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Irish Rebel (Irish Hearts #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  6,166 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
The third book in the Irish Legacy Trilogy from #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Nora Roberts.
Growing up on her parents' Royal Meadows farm in Maryland instilled in Keeley Grant a passion for horses--and a desire to teach children the joys of riding. When horse trainer Brian Donnelly arrives from Ireland to work at the stable,
Published July 1st 2012 by Intermix (first published 2000)
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Chantal ❤️

This book was about the daughter from the first book in this series. And I must admit I was very disappointed with it.

I guess because the first book was so good for me I thought this one would be too, but I was VERY WRONG. The heroine was too weak willed for my taste and allowed herself to be treated poorly by the hero, something I was not expecting at all here. Given that her mother was such a STRONG character. I was expecting the same.
Sadly, she was more like a clingy needy b
Jessie Frederick
God Almighty, I want to throw up. So this was my first experience with romance, and I am not impressed.

Brian was just insufferable. What a misogynistic ass! He was arrogant, pompous, full of himself. So many negative qualities. Everything I would hate in a man. And on top of that, he continually viewed Keeley as an object to be won, not a human being. Not to mention he's creepy! If you think about it, if a guy acted like this in real life, he is not the kind of person I would want to be alone w
Feb 22, 2017 Luzmila♡ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Aayesha Khatri
I don't know why I shelved this one under 'heart breakingly wonderful favourites', because, even though it occupies a special place in my heart, being my first NR book ever, it certainly isn't a heartbreakingly wonderful favourite. The h was too stubborn for my liking, even back then, and it was obvious that NR was turning into the author she is now, modernising her views and her heroines. I much prefer her older work, I haven't read a new NR book in years. Excluding the In Death series, of cour ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Caro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roberts-nora, own
Pretty good and, as always, keeps me interested. I liked the characters and their personalities. Although I did get a little aggravated with them. This was a good and has me wanting to read more in this series. I liked learning a bit about something new too, horses and racing. It had me wanting to check it out myself. The horses anyway. Descriptive and fiery, this was a good escape and I enjoyed reading it. Enjoy!
Inés Izal
Mar 11, 2014 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Tercer, y último libro de la saga Corazones Irlandeses.
¡Voy a echar de menos a los Grant!
Una familia muy peculiar, irlandeses de corazón y orgullosos a más no poder.
Ha sido agradable leer sobre el mundo de los caballos.
Recomendado 100%.
Kristiana S
Jan 04, 2017 Kristiana S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Dibaca untuk Romance RC 2016
Tema : Third Installment
3.5 stars
Feb 06, 2017 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Nora makes me chuckle, Nora makes me tear up a little, and Nora makes me smile in contentment when it's all over. She's not ever going be counted next to the masters, but I love her books! They are a welcome break from some of the deeper stuff I read. Do I always know how the book is going to end? Yes. Do I care? No. I love the journey!
Mar 04, 2013 Cait rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Dec 26, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down, Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors ever. I love the way she so easily describes her characters and the setting in such detail without making the story drag. Irish Rebel is no different. Roberts paints a beautiful picture of an Irish horse trainer who is hired to work for a racehorse farm in Maryland. He comes from a relatively poor background but knows what it is to work hard and earn his keep. On the first day, he meets the owner's oldest daughter and tries to peg her as a s ...more
how can love truly develop in such a short book? i mean nora is legendary for love in her stories that happens extremely word for her characters-fast.but this is taking things to the extreme.
nora always writes like this-"there were 5 children,he knew-had made it his business to know."
they're like fragments.its annoying.
"she wore something floaty and blue,paler,shades paler than her eyes." thats a weird sentence.
nora has a tendency to write characters that arent very likeable. and al
Sabrina Rourke
Roberts has better books. I don't recommend spending your time on this one. I usually love Nora Roberts but this installment in her Irish Hearts series came across as really lazy writing. There's almost no character development at all and the story relies on large amounts of gender normativity, toxic masulinity, an appalling lack of consent, and an absurd virginity narrative. It's a mystery why the kind, thoughtful, accomplished, and ambitious leading woman Keeley would ever fall for an asshole ...more
Carrie Garza
I love everything NR writes. This was truly a romance novel and I. don't understand all the negative reviews at all. The story was well written. It was interesting as well with all the horse talk. I did not dislike the characters at all. And I laughed out loud many times. Just good entertainment.
Sharmaine-Gay Dionela
It's so happy to meet the characters of the first and second book in this third book. But I must say that love the first two books more than this one.
Kathy Davie
Feb 14, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Third and last in the Irish Hearts romance series set in Kentucky and revolving around the Grant family. The couple focus is on Keeley Grant and Brian Donnelly.

