Seth in tow how will these two settle into married life. Will they find love after all? Mary Connealy has done it again! She is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint in this new book.What I liked: Everything! I really liked both Ethan and Audra in the first book maybe even more then Rafe and Julia. I could not wait to read their story. I love how the characters interact in this book. The humor had be laughing through out. I also love how Ethan and Audra start to care for each other and realize how much they need each other.What I did not like: Really not much. The only part of the story I was not really into was the head bad guy. It really seemed like it did not fit with this story. I am guessing we will hear more from him in the 3rd book. I just did not feel his chapters added anything to the main plot of the story.Over all I loved this book. I love how this author intertwines romance, comedy and suspense(bad guys) and creates characters you fall in love with. I could not put it down and wanted to cry when it was over. I can’t wait for book three which will finally tell Seth’s story and I can’t wait to meet Callie! August can’t come soon enough. This is a must read for all historical fiction lovers!

  • Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
    2019-02-14 07:52

    Full review here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....Nobody does dysfunctional heroes and heroines like Mary Connealy. She doesn't hold any punches when listing their faults-if a character is acting like schmuck, then Mary is going to point it out with her cutting humour and wise cracks. Consequently, her witty dialogue reads like verbal sparring that will leave you in stitches yet calling for more. This book is classified as a romantic comedy, but it has a depth and soul that enriches the plot. The dynamics of a three sibling relationship is perfectly represented: Rafe, the boss; Ethan, the peacemaker; and Seth the risk taker. Buried deep in the shadow of their childhood, a traumatic accident has shaped Rafe and Ethan (and in Seth's case, misshaped), and the time of reckoning has come to finally face their fears and guilt. After being traded like chattel by her ruthless father, Audra has finally stepped in to her independence and fights to be have a voice that is heard and respected. Finally, what would a good western be without the requisite outlaws, shootouts, kidnappings, and toe curling romance? In Too Deep is the quintessential Mary Connealy novel that does not fail to bring heart and mirth into your reading time. I cannot wait for Seth's story in Over The Edge because I am hooked on this cast of characters.Rating: 8/10**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**

  • Patricia Kemp Blackmon
    2019-02-11 01:50

    This is the second book in this series and is a great compliment to book one.In 1866, Colorado Audra Gilliand agrees to marry Ethan Kincaid because she feels like she has become a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.Ethan has become attached to Audra's two small children and is so afraid he will not be able to protect her and the children. Plus he is confused about the feelings he has developed for Audra.Audra is not wanting to be dependent on anyone. She wants to be able to stand on her own to feet and not be treated like a fragile little china doll.The author picks Audra up out of the rubble of her past giving her faith in God to protect her and her children. In the character Ethan shows a yearning to be a father to Audra's children. As a family unit I believe Audra and Ethan will bring out the best in each other and the children showing that God has mad a blessed union.I highly recommend this book.I rated this book a 5 out of 5.Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher for review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.

  • April Erwin
    2019-02-04 08:47

    In Too Deep is Mary's follow up to Out of Control, the first book in the Kincaid Brides series. I loved book one, the suspense and humor mixture always hooks me right in, but I was anxious to read Ethan's story, because as much as I enjoyed Rafe, Ethan was the one that really intrigued me.Ethan may be clueless about women, but he's a good hearted soul looking for healing and validation as a man. Audra has been beaten down by pushy men her whole life and she's had enough. Both want to be seen for the strength inside of them, but struggle to stand their ground with bossy Rafe and Julia always making choices without consulting anyone else. That's how Ethan and Audra end up married in the first place. But their good for one another, they see each other for who they really are and together are stronger. I loved watching them find their true feelings for one another.And of course it wouldn't be a Mary Connealy book without a lot of humor and action to go with it. One of my favorite lines in the book is where Audra is describing Ethan at a moment when she's frustrated with him. "Ethan looked like six full feet of stubborn and another few inches of dumb." :)

  • Margaret Metz
    2019-02-08 09:43

    I always look forward to books by Mary Connealy because of the humor and great dialogue she inserts into all her novels. I have to say this one had the perfect title. I felt as if Ethan and Audra were almost like two inexperienced boaters tied to a canoe that was speeding down raging rapids. I think it was the first book I read where both main characters were forced into situations pretty much totally out of their control. Now that isn't to say they didn't make any decisions or were unlikeable. They were unique. I loved watching Audra and Ethan first plan to avoid and work around each other and then learn to love and rely on one another. It was a wonderful journey. The author didn't take it easy on them though. This is a story filled with tense action and danger as well as tender romantic moments. It's the kind of thing that keeps you from eating, sleeping, and doing anything but flipping pages.This one makes my favorites list. I want to thank Bethany House for providing my copy in exchange for my honest review. They did not influence my opinions or require that I provide a positive review.

