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Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland... When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors - and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window. But this year, Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland... When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors - and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window. But this year, cool, capable and thoroughly domestic Brianna is expecting an unusual guest - mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. A restless wanderer with a painful past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. But sometimes fate has a plan of its own. Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...


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Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland... When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors - and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window. But this year, Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland... When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors - and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window. But this year, cool, capable and thoroughly domestic Brianna is expecting an unusual guest - mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. A restless wanderer with a painful past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. But sometimes fate has a plan of its own. Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...

30 review for Born in Ice

  1. 5 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    Loved it! This is the second in the series, but it could easily be read as a stand alone (enough back story is given.) This is a simple and very romantic story of a young Irish woman, Brianna, who runs her own B&B in a remote area of Ireland. In the dead of winter, she takes on an extended guest -- a famous author, Grayson, who plans to stay a few months and write his next novel. He quickly becomes enchanted by her and involved in the lives of those in the village. It was such a beautiful love s Loved it! This is the second in the series, but it could easily be read as a stand alone (enough back story is given.) This is a simple and very romantic story of a young Irish woman, Brianna, who runs her own B&B in a remote area of Ireland. In the dead of winter, she takes on an extended guest -- a famous author, Grayson, who plans to stay a few months and write his next novel. He quickly becomes enchanted by her and involved in the lives of those in the village. It was such a beautiful love story, and I welled up with happy tears towards the end. I can see why this book is considered one of her best, and it is listed as a top 100 on the AAR website (likebooks.com). For those who like their romance with some steam, the sensuality and passion between hero/heroine was paletable. Plenty of beautiful bedroom scenes, not overly graphic but very sensual. Grayson was an amazing hero and Brianna was so likable. I can't find one negative thing to say about this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    ReRead June 2020

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    So I see that many people enjoyed this book even more than Born In Fire, but alpha male Grayson Thane really wasn't my cup of tea. I shall get to that a little later on. Born in Ice takes readers back to Ireland, this time to tell us Brianna's story. During the Irish winter, Brianna receives news that a mystery writer from America, Grayson Thane will be staying at her inn for a month. This worries sister Maggie, now six months pregnant, that her innocent sister will be in a house alone with a ma So I see that many people enjoyed this book even more than Born In Fire, but alpha male Grayson Thane really wasn't my cup of tea. I shall get to that a little later on. Born in Ice takes readers back to Ireland, this time to tell us Brianna's story. During the Irish winter, Brianna receives news that a mystery writer from America, Grayson Thane will be staying at her inn for a month. This worries sister Maggie, now six months pregnant, that her innocent sister will be in a house alone with a man. Yes, the virginal female protagonist has once again emerged from the ashes of 70's romance. But that is not all the Concannon sisters have to contend with in this story. Brianna stumbles upon letters written to her father that reveal a well kept secret. Both sisters decide they need to know more and ask Rogan to hire a detective. A mini mystery emerges, but this book is about romance so... Enter American Grayson Thane. An established writer sporting a ponytail( EEK this really was written in the 90's) that begins to lust after his innkeeper after spying her in her flannel nightgown. Sparks fly and there will be a trip to New York City before all is done. But let's get some perspective. If Rogan Sweeney had me rolling my eyes, Grayson made mutter angrily as I was reading. This guy had MAJOR issues relating to his anger and I really didn't like the way he treated Brianna at times. But the girl took it like an insecure gal would and nobody around her seems to take notice of his less than outstanding performance. If I was playing a drinking game, I could have gotten quite wasted on the number of times Grayson says " Sorry" and Brianna is all "It's okay" and" I will just make you a meal, make your bed, iron your clothes..." SERIOUSLY!!! I am settling on a 3 star because despite the fact that I didn't care for the leading man, this book held my attention and I just couldn't put it down.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου

