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Rising Tides (Chesapeake Bay Saga #2)

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Of the three brothers, it was Ethan who shared his father's passion for the Maryland shore. And now with his father gone, Ethan is determined to make the family boatbuilding business a success. But amidst his achievements lie the most important challenges of his life...

There is young Seth, who needs him more than ever. And there is a woman he has always loved but never bel
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Jove (first published 1998)
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Jul 28, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers / Nora Roberts fans
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series / favorite author
Rising Tides is the second book in Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay / Quinn Brothers saga. It features the middle brother, Ethan, who was the 2nd boy rescued by Ray and Stella Quinn and given a new life. He's the epitome of the saying "still waters run deep." Ethan may be able to hold his own in a fight with his brothers, but he prefers to take things slow, to think them through and doesn't see the need to chatter unless there's something that really needs to be said. He's battered and scarred from ...more
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars

Another great book in the series. And another sudden ending, but I'm getting used to it since all stories are connected and the character stories don't end with each book as they appear through all 4 books.

This time story focus is on Ethan, the second brother, continuing directly after the last book ended.
And I loved it. I admit I was frustrated sometimes with the beating around the bush thing going on between the two center characters but I also loved it and I'm glad
*Review without spoilers*

Ray and Stella had taken them in, three half-grown boys, all wild, all damaged, all strangers. And had made them a family.

Oh, my, Grace thought with her nose pressed up against the window. Oh, my. If she’d ever seen two more impressive examples of the male form, she couldn’t say when. She’d only intended to sneak a quick glance. Really. Just one innocent little peek. But then Ethan had peeled off his shirt and...

Another multiple re read I don’t tire of...

This book pi
Oct 14, 2011 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
Awwww... you know,until I discovered this author I considered myself a practical, levelheaded and down-to-Earth kind of woman. Not all the time, but most of it I try to be reasonable and sensible when I have to make a decision. I never fuss or get distressed on situations that tend to make most people altered and upset. What I'm trying to say is that I'm not of the emotional type, more the analyze-every-freaking-detail-before-making-a-decision type of girl. So then why do I keep getting surprise ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 12, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, audible, steamy
Better than the first book, I think, but not by a lot. Ethan isn't the demanding jerkwad that Cam is, but he has his own neuroses and it was layered on rather thick. The whole "I'm tragically flawed and must be alone" thing was rather self-indulgent and that stood against every other aspect of his life.

That said, Grace was nine kinds of awesome, even if (view spoiler)
Aug 19, 2016 Vi rated it really liked it
I am in tears. I knew that it would be very emotional to read it again - even after all those years. But I never thought that it would touch me again like it did, when I read it the first time many years ago. A beautiful and touching saga ...

This is one of the most beautiful series, Nora Roberts has ever written. No matter how long it has been since Ive read those series the first time, it is always a pleasure to re-read it. And everytime I do so I find something new that catches my eye and get
Sep 22, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
NR already wrote this story, only she titled it The Heart of Devon MacKade. The similarities are far too many to count between the two. It's actually a bit ridiculous! I swear RT's Grace is HoDM's Cassie's doppelganger! The only difference between the two characters was their eye color!! So why am I not pissed that I just paid to read virtually the same story twice? Because this simple story appeals to me on so many levels. You got the small town community where everybody knows everybody. The ti ...more
Brenda (b)
This one is just as good as the first. Even though it's more centered on the romance, the family theme is still a strong element and that's a good thing. Ethan has got to be the most controlled guy I've read about in a long time. But man, once or twice there I wanted to give him a kick in the rear to get him moving a bit faster. LOL! I like how Ray isn't a big central element of the story. He doesn't really reveal anything not already known and he doesn't interfere, just seems to reaffirm the lo ...more
May 30, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En este segundo libro de la serie Chesapeake nos encontramos con la historia de Ethan y Grace. Él un hombre que ha sufrido mucho en su vida pasada y ella una mujer entregada a la vida de su hija Aubrey, la que he adorado de principio a fin y espero que me siga regalando en un futuro no muy lejano momentos maravillosos.
Ambos sienten un amor profundo el uno por el otro desde tiempos inmemorables pero por miedo nunca se han lanzado. En el libro veremos como ese amor va creciendo y el miedo constan
*Buddy listening with Blacky <333*

Here's the link to my previous review:
Laura V.

