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The Return of Rafe MacKade (The MacKade Brothers #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,059 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
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.…

Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published June 20th 2011 by Silhouette (first published 1995)
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Aug 24, 2011 valee rated it it was amazing
This was the greatest, sweetest and loveliest book ever. It might be short but in this case it worked just fine. Seriously don't stop reading this book just because it's shorter than most of NR's books because this one is a really outstanding read. I haven't read much from this author, only her In Death series and her In the Garden trilogy ... I'm sorry to mention that while I like her In Death series, I didn't enjoy that much the other one. And eventually I got a bit bored of the In Death serie ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*DNF audiobook at 42%*

I really didn't like this old (1995) Nora Roberts, which bums me out to no end because Nora Roberts wrote one of my favorite reads of 2015, The Witness.

This book felt alpha male in a way that borders on forceful and rape-y. I didn't like Rafe as a character, not AT ALL. This book also had a ton of head-hopping, which confused me, especially in audiobook format.

The audio narration was not my style. Luke Daniels over-acted and sounded just plain silly, like he was narrating
Oh, wow. No matter the "age of material", Nora Roberts simply never disappoints. I don't know how the woman did it/does it/will probably continue doing it, but she always delivers. (I found that the stories by her that didn't really "sing" to me were just read at inopportune moments.)

And this little, ole gem was no different. With just the right amount of romance, suspense, family, and friends, and a haunted house thrown into the mix, this was a winner the moment I picked it up. Wonderful charac
Mar 21, 2014 ShoSho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dd, x-2014
A hunted bed and breakfast in a small town with a bunch of hot brothers ? It sound so familiar! Oh yes Nora Roberts wrote it again in 2011 The Next Always . I liked this one better!
Jacob Proffitt
This book was a little problematic, but mostly because of Rafe's characterization. Regan is awesome, though her interactions with Rafe are a little too subtly drawn. Which is part of the problem with Rafe's characterization, really. You see, Rafe is one of those mostly inarticulate men who expresses himself physically—often violently in contexts with other men (say, his brothers). He isn't mean, vicious, or uncontrolled, but it'd be easy to read him as dangerous if you aren't careful. Unfortunat ...more
Lady Jaye
Sep 15, 2011 Lady Jaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of contemporary romance
Recommended to Lady Jaye by: Lady Vale
3.5 stars

This is the first book in a quartet that comes highly recommended by Lady Vale (and most of my other friends who have read it have loved it too). And no one writes contemporary romance quite like Nora Roberts. So with these two things in mind, I was sure I was going to love the book/series. Things didn’t happen quite like I planned.

I haven’t read a contemporary romance for some time, and it took a while, but Nora Roberts sucked me into the fabric of her story and made me care about what
Brooke Moss
Frankly, the day I have the sales record and the fanbase that Nora Roberts has, will be the day I criticize her books. Though this book felt sort of "formulaic", it was a consistent read. When I pick up a Nora Roberts book, I expect to be 1.) Entertained; 2.) I expect lots of romance and heat (not overly hot...just hot. Romance readers will understand what I'm saying.), 3.) I expect the characters to fall in love despite the fact they never expected to, and 4.) I expect a H.E.A. (Because I am a ...more
Pam H
Jan 27, 2015 Pam H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: k, 2x, z2015, z2014
The first in a series about the MacKade brothers of Antietam, MD. After their mother dies Rafe leaves town, knowing he cant stay or his life will be a waste. Ten years later he has returned having made his money in real estate and with plenty of sweat equity.

Regan Jones has left the big city to find what she is looking for - a life. She owns the antique store and helps Rafe fulfill his dream of restoring the scary mansion on the edge of the battlefield from the Civil War conflict named for the t
Jun 29, 2011 Mareli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love those series about a little town, everybody with a history known by everyone, LOL.

In this first book we meet Rake McKade, gone away for a long time and just come back. He's a very sweet and caring hero, trying to be hard but he has a very romantic heart. She's sassy and strong and she knows what she wants. So, he capitulated with grace. In the background there's this haunted house, bought by Rafe with ghosts and stories.

