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Born in Shame (Born In Trilogy #3)

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Shannon Bodine’s life revolves around her job as a graphic artist at a New York ad agency. But her world turns upside down when she learns the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon.

Obeying her late mother’s wishes, Shannon reluctantly travels to County Clare. There, amid the lush landscape steeped in legend, she meets her half sisters and their families, but she’s
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What an awesome conclusion to the series! I think this might even be my favorite of the series, but then Born of Ice was excellent too.
Murphy was a fantastic, yummy, dreamy, wonderful hero that I couldn't get enough of and if Shannon was a little cold, she had reasons for acting this way. Besides, I loved watching the previous couples appearing in this one, without ever stealing the show. Highly recommended.
I just finished rereading this series for the third or fourth time and I'd just like to write myself a quick note:

Dear Future Flannery,

Stop reading after book two. You like the contemporary romance books of Nora Roberts. The family relationships. Learning about different jobs and locations. You dislike when she delves into magic, mysticism, or predestined or reincarnated loves. Also, when she writes about paintings in this book, they all seem like Thomas Kinkade paintings. You hate that. Murphy
♡Karlyn P♡
A wonderful conclusion to the series. The romance between Murphy and Shannon was sweet with a little bit of Irish magic, but it was a bit light compared to the first two. I would recommend reading this book only after reading the first two. I don't think this book as a stand-alone explained all of the characters and their relationships to each other well enough to really enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Sep 03, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is me while I was reading the whole trilogy...

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I am so sad that this trilogy came to end with this book! It was more difficult to read this book because it had many sad moments but it was as good as the previous two! All the trilogy is set in Ireland but this story gives us the mystical side of this beautiful country.

It’s time for Maggie and Brianna to meet their half-sister, Shannon. It’s not easy for her to
Jun 02, 2010 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the "Born In" trilogy. This trilogy is my all time favorite series.

In this one, there is Shannon, an American, whose Mother makes a death bed confession about Shannon being conceived in Ireland, and whose Father was a married man. Everything Shannon believed had been a lie. When she receives a letter from Brianna, her half-sister, she makes a trip to Ireland where she meets her new family and Murphy, a family friend.
At times, the story tends to drag a bit but all unanswered questions
Feb 02, 2014 Ronel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the beautiful romance between Brie and Grayson, I though the bar was set so high that I might not like this third book in the trilogy. But true to Nora Roberts, I loved it none the less.

Firstly, the beginning of the book was really touching and sad with Shannon discovering that her real father she never truly met and to discover the heartbreak that her mother had felt. She does not really come off as a likeable character in the beginning but I suppose that is just because she was u
BJ Rose
What a wonderful conclusion to a very good trilogy! The first chapter in Born in Fire (Born In trilogy #1) grabbed me and drew me in to the Irish flavor and culture of the series, but by the time I finished that book, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue. It was very much an OK story, but Maggie was difficult to like, so I put the rest of the series on hold until recently. I'm so glad I continued. I loved Brianna & Grayson's story in Born in Ice (Born In trilogy #2), but Born in Shame (Born ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 11, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, audible, steamy
I did not love this book. Indeed, I barely made it through the last half. If it hadn't been for falling in love with Murphy, there's no way I'd have made it through.

Here's the thing: Shannon spends the entire freaking book being a complete and utter idiot—which would have been fine if I hadn't felt the whole time that she was only being a complete and utter idiot because Nora Roberts needed her to be in order for the book to last longer than a short story. This stuff isn't really spoilers as all
I think this book grows on me each time I re-read it. The first book in the series has always been my favorite, but yet I found myself utterly enjoying this one this time around too. It's sweetness more poignant by the pain of loss. Shannon is coming to grips with so much change in her life and yet she's finding a her way with grace and poise. Murphy is of course the dreamer romantic and yet so loving you can't help but believe him in the immediacy of his feelings.

