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The Rebel (The Moorehouse Legacy #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  2,562 Ratings  ·  204 Reviews
NOTE: This is a re-issue of BEAUTY AND THE BLACK SHEEP Book 1 from the Moorehouse Legacy series.

Nate Walker has never shied away from the hard road. Even when it meant leaving behind his family, wealth, and the fiance who only wanted a rich man. Nothing was going to stop him from opening his own five-star restaurant.

And he was on his way until his car broke down on a dark

Paperback, 298 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by HQN Books (first published July 1st 2005)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Aug 27, 2011 UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a light, feel good romance.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish 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
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
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
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
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
Apr 16, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro entretenido en un principio, está bien, pero según la cosa va abanzando comenzó a gustarme más he incluso me encganchó bastante hasta cabármelo del tirón. Los dos protagonistas tienen algo en su pasado que les impide avanzar y ambos serán el mejor sostén para el otro.

Es una historia a la que iba a ponerle 3.5 estrellas pero hay una resolución final con un anillo que me ha sentado verdaderamente como una patadita en mi trasero. Esa fomra de solucionarlo o darle utilidad me ha sentado
Blue Ribbon Rating: 5 out of 5
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For Frankie Moorehouse, White Caps is more than just a Bed & Breakfast. It’s her childhood home…and it’s falling to pieces. Frankie’s worked herself to the bone trying to keep her parents’ legacy going, while supporting herself, her sister and her grandmother, and she’s barely making ends meet. And when her chef up and quits one night, it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Nate Walker is the rebel in his family. He’s not a corporate sui
May 23, 2011 Buggy rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-rom
*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
Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
romance carino, ma lontano anni luce dalla serie della Confraternita.
Contemporary Romance Horribly contentious

Yikes, this is the most combative "romance" I've ever read. It was like one of those couples on the Amazing Race who spend the whole trip yelling at each other, so that you've got your fingers crossed hoping they'll get booted off at the end of each episode.

The hero spends the whole time mad at the heroine for continually rushing to judgment without listening, a completely fair assertion. Frankie, the heroine, is so uptight and controlling, it makes the l
Apr 08, 2015 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Comtemporary Romance; J. R. Ward
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"4.5 stars" Who would have thought that Jessica Bird (aka the incomparable J. R. Ward) could write a book less than half the length of her Black Dagger Brotherhood books that is still a lovely and satisfying story? Well, that's exactly what she accomplished in Beauty and the Black Sheep. The heroine runs a Bed & Breakfast out of her family's old Victorian home on Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. I certainly couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting, an
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
Cosa s’inventerà mai la Ward per un contemporary?
Me lo sono chiesta poco prima di iniziare questo libro, e ne sono rimasta piacevolmente sorpresa. La trama è una storia già sentita, già letta ( e a volte anche riletta), ma questa è l’unica pecca di questo libro. Non ero sicura di cosa aspettarmi, ma di certo non mi sarei aspettata un libro cosi (in senso positivo!).
La storia è ambientata in questo luogo immerso nella natura, riservato a coloro che vogliono prendere le distanze dalla vita freneti
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.
A fun romance story about a woman desperate to keep a roof over her family's head and the playboy chef who might be her savoir.

It's predictable but I did enjoy the overall lighthearted tone and the main couple were engaging and enjoyable to read about. Pretty much what you would expect from a Harlequin romance book.
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
Mar 04, 2016 Asounani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
It's not bad but I feel that in the end of the story everything was passing really fast.

Ummm disfrute que la lectura fuera rápida pudo ser más pero llegaban momentos en que simplemente me daba pereza continuar la lectura.

SPOILER AUNQUE realmente no lo es pero SPOILER!!!!

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Aug 16, 2015 Giulia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lettura dolcissima in pieno stile Ward. Autrice con la straordinaria capacità di creare protagoniste femminili testarde e dotate di cojones e protagonisti maschili grossi come armadi e teneroni come orsetti di peluches all'occorrenza, delle vere e proprie rocce a cui aggrapparsi. Dalla sua penna escono solo scintille. Questo é il primo volume di #TheMoorehouseLegacy, serie che spero venga tradotta per intero in Italia perché la Ward è una di quelle autrici che non riuscirei mai a leggere in ingl ...more
May 10, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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::
Jul 26, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
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
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jessica Bird fans
Shelves: romance, fiction
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
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
Gaia V.
Aug 20, 2015 Gaia V. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Divorato in poche ore!
C'è poco da Ward è una garanzia assoluta! :3
Ho adorato la storia di Frankie e Nate, lei è una donna con gli attributi (una rarità) e lui....è il tipico uomo della Zia Ward, bellissimo e dolcissimo!
Ora sono curiosissima di leggere cosa succederà a Joy e Alex!!!
3 e 1/2

Una lettura piacevole e molto scorrevole anche se nemmeno paragonabile alla serie dei Confratelli di cui sono abituata a leggere.
Un inizio di serie leggero e senza complicazioni che spero sia un inizio per un seguito decisamente migliore e molto più attivo e divertente in confronto a questo libro.
I personaggi comunque mi sono piaciuti un po' tutti chi più chi meno, Grand-Em l'ho adorata molto l'ho trovata tenerissima come George del resto.
Nate e Frankie, i personaggi principali, sono i m
Feb 08, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, romance
Okay, so I'm a huge J.R. Ward fan. I'm even doing a reread of the BDB series right now.

This... was alright.
But I have some issues with it.

It's called The Rebel. Not exactly sure why. The original title was called Beauty and the Blacksheep.
Which also didn't make sense to me either. And yes, I realize that the new title and new cover was to 'edge it up' to draw in her JR Ward fans instead of just the Jessica Bird fans.
We were told only like more than half way through the book that Nate was the so
New Adult e dintorni
Ragazze parliamo oggi di un libro che è il primo di una serie formata da quattro romanzi della fantastica Jessica Bird che non è altro che la conosciutissima J.R. Ward, che questa volta scrive un contemporary romance.
Come non provare curiosità per la signora del fantasy che si lancia su un altro genere?
Ma soprattutto la domanda che mi ponevo era, riuscirà a ricreare dei personaggi maschili altrettanto coinvolgenti, sexy e tormentati?
Bè con questo libro la Ward riesce a costruire una storia estr
Mistress Dee
Sep 01, 2015 Mistress Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pubblicato nel 2005 , lo stesso periodo in cui fu dato alle stampe il primo romanzo della famosissima serie 'La confraternita del pugnale nero' / 'Black Dagger Brotherhood' , nonostante sia tra i suoi primi romanzi, ha un bel ritmo, non ti fa troppo sospirare per vedere come evolve la situazione tra i due, regala emozioni e divertimento e fa sperare che Nate realizzi che la soluzione perfetta è proprio sotto i suoi occhi, senza cercarla altrove. Che quel guasto alla macchina è stato fortuito e ...more
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Jéssica Bird also writes as J.R. Ward

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
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