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A Man in a Million (The Moorehouse Legacy, #4) (The Moorehouse Legacy #4)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  1,427 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
As far as bad boy Spike Moriarty was concerned, Madeline Maguire defined female perfection. When they'd met, she'd walked up as if she wasn't the most gorgeous thing on the planet and asked to see his tattoos. He--a tough guy who'd make grown men run--had just about passed out. But their connection was definitely one-way... it had to be. Because he could never be the man i ...more
Paperback, Silhouette Special Editions #1803, 244 pages
Published January 2007 by Silhouette
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Ok, I LOVE this book and this is going to be the most bizarre review I’ve ever written, because I’m not ashamed to say that a big part of the reason I love it so much is that Spike is so obviously somehow related to Zsadist and Phury from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (Which Jessica Bird writes under the name J.R.Ward). This was confirmed by one of the WARDen’s moderators on her forum:

Posted by Lami on the WARDen’s website.
Somewhere in the deep dark past of this cell the WARDen did say so
Jun 25, 2010 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: For fans of all things JR Ward
This was a nice little read by Jessica Bird, aka JR Ward (author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series). While waiting anxiously for her next BDB book and Fallen Angels book, I decided to delve into her category romances written as Jessica Bird. This one wasn't bad. No way did it come close to anything she's written as Ward, but as a category romance it was pretty good. There were hints of her BDB writing style (some humor, some name-branding, a to-die-for hero) which made it an enjoyable read. ...more
*Shades of Zsadist.*

It was hard not to compare Spike's story with The Brotherhood minus vampires and shape-shifters. With tats, crazy hair, secrets and his deep attraction/internal fight with a woman he wanted, this was the final story in the Farrell/Walker/Moorehouse sequence. Also, we get our first good glimpse of Sean O'Banyon before The Billionaire Next Door surfaced. I was reminded more than once that A Man in a Million (The Moorehouse Legacy, #4) was published one year after Lover Awakened
Opening Line"Spike Moriarty raced down Park Avenue, legs pumping, arms swinging, black leather jacket flapping behind him in the night air."

This was my very first Silhouette Romance read but because I'm such a huge fan of JR Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood I wanted to give her alter ego Jessica Bird a try. It's a good story and I loved the two main characters. Madeline is well written as a strong, take-charge kind of woman and Spike is just lovely as her troubled, tattooed love interest. I
Nov 26, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Mmmmmm. Spike kind of man ;)
I am biased with these reviews. Absolutely LOVE anything written by J.R.Ward/Jessica Bird. Whatever she writes...I'm gonna read. This series has definitely lived up to my expectations!
Didn't give it a full 5 stars because of the predictabilty element. :/
Dec 11, 2010 D.L. rated it really liked it
Before JR Ward decided to write paranormals about ass-kicking vampires, she wrote as Jessica Bird and wrote contemporary romances. I think I decided to buy this book based on a review over on Dear Author. I can’t quite remember. I already knew JR Ward had previously written under Jessica Bird and I was willing to buy one of her books based on a good review.

A Man in A Million was a pretty straight forward read compared to some of the books in the BDB series, which can have up to five different pl
5 stars for the sexy "yellow eyed" Spike.
Yup!! Yellow eyes!!! Ring any bells ;-)
I have been waiting for Micheal Spike Moriarty's story since he first walked into Gray's book with those impossibly yellow eyes, and incredible sex appeal.
“It was not possible for a man to be sexier. Otherwise the laws of physics would collapse and the earth would implode into a black hole.”

And on top of it he drove a Harley Davidson and wore Leather Pants, had Tats running from his lower waist to neck and had thi
So I borrowed this from a friend without paying much attention to the author but really liking the blurb. I was reading I started thinking... Wow, Spike really reminds me of Zsadist....Z!!!! (swoon and 10 minutes of fantasizing later)...Z!!! Then I look back at the author. Jessica Bird. Why does that sound so familiar? DOH! Well of course Spikhe (:p) reminded me of Z! I lost my interest in the Brothers after Ward jumped the shark thru the ring of fire with a nuked fridge one too many t ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Ellie rated it liked it
I LOVE it when the heroine is tall. Why? Because it adds an interesting insecurity. Often it's a given that he is tall and protective, etc etc. But with a taller heroine men aren't always so tall, are more often intimidated, etc etc.

