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Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga #1)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  41,238 ratings  ·  754 reviews
A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight...

After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and cari
Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Jove
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Jul 28, 2008 jenjn79 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers / Nora Roberts fans
What is it about Nora Roberts' Quinn brothers that makes them so special? They're rough and tumble, they swear a lot, they like to be in charge, they're all good-looking. But I think it's the fact that they were once all troubled boys who were saved by two good people who instilled in them a sense of family, love, and loyalty that lasted even when they were grown and their adopted parents gone.

Sea Swept tells the story of the first of those boys, Cameron. He was the first troubled boy that Ray a
My first book by Nora Roberts was "Vision in White". I actually read the entire series (Bride Quartet) since I bought the 4 books at the same time. I liked it but there was something lacking, something that didn't capture me as other stories do.
I was even reluctant to read Nora Roberts again but she has so many books and she's considered one of the best romance authors, so how could I not give her books another try?
I looked through her series and found the Chesapeake Bay Saga. The summary of S
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*Review without spoilers*

“Don’t mix up who I am and what I am,” she told him quietly. “You have to be honest with me, or the rest of it means nothing.”

He was on his knees on the platform as he spoke, using his hands to show her. And still leaving her in the dark.
But it didn’t matter whether she understood the technique he described or not. She understood him. He might not realize it yet, but he had fallen in love with this place, and with the work he would do here.

This was at least my fourth r
DNF for the second time. At least now I reached almost 90% before giving up:) It's not bad, but I really can't get over the heroine screwing one of her 'cases' -very unprofessional & unethical- and the complete lack of tension between them. Not sexual tension, there was tons of that, but conflict. I mean, it's a story of boy meets girl, girl likes boy, they start dating, having sex and then realizing it was more serious than they first thought. No problems, no big fights, no differences betw ...more
*buddy listening with Blacky <333*

Here's the link to my previous review:
The main thing I object is, cliché. Am I that stupid? Yes, I am. I really enjoy romances, quick light fix of alpha male and alpha female, just it’s hard to find an intelligent romance. But it is. Most of them are so badly written, that every time when I see so many 5 stars, I think about the readers and the old lady and her cats metaphor. Don't you have any whatsoever criteria if you rate THIS book 5 stars?

Why do they have to be so transparent? Quick fix doesn't necessarily need to be shallow a
Brenda (b)
Jul 31, 2008 Brenda (b) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brenda (b) by: Isis_FG
I loved this book! I'm glad I decided to read it after seeing Isis_FG's review of it. The interaction between the brothers was wonderful and, in my opinion, made the whole story worthwhile. I felt the romance between Cameron and Anna actually came second place to the story of the Quinn family and that was the perfect way it should be. It's about Cameron finding his true path in life and embracing it. And, of course, he finds love for Anna and Seth too. I'm anxious to read the rest of the series.
Jane Stewart
Solid, well done romance with good relationship development. Racer gives up the fast life to help a foster child.

College professors teaching romance-fiction courses assigned this book to their students (per Romantic Times magazine Sep 2009). For that reason I thought I’d try it. It has a different take on the romance formula which I liked. Many or most romance novels have a tough alpha male, single not wanting to settle down. Then he meets a female he can’t resist, falls in lo
Dec 19, 2013 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Romance w/Family Drama
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Until now, I had never read a Nora Robert's book. Yeah, I know, how can I, a self-proclaimed romance junkie, not have read any books from the queen of the romance genre? Honestly, I don't know, but now, I've rectified that with Sea Swept, the first in her Chesapeake Bay Saga. I'd heard wonderful things about this series, so I thought it would be a great one to start my foray into Ms. Robert's almost overwhelming backlist. It was a very good story that worked exceptionally
Alex is The Romance Fox
I'm going thru yet another Nora Roberts "phase" and reading her books again.

I have always loved this series and Cameron's HEA is one of my favorites. He's just as a fabulous alpha-hero. Playboy boat racer who is suddenly faced with great changes in his life, after his adopted father's death.

