The Final Chapter of the MacKade Brothers

The first three books of the series MacKade Brothers were fantastic.  The last book, The Fall of Shane MacKade by Nora Roberts was finishing up with the youngest brother.  The brother that had told many he didn’t want to marry.  Also one that is not telling all, he holds a secret.  But this secret is shared with one woman, Rebecca Knight.

“The youngest MacKade, Shane, was a man of the land, so the last woman he expected to catch his eye was a Ph.D. toting academic.  But Rebecca Knight had caught much more than that.  One beautiful lady didn’t mean the fall of Shane MacKade from bachlorhood was a sure thing.  But it was definitely a possibility…”

The story had all the of the MacKade’s along with the spouses and new children.  Shane was the last brother who has not found love.  He has been having a fantastic time with many other women.  That is until Rebecca Knight makes an appearance in his life.  From the moment he saw her at the airport he was baffled.

Rebecca Knight was a bright woman who never had a normal life.  Only academic, nothing else except now.  She was drawn to this place through dreams that she had been having for several years now.  Rebecca has little to no real friends, except Regan but now there was Shane.  She decided to let herself go and enjoy.  Enjoy in the arms of Shane who was trying his best to seduce.

I love the fact that Shane does seduce her but Rebecca is still a little resistant.  She is logical and does not ask or act like a normal women.  This fact drives Shane crazy because he does not know what to do, and before he knows it Shane will be stuck on Rebecca.  But is he brave enough to tell her everything?

I am not sure which book I liked more so I will say all were wonderful to read.  The brothers are an example of brotherly love through ups and downs.  Nora Roberts knows how to write a romance novel that is charming, seductive and a little twist of the supernatural element.

MacKade Series

The Return of Rafe MacKade

The Pride of Jared MacKade

The Heart of Devin MacKade

The Fall of Shane MacKade

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Getting to know Devin MacKade

The Heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts is another great story on the MacKade brothers this time focusing on the third brother Devin who is the local sheriff.  And is desperately in love with a certain woman with two children.

“Sheriff Devin MacKade watched, patiently, painfully as the woman he secretly cherished suffered through a less-than-perfect marriage.  Now pretty Cassie Connor was free but vulnerable.  Devin knew he’d have to tread slowly, all the while wondering if the heart of Devin MacKade could ever claim the woman he loved.”

I was in love with the character Devin, well really all the brothers, but he was the most patient and understanding of the brothers.  He upheld the law, cared for the town and his brothers, but he kept the love of Cassie Connor to himself.

In the story Devin and Cassie are finally making headway into a relationship.  Devin keeps his distance at first for a while to let Cassie adjust but he finally goes for it when she kisses him friendly.  Cassie is blown away by the feelings that she is feeling.  She is not sure but the house helps her decide.

I love the fact that Cassie is a strong woman after all that she has been through.  She is strong for her children and herself.  The children are even doing better after living in that environment.

The house that is now the B and B for Rafe and Regan is still in the book.  The house brings Cassie and Devin together.  They are connected through the houses ghost that reside there.

But not everything is perfect for Devin or Cassie.  Cassie’s ex-husband is in prison but not for long and he is going to come after Cassie.

This book was sweet and charming with a hit of sensuality.  Devin MacKade is just one of the hot MacKade brothers and was entertaining to read.

Introducing the MacKade Brothers

The first book of the series Mackade Brothers is The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts.  I was looking forward to the first book of the series because I knew that the series consisted of four books.  I knew there was a beginning and an end in the series which is always nice when reading a series.  The first book is about the second oldest brother of the Mackade Brothers.

The Plot:

“Ten years after disappearing from Antielam, Maryland, the bad boy has returned.  Cleaned up and successful now, and still dangerously good looking, Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire, and tongues wagging.

Lovely newcomer Regan Jones is intrigued, what kind of man could cause this sort of talk?  She’s just about to find out…”

Rafe MacKade left the town in a need to find himself.  He had too much anger.  Now ten years later Rafe is refined, to a point. The anger is still there but he has control on it.  That is until certain people push the wrong buttons, but that anger could also be to protect others around him.

Regan Jones is a young woman getting herself situated in her antique shop.  She had been there for three years and knew all the MacKade brothers except for Rafe who she was now meeting.  Sparks flew but Regan didn’t take the bait.

Or course Rafe knew how to connect with Regan.  He went after her with through her business.  Rafe had bought a rather large, haunted house, and it needed to be rehabbed and decorated.  Regan was the one who got the commission and much more.

The characters of the brothers are utterly fantastic.  They are genuine and real.  I could picture them living and in the situation.  They were charismatic, funny and very brotherly.  Regan’s character was a strong independent woman, she needed to make something on her own.