  • Regina Jennings
    2019-02-04 03:50

    I so wish I'd read the first book so I could've spent more time with these delightful characters. Starting on book 2 wasn't difficult, though. Mary Connealy does a great job of starting the story with enough hints that you don't feel lost. Even though I hadn't read the first one, I could understand why Audra wouldn't be excited to be married to flippant Ethan. Of course, Ethan isn't nearly as cavalier as he pretends and the love of a good woman might be all he needs to straighten up.The banter between the three brothers was pure genius - bossy oldest, irresponsible youngest and poor Ethan, the peacemaker in the middle. In a way both Ethan and Audra are learning to stand up for themselves, but unfortunately they are practicing on each other.And Mary knows how to write a cliff-hanger, that's a fact. There's no disguising that book three (Over the Edge) is going to be chock-full of adventure. The letter that Seth gets at the end of this makes me chuckle to think about it.So I guess I'd better buy the first book, Out of Control, so I can get the scoop before Over the Edge is released.

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2019-02-19 02:41

    2.5 stars as well. Another low rating from me for this author. Again, I just couldn't really connect with her characters. Still a little crazy and unrealistic. Conversation and thoughts still too redundant. I ended up skipping parts where there wasn't anything important or new. I will finish out the series just because I want to see what happens to Seth (the third brother).

  • Kara
    2019-01-29 08:52

    In Too Deep by Mary ConnealyReview by Kara GrantBefore I go into the review I want to make comments on Out of Control by Connealy also. Both books are part of The Kincaid Brides. I won Out of Control in a blog contest a while ago and decided to finally read it before reviewing In Too Deep. Minor spoilers included: Out of Control introduces us to a cave; the three Kincaid brothers, Rafe, Ethan, and Seth; and archaeologist/cave explorer Julia, her stepmom (more like a sister) Audra, and Audra’s two kids Maggie and Lily. Audra is married to Julia’s pa, Wendell, but Wendell is not a likable character and doesn’t survive. Out of Control centers around the Kincaid brothers, although Seth doesn’t come into the story until later, and Julia & Audra escaping trouble that Wendell has caused from greed, gambling and reckless behavior. Like I mentioned, he is not a likable character and the story improves when he’s no longer in it. Connealy does an excellent job writing about these two families and how their lives merge together starting with Rafe rescuing Julia from the cave she gets stuck in while exploring fossils. The only problem was I just didn’t connect with the story. The villains didn’t create suspense for me and I couldn’t wait for Wendell to leave the story so there could finally be peace for Julia and Audra. I also love when there are kids in the story (Colleen Coble does this with her books and it enhances the book tremendously), but in this case I had no attachment with the younger characters. I will mention this, though. When Connealy first sent me Out of Control, it got lost in the mail. I was heartbroken and embarrassed about that. I contacted Mary about it not knowing what she would say and she ended up sending me the book again with another cowboy book to bless me and make up for the loss!!!! So even though I only read the first 100 pages of Out of Control; that does not reflect on Mary’s writing at all, it just didn’t grab me. In Too DeepIn 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter.And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they'd planned.Ethan doesn't expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he's terrified of the pain he's felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He's determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their ranch.Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another--and they've done a poor job of it. Now she's planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way! What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love? (from ReviewThis story takes off from where Out of Control ends. There was an instant connection between Rafe and Julia, Ethan and Audra. Now Rafe and Julia are married while Audra is a widow with two kids and they’re not settled yet with dangerous caverns still lurking. Seth is now in the story and he can’t stay away from the caves. So the story opens with Audra’s daughter, Maggie, missing; Ethan and Audra go looking and find out that Seth takes Maggie with him not understanding the danger he puts her in. This also illustrates the mindset Seth has; he has been traumatized both by war and an accident in the past that his mind has never recovered from.Ethan has a panic attack in the cave and safely retrieves Maggie, but once they exit the cave and meet up with Julia & Rafe, a decision is made. Rafe states (this man does not ask permission or makes suggestions, he speaks his mind and there is no arguing) that Ethan and Audra get married. While they’re initially shocked and confused about this notion, they both give in to it for the safety of Audra’s two girls. Neither one of them is ready for marriage, but there is an attraction between them and they both want to protect the girls. There’s an understanding between Ethan and Audra that later turns to romance.While I didn’t connect with this book either (I only read 150 pages), I enjoyed reading about the brothers and their relationship to the only two women they’ve ever known or cared for. It was fun to see how inlove Rafe and Julia are and how they protect their families. Ethan loves to observe the family when they’re together, but he quickly grows a protective streak for Audra as well. He adjusts to being a father quickly and it was endearing reading how well he does at being a husband and father so suddenly. This is a man who has stayed away from his parents and brothers most of his life, but after meeting Audra and her kids he never wants to leave again. Ethan and Audra also live with Seth so it’s quite an adjustment taking care of him and his nightmares as well as their two girls, but despite their differences this couple works together to make the living arrangements work for everyone. The cave is another character in this story that makes Connealy stand out from other authors. Even though it’s not a person, the cave does more damage and traumatizes all three brothers more than any villain could. Seth can’t stay away from it, Julia is fascinated with its findings, Rafe, Ethan and Audra want no part of it and the danger it offers. Even though this book wasn’t for me, I recommend it for anyone looking for a cowboy adventure with two feisty women that are determined to protect their loved ones while finding their own happiness. Visit Mary Connealy’s website to check out her blog and her newsletter…. is the link for the book trailer: want to thank Mary Connealy and Bethany House Publishers for sending these books for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Laura Napier
    2019-02-06 09:44

