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Playing The Odds (The MacGregors #1)

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The cards were stacked, though neither of them knew it. Serena MacGregor's father left nothing to chance when he sent Justin Blade -- part Comanche and all gambler -- on a Caribbean cruise. His daughter was evading her responsibility to produce grandchildren by working as a blackjack dealer on the CELEBRATION. Odds were they'd meet.

Serena's father had his hopes riding on w
Mass Market Paperback, Silhouette Language of Love, 218 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Silhouette (first published 1985)
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Feb 21, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hotel owner and gambler Justin Blade takes a Caribbean cruise after his friend Daniel MacGregor persuades him to take a vacation. Unknown to Justin, Daniel's lovely daughter Serena (whom Justin has never met) is working in the gambling casino on the ship and Daniel hopes the two will meet on board. They do and sparks fly!

I loved the scenic locations in this book--a Caribbean cruise, Justin's hotel and casino in Atlantic City. This book also had a little bit of suspense thrown in towards the end.
Oct 04, 2015 Bj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, arc, 2015, 4-stars
*I gave this audiobook an A- for Angela Dawe's Narration and B for the story at AudioGals*

Lovers of Nora Roberts’ traditional contemporary romances will not want to miss the opportunity to listen to Playing the Odds, Book 1 in Ms. Robert’s long running series, The MacGregors, which was originally published in print in the 1980s. Narrated by Angela Dawe, this tale centers around the theme of “Betting on Love” and is a great representation of why publishers should consider bringing favorite backli
This was reread and boy, was it fun to revisit these characters. A Nora Roberts classic.
Feb 21, 2016 Liliflaj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
super je; radujem se nastavku :)
Sara Dalengren
Apr 25, 2016 Sara Dalengren rated it really liked it
En klassisk Roberts som andas åttiotal. Kvinnan är temperamentsfull och "rasar" och "stormar" om vartannat och mannen har såklart bara ett sätt att hantera det - genom att kyssas. Skit samma om hon verkar lite motsträvig, en kyss eller två smälter väl vem som helst.

Mar 14, 2016 Ivana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nora-roberts
Jednostavno obožavam Noru.. pogoovo ovakve njezine knjige gdje nema paranormale
Feb 18, 2013 SANDRA rated it it was amazing
LOVELY LOVELY STORY even so the second time around. I love Serena and Justin Blade. :D Blade is gorgeous and well hot. Serena is just such an awesome heroine. I love the MacGregors... :D
Jun 13, 2008 Primadonna rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Hate the male protagonist, don't you know "no" means "no"? But the girl is slightly better. O well. This is a classic story denoting when a girl says no, she prolly means maybe. Ack.
Ayça yılmaz
Mar 10, 2012 Ayça yılmaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İlk beyaz dizi, ilk Nora Roberts!...Mükemmeldi, kısaydı ama mükemmeldii...
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Kumarbaz Aşk - Nora Roberts

Okumadan önceki tepkim;

Bu kitap polisiye aşk gibi durmuyor. Yazara son bir şans veriyorum. Eğer buda zevkime hitap etmezse Nora Roberts defterini ebediyete kadar kapatıyorum.

Okumadan sonraki tepkim;

Sanırım bu yazarın hiç bir zaman sırf aşk yazdığını göremeyeceğim. İlla ucundan bucuğundan bir gerilim, macera, kaç, kovala olacak! Tarzı böyle tabii ama ben yazarı o kadarda zevkle okuyan biri değilim. Bu kitabı diğer okudukla
Lára  Arnarsdóttir
Feb 24, 2013 Lára Arnarsdóttir rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Well, what to say? It was okay.

This is the 3rd contemporary romance novel I read in my whole life and, I hope, the last one. It is the 1st that Ive picked knowing its contemporary romance. One of my Goodreads groups voted for this one as a book at the month and it won. I was sure that Ill not read it, but since some people said Im narrow-minded for not reading "outside my genre" (which I do not have), I gave it a try. Unfortunately.

Most of the time, I just thought its too long for ... the "novel
Jul 24, 2015 Kai rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I loved this story about Serena and Justin even as a re-read. I loved the passion that flared between them and that they were brought together by Serenas matchmaking dad, Daniel. With a bomb threat and kidnapping it became a great book that i struggled to put down. Cannot wait to continue into the series, to find out what happens to the rest of the family. Xxx
This is the second romance novel I had read when I first started reading romances at the age of 14. These books are what got me hooked on romance, Ive read each book about 20 times they never get old to me. The MacGragors are a wonderful timeless family that will always be my number one absolute faorite series of all time.
María José
El principio me ha encantado con el crucero y el tema del Black Jack, pero el final se ha hecho un pelin aburrido... Una pena porque los primeros de Nora siempre enganchan...
Apr 21, 2015 Cindi rated it really liked it
I loved the MacGregor series of books. I am reading a little backward. Read about the grandchildren and now reading g a out the children. But I love th e patriarch in the book so I keep reading them.
Oct 19, 2015 Cruth rated it it was ok
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 1985
Length: 195 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Onboard Cruise Ship and in atlantic City.
Sex: Very 80s euphemistic. Infrequent. Sometimes fade to black.
Hero: Professional gambler / casino owner.
Heroine: Wealthy professional student / croupier.

Very much of it’s time, mid 1980s.

Strong, independent women with a secret desire to be controlled and dominated. Severe, “mannish” clothing on the outside, silk and lace teddy underneath.

