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Braced for Love

(Brothers in Arms #1)

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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Left with little back in Missouri, Kevin Hunt takes his younger siblings on a journey to Wyoming when he receives news that he's inheriting part of a ranch. The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin's supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life.

But danger seems to track Kevin along the way, and he
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Bethany House Publishers (first published March 2021)
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Cara Putman
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book -- I inhaled it in 24 hours around life -- and I can't wait to read the other books in this series. The set up is incredible. A no-account dad with families scattered across the country steal a ranch from one set of kids to share with two other sons. On the way to claim his inheritance, one of the sons is almost killed. And the book is off to the races. It's a fantastic marriage of convenience adventure with all the elements I've come to love from a Mary Connealy book. ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
'Men with knives didn't win battles against guns.'

I have been a Mary Connealy fan for a good many years and always feel delight when I hear she has a new book out. She starts a new series, 'Brothers In Arms' with this one and she starts off well, let me tell you something. Connealy's cowboy comedies are absolutely just so good. Her dry wit is always present throughout and never fails to make me laugh out loud. More than once.

The premise of this one is pretty doggone good, too. Three brothers, u
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Carol
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book surprise me. Well written, interesting story and character development.
Faye
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic introduction to a brand new cast of characters in this starter to the newest series by one of my favorite authors, Mary Connealy!

A complex family history bring Kevin and his younger half siblings to Wyoming, where he hopes to claim his part of the inheritance of a ranch that his father left to him and his half brothers. But trouble seems to find him wherever he goes, which leaves him questioning the intentions of his newfound brother.

A fast paced read with a full cast of excellent c
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Stacy
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mary Connealy writes memorable and fun-to-read characters and storylines. Braced for Love starts off her new Brothers in Arms series with a bang!

As I read about hero Kevin Hunt, I felt a pull in my heart for his situation. When he meets Winona Hawkins, that's when the fireworks begin.

This story pulls you along through their journey and other noteworthy characters appear on the pages as well. As I closed the book, it left a grin on my face, and I can't wait for another novel in this series to com
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Lu
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A story of family, bravery, perseverance, loyalty, friendship, and love.

Brace for Love by Mary Connealy is book #1 in the Brothers in Arms series but can be read as a standalone.

Wyoming, 1870, Kevin Hunt lost his father 20 years ago. His mother remarried, and he struggled to raise his younger siblings, especially after she passed away.

But the truth is that Kevin's father has been dead only for a few months. All this time, he had been alive and well, even finding time to marry someone else and h
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Laura
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mary Connealy's humor and love for family always shows up in her writing and makes her a favorite for me whenever she releases a new book. :) ...more
Jerrye Bell
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Braced for Love by Mary Connealy

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Story Notes

Mary Connealy brings readers the start of a new series about three separate "families" coming together as one to protect all of them from danger that comes calling.

I'm going to admit right off that I had a hard time connecting with this story. It wasn't that the characters, the writing or the plot weren't very good; it was that there seemed to be s
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Alyssa Amey Madjeski
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a Mary Connealy fan for years, and this is one of her best! I love the premise and the conflict of this new series, where three brothers who never knew each other existed are suddenly thrust together by the will of their scoundrel father.

Wyatt Hunt and his half sister Cheyanne have had their ranch stolen and divided three ways by Wyatt’s father. It was never his to distribute, but the law is ironclad. It has been divided between Wyatt, a brother named Falcon from Tennessee, and a brot
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Riella Cristobal
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Kevin Hunt learns of the inheritance of a part of a ranch in Wyoming, he brings his younger siblings to claim it. After all there is little left for him in Missouri, even if the ranch is also going to a half-brother he has never met. It seems that his supposedly dead father has more secrets than anyone knew. Danger follows the siblings, up to a ranch where Kevin can’t help but suspect his half-brother, Wyatt. As tempers flare and suspicions only grow, Kevin finds a reluctant friend in Winon ...more
Anne
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Braced for Love
by Mary Connealy
Back of the Book: “Left with little back in Missouri, Kevin Hunt takes his younger siblings on a journey to Wyoming when he receives news that he's inheriting part of a ranch. The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half-brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin's supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life.
But danger seems to track Kevin along the way, and he wonders if his half-brother, Wyatt, is behind the attacks. Finally arriving
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Phyllis
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yay! Another Mary Conneally series!

