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Irish Thoroughbred

(Irish Hearts #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,702 ratings  ·  304 reviews

Adelia Cunnane's uncle had written her. So Adelia had left Ireland to join him on what he had described as the finest horse farm in Maryland.

Adelia agreed with her uncle about the farm. But what should she think about its owner, Travis Grant?

She knew that he could master his strongest horse. She had seen his eyes soften at the bi
Mass Market Paperback, Silhouette Romance #81, 189 pages
Published May 1981 by Silhouette Books
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Chantal ❤️


The Hero Travis was a very old school masculine male alpha with a strong protective instinct when it concerns the small Irish "Bonny lass" heroine, Adelia. He is the owner of horse farm where her uncle worked.
Little Dee is sent to live with her uncle in America, on the hero's horse farm, after her whole family is wiped out in Ireland.
She is young and alone and Travis feels responsible for her well being.

From their very first meeting sparks flew!
He believes th
Despite its unabashed hokeyness (the fiery Irish redhead always spewing out insults in her native brogue, the sexy ranch owner forever lifting her forcefully to his height so he can kiss those lips shut, the sophisticated OW always swishing here and there in a cloud of French perfume), Nora Roberts' very first romance book was cute and satisfying. An old-fashioned, low angst, read that will leave you smiling. ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: rntv-reviews
Reviewed by Kati Dancy
Reprint/Publisher: Silhouette
It all started in 1983, at my parents’ beach house. I was 12, and bored through and through on the one rainy day we had during our beach vacation. My mom suggested I go to the book shelves where renters had left books behind to share, to see if I could find something to entertain me for the afternoon. It was there that I spotted my very first “grown-up” romance novel. Oh sure, I’d read “Fifteen” by Beverly Cleary and had of course read quite a f
3.25 stars
This was a typical oldie, with forced kisses and brooding hero and I have read so many of them that despite no hero POV you had to be blind to not know hero was insane about the heroine. I liked the heroine, she was plucky, hard-working and took not shit from anyone, including the hero. She leaves everything familiar to her behind to move to America to live with an uncle she hasn't seen in twenty years. She loves her uncle and the place he works at, which the hero owns. These two have
I went into this more interested in it as a historical artifact (Nora Roberts's first published book! Three years older than me!) than as something I was expecting to enjoy, but STILL. Not just vintage misogyny (though there was plenty of that) and the bloodline of current misogyny in romance novels, but WORSE.

I liked some of the story at first, enjoying noticing all the proto-Nora at work, enjoying the excellent baseline of sure & confident writing she started at, and then my reactions started
Chitra *CJ*
"Irish Thoroughbred" is the story of Adelia and Travis.

When Adelia Cunnane's aunt passes away leaving her all alone in the wild beauty of Ireland, she writes to Paddy, her only living relative. He invites her to the farm in Maryland, where he works under Travis Grant, and wrapping up her life, Adelia runs to him.
But while she is able tame the strongest of horses and help birth the most difficult of foal, the thing that fascinates her most is Travis's hot kisses and lingering glances. Finding hap
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was the perfect book to listen to on my trip to Florida with my mom! We had a lot of fun boo ing the main characters love interest. He was extremely self confident... and on the verge of being a little violent at times. No thank you!!! We did enjoy the Irish accents used and the light horse talk. Overall I had fun!!:)
Ashley Daviau
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nora Roberts is one of the authors that got me really into reading towards the end of elementary school and beginning of high school and her books will always hold a special place in my heart. This was one of the first I read by her and rereading it so many years later was such a fun experience! It’s a cute story and I’m always partial to the “they hate each other at first but then fall in love before they realize it” storyline!
At first, I had rather mixed feelings regarding this book. I realize, of course, that this was Nora Robert's first work and that it was published in 1981, so I didn't expect it to be very good.

Regarding the plot: I had few problems with the plot up until the marriage thing. It came kind of completely out of nowhere. I mean, Uncle Paddy saw them kiss once in a frenzy of happiness over Majesty having won a very important race and suddenly it was his dearest wish in life for Dee and Travis to get m
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Wow! Talk about unexpected! I knew this first book ever from NR would probably be different from her current day fare, but let's just say I get why romance books have a bad rap. Judging by this book, I can see why. First, I can't stand that it's all one-sided - no hero's prospective. Makes for a very lopsided story. A few creepy things, the hero would often compare the heroine to a teenage girl (like 15 years old) and the proceeds to kiss her senseless, literally. She would completely forget the ...more
Aayesha Khatri
This book was one of my first Nora Roberts book, and I nabe no idea about how to on writing a gif-less review about this, BECAUSE DAMN IT LOVED IT. SO. FREAKING. MUCH.


I just have read it over 5 times, and each time I read it, I love it more. I honestly don't know how that's possible. Nora Roberts used to write such amazing books before, I hate her newer books.