I love the backdrop of Ireland
Not great. And a letdown after the previous one.
All along the book, it felt like a corny and quaint postcard series of Ireland and Irish way of living. On the other hand, Shannon was really a poor heroine with very little depth. Honestly I could not understand what Murphy saw in her, despite recognizing her for the figure haunting his dreams since childhood and despite her physical beauty. She did not have much more and least of it any consistency. She insisted and repeated to others and herself
Oct 16, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finishing the last book in the "Born In.." series I felt like I was saying goodbye to long lost friends. This rarely happens for me because I read so much, but Nora introduced me to the best of people and the best of traditions. I may not read for a couple of days and those who know me will be shocked because I am rarely seen without a book in my hand or a book on the fireplace calling my name. I feel I should mourn the loss of never again getting to read for the first time this "Born In.. ...more
Din pacate aceasta trilogie nu se numara printre preferatele mele din cauza acestei carti. Prima carte din serie a fost cea mai buna, mi-a placut foarte mult, a doua a fost buna, dar dupa parerea mea nu s-a ridicat la nivelul primei carti din serie si aceasta, a treia a fost o dezamagire. L-am cunoscut pe Murphy inca din parte carte, dar nu mi-a placut in mod deosebit dar in acest volum am fost extrem de dezamagita de felul cum gandeste si modul cum a incercat sa o convinga pe Shannon ca el este ...more
Feb 18, 2011 Corrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the first book in this series. I picked up the second book, Born in Ice at the thrift store and read the entire book one night during a blizzard. When I saw Born in Shame at the same thrift store a few days later I couldn't believe my good fortune. I LOVED Brianna and Gray and I so very much wanted to know what happened to them.

I didn't like Shannon at first and it took me a while to warm to her character, though I'm wondering if that is exactly what Nora Roberts wanted. I was ha
Alex is The Romance Fox
SYNOPSIS: A talented graphic artist, Shannon Bodine's life revolved around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. But her world was turned upside down whe she learned the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's last wish, Shannon reluctantly traveled to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melted away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed. And amid the lush Irish landscape steeped in mysticism and legend, she discovered th ...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I didn't read the first of these books with Maggie, as her personality doesn't appeal to me (she's very like me actually, but I don't want to read about fiery prickles like me) but I did read the second in this series, Born in Ice, and enjoyed it very much.

In a lot of ways I enjoyed this book more than Born in Ice. I think I liked the h better in Born in Ice, but I liked the story better in this one. (view spoiler)
Ana T.
Sep 01, 2010 Ana T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was convinced that I had read the first two books in this trilogy when I picked up this one. But now it seems I only read the first one, Born in Fire, and I have yet Brianna's story to tackle.

Born in Shame brings us back to Ireland, one of Roberts favourite settings, and to the Concannon family. Shannon Bodine is Tom Concannon's illegitimate daughter, she is the fruit of a brief affair Tom had with an American woman and she has always believed the man her mother was married to was her real fa
Jan 24, 2012 valee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
I did enjoy the whole series but while I loved the other 2 books this one wasn't as good for me. I did not care much for the heroine, I found her too hard-headed and even a bit annoying. The hero, while I loved him in the past books just disappointed me in this one. I like my romances to develop smoothly and a bit more slower than this one. I just can't understand nor care for a romance where the hero decides to be in love with the heroine by plain sight, even though he had been having dreads ab ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Graphic Artist Shannon Bodine has worked hard to get to the top of the corporate ladder. But her world is shaken when she learns that she was the result of her mother's secret relationship with Thomas Concannon. She also learns that she has two sisters living in Ireland who have been searching for her. Shannon soon travels to County Clare to meet Maggie, Brianna and their families. Getting to know them is a slow and awkward process, but meeting their next door neighbor makes the trip easier. Mur ...more
I really loved this at times (grief and unexpected sisterhood and falling into family was ALL GOOD, and the final reconciliation between Shannon and Murphy was SO GOOD), but there's a weird passage about the American civil war and slavery that was unnecessary and souring. Set after the characters sing a song about James Connolly, American Shannon comments:
"It's an odd culture that writes lovely songs about an execution."