Another character I liked was Regan’s friend Cassie who is in an abusive marriage and finds the will to get out finally, and later on she will have her chance at love but not yet.

The plot of the book was wonderful to read.  The romance was there and I liked the added fact of the haunted house which gave a little eeriness to the book.

The Return of Rafe MacKade set up the brothers for the next three stories and I hope that they will be just as good.

Tribute by Nora Roberts

“Virginia’s Shenandoah Vally, in the shadow if the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a long way from Hollywood.  And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan likes it.

Cilla, a former child star, has found a more satisfying life working with her hands to restore homes from floor to ceiling and has come here to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin.  Sadly, no one had been able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy.  An actress with a golden voice and a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs, but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years ago.  To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams.  And during her waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood.  By coming to the East Coast, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to take a shot at finding some kind of normalcy for herself.

Cilla has her work cut out for her, the house, once a place a comfort and simple rural beauty, is long neglected, crumbling, the grounds choked by weeds.  Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy and exhausted to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore.  Determined not to carry on the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla.  In the house’s cluttered attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters, tied with a faded red ribbon, suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died, and that the father of her child was a local married man.  Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago.  The mystery only deepens with a series of cruel and intimidating acts and a frightening violent assault.  And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime in her life.”

Reading any books from Nora Roberts you can’t help but be pulled into the story, into the characters and all that surrounds them.

As I started to read Tribute I was immediately pulled into Cilla’s life and her struggle for creating her life over, to start a new and actually have her own life.  Cilla is a fantastic character.  She is strong, determined, struggles in aspects of her life, which endures her character to the reader.

Ford is as well a very well-developed character.  He holds the humor of the book with his witty and words that he says.  I love how he is a very determined man to make Cilla his own.  She resists and resists but finally she gives into happiness which is in the form of Ford.

The shocking thing about the book which was nice to read was the idea that Cilla dreamt of her grandmother.  You learned a lot about the grandmother through the dreams but was it Cilla’s imagination or really her grandmother.  Another great part of the book is who really is behind the mischief that is plaguing Cilla and the mystery of how her grandmother really met her end.  The culprit(s) will reveal themselves and new ones will come to harm Cilla.

I wasn’t sure who the real person was until the very end of the book.

Legacy of Lies by Elizabeth Chandler

Megan an ordinary girl living with ordinary family until she goes back to her roots.  Through this journey a mysterious past will be reveled and a surprising future.

“She had seen Scarbrough House only in her dreams.  Now Megan was here, visiting the grandmother she’d never met, and her newfound cousin Matt, too handsome by far, who wanted her to disappear.  Grandmother was so cold, so distant.  Why did she finally reach out to Megan after all these years?  And why was Matt so determined to call her his “almost” cousin?  For all her prophetic dreams, nothing could have prepared Megan for Matt’s astonishment when he first saw her…or the reaction of perfect strangers who looked at her with fascination-and fear…

Megan thought she knew who she was.  Until she came to Grandmother’s house.  Until she met Matt, who angered and attracted her as no boy had ever done before.  Then she began having dreams again, a life she never lived, a love she never knew…a secret that threatened to drive her to the grave.”

I loved this book with the twist and turns, the suspenseful plot and mysterious characters.  Megan an ordinary girl but when she gets to her grandmothers house everything changes.  Megan starts to see Avril who was her grandmothers sister.  She died long ago at age 16 but no one believed Megan that she was seeing her or no one was letting on.  As things start to be moved around the house grandmothers nerves are getting frazzled.  She hates Megan and is getting angry at Matt for taking Megan’s side.  Matt doesn’t want to but he pays as little attention to Megan as he can.  He is surprised to see her at the house but is he really.

As I read this book I was drawn from the very first page.  I loved the fact that Megan was seeing the spirit of Avril but as this happened her dreams were coming all too real.  Megan was understanding that she was the reincarnated spirit of Avril and she was not the only one walking around who was reincarnated.  I loved the mystery of reincarnation.  Megan dreamed of certain things, new things or had feelings that kept you going to the next page.

Further into the story the more questions I started to ask, “why was Megan summoned now?, why were they so frigded?,  is she going to die?, are they going to have a happy ending this time?,  who actually killed her?.  These questions kept me going to find those answers and I didn’t have to wait long with this fast paced book.

Elizabeth Chandler is a new author that I looked into by accident.  I saw her name and looked up her books to find that I picked up one of her books at a book fair, but did not read it yet.  This book is a teen book but fantastic to read.  She does not disappoint with the suspenseful reading.  You are automatically drawn into the book.

If you enjoy suspense, mystery, spirits, reincarnation, haunted houses, timeless love, twist and turns, and on the edge of your seat thriller then “Legacy of Lies” is for you.