My Take
Between being a Harlequin and a Nora Roberts story, what more is there to say? It's a sweet, well-written romance revolving around horses and a couple with issues. Brian resents anyone with money. Those lazy gobshites! And the stubborn, toffee-nosed Keeley insists on doing it all herself. Nor is she shy in bed, which is a big surpr
Aurian Booklover
Jul 24, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another old romance by Nora Roberts, the third and last book in this first series ever. And even though the ingredients are the same, an Irish person coming to America to work, racehorses and love, it was still very different. I loved catching up with the previous characters, in fact, our heroine is the oldest daughter of the first couple, Travis and Dee.

Brian Donnelly has been asked by Travis Grant to come to America to be his new head trainer of his famous racehorses. Paddy is getting old, an
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
If there is one thing I love about authors, it's when they go back and mine previous works for some great characters. Nora Roberts' first book, Irish Thoroughbred introduced readers to Travis and Dee Grant, and the world of horse racing and breeding. This first book was re-released in a two-book volume called Irish Hearts, which also contained Irish Rose, the story of Dee's cousin Erin. Roberts sets Irish Rebel in the same place, featuring the oldest daughter of Travis and Dee, Keeley.

::: Yet An
Regina Patil
Funny... Intense... Engaging... An Absolute Beautiful Story.
Kathleen Short-Ridge
I love reading her books that don't have the spiritualistic stuff in it. Not thrilled with the sex scenes although well written I like books without them. But as a writer goes I can reread her stuff time and again and still enjoy it. Again this one is a written in a way that I want to read others set here so that I can go back and "visit" old friends.
Sep 22, 2016 Lorena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so I thought I would give Nora Roberts another chance, and I chose one with another Irish love interest. I guess, like Nora Roberts, I like the idea of an Irish accent. Anywho... Ugh! What was I thinking?!?! Even worse than the last one. I quit it even sooner! Awful, awful stuff!!! How does she make millions off of this crap?!
rish Rebel adalah buku ketiga dari serial Irish Heart karya Nora Roberts. Masih seputar imigran dari Irlandia yang datang mengadu nasib (dan cinta) di Amerika. Kalau di Irish Throughbred kita mengenal Adelia dan Travis, maka di Irish Rebel kita bertemu dengan putri tertuanya, Keeley Grant. Keeley tumbuh menjadi gadis yang mandiri dan mempunyai ambisi seperti ibunya. Dia mendirikan sekolah khusus bagi anak-anak yang ingin mengenal olahraga berkuda lebih dekat. Dengan kesibukannya, tidak ada waktu ...more
Sarah Smith
Feb 05, 2015 Sarah Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I was thoroughly impressed by and completely satisfied with the experience I had reading IRISH REBEL. This third, and final, installment in Nora Roberts' Irish Hearts trilogy was, without a doubt, the most fitting and romantic conclusion to the Grant family's journey. Surrounded by her loving, successful, and affluent parents, Travis and Adelia, her devoted siblings, and Burke and Erin Logan, Nora Roberts introduced her audience to Miss Keely Grant. Because she was Travis and Dee's o ...more
L.A. Zoe
Oct 19, 2013 L.A. Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to her first book, Irish Thoroughbred. It's a well-done category romance done for Harlequin/Silhouette.

She told Adelia and Travis's love story in that first book. Now, it's twenty+ years later, and they have five children. They still operate the ranch, and their children are born to horses.

Their eldest daughter, Keely, earned a silver medal in riding competition. Now she operates a school to teach children.