When Serena went down to the parlour
Hana G
Mar 07, 2015 Hana G rated it it was amazing
I grabbed this book off the shelf as I was rushing out of the library and had no idea what to expect, needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. The story itself was an easy read and had me flipping the pages, hooked for more. Justin is a mysterious gambler, Serena meets while working on a cruise ship. Both of them are well aware of their instant attraction towards eachother, but Justin is the only who willingly acts on it. He is mysterious and aloof but as the story progresses, readers see ano ...more
Probably somewhere around 3.5 stars.

Definitely a little dated and I had some minor pursuit issues that can mostly be attributed to the fact that this was written in 1985, but it was overall a pretty fun read once I got into it. I started this in August but didn't really get into it past the first 30 pages until this week.
Sue Parker
Apr 13, 2016 Sue Parker rated it it was amazing
Serena is working on a cruise ship as a black jack dealer. Justin goes on a cruise because his friend and business partner set him up. His friend you see is none other than Serena's father. Now it is fate that brings them together. That is until Serena figures out her fathers set up. Now she is steaming mad. She tells Justing to leave her alone and he does just that. But not until he offers her a job running one of his casino hotels. She has her own terms that he must agree with. Now someone is ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"The cards were stacked, though neither of them knew it. Serena MacGregor's father left nothing to chance when he sent Justin Blade -- part Comanche and all gambler -- on a Caribbean cruise. His daughter was evading her responsibility to produce grandchildren by working as a blackjack dealer on the CELEBRATION. Odds were they'd meet.

Serena's father had his hopes riding on what would happen when they did. Win, lose or draw, they were meant for each other, proving indisputably in this cas
Sam Sigelakis-Minski
This was a really cute, quick read that is a little too dated to take seriously. I'm a pretty modern reader of Nora Roberts (started in 2003 give or take) and reading her older works shows you how far she's come as a writer in style and plot. Her character development is solid, but the writing is clearly more rudimentary than her current work. it's also funny reading this from a 21st century perspective... like, sending telegrams, land lines, and the beginning of home computers. Either way, this ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always like a good Nora Roberts book. Serena MacGregor is working for one year on a cruise liner and this is her last cruise. Justin Blade sits at her blackjack table and is immediately interested in Serena. He works to be where she is and to get to know her better. He does not realize this is the daughter of his friend, Daniel MacGregor and Daniel has set him up to meet his only daughter on the cruise. Justin owns several casinos and offers Serena a job as manager of his Atlantic City casino. ...more
Marcia Davis
Jul 22, 2016 Marcia Davis rated it really liked it
A shipboard romance on the high seas but developers more like n dry land. Dad may have played match maker & started the kindling fire but Justin will have no more interference from Rene dad & neither will she. Rene wants Justin on her terms & thinks she has him till bomb threats appear against Justin's hotels then Rene has to let him know she is no wall flower & will not be sent home to be protected like some princess in a tower casel till the dragon is dead. She is there to stan ...more
May 25, 2016 Ordure rated it did not like it
I don't think I've ever put a Roberts book down unfinished. This book was not what I expected from her, though, & I have better things to do with my time than finish this drivel. First & foremost, the domineering "take what I want" male protagonist and the simpering, loving it female protagonist are dated & offensive. Yes, I know Serena considers herself strong & independent, but her actions prove otherwise. Add in a dearth of character development & a very thin plot, & y ...more
Mar 26, 2015 sakura_txell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lydia Perversius
Feb 04, 2013 Lydia Perversius rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-macgregors
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Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
Jul 23, 2013 Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book!

I don't know how old this book is and I really don't care. I've been reading some really rough books lately and it was so refreshing to read an honest-go-God romance. No hardcore sex or crass language but a romance that made me go, "Aww," a couple of times and touched my heart.

The characters were really strong and worked well. I adored Justin Blade. Successful, good-looking, part Comanche which really does have bearing on the story as a whole. He was cool and collected alm
Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Cerita tentang Serena Macgregor selalu membuat jantung saya berdetak lebih cepat. Buku yang sangat menarik, dengan pasangan yang sangat menarik sekali.
Serena dan Justin adalah pasangan favorite saya setelah Daniel dan Anna. Bahkan dengan penjelasan gamblang NR, tentang kemampuan dan bakat mereka berdua, membuat saya memiliki imajinasi tersendiri. Apalagi jika anda melanjutkannya ke buku2 dalam Macgregor yang terkait dengan Robert dan Duncan, dalam kedua buku ini juga diceritakan sedikit mengenai
Kathy Davie
Jan 20, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Publications-wise, it's first in the McGregor family romance series, and third chronologically. The couple focus is on Serena MacGregor and Justin Blade.

This series is a mess chronologically and has a number of stories combined into single books, so you may want to explore my list of the MacGregor family saga.

My Take
What can I say? I like a woman who knows what she wants and is prepared to go after it. And then there's all those alpha males...yummy!

It's a fluffy read; not one of Roberts' best.

Aug 27, 2011 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2011
Every year I set myself a reading challenge, to try a genre that I have not been overly exposed to and this year I thought I would give the world of romance a go. So I brought a stack, probably 20 books from a op shop and thought it is time to give them a crack. The first book I read 'the good time guy' by Rosemary Badger was not particularly good. In the pile was a Nora Roberts. I have read a couple of Roberts books before but not in this format.

So you have Serena McGregor who wants to make it
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