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Out of Control

(Kincaid Brides #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  6,075 ratings  ·  447 reviews
Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys studying the fossils and formations in the magnificent cave near her father's house. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to climb out.

Rafe Kincaid is a man used to being in control--of himself, his brothers, and his
Paperback, 330 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation

Oh boy, this will probably be one of those reviews where I just end up venting the whole time. I’ve seen this series around quite a bit lately and finally decided to give it a try. I thought the sample was good and decided to go ahead and get it. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed. I actually liked Rafe and Ethan, they’re probably the only reasons I kept reading. I did NOT like Julia. I can’t think of another heroine that annoyed me as much as she did. I don’t even know where to begin with
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Ouch. I finished it, but it was painful. Thank goodness these characters are fictitious because I'd hate for any real people to have their flaws so consistently harped on while redeeming qualities get glossed over at best.

The heroine comes off as a complete twit to me. Though dedicated to her family, she's still really self centered and so obsessed with fossils that it's super annoying. I think geology and fossils are way cool, but this chick was neurotic about them. The author spends way more
 Mummy Cat Claire
Apr 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I got this free from Amazon.

I have been eyeing this book for ages. When I finally saw it for free I was excited. I thought this book would be about a young rancher who meets a lovely young lady and know. The book was kinda that story but with a lot of weirdness added in.

WOW this book is weird. Ok...the hero, Rafe, grew up on a ranch that is close to a very old cave. He and his brothers would play in this cave and one day there was an accident when the youngest brother, Seth, fell.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I decided to read this book even though I saw there were some bad reviews but I found that I completely agree with what some people were saying. Julia annoyed me so much the entire time. She was constantly thinking about fossils. I was fine with her obsession with them up to a point. But when she and Rafe go looking for the man that tried to kill her I wanted Rafe to tell her to shut up. He is trying to track down a dangerous man and she is scraping at the walls of caves and gasping loudly and ...more
Karen Witemeyer
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read several of Mary Connealy's books in the past and have always enjoyed her spunky heroines and trademark humor, but I think I can safely say that Out of Control is my favorite of all her books. The setting is so unique and rife with mystery and tension all on its own. Add a rugged cowboy with control issues and a feisty redhead with determination and dreams of her own, and you've got the makings for a rip-roarin' good read. Non-stop adventure, breath-taking scenary, and characters you ...more
I don't mind flawed characters in Christian fiction. What I mind are those supposed spunky heroines who don't have a lick of good sense and run off into danger at the drop of a hat paying no never-mind whatsoever to their sweetheart's words of advice. That's what I hate and that's what describes uppity Miss Julia Gilliland. The thing is, I believe the author intended us to like Julia. I'm sure she must have because no author really sets out intending their readers to dislike their heroine. So, I ...more
Not quite as good as I thought I remembered it being.....
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Silly ridiculous drivel. But I have to admit, I quite enjoyed it--largely because the worst books are always the funniest. Unlike a lot of crummy western romances, this book almost seems aware that it's stupid and is therefore far more enjoyable than the average novel of its type. Honesty in books is rare, like in everything else, and always to be prized. I prize the honesty of this author. She isn't pretending this is a sweeping drama with deep emotions and soaring themes...she knows very well ...more
I'm slightly disappointed with this book since I wanted to love it so much. The plot sounded incredibly cute, and it seemed like a fun book to read. However, the characters and writing really made me dislike the story.

Character wise, I thought Julia was incredibly irrational, and her passion for fossils made her do really annoying things. I understand that she loved exploring and everything, but honestly, how are important are fossils that every two pages she has to mention wanting to enter a
Caitlyn Santi

I have heard so many amazing things about this author's books, but for some unknown reason I had managed to convince myself that I wouldn't enjoy this book! I must admit, I was proven completely wrong! I loved this book! Everything about it was just so awesome! I loved the setting, the writing style, the humor, the characters, everything! Julia is one of the coolest heroines I have ever read, her enthusiasm, determination, spunk, and love for others truly warmed my heart! Usually I get pretty
This book was kinda a mess. I hung in there for the sheer fact that I was board and had nothing better to do. I almost put it down a couple times. There where places in the beginning that made very little sense and didn't flow well at all. The relationship between each character was frustrating to the point of irritation. No one talked to each other they all just gave orders or thought there own obsessive thoughts and never gave the other person a second thought. There was not enough character ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I found Julia to be such a stubborn brat that I wanted to smack her at times. She was the most self-centered person, especially for someone who has chosen God in her life. If I were Rafe, I'd run and not look compromising with her at all. The story wasn't bad, she just got on my nerves. It would've been nice to see Julia evolve Rafe did. She started bossy and stayed that way throughout the whole book. I'm wondering if there is a book #2, maybe that would give her character ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, review-books

Out of Control, book one in The Kincaid Brides series was absolutely fantastic! I LOVED it!

Out of Control starts off right away with suspense and mystery! Julie Gilliland enjoys exploring caves and studying fossils - with hopes of her findings being published. Then one day, while Julie is in "Seth's Cavern", someone moves the rope she uses to climb out - leaving her trapped in the cave! To make matters worse, someone else is in the cave with her...

