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The MacKade Brothers: Rafe & Jared (The MacKade Brothers #1-2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  10,104 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author NORA ROBERTS returns with two classic tales of the MacKade brothers—their rebellions, their passions and their loves 


Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has come home. Cleaned up and successful now—though still dangerously good-looking—Rafe MacKade sets the town on fireand tongues wa
Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Silhouette (first published 1995)
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Jun 05, 2012 Yukino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2016, 2016-usa
SERIE FRATELLI MACKADE n. 1 e 2: Rage e Jared

VIAGGIO IN USA 2016: Antietam, Maryland

Consiglio del mese di settembre 2016 di Vevvu

Molto anni 90, ma molto molto molto carino. Il libro racconta la storia dei fratelli superfighi di una cittadina nel Maryland, i MacKade: Rage, Jared, Devin e Shane. Molto masculi molto diversi tra loro. In questo primo volume leggiamo la storia di due fratelli Rage il più piccolo e Jared i più grande. Anche se il libro è diviso in due storie, incentrate su ogni singol
Liz F
May 30, 2012 Liz F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhh, Nora Roberts. You can always count on her to deliver a great book. The MacKade Brothers: Rafe and Jared is no exception.

This book, as you probably guessed from the title, is sort of like 2 books in one. Sure, they would have been 2 short books, but books nonetheless. The MacKade Brothers are a family in Antietam (Maryland?). They are a rough and tumble group and have been troublemakers their whole lives! But they love each other more than anything and that bond is showcased throughout th
As this is a book with two stories, I'll write my thoughts of each of them separately.

The Return of Rafe MacKade (5 stars)

We get introduced to the bad and swoon-worthy MacKade brothers with the focus on Rafe.
Of course we know that it's Nora Roberts' speciality to make us fall in love with her heroes and to give these heroes their perfect match. She didn't fail. Rafe is the most alpha of her heroes I've read yet but I loved him! And I loved Regan. She was pig-headed but strong and
Jul 11, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating - 4 Stars

There are two books in this series, each containing 2 stories about the MacKade brothers. I highly recommend you read Rafe and Jared's stories first because they're all connected.

Rafe & Regan's story...3.5 Stars

I loved Rafe's and Regan's story immediately, but somewhere between the hauntings and the introductions of the future brothers stories it fell short a tad for me... Don't get me wrong you still get a great romance between two wonderful characters but personally
The Return of Rafe MacKade

Nice introduction to the town with it's small town atmosphere, every one knowing everyone else and more importantly everyone else's business. Introduction to the MacKades - and some definition of the characteristics - Rafe is the bad boy, seems they all were, however because he left he's still got the aura; Jared is the oldest and has become the respected lawyer, Devin seems to be the quiet one who became sheriff, while Shane comes across as the happy go lucky baby brot
Oct 29, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this mini series may be my favorite Nora Roberts so far. First of all, i absolutly loved how between the romance, she intertwined history in there, as i am a history buff. I loved the town of Antietam, Maryland, i live in a small town and i've always wanted to get out, but maybe i jst dont like this small town, because Antietam sounds so picturesque and relaxing, with a true community. Now I loved the MAcKade good looks, the whole bad bay persona with the dark hair and gree eyes. Rafe wa ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Brie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
I've been reading this quartet for years. They were my first NR books, and I'd read them one after another on my Nook, often through the night, in high school. Sometimes I even finished the fourth and turned around and immediately reread them. Last year I decided I needed to own hardcopies.

