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From the First (The Moorehouse Legacy #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,546 Ratings  ·  66 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
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ebook, 213 pages
Published September 14th 2009 by Harlequin (first published 2006)
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Alp
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25/5

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
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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’
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Buggy
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin
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
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 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: J.R. Ward fans in need of a "fix" and those after a short-yet-statisfying Contemporary Romance.
Shelves: short-reads
(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
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Julianna
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jacqueline
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
Manisha
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Anne
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Emily
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: athletes-sailing
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
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ShoSho
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, dd, x-2015
3.5 stars
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

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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
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Ne
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
Desde Sempre é a continuação de Amor Feiticeiro. Aqui vamos rever e acompanhar a amiga de Gray e o irmão de Joy que pelos vistos eram caras-metade e não sabiam.
Tal como aconteceu no primeiro, e talvez porque os li seguidos e já ia lançada, este segundo volume acabou por ser devorado tão rápido como o primeiro, mas aqui porque a história me cativou muito mais. Adorei o carácter tímido, mas forte e protector de Alex em relação a Cassandra, tal como gostei dela ser uma personagem a recuperar de uma
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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
Shelley
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Darla
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Missy
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maureen Biela
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
SANDRA
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??
Tracy
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Power of Guilt and Redemption

Alex Moorehouse has loved her from the moment he first laid eyes on her, and the guilt of that forbidden love, desperate and intense, pushed him into staying as far away from Cassandra Cutler as possible. She was his best friend's wife. Well...she used to be. Before Alex and Reese had been on the boat that got caught in a hurricane. Alex survived - barely - with a crushed leg that required a titanium implant and months of physical therapy. Reese didn't. He went o
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MsRomanticReads
I've never wanted to jump into a novel and meddle as badly as I wanted to in this story.

Alex Moorehouse, world class athlete and professional sailor has returned home to recover from a serious injury he received when his sailboat got caught in a hurricane (which happened in Beauty And The Black Sheep (The Moorehouse Legacy, #1) aka The Rebel). Wracked with guilt that he couldn't save his fellow sailor and best friend, Reese Cutler, he refuses to see Reese's widow, Cassandra Cutler. But his guilt
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♥ℳelody
I loved the set up of this story. The whole secretly in love with my best friend's wife was too irresistible to pass up. I just wish the actual pay off and ending was more enjoyable. And I wasn't completely in love with the plot as I wanted to be. I found the ending lack-luster and falling a little short, especially given the whole 'yes no' song and dance the author puts Cassandra and Alex through through the entire book. I felt the couple's coming together was dragged out too long. A lot of uns ...more
Natasja
Alex Moorehouse almost lost his leg in a sailing accident, but that is nothing comparing to some others on his team. He lost his best friend because of it. Now Alex is recovering from several leg operations and is staying at the family Bed & Breakfast. But Alex doesn’t really care about his sisters’ feelings; he’s just staying in his room feeling sorry for himself and only drinks alcohol and taking his pain medications. There is a lot of guilt inside of him, for not saving his best friend an ...more
Kay
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
4 1/2 Stars! ~ Alex Moorehouse knew he was a first class bastard. What kind of man lusts and then falls in love with his best friend’s wife? And that storm, that ended up being a hurricane, swept up on them so fast; the sea was so angry. He really hadn’t meant to let go of Reese’ hand and then let the sea swallow him up; had he? The nightmares tortured him. It seemed only right that the sea had damaged him too; and he, after countless surgeries, should have lost his leg, but it was still there, ...more
TheMadHatter
Book 3 in the series written by JR Ward (under her Maiden Name). If I didn't know they were one and the same, I doubt I would have made the connection through these books. These books (the Moorehouse Legacy) are very cute PG contemporary romance stories, but they definitely lack the edge and wit that she applies to her paranormal writing.

This is my favourite in the series to date. I definitely liked the male lead in this one (compared to the bland leads in the previous two books). The female lea
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Mafi
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, pt, emprestados
Mais um livrinho desta autora, mais um livro aprovado, mais uma história que adorei.

Já conhecíamos o Alex, irmão de Frankie e Joy e a Cassandra, mulher do Reese, melhor amigo de Alex, que acabou por morrer em frente ao amigo, deixando Alex num estado lastimável. Cassandra, nunca teve grande amizade com Alex, nunca conseguiu perceber porque é que este não gostava dela. O que ela não sabia era que Alex não gostava apenas dela, amava-a com todas as suas forças mas por ser mulher do seu amigo, ela e
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Lenore
This is my favourite story in the Moorhouse Legacy books so far. I loved both Alex (what a hunk!) and Cassandra. Their story was balanced and well built.
We also see more of Spike, Nate's (Beauty And The Black Sheep (The Moorehouse Legacy, #1)) partner, and I have a feeling he's going to be my favourite male character in the series. He looks like a Black Dagger Brotherhood Brother (huge, loads of tats, yellow eyes) and he talks like a Black Dagger Brotherhood Brother (he's all "what's doing?" an
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Robin
Alex Moorehouse fell in love with Cassandra Cutler the first time he met her. But, since she was married to his best friend, he kept his distance from her. Now Reece Cutler is dead, lost at sea in a boating accident. The accident also left Alex injured; staying on his family's property while in the Adirondaks while the family's bed and breakfast is being renovated. Now he finds it hard to avoid Cassandra since she is the person doing the renovating. But Alex knows he must stay away from her beca ...more
Mari-Ann
I got this book for two reasons. First, the author is Jessica Bird a.k.a. J.R.Ward. I am a big fan of BDB and was curious about other books from Warden. Second, good ratings and reviews got me more curious. So I bought the book and hoped for a good reading.

This is nothing like BDB. Not just because this is pure romance and BDB is not, but the plot, the characters, the dialogues are not that interesting. I am so sorry, but Alex is not my kind of tormented guy. I did not get any sympathetic feelin
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Moorehouse Legacy (4 books)
  • Beauty and the Black Sheep (The Moorehouse Legacy, #1)  (Callie/Grace/Walker Brothers/Moorehouse series, #4)
  • His Comfort and Joy (The Moorehouse Legacy, #2)  (Callie/Grace/Walker Brothers/Moorehouse series, #5)
  • A Man in a Million (The Moorehouse Legacy, #4)  (Callie/Grace/Walker Brothers/Moorehouse series, #7)
“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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