Braced for Love by Mary Connealy (review)

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 daughter, Winona Hawkins. What starts as a story of family conflicts, abounding in danger and dark secrets, turns into a delightful marriage of convenience story.

One of my favorite things to do while reading a first-in-series Mary Connelly book is to play spot the couples, and I’m so excited about the next two Brothers In Arms couples that I’m not sure which may end up being a favorite of the three. So whether you are a long-time fan of Mary Connealy’s or just looking to give her historical westerns with cowboys, romance, adventure, and faith a try, Braced for Love is sure to please. I am so looking forward to the rest of this trilogy.

This review refers to a library e-book that I voluntarily read. This review contains only my own honest opinions.

Braced for Love by Mary Connealy (Brothers in Arms, #1) | Bethany House, March 2021 | ebook, 304 pages

About the Book

When entering the rough new land, does he go to meet his greatest enemy, or his greatest ally?

Kevin Hunt was at peace with the grueling but honest labor of Kansas farm life, until he received the news that he had inherited part of a successful Wyoming ranch. The only catch is it’s to be shared with a half brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin’s supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life, and the townsfolk are quick to spurn Kevin and his siblings for it.

But trouble seems to follow Kevin on the way, and he wonders if his half brother Wyatt is behind the attacks. Once at the ranch, everyone is at each other’s throats, and the only person willing to stand in between is Winona Hawkins, the local schoolmarm and a wealthy rancher’s daughter. 

Despite being a longtime friend to Wyatt, Winona can’t help but be drawn to the earnest, kind Kevin, and that puts her in the cross hairs of somebody’s dangerous plot. With every reason to despise each other, can the Hunt brothers put aside their differences long enough to protect the ones they love?