MacGregors: The Winning Hand

Nora Roberts brings us back into the MacGregors lives of matchmaking and finding love with a little push.  Mac will find love with a different type of woman in this ninth book of The MacGregors, The Winning Hand.

The Plot of The Winning Hand:

“When Darcy Wallace spends her last three dollars at the hotel casino and wins a jackpot worth almost two million dollars, all casino manager Robert MacGregor Blade wants to do is look out for her.  But something about the lovely young woman is getting under Mac’s skin and playing havoc with his big brotherly intentions.  And to win her over, he’ll have to take the biggest gamble of his life.”

I loved this book for the shear fact that we got to see how the oldest son of Justin and Serena turned out and for his chance to fall in love.  Now that Daniel finished marrying off his granddaughters Mac will find his own love with a little help from his family.

The Winning Hand was charming and exciting to read.

MacGregors: The MacGregor Brides

Nora Roberts brings the MacGregors back with the eighth book, The MacGregor Brides, but as all Daniel and Anna’s children are married it is time for the grandchildren and Daniel has set his sites on his granddaughters.  The next to be married are Laura, Gwen and Julia.

The Plot of The MacGregor Brides:

Laura MacGregor is the first one, the daughter of Caine and Diane. A lawyer just like her parents and strives to make a name for herself.  She is also the oldest of the granddaughters and the one that needs to marry first according to Daniel.  His object is to set her up with Royce Cameron who does secruity.    He puts the two together and they get steamy but it sizzles as they soon find that it was not all destiny.  But all it not lost for those who find true love.

Gwen is the next granddaughter and next one for Daniel’s matchmaker.  She is daughter of Serena and Justin and becoming a doctor.  She works hard at her job maybe too hard and it gets harder when Daniel begins matchmaking again with Branson.  Branson is a writer and doing research but is it all research.  Will Gwen find what she is looking for only to throw it away?  Again true love will find its place.

Julia the last of the marriage age of granddaughters.  She is the firerest of them all and is not shy.  She is the daughter of former President Alan MacGregor and Shelby MacGregor.  She has been in the lime light and is good at it.  She also has the head for business which she uses fliping houses for a profit.  Daniel had his problems with this one but he had the right man for the job, Cullum.  He was a man who had the same firery temperment.  They find an attraction that is very hot to handle but when things sizzle and become serious who will crack and tell the truth.

These three parts were priceless.  I loved how Daniel MacGregor continues to play matchmaker and has a few pages of memoirs.  The three girls were fantastic and it was fun to see how the families have grown.  Now it is up to the rest of the grandchildren to finish the tales.

Gift of Fire by Jayne Ann Krentz

“Gourmet restaurant-owner Verity Ames determines to secure herself in a relationship with the lean and sexy Jonas Quarrel.  She suspects that Jonas is not the marrying kind, and soon enough her adventuring lover sets off to hunt for missing Reniassance jewels on a Pacific Northwest island.  Verity follows him to an ancient mansion of hidden passageways and mysterious perils, where she hopes to discover the most precious treasure a woman and a man can find.”

When I picked up the book, Gift of Fire by Jayne Ann Krentz I had already read the first book Gift of Gold and I didn’t know it was about the same characters.  I was pleasantly surprised since Krentz left the first book at an ending but more could happen.

I loved to see how the characters progressed in their own relationship and their own persona.  The book was charming and intriguing with the plot and the paranormal activity that centered around the book.

MacGregors: Ian

The seventh book by Nora Roberts brings back the past with Ian MacGregor and him finding love in this short story, In From The Cold, of the Historical Christmas collection.

The Plot of In From The Cold:

“Christmas was Allanna Flynn’s favorite time of year-but when injured Minuteman Ian MacGregor sought refuge in her New England home, Allana found herself caught in a war of hearts with the handsome rebel.  Could this become the season of peace on earth…and goodwill to one special man?”

I liked the story.  Ian is brought back from the last book, Rebellion.  He was the baby of Coll and Maggie who was born towards the end of that book.  I liked that we got to know more about the family of MacGregors as twenty years passed.