    This was a perfect second book to this series. There was just enough of the characters from the first book to keep it realistic. I mean, you should expect that those characters would be in this book because they are family. Life got in the way so I didn't get to read it as fast as I wanted, but I enjoyed every minute!

  • Carolyn Tye
    2019-01-31 03:40

    This was a cute, fun read. It left some loose ends which I hope will be tied up in the next book in the series.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-08 04:04

    Audra's father married her off to Wendell Gilliland in trade for money that he owed the man. Now that Audra's husband, an abusive man, a drunk, a gambler, and a thief to name a few attributes, is dead, she has to decide what she's going to do now. She owns two properties, one in Rawhide, CO and her ramshackle cabin where she lived basically alone with her step-daughter and two babies while Wendell spent most of his time in town running a General Store, at least he told her it was a General Store. She had never been into Rawhide, yet alone to the store, so she had no idea that the building was a place for Wendell to spend time and live his disgusting life. Audra also doesn't know that the reason they had to leave Houston so fast and Wendell had to change his name, was because he'd stolen a lot of money.The Kincaid's are her closest neighbors and the only people she knows, they helped with Wendell while he was sick and buried him for her. Maggie, her first child by Wendell has grown very close to Ethan Kincaid and when she goes into the cavern with Seth, Ethan's younger brother, Ethan unwillingly faces his fear of the cavern and saves her. It is after the scare of losing Maggie that she starts thinking that she needs to move back to her parents home, it's better than living alone with the children in a shack.The Kincaid brother's and Julia, her step-daughter, don't see that as an option. Audra's father is as abusive as Wendell was and Julia is afraid she would get 'sold' into another marriage, repeating the actions he'd already done once. Rafe, Ethan's older brother, comes up with the idea of Ethan and Audra getting married. This discussion finally ends with the two agreeing to the arrangement, not happy about it, but agreeing to it. The group travel into Rawhide and Audra becomes Mrs Ethan Kincaid.The action soon begins when two men hired by Jasper, the man Wendell stole the money from, come looking for him. They discover in Rawhide that Wendell is dead and his widow has remarried a Kincaid brother, and that Ethan is looking to hire some men. Mitch and Grove get hired on, and the first night they start a fire in the barn to distract Ethan in order to get to Audra. It doesn't work, Ethan has told her to go to the cellar, way to the back and bolt the door. When she is about to bolt the door she sees a man coming down the steps, thinking it's Ethan at first she calls out to him, she then realizes it isn't and manages to get the door closed and Grove is unable to break it down, he's failed.They all decide they need to find the money and send it back to Jasper so Audra will be left alone. Ethan and his brothers go scouting the next day to see if they can find any tracks of the man that started the fire, little do they realize they're being followed by two men and a gunfight is soon to begin. Rafe ends up with a flesh wound on his hand and the men get away. Plans are made that night to recheck the building in town and Ethan, Audra and Seth will go to the cabin and search around. Mitch and Grove follow them, knock Seth out and pushed him off the cliff, then attack Ethan and drag him into the cabin. Seeing Ethan and not knowing where Seth is, Audra pretends to know where Wendell hid the money so she can protect her husband and kids. Audra has never been in the cavern where she's about to lead these to villains, she only has the memory of what she's heard from the Kindcaids.Can she pull this off and get them to fall or shove them into the hole? Will Ethan be okay and where is Seth? Can they find the money that Wendell stole so it can be returned to it's rightful owner?In this book and in the first book, Out of Control, there are times I felt claustrophobic when reading about these caves. I had to remind myself it's just another 'pull you into the pages of the story' book. There are some emotional scenes in this book also, but I'm leaving that for you to find out the story behind Ethan and his fear. Another great read by Mary, another 'gotta have' book. There is one more coming in August, Over The Edge, guess I'll have to get that one too. I love a good series.