Adelia is the perfect, ideal heroine in my eyes. Sweet, innocent, but with the right about of fire and backbone, without appearing
I liked what i read,following the irish spirited animal-lover Adelia Cunnane loose everything she hold dear and leaves her country to live with her uncle in Maryland. Nora Roberts showes us Adelia`s passion for horses through long horseback ridings with Majesty...and early on shows the fascination and attraction Adelia`s boss,horse breeder Travis Grant has for her on first sight.

The book was short,and it is easily revealing that this is one of Roberts very early works (its actually her debut), a
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This heroine is a walking, talking cliche of a fiery Irish lass, with a wee touch of the Irish magic in how she deals with animals and people. This is simple, enjoyable, hokey fun, or my name isn't Patty O'Furniture. ...more
Carla *Jen7waters*
*after the re-read* Just realised this book is problematic af but I still love Adelia so much.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
An oldie but goodie
The Irish Thoroughbred is Nora Robert's first book and is still a good romance to read. I have the paperback from when it was published in 1981 and once I did a reread I remembered the story right away. The Irish Thoroughbred is set on a horse farm in Maryland. The heroine of the book moves to the farm from Ireland to live with her only living relative, her uncle. She meets the owner of the farm and sparks fly from their first meeting. Their arguments become undeniable attract
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very outdated genderroles

Yes, I know this book was written in the 1980s... still while I was reading I was constantly switching from disbelief to anger to amusement.

We have this fiery irish girl that never bits her tongue and is more than capable to stand up for herself. Of course, this only lasts until this incredibly handsome, selfconfident man shows up. After that he would constantly hold her, kiss her, even marry her etc. against her will and of course he had to be the shiney knight that wou
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a short book and by page 60 the male main character had creeped me out so badly I could not read on. Male employers that say, "I'm your employer and I control your life at work and outside of work" are not for me. No thanks, dude. ...more
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Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
2.75 stars

Not as good as I remembered - this did not age well for me. There was no chemistry between the protagonists, and I found it slow going. And so many tropes! Ugh. Liked the horsey bits, as unbelievable as they were.

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Sadly, this book did not stand up to the test of time. Irish Thoroughbred is the very first Nora Roberts book I ever read, and I remember latching onto it because there was a teeny illustration of a horse on the cover. Silhouette Romance was still the new kid on the
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I LOVE books by Nora Roberts, but haven’t read them all, so I decided to correct that... mistake?
This is Ms Roberts very first romance and the thing that stands out is that it’s published in 1981. Not so much because the use of letters and faxes, but because of the stereotypical old-school hero, heroine and their interaction.

She’s the niece of the hero’s stablehand, portrayed as very naive although she’s 20, the hero is the lord of the manor and very sofisticated. The hero continualy kisses hi
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't able to connect with the story and even less with the characters. I'm sorry, I love romance and romance novels but this one was annoying. It was really short so everything goes too fast, but the worst was the behaviour. I know that there's always the same pattern in this kind of novel, especially in these old ones but I couldn't stand the posesiveness of Travis towards Dee nor the ugly things he would say to her. But even worst was Dee saying that she needed that because she was in love ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really enjoyed the Irish lass protagonist—but male lead was too dated (1981) and too aggressive which made him very unlikeable ultimately!
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
Nice to read first book by this author. Was an easy love story she has definitely improved with each book
Cristina Quinones
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Very little of Travis's point of view ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin, 2019
Very much a 'genuine Irish h with accents and mannerisms to go with it meets big, brash, wealthy America' story ...
I enjoyed reading this oldie ... h had a temper which H loved to rile up ... old-fashioned romance at its best ... witty banter between them ...
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the story and enjoy immersing myself in it.
Lori Wolf-Heffner
This book was written before I even entered school, so it's very hard to give it a fair rating. It was first published in 1981, and reader tastes were much different. At the same time, the book is still available for sale today, so I think 3/5 is appropriate.

The story is about a young Irish woman who within about ten pages loses everything and finds herself on a plane to the US. She's feisty and strong-willed but all of that is continually over-written by the hero, with some scenes coming across
Oct 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Aurian Booklover
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Adelia Cunnane has lived on a small farm in Ireland her whole life. When her parents died in a car accident when she was young, her aunt came to take care of her and the farm. Even though she was never unkind to Adelia, there was also no read love showered on her. It was hard work. Now her aunt has died as well, and Adelia has to sell the farm to pay the taxes and such. She has only one living relative left, an uncle who went to America while she was a toddler. Adelia hardly remembers her uncle ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Oh goodness me how I do love a fiery quick romantic read. Nora Roberts (or her author conglomerate of which I suspect "she" is - because no one person could put out such a vastly different and large amount of excellent books on their own) has a way of just drawing me into a story until I'm crying and laughing and loving every moment. This book was just a trifecta of awesome for me from the Irish brogue of the wee lass to her spitfire temper and the backdrop of a horse farm. I was enchanted from ...more
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