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Brianna Concannon is a woman with a rare gift for creating a home, and she makes use of this talent by running a bed-and-breakfast in a picturesque corner of Ireland. Mystery writer Grayson Thane is an American who grew up in an orphanage and has spent his life alone. A restless wanderer with a painful past, Grayson arrives at Blackthorn Cottage intent only on soaking up the Irish atmosphere and writing his next novel, but he finds far more than he bargained for. The beautiful, calm Brianna soothes his disquiet soul, and in her Grayson finds the home he hadn't realized he needed. Brianna knows that by falling for him, she risks her heart, already bruised and scarred by a young love who left her at the altar. But the yearning to let the American melt the ice around her cold exterior is irresistible. Unless Grayson can let go of his past to forge a future with her, Brianna may have gambled her heart in vain.

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Roberts's second installment in her Born In trilogy (after Born in Fire) takes the reader back to Ireland, where Brianna Concannon uncovers some unexpected and disturbing details about her deceased father. While trying to turn the attic of her bed-and-breakfast into another guest room, Brianna finds a stock certificate from a nonexistent company called Triquarter Mining?no great surprise, as the elder Concannon had always had a weakness for worthless ventures. More surprising is a set of old, passionate love letters written to her father 28 years before by a woman who was not Brianna's mother. This discovery is overshadowed by the arrival of famed mystery novelist Grayson Thane, who is to be her guest?and her lover (at least until his next novel is finished). The scope of Roberts's latest offering is limited to Brianna's and Gray's affair, leaving the reader impatient about fleeting references to footprints outside Brianna's window and a messy break-in at the B&B. Still, the pace of the book is smooth and even, and the writing captures the charisma and earthy charm of Ireland and the gentleness of its people while setting the tone for Born in Shame, the final story. (Aug.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515116750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515116755
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 26, 2001
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What? So Nora Roberts wants us to think that an attractive man is one with an average build, a good sense of humor, lots of imagination, and plenty of maturity?
So Nora Roberts wants us to think that an attractive woman is one with an average body, huge sense of loyalty, a high work ethic, and plenty of maturity?
So Nora Roberts wants us to think that it's romantic for a man to hide in the bathroom so he can spend the night in his love's hospital room? For a man to bribe his love's mother with a gift. To think of his love's feelings before his own.
So Nora Roberts wants us to think its romantic for a woman to wear conservative clothes, make a house a home, and tell the man she loves honestly how she feels about him.
Yes! Thanks for the break from cardboard cutout characters.
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"Born in Ice" is the second book in Nora Roberts' exceptional "Born in" trilogy. The writing in this book is first rate and the story will have you enchanted.
Brianna Concannon, sister of Maggie, whose story was told in the first book, is a sweet, giving and selfless person. But in this story we get to see the strong and fiercely loyal woman beneath this soft exterior.
When best-selling mystery novelist Grayson Thane arrives at Brianna's B&B he stirs all kinds of desires inside her. Grayson feels drawn to this lovely and compelling woman and the relationship that develops between these two is moving and delightful!
Grayson is a wonderful hero who all readers will love. His impressions of Ireland as he sees it for the first time give the reader a perfect picture of this hauntingly beautiful country.
As Brianna and Grayson fall in love, Grayson, a man who has never had the need or desire to put down roots, begins to wish for a home and a family as he never has before. In the end, Grayson must choose between the life he knows and is content with and the love he feels for Brianna. This story will touch your heart.
I highly recommend this book and the other two in the trilogy. Although I am a fan of all of NR's work, I really believe that this trilogy is one of her very best. So read it today!
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BORN IN ICE is the 2nd part of the Born In Trilogy -- This trilogy is about three sisters - two who know each other and one who is unknown. The sisters are so different, at times it's hard to image them coming from the same family.

BORN IN ICE is the story of Brianna Concannon. Brianna has chosen to keep her family home and turn it into a bed and breakfast. During the harsh Irish winter, a long-term guest arrives that heats up even the coldest of nights. Grayson Thane, famous mystery writer, falls hard and fast for the quiet Brianna. And Brianna falls for Grayson, wondering if it will only last through the winter or a lifetime.

This trilogy shows Roberts' cleaver characters, witty interactions, and vast descriptions of the Irish country that she seems to love so well. You couldn't ask for 3 better books! You have Fire (temper), Ice (patience) and Shame (out-of-wedlock child) that meld together to create a marvelous Irish tale. Come meet the daughters of Thomas Concannon, and see why Nora Roberts is one of the greatest romance writers of all time!

I strongly recommend that you have all three books in your possession, because as soon as you finish one, you'll want to start the next immediately!
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This is the second in this trilogy and by far the best story. The h is the 'middle' sister and the most likeable of all 3 sisters. She is calm and loving and pretty much selfless although she is talented in her own right. The H is much more selfish and sometimes I really didn't enjoy his character. The h is Irish and running her own B & B when the H, an American author, comes to stay for a few months in order to write his latest novel. The H never has serious intentions towards the h and appeared callous on many occasions. We really did have to wait for our hea but this is still a book well worth reading
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Brianna Concannon is a woman who hates conflict. She spent so much of her life trying to keep peace in her family that she just wants a quiet existence. After being left right before her wedding, she now owns a bed and breakfast deciding to cater to the needs of others. Brianna is an artist in her own right being a whiz in the kitchen, and garden, but yet maintains complete control over everything including her emotions.

Grayson Thane is a very popular writer inspired with the surrounding town. He decides to make the small inn his temporary residence until his new book is finished. Grayson had a terrible childhood and avoids relationships and commitment on any level. When Grayson and Brianna meet, it is bringing together two damaged lost souls.

Grayson and Brianna didn't seem to be a very interesting couple. It was more a meeting of the timid. She is portrayed as a saint image, and he more a little lost boy. It didn't made for very interesting interaction.
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I have read the whole "born in" trilogy and this was my favorite one. The serenity and coolness of Brianna matched with the anxiousness and humor of Grayson was irresistable. Nora Roberts is such a gifted novelist and a book like this gives all us romantics hope. This story has everything, passion, humor, seriousness, and sadness enough to make you cry. The way she had Grayson's catch phrase "Let me tell you a story" throughout the book was brilliant because you never knew what type of story it was, be it happy or sad. It's a novel of great depth and definately does not fall in the "Trashy Romance Novel" catagory that so many people are apt to put these types of books in. If you're a big "Born in Fire" fan also, never fear. Maggie and Rogan are also woven through this spellbinding tale. I have reread this book many times and never fail to cry at the end.
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