  • Judy
    2019-02-01 06:46

    "In Too Deep" picks up where "Out of Control" left off. "In Too Deep" features Ethan Kincaid the second in the line of three Kincaid brothers.Ethan isn't too sure about himself. He feels he has been a coward most of his life. He doesn't have the confidence in himself like Rafe his older brother has. Actually, Ethan is sick of being bossed around by Rafe and now that he is running the Kincaid ranch he wants respect from Steele, the head ranch hand, the same respect that Steele gave Rafe when he was in control of the ranch.Ethan proposes marriage to Audra after listening to Rafe's suggestion that it would make sense to do so. Audra feels she should leave and go back to her parent's home even though she doesn't want to. After all, her Father had sold her to her first husband to pay off a gambling debt and her Mother didn't do anything to stop it. Now that her husband is dead she feels she has no choice but to leave. Even though Audra and Ethan aren't in love with each other they go along with Rafe's suggestion and marry. Audra has two little girls to look after and she really could use a good man to help her out. Ethan on the other hand could use a good woman to do his cooking, cleaning, and other household chores.Of course what would this story be like without the bad guys, the monster cavern, and younger brother, crazy Seth, having his nightmares and needing to be looked after?If you are looking for action, this is the book for you. It has everything. Humor, nail biting incidences, suspense, and romance. The author also provides the reader with a trust and faith in God to get the Kincaid's through the rough spots.The first book, "Out of Control" was good but I didn't bond with bossy Julia! "In Too Deep" is a book that you can't put down. I adored Audra. I had this book in my hands every spare moment and even got irritated when I wanted to read but had to clean house or fix a meal. Yes, life is pretty rough isn't it?!"Over the Edge" is the next book in this series and I can't wait! We will get to read about Seth, the youngest Kincaid brother. Is he really crazy? Guess we will have to wait to find out!I want to thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of "In Too Deep" to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

  • Shari
    2019-01-27 02:01

    I recently read Over The Edge by Mary Connealy the 3rd book in The Kinkaid Brides Series. I so thoroughly enjoyed it, that I quickly added the other 2 books in the series to my Christmas list. As I hadn't read them before. I had never read her books before, so I added a bunch of other books of hers to my list too (watch for those reviews in the future). My awesome Mom-in-Law, got me In Too Deep (book 2), and 2 of her other Trilogy books.This is what the book is about: History, Romance, Humor--and Cowboys!--from Bestselling Author Mary Connealy In 1866 Colorado, Ethan Kincaid agrees to a marriage of convenience with the same casual disregard he gives every decision. Audra Gilliland, young mother of two, accepts his proposal because she wants to stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter. And suddenly both of them are in far deeper than they'd planned. Ethan doesn't expect Audra to affect him so profoundly, and when she begins to, he's terrified of the pain he's felt before when someone he loved was seriously injured on his watch. He's determined that his new wife will do as he says so he can keep her safe from the dangers that lurk on their ranch. Audra has been cared for all her life by one man or another--and they've done a poor job of it. Now she's planning to stand up for herself. And her new husband had better agree or get out of her way! What will it take to transform two wayward hearts fearful of getting in too deep into two trusting hearts ready to risk falling deeply in love?I really enjoy that you can read the trilogy in a wrong order, and still get it. I thoroughly enjoy the way Mary Connealy writes. She writes about romance, with humor, and intrigue. She has you on the edge, and wanting to really read faster so you can find out what happens next. After reading this book, I had to go back and read the 3rd book again, because I wanted to continue the story. The characters themselves are engaging, and you really want to know them more. While they aren't perfect, they are fun, and totally draw you in.I highly recommend reading her books, as they will make you laugh, cry, and not want to put them down!

