Beauty and the Black Sheep (The Moorehouse Legacy, #1)
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Beauty and the Black Sheep (The Moorehouse Legacy #1)

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But she quickly reminded herself that she had dinner to get ready, the staff of White Caps B&B (such as it was) to motivate. She didn't have the luxury of staring into a stranger's face.

Although, jeez, what a face it was.

And wasn't it just her luck that the owner of that face, Nate Walker--with his rebel

Paperback, Silhouette Special Edition #1698, 250 pages
Published July 2005 by Silhouette
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If you're feeling a little down and in need of a sweet and "feel good" romance, look no further... Pick this book up and I assure you that you'll close it with a smile on your face. Nate, the hero, is a-dor-a-ble and I could eat him with a spoon... *sighs*

Frances "Frankie" Moorehouse is her family's last stand. She's been taking care of her younger sister Joy and her grandmother Grand-Em (who suffers from dementia and requires a lot of TLC), worrying about his absent brother Alex, and managing t...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
Aug 27, 2011 UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a light, feel good romance.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine... by: Adrienne!!!!!! Thank you!

Beauty and the Black Sheep is my first Jessica Bird read, even though I’ve been a huge fan of J.R. Ward for years, and I have to say that I loved this book almost as much as I love her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Almost. I just can’t find anything or anyone to top those tormented Brothers and their battle to save the race.

But I digress…

In Beauty and the Black Sheep we are given a very sweet, feel good romance and characters who are so real and so honest in their actions and reactions that w...more
4 stars – Contemporary Romance

I'm a big fan of J.R. Ward's BDB series, and I also love contemporary romance. So when I found out the "WARDen" had written contemporary romance as Jessica Bird, I of course just had to check them out. This is the first book in her Moorehouse Legacy Silhouette series, and it's a pretty good read.

Frances "Frankie" Moorehouse is struggling to keep her family's rundown, historical B&B in the Adirondacks in upstate New York running, and although cocky chef Nate Walk...more
Opening line:"The only warning Frankie Moorehouse had that twenty gallons of water were going to fall on her and her desk was a single drop."

I don't generally read a lot of Harlequin but I am a huge fan of JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood which is how I discovered her alter ego Jessica Bird. I enjoyed this, her debut novel and could definitely hear Ward's voice in the writing, particularly when it comes to her sexy yet somewhat tortured male characters. And although this is a predictable...more
Opening Line: The only warning Frankie Moorehouse had that twnty gallons of water were going to fall on her and her desk was a single drop."

Ten years ago Frankie's parents died in a boating accident leaving her to raise her younger brother and sister and care for Grand-Em who suffers from dementia (I loved Grand-Em) To help pay the bills Frankie's turned the family's 6th generation mansion into a Bed & breakfast/restaurant. Unfortunately without the money for upkeep the walls are literally c...more
*Update May 21/11* This is confirmed as a re-release of Beauty And The Black Sheep (The Moorehouse Legacy, #1)from the Moorehouse Legacy series.

I'm watching this.. Not much info on it yet but I'm sure its a re-release of one of Ward's earlier Harlequin Jessica Bird books.
They're all really good, You can see the BDB taking shape in her (strictly) romance heroes.

Ten years ago Frankie's parents died in a boating accident leaving her to raise her younger brother and sister and care for G...more
3.5 stars

This book was very good plot wise. I loved the idea and execution of it. Nate, a drifter chef looking for a place of his own to buy, stumbles upon White Caps Bed and Breakfast when his car breaks down. There he meets Frankie Moorehouse, the struggling owner of White Caps. They fall into a relationship and eventually into love. And Nate gives up his chance for a restaurant to stay at White Caps with Frankie and help her repair the B&B she loves. A perfectly interesting plot. And I lo...more
2 1/2 stars, really.
At first comforting in its predictability, but the one-dimensional characters got on my nerves and some of the issues just seemed so contrived and far-fetched. JR Ward/Jessica Bird usually throws in some steamy smexing but this was not the case here, either. Meh.
modern romances aren't normally something i'd go for::but::i needed my Warden fix::and this book supplied it::the storyline was nice::the H/H were good together::strange:: but you kind of get flashes of other characters from them::mannerisms etc::and the HEA was sweet too::shall definately read some more::
The Rebel by JR Ward was originally titled Beauty and the Black Sheep and was published in 2005 under JR’s ‘other’ name, Jessica Bird. I think the original title suits the book a little better, but the cover of this re-release is definitely more appealing. It’s what caught my eye when I was in the store and after reading the blurb, I bought it. I know, shocking! I didn’t run to Goodreads to check reviews before buying it, nor did I try to annoy my friends to see if any of them read it before. I...more
Patricia BookExhibitionism
J.R. Ward is one of the authors I'll always check out books of. I've been fairly certain that I'd one day buy one of her Jessica Bird-novels, but when Amazon told me that there was an ebook called "The Rebel" I was curious enough to buy it right away.

