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Product Details

  • Paperback: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette; First Edition edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373218257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373218257
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kylara on August 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Well, if nothing else, these two books (published originally in '89) do serve as examples of how terrible Roberts' writing was back then. First off, this is an overpriced collection of two old Silhouette novels that were rehabilitated into a more attractive package with Nora Roberts' famous name plastered in very large letters on the front.
The first story, Loving Jack, was *terrible*. Through a bizarre set of circumstances, a slightly unserious female with a heart of gold ends up living in the same house as a man unwilling to commit due to his Tragic And Lonely Past. The plot itself only has the fault of being cliched - it's her characters that are truly awful. Jackie is overbearingly perfect - she's a wonderful cook, charismatic, good at giving parties, and also possessing of a brilliant mind with in-depth knowledge in painting, architecture, Latin, and various other skills, but for the moment has decided to do what her heart compels her - romance novel writing. One cannot shake off the slightly terrifying feeling that Roberts is doing some sort of psychotic cameo in here, and it lingers throughout the entirety of the novel. [To make matters worse, the book Jackie writes really was published by Roberts as a historical Harlequin novel in October '03.] As for the love interest, Nathan, he is a staid sort of male. He has all the right characteristics - a brooding, confused, handsome sort of guy afraid to commit because of aforementioned Tragic And Lonely Past, all resulting in the most boring male ever in a Roberts book. The addition of the goddess-like Jackie MacNamara results in pure and undiluted tedium.
The second story, Best Laid Plans, isn't that bad, all things considering.
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63 of 81 people found the following review helpful By K. N. Nelson VINE VOICE on September 22, 2003
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I wish the publishers of Ms. Roberts earliest novels would NOT publish them as new releases. The two stories in this book are just awful. Really awful. They are as bad as some of the junk that other romance genre writers churn out even to this day.

I love Nora Roberts books from about 1998 on. And I am very fond of her J.D. Robb murder series. Especially the latest which are hip, sharp and witty which makes them selectively collectible.
However, with this offering save your money because Love by Design really sucks.
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Loving Jack: Written in 1989, this story was a bit dated, and the basic storyline is a take on one that's been told many times in formulaic romance novels. I loved the setting: A poolhouse in Venice, Florida! And I appreciated the way the two characters interacted with each other - they were both very likeable people with opposite, but complementary, personalities, who brought out the best in the other.

Best Laid Plans: Although an entirely independent story, I like that the characters from the Loving Jack had a small recurring role! This book also had an interesting setting: construction of a luxury hotel in the middle of the desert. The architect and the chief engineer were at odds through most of the story, and I liked how they slowly came to appreciate the other. The second half had an exciting injection of action/adventure to balance the relationship aspect and the artistic details of the setting.
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This is a reprint of two of Nora Roberts' earlier works, and it shows in the writing. Not that it's bad - fans will definitely recognize her style and "opposite attract" formula - but both lack the polish and humor of her later works. I agree with other reviewers who found the heroines annoying, but that's somewhat typical of the genre, too. Good for passing time in the airport, anyway...
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