  • Jolene
    2019-02-16 06:36

    After the death of her abusive and wicked husband, Audra Gilliland is determined to become independent and assertive. She agrees to a marriage of convenience with Ethan Kincaid as a way to protect herself, her two daughters, and to get out of her new married step-daughter's home. Audra desperately wants to be able to stand up for herself. After all she does not care what her husband thinks about it. Ethan does not have high hopes for the marriage other than to have a wife who can cook, clean and live amicably with him. Surprisingly to both Ethan and Audra, affection begins to grow quickly. However, before they can see what this fondness will lead to, they must each deal with lingering remnants of their past lives.In Too Deep by Mary Connealy is the second book of the Kincaid Brides series. I haven't read the first one, but this one gave enough background information that I easily understood what was going on after a few chapters. To be honest, I found the back story and ongoing drama caused by Audra's previous husband (a situation presumably addressed in the first book and in the forthcoming third book) more interesting than the love story between Ethan and Audra. Audra's character was well-developed and authentic. However, Ethan's character was a little flat and somewhat unbelievable to me. I will not mention the exact details because that would lead to spoilers, but most of the time he is presented as reasonably intelligent and talented and then other times he is unbelieveably naive. I know that people and characters are multi-faceted, but the naivety was not cohesive with the rest of his character.This is one of those books that I recommend renting from the library before buying. Some readers will probably love it, but I don't see myself ever reading it again.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  • Paula-O
    2019-02-16 09:50

    Book #2 in The Kincaid Brides "In Too Deep" by Mary ConnealyWonderful heartwarming story about brothers three and their escapades.Sometimes witty-sometimes adventurous-sometimes deadly but then they also had hearts of gold just waiting to be refined by three young ladies. Book #1 was the story of Rafe and his Julia, this book tells the story of Ethan and Audra.We found out in book #1 that the boys loved playing in a deep dark cavern and a terrible accident brought much havoc into their lives when Seth the youngest fell and was severely burned when Ethan dropped or threw his torch into the pit with Seth.Rafe the oldest decides that Ethan needs a wife and that Audra with two young children needs a husband so they are pushed together and soon are husband and wife. Can this couple find Love as they live together and work on a daily basis??Ethan has a load of guilt from his part in Seth's being burned and Seth has terrible nightmares from the fall in the cavern along with a stint in wartimes and the horrible things he lived through at that time.Audra's first husband had been a worthless man that had stolen a fortune and hidden it, He died without telling where it was and now there was "bad guys" looking to recover the monies and life holds many misfortunes for the Kincaid's as the men try to find what he had stolen. The brothers along with Audra were stalked and shot at on more then one occasion.I enjoyed watching the three boys as they helped one another and of the changes in the lives as they each married and wives entered the stories to help and also confuse at times.Ethan had never planned to marry but he was getting used to the idea, when all was said and done and this being a papa to two little girls was shear heaven. He had not been reared properly by his parents and he intends to make sure he is there for his wife and daughters.I think you will enjoy this story as much as I did.I was given this book by Bethany House- a division of Baker Publishing and an honest review is what I give in return..thank you.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-02-23 03:43

    I couldn't wait to read this one when I found out Book 2 of the Kincaid Bride series was out by Mary Connealy, In Too Deep. This time the story picks up right where Book 1 left off. The Kincaid brothers have just narrowly escaped death after a tracker was sent to locate Wendell Gillilan who has stolen some money from Jasper Henry. Unfortunately Wendell died before revealing the whereabouts of what he stole and where he hid it, but the only clue was it's deep, too deep for anyone to find.Now that the tracker is in jail, Jasper Henry isn't about to give up. He's sent someone to find out where his money is and now he knows that Audra Gilliland is still alive with two children and believes she alone knows where it is. Only now she has gotten married to Ethan Kincaid to help protect her on his ranch and Ethan will soon discover that even though this was a marriage of convenience, he soon grows to love Audra and the children as his own and isn't about to let anything come between them.Audra isn't too sure that marriage was a grand idea but the prospect of keeping her two daughters safe was worth saying, "I Do!" for. However when an unexpected fire comes to the Kincaid ranch and leaves Ethan badly burned, the men come looking for Audra and the children. Will she find the strength she believes she is lacking to save her children and Ethan, or will the curse of her late husband consume her once and for all?I received In Too Deep compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and LOVED it! I missed hanging out with the Kincaid brothers and love how seamlessly Mary transitioned between both books so we feel like we picked up right where we left off. I applaud Audra's courage in the face of adversity and where she finds the strength to weather any storm that comes between her and the Kincaid family! She finds strength in God when she needs it the most! Well worthy of 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to see where the conclusion of this story will leave. Hurry back Kincaid family!