Uncle Paddy, who I assume was in the first book, is now retirement age, a
Apr 23, 2008 Cyrisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romanc readers
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This is one of the best stories that I have read by Nora Roberts. It carries on where she left off in her two previous stories Irish Rose and Irish Thoroughbred. When I read the previous books in the Irish Hearts series I was so attached to the characters. They are so alive and vivid when you read Nora's words. When I read a Nora Roberts book I feel like I am part of the family, she writes in so much detail that you can see the characters and scenes like you are right there in the middle of it. ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keeley Grant is all grown up now, the daughter of Travis and Adelia. From the first book of this series. She has been brought up in the affluent and loving home of her family. Her love of horses runs deep as with her whole family business. She runs a small horse riding clinic for less privileged children. It is her life and thus far has no need for relationships. Brian Donnelly was suggested to the Grants from Uncle Paddy. He has been brought over from Ireland to help with training the race hors ...more
D. Ashell
Oct 22, 2012 D. Ashell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keely Grant's father owns a horse breeding farm in Maryland. Brian Donnelly is a sexy Irishman who has a way with horses. He worked his way up from nothing and has travelled the world working for some the racing circuits most successful breeders and trainers. He has a chip on his shoulder about rich people who treat horses as a hobby and beautiful, spoiled society princesses like (he thinks) Keely Grant. Despite that, he is bowled over by Keely's beauty and fights an attraction to a woman he see ...more
Lizabeth Tucker
This is the third entry in the Irish Hearts series. The hero and heroine of Irish Thoroughbred, Travis & Adelia Grant, are now watching their eldest daughter, Keely, find a man she could love. But Brian Donnelly has a clear Irish view of class and doesn't believe a trainer, particularly one who prefers to travel light and often, has any business getting seriously involved with the boss' daughter. Both are stubborn, but Keely isn't used to losing.

I've made no secret of the fact that I love No
Tam B.
Jan 22, 2015 Tam B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reads as an early NR book. (The prior two in the series read as if they could have been written by anyone.)

This book we're a generation after the first with the daughter of Travis and Dee. Keely is a successful horsewoman and now runs a riding school that has places for under-priviledged and abused children. Brian is the trainer Uncle Paddy has selected as his successor. The issues are around Brian's attitude that the "peasant" can mix with the "princess" and his own avoidance of settl
I am not going to review every Nora Roberts book that I have read in the past because she is quite prolific and it would get redundant and I honestly cannot remember all the plots. I think someone finds someone else attractive but at least one cannot admit it so there is sexual tension, then lots of sex, and then they live happily ever after? Sometimes there is some magic , a family legacy, or a mystery. Certainly not great works of literature (however still 100% better than “the grapes of wrath ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I am not a Chick Lit fan, nor an ardent Romance fan. I enjoy those books, but can only take so much ooh-la-la. Irish Rebel is another book in a Nora Roberts' series featuring handsome and intense Irishmen and lovely and independent Irishwomen. (I would add the word "smart" to the description for both genders, but paper bags would not show even a wrinkle after the two tried to fight their ways out--in many situations.) This book picks up in America at the Previous books' hero's and h ...more
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“Once you considered failure you were one step farther away from success.” 9 likes
“She'd already accepted that she loved him, hadn't she? And it had been easy, a simple process of steps and study. Her mind was amde up, her goals set. Damn it, she'd been pleased by the whole business.
So what was this shaky, dizzy, painful sensation, this clutch of panic that made her want to turn her mount sharply around and ride as far away as possible?
She'd been wrong, Keeyley realized as she pressed an unsteady hand to her jumpy heart.She'd only been falling in love up to now.How foolish of her to be lulled by the smooth slide of it.This was the moment, she understood that now. This was the moment the bottom dropped away and sent her crashing.
Now the wind was knocked out of her, that same shock of sensation that came from losing your seat over a jump and findng yourself flipping through space until the ground reached up and smacked into you. Jolting bones and head and heart.
Love was an outrageous shock to the system, she thought. It was a wonder anyone survived it.
She was a Grant, Keeley reminded herself and straightened in the saddle. She knew how to take a tumble, jsut as she knew how to pick herself back up and focus mind and energy on the goal. She wouldn't just survive this knock to the heart.She'd thrive on it.And when she was done with Brian Donnelly, he wouldn't know what had hit him.”
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