Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The MacGregors: Alan & Grant by Nora Roberts

Title:  The MacGregors: Alan * Grant
Author: Nora Roberts
My Rating: A- overall

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: MacGregors
Main Characters: Alan MacGregor & Shelby Campbell; Grant Campbell & Gennie
Release Date: January 2011 (re-release from 1985)
Publisher: Silhouette
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
#1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nora Roberts enchants again with two more beloved classics about the passionate and headstrong MacGregor family.

All the Possibilities:
Story Overview:
Creative, compelling, unconventional—Shelby Campbell was unlike any woman Senator Alan MacGregor had ever known. The cynical politician found himself falling in love with the spirited beauty, though she kept him at arm's length. But Alan was determined and nothing was going to keep him from getting what he wanted—not even the centuries-old feud between the MacGregors and Campbells….

My Rating: B+ 

My Review:
I really enjoyed the story of this MacGregor book. This book pairs up Alan MacGregor with Shelby Campbell...the first pairing between these rival clans, which is not an issue for Alan or Shelby, but has moments for the elder MacGregor. What is an issue for the couple is Alan's career. Alan is a Senator who is being pushed towards the White House. He is very good at what he does and he knows that he can make a difference for the country. At issue, is Shelby. When she was young, her father was headed towards the White House and campaigning when he was assassinated right in front of her. She knows that she can't live with that kind of loss ever again. As a result, she is trying to avoid entanglements with Alan at every turn. She knows that he has the ability to make her fall in love and she doesn't want to face that loss, because she won't put her heart at risk.

I LOVED Shelby's character. She has grown up in the politics of DC, but has managed to maintain her own personality without it becoming an issue for "polite" society. She is unique and an artist. She says what she means and never hides behind subterfuge. But even with that fact, she can mingle among DC's elite and fit in perfectly. She honestly is the perfect woman, except for her fear of becoming involved with a politician.

On the other hand is Alan. As the eldest of the MacGregor children, Daniel expects him to marry and carry on the MacGregor name. Add to that, he is facing enormous pressures from within DC. He knows that Shelby may not be the ideal for a political wife, but honestly, he is so in love with her, he simply doesn't care. And for Alan, he knows that Shelby is who he wants as his wife...no doubt about it and he pursues her like he has everything in his life...completely!

This is another Nora Roberts book that was originally released in 1985. While it still had moments where it felt dated, I enjoyed the story line so much that I could overlook them. It definitely helps to skip the sex scenes as the flowery language is seriously ridiculous as you try to figure out what they are doing through the symbolism...hehe! Now, onward to Grant....an artistic loner, I already like him!!

One Man's Art
Story Overview:
Grant Campbell was a loner—rude and impossible! Yet as soon as he opened the lighthouse door to Genevieve Grandeau on that stormy night, she was lost. Underneath his gruff, handsome exterior, he was intelligent, sensitive…and slightly scarred. To Gennie, loving meant sharing, trusting. But Grant was hiding in the shadow of the past, afraid to move beyond it. She'd have to convince him that their love was a beacon for the future—but how?

My Rating: 

My Review:
I am shocked at just how much I loved this book. I adored Grant's character and how he has completely cut himself off from the world. He has a Mr. Darcy-esque personality in this book. He doesn't want to like Gennie and he sure doesn't want to love her. He is gruff and harsh and rude, but underneath it all is this man falling in love and not at all comfortable with that fact. Like Shelby (the heroine from All the Possibilities and his sister,) he was there when his father was assassinated (Grant was 17 at the time) and that has left huge scars on his life. Since then, he has become a solitary person and wants to trust only himself. He is a loner in the true sense of the word.

Gennie, on the other hand, is a famous artist who is well know on the society pages from around the world. She is well known for being out on the town and is certainly no stranger to crowds. But like Grant, she has recently suffered a devastating loss and has gotten away from it all to the windy shores of Maine to try to refocus and gain control over her life and grief.

I loved the artistic theme that flowed throughout the story. I loved the visual picture of the windswept sea cliffs and the lighthouse. Honestly, there wasn't much about this story that I didn't love. (Note: I have started skipping the sex scenes in these older novels, or I might have had that to complain about...LOL!) I loved the chemistry between these two and their verbal jousting was incredible....so witty and entertaining. I loved the tie that both of them have to the MacGregor clan and how the MacGregor's pulled them both to within their fold. Overall, I highly recommend this one!!!

Come back and join us tomorrow for our group discussion of this book and if you've read it, please feel free to join in!


Felicia Sparks said...

One of these days I will read a Nora Roberts book...when that day will be who knows *sigh*

These sounds really good though :)

Ally said...

Great review! Agree with you whole heartily on all your points!