His Comfort and Joy (The Moorehouse Legacy, #2)
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His Comfort and Joy (The Moorehouse Legacy #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  1,525 ratings  ·  111 reviews

Getting tangled up in fantasies about some man Joy saw maybe five or six times a year was ridiculous.

And it wasn't like Gray ever encouraged her. He remembered her name. But that was as far as it ever got. Well, except in her dreams. In real life, however, the attraction was totally one-sided.

Or so she thought. Joy couldn't believe it when her daydreams about Grayson Benne

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Kindle Edition, Silhouette Special Edition #1732, 267 pages
Published September 14th 2009 by Silhouette (first published 2006)
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Dina
I had planned to write a full review on this book, but I'm feeling lazy so I'll just post some of my random thoughts here:

- Gray: I fell in love with him in the 1st half of the story, but when he started acting like a jerk, throwing accusations at Joy without any basis to support his suspicions, he lost some ground with me. I didn't end up hating him because Ms. Bird did a god job showing his insecurity and vulnerability when it came to Joy, but he could have snapped out of it sooner than he did...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
My Review:

Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett from afar for years, and while they have homes not far away from each other, they live in totally different worlds. Grayson's world is one of political maneuverings, high class parties and more one night stands than he can remember while Joy lives at the family’s struggling B&B, helping out as she can and caring for her Grandmother who suffers from dementia. To say they have little or nothing in common is an understatement and if it weren’t...more
Buggy
Opening line: "The boat's engine throbbed as Grayson Bennett kept the Hacker at a low speed and close to the lakeshore."

HIS COMFORT AND JOY is book 2 in the Moorehouse legacy trilogy which I discovered through being a fan of JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this romance, although its within this instalment that you really begin to hear Ward's voice (and some of the Brothers too) The level of sexual tension throughout the story is such that I couldn'...more
Carrie
(Originally published in 2006 as His Comfort and Joy by Jessica Bird)

Review for Speaking of Audiobooks: http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8418

Narrated by Emily Beresford

Grayson is a political consultant whose job is to polish a candidate’s image and make problems disappear. In the dog-eat-dog world of politics, that means less than savory tactics are sometimes necessary. While his power and good looks have gained him a reputation as a lady’s man, his childhood has left him jaded on the subjects...more
Rhapsody
Jun 27, 2008 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jessica Bird fans
Joy lives in her family's B&B and looks after her demented grandmother. She's been in love with the wealthy Gray for years but has never done anything about it. When finally does notice her, he refuses to act on his impulse because she seems to young and innocent. Then he starts distrusting her. They get to know one another better when she travels to New York after being commissioned to design an evening gown for one of his friends, but there are a lot of misunderstandings along the way beca...more
Jae
Gray was too cold and in control for my taste. Thank goodness for the smart and likable Joy. And even after their HEA, I am not holding my breath for a lasting one. That man has too many issues with trust and the way he behaved with Joy just about sum his immaturity. And don't get me started on his hang up with his mother.

Still, I liked the story if not the hero.
Jacqueline
This one was much better than the first one. The characters were more interesting and more fully developed. Gray especially had a lot of bad stuff running around in his head that he had to overcome. Also the premise was more interesting. Naive young woman and a jaded cynical man who thinks he's too old for her but just can't stay away. The angst level was higher here and it looks like the next one is going to be even more angsty.
J
I really like Jessica Bird's contemporaries.

Plot: Grey doesn't believe in marriage, because his mother cheated on his father all the time. As a result, Grey thinks infidelity and marriage go hand in hand. So when he falls in love with sweet innocent Joy, he can't believe she's as innocent as she seems. And when he finds out she is; he still doesn't think he can have a real relationship with her. That doesn't stop him from trying to be with her constantly. Joy has loved Grey for years. When he f...more
Brandi Salazar
I don't want to rehash the plot, so I will get straight to my thoughts.

