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The Black Sheep (North Moon Bay #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,472 Ratings  ·  96 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 keepi ...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
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.
Mar 13, 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 s ...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!
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Dec 30, 2012 ♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡ rated it it was amazing
For a semi short few hour read, this was great. Sweet.

A house-sitting student is awakened in the middle of the night by someone breaking in. It is the owners long lost pilot son, coming home after surviving a plane crash. His intention is to reconcile with his father, but his whole life has been spent running away... So if he can stick it out during the summer, maybe he can get his life back.
Oct 29, 2012 Adriana marked it as to-read
Shelves: e-book, i-own-free, amazon
Free 10/29/12 at Amazon
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..
Dec 14, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
I started out thinking this might be a tad bit similar to Tess Oliver's "Private North" however this was a completely different spin on a lost son. I enjoyed both character's tenacity and the way they interacted. The characters stayed true to their opinions and how they felt, but when they did change it was gradual and left room to grow which was amazing

Overall I really loved this book and can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Ju Haghverdian
Feb 04, 2017 Ju Haghverdian rated it it was ok
Blah blah blah... the 23-year-olf virgin, the millionaire playboy, blah blah blah they fall in love in 2 secs blah blah blah she has a super powerful VG blah blah blah and he proposes to her after a couple months... the end. #rollingeyes
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 31, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jen Kerekes
Feb 27, 2017 Jen Kerekes rated it really liked it
Well written but for me lacked the wow factor. While beautiful it left me feeling serene. I would like to feel like something momentous happened. Like I have just witnessed the tango. The steps to this dance felt like some of the passion was missing.
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 favor ...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
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
Feb 15, 2017 Renee rated it liked it
Good read

This was definitely a slow burn but worth it. Opposites attract and lots of sexual chemistry made it worth reading
Nov 30, 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 de ...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
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 17, 2014 Irene rated it it was amazing
Haley is house sitting for her employer when his son that disappeared twenty one years ago shows up. He is now an Alaskan bush pilot that was presumed dead. He is wounded from an airplane crash and uses a cane to walk. Haley is an avid swimmer and runner. She is concerned about his health and wants to help him strengthen his legs. She is very strict and keeps to herself. Tucker is full of fun and very casual. Haley finds herself falling in love with him when he finds out his dad is returning. Tu ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
I don't know how I found this 20 year old book but I'm glad I did. Prodigal son Tucker returns after 20 years to his estranged father's home while recovering from bad injuries in an airplane crash. Harley (girl) is house sitting at father's home for the summer (dad is sailing). They both have a lot of baggage. She helps him recuperate and strengthen (and try to repair the relationship with his father)and he helps her deal with insecurities and psychological wounds from a terrible childhood.

Dec 09, 2014 Sherry rated it it was amazing
I had this book for a few months and even though it was free didn't read it until last night. I am so glad I finally read it.

It was so real I honestly started to cry towards the end. Like Tucker says "WOW". The author is fantastic in bringing the characters to life. I honestly could not put the book down, but didn't want it to end either. Thank you for a delightful book.

Note : there were no typos, no grammar errors; very well thought out story. For those that gave it's low rating I just don't g
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.
Lisa C.
Aug 31, 2014 Lisa C. rated it it was amazing
I don't give too many books five stars. This was an absolutely terrific book. I've slogged through so many mediocre or poorly written books so it made this an even better find.

The story was interesting, realistic and moved at a good pace. The characters were realistic; their emotional scars were healed through time and patience.

The romance was slow to build, exciting and hot, but not too over the top. The ending was marvelous. I'm definitely looking for more by this author.
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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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