Nora Roberts writes the most amazing family sagas and this is one of those. Three troubled teenagers who are adopted by the Quinn's who are having to deal with Seth, who was in the process of being adopted be
Krista (One Love) (Critical)
This felt like a surface book to me. There was no depth at all. The characters had very little development, and Anna and Cam had no chemistry at all, so I have no idea why the got together. Anna was annoying and got mad every two seconds for no reason. Anna's sob story did not ring true, and felt fake and forced, as if put there to make her seem real, when it had the opposite effect. Cam's sob story was never discussed; it just loomed in the distance for basically no reason.

I felt nothing for t
Reviewed on 06/19/12: This is where it all began! Well, where my love affair with NR began anyway. I use to have a job where the work was so mind-numbingly boring I could listen to audio books all day. I started with the library, and since I had never read any NR yet, I picked this one at random. That was five years ago, and I've been trying to finish her backlist ever since.

I'll admit at first, I wasn't in love with our hero Cameron, nor his lady Anna. I thought Cam was a tad unlikable and Anna
This is my favorite series by Nora Roberts. I re-read it at least once a year. And it's always immensely satisfying.

To give some background, you have the Quinns (Ray and Stella) who, though they couldn't have children of their own, made a family out of three unwanted boys. Trouble-makers, damaged, and severely injured - either in body, mind, or heart, and sometimes all three, Ray and Stella took them in and made them a home. Gave them family, love, care, and a future.

When Cam is in Monaco after
Let me start out by saying that I am not a huge Nora Roberts fan. I know she is one of the queens of romance, so I'm in the minority, but I usually just do not connect with her stories. Sea Swept is definitely an exception to that rule!

This is a book that yes, is a romance...but oh it is really so much more. In some ways this book is equally a romance and a story about "family". It warms the heart AND tickles the funny bone. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

This is Book 1 of a 4 book series. This is Ca
I really can't believe how AMAZING this read was! I just wish I had known way before now so I could have read it sooner! An outstanding, terrific, marvelous and extremely mind-blowing read.

Review to come later... Probably once I get over this breakdown of feelings I have been having since I started with this book, lol.

It will start saying something like this:

"If I'm already helplessly in love with the series only by reading book 1, I'm completely terrified of what's yet to come. Now I know that
I chose this book because I like stories of brothers bonding together towards a common goal. In this case, the goal is bringing up their dying dad's "son" by adoption. Seth is about 11 years old going on a hundred, carrying a load of fear, distrust, and bitterness from his abusive mother. Slowly, his big adoptive brothers Cam, Phillip, and Ethan win his heart -- and they win his. By going into a boat building business, the four brothers bond. Meanwhile, Cam falls in love with Seth's counselor fr ...more

Entre incoherente, indecente y plano. Ya me había leído otro de la autora y es por ello que le voy a dar a esta serie el beneficio de la duda.

Sobre los detalles técnicos voy a decir que no me gustó el estilo de la narración, porque llegaba un punto en el que no sabía si el narrador estaba en la mente de uno u otro personaje.

En fin, me quedé con dos o tres dudas sobre la trama y es por eso que sigo... eso y que siento curiosidad por el 4to libro.

Hay buen morbo y eso le ganó la segunda est
Laura V.
No me gustó la parte del romance, pero me encanta la parte familiar que tiene este libro. Los hermanos, los perros, la ambientación, su nuevo proyecto de trabajo en común, es muy interesante y gusta bastante.
El punto negativo que tiene es la relación de Cameron con la asistente social, Anna. Lo sentí tan poco... profesional. Y no entiendo porqué si les afectaba tanto en la relación ella no se apartaba del caso o.o (¿No se podrá?)
Cameron tiene una personalidad muy... emocional. Salta ante la pri
DNF. I liked the writing, and enjoyed the interaction between the Quinn brothers, but I could not relate to the romance.


In the opening scene we meet the hero, Cam, as a love-them-and-leave-them type who uses women and tosses them aside like used tissues.