Al principio lo adoré, Ethan es tan lindo, adorable, tranquilo, es un sol. Tiene sus partes malas, pero me encanta todo de él. La pareja que hace Grace es preciosa, porque se han amado desde siempre y aquí no tengo problemas para creerme el flechazo a primera vista. Ellos ya tienen una base.
Pero creo que todo se vino a bajo para mí cuando Grace toma cartas en el asunto, no sé, me pareció tan desesperada por Ethan. Me gustaba la dulzura que tenían hasta... ese momento. Luego ella lo aborda,
So sad to give the second book in the Chesapeake Bay Saga 3 stars after I gave the first book 5, but I didn't love it like I loved the first one.

Rising Tides continues the story of the Quinn brothers, though focusing on Ethan (the second kid Ray and Stella Quinn adopted) and Grace, a single mother who's been in love with him since always (and who Ethan has been in love with since always as well).
The book is actually too focused on them, on their romance. I would've loved that because I'm a sucke
Lisa Kay
Very well narrated by David Stuart. I hesitate to give this 4 stars b/c there are parts that are a tiny bit tedious; nevertheless, I have come to care for these characters of Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Saga*, and I certainly want to find out what happens next. I don’t think this book, the second in the series, is a “stand-alone”; definitely Ethan and Grace’s on-going story would be enjoyed more if the first one, Sea Swept (Cam & Grace’s story), were read first.


The Quinns are three men, ab
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The only audiobook I ever listened too with my husband. I recorded my experience in the "Listening to Those Sex Scenes" Speaking of Audiobooks column:

Tooling down the road with my dear hubby on a long trip to Colorado, I had big plans to introduce him to romance by listening to Nora Roberts’ Rising Tides and prove to him that romance could be as good as or better than the occasional Nicholas Sparks book he read. After all, the book is told more from a male perspective and is part of a series abo
Alex is The Romance Fox
The 2nd book in Nora Robert’s Chesapeake Bay Saga continues with the lives of the adopted brothers, Cameron, Ethan, Phillip and Seth Quinn, who all have painful histories and were adopted by the amazing Ray & Stella Quinn when they were children.
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Ethan had always shared his father’s passion for Chesapeake and whilst the other two brothers – the gypsy Cam had traveled the world racing boats and cars and Phillip, the urbane city lover advertising hotshot moved away, he stayed home working the w
Aug 10, 2008 Jazzypom rated it really liked it
All right, a confession: I like Nora Robert's male characters over her female characters. I don't know why, I think it's the fact that when I came to reading romance novels, all the men were arrogant SOBs, no consideration for the women they loved, no emotional depth, and just ugh. Since I grew up with brothers who were well, decent, the men in romance novels were a veritable WTF to me, and I could never fathom it - until I discovered NR's men and it was love. I knew these guys, they were the br ...more
Mar 28, 2009 Stacey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-books
This has to be one of the best, if not THE best, books I have ever had the pleasure to read.
Rising Tides is the 2nd book in this series. Each book focuses on one of the 4 brothers adopted by Ray and Stella Quinn. Each of the boys had a horrible childhood until they were taken in by the Quinns.
This book tells the story of the 2nd boy, Ethan. Due to the awful things Ethan's bioligical mother allowed to happen to him, Ethan made the decision early in life that he would never allow her genes to be
Personagens? Lamentavelmente, este foi um dos casais que não me encantou como estava à espera. Ethan, tal como os seus irmãos também teve uma infância conturbada e talvez a pior que todos os outros, apesar ele se ter tornado um homem cauteloso (na minha opinião excessivamente), calmo e forte nunca chegou verdadeiramente a ultrapassar o seu passado. Grace é uma amiga de infância da família, uma mulher lutadora e independente. A relação de ambos é doce, ternurenta, lentinha mas apaixonada, no ent ...more
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
This book is boring and annoying. I don't particularly like Ethan or Grace, though I hate Grace even more.