Right out of the starting gate, I liked these characters. Each one has that strong, unique voice I have come to expect in Ward's characters. Gray was powerful, fierce, and commanding, and yet he had that soft under layer that lets you know that he isn't a bad person, but maybe just following down the wrong path. Joy is the type of woman who is caring and thoughtful and gives a lot of herself, probably too much, even at the e...more
Esther David
All right the review.. Hmmm..where do I start? Okay let's start at the start. Jessica Bird tells us about her idea of the kind of men that roam around us. And I agree with her. This one is about the Player, someone who steamrolls over you and you are so madly in love that you don't care. Well you keep going after him and again till you give up and then he comes back to you. Well, I must tell that happens in a Harlequin book. Real life will bite you in a place of your body that will hurt you the...more
Miraphora
Non c'è niente che possa vincere il paragone con una lettura Linus. Una copertina di Linus in versione cartacea è quello che serve quando arrivi al limite della sopportazione: romanzi noiosi, pessime traduzioni, ripetitività di un genere, insomma...quando hai bisogno di qualcosa di sicuro, al 100% fidato allora devi scegliere tra le letture Linus. Per me sono poche le autrici che mi assicurano una soddisfazione alta - molto alta, in alcuni casi - e per questo me le tengo da parte, come scorta ne...more
Adrienne
May 23, 2009 Adrienne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all J R Ward fans
i loved this book::the warden has done it again for me::its typical romance::slushy::mushy::girl loves guy::guy loves girl but is slow to realize::and a great big HEA:)::i read this series out of order but wish now that i'd resisted temptation as the storyline flows from book to another and altho' you can read them a stand alones they become more of a great big romantic journey if you read them in order::
character development is interesting between the BDB books and this series:: there have been...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Joy has always been the youngest, the fragile one, the one to care for her grandmother with dementia, and she has been in her family's B & B her whole life, never chasing her dreams. One of those dreams is Gray, who is rich, his family home is nearby and she's loved him for years. She gets the opportunity to go to New York and make one of her dress designs for a new influential friend. Before she knows it her creations are in demand, she feels as if she is living a dream, and Gray sees her a...more
L8blmr
I have wanted to read the "other side" of author J.R. Ward for a while now and I DID like this book. However, it was one of those stories where the couple would have benefitted greatly from just sitting down and talking. Additionaly, the male lead was not very likable and the woman could have used some backbone. I couldn't help but think how much more I would have enjoyed this couple if he had more of the charisma of the BDB boys and she had some fire and spirit.
Cherie
To say I didn't like this book would be unfair. It's not that I did not like it, more that I was indifferent to it, the characters and the outcome and since I was almost half way through the book by the time I put it down (mid-way through chapter 7), that was a problem for me.

I've at time really enjoyed JR Wards writing and at other times been really annoyed by it. This is one of those time I was annoyed by it. The on and on narration was dragging a bit for me so I began skipping paragraphs and...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
1/5; 1 star; DNF

The main male character, Gray, is such a self absorbed, intolerant, judgmental moody jerk, I couldn't stand it. I've read better books by Jessica Bird/J.R. Ward.

I'm not having much luck with the audiobooks lately. I should have looked at my GR friends reviews before starting this book. Carrie did a good one here.
James
This book was ridiculous trash. Unfortunately, L.A. Weekly displayed its cover in its recently published "Best L.A. Novel" bracket in place of The Player by Michael Tolkin. Admittedly, I wondered how a Harlequin romance novel could have possibly been among the contenders in a competition dubbed "Best L.A. Novel". Of course, I later learned that IT COULDN'T! This book had nothing to do with Los Angeles and even less to do with...well, you understand.

I'm back on track now, reading the book that wa...more
Kristy
The bad boy and the good girl. Yes a cliche but we still love these kinds of books.

Gray Mr Politics man. He gets knocked off his feet when he finally notices miss innocent Joy one night while taking his father out to dinner at her families B&B. He can't get her out of her mind. He acts like a dick because his mother scarred him for life when she cheated on his father as a kid. So he doesn't trust relationships. When he thinks he's something wrong to Joy he goes to extremes to make up for it....more
Natasja
Joy Moorehouse has lost her parents when she was young; her brother Alex left the family shortly after the funeral. So her older sister Frankie took care of her and their dementia grandmother. When Joy got older she did everything in her power to help her sister and their Bed and Breakfast, but always had the dream to design her own dresses. But Joy has another dream, involving her sexy neighbour Gray Bennett, who she has loved for years.