My rating is 4.5 stars

I was excited to see the start of a new series by Mary Connealy! Her stories are very enjoyable – full of adventure and excitement. Braced for Love was no exception.

As I’ve come to expect, this story started with a bang and the situation escalated from there! As did the convoluted circumstances Kevin found himself in when he showed up in Wyoming to find out about his strange inheritance.

I loved Kevin’s character. He had such a strong sense
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Leona Atkinson
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Braced For Love" by Mary Connealy is Book One in the Brothers in Arms series and after reading this first book I cannot wait to read the next one!

If you enjoy romantic cowboy fiction that's filled with realistic characters, action, surprises, and humor then you will enjoy Mary Connealy's books.

In this book we meet three brothers, Wyatt, Kevin and Falcon, who had no idea they had brothers. They all have the same father, but beyond that they never knew each other existed, until their father died
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Linda Wilson
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Left with little back in Missouri, Kevin Hunt takes his younger siblings on a journey to Wyoming when he receives news that he's inheriting part of a ranch. The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin's supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life.

But danger seems to track Kevin along the way, and he wonders if his half brother, Wyatt, is behind the attacks. Finally arriving at the ranch, everyone is at each other's throats
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Becky
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
When I started reading this book, I felt like I was watching a train wreck, I didn't know where to look next. There are so many characters populating this book that I needed a play-book to keep them all straight. First, there are three brothers: Falcon, Kevin, and Wyatt Hunt who have all inherited one-third of their father's ranch. The problem is that none of the brothers knew the others existed. On the way to Wyoming to receive their inheritance, Falcon and Wyatt were subjects of attempts on th ...more
Pam
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been a long-time fan of Mary Connealy’s books and her unique sense of humor. Although I have always loved her books I have noticed that each new series has lost a bit more of the slapstick humor and moved toward even greater character and plot development. I honestly appreciate the direction she has taken. There is still plenty of humor yet greater depth to her stories.

Braced For Love is the first book in the author’s latest series Brothers in Arms. Kansas farmer Kevin Hunt has left his s
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Amy Tyner
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this story filled with 3 1/2 brothers, strong independent women, adventure,and humor. The first 1/2 brother from Kansas Kevin Hunt arrived with his sister,Molly, and younger brother, Andy. They were shot at on the way to the successful Wyoming ranch where the second 1/2 brother Wyatt Hunt and 1/2 sister Cheyenne who was supposed to 1/2 share of the Rolling Hills Ranch. Kevin wonders if Wyatt is behind the attack. With everything that is going on about the attack into the fray steps Winona ...more
Paula Shreckhise
“When he was in a tight spot and pouring out prayers of God’s protection, Kevin had learned to listen to the whisper of an idea.”
Welcome to a new western series by Mary Connealy. Braced For Love sets us up for an unusual story with lots of excitement and clashing temperaments between three brothers who did not know about each other until their no-account Pa died. Now Falcon, Kevin and Wyatt Hunt are joint inheritors of a huge ranch in Wyoming. These three stubborn men must abide by the will thei
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Winnie
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mary Connealy’s new book, Braced for Love, was just what I needed after reading a tense, heart-pounding suspense novel. I can always count on her for a rollicking, laugh-out-loud, entertaining story. I’m not saying there weren’t any suspenseful, riveting moments, because there were quite a few of those, too.

