Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The MacKade Brothers: Devin & Shane” as Want to Read:
The MacKade Brothers: Devin & Shane
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The MacKade Brothers: Devin & Shane (The MacKade Brothers #3-4)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  9,140 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author NORA ROBERTS returns with two more classic tales of the MacKade brothers—their rebellions, their passions and their loves. THE HEART OF DEVIN MacKADE 

Sheriff Devin MacKade has always known his destiny was to serve and protect the small town of Antietam, Maryland—and for a long while he thought that future would include Cassie Connor. Bu
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Silhouette (first published 1996)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The MacKade Brothers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The MacKade Brothers

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 11, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating...4 Stars

This is the second book of the MacKade brothers stories. I strongly recommend you read Rafe and Jared's story first because it's a continuing story.

"Bad boys, bad boys, what'cha gonna do, what'cha gonna do when they come for you.....LoL, I couldn't resist!

Devin & Cassie's story...5 Stars

Devin has loved Cassie from afar most of his life, but when she got married right after high school he lost his chance with her. Cassie was abused throughout her marriage and after 10
Oct 29, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First i liked that between the two books in the series, a considerable amount of time passed, because it allowed us to get a glimpse of the first couples in the futre. I love that already Rafe and Regan had a little boy, Nate, and Jared and Savannah had Layla. Layla sounds gorgeous, with dark hair and the MacKade green eyes! Throughout the first two stories, Devin was in the sidelines because the woman he had always lvoed, Cassie, had married another man. As was told in Rafe and Regan's story Ca ...more
Liz F
May 30, 2012 Liz F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devin and Shane is the conclusion to The MacKade Brothers books. As always, Nora Roberts delivers great characters and throws in a few good scares while she's at it!

Devin is the town Sheriff. Sure, he was a lawbreaker back in the day but now, he loves every single piece of the town. But what Devin cherishes most is Cassie Connor. He's loved her for years. But she married a drunk who beats his wife. Devin could do nothing but stand by as he saw the woman he loved being terrorized into silence. Wh
Jul 18, 2009 Shana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the sequel to Rafe and Jared MacKade, it was an equally fairly lackluster book. Shane was the my least favorite of the it was a bit of a letdown that the entire series ended with his story. (Man-whore meets geek-turned-beauty and suddenly reforms his attitude towards marriage - gag me.) Although I did enjoy how Roberts wove the historical war in Antietam with the present-day romance of each of the MacKade brothers, I found myself more often than not, annoyed and bored with the m ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Lovetoread rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers and dreamers
Recommended to Lovetoread by: no one
I LOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEE Nora Roberts books.. I enjoyed this series so much that i actually ordered Devin and Shane online.
FYI it was my FIRST book ever ordering online rather then buying at a thrift store.. but after RAFE and JARED's story i was dying to find out what happened to the other 2--- I WISH she would consider finishing the series with a book about the kids or something.. the love in that family is stuff dreams are made of...
Any book that lets you dream is amazing!!! -

Love to rea
Sep 20, 2016 Brie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, romance
Since these books flow together, I'll pick up where I left off and comment on each one.

These last two, Devin and Shane, are my favorite of the four. Rafe and Devin might just tie, but these last two are the ones I really live for. I don't really know how to explain it, since it's not like I personally relate to the women more than the first two. Though, I think out of Cassie and Rebecca, I can relate most to Rebecca. But that aside, considering how many times I've read this series, I think I hav
Jul 16, 2009 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roberts-nora-own
This books included the last two of the MacKades, The Heart of Devin MacKade and The Fall of Shane MacKade.

Devin's story was one I was looking the most forward too because I knew it would be about him and Cassie Dolen. Cassie had finally freed herself from s terrible abusive marriage of 10 years and had moved on with her life. She and her two children had moved into the MacKade in as manager and she was finally starting to have pride in her self. Devin had loved Cassie for over 12 years and now
Sep 05, 2011 Mitzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devin and Shane MacKade were the younger brothers. Devin had become the town sheriff. Since he was a teen he had loved Cassie. She had married a man and had two children and lived in a loveless, abusive marriage. It hurt Devin to see Cassie with her bruises and hollow eyes. Then, Devin finally get the chance to put Cassie's husband, Joe Dolen away for good.