A really nice reading. I'm already on book 2.

This is my second Nora Roberts book and I have to say, I enjoyed the story but not the delivery. Maybe it was just how Regan and Rafe played games and that just started to bother me.

I'm interested in Regan's friend Cassie and how she might play into the series.
Mar 27, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: worth-re-reading
I really, really, really loved this book... it was oh so sexy and romantic!!! I can't wait to read the other books in the series.
Jan 20, 2014 Ne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
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The Return of Rafe MacKade
4 Stars

Regan and Rafe’s romance is your typical clash of wills storyline as Regan strives to maintain her independence in the face of her intense attraction to Rafe. The characters are well developed with enough detail concerning their pasts to make the conflict between the two believable. Moreover, the small town atmosphere and the dynamic between the MacKade brothers is wonderful, and their banter and antics make them completely irresistible.

The secondary plot revolv
Anne OK
Sep 08, 2011 Anne OK rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Enjoyable romance from Nora Roberts. I almost always am a sucker for a family-related series. This one includes four brothers, the MacKade boys. Gorgeous bad boys - each and every one in his own right. Rafe left town ten years ago. Now he's back and is going to prove something to the town who always thought he would end up in jail or dead. And along comes a beautiful antique dealer and reeks havoc on Rafe's plans. There's a haunted house involved, a lot of humorous dialogue, a wonderful romance, ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Cruth rated it liked it
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 1995
Length: 2540 locations (kindle)
Setting: Contemporary. Antietam, Maryland.
Sex: Light. Handwavy. Infrequent.
Hero: Flips houses.
Heroine: Owns antiques place.
Paranormal: The Inn is haunted.

Very similar to the Inn Boonsboro series (which was written 2011-2012 but I happened to read first) with ghostly paranormal getting others their HEA, the re-development of a haunted Inn and some Insta-Loving.

It's good but it is more of the same.

Very 90s M&B with a stron
Zwart Raafje
Jan 05, 2015 Zwart Raafje rated it really liked it
Jammer genoeg hebben alle boeken in deze Nederlandstalige box hetzelde ISBN-nummer. Het leek me nogal druk te worden wanneer ik bij die ene omschrijving 4 recensies moet toevoegen, dus doe ik het toch maar boek per boek.

Met hun vieren zijn ze, de broers MacKade en alle vier verschillen ze totaal van elkaar. Samen vormen ze de spil in deze reeks. Gezien hun verschillende karakters zullen de vier boeken die het geheel van de Broers MacKade-serie vormen ongetwijfeld voldoende variatie bieden.

Het eerste boek van Nora Roberts dat ik gelezen heb!
Het viel zeker niet tegen :D
Natuurlijk bestaat deze serie van haar maar uit kleine boekjes, waardoor het verhaal sneller verloopt dan normaal het geval zou zijn, dus daar hou ik rekening mee als ik in het vervolg nog van haar boeken wil lezen.

In het begin ging het allemaal vooral heel snel en raakte ik niet echt gehecht aan de karakters - behalve aan Cassie, die gelukkig ook haar eigen boek heeft :D - dus werd ik niet zo in het verhaal gezogen.
Kate Sherwood

I think old-school romance is just not for me. At ALL.

I mean, I only made it a few chapters in to this one, but if a random man I was trying to do business with kept lifting me up and carrying me when I expressly told him not to, unbuttoning my clothes when we were in the middle of a business conversation (without ANY prior relationship or invitation) and kissing me without invitation moments after I'd passed out and while I was still trying to maintain a business relationship, I'd call him
Geo Marcovici
Apr 04, 2016 Geo Marcovici rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Atat de bine imbina un pic de magie prin povestea de dragoste...!!
Recenzia mea completa, aici:
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
I loved this book when I was 25 but this go-round I found the hero to be a little too alpha-male for me. Guess that's how I liked them when I was younger, hah. Hot-headed and always ready to use his fists to prove his manhood! Well, I did like Rafe as a love interest when he wasn't being a hot-head. I liked Regan and her no-nonsense approach to her feelings for Rafe. There is a nice little touch with some ghosts from the Civil War era, floating about the manor that Rafe is fixing up as a B&B ...more
The ending of this book was sooo funny. I loved this book and the whole series. Nora Roberts is so great!
Amanda Sheila
Feb 05, 2014 Amanda Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I loved it!

