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From the First (The Moorehouse Legacy, #3)

(The Moorehouse Legacy #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,700 ratings  ·  78 reviews

All Alex could see was her long, thick, copper-colored hair. Pale smooth skin. Lips that were naturally tinted pink. Eyes that were green like sea grass.

He stopped himself. His best friend Reese might be dead. But in Alex's mind, Cassandra was still very much the man's wife.

Cassandra. The forbidden woman Alex had yearned for from the first moment he'd laid eyes on her six

Paperback, Silhouette Special Editions #1750, 250 pages
Published April 2006 by Silhouette (first published 2006)
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was weird. No, not the book. Me. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate continuous push/pull in characters' relationship, but for some unknown reason, I had no problem enjoying this one. This book just did me right in a way that I still can't believe it myself! There was a lot of push/pull from the beginning, and it took almost the whole story for Alex to finally pluck up courage to tell Cassandra his feelings for her. Normally, this kind of thing would really piss me off, but to my amaz
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

My Review:

I loved this book! Give me a good, strong, tormented hero and I’m in literary heaven. Toss in a heroine who is tormented for the exact same reason, and well… there are no words.

I fell in love with Alex back in Beauty and the Black Sheep and have found myself being pulled deeper and deeper into his heartbreaking story. Unable to save his best friend’s life during a storm at sea which pulled Reese from the boat they were sailing, Alex Moorehouse carries a heavy burden of guilt for Reese’
Opening Line: "Alex Moorehouse had no intention of answering the knock on the bedroom door."

I've absolutely fallen in love with this series and From The First is now included as one of my all time favourite romances ever. It is book 3 in the Moorehouse Legacy which I discovered through being a fan of JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood. Each book just gets better and with this instalment we finally get wounded and grief stricken brother Alex`s story and wow its smokin good.

Alex Moorehouse
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: J.R. Ward fans in need of a "fix" and those after a short-yet-statisfying Contemporary Romance.
(5 Stars)

Loved this!! From the First is the third book in Jessica Bird's (a.k.a. J.R. Ward) Moorehouse Legacy series. It was the first Moorehouse Legacy book I read, as it was the only Moorehouse book available from the library. I enjoyed this one so much that I went ahead and ordered the OOP copies of all the Moorehouse Legacy books and look forward to reading the series (in order now) and re-reading this one.

I'm not a big fan of Harlequin Romances (even though I read a ton of them in my late t
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Emotional Contemporary Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I’ve very much enjoyed all of Jessica Bird’s (aka J. R. Ward’s) contemporary romances, but From the First is now my current favorite of the ones I’ve read so far. When it was first published by Harlequin, it was the last of the three-book Moorehouse Legacy series that follows the three Moorehouse siblings, two sisters and one brother, as they navigate life and find love. After the death of their parents, the three inherited the White Caps Bed & Breakfast on Saranac La
Jacqueline J
This one lived up to the hype I must say. The best of the trilogy. Unrequited love for 6 years - quite the angst fest. The writing was very good. The emotions were real. The characters were well developed. I loved how Alex had been so noble for 6 years. He had done such a good job shutting his feelings down that she thought he disliked her. And the plot was well thought out so that him not immediately going for her when she became a widow was realistic. He was an absolutely lovely hero. I'm glad ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All who love romance and a hero with a conscience
5" sexy and brooding Alex Moorehouse"stars.

Alex aka "The Sinner". Well what could be a greater sin than falling in love with with your friends' wife.
“I want you until I hurt. Until I sweat.
I love you with a raw, bleeding need that I've never understood.
And all I know for sure is that you can never be mine.”

Cassandra Cutler, widow of Reese Cutler had always thought that Alex hated her or why else would he go out of the way to avoid her at all costs. But why the hell was she attracted to him. H
Under the Covers Book Blog
Yes, shocking! This is a J.R. Ward book and it's getting a 3.5 star rating. Not to say I didn't enjoy it, it just wasn't as wonderful as I was expecting it to be. Let's rewind a bit and say that I've read the first two books in this series and I've enjoyed them quite a bit (the second being my favorite so far). I love the small town feel of the books even though they are not the typical small town romance. They mix in a bit of the traditional Harlequin billionaire romance (some of them) and fea ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay,this isn't a full-on review. The five stars is based on the wonderful H Jessica Bird had managed to create from her brilliant mind. There are two important factors (among others) that I consider important in romance fiction: the H's hotness and how the secondary characters are fleshed out. And just like what the title says, boy-oh-boy-- Alex was steaming hotness (phew) from the first adjective Jessica Bird described him. This is one H that had my toes curling. Who wouldn't want to read more ...more
Jane Stewart
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
2 stars. Not my kind of story. I was frustrated waiting for someone to be honest with the other.

A hurricane caused Reese’s death while he and Alex were sailing. Alex survived and feels guilty. Catherine is Reese’s widow. Alex has secretly loved her for years. Catherine secretly desires Alex.

For almost the entire book Alex wants her but pushes her away. He does it in ways that are insulting and hurtful. She thinks he hates her. She wants him badly and sadly. I was frustrated with Alex over and o
Alex Moorehouse has always kept a safe distance from his best friends wife, even after he died. Convalescing and wanting to forget he ever laid eyes on the only woman to capture his heart, he continues his steely exterior when dealing with Cassandra as she begins work on restoring the White Caps B&B his family owns.