    When you have a... ...a writer... ...and Ireland... then you'll definitely have a romance! This is the second time I read this book, so the following review is older. I am not going to change it because I loved it again! I LOVED IT! Every single page of this book was great! The author describes both the scenery and the characters with beautiful details and the reader feels comfortable with them. Of course, I am a huge fan of everything Irish but it’s not the only reason that I liked this book. Th When you have a... ...a writer... ...and Ireland... then you'll definitely have a romance! This is the second time I read this book, so the following review is older. I am not going to change it because I loved it again! I LOVED IT! Every single page of this book was great! The author describes both the scenery and the characters with beautiful details and the reader feels comfortable with them. Of course, I am a huge fan of everything Irish but it’s not the only reason that I liked this book. The main reason is the fact that the characters seems the real deal. They made bad and good decisions, they have regrets and they’re not afraid of admitting what they want at the end. This is the story of Brianna. I have to admit that she seemed kind of boring in the first book but I am glad that she wasn’t boring at all in this one. Yeah, the truth is that she’s a shy one and very quiet but she’s not boring. Brianna lived all her life with her mother (or The Snake as I want to address her) but not that she lives alone and managing her B&B she’s very happy. Or at least, she pretends she is because the truth is that she’s very lonely. She craves to be loved and love in return. She wants to have a big family because she’s the kind of woman who loves to take care of other people. She is shy and she doesn’t want to be a bother for anyone. Sometimes she acts like she doesn’t matter much but the truth is that everyone loves her because of her kind nature. Grayson Thane is an author who lived like a gypsy, without having a permanent home. He went to Brianna’s B&B because he needed to write his new book in this location. He’s the kind of man who didn’t want any ties with anyone and, of course, love wasn’t in his plans. But there, in this small Ireland town, he found both love and a home. I liked him a lot because he was funny and kind. I realized that he wasn’t a loner by nature, but because he was afraid. I loved this book not only because it had a great plot and an amazing couple, but because we can learn secrets from the past that can change the life of the sisters. I won’t say anything because I don’t want to write any spoilers but I guarantee that all the fans of this genre will love it!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This book brought Grayson Thane into my life. I will forever be single until I find the real life incarnation of this man.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Classic Nora Roberts. Just terrific! I even shed a few tears at the end. Happy tears! ;)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I knew it would happen one day: I found my least favorite Nora Roberts novel. I was particularly disappointed because I really loved the first book of this trilogy, but Gray's jerkishness was souring, and Brianna's niceness fell into doormat territory too often. I loved the moments she stood up for herself (against her mother, and when Gray tries to manipulate her into being angry at him), but I think it's a personal thing: I want a more assertive heroine who goes for what she wants. The old ada I knew it would happen one day: I found my least favorite Nora Roberts novel. I was particularly disappointed because I really loved the first book of this trilogy, but Gray's jerkishness was souring, and Brianna's niceness fell into doormat territory too often. I loved the moments she stood up for herself (against her mother, and when Gray tries to manipulate her into being angry at him), but I think it's a personal thing: I want a more assertive heroine who goes for what she wants. The old adage might go, "If you love someone, set them free," but my personal preference is to read about a heroine unwilling to be passive. Gray didn't work for me. I didn't get a good sense of him loving Brianna as a person as opposed to the idea of her, her quaint little inn in her quaint little village, that he wrote in his head. It's never a good sign when I'm thinking, "You could do better" at the end of a romance, but I thought Brianna could do better. His acts of kindness were too often bewildering or patronizing to balance out the times I thought he was jerkish, self-centered and stuck in his head, and inconsiderate. And, not gonna lie, the nightgown fetish was baffling. Gray and Brianna just weren't for me. I would have given the book 2 stars, because I did enjoy a nice little jaunt into life owning a B&B, but... Forgiving someone who ransacked and robbed your B&B (your home and your place of work!) and violated your trust? I'm sure it's a nice thing to do, but it was presented in far too cutesy of a manner for me to not be horrified. I'm probably just a little cynical and cold-hearted to enjoy this novel. I'm still looking forward to reading the third book, because I know Maggie's reactions to Shannon ought to be interesting. (That, and I wanted to know if Maggie still brought the ceramic cow home to Rogan. Yeah, I know, that really wasn't the point of that plot, but that just goes to show how uninvested I was in Brianna and Gray.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lexy

