The third and final book in Cimarron Legacy (Too Far Down) marks a couple of milestones for me.
Specifically, I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing 5 of Ms. Connealy books making her the author that I've critiqued the most.
Also, this is the first time I've reviewed an entire series. (No Way Up October 2016 & Long Time Gone April 2017).
Too Far Down starts off with an explosion...a mining explosion! Recently recovered from a gunshot wound, Cole Boden sustains minor injuries and loses five of his miners. The eruption was made to look like an accident, but as Cole investigates he's discovering it was all set up intended to spark a series of actions targeting the Boden clan and the Cimarron Ranch (CR). Younger half-siblings, Justin and Sadie along with their spouses are there to help him in unraveling the mystery surrounding the attacks on their family.
Neighbor Melanie "Mel" Blake is a cowgirl through and through and also "... a savvy woman who could hold her own." (Connealy, 139). She is surprised when she finds herself falling for Cole, the polished Harvard graduate. Returning from his decade in Boston, Cole is astounded to find himself noticing Mel in a new light."He'd never thought about her looks before...But they'd grown up together so, you'd've thought he'd've noticed how beautiful she was." (Connealy, 19).
In terms of Ms. Connealy's typical heroes, Cole is somewhat of a departure. He's a college graduate who pairs tailored 3 piece suits with his Stetson and gun. Initially, Cole is resentful of his father's will stipulating that he and his siblings all move back home and live at the CR. However, over time, Cole realizes the wisdom of his father's plan
Author Mary Connealy skillfully crafts Too Far Down tying up all the loose ends and bringing the conspiracy full circle.