In this book her profession wasn't modeling but it was sports related (tall women seem to be models or sports people) and appearently she had the looks of a goddess - but she was not aware and even know that theme was sort of beaten to death in here (how un-confiden
♥ Melody
Spike..oh baby!
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That cornball cover does the characters in this book NO justice. Absolutely none.

I really enjoyed this! I personally would have liked more 'meat' to the story but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I LOVED Spike. He was just truly delicious. He made the story for me. He stood out so much in this I really wish I got more just to read more about him. His appearance and how he interacts with others was really enthralling. I got totally stuck on the description of the guy. Tattoo decked with
May 17, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this short romance::infact i wished she'd been able to write more as the storyline had the potential to go much further especialy with the introduction of Jaynie(now there was a really good storyline in the making)::but i guess the publisher probably has restritions in place re no. of words etc::i loved Spike and Mad (who reminds me a little bit of Xhex)::there was a nice balance of *bedroooms scenes*which were relevant to the storyline::and emotional scenes::can't wait to read ...more
Kim Connor
Aug 12, 2011 Kim Connor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this whole series! I would recommend it to everyone. There are small parts where the wording or the phrases remind me of Black Dagger. Spike and Mad's story was sexy and HOT! There is just something about those bad boys that gets me everytime! And did I mention the motorcycle scene!! *fans self* If you haven't given this series a go, you should definitely check it out! :)
Oct 06, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay so this is my favorite of the series! Reminds me so much of BDB!! Spike and Sean are fantastic and remind me of Butch and V's friendship a little. Another funny romantic and sexy story.
Mar 30, 2011 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is definitely my favorite non-BDB book by Ward thus far. The guy has a troubled past, sports some manly tattoos, and the book is definitely worth reading. Gave it a 5 out of 5.
I really enjoy these books - but they are FILLED with Big Misunderstandings LOL.
Aug 06, 2010 Natasja rated it really liked it
Madeline “Mad” Maguire has given up on love, after she’s being betrayed by two ex-lovers. But she’s always convinced that there is someone out there in the world for her. So when she meets Spike Moriarity, she knows he could be the one. But can she convince him to giver her change, after he finds out about her miserable love life.

Spike Moriarity has some secrets from his past too and when he meets Mad he cannot stop thinking about her. He believes he isn’t worthy of her and knows that a chance w
Feb 17, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: print
4 1/2 Stars! ~ Michael “Spike” Moriarty is a six foot four, tattooed bad boy. He has a dark past that he has confessed to few; that eats him up inside and makes him feel unworthy of love. Having the career of his dreams as partner and chef at a B&B in the Adirondacks is the best he expects for himself. The career and having his sister Jaynie stay with him where he can keep her safe, is all that he needs. That is until he meets Madeline “Mad” Maguire, the six foot Amazon who used to crew with ...more
Feb 26, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
French chef and tattooed roughneck Michael "Spike" Moriarty met the woman of his dreams, world class sailor Madeline "Mad" Maguire, when she walked out of his friend's bathroom and straight into his fantasies. She was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen, and way out of his league. He has a lot of darkness in his past, things he's done that he could never change...wouldn't even if he could, but he was well aware his past wasn't likely to bode well for a relationship, even if Mad was intereste ...more
Jun 25, 2012 TheMadHatter rated it really liked it
This is the last book in the Jessica Bird (aka JR Ward) series that she wrote in mid 2000s. This book was written about the same time that she wrote Zs story in the Brotherhood series and the parallels are uncanny....except this one lacks the whole vampire thing (although there is some neck biting....I kid you not!).