In From The Cold was something that was short, quick to read and enjoyable.

Gift of Gold by Jayne Ann Krentz

“Being a tough taskmaster and a great cook made Verity Ames Colorado restaurant a success.  Her new employee, Jonas Quarrel, followed her orders to a “T” during working hours.  But when the day was done his lazy smile and bedroom eyes threatened to turn his boss from a she-cat into a kitten.  So Verity taunted him that she would never surrender to a drifter who had left behind a prestigious career as a Renaissance scholar.  Jonas crumbling her defenses with nibbles, bites and kisses; melting her resistance with passion; making his love seem like heaven-until his hellish past caught up with him.  For Jonas was not at Verity’s kitchen by accident.  She was the key to a chilling secret that had nearly destroyed him…”

This is one the first book of two book series.  Gift of Gold I found showed Jayne Ann Krentz’s early collection for the paranormal of psychic powers.  Her newer books are displaying the paranormal world and this one gives you a display of a man who has a secret power that gets out of hand until the right woman is by his side.

Gift of Gold was intriguing and exciting with the world of paranormal.  You didn’t know what the real reason for the act of revenge until the end.  I loved the interaction between the two characters and how they were meant to be together.

Gift of Gold was a fast pace action pack book to read and very enjoyable.

MacGregors: The Early MacGregors

As Daniel and Anna’s lives were revisited so will be the MacGregor family in the early past.  Nora Roberts brings the early members of the clan to the pages in Rebellion.

The Plot of Rebellion:

“Scotland, 1745.  Against the bloody background of the Battle of Culloden, another war waged and won-the price of honor, the victory, love.

Scottish beauty Serena MacGregor’s hatred of all English began as a child when she watched as a band of Englishmen attacked her mother.  Her brother’s friend Brigham Langston was no exception to Serena’s loathing-despite his supposed loyalty to the Scottish cause…and his good looks.

Although Brigham eventually proves himself worthy of the MacGregor family’s respect, Serena is still reluctant to abandon her hatred for him and his heritage.  But Brigham has other plans.  Serena has captivated him with her beauty, her passion for life and commitment to her beliefs-and he refuses to let her antagonistic attitude keep form winning her.  And Serena must learn to open her mind-as Brigham opens his heart-to see the true love awaiting her.”

The sixth book is intriguing and fantastic to read.  I like that we were taken back in time to see the earlier members of the MacGregor family.  The firery MacGregors are not a thing from the past.  Their stubbornness is as old as time.  You got to see how they were spread out and finally made it to America where some will stay permentanly.

Joy by Jayne Ann Krentz

I was searching again and came across the book Joy by Jayne Ann Krentz.  This is an early book of hers and I went to pick it up.  I love her writing and style of characters.  This is a wonderful romance novel with mystery built within the plot.

The Plot of Joy:

“Virginia Middlebrook and A.C. Ryerson had both been burned in painful marriages.  Neither had any desire to relive the past-they’d take things slow.  A Caribbean trip seemed like the perfect way to test the waters of a new relationship…until A.C. wins a breathtaking emerald bracelet with a mysterious past.  Suddenly their days-and nights-become a reckless roller coaster of adventure, desire…and deadly peril.”

I loved this book with the mystery of the bracelet and the simplicity and complex of the characters.  A.C. Ryerson was involved with Debby the younger sister but he knew that nothing would happen.  He winds up meeting the older sister and knew at that moment this was going to be the woman for him.  I loved that he switched from one sister to another.

Joy had intrigue and suspense with a wonderful romance story.

MacGregors: Daniel

Getting to know the children you find out that the parents were very much in love but now you get to know how Daniel was able to get Anna to be his wife, and it was not an easy task.  Nora Roberts brings us Daniel and Anna’s story in For Now, Forever.

The Plot of For Now, Forever:

Daniel MacGregor has and always will be a charismatic man who had nothing and built everything he needed.  Anything he wanted he found a way to get.  As Daniel was now getting to his thirties and was very wealthy he found that he needed a wife.  A smart woman to have a conversation, pretty and confident.  Someone that would challenge him.  Daniel found that in the woman Anna Whitfield.