The premise of the tale is creative and original with Kevin Hunt inheriting his father’s ranch—his father, who supposedly had died long ago. There’s a catch, however. He has to share it with
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Connie Saunders
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Hunt is the main focus of this western that is sometimes funny, often mysterious, but always enjoyable! Author Mary Connealy includes fights, ambushes, and unknown villains, but there's also a sweet romance that grows between Kevin and Winona Hawkins, the schoolmarm who finds herself torn between her long-time friend Wyatt and this new guy that's shown up at Bear Claw Pass, Wyoming. Kevin is such a kind character and I found his devotion to his two younger siblings especially endearing. Th ...more
Stacey
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First thought...I loved this book! I've read so many of Mary's books and "Braced for Love" made me reminisce about some of my favorites of hers from the past. This book had many of those familiar elements, but still had a fresh storyline and characters. Sassy, strong females that spoke their minds. Tough, but still had softness and femininity. And the men. They're tough and courageous, willing to fight whatever stands in their way to do what's right. Mysterious baddies that make life really hard ...more
Jessica Turbiville
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could barely put this book down! I was drawn into the story. Characters with flaws and gifts, complement one another as they find themselves in a dangerous adventure. Kevin receives word that his long (thought) dead father left an inheritance for him in Wyoming. He leaves Kansas with his younger sister and brother. Her hopes to find a new, better life without the tarnished reputation they left behind. A surprise awaits; he is only one of 3 brothers to inherit. Falcon, Kevin, and Wyatt did not ...more
Suzie Waltner
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
A new series from Mary Connealy means more mystery, strong females who are matches for the men in the books, and a few laughs. Braced for Love introduces the Hunts—three brothers who had no clue the other two existed until their no-account father dies and leaves a will that divides his ranch into three equal parts.

With a start like that, there is no shortage of distrust and flared tempers. But when Kevin’s admits to someone trying to kill him, this disjointed family pulls together.

This book star
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Jaquelyn Scroggie
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every single moment I spent reading Braced for Love. I easily fell in love with the characters, faults and all. They are all so completely unique, and I am honestly having the hardest time waiting until the next book in the Brother’s in Arms series comes out. Since this is a book written by Mary Connealy I should know that it’s going to be that addicting and consuming, and I just can’t help myself.

This is the first book in the series that follows a set of newfound brothers. The storyl
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Betsy Hale
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Braced for Love is another great book by Mary Connealy. This is the Book One of the Brothers in Arms series. It takes place mostly in Wyoming on a rather large ranch that, through the will of Clovis Hunt, three men inherit only to discover that they are brothers. Clovis Hunt only had the ranch because it had been the property of his deceased wife whose father had developed the land many years before.
Wyatt Hunt lives on His Rolling Hills, a very large ranch with his half-sister, Cheyenne . Her
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Danielle
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
As I started Braced for Love, I immediately fell in love with it and the characters. And, thankfully, I started reading it on a weekend because I finished it in day.

When Kevin Hunt learns his father died and left him part of a property out West, it turns his and his step-siblings lives upside down because they though he’d been dead for twenty years. Friends turn against them when they learn Kevin’s step-siblings are more than likely illegitimate and then they survive an attempt on their lives as
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Lori
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story from Mary Connealy. I just love her stories!
My heart really went out to this family. The things things they went through. Oh my!
I loved this adventure! Connealy made me feel like I was in the story right along with the Hunt brothers. I just can't imagine how this man got away with such things! I know it kept me on the edge of my seat turning the pages to see how he he did it and why but it was just so very wrong!
My heart went out to those Hunt brothers. I felt their feel
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Yvette
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brought together through the death of their love 'em and leave 'em sidewinder of a father, the three Hunt half-brothers (and their various half-siblings) gather at the Wyoming ranch his will has split between them. There is danger and attempted murder afoot, and suspicions being formed as the tension between characters threaten to explode.

While introducing the set-up and the characters for the trilogy, Braced for Love focuses on the middle Hunt brother, Kevin, and a neighboring rancher's daughte
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Pam
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Three brothers who don't know about each other until their wayward father dies and leaves them each a portion of a Wyoming ranch that belonged to his late last wife and her daughter (who was cut out of the will). Wyatt, the youngest, has been ranching all his life with his half-sister Cheyenne. It doesn't set well with them to have to share the ranch. The middle brother, Kevin, was a farmer in Kansas and arrives with younger half-siblings, Molly and Andy, who he's raised for the last ten years. ...more
Vera Godley
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Knowing that when you pick up a new book by a specific author it is going to be a relaxing, fun, clean, and uplifting read is a treasure beyond description. When I have the opportunity to read a book by Mary Connealy I know it is going to bring some fun and joy into my hours, and that I can share that book knowing it is a good, safe read.

The author has a way to bring the absurd into the normal, to share lives of faith without heavy preaching, to discern between good and evil, and to share blosso
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Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written fo
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