I rarely read Nora Roberts mostly because I haven't really know her style of writing. I guess I'm too caught up with Diana Palmer so I don't know a thing about her books.

This is my second book of Nora Roberts I've read and so far, this one's my favorite. I like Rafe, Nora wrote him differently. As an 'alpha' man, sure he's intimidating and big but I like the way Nora described his feeling so vivid and simple. Even though sometime the change of point of view is a but confusing but I
Allison O'Brien
Jul 20, 2012 Allison O'Brien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved it. Joe Dolin needs an ass whopping. Love Reagan and Rafe.
Mar 04, 2011 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts, series
It's Nora Roberts so of course I loved it.
Wendy F
Sep 17, 2013 Wendy F rated it liked it
Pretty average.
Why I read it: I’ve had this entire series on my TBR for ages. I’m reviewing the second book for AudioGals and I thought I’d listen to the first one as well (and beforehand) so I bought it from Audible. My TBL is much shorter than my TBR and sometimes, listening is a way I can get to something more quickly.

What worked for me (and what didn’t): What struck me the most about this book, is its plot similarities to the first Inn Boonsboro book, The Next Always. That series had three brothers, this o
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
When I picked up THE RETURN OF RAFE MACKADE whilst browsing in my local library, I had no idea what to expect because I had never read any of Nora Roberts books before. Well, I picked a real winner! It’s a great story full of romance, passion, drama and humour, not to mention those delicious MacKade brothers.

Trouble is rare in the small town of Antietam, Maryland but, whenever there is trouble, the MacKade brothers, Jared, Rafe, Devin and Shane are sure to be in the middle of it. But bad boy of
Aug 21, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I actually loved it. I loved the simplicity of the relationship, the hard love between the brothers, the strong back bone of the Heroine, Regan and the small but important references to ghosts.

Rafe MacKade has always been trouble. He went through girls and fights at the same pace growing up but moving away and finding his feet changed him.
When he came back after 10 years he found his home town both changed and the same. His brothers had grown up and found their callings, new shops had opened and
Nov 13, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still fairly new to Nora Roberts, and it's because of her best-selling status and huge backlist that I decided to give her a try in the first place. Spellbound didn't wow me, frankly, though I did like it. Since it was the cheapest of her books at the time, I figured I needed to give her at least a few more shots, assuming it wasn't likely anywhere near her best. Then the MacKade brothers series went on sale at Fictionwise, along with the Stars of Mithra series, so before I knew it I'd bough ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Thuy rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at 50%

I skimmed through most of the book. It was very boring with references to the history and the battle of Antietam, which I just couldn't find it in myself to care about. The haunted house and domestic abuse subplot were just uninteresting and a real bore.

The writing was superb since it is written by Nora Roberts, but the characters and storyline I hated. Regan was too uptight and a hypocrite and the "bad boy" Rafe was just terrible. He had a slightly crooked nose which is always a turn
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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“Can you stand a little closer?"
"You smell good. I like to smell you.”
“Angling his head, Rafe put a hand on Regan’s shoulder. “Dibs,” he said in a mild warning. “Excuse me?” Regan stepped back and gaped. “I beg your pardon, but did you just say ‘Dibs’?” “Yeah.” Rafe bit off candy, offered her the rest of the bar. When she smacked his hand away, he only shrugged and ate it himself. “Of all the ridiculous, outrageous— You’re a grown man, and you’re standing there eating candy and saying ‘Dibs’ as if I were the last ice-cream bar in the freezer.” 0 likes
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