Christian/Western Romance This book had potential, and I like the author's writing style. So I would have given this more stars but for the unbelievingly insensitive main character, Julia. She is so single-minded in her desire to explore the caverns for fossils that she is a complete idiot, willing to put everyone else in danger as well as herself.

To the point of (view spoiler)
I enjoyed this but it didn't grab me. I just didn't "feel" the romance between the two main characters. There was no chemistry. When they kissed, it just stated "he kissed her"(the end). I really love when certain looks and body language are described, like how is the guy looking at her, how is his posture, where are his hands, ect. It was a cute story, but it focused more on the mystery or danger of who was hiding out in the caves rather than the romance. I liked it enough to want to read the ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I could not get into this book, after the first few chapters and wanting to slap the female main character more that a few times I gave up. She is so annyoing, maybe she gets better after the beginning ordeal but I don't think I can read it. It reminds me of the line from the Disney movie, Chicken Little. "It's just jibberish, jibberish from an insane person."

Maybe another time...
Deanne Patterson

This is my second book by this author I've read. I disliked this book as much if not more than the other one I read by her. A disjointed plot, it just jumps around everywhere . The story is unrealistic. Her covers are better than the contents inside.
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mary Connealy is possibly one of the best Christian Western Fiction writers there is! My first Christian Western I ever read was written by Mary Connealy and I've yet to find another Western author that I enjoy more than her! Her description of detail just pulls you in to the story and her characters are always fun and enjoyable!!

I have to admit though that I struggled with whether to give Out of Control 4 or 5 stars because I didn't quite connect with the characters as much as in some of her
Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys studying the fossils and formations in the magnificent cave near her father's house. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to climb out.

Rafe Kincaid is a man used to being in control--of himself, his brothers, and his family's ranch. The last thing he expects is to find a woman trapped in the cavern on his land--or to be forced to kiss her!

Rafe is
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
A self-admitted control freak like Rafe isn't really my favorite type of hero. However, he was written in an honest, sympathetic way which made him interesting to read about. At least he knew he had a problem with controlling others and was sorry that he'd run off his brothers because of it. It was interesting to see his flaws written about so openly.

I was more of a fan of Rafe's brother, Ethan. Ethan was more happy-go-lucky and he grinned so much that it was irritating to the other characters.
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I really feel that I should give this one two stars, but for my love of all other Mary Connealy books I just can't.

I liked the characters, but feel they weren't well enough developed. I know it's the first of three books, but as an intro, the background could have been stronger to really make you connect with the characters and want to hang out with them for two more books. And the romance just wasn't there either.

The story was pretty good, but lacked her witty humor that I look forward to. But
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
There were so many problems with this book.

First, I felt like it was going nowhere. I read about half of it and it all takes place within just 3 days. There was way too much crammed into those three days.

The two main characters were just ridiculous! Bossing each other around at every turn, then kissing up a storm and wanting to get married just a couple of days after they first met.

There were major problems with the flow. It felt very choppy without transitions where they needed to be. I
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Drove me nuts until the climax. The 2 main characters are over-the-top controlling and never get the message no matter how often they're told. I've read some books where I disliked the heroin, but I don't remember ever believing they were insane before. Julia's obsessiveness makes her remarkably selfish and unrealistically single-minded. What intelligent woman can immediately forget her fear and very immediate danger every time she sees a fossil she just has to dig at? And speaking of ...more
Pam Carroll
Jul 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is the most ridiculous book with the most ridiculous characters in the most ridiculous love story I have ever read! The main characters are not likeable, the plot is completely absurd and it reads more like a creepy suspense novel than a romance. Plus half the characters have personas laced with insanity...not relatable or enjoyable. I was very disappointed by this book.
Amy Schuff
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 17-in-2017
This book was so cute! The characters were so wonderfully written. Mary Connealy is an exceptional writer. I don't think I read one "said" in the whole book. She's funny, witty and the romance is clean. I'll definitely try to read all her books!
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable historical romance that also delves into paleontology.
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it!! I recommend this novel! You really can't go wrong with a book containing God, adventure, romance, and hot cowboys!! You won't want to put it down!
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
This has to be one of the worst written books I have ever had the silliness to read.
Not counting the disjointed and repeated paragraphs, there were parts put in this book that just did not belong.

And the author's writing about thinking of punching a brother in the face, throughout the book belies her claim to any Godliness. (Psalm 11:5) "God examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence."

I can say with all truthfulness if brothers acted on what these
Rachel C.
This book didn't start off half-bad. Then it went downhill... and more downhill. Then some more. And I have to admit that I really should have realized this was uber-Christian fiction as I would not have picked it up. I have a hard time with the in-your-face God all-the-time mentality. And God pervaded this book. I'm ok with some God reference and characters that believe in God, but he was absolutely everywhere in this book. Then there were the fossils... I really wanted Julia to shut up about ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed reading many Mary Connealy books, she adds humor to adventure with faith added in. I usually enjoy her characters. However, I think Julia almost ruins this book. She is incredible selfish and it's hard to read (in my opinion) bc of this. She continues on in her selfish ways into book #2. Mary has written way better series than this one.
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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

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