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The MacGregors: Serena ~ Caine [2-in-1] by…

The MacGregors: Serena ~ Caine [2-in-1] (1985)

by Nora Roberts

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Wow! I'm so very glad the first Nora Roberts book I ever picked up was *not* written in her early days. On the flip side, it's kind of cool to get to read a longer series with the stories of multiple generations of family members, even if none of them are completely realistic.

This book starts the MacGregor family series with the youngest two children of (gazillionaire?) mogul Daniel MacGregor. Serena, the youngest daughter is paired up, through Daniel's first of many fix-up shenanigans, with tons-of-casinos-owner Justin Blade. (Side note: Where did that last name come from?) Following that, middle child and lawyer Caine meets Justin's sister, Diana Blade, also a lawyer! What are the odds? No pun intended. Somehow, this is possibly the first (and only?) time Daniel isn't directly meddling to bring the two together, even though he not so discreetly does so later on.

Let's start with Serena and Justin. First of all, what's up with this dude? It seems like all he does is follow Serena around everywhere, takes off all her hairpins and litters the ocean with them (super wtf character thing here), and never takes no for an answer. Every time Serena rejects him, he just kisses her more deeply. And then she's all like, oh yeah, maybe I did want that anyway. All because Justin is determined to make her "love" him back. Stalker much? It's not fun to read forced romance, no matter what decade it's supposed to be taking place. The ending also feels random and contrived. It's all over the place until someone says I love you.

Then there's Caine and Diana. Their story seems to follow more of the standard Nora Roberts conflict and resolution plot we typically see, but again, Caine practically forces himself onto Diana in every way until she literally can't picture life without him. It's unrealistic for this seemingly strong female character to break down and expose her every vulnerability in front of the Caine just so that she will eventually come to the conclusion that she "needs" him in her life. Their love story is a bit more believable but still tough to swallow given how it was written. Also, I kept hoping to see more of Diana's professional journey, like how was she in the courtroom rather than just reading that she managed to win her crazy tough first major case. Roberts fails to provide this portion of character development even though she has strenuously established how driven Diana seems to be on shaping her career path while getting to know herself more. It's weird to get lazy here with that but I guess we're just supposed to assume she's a perfect lawyer anyway, and her only flaw is not admitting she needs a man fast enough? ( )
  ThePdawg | Jan 14, 2018 |
3 ½ Stars ( )
  BookaholicCat | Mar 4, 2015 |
Serena was a card dealer on cruise ship and Justin a casino owner on vacation. I couldn't get into this story where he'd make a move, she'd resist, but she couldn't control her bodies reaction to his kiss; then she spent equal time mentally reviewing everything. I gave up after 85 pages not even bothering to browse second story about her brother.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
Typical contemporary romance from Nora Roberts. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 14, 2013 |
Patriarch Daniel MacGregor wants grandchildren, and having located the perfect mates for his children, he's not above playing matchmaker - but only so his wife has some grandbabies to dandle on her knee, of course...

Gambler Justin Blade wasn't looking for the love of his life, but when he spots blackjack dealer Serena MacGregor across the green felt, suddenly it's not his stake he's concerned about keeping intact - it's his heart.

For successful attorney Caine MacGregor takes winning cases and women in stride, until he meet his new sister-in-law Diana Blade. Convincing Diana to join his legal practice is one thing - but can he crack her cool and win her heart?

A little suspense, a lot of heat. ( )
  SunnySD | Sep 10, 2012 |
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In the wake of the success of The MacGregor Brides and The MacGregor Grooms, New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts has repackaged and reissued the sagas of earlier generations, beginning with Serena and Caine, daughter and son of family patriarch Daniel MacGregor. Daniel's romantic machinations embroil Serena and Caine with another brother and sister team, Justin and Diana Blade. In Playing the Odds, Comanche gambler Justin Blade finds himself on a vacation cruise to the Bahamas where he is instantly attracted to a violet-eyed casino dealer. Only later does he learn that the lissome Serena is one and the same as the much-degreed Rena MacGregor, daughter of his longtime silent business partner, Daniel MacGregor. Serena makes it her practice to never get involved with gamblers, but the predatory gaze of Justin Blade steals her breath and steels her resolve to ignore his overtures. When Justin makes her an offer she can't refuse--the position of casino manager in his Atlantic City hotel-casino--Serena finds herself drawn to the man who worked his way up from nowhere, never swerving in his pursuit of financial success and possession of Serena. In this contemporary drama, the house (and the heart) always wins! Once settled as Justin's partner in business and in life, Serena invites Justin's sister Diana to visit. To Diana, Justin is the beloved older brother who abandoned her 20 years earlier, after their mother's death, leaving Diana to be raised by her cold Aunt Adelaide who demanded absolute obedience from her. Now a Harvard-educated lawyer in Boston, Diana is a cool operator, her emotions packed tightly away, until Caine MacGregor, her new sister-in-law's brother and infamous rogue of Harvard Law's ivied halls, greets her at the airport on her visit to get to know the brother she loved so long ago. Diana finds herself in turmoil, trying to deal with her hurt and anger toward her brother and the attraction that she feels for Caine who just happens to be near whenever Diana's well-guarded shell cracks. Caine works inexorably to overcome the much-exaggerated tales of his law school peccadilloes, slowly changing Diana's mind about his playboy reputation and teaching her to trust her heart and him. No one builds romantic tension better than Nora Roberts; even the second (or third or fourth) reading is every bit as exciting as the first! --Alison Trinkle

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In "Playing the Odds," Serena MacGregor gets a run for her money in the arms of a handsome gambler; in "Tempting Fate," ruthless attorney Caine MacGregor meets his match in the beautiful Diana Blade.

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