Book 2 of the "Born In" trilogy was actually my first introduction to Nora Roberts romances. I read it when I had just discovered her new romantic suspense novels, and a friend loaned me this one. It was wonderful, and now I've finally made my way back to it -- this time in its proper place in the trilogy.
The heroine, Brianna Concannon, is almost too good and too sweet to be true. Her fiery sister Maggie seems so much more human. Yet in this novel, Brianna shows her true grit as well -- underneath that almost pathetic desire to please is a will of steel and a fierce loyalty to even those who don't inspire or deserve it.
Yet it is the "hero", reformed teenage delinquent turned famous mystery novelist Grayson Thane, that really makes this one worth the read. Gray sees Ireland through first-timer's eyes, and makes the reader see it for the first time too (you can't not want to visit there after reading the descriptions in this book). Through it all is his odyssey to find a home he didn't even know he needed -- and certainly didn't want. Yet here, in this tiny village in the west counties of Ireland, he feels for the first time in his life the lure of putting down roots-- and has to decide whether to act upon it or not.