Cassandra has never understood what she has done to make Alex treat her so venomously, but she has lived through worse and plans to not let it stand in her way. As the work on th
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dd, contemporary, x-2015
3.5 stars
Kat  Snark
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Angsty stars!!

This was the best Moorehouse book yet! You know I love a good strong, tormented hero. And Alex Moorehouse (brother to Frankie and Joy of books #1 and #2) was no exception.

We find out in book #1 that Alex was in a boating accident that killed his partner/best friend and left him devastatingly injured. For Alex, who has captained a competitive ship crew (I don't have too much knowledge on the book, forgive me) and who has an independent streak a mile wide.

He's also wracked wit
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 stars

Yes, shocking! This is a J.R. Ward book and it’s getting a 3.5 star rating. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, it just wasn’t as wonderful as I was expecting it to be. Let’s rewind a bit and say that I’ve read the first two books in this series and I’ve enjoyed them quite a bit (the second being my favorite so far). I love the small town feel of the books even though they are not the typical small town romance. They mix in a bit of the traditional Harlequin billionaire romance (some of them
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Alex fell in love with his best friend's wife the second he met her and felt wrong for it so he avoided her if and when possible. Then disaster struck when his friend died and he severely broke his leg in a hurricane on the boat he was sailing. Cassandra has to be patient with Alex since the accident; he didn't go to the funeral and has been avoiding her successfully for months. Finally she traps him and he learns that her marriage wasn't the love match he thought it was and the attraction he fe ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this installment last (even though it was the third book in the series) for a silly reason: I tend to shy away from the widower/divorced plotlines because as a single girl I sometimes can't relate to them much.

However FROM THE FIRST came as a pleasant surprise. A fellow reader encouraged me to try it despite my reservations, and the nudge was greatly appreciated. The story is engaging and I felt a connection to heroine as well as a strong understanding of the hero.

A good read.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book lastnight and I totally loved it!! I loved our fallen hero Alex, and the struggle he was going through trying to get his life back on track after his accident. I liked Cassandra too and I enjoyed the story that was built between them. This was a nice quick, and enjoyable read for anyone who is looking for a nice journey to some sweet romance.
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Jessica Bird book I read even though it's not first in the series. After I read this I fell in love. I couldn't wait to read more from Jessica Bird. I loved this whole series. I like Jessica Bird better than J.R. Ward which I know isn't popular.
The Sleeping Fox
3.25 to 3.5 stars. There is a pattern developing in 'The Moorehouse Legacy' series, which is not something I am a fan of: the hero/heroine pushing each other away because they believe they are too flawed to deserve love. Maybe this is the result of reading the Moorehouses in a row. But, it was less irritating in book three.

Alex and Cassandra's story was more enjoyable than Joy and Gray's. Yes, there was back and forth pushing away and self-pity, but the plot was more interesting. Alex has always
Veronica Rivera
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final Moorehouse book! Alex is happy for his sisters who have finally found peace and happiness with the men they love. If only he could find that for himself. In this book Alex has to fight to recover from an injury that could have killed him, a friend who died while at sea, and the woman he can't forget.

This final book was a quick read and was a great ending to the Morehouse trilogy. As Alex deals with his own demons, Cassandra has to deal with the fact that she may just be in live with A
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the best book of the Moorehouse siblings. I could feel how tormented Alex was with his feeling and rightfully so. The back and forth between he and Cassandra was what made the book. The circumstances that led them to their own personal torment was what eventually brought them together. I liked that Alex fought his feelings, it was definitely the honorable thing to do. I didn't feel jerked back and forth with Alex and Cass as I did with the first two books in the series. You really knew ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
So often you read earlier books from authors you like and are disappointed. This has not been the case with Jessica Bird/J. R. Ward. While this earlier series doesn’t have the intensity of the Brotherhood series it does have the romance and legacy feel. Makes me want to reread the bourbon kings or more likely listen to it’s amazing audio version.
Jessica Bird is also know as J.R. Ward. -- I have read almost all of the J.R. Ward books already.

This is a fun Romance, chic lit, family owned B & B & falling in love.
Looking forward to reading more about this family and the B&B as it continues the Moorehouse Legacy
This book is more about Alex.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

The third and final book in the saga was as good as the first two. All about the HEA for these siblings after a hard go at life. Alex and Cassandra make an amazing couple. It was a decent read all in all. I want a book about spike I want to know who he is and why does he have yellow eyes??
Peace Gabriel
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Exceptional romance. I used to tire of romance novellas because of how predictable they seemed but Jessica Bird really created a memorable romance with this one. I think it's the best romance in the series.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am enjoying this new Moorhouse series. I like that Ward always includes all the characters through all her books. I like that they interact and from one book to another you have the same characters.
Jennifer Stout Cannon
Alex and Cass

It was a battled of a person believing they were not meant for love and preferred to be in pain than to admit true feelings.
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
SSE #1750 = 3.5 stars
Tammy L Needy
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I can't seem to stop reading these books. They are so captivating and good it's hard to put them down until the end.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a romance about sailing and home renovations. So of course I love it.
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Jessica 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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The Moorehouse Legacy (4 books)
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“Her laugh was a travesty. Which made sense because in a way, so was his apology. But what was he supposed to say?

I want you until I hurt. Until I sweat.
I love you with a raw, bleeding need that I've never understood.

And all I know for sure is that you can never be mine.”
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