Shane MacKade, the youngest of the brothers lives in the famly farmhouse and goes about his life on the farm he loves. He's different from t
Toni Aleo
Feb 26, 2010 Toni Aleo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bobbie JO
Recommended to Toni by: Kristi Downs
Loved loved loved this series! Rafe and Shane are may favorites, but I love Jerad and Devin. I think Devin was probably the hottest. hmmmm, anyways, only thing I didnt like was how the whole ghost stories where told 15 freaking times, blah, I could recite that crap for you. Love the series though, and I totally agree with my BFF, move over Creeds and McKettricks, the Mackades are here :D
May 15, 2017 Veda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love re-reading the classic books by Nora Roberts. I have pretty much read everything she has written. And any books that have history like the Civil War in there, I know it will be wonderful.
Sammy Nicholas
Jul 13, 2015 Sammy Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished Rafe's and Jared's stories and I couldn't wait to delve into Devin and Shane. I found that I was really starting to like this series and was super excited to keep reading it.
The first book in this two-book book was The Heart of Devin MacKade. Cassie, recent divorcee of wife beater Joe Dolin has finally started to move on with her kids and start over. Now living in the recently renovated Barlow place she feels for the first time safe and happy. Devin, the sheriff, feels protective over
Nov 05, 2012 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elisabeth by: Impulse buy
The Heart of Devin MacKade

If you've been reading the series this is the one you were waiting for - if for no other reason than simply the investment in the characters. From Rafe's book we've met Cassie and seen her grow from downtrodden beat up wife to the stronger Cassie who runs the b&b, while Devin pines from afar - biding his time. He's the quieter brother who is now the sheriff and I imagine it cannot have been easy knowing that Cassie was being beaten by her husband and being unable to
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
«Ti ho amata per più di dodici anni, Cassandra. Ti amavo quando eri la moglie di un altro e quando hai partorito i suoi figli. Ti amavo quando non potevo fare niente per aiutarti a uscire dall'inferno in cui vivevi. E ti amo ancora adesso»

DEVIN - 4 stelle

La storia di Devin era quella che più mi ispirava fin dall'inizio. Devin è innamorato della dolce Cassie da ben 12 anni, ma da ragazzo ha esitato troppo a lungo prima di dichiararsi così lei, appena diciottenne, aveva sposato Joe per sfuggire al
Jan 04, 2010 Rochelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rochelle by: Karen Peret
Shelves: chick-lit, read-2010
This was a great followup to The MacKade Brothers Rafe and Jared (MacKades #1 & 2) by Nora Roberts.
The Heart of Devin MacKade was a sweet story, with him pining for Cassandra for so long. I get a little bit edgy with Nora Roberts' evil characters, but all in all it was a great story, with Cassandra being in tune with Abigail's ghost and making decisions based upon the past.

The Fall of Shane MacKade was a cute title, but perhaps one of the more unrealistic of the pairings with Shane, a ladies' man, and Rebecca, a girl genius. I'm not sure how much I believe that
Aug 29, 2012 Yukino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2016
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
The Heart of Devin MacKade (5 stars)

This was the sweetest romance of the four stories, it was emotional too and I loved it. This one along with The Return of Rafe MacKade are my favorites from the series.
The romance wasn't slow or fast, it was just right.

The Fall of Shane MacKade (5 stars)

Man, did Shane fall in this book, hahah. The beginning was slow for my taste and the heroine didn't interest me at first but then it all got better and I found myself falling in love with Shane and Rebecc
Jan 28, 2013 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this a few times now and it never disappoints. Any time I need a familiar comfortable read, something to cleanse my palate, or something that I don't have to concentrate on, but can just enjoy, I can pick up one of Nora Roberts older romances and still be absorbed, without straining my brain. Even on 2nd or 3rd reading, I still get sucked into the story but I am also able to put it down if I need too. These are great bubble bath books, or can't sleep in the middle of the night books. O ...more
Books 3 and 4 of the McKade Brothers four parter.

Enjoyable. Liked Devin’s story the best.

The MacKade Brothers:
Book 1 The Return of Rafe MacKade (1995) - Rafe MacKade and Regan Jones
Book 2 The Pride of Jared MacKade (1995) - Savannah Morningstar and Jared MacKade
Book 3 The Heart of Devin MacKade (1996) - Devin MacKade and Cassie Dolan
Book 4 The Fall of Shane MacKade (1996) - Shane MacKade and Dr. Rebecca Knight

Author's website:

(ISBN 9781742558554)

Mar 31, 2011 Evaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Do you know how to lose a day? Pick up a Nora Roberts book to check the prologue and see if you've read it or not.

I wasn't going to read the stories of Devin and Shane yesterday. I had read an article by Sarah of Smart Bitches mentioning Devin's story and I couldn't remember it, so I went to the Nora collection to see first, if I had the book and secondly, had I read it. (If not I was going to buy it on sale for the ereader.) Well, I owned the book - the volume with Shane's story - and I'd not
Bj Hoover
Oct 21, 2012 Bj Hoover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devin MacKade, the third bad boy brother is now sheriff of Antietam and has always loved Cassie, who married the wrong man and barely survived an abusive marriage. Devin helps her escape with her two children and his brother Jared, the lawyer gets her ex sent to prison. This leaves the way clear for Devin, but Cassie is still recovering from her past, as are the two kids. With the help of the ghosts of the past and their underlying love, they are able to overcome difficulties and find happiness. ...more
Jessica Alcazar
Jan 21, 2014 Jessica Alcazar rated it it was amazing
Again, I am highly impressed with these books. Nora Roberts is way ahead of her time in her writings. In the mid 90s, when this series was first written and published, you didnt find this quality of romance. It truly was mostly cheesy. By no means am I trying to say that romance books in that time were not good, they were, just not like today's steamy novels. THESE novels are steamy and romantic and full of truth and life and the characters jump out at you, they are so real in their emotions! I ...more
Edan Marie Esquibel
The MacKades.