-Note: I'm intentionally comparing her books here.-

Unlike her Black Dagger or Fallen Angels series, The Rebel is a contemporary romance novel, set in our world, without any vampires, angels etc. but one interesting-enough hero and a heroine that ha...more
Jun 26, 2008 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jessica Bird fans
I've read a few of Bird's (aka J.R. Ward) novels now--she seems always to stick with an independent woman who's in financial trouble and is overworked. Frankie is running her family's B&B, which has been slowly going under. Her cook quits but she's saved by Nate's arrival. He's a chef looking for work whose car broke down nearby and agrees to stay on for a few months. He's attracted to Frankie but Frankie doesn't want to get involved with an employee who won't be staying long. Typical stuff...more
Esther David
I found the book to be an okay read. I might also add that I had a lot of expectations about the book and it definitely didn't reach the standards of Black Dagger Brotherhood or Fallen Angels book. But Ward writes in the beginning that she is dedicating the book to her romantic read influences of Harlequin. Then again Ward has been able to differentiate her book from an ordinary romance novels by adding more life to her characters and giving insecurities to both the hero as well as the heroine,...more
This was a light yet very sweet read and, like every story I've read so far by J.R. Ward, I couldn't put it down. Another thing about this author (one of my favourites, by the way) is that her male characters are so vivid and compelling it's difficult to believe they're not real.
The same happened with Nate, the hero in this book. I loved the guy. And he reminded me of Butch O'Neil what with his capped front tooth and his dark physical appearance. Frankie, the heroine, was ok, I liked her alrigh...more
I'm not reading a kindle edition, this is an actual book. Kindle was all I could find.

I love this story, but I love anything J.R. Ward writes.

This is about Nate and Frankie. Frankie owns a failing bed and breakfast that has been in her family for years. She's having a hard time making ends meet when Nate comes to her door because his car broke down. He has his knives with him .....NO NO NO not daggers, actual knives. He's a chef. A very good chef. He comes in to use the phone and smells somethi...more
Frankie Moorehouse doesn't know how she can save her ancestoral home. The big mansion needs a serious overhaul and she is behind on the mortgage. The Bed & Breakfast is on the verge of going under when Chef Nate Walker appears. He soon has the kitchen working overtime to keep up with the crowds in the dining room. Nate just wishes he could get Frankie to like him as much as she likes his cooking skills.

I picked up the first book in the Moorehouse Legacy series knowing that the author, Jessic...more
A very ordinary story. The writing was serviceable but nothing special. The plot did not have a strong hook. I couldn't get very excited about a girl running a failing B&B who falls in love with a chef whose car just happens to break down in front of her place when she needs a chef. I'm going on with the series because I have them all and I've heard that they get better.
Ehlizabeth (Liz)
3.5 Stars
I had higher hopes for this one after reading An Irresistable Bachelor but was a little disappointed. Frankie annoyed me to be honest and the end was so rushed. Still, I will get the others when/if they are re released - I think Joy's story would be a good one.
The rebel was a quick read. Good as all ward books are but not her best. The romance was not as steamy as I've come to expect from a warden book. I'm think it must have been one of her first romance novels.
Angel Ruess
3 1/2 stars

This story started off slow, it would pick up steam here and there and then drop off again until about 3/4 into the book.

Frankie drove me nuts throughout most of the book, I just wanted to tell her to shut up most of the time. Nate was alright but not Jessica Bird/J.R. Ward's best Hero.

