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The Black Sheep (North Moon Bay #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,343 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
While house-sitting at a waterfront estate, sweet, straight-laced Harley is stunned by the arrival of her employer's supposedly dead son, an Alaskan bush pilot with a bad boy rep who's been wounded in an airplane crash. Coming home after years of estrangement--and a stint in prison--to make amends with the old man is difficult for Tucker, but not half as difficult as ...more
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published April 25th 2012 (first published April 1st 1995)
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Jane Stewart
Enjoyable and good, except for the big misunderstanding.

This is my second Patricia Ryan novel. I want more. I liked the characters’ issues, how they interacted, their relationship. It was a good story. It was on the short side. I would have liked more development at the end plus an epilogue. He’s 37. She’s 23.

I did not like the way Harley (the heroine) acted which caused the big misunderstanding/separation. She learned something, was mad, did not tell him, so he’s stewing and not understanding w
Mar 28, 2013 adelina. rated it really liked it
Story was divine one, but 4 stars because for me it was to short and ending was beautiful, but somehow rushed.

The relationship between the lead characters was adorable.

All in all, it was a very good read. :D
Oct 27, 2012 Juliemae rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I liked the story The only complaint I have, and with many romance books, is that for some reason authors believe the man in the story must be at least a decade or more older than the female. It's been overdone, and is irritating to me.
Lexee Toste
Sep 26, 2016 Lexee Toste rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story! Harley and Tucker are great characters and we really get to know them. Tucker is back for some R & R and to maybe try and fix his relationship with his father. Harley is house sitting Tucker's father's house. Harley is a little rigid in her routines and plan for life but after the way she grew up it is understandable. I loved the way that Harley and Tucker end up building their relationship. Harley entices him into swimming in order to have her and it works. He ...more
Diana Hockley
Dec 31, 2012 Diana Hockley rated it it was amazing
For some reason - perhaps the cover - this book intrigued me enough to buy it, despite promising myself not to add to the 1010 books I have on my kindle. This proves either that I am a kindle tragic or that this book looked irrestible. I suspect a little of both, but I was not disappointed when I finished this story.

Harley is an engaging heroine for whom life circumstances have set on a straight and narrow path. Tucker, wounded and disillusioned with life returns to make up with his father. Imag
Oct 23, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult Women
Recommended to Emily by: ebook on Amazon
Wow! Patricia Ryan has written a sensual and entertaining delight with Hale's Point. It's an amazing contemporary romance.

I absolutely loved the characters! It was a little weird for me to have Tucker as the name of Harley's love interest because I have a 4 year old son named Tucker. Once I got over that, I was totally enamored with Hale's Point. I couldn't wait to turn the page; the story was very engrossing.

I'm looking forward to checking out more of Patricia Ryan's work. She's obviously very
Dec 12, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
I liked it.

This is a nice story of two people very different people who live in the same house for 6 weeks. She has been hired to house sit for the summer and he is the long lost son returning home unexpectedly after being injured in a plane accident. She is straight lace, he is a loose cannon. The expected conflicts develop as these two likable people learn to like and then love each other.

There are two explicit sex interludes toward the end of the book which are well written and appropriate t
Sasha Roth
Feb 15, 2013 Sasha Roth rated it it was amazing
I'm a HUGE fan of Patricia Ryan's writing, and Hale's Point (originally published as Return of the Blacksheep) is one of my favorites. How can you miss with a handsome hero who needs to heal and a heroine who offers to help him in his recovery ... but just who is hurting the most? It's no wonder it won the coveted Golden Heart award, and what fun to revisit such wonderful characters as Tucker and Harley.

Highly recommended!
Oct 29, 2012 Adriana marked it as to-read
Shelves: e-book, i-own-free, amazon
Free 10/29/12 at Amazon
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book for the most part. It kept me engaged and interested. It had a unique story and was well written. I really enjoyed the two characters, mostly because they weren't like any other generic male and female leads. Harley is uptight and rule and regimen bound. Which aren't the greatest characteristics to have, but the author managed to still make her likable to me. Tucker was more of a mainstream character, but also had unique personality traits that weren't always ...more
Debbie Oxier
Oct 29, 2016 Debbie Oxier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only have one complaint and that's the fact Harley should have given Tucker the benefit of the doubt at the end. I understand her past played a part in influencing her feelings but given their relationship I don't see how she could automatically think he was guilty.

Anyway, Harley is estate sitting for a wealthy man who was spending his summer sailing. She's awakened when someone breaks in to the house. She's stunned to find its the owner's son, whom she thought was dead. As it turns out, afte
Dec 04, 2016 Ayekah rated it really liked it
Tough one to review for me. I liked the storyline, it was a good premise and although done before, this one had it's own unique twists and turns.
What bothered me were both MC's. I couldn't warm up to Tucker or Harley. For a first book in a series, it seemed the backstory was pretty much written as a given or the reader would have a clue as to the peripheral characters, the location, the money etc.
Tucker, leaves home at 16 returns 21, not twenty... once would have been enough to remind the reade
MB (What she read)
Cute. Only caveat: The age difference between the main characters also accentuated the power imbalance which made me an uncomfortable reader. (Maybe that's probably just me being picky?)