  • Judy
    2019-02-10 03:54

    In Too Deep by Mary ConnealyBook 2 of The Kincaid BridesEthan Kincaid is the middle of three brothers. His older brother, Rafe, had stayed home to tend the ranch while Ethan went off on his adventure. Their younger brother, Seth, had went off to war. Seth always seemed to be a bit loco after a cave accident they had as children. Now all three brothers are reunited in Rawhide, Colorado Territory and as Rafe had recently married...Ethan now is in charge of the family ranch. If the foreman will ever respect him enough to follow his orders instead of saying what Rafe would do. Rafe being the bossy brother, he has now told Ethan that he will marry Audra. She is stepmother to Julia, Rafe's wife, but they are more like sisters. With two young daughters to care for, it is too dangerous for Audra to stay with Rafe and Julia as they live by all types of caves.After considering all her options, Audra decides marrying Ethan is her best choice. Her father had sold her into marriage to pay his gambling debt so she really has no desire to go back there and take a chance on being sold again. Ethan just smiles like an idiot all the time but Seth is pure it seems her only choice is to marry Ethan, which he agrees to. It don't take long before they are dealing with Seth's nightmares and the dangerous men trying to find something her first husband stole. Can this unlikely couple find their way to love while on this adventure?Mary writes such well rounded books. They have great humor in them but there is also danger, suspense, and of course romance. This book did not disappoint as it contained all of the above as well. I had not read the first book, Out of Control, but I would highly recommend reading it first if you enjoy series. I could tell there were many details that I was missing by not reading it first. The third book in the series, Over the Edge, will be released later this year.**Book received through Bethany House for review.

  • The Literary Maidens
    2019-01-30 08:45

    I hated this book. JUST KIDDING. It was fantastic. I read the first book in this series on my kindle, and it was so great I thought that Mary would be hard pressed to trump Rafe and Julia's story. She did. In Too Deep was suspenseful, and had something new happening on every page. The cave was one of this series best aspects, and it's not something that you read everyday. Not to mention the comedy. Mary has a sense of humor that could make one of those London guards with the silly hats cackle. There was one line in there that totally made my day: "Ethan looked like six full feet of stubborn and another few inches of dumb." Mary, you don't know how often I think that about my brothers ;) . Of course, that wasn't the only quote I got from this book, but y'all will have to wait for this months The Quote Book post to see the rest, because if I added them all in the review it would make for one super long post ;) .Ethan Kincaid was the middle kid of the Kincaid boys, and he wasn't used to giving orders. Rafe ordered, he obeyed. That's how their family had worked for most of his life. But when he goes from being a bachelor to a husband and father all in one day, he is forced to take some responsibilities. And, turns out, he doesn't mind one bit.Audra's last husband was a low-down polecat, and he didn't treat her and her two children the way he ought. But now that he's dead, she has to do something. Her children aren't safe where they are, and she can't stay at the main house with two single men. She may have to agree to a marriage of convenience, but she'll be darned if she lets THIS husband push her around, or anyone else for that matter.Watching Ethan and Audra fight their battles and triumph over trials was such a treat. I loved how Ethan always treated Audra with the utmost respect. The gentlemen of my generation could most definitely learn a thing or two from Ethan Kincaid. I can't wait to see how this story ends in the next book in this series (which is about the third Kincaid brother, Seth). Well done Mary! Another amazing piece of literature.

  • Valerie Comer
    2019-02-13 06:00

    Colorado. 1866. Ethan Kincaid is doing his best to block childhood memories, but it’s hard now that he’s back on the ranch with his two brothers: overbearing eldest brother, Rafe, and the loco youngest brother, Seth. Problem is, it’s his fault Seth went crazy. He remembers. Still, Ethan has a smile for every occasion. Not because he’s happy but because it’s a mask he can hide behind.Trust newly-married Rafe to decide the only sensible thing for Ethan to do is marry Audra, a young mother of two who was recently widowed. Audra doesn’t have any place to return to or the money to get there, and she seems biddable enough. Ethan figures he might as well.But Audra has decided it’s time she stood up for herself, and made her own decisions. So it’s not caving in (again) when she agrees to marry Ethan, right? It’s her choice, and the only chance she can think of to keep her two young daughters away from the terrible caverns on the Kincaid ranch near where she’s been living in a dilapidated shack. The caverns where Seth lost his mind years ago.Trouble was following Audra’s late unlamented husband and it’s quite ready to follow her, too. Apparently he’d stolen a small fortune and carried it to Colorado, and its owner wants it back. Audra has no idea what it could be or where it’s hidden, but that doesn’t stop those who are desperate to regain it.Worst of all–or is it?–Audra and Ethan are falling for each other. But they’re not sure–are they In Too Deep?In Too Deep is the second tale in The Kincaid Brides series. I reviewed Out of Control, the story of Rafe and Julia, back in August. I’m eagerly awaiting the third book, Seth’s romance, as the author has been developing his character through the two stories thus far. Also in the third book will be (better be!) the revelation of what the outlaws following Audra’s late husband have been searching for.

