Alright, so I broke down and read a full-length Mary Connealy novel.
And it was really funny.
"Fire and Ice" is almost pure comedy, with a note of complex family relationship and some troubles that need to be overcome by hope.
The early interactions between Gage and Bailey had me snorting with laughter. First they do this whole "You're stealing my land/No you're stealing MY land" routine- complete with gunfire and dynamite- and then they settle into a truce. They'll work together on this one certain problem, but they won't promise be happy about it.
From there, we see them getting rather attached to each other. They're stubborn mules, both of 'em. They deserve each other. And they're gonna need each other, because ranch life isn't simple. There's danger and deception and hysterical in-laws. And of course, there's cows in need of fresh grazing and mares having a hard time foaling.
Read this book if you want a Wild West comedy, the sort that would make a great film.
Thank you Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review.