I'm frustrated since I can't seem to pick out a favorite damn, I always do this favoritism stuff, when I know I can't.

I always had a thing for stories that have family/ brother/sister(hood)s -ish type of characters. There's this bond that connects them, and eventually, you're connected to that link they have established. What I love about Nora Roberts is that she always seem to be able to create these familial bonds in her work.

Meh, of course, the romance and happy endings a
Jan 22, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy to find the whole series in 2 books. Love to see a loving dynamic between grown brothers. Also love to see men who are not afraid to do "women's work" or accept another man's child or children as his own.

The storyline is easy to follow and kept me involved until the end. One of the few series that I wanted to read in order and not skip to the ending to read it first.

Devin is a great law enforcer and was sensitive enough to know to take things slowly with Cassie. And even though it hurt, he
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
Apr 13, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this series and all the characters. Ms. Roberts did a fine job of weaving the stories and characters between the four books in the series. I also liked how she stretched the series out over a couple of years. Usually in a series like this, each book happens one on top of the other so that the brothers and their wives would all be having babies at the same time. Not so in this series. By the time we get to the Fall of Shane McKade, we already have new nephews and nieces coming into the ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Kaley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Nora. So far this book is your typical romance, but you know, the few Roberts books that I've read are so sweet and addictive. And not entirely mind numbing. It's kinda nice.
I just finished this last week, and I have to say, my views on Nora have improved. I always knew she wasn't a fluffy kind of romance writer where you feel like your brain is melting when you read it and all the women have heaving bosoms and the men are totally sensitive. I definitely will have to check out more of hers.
Dec 03, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Alexis
Shelves: romance
One review for the whole series!

I did actually really enjoy reading these, although they are sort of a study of Nora Roberts archetypes. (The brothers kind of represent Roberts's hero types: the reformed bad boy, the earthy farmer, the smart-talking lawyer, the quiet cop; the women are similar: the smart business-owner, the defensive single mom, the sweet virginal childhood friend, the made-over nerd.) I feel like these are a lesser version of the Chesapeake Bay saga (with the Quinns) but they d
Jun 10, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
The third in this series focuses on Devin and Cassie. Right from the start we know Devin is in live with Cassie and has been most of his life. But, Cassie was married to someone else and had two kids. Cassie's marriage was anything but happy. Abused and neglected, she finally finds the courage to leave and finds the love she's always wanted in Devin.

The final story tells the tale of Shane and Rebecca. Shane farms the land and loves his women. Rebecca is a PhD and old friend of Regan's. When Rebe
Jan 13, 2012 Jaclyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The book overall was ok. There are 2 stories in this book that a part of a series of 4 stories, each about a brother in the McKade family. This book closes up the series, I did not read the stories about the oldest two brothers but that wasn't really necessary. The stories follow the general format for all Nora Roberts books but there were several typos that I found distracting. And Shane - the main male character in the last story - has to be my least favorite male character of any Nora Roberts ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Smart Bitches and Dear Author Podcast
It is a credit to Nora Robert's writing that I enjoyed these 2 novels as much as I did as they include 2 of my least favourite stories - abused women (too close to work) and forever virgins (seriously who gets through university and doesn't lose that??) but both these stories dealth with the their themes well and were enjoyable stories.

There is a continuing story about the family and town being haunted but I largely skipped that as I enjoyed the real life part of the story the best. Overall I re
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Official Nora Roberts Companion
  • Three in Death (In Death, #7.5, 12.5, 22.5)
  • A Reckless Beauty (Romney Marsh, #5)
  • Sweet Nothings (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan, #3)
  • Sealed with a Kiss (Ty & Hunter, #2)
  • Letters to a Secret Lover (Avon Romance)
  • Return to Rose Cottage: The Laws of Attraction / For the Love of Pete (Rose Cottage Sisters #3-4)
  • Desperado (Hutton & Co. #5; Long, Tall Texans #22)
  • Mackenzie's Legacy: Mackenzie's Mountain & Mackenzie's Mission (Mackenzie Family, #1-2)
  • The Manning Brides (Those Manning Men, #1-2)
  • Austin (McKettricks, #13)
  • Outlaw (MacKenzie-Blackthorn #3, Man of the Month #26)
  • A Highlander Christmas (Highlander, #7)
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including The Obsession, The Liar, The Collector, Whiskey Beach and coming in June 2017, Come Sundown. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
More about Nora Roberts...

Other Books in the Series

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)

Share This Book

“Not everything you wanted, deep inside, worked out.” 20 likes
“Shane: Aren't you going to ask me where I've been, who I've been with?
Rebecca: Are you trying to hurt me?
Shane: Maybe I am. Maybe I'm trying to see if I can.
Rebecca:You can.”
More quotes…