June 6th, 2016

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Book Critique 2016 – 03/11/2016: The Heart of Devin MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #3)

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For review of all the books in the series: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: A good series mixed with legend, love, mystery and choices for those evenings when you need a break.

The Heart of Devin MacKade is the third installment in The MacKade Brothers series by Nora Roberts and published in January of 1996. This book was very heart-wrenching and heart went out to both Devin MacKade and Cassie Dolin. That's right, our Sheriif Devin had indeed has his heart set on her since she was a kid.



With the help of Jared MacKade, Cassie gets her divorce. Thanks for Rafe and Regan she gets the job and is happily settled in the inn. But she is still getting used to the freedom, the closeness with the MacKade family and also to the renewed friendship with Devin. But for Devin it is much harder now seeing her free and closer; wondering when he could be more than a friend to Cassie.

The book also brings out more about the legend surrounding the two soldiers - one from the Union and one from the Confederate Army. However, in this book, the sub-plot revolves around the soldier who lands at the Barlow House. The legend comes very close to what is going on with Cassie and Devin's life. Abigail Barlow the tragic mistress of house was in an unhappy marriage with the Yankee Barlow. And her heart was set on another person. What would have happened if she had made a decision then? Will Cassie make a decision now - similar to what Abigail made? Or listens to her heart? Will Devin sacrifice his heart again? Nora has successfully weaved the legend into the lives of MacKades and anyone who ties down with them.

Then there's Joe Dolin - the prick in the lives of MacKades and Cassie. Even though jailed he has been biding his time to get a chance to get out and take his revenge on everyone he deemed necessary starting with Cassie.

Finally we come to the point in the series where all the different pieces start to fall together and the puzzle is forming a complete picture. Nora Roberts at her best again with weaving an intricate plot. Her mastery at continuing the main plot along-side the sub-plot amazes me always. Another book that you definitely want to read not just to continue the series but to see how her characters mold. For those lazy nights, I recommend this book.
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Book Critique 2016 – 03/12/2016: The Fall of Shane MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #4)

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For review of all the books in the series: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: A good series mixed with legend, love, mystery and choices for those evenings when you need a break.

The Fall of Shane MacKade is the final installment in The MacKade Brothers series by Nora Roberts published in April of 1996. The plot revolves around Shane MacKade - the youngest of the MacKade brothers - and Dr. Rebecca Knight - friend of Regan and one who likes everything to be explained.



Dr. Rebecca Knight comes to Antietam, Maryland not just to visit Regan but also explore the legend further to give it some tangible explanation - because she is a scientist who needs to do that. But she never imagined that she would get tangled with the delicious Shane MacKade. As for Shane, the baby of the family and " sinfully good-looking, even for a ~MacKade", never seriously considered himself paired with anyone. He enjoyed women and that is what he always wanted to do until Rebecca. And the legend joins them together in more ways than they could think of.

Between his brothers getting married and popping kids out, Shane was determined not to follow the path. Understanding the unexplained was her forte and Rebecca wasn’t prepared to analyze what and explain the irrational feelings in her heart. But the legend was tempting her to dig deeper which means she has no choice but to ignore her heart and work along with Shane.

In the third book we saw one part of the legend related to the Barlow House and decisions that Abigail made then and what Cassie made now. Thankfully Cassie made the right decision and settled the ghosts in the house. This book deals with the other part of the legend where one of the two soldiers entered the MacKade family home injured. A century ago the MacKade family gave solace and helped the injured soldier. Now will the  legend show a way for Rebecca and Shane? Why is Shane reluctant to speak about it? What are the secrets behind Rebecca? What is the closure for the two soldiers who lost their lives so long ago?

An interesting conclusion for the series and well written as always by Nora Roberts. What bothered me was the way Rebecca's character acts up in the beginning. It was so artificial and was getting under my nerves. Thankfully Nora gave her character a chance to explain and go back to her natural self. That Rebecca was much better. And for Shane, no complaints at all - a through and through dangerous and delicious man and who would not want to tangle with him, I say? ;)

I recommend this book and the series for those lazy days when you just want to get lost in the world of words. Enjoy!!!