  • Faye
    2019-02-08 06:48

    Another great book from Mary Connealy!A thrilling sequel, picking up right where Out of Control left off, In Too Deep tells Audra & Ethan's story. In my opinion, this is one of those books where you really should read the first book, first. Because alot of this book leans on the the relationships, and trials that began in the first installment of the series. Plus, Out of Control is just way too cool to miss!Action-packed throughout, the pages flew by, because I just had to know what happened next. This is one of those books where I just couldn't go to bed, while the characters are in peril!All of the characters were so well drawn out, each with their own sometimes quirky idiosyncrasies, making them memorable and unique. My favorite character was Ethan, though Audra was a really close second. Both Ethan and Audra grew and matured throughout the story, and their relationship progressed naturally--they were just so perfect for each other! One of the things that I really liked was how I got to see the characters from the first book again, and not just in a brief tidbit here or there, Julia and Rafe were much a part of In Too Deep. One of the things that I didn't like as much was the parts where we got to take a peek into the bad guys' heads, but that's mostly my personal opinion. Overall, this is a book full of adventure, and another great book from Mary Connealy. I love how this book is so much more than just a romance, it's a wild west adventure, with good guys and bad guys, as well as a family relationship drama, and a book about overcoming the past with God's help. I will eagerly await Over the Edge, because to be completely honest In Too Deep was a teensy-bit of a cliff-hanger! I've gotta get Over the Edge!Final Rating: 4I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

  • Sarah Morin
    2019-02-16 09:00

    1866, Colorado Territory. Ethan marries Audra, a young widow with 2 small children, out of charity. Turns out the fragile-looking wallflower may have strength enough not only for herself, but to help Ethan face his past.Connealy’s writing is easy, flowing, light, flavorful, and quick. There is a plot here about buried treasure, but the real plot is about the internal journey of Ethan and Audra. Here are two semi-trampled people fighting for respect and self-reliance. And ironically, they may find them at the same time they learn to respect and rely on each other. I found Ethan and Audra more believable, though less comic, than Rafe and Julia, the main couple of bk 1 of the series. Ethan especially was interesting. He smiles constantly to deflect conflict. Yet this false show of emotion goes even deeper – Ethan is afraid to feel any emotion at all, especially after the childhood tragedy of watching his brother Seth nearly burn to death. Seth is a major side character in this book, and steals the show with his intriguing blend of frailty and recklessness. Both Ethan and Audra grow greatly as characters, and some of the best scenes of growth involve family. Ethan needs to step out of the shadow of his controlling older brother Rafe. Audra can’t seem to get her spitfire of a stepdaughter (Julia, who is nearly her own age), to quit dominating her out of a mistaken sense of kindness. How do you earn respect in the eyes of others—and yourself? The book poses this question without being dogmatic.There is a major side plot with two characters that barely even touch the main events of bk 2. The payoff comes in bk 3, but in the meantime, it seems out of place. Another argument as to why The Kincaid Brides series as a whole is stronger than the books as stand-alones.

  • Laura
    2019-01-30 07:55

    Title: IN TOO DEEPAuthor: Mary ConnealyPublisher: Bethany HouseFebruary 2012ISBN: 978-0764209123Genre: Inspirational/historical romanceEthan Kincaid is stunned when his brother Rafe orders him to marry the newly widowed Audra Gilliland that he just met – Audra has a toddler and a newborn from her just deceased husband, and Rafe is adamant that Ethan marry her, giving her protection and her children a pa. Ethan agrees because he finds her attractive, and he finds himself wed. Audra was a sweet quiet wife in book one, caring for her scum of a husband, but in book two she seems determined to rule the roost and she lets loose on anyone who dares to cross her path. Her ex-husband still has someone on his trail, someone who claims he stole large sums of money. Audra has seen no sign of this money. They lived in a shack. But the man who lost the money will stop at nothing to get it back. Will Audra find the money—if there even is any? IN TOO DEEP is the second book in the The Kincaid Brides series. It is set in the same mountainous region filled with deep caverns that deeply scarred the Kincaid brothers years earlier. All three of the men are terrified of the caves, and the women in the book aren’t—finding it fascinating. This book fell a bit flat for me, as did the first one Out of Control. I don’t care much for clueless idiot men and Ethan pretty much took the cake there. I also don’t like extremely bossy women and Audra shaped up that way in a hurry. Still, there is great humor in the book, and the sexual attraction is there, even if Ethan doesn’t have clue one what happens between a man and woman… I’ve read all Ms. Connealy’s books so far, and loved them all—with the exception of this series. If you like historical romance with great humor, you might love IN TOO DEEP. $14.99. 331 pages.