Nothing much happens here. Seth is even more annoying than ever. He punches Ethan in the face twice, and a few more times in the stomach. Actually punches him, with all his might! The stupid little kid! Yeah, he had a sucky few years of childhood, but that doesn't give him the right to punch his guardian! And not even get in trouble for it! I'm sorry, but Ethan should at least have yelled a
May 25, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the 2nd book of the Quinn Saga a lot better than the 1st book. Ethan is the most quiet of the Quinn brothers. He lives with the nightmares of his past which prevents him from truly being happy. Both he and Grace have had feelings for one another for years and it has taken them over 10 years for them to finally come together. I like Grace. She worked hard to provide for her daughter and she was the one who made every effort to bring her and Ethan together, despite his protests, otherwis ...more
May 03, 2016 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This second book in the trilogy was better than the first. Of the three brothers introduced in the first story, I expected Ethan to be my favorite. For the most part, he was, just a chapter or two when he was stupid and made excuses I've read from HR heros who don't want to carry on their bloodline.
Freda Malone
Sep 29, 2015 Freda Malone rated it really liked it
The first book tells the history of this family and watches one of the brothers, Cameron, fall in love with the social worker who is assigned to their case. This second in the series is about Ethan, who stayed on the Bay with his parents as they grew older. A quiet sort of man and somewhat of a loner but he has been in love with the housekeeper, Grace Monroe, since high school. Together, they find a way to reach out to each other even through the darkness of their secrets and the past.

Another g
Dec 08, 2013 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, romance, 2013
I liked this one, but Ethan frustrated me to no end with his attitude towards Grace. I wanted to them to be together, but hated why Ethan didn't think it could happen. I loved it that Anna helped Grace go after Ethan. The girls friendship should worry the brothers, they will have them all wrapped around their fingers all the while subtly ripping them a new one when they need it.

While I liked where things ended with Ethan and Grace, for me the highlight of the book was the tough truth that Ethan
Nov 10, 2015 Lissa rated it it was amazing
I am currently re-reading several novels because I want to mark them in Goodreads--yeah, OCD. No matter how many times I read Rising Tides- and it's at least once a year- I end up in tears because it is just SO DAMN GOOD!!
Ethan is another of the Quinn boys- brought into the family through the love and patience of Stella and Ray. But to say he has a lot of baggage is an understatement, and all of his insecurities may keep him from Grace, the woman he's loved since she was a girl.
Hell- I can't eve
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Jan 02, 2016 Books are my Pyrocant rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Reread January 2016 Although I still had a few issues with this installment, I liked it even more this round. The Quinn family is still one of my favorites, ever. :)

August 10, 2012 The characters in the Chesapeke series are beautifully written. Ethan and Grace are no exception to this. I loved the main characters of Ethan and Grace, this Installment was a bit inconsistent and the flow was off. I still enjoyed the story and would recommend the read. I missed the brother banter from the first book
Feb 21, 2016 78sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Quinn Saga handelt von 4 Brüdern. Drei der Brüder sind bereits Erwachsene und führen ihre eigenen Leben. Der 4. ist erst kürzlich zur Familie gestoßen und ist erst 10 Jahre alt. Alle Brüder sind adoptiert und ihre Mutter ist bereits verstorben. Am Anfang des ersten Bandes stirbt dann leider auch der Vater. Die Brüder versprechen sich um Seth, den Jüngsten, zu kümmern. Sie ziehen alle wieder zurück in ihr Elternhaus und Cameron der Älteste fand im Band 1 seine große Liebe Anna, die dann auch ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Yolanda rated it really liked it
me ha encantado..
5 ++++ The second book in the Chesapeake Bay Saga. This story had everything I love, quiet hot hero, strong heroine, great secondary characters, sexual tension to name a few things. I loved Ethan, loved the way he loved Grace, he would melt when he just looked at her. So sweet! Of course his whole back-story is heartbreaking and you just want so much for him to heal. I hope the next two books in the series are as good as the first two.
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Oct 19, 2015 Cristina Aguado rodriguez rated it really liked it
4.5. Ethan es un amor, y ya está. Es muuuuuy lento, eso si, tanto que hasta te desesperas en muchas ocasiones, pero la verdad es que es un cielo, y encaja perfectamente con Grace y su pequeña. Me gusta muchísimo su relación con Seth y esa conexión tan fuerte que tienen. La verdad es que de momento me encanta como manejan los problemas con él, como hablan tranquilamente con él y le convencen de que no tiene que tener miedo de ellos.
Jul 16, 2014 Aideeeee rated it liked it
Ethan fue mi Quinn favorito desde que apareció en el primer libro.

Pero ni con eso me imaginé que esta segunda parte me fuera a gustar más. Bueno, lo hizo. Es más intensa emocionalmente y ya con eso tuvo para agradarme.

Los ojos deslumbrados por el amor eran capaces de ver ciertas cosas con total claridad.

Además me encontré con dos o tres frases que me llegaron, por muy cursis que suenen. Vaya, de sobra está mencionar que son libros dirigidos a entes hormonales.

—Cuando la gente te rompe el cora
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Chesapeake Bay Saga (4 books)
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