If you know anything about me, it's that brothers are one of my ultimate weaknesses. Oftentimes, the brother characters in books are my favorite characters. This series is four books of pure character-driven
This is Book #1 of the Mackade brothers. Book #2 is with Devin and Shane. There are two short stories in this slightly oversized book by Nora Roberts. I didn't care for the characters in Rafe's story, but Jared and Morningstar's story was neat. She reminded me of Cher.
Four brothers, Rafe, Jared, Devin and Shane have the reputation of being bad boys, but they sincerely care for each other and family is # 1 to them. Interesting characters
Liza Wiemer
I love getting lost in Nora Roberts novels. Swoon. :)
Jul 30, 2013 Kiran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love it is too good ...
Tricha Leary
Mar 01, 2017 Tricha Leary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The MacKade brothers are you basic country brothers (the boys you mama warned you about). They are fun loving and and would do anything for each other! It is a pure joy to read the stories of how Rafe and Jared lose their hearts to the women that are completely opposite of what they ever dreamed of,
Jun 22, 2017 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these years ago and I'm just revisiting. I love these stories! Their sweet and funny and easy.
Cyndy Aleo
May 21, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
One of nicest things about my love of Nora Roberts books for summer reading material is that my mother and my sister enjoy her novels, too. (And that's really saying something, since my sister has never been a reader.) As a result, I probably get to read far more of Roberts' novels than I would otherwise, since we all swap our books around. One that my sister picked up that was a favorite was Rafe and Jared: The Mackade Brothers, a repackaging of two of Roberts' novels for Silhouette Books from ...more
Lori McD
3 stars

Rafe's story - 3.5 stars
Jared's story - 3 stars

These two romance stories about the MacKade brothers, Jared and Rafe, definitely sound like their era - the mid 90s. The sensibilities and attitudes reflect the nostalgia, the naivete, and even the prejudices of the time.

What I enjoyed about the stories was the camaraderie between the brothers - the obvious love. They always were a rough-tough bunch of boys, and that never quite changed. But I also loved the tie-in with the Civil War, and how
Sammy Nicholas
Jul 09, 2015 Sammy Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at Sam's Club for five dollars, and I love me five dollar books! I have seen Nora Roberts books everywhere, and I have to say I was really impressed with these two.
The first book in this two-book book is The Return of Rafe MacKade. Rafe returns to the small town of Antietam, Maryland and runs into newcomer Regan. While trying to fix up the old Barlow place together they find themselves very attracted to one another.
This was a short and quick read, but it was so well-written. I
Sep 05, 2011 Mitzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a typical Nora Roberts book. I'm still a sucker for romance and there is always plenty in her books. After being gone from his home in Antietam, Maryland for 10 years Rafe returns. Many in the town thought he would never come to anything. However, he returns and buys the run-down home where a young soldier from the Civil War was shot and killed. The old Barlow house was never the same after that, haunted by the mistress of the house who never spoke to the husband again after killing the ...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
Shade scosse la testa e inzuppò un biscotto nel latte. "Gente, stiamo cadendo come farfalle nella rete. Prima Rafe e adesso te. Comincio ad avere paura."

RAFE - 3 e 1/2 stelle

Inizia la saga dei quattro fratelli MacKade con Rafe, il più ribelle e irrequieto, il ragazzaccio partito senza un soldo e tornato a capo di una fiorente società di costruzioni. La storia tra lui e l'indipendente antiquaria Regan si sviluppa in maniera assai repentina (cosa scontata visto le poche pagine disponibili XD), e
Fredell Boston
Mar 24, 2016 Fredell Boston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two novels in one.
The stories of Rafe and Jared MacKade--the eldest two of the MacKade clan. Nora Roberts at her best. Creating 'bad boys' like the MacKades. The note from the Editors says that the boys were like wild stallions and sinfully sexy. But, each has a weakness, and for the MacKades it is a woman.
1) In THE RETURN OF RAFE MacKADE we see how things have change--sort of.
Rafe left town 'for good' to find his own identity.But, ten years later and the bad boy of the bunch had returned home
Apr 14, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roberts-nora-own
The first book, The Return of Rafe MacKade is the story of Rafe and Regan. Rafe is the badest of the bad Mackade brothers and is home after 10 years. He's made himself into something, a success. He is tempermental, stubbard, and more often than not just grumpy. But things change when he is knocked for a loop by a small, prim, proper scrap of a woman.... Regan.

