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The MacGregors: Serena & Caine

(The MacGregors #1-2)

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From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author come the first two stories in her classic MacGregor family saga, featuring Serena MacGregor in "Playing the Odds," and Caine MacGregor in "Tempting Fate." Reissue.
Paperback, Original Edition, 441 pages
Published January 28th 2006 by Mira (first published 1985)
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Bonnie
Jul 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Both of these books start out with the strong-willed heroine being "unwilling" to fall in love with the main dude. The main dude basically stalks the girl- sending her gifts after repeatedly being asked not to, showing up around them, arranging things so that they'll be bound by business, "forcefully kissing" her even after she's said no, and so on- wearing her down until, apparently, sheer animal lust or something takes over, and then she realizes that not only is this dude hot, he's perfect fo ...more
Geo Marcovici
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Caine si Diana m-au emotionat!
Aileen
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Flannery and I were talking about my latest status update and what to do to possibly fix this. Our interchange went as thus:

F: Well, what have you been reading?
A: I dunno, I read halfway through the first MacGregor book but I had to stop because it was so bad.
F: What do you mean? I remember kind of liking it. And plus, Nora Roberts! Can't be that bad, right?
A: It was so bad that I looked up when it was published to see if it was written earlier in her career.
(Some discussion about the formattin
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Taylor Metcalfe
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Serena's story I liked. Not spectacular but I enjoyed the story.

Caine's story was the most cringe worthy story I've read in a while. I liked the characters and the plot wasn't bad but there were events and descriptions that just... I cant even find the words.

Non-spoiler example. When Caine first sees Diana he thinks of her eyes as "camel eyes" but that's supposed to be a good thing? and then soon after actually tells her she has "camel eyes".... I can not imagine this in anyway being a complim
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Lisa
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok, so I used to really enjoy reading romance novels when I was a teenager. I found this book in the teacher's lounge and figured, "What the heck?". So I started reading it, and quickly realized how absurdly ridiculous these books are and especially the gender roles of the 80's (which seem to be very similar to those of the 1950's). No means yes, she really doesn't know what she wants, etc. Did I put the book down? No. I finished it, so I guess it wasn't entirely horrible. Don't judge me. I hate ...more
Nicole R
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am quickly learning that the early romance version of my favorite author is a mere silhouette of the best-selling powerhouse she has become.

Serena and Caine MacGregor are the youngest children of the great Daniel MacGregor - a modern-day Scottish lord that rules over his family with never-ending love and a hope that they all find the love he has known with his wife and children...even if that involves a bit of heavy-handed meddling! In the case of Serena and Caine, their potential true loves c
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Bridget
Feb 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I am not going to review every Nora Roberts book that I have read in the past because she is quite prolific and it would get redundant and I honestly cannot remember all the plots. I think someone finds someone else attractive but at least one cannot admit it so there is sexual tension, then lots of sex, and then they live happily ever after? Sometimes there is some magic , a family legacy, or a mystery. Certainly not great works of literature (however still 100% better than “the grapes of wrath ...more
Joana

This one, was actually the first book I ever read of Nora Roberts! Of course, every time I go to the bookstore there are tons of books from her so I finally decided to take the leap,aha.

So this one, we have two book in one : Playing the odds and Tempting Fate .

Both are enjoyable reads and were perfect for a read in the beach. :D

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Jen
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2013, 2-star
It turns out, that while I like Nora Roberts, I greatly prefer her later works. I cannot remember the last time I held back so much eye rolling. The plots weren't well developed and I didn't always like the characters. Oh, and the passion with barely suppressed violence thing - yuck. I know it was around before 50 Shades but the uber aggressive male just doesn't do it for me.

That said, I do like series and following characters through a series.
Susan
Aug 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Sadly, another romance that starts off with a hero who acts like a stalker, and a heroine who says "no" but isn't listened to, yet clearly will fall for him anyway.

Women shouldn't write this crap (well, neither should men) and women shouldn't read it. I didn't. I put it down around page 25. Which is sad, because it's very possible that the characters and the storyline and the writing are wonderful.

But no means no. Even in books.
Becky
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I just re-read this book - I hadn't read it since maybe high school or early college, and I loved it just as much!
Becky Adams
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to love this series.....
Kristi Morris
Since March seems to be coming in like a Lion here in Minnesota, I have found myself with just the right amount of laziness to curl up and devote myself to my favorite pastime....binging Netflix. Wait, wrong review. Reading. Yes, that's the one.
In all honesty I can't remember the last time I binge watched anything besides Sofia the First on Disney Junior. Watching The Lion King three times in a day is not considered binge watching is it? Oh well. Now, where was I? Oh yes, reading. I have spen
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Kelly
Mar 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have so many of these Nora Roberts collections on my shelves that I've finally gotten around to reading. Not sure if they were best left unread to be honest, but read this one I did.

Though it seems like the collection was published more recently, the books were both originally written in the 80's and I really felt that this showed. They were dated and typical of the time. The men were not dominating or forceful, they were aggressive and didn't tend to understand the word 'No'. Unfortunately b
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Debby
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roberts-nora, romance
"Playing the odds" The story of how Serena MacGregor meets her husband Justin Blade. Justin, of Native American heritage has become a successful casino owner with some financial help from Daniel MacGregor. 10 years later, he sends Daniel on a cruise - on the same ship Serena works on as a dealer. Sparks fly, they become partners and marry after she's kidnapped.

