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5.0 out of 5 stars Two fantastic romances for the price of one!, June 1, 2007
This review is from: The MacGregors: Robert & Cybil: The Winning Hand\The Perfect Neighbor (Mass Market Paperback)
Greetings again to all the fellow Nora Roberts fans out there from your friendly manly man! I may be a man, but I am also a die-hard romantic, and the works of Ms. Roberts give me a particular thrill as she weaves mystery, menace, and harrowing drama around her characters' slow-boiling passions. In most romance novels one is fairly certain that the male and female protagonists will eventually end up in each other's arms, but in Roberts's novels, how they arrive there and what obstacles they must overcome is what gives that anticipated climax--the revelation of sometimes unconscious but overwhelming desire and the emotional release of pent-up and barely contained feelings--the visceral force that sometimes leaves me breathless and shaking, unable to read any further. At such times I strip to my waist, baring my well-muscled chest, go to my garage, and rebuild a transmission.

"The MacGregors: Robert & Cybil: The Winning Hand\The Perfect Neighbor" reprints two previously published books in the MacGregor series, a collection of stories detailing the lives and loves of the MacGregor family and its extended network. Overseeing the happiness and good fortune of his clan is Daniel MacGregor, the patriarch with an almost magical ability to find the perfect mates for his grandchildren in sometimes unexpected places. He reminds me of an elf, a manly elf.

"The Winning Hand" is the story of Robert "Mac" MacGregor Blade, son of Justin and Serena MacGregor Blade, who runs the Comanche casino and finds himself drawn towards Darcy Wallace, a down-on-her-luck librarian running from her past who wanders into his casino and gambles her last remaining dollars to win almost $2 million. What then follows may be predictable in outline but not in execution, as Mac and Darcy learn to gain confidence and trust in themselves and in each other, which will come in handy when Darcy's past catches up with her and Mac must rise to the occasion, like a man. A manly man.

"The Perfect Neighbor" asks the question whether seeming opposites do in fact attract. Cybil Campbell, the youngest daughter of Grant and Gennie Campbell and who lives in her grandfather Daniel MacGregor's building, doesn't know what to make of her new neighbor, Preston McQuinn. Little does she know that he is a plant, not of the photosynthetic variety, but of the MacGregor-choreographed, let's-place-him-here-and-see-what-develops variety. Bubbly, outgoing Cybil mistakes her quiet, loner neighbor for an out-of-work musician, but the truth challenges her deepening feelings for him, and the prospects for these two look grim when Preston feels himself growing too close to Cybil.

You will grow close to these quirky, flawed, yet sympathetic characters as they fight, flirt, and have fun with each other, responding to their feelings and the twists of Fate with an honesty and insight that will leave readers and manly men laughing, crying and wishing for a family as colorful and loveable as, dare I say it, the MacGregors.
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Initial post: Jun 2, 2007 7:44:02 PM PDT
It's truly a wonderous day to find a die-hard romantic and manly man! Review on, on! You'll always get my vote! ;)


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2007 7:23:59 AM PDT
viktor_57 says:
As a manly man full of manliness, I thank you, Andrea Griffin, for your inspiring words and much appreciated vote.

In fact, you have brought a smile to my manly jaw and touched my manly heart, and were I a less manly man, I might be moved to an unmanly sniffle, but manly men don't sniffle. Instead, manly men flex their chest and stare hard at the middle distance. That is how we show gratitude, and pain, and desire, and joy,... and pretty much all emotions.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2007 9:41:52 PM PDT
Bronwyn says:
you're really funny, your post made me smile :)

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 1:14:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2007 1:14:28 PM PDT
Like to Read says:
Thanks for the review, it made me laugh and smile

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 12:48:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2011 12:51:00 PM PDT
Julie Zagst says:
Viktor, I loved your review, I had to chuckle a few times there! And I do believe we need some vital statistics here! Married or single? Age? Exactly how manly is your manly chest? Hey, as a single woman, I had to ask!!! LOL

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 7:33:35 AM PST
RavenRight says:
I really want to read the MAcGregors! Can SOMEONE PLEEEEAASE tell me what order to read them? I cant figure out which one is first, second and so on....thanks so much! I LOVE favorites are the Circle Trilogy, public secrets, Three sisters island trilogy....oh jeez, I love them all.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 9:46:17 PM PDT
Alyzu says:
RavenRight, you can go to Nora Roberts' website and click on the reading list. (I'm headed there myself, lol!)
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