The other problem I had with this book was that it just ended. A serious epilog is needed here. Considering that most of the story I really didn't like the Heroine and the Hero was above average, but...more
Amber Hughes
*3.5 stars*
Enjoyable read (got better in the 2nd half of the book), but the ending felt a little "quick" to me.
Amy Jacobs
The Rebel is the fist book in The Moorehouse Legacy series by author Jessica Bird -- also known as J.R. Ward. Instead of paranormal romance, the author ventures into contemporary romance with The Rebel.

While the books summary held promise, I felt that the book was just okay. It was predictable and at times a little boring. I felt there were some parts of the book that could have moved a little faster while some parts should have slowed down. The ending especially was very rushed. Everything get...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Jul 29, 2011 Alexis-Morgan Roark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexis-Morgan by:
Ok. So, I am currently listening to this book because I NEED the next installment in the Covet series-WHICH I JUST NOTICED IS LISTED WHEN I WENT LOOKING FOR THE LINK...BY FOR NOW!!

Finished this light (especially for the woman who is now J.R. Ward) breezy read. There were several things I appreciated about this book

* Real people, real emotions
* The cruel reality that is Dementia: not JUST for forgetting but those too, brief bittersweet moments of lucidity.
* The mostly ignored feelings of the f...more
Frances “Frankie” Moorehouse is the head of the family and has been taking care of her family since her parent’s died. Her brother Alex took off shortly after the funeral, so Frankie and her younger sister Joy are running the family Bed and Breakfast that has been in the Moorehouse family for six generations. But if’s not going well with the Inn, there isn’t enough money to restore the building to his full glory and on top of it all, the cook has just quit his job. So when this stranger knocks o...more
Lita Bouquard
If you are looking for dark tormented sexy men like J R Ward's Brother of the Black Dagger series or the Covet, books go elsewhere. This is a sweet, romance but with elements of humor that make the Black Dagger series so enjoyable.
Frankie runs a bed and breakfast in her family home. She, her sister and gram with dementia now live in the servants quarters while serving guests who stay in the front of the house. Frankie burns chicken and has a ceiling drop on her head. Rebel is a testament to thos...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I'm not going to star rate this because I didn't finish it. I just want to go on record saying that this was bad. No Rebel to be found. Me thinks I'll just stick with what she does best, the Brotherhood (and even then that's hit or miss).

She's a good writer, it's just the story that I wasn't feeling. It was really all too coincidental. I liked Frankie and Nate enough, it was just a little too contrived how everything went down. You need a cook and a handsome AND single, cook lands on your doors...more
Frances "Frankie" Moorehouse is struggling to keep her B&B above water. Her chef took off, her office ceiling caved in, she's up to her eyes in debt, and guests are lacking due to the bad economy. She runs the place with an iron will and fist. On top of all that, she takes care of her grandmother who has Alzheimers and her sister Joy. Her brother Alex is a professional sailor and off on some big adventure. It seems that the fate of her family (estate) rests solely on her shoulders.

While on...more
It was page 35 that Frankie had me talking to the book asking "are you crazy" and it didn't get better for a few more pages. Frankie's chief quits at the beginning of the book and when Nate volunteers to stay and be her chief she jumps for joy cause she could burn water. Sorry I lied to you she tells him she doesn't need him but she does cause the other part of that sentence was the truth. Frankie can't cook she save her life or the bed & breakfast she owns. I was totally annoyed because at...more
Cocktails and Books
If you're a JR Ward fan, here's a warning for you. While this story happens in New York, near Albany, the similarity between this story and the Brotherhood / Fallen Angels series ends there.

This is a re-worked Jessica Bird novel, which was originally title Beauty and the Black Sheep. It's a cute story. Frankie Moorehouse is having a hard time keeping her families B & B, White Caps, open. To make matters worse, she's behind on the mortgage, the summer seasons coming and her chef has just abru...more
2.5 stars

First half I kept imagining ways to strangle bitch slap the heroine Frankie in this. Second half, I was just waiting for something more to happen. I was left feeling a little bit bored and a whole lot of underwhelmed by the overall story and pacing. And everything was resolved a little *too* easily and quickly for my tastes at the end. I have to say this is my first Jessica Bird/JR Ward heroine I wasn't a fan of and struggled to even relate to. Frankie made it very difficult to sympath...more
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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 college, she had boxes and...more
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