Caine's story is "Tempting Fate". He's an ex-attorney general. When he meets Justin's estranged sister Diana - also a lawyer. The sparks
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Disco
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reread, hated-it
Wow this series did not age well. The first 3 MacGregor books are all pretty much the same thing - very date-rapey. They are interesting from a historical perspective - besides the very uncomfortable way the men come on to the women and touch them without their permission, and show "fury" if the woman turns them down: "Indian" is used instead of "Native American," there are physical keys at a hotel, and the heroine sends the H a telegram(!) in the first book. I had to enjoy myself with these lit ...more
Jane Dow
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Justin Blade and Serena Macgregor are set up to meet by her father without either of them knowing about it. Romance ensues on a cruise ship and then continues at Justin’s casino hotel on land. Nice love story. Caine Macgregor and Diana Blade are the second story in this book. Not as interesting a story.
Kristina
Jan 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF
Jo Sandgren
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
just so so stories :(
Shirley Bruce
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy reading the men's thoughts-the insight into why they may be reluctant to make a commitment or what attracts them in addition to the physical
Christi Snow
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a re-release of two of Nora Roberts books featuring the MacGregor family from 1985. Whoa, it's been a long time since I read anything written this long ago. I forgot how corny some of the romantic scenes could be. Between that and societal changes...lots of sexual harassment, smoking indoors, mentions of typewriters and telegrams. It was kind of fun to revisit this older style of romance. And quite honestly, beyond the corniness and the cliche conflicts, I did enjoy reading both of ...more
Pooja
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Wow! I'm so very glad the first Nora Roberts book I ever picked up was *not* written in her early days. On the flip side, it's kind of cool to get to read a longer series with the stories of multiple generations of family members, even if none of them are completely realistic.

This book starts the MacGregor family series with the youngest two children of (gazillionaire?) mogul Daniel MacGregor. Serena, the youngest daughter is paired up, through Daniel's first of many fix-up shenanigans, with to
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Heather
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
okay,so there's two seperate books in this book-typical nora fashion-so i'll start with Playing the Odds.it was funny in places, which i love in books.
when i first started reading romance book i found the attitude like Justin Blade's charming-likeable,even,but now i find myself not having any warm feelings-i am most certainly not charmed and i don't find it likeable.
&if im being perfectly honest,i find it highly unbelievable that people walk around acting like that-kissing people u just met,
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Stacy
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Daniel's romantic machinations embroil Serena and Caine with another brother and sister team, Justin and Diana Blade. In Playing the Odds, Comanche gambler Justin Blade finds himself on a vacation cruise to the Bahamas where he is instantly attracted to a violet-eyed casino dealer. Only later does he learn that the lissome Serena is one and the same as the much-degreed Rena MacGregor, daughter of his longtime silent business partner, Daniel MacGregor. Serena makes it her practice to never get in ...more
Kathy Davie
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
First and second in publication-order in the MacGregor family romance series. The couples focus is on Serena MacGregor meeting Justin Blade in the first story while the second story focuses on Caine MacGregor and Diana Blade.

This series is a mess chronologically and has a number of stories combined into single books, so you may want to explore my list of the MacGregor family saga.

Series (chronologically):
Playing the Odds, 3
Tempting Fates, 4

The Stories
Playing the Odds finds Serena MacGregor unk
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Mudpie
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Serena and Justin's story-the cruise and hotel/casino setting and both their sassiness...great love story and the skillet won the day haha! Now when it came to Caine and Diana...I really tried but I've to admit: I do not like Diana. I first read about her in Ian's story and liked her...but when I saw her in Grant's story I did not quite expect her "difficult-ness"...her being so cool to Gennie and then not telling Caine she's pregnant. ..I have read the stories backwards and was ki ...more
Marika Chunyk
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is one of her earlier series and although it is good it is not one of my favorites. A lot of romance and the men seem pushy in forcing a relationship in both of these stories. I will read the next in this series.
Zwart Raafje
Er bestaat werkelijk voor alles een eerste keer. Dus bestaat er jammer genoeg ook een Nora Roberts-boek dat me niet wist te overtuigen. ‘Serena en Cain’, het tweede boek uit deze ‘De MacGregor Clan’-reeks bestaat uit twee korte verhalen waarin de jongste zus Serena en één van haar beide broers de hoofdrol voor rekening nemen.

Jammer genoeg wist geen één van beide verhalen me echt te overhalen. Dit boek werd oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd in 1985 en dat merk je. Als lezer viel het me duidelijk op dat
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Maria
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Playing the Odds: Serena, the youngest child of Daniel MacGregor, meets Justin Blade just on her last cruise as a blackjack dealer. When they discover they were "set up" by Daniel, Justin thinks it funny while Serena is furious with her dad. So how does a daughter get the man she wants without letting her father think he has had anything to do with it? Serena sets out to show them both she won't be manipulated, at least not in the way they intend. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and occasionally ...more
Amy  Brobst
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Nora Roberts and romance
Recommended to Amy by: my sister Liz
Shelves: 2017andbefore
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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“Why don't you put your ego down for a while, Justin. It must be getting heavy.” 30 likes
“Some romantic you are," Caine complained as he pushed the door open with his back."Whatever happened to women who liked to be swept off their feet?"
"They got dropped," Diana said flatly.”
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