Review: The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts

Review: The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora RobertsThe Return Of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts
April 1, 1995
Genres: Romance
Pages: 251
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has returned. Cleaned up and successful now--and still dangerously good-looking--Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire, and tongues wagging.

Lovely newcomer Regan Jones is intrigued--what kind of man could cause this sort of talk? She's just about to find out....

Nora Roberts and I have a history.  A long history of torn covers and hidden novels.  She pretty much started my romance reading journey, changing me from a sci-fi nerd to tearing off romance novel covers so my Daddy wouldn’t find the books and kill my young, perverted ass.  

I have read so many of her books, I’m like a walking NR encyclopedia.  I’d find them at garage sales and buy anything with her name of them.  

But… it’s been years since I’ve read something from her.  Years.   And I randomly came across The Return Of Rafe MacKade, so I jumped on it.   Because… why not?  Not many authors can write male characters like my girl Nora.  And when the universe tells me to buy a book, I usually listen.  

The story revolves around two characters, Rafe and Regan.  Rafe is one of four brothers, known around their small town and no-good bad boys.  Their momma died when they were young, and their Dad did what he could to keep the farm above water.  The boys were always getting arrested, fighting at bars, stealing cars, you name it.  No one expected any of them to mount to anything, and never did they.

After Rafe’s dad dies, he decides he’s done with the small town life, the spiderweb of gossip, and he needs a place where he isn’t one of the MacKade boys.   He packs up and…disappears.

Fast forward a decade and Regan finds herself getting away from the fancy silver spoon life, the big city, and fat bank accounts of her parents… and settling in a teeny town.  She sells antiques and decorates houses, lives a simple life, and relies on no one but herself.   Then one day she hears talk of the infamous Rafe MacKade coming home to his brothers (which are now a lawyer, a farmer, and the town Sheriff.)  

Rafe buys this creepy, haunted house and needs help decorating it with the correct period pieces.  They meet.  Sparks fly.  Clothes come off.  They have a business and personal relationship, and they’re the talk of town.  Good, sweet Regan is shacking up with bad boy Rafe…whodathunkit?

The story has some danger, so ghostly encounters, lots of caveman tactics, and hot (and a bit flowery) sex scenes.  The MacKade brothers are freaking awesome – full of punching, laughing, alpha maleness that you seriously can’t get enough of.  It’s a very typical Nora Roberts story, but fuck me, I loved it.  The characters were fascinating, and you finish this book wanting to read the next three back to back just so you can get more of these delicious brothers.

So, yes, all four are now sitting on my Kindle and I’ll be binging on a childhood favorite author the next couple days, and maybe revisiting some of my old favorites.  (Speaking of, do you have any Nora Roberts favorites?  I love all of her Ireland series, especially the band family one.  Or, the lighthouse witch series.  The boat building brothers series… God, I could go on and on.  Let me know if there’s a series I should check out!)

About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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