"We don't forget our heroes," Maggie said with a snap in her voice. "Isn't
Sep 02, 2010 Rochelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, read-2010
I liked this book the best in the Born In trilogy. I think it was because of Murphy; I didn't check the goodreads' character listing for the book, hoping to be surprised with whom Shannon gets paired. I was not disappointed! Roberts throws a little magic in this one. My only wish is that there was an epilogue; I find it a little sad to leave Ireland so soon!
Sep 06, 2016 Asounani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok veamos puedo decir con mucha certeza que esperaba más del final. ENSERIO!!!! queda cortada la historia.

2 Stars
Porque 2 estrellas porque no le puedo poner un 1.5 estrellas que seria mi calificacion final ante esta saga, el libro esta bien tiene sus momentos tiene su trama y su besarrollo de personajes y el ambiente, me gusta ver a Maggi y a Brie como madres y esposas y como desarrollan sus vidas con la nueva hermana sacada del sombrero, pero por favor ESE FINAL seamos serios es un libro de NO
Sep 09, 2016 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nora Roberts is always a good bet if you are looking for a sweet romance and Born in Shame is no different. But, it did have its' moments when it threatened to devolve into a puddle of angst. It also had a touch of the paranormal as well. The first two books in the series were paranormal free, but it seems that NR just can't help herself, especially when the setting is Ireland. There are a slew of themes in this story and that's what makes it a very good book.

Shannon's mother is dying from cance
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

I read this one just as fast as the other Born in Trilogy books. The reason for that is because they are soo good that you don't ever want to put them down for a second in case you forget with where you were reading at. Trust me that has happened before and I was like -.- NOOOO THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING!!! Let's just say that I wasn't a very happy person at all. So I recommened with this tril
Jacquey25 Hubler
Jun 27, 2009 Jacquey25 Hubler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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I really have a issue with the third books of a series.Is it just me,or does everyone feel like the third book's not that good as the first two ones.Maybe it's the high expectations,I don't have an idea.

The first two books of the Born In trilogy,were something I greatly admired.Both Maggie and Brianna were amazing in their own unique way,so does there matches.Rogan and Grayson made me swoon.But it's as if Born in Shame has not actually touched the expectations the first two books created.

There w
Oct 07, 2014 Trea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2014
This series happens to be one of my favorites of Nora Roberts', however this book lacks some of the charm of the first two in the trilogy. Shannon is a very harsh, disbelieving heroine, and while she's had to be strong in order to deal with the sudden deaths of her parental figures so close together, it is that strength that has her pushing away what she finds in Ireland. In this book, we readers finally see Murphy Muldoon take the plunge, falling in love with the lost Concannon sister that is S ...more
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
I had high expectations for this last book. Murphy was one of my favourite characters in the first two books and I really wanted his story to be perfect. I liked it but I guess it wasn't good enough, I felt as it didn't do justice to the character. Still it was a sweet and enjoyable story, nice final touch to the series.
Nora Roberts wraps up her Irish Born trilogy, the stories of three sisters, with the mystical Born in Shame. Born in Fire was the story of Maggie Concannon, the oldest sister, a tempestuous glass artist. In Born in Ice, she tells the story of Brianna, the quiet sister who longed for home and peace. But, this story closes the circle as Roberts intended when she introduces the American sister, Shannon Bodine.

When Tom Concannon died, he was staring out to sea, and whispered a name Maggie never hear
Jul 29, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some close friends of mine highly recommended this series of Nora Roberts and I concur... they were really good. Typical steamy, fun romance but wonderful characters that I grew attached to more and more throughout the series. I even grew fond of Maggie from the first book by the time the third rolled around! It was nice to see the continued story lines of the first two main characters as they lived out their marriages.
Patty Brown
Oct 27, 2014 Patty Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely awesome. Usually in a trilogy or series the first book (to me) is always the best. This was by all time the best of the three in this series. I don't usually cry in my books (except for Nicholas Sparks). At the end I was in tears. If this book (or trilogy) was not made a move or tv show (as some of Roberts books are) it SHOULD be. Wonderful job in tying all three books together as well.
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“Tom: If you love with kindness, even when you can't love with permanence, you'll deserve the one who's worthy along that path for you.” 15 likes
“Shannon: Only the living suffered. Only they were riddled with guilt and regret and unanswered questions.” 11 likes
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