Description: Tina Cahill, newly arrived from the East, is determined to get the saloon in Broken Wheel, Texas, closed for good. To that end, she pickets outside the place every afternoon. Unfortunately, so far no one has paid any attention.
Vince Yates earned the nickname "Invincible Vince" because of his reputation for letting absolutely nothing stop him. Not his tyrant of a father. Nor the injuries he suffered in the Civil War. Nor the fact that he is Broken Wheel's only attorney and sheriff yet has no law degree.
But Vince is about to face his biggest challenge yet: his past has just caught up with him. His father, mother, and the sister he didn't know he had show up in Broken Wheel without warning. His father is still a schemer. His mother is suffering signs of dementia. And his surprise sister immediately falls for one of Vince's best friends. Vince has a lot of people to take care of, and Tina doesn't approve of how he's handling any of them. But with almost all the other men in town married off, Vince finds himself stuck with feisty Tina over and over again. Of course, Tina is the prettiest woman he's ever seen, so if he could just get her to give up her causes, he might go ahead and propose. But he's got one more surprise coming his way: Tina's picketing at the saloon has revealed a dark secret that could put everyone Vince loves in danger.
My Review: Stuck Together was a bit of a strange read for me. I am a little familiar with Mary Connealy, but after reading this book I might not read another one of hers. First, the good points of the book. The characters all had distinct personalities. I’m not sure I would call them well-developed. But distinct, yes.
All in all, the negative points of this book outweighed any good points it might have had. The characters and situations, from the very beginning were over-exaggerated. It put me in mind of a comic book, actually. I felt like I was reading a comic book, though without the pictures. However, the book was entertaining. I will give it that. As long as I learned to accept the exaggerated parts.
Another point of the book I was disappointed with was the amount of research. Most all authors published with Bethany House research their books months in advance. But Mary Connealy did almost no research that I could find. Oh, there were places here and there. But those pieces of information were few and far between.
I did enjoy it, but only in the way I would enjoy a comic book. The ridiculousness of the characters and the situations they were placed in made any morals the author tried to teach go right over my head. One thing I will credit the author for was how she introduced her characters. Stuck Together is obviously one in a series. I believe it is the last one. I have not read any of the previous books, but I was still able to understand what was happening clearly.
I give Stuck Together 21/2 stars.
**I received a kindle copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.**