Anna Whitfield was a student finishing up her college to get her degree and go into medicine to become a doctor.  She wanted nothing more than this.  When Daniel MacGregor found Anna she knew that she was in trouble.  He was a strong, tall man that she knew would get what he wanted.  He professed that he already wanted her and that scared her.  She knew that she would want him, come to love him but she couldn’t.  Her career had to still be number one but she wanted him as well.

Daniel pursued Anna and finally she gave into him but not to all his demands.  He told her over and over that she would marry him and be his wife, but he didn’t accept her career.  That infuriated her and kept her from going further.

It will take some strong advice from others that will bring the two together but ultimately Daniel and Anna make their decision to have everything.

The fifth book of the MacGregors was fantastic to read.  I loved to see that Daniel was still as bold and stubborn in his youth as he is later on in his life.  The prologue was intriguing as Daniel was in a crash which promoted the memories of Daniel and Anna’s first encounter.  I longed to see them finally together even though you know they would have a happy ending, but it was nice to read about it.  By far one of the best books of the series, The MacGregors.

MacGregors: Grant Campbell

Nora Roberts brings the MacGregors back to the page in One Man’s Art, but with the extended family of the Campbells.

The Plot of One Man’s Art:

Grant Campbell is loved by his sister and returns her love but he hides.  He is a very isolated person and likes it that way.  No one knows what his work is.  Grant is an artist and designs his own comic strip but remains unknown.  Crowds are not something he loves or uninvited guests but he might just give an exception towards this particular one.  A woman, Genevieve “Gennie” Grandeau, who was very much weather beaten from the downpour of rain.  Being rude to her was the only way to stop him from taking her in his arms.  But he knew better to think about that.  His best solution was to get rid of those thoughts for Genevieve.

Genevieve Grandeau is a flamboyant artist and is well known but now she needs a break, not from art but from life.  Seven months ago she had a tragedy that left her without her sister and blames herself still.  Going away is a way to find herself and let her work without distraction, so when she winds up with a stalled car and a grumpy host Genevieve was not thrilled.  Of course when she gets to know him, Genevieve wants to know more.

The two of them start a rough relationship but Genevieve wants it to work, but is torn.  Grant is not very open about his feelings and both are two stubborn except when one finally gets the courage to truly commit.

The fourth book of the series MacGregors was funny and enjoyable to read.  I think I liked the first three a little better due to the fact they are the real MacGregors but this was very entertaining to read.  Something a little different and the MacGregors were still a part of the story.  The next book of the series is going back in time when Daniel MacGregor will find Anne and make her his wife.

The MacGregors: Alan

After reading the first two books about the brother and sister I had to find out about the first brother, who he would end up with and how.  The third book from MacGregors by Nora Roberts is All The Possibilities.

The Plot of All The Possibilities

Alan is the oldest son of the MacGregors his younger brother is Caine and sister is Rena.  He is doing very well for himself as a Senator and in most peoples minds a politician going up in the ranks for presidency.  This was the ultimate goal for Alan himself but now there was something else.  At a fundraiser he spots her standing there with wild hair and nothing like he have seen before.  Being intrigued right from the moment Alan wanted to get to know her right away and he decided to go over to her.

Shelby Campbell was cool, creative and full of energy.  She immediately liked Alan even though he was a Senator which was the problem.  She didn’t want to get attach to another politician but the problem was before she knew it she was.  Shelby found that Alan didn’t say now as he was very persistent to get her on a date.  He would also give her ususally presents which were not traditional.  Shelby knew she was falling and decided to enjoy the ride as far as she could go.

As their relationship progressed Shelby was introduced to Daniel who had a bias to her from the beginning but that is because of family history with Campbells and MacGregors.  But Shelby won Daniel over with her quick wit.  Alan loved Shelby and wondered how he would find a way to get her to commit.  Would he have to give it all up for her?

All The Possibilities was intriguing and very enjoyable to read.  I have loved to read about the kids and how they were able to find love.  Next will by the isolated Grant Campbell’s turn.