"Spike" resembles Z in lots of ways (even down to his yellow eyes and I did read that there may be some fictional cross-over connection between the two - distant cousins???). Doesn't
I absolutely loved Spike. I enjoyed his resemblance to the Black Dagger Brotherhood Brothers so much, I sometimes lost track of the story and had to go back and reread the last few pages. The way he talks reminded me of Vishous (with all his "my man" and "what's doing" and "good deal"), his spiky black hair reminded me of Qhuinn (oh Qhuinn!), his yellow eyes of Phury and Zsadist.
He's huge, he's muscled, he's inked, he drives a Harley. He's a total hunk. Plus he has a good heart. And he's trustw
Sep 04, 2011 Rjsmommy rated it really liked it
Well, first of all, Spike is "the man" in this series. He has the hidden past that really can be a relationship killer and has been burned badly before. And Maddie, has her not sooo nice family past either. Each thinks the other couldn't possibly be attracted to them; couldn't possibly be right for each other; but of course, they are. Of course, the whole Moorehouse Legacy series has followed this scenario, complete with the initial sex scene where the guy can't finish for one reason or another, ...more
May 13, 2011 Pansy rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I did not like this book as much as the others. First, the main character was not even a Moorehouse. Second, the story was not that interesting. I enjoyed the characters but you can tell the author was reaching. I was sick of the,"I have secrets but I rather ruin our relationship than sit down and tell you". Spike and Madeline had a great chemistry if you look past their mistrust of each other. I am glad there was a story for the two of them because we were introduced to Spike in the first book ...more
Apr 28, 2016 Nícky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demasiada gente malvada para que fuera creíble.... aunque Spike tenía potencial.
Jun 12, 2012 Gina rated it really liked it
Did anyone go into this story thinking that Spike was a BDB vampire?
Except for the fact that he came out in daylight multiple times, I couldn't stop thinking VAMPIRE whenever he was mentioned. He talks like they do, he looks like the Brothers do (tall, well-endowed, he bites a lot, he has golden eyes), he came from a shady past and was freakishly insightful (like someone who had possibly lived for a couple centuries), he had an interesting accent.

Jun 12, 2015 Kerry rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 6, 2007
As far as bad boy Spike Moriarty was concerned, Madeline Maguire defined female perfection. When they'd met, she'd walked up as if she wasn't the most gorgeous thing on the planet and asked to see his tattoos. He--a tough guy who'd make grown men run--had just about passed out. But their connection was definitely one-way…it had to be. Because he could never be the man in a million she was looking for, not with the things he'd done and seen. So for as long as she'd let him, he'd give her whatever ...more
May 01, 2011 HєllyBєlly rated it liked it
So. I bought this last night and finished it before I fell asleep and it was not a demanding read, however it hit the spot.
For those familiar with the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the heroine and hero looks like Zsadist and Bella and their story (simple working dude with a difficult past meets upperclass beauty) is somewhat similar though non-fanged.
I enjoyed it, but I will not read it again.
May 09, 2011 Jade rated it really liked it
This book was fun fun fun! I think it's my favourite of the series! Now I have to read her book about Sean O'Banyon. He was great all through the series. I hope the Moorehouse characters will have cameos.
Jul 25, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
Spike Moriarty was fascinated with Madeline Maguire from the first moment he met her. But he knew a relationship with her was out of the question. A rich successful girl like her would never accept a guy with his past. As it turns out, Mad is attracted to Spike. But given her trust issues and his troubled past, will the two be able to get their relationship off the ground?

This was a category romance with a relatively predictable story. But even with the hated "big misunderstanding" thrown into t
Sep 15, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Once you get past the cheesy cover and the sappy title, A Man in a Million is quick, entertaining read. Typical of Ward, she's created a good Alpha male. He may even remind you of someone.
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Jéssica Bird also writes as J.R. Ward

Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to
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