  • Bethany
    2019-01-27 06:47

    After reading Over The Edge, I knew I had to finish the story in the next two books. I was very excited when I found the Kindle version of this book on sale at Amazon for $3.00 so of course I purchased it and read it. I really enjoyed it!! I felt like there wasn't near as much suspense/action as the first book in the first portion of the book, but the second half and end got very suspenseful, so I liked the second half best. Though my favorite book in the series so far is the first book, due to the higher level of action and suspense, I enjoyed this one a lot and give it 4.5 stars! Mary did a great job keeping you guessing about Callie and Seth as well as the fortune which is still to be found at the close of this book. I think she focused more on giving the feeling you get when you finish a book without all your questions answered, in this book than the last and am definitely super excited about reading the third book! The only thing I didn't really like was the level of romance in the story. Ethan and Audra's marriage, was to me, written in a bit more detail than Rafe and Julia's in the last book, and I felt like she focused on the intimate parts more than I'd have personally preferred. But besides this I liked the book! I really enjoyed seeing more of Ethan in this book. I love how each book in the series focuses on each of the brothers, that way no any one of them gets more focus than the others and you get to learn a lot about each of them that way. I enjoyed seeing Ethan's character show it's true colors and also enjoyed seeing more of Audra as well. Overall I loved this book and would recommend it to mature teens/young adults who love suspenseful western romances. I'd also recommend it to those who have read Over The Edge and enjoyed it.

  • Ausjenny
    2019-02-20 01:54

    When I heard this book had been released I had to buy a copy and this time to ensure I could get the book quicker I bought a kindle verson.This is the second book in the Kincaid Brides series and this time features Ethan and Audra. Where the first book features Rafe and Julia who are both very strong willed people who are use to giving orders, Ethan and Audra are more the peacemakers who grin and bear it. In Ethan's case literary. The more frustrated and annoyed he gets the more he smiles so people have no idea what he's thinking. I really liked Ethan from the first book and identified with him knowing what its like to be ordered around by others and how sometimes you just have to take it. Audra has decided to stick up for herself and be stronger as she feels shes a burden. When Ethan and Audra marry it's and interesting dynamic. Both have fears that they are a burden to others and both want to prove themselves but find this hard. We see both Ethan and Audra grow in this book and the more I read the more I liked them. I love some of the conversations with Ethan and Audra, its interesting how two people can be talking and both are talking thinking they are talking about the same things but are both talking about different subjects. I have to mention Seth, he is the crazy brother who is obsessed with the cavern, I have a soft spot for Seth, I feel for him and love some of his scenes. He seems to go from crazy to sane to crazy again in a blink of the eye which makes for some interesting conversations. This book deals with fear and how a persons perception can control there life. As much as I enjoyed book one this book in my view is even better, I eagarly await the final book in this series which deals with Seth. Great read.

  • Jodi Janz
    2019-01-27 03:52

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Connealy makes it effortless to read straight through. Her story is compelling and entertaining. The story tells the relationship between Audra and Ethan as they find themselves shoved into a marriage of convenience. Neither one is looking for love or expecting to find it. The story follows the relationship between the three brothers, Rafe, Seth and Ethan as they try to run family land in an unforgiving wilderness. The interactions between the brothers were a joy to read.In Too Deep is book two in the Kincaid Brides series. I have not read book one yet and that may be the cause of the areas I did not like in the book. For starters, I had a little trouble getting into the characters - especially Ethan and Seth. They seemed a little flat at times. Also the relationship between Audra and Seth seemed pre-existing but with little or no explanation of that. However, based on the quality of the rest of the book I am certain that IF I HAD READ book one I would have felt more comfortable with those characters and their development. Mary did a great job of creating the other characters to feel so real. Another area of struggle was the 'head' antagonist. Jasper felt outside of the story to me. He was the one calling the shots perhaps but not the bad guys whom Audra and Ethan had to face. Chapter after chapter seemed to dive further into his life and I could not make the connection. AGAIN, I apologize if his part is explained more in book one and I missed it. I found myself skipping some of those pages. Sorry Mary :(Overall I recommend this book to all my book lover friends. It is a delightful and fun read. I am looking forward to the release of book three in August of this year.