Aug 18, 2010

Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

Sally McCellen finds herself injured and in the care of the biggest wimp she's ever met. Logan McKenzie paints pictures of the wild west—and claims he makes a living doing it. When the two of them see an elk she reaches for her rifle, he reaches for a sketch pad. The word DRAW means completely different things to them. When Sally falls off a cliff practically into his arms, he decides he's keeping her. So far her broken leg is keeping her close, but she's a quick healer and she needs to get some tougher help, because outlaws are hunting hard for the one witness to their crime.


This was a really unusual type of book. When I think of a romantic western story, I can't help but think of a tall strong cowboy as the hero. Logan is the main male character in this story, but he is far from the normal cowboy image. His first love is his paintbrush, and he loves to capture the beauty of the mountains on canvas.

Sally is also kind of an unusual western woman. She prefers to dress like a man, and her rifle skills are better than most men. On the way across the country to her sister's home, the party she is traveling with is ambushed and everyone is killed except for her. She is basically tossed over the side of a cliff and left for dead. As an afterthought, the criminals decide to make sure that she is indeed dead, and they relentlessly track her to Logan's cabin in the mountains.

Suspense, danger, romance and some beautiful scenery are all mixed together with some rather unusual characters. The dialogue did seem to move a bit slow at times, but overall, Wrangler in Petticoats was a very enjoyable book to read.

Disclosure: I received this galley via Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Barbour Books. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

Wrangler in Petticoats
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (Oct 1 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160260147X
ISBN-13: 978-1602601475


  1. I loved the series before this one so I definitely need to check this one out :)

  2. Angie Lippard from Hot Christian Books did a guest review of the same book on my blog here:

    She had a bit of a hard time with the less manly “hero” than is found in most western romances, and I can’t say I disagree.