Gray Bennett is a rich political consultant and has had a...more
MsRomanticReads
Joy Moorehouse has loved Gray Bennett for years but she's never acted upon those feelings. They move in two different worlds. He moves in the world of politics, fancy parties and wealth, she has helped her sister Frankie keep their family's B&B afloat and been a caretaker of their grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer's. Their paths have crossed often over the years but she thinks he sees her only as the good little girl, pure and innocent. She is, but she yearns for more. They meet again w...more
Jane
Go ahead, It's only 8 bucks...

And well worth the buy. If you're looking for something quick and cute, then go for it. It's still a cliche (but hell, aren't they all) and the character personalities aren't that new, but it's still a goodread! Gray Bennett is this playboy politician who Joy Moorehouse (27-year-old Virgin) has been in love with (from a creepy far) for a long time. The thing I liked about Gray was that he was an asshole, but it wasn't over-the-top and in his mind it wasn't unnecessa...more
PepsiGirl
This started out picking up after the first story with Frankie and Nate. Gray and Joy are still dancing around their attraction for each other. I have to be honest, it started to get old the way they played cat and mouse. Gray had a lot of baggage when it came to dysfunctional relationships and he tried his best to muck up the one with Joy. The lack of communication drove me nuts. I don't feel that they ever really resolved the issues between them. The passion Gray felt for Joy was insurmountabl...more
Kay
4 1/2 Stars! ~ Gray Bennett is the first to admit that he’s too jaded and cynical for sweet Joy Moorehouse. He’s a political consultant that welds a lot of power in Washington, as it’s his advice that has gotten Senators elected. And that political game has taken it’s toll on him, so much so, that just being near Joy fills him with a need to wash his hands. He’d always known Joy, she’d grown up next door to their summerhouse, but something about her this summer has made him thoroughly aware of w...more
Viviana Izzo
Book two in the Moorehouse Legacy Series, "His Comfort and Joy" shares with us the story of Joy Moorehouse, the youngest of the Moorehouse siblings. We learned of Moorehouse's family history and what they are currently struggling with in the first installment "Beauty and the Black Sheep". In "His Comfort and Joy" the focus is Joy and the man she loves Grayson Bennett. Ten years her senior, successful political consultant and known playboy, she has loved him for as long as she can remember. Howev...more
Tracy
Comfortable and Entertaining
Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett for years, despite only seeing the successful political consultant a few times a year. She may be the provincial younger sister of Frankie and Alex, the baby of the family, but she's well aware that he doesn't even see her - not as a woman, anyway. Sure, he's always polite, but she and the older, powerful man aren't exactly in the same social circles. Still, she couldn't help but be thrilled at the opportunity of helping Franki...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Moorehouse Legacy romance series and number 1732 in the Silhouette Special. The series revolves around the Moorehouse family. What remains of it. The couple focus here is on Joy Moorehouse and Grayson Bennett.

Alternative titles include Player and From the First.


My Take
Oh, this was so sweet. The whole Cinderella story except this "prince" helps his "Cinderella" to a fashion career. Gray's smoldering makes Joy think he's angry and her pride causes her to pull back which only intrigue...more
Ne
Comecei a ler já com o pé atrás, e quem lê livros de bolso da Harlequin. Além disso como não sou muito fã do livro Diz-me Quem És da mesma autora (pseudonimo) pensei que ia encontrar algo tão superficial e leve. Um romance sem muito que lhe diga.
O que não aconteceu...
Não vou dizer que não é um romance espectacular, mas também não vou dizer que não é superficial. Jessica Bird pelos vistos tem que ter sempre um ambiente de riqueza e luxo, e Amor Feiticeiro não escapa à regra. Mas o que aqui gostei...more
Gabriela
Uhm... Yeah... The Player was somewhat breath-taking in it's roller coaster ways. I suppose I do have a tendency to go for this kind of book these days but what can I do when they're so good?

It was an interesting point of view on the way coincidences happen, on trust and trauma. You always expect the guy to be a pillar of strength in a novel and here, Gray was that and a little bit more. His endless lack of trust was, indeed, a bit tiring, but his background made it not only plausible but also v...more
Forgotten Realms Queen
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D.C.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett's middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C., insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn't come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core.

And so has the most unlikely of women.

The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B—the one he never noticed—is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent fo...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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