Monday, November 17, 2014

"Tried & True" by Mary Connealy

About this book:

  Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister—and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk—they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”—but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.
  Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

Series: Book #1 in the “Wild at Heart” series.

Spiritual Content- Prayers; ‘H’s when talking about God are capital; Four mentions of Scriptures; Kylie tries to witness to a man.
*Note: “hands of h*ll”, “I’m in h*ll already” and “h*llish” are said once each.  

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a “confound it!”, two ‘blasted’s, three ‘hush up’s or ‘hush’s, five ‘idiot’s, fifteen forms of ‘stupid’; “blamed-fool” is said many times; a curse is said but not written; Having to stitch someone up & drinking away the pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Lots about the battlefield, war, killing, murdering & blood (semi-detailed); Mentions of hunting animals for food; Killing snakes (semi-detailed).

Sexual Content-  Noticing, Staring, Gazing & Wanting to kiss (semi-detailed); Many, many not-detailed kisses, fourteen semi-detailed kisses; Sitting in laps (kissing, semi-detailed); Touches (semi-detailed); “We can be together all day and……all night.” (TMI, y’all); Seven hints & mentions of wedding nights; three hints & mentions about what married couples do; Wanting a person, love, falling in love & the emotions. (lots of it).

-Kylie Wilde
-Aaron Masterson
                                 P.O.V. switches between them, Myra (a couple times) & Tucker (once)
                                              Set in 1866                                                    
                                                   308 pages

Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

My personal Rating-

{ Lots of kisses & sexual hints. }
I’ll admit I smirked a couple of times, but it wasn’t enough to make up for all the Sexual stuff. :( Way too much kisses and sexual hints. I haven’t had much luck with Mary Connealy’s books, so I might just stay away. What a few other reviews are saying is that Kylie is whinny, I’d like to add to that…fifteen “stupid”s?! In the first chapters, everything is stupid to Kylie, and frankly, that got on my nerve.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this review.


  1. 14 kisses!!! Wow! Just curious is that the most there has ever been in a book you have read? And that's waaaaay to much romance for me, hope you have better luck with the next book :)

    1. Hmmmmm....I don't know which one has the most! That's a good question! Hmmmm....For semi-detailed kisses, this one would definitely be in the top three. But "Deluge" by Lisa T. Bergren had a lot of kisses too though...hmm...
      Thanks Abby!

  2. I do love Mary Connealy, but definitely have to say she's one for the mature or even married set. So I don't blame you there for steering from it. :)