A bit later we meet Anna, a dedicated social worker who takes on the case of Cam's young foster brother.

After Anna has made two professional visits to the Quinn home, Cam turns up uninvited at her apartment late in the evening. The two e
I am very concerned for this couple. (view spoiler) ...more
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Grade B-/C+

While parts of this book were poignant or humorous, other parts were just slow. I was listening to the audiobook on 2X for part of the book because the story seemed to stand in place, going nowhere. Cam was a mixed bag for me, too. He could be a selfish, arrogant man, who also acted childishly at times. On at least two occasions he did things to hurt Anna, and it infuriated me that she let him wheedle and cajole his
My keyboard died on me today, and since I'm now using the on-screen keyboard (which is annoying me), I'll try to keep this short and to the point.

I can see why Nora Roberts gets her spots on the bestseller lists: she writes the kind of romance that, in order to appeal to the masses, turns out so generic and familiar. It's like you've already read this book, that's how cliched it is. There are all the obligatory elements: a family with issues, dark pasts, precocious kids, cute dogs, a small town
Ethan, Phillip and Cameron are three brothers, with a troubled past, who were adopted and saved by two people who loved them as their own and gave them a second chance. Now both parents are gone and the brothers are fighting to fulfill their dying fathers last wish, to take care of a boy named Seth. I really enjoyed the interaction between the brothers. It was my favorite part. Their personalities are so very different yet they share such a strong brotherly bond. As for the romance, I thought it ...more
Way too slow moving for me. The setting up of the story arc (three men taking over custody of a younger boy) for the series vastly overpowered this book; to the point I would call this romance by the very skin of its teeth.

Reading the next in the series because silent, suffering longing are balms to my sadistic nature.
This is the first in the Chesapeake Bay Series. This book is about 3 brothers, Cameron, Ethan and Phillip. They were all throwaway abused kids that were taken in and adopted by the Quinn's. This book is focused on Cameron. The 3 men made a deathbed promise to their father that they would take care of Seth, the boy their father was in the process of adopting. The big romance here is Cameron and Anna, the social worker. They just sizzle together and neither of them go into this wanting anything l ...more
Carol Preston
I loved the concept of this book about the healing and change that can be wrought in the life of troubled, abused youngsters, who are loved and rescued by caring adults. This story focuses on the adult life of one such young man, the loyalty and depth of his trust in the man who saved him and raised him. I found the sex scenes a bit too steamy for me, but the characters are engaging and it kept me turning the pages.
Interesting start of the series about the brothers Quinn. :)
Cam is tough, keep your principles and I like most about him. (that, and his gray eyes *. *) Anna is a beautiful young woman who herself had a difficult childhood, and I have to admire her. She and Cam are the perfect couple.
Seth is a very interesting character, and I'm interested in at the beginning of what is the fourth part of the series..
I enjoyed this book immensely, and will definitely read the next one in this series of four books, that make up the Chesapeake Bay Saga. I don't usually read romances, but I am glad that I picked up this one for a challenge. Looking forward to seeing which of the four Quinn boys is the main character of Rising Tides Rising Tides (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #2) by Nora Roberts, and what becomes of Seth, the troubled boy the Quinn brothers have vowed to take into their family, after a deathbed promise to their beloved father. So much of this book is about ...more
This is the book I had to buy because stupid LAX didn't have the second book in the Divergent series. And then it turned out to be a series so I was forced to read all 4!
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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Other Books in the Series

Chesapeake Bay Saga (5 books)
  • Rising Tides (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #2)
  • Inner Harbor (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #3)
  • The Quinns' Christmas (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #3.5)
  • Chesapeake Blue (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #4)
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“Please let me go."
"Anna." He lowered his brow to hers. "Don't ask me to do that, because I don't think I can live without you. Take a chance, roll the dice. Come with me.”
“Sometimes it’s all you can do,” he murmured. “Fight back; run wild, until you get it all out.”

“Sometimes there is nothing to fight and nowhere to run.”
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