When Rafe comes back into town, it's with a mission. He has bought the old Barlow place that his been in disrepair for years. And it haunt
Juana "Darkness" Duran
The first story in this novella was about the bad boy Rafe Mackade and Regan Jones. They met at the local diner in Antietam, Maryland when he just blazed on in there. Rafe scouted the place to see what had remained the same, when he saw a familiar face Cassie with a new face Regan. Regan at first meeting thought that Rafe was the most handsomest man along with his brothers. They get along right off and Rafe hires her to help him an old haunted house. They get attracted to each other to the point ...more
Bj Hoover
Oct 21, 2012 Bj Hoover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In re-reading the stories of the 4 MacKade brothers, I finally got the whole arc of the story and the connections to the past. Rafe and Regan Jones are the first couple to find their place in Antietam, Maryland and the interesting ties to the past. Regan is drawn to this bad boy even tho she fights the attraction, and finds a lucrative project in renovating the old Barlow house that Rafe is renovating for a bed and breakfast. Turns out he returns to Antietam after 10 years away rich and known fo ...more
Jessica Alcazar
Jan 21, 2014 Jessica Alcazar rated it it was amazing
I don't know what I expected but it's not what I got. I got WAY more.
I went into reading this with an open mind. It was first published in the mid s, so I didn't expect the romance to affect me any more than just cheesy he loved me he loved me not stuff like I used to read in those days. Well the s were quite a while ago and I don't remember reading such satisfying novels back then. Or maybe it's just my age ..... maybe I can appreciate it today ... who knows ... I just know that this is years a
Mar 07, 2011 Kaley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made a wee bit of a mistake with this series and didn't realize I had actually read the second one first. Say oops. I wasn't too upset since this book was one that was fairly predictable - in a good way. I could have guessed right away who Rafe and Jared ended up with even if I hadn't read Devin and Shane's stories first. That being said - read them in the right order! It will make so much more sense as there is another story woven through the story of the brothers.
I really liked this series b
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
Aug 16, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The return of Rafe MacKade was the better of the two. Kept it from being a 3 star...barely.

I was going to love "The pride of Jared MacKade" but it was annoying. Half the time I didn't know what either of them were upset about. They had sex then one stormed off mad leaving the other as confused as I was. Prepare for emotional whiplash.

Set up for Cassie and Devin...expecting a predictable and slightly cheesy read, but still looking forward to it.

I need to start a new shelf for books like these und
Jul 31, 2014 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read any early Nora Roberts in awhile, and I'm not sure I've ever read a McKAde brothers story. Two for one...cant beat it!

Rafe, quintessential bad boy, meets a prim and proper lady for whom he falls in love....Jared, bad boy turns respectable citizen lawyer, meets a mother with a ten year old son and both capture his heart.

Can't wait to read about the other two.. . and meet the ghosts from the Battle of Antietam Creek. Nora Roberts does a magnificent job of writing a romance and combi
Jul 18, 2009 Shana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick read, but predictable, lacking in depth, and weak character development (especially for Rafe and Regan)....easily detected as one of Robert's earlier works from the generic story lines, cliched wisecracks, and romantic innuendos, but I love Robert's leading men nonetheless. The relationship between Devin and Cassie is what I'm really looking forward to in the sequel book as Cassie's horrid past begs for a meaty and profound journey to romance - hoping it lends more originality than th ...more
Lindsay Barnes
May 12, 2009 Lindsay Barnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was two stories in one. I loved the first and the second was good-I just didn't like the female lead in part two and I think it made it tough to get into for that reason.

One thing I didn't like about these books were how fast they felt like there was a lot of lead up and then they just ended so quickly. Hardly any resolution at all. I felt like pages were missing.

There are parts three and four that I've got on hold at the library and I'm positive i know who Devin ends up wi
Oct 31, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4
the book was split into two parts, Rafe & Jared.

Rafe was the bad boy who went away for 10 years made something of himself and returned only to fall in love with a woman who had moved into town while he'd been away. I loved it, the story moved quickly and had interesting characters.

Jared had been married, divorced and recently moved back home to the family ranch. He is a lawyer who met and fell in love with a single mum who had moved in next door. The characters were the same as in 'Rafe' so
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The MacKade Brothers (4 books)
  • The Return of Rafe MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #1)
  • The Pride of Jared MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #2)
  • The Heart of Devin MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #3)
  • The Fall of Shane MacKade (The MacKade Brothers, #4)

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