She didn't seem to feel coerced at all, but that could well have been different for a less "secure" young female employee caught in the same situation. Since this was never acknowledged or discussed in the story, I remained uncomfortable with this factor

P.S. If you have thought re this, feel free to comment..
Will Decker
Oct 27, 2016 Will Decker rated it really liked it
This is your typical, well written, suspenseful romance. The characters come to life and you find yourself rooting them on, never sure til the end whether their love is strong enough to keep them together once they find themselves or not. And I'm not going to spoil the ending and tell you. You'll just have to read it and see if the rogue wins the damsel's heart or not. Trust me on this though, you will enjoy it if you like romance at all.
patricia fay
Oct 31, 2016 patricia fay rated it it was amazing
Oh,oh,oh! Delicious!

Love this, the way it was written, the story and most of all Tucker and Harley!, the journey Patricia Ryan took us on was great, will they won't they?, just wish Harley had a little more faith and questioned Tucker before their final encounter in the pool!, and then he could of explained about his time in prison!, then when he caught her in the pool would of been mind boggling!, but loved the ending and their happy ever after!
A good read about the prodigal son returning after 21 years to his wealthy father/home after running away at 16. H's wealthy father is away and H meets 23 year old house sitter. H injured after crashing his plane into the side of a mountain and after introspection during recuperation and physical therapy decides to see his home and father again after so many years. h is driven, practical, and obsessive about succeeding in life because of her poor background. 3 stars.
Nov 08, 2016 B.C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Katie Chapman
Oct 31, 2016 Katie Chapman rated it it was amazing
A Classic

Extremely well written, with interesting and flawed characters, the story has a number of surprises and the happily ever after.
Elizabeth Cribb
Nov 08, 2016 Elizabeth Cribb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good love story. I love how at the end, Tucker and his father settled their differences. At first I didn't like Harley but she did loosen up some.
Kathryn A. Cardona
Nov 02, 2016 Kathryn A. Cardona rated it it was amazing
Great read

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romance. Keeps your interest right from page one until the end
Oct 23, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
Black Sheep...

Great story on growing up, growing into yourself, and finding love in a person you never would have thought you could have liked...
Oct 31, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 27, 2016 Margali rated it liked it
Not bad -- nice little read-it-once-and-forget-it romance.
Nov 13, 2016 Kelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-book
I enjoyed this feel good book.
Amanda Brinson
Oct 30, 2016 Amanda Brinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about love and second chances to make things right w/family.
Oct 12, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
I read a newer edition of this book called "The Black Sheep".

I really liked The Black Sheep. Harley and Tucker have some definite chemistry almost from the start and it is interesting how they decide to build a relationship before indulging in intimacy. This is largely due to Harley's deal with Tucker which turns out to be a wonderful motivator for Tucker to tackle a far more healthy lifestyle. I think they both influenced each other in positive ways and it was enjoyable to see their relationsh
Oct 15, 2016 Janice marked it as to-read
Shelves: harlequin-style
aka the Black Sheep
Heidi Beckley
Sep 29, 2016 Heidi Beckley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start out by saying that I'm a huge fan of P.B. Ryan's Nell Sweeney mysteries. In fact, I usually just read mysteries these days, having stopped reading romance stories a while ago due to the repetitiveness of the stories. But when I got the opportunity to read a free copy of one of Ms. Ryan's romance books, I couldn't resist. This was an easy and quick book to read. I was happy to see that there were only a couple of errors in the book (words left out or reversed) which is hard to find in ...more
Dec 04, 2012 July rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
This story was a free book on my new Kindle. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Harley Sayer's is house sitting when she is woken from a deep sleep by broken glass from a window downstairs. When she finds a man at the piano at first she thinks what the heck did he break in for. She has a baseball bat in her hand and proceeds to tell him not to move and when he does she cold cocks him. When he grabs the bat and says it is his she is floored because it actually belongs to the owners ...more
Oct 27, 2012 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I rather enjoyed the story. It had a sort of quiet sincerity and (for a better word) slowness that did draw me in. Nothing and everything happened during a few short summer weeks at Hales Point.

Tucker ran away from a stifling home at sixteen making his way through life, living his dream a a pilot. He hasnt talked to his father for 20 odd years but after a terrible crash and an close encounter with death, he finds himself at his childhood home again.

After her mothers tragic death Harley has survi
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Patricia Burford Ryan (born August 9, 1954 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States) is an American writer of romance novels as Patricia Ryan, mystery novels as P.B. Ryan and erotica novels as Louisa Burton. She is the twin sister of the romance writer Pamela Burford.

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