    This book made me cry a little bit towards the end officially this book is the first book that I almost cried to

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    SYNOPSIS: Born In Fire, continues the romantic Irish saga--the story of the Concannon sisters, three modern women bound by the timeless spirit of their land. When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors--and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window. But this year she's expecting an unusual guest SYNOPSIS: Born In Fire, continues the romantic Irish saga--the story of the Concannon sisters, three modern women bound by the timeless spirit of their land. When the harsh storms of winter descended upon western Ireland, the locals stayed indoors--and visitors stayed away. Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast became a cold and empty place. But that was fine with Brianna. She enjoyed the peace and quiet, even when the icy winds howled at her window. But this year she's expecting an unusual guest--mystery writer Grayson Thane from America. A restless wanderer with a painful past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. But sometimes fate has a plan of its own. Sometimes a fire can be born in ice... Born in Ice, the 2nd book in the Born In Nora Robert’s trilogy and once again I am transported into the world of the Concannon sisters and the magic of Ireland. Brianna, the younger sister of Maggie from Born in Fire http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33... is kind, beautiful, caring, warm-hearted and the one who keeps the peace in her family. She runs a bed-and-breakfast which she set up in her family home, Blackthorne Cottage that has become well-known for her cooking and baking. Having set up her bitter-filled mother in a place in the village, she longs to find someone to give all the love she has in her and have her own family like her sister, who is now pregnant. Grayson Thane, a famous American writer, has booked into the b&b to write his next novel which takes place in Ireland. He’s a loner and with a painful past is not a man that is interested in making commitments with any woman. He finds himself drawn to Brianna but has to face his demons before he realizes his love for her. The growing relationship is a delightful and sweet. Seeing them come together, an absolute joy. She’s not afraid to admit her love for Grayson and their interaction and dialogue is really fabulous. There are many secrets, some which Brianna discovers and perhaps understanding the reason for her mother’s unhappiness and bitterness. Loved meeting up with Maggie and Rogan and have a “peep” into their lives. And Murphy….such an enigmatic and so interesting..and not forgetting….gorgeous Irish man. The characters are so likeable, making you feel part of their lives. Another thing I love about the series, is the vivid descriptions of the Irish setting – soaring cliffs, flower-filled meadows, quaint villages and villagers, castles, the wildness of the sea – so real to me. Yet another great book by Nora Roberts that I more than just like……I LOVE IT.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    Book two of "Born In" Trilogy, born in Ice was the story of Brianna and Grayson. And what a sweet sweet love story it was. Brianna is the shy and introverted owner of her own B&B, Blackthorn. When during the lone winter months, her deserted home is invaded by a recluse crime writer, he brings a wave of fresh air into her life. It's difficult not to love Brianna. The tender, sensitive, caring young lady- suppressed by her own mother, past and circumstances- yearning for some happiness. And she has s Book two of "Born In" Trilogy, born in Ice was the story of Brianna and Grayson. And what a sweet sweet love story it was. Brianna is the shy and introverted owner of her own B&B, Blackthorn. When during the lone winter months, her deserted home is invaded by a recluse crime writer, he brings a wave of fresh air into her life. It's difficult not to love Brianna. The tender, sensitive, caring young lady- suppressed by her own mother, past and circumstances- yearning for some happiness. And she has so much love to give. Yet she's strong. And you feel her strength as the story progresses. Grayson, our hero; the loner who has been scarred by his childhood- growing up in foster homes and living his adult life as a gypsy- restlessly moving from place to place- yet finally finding a home in Brianna. He fights his feelings tooth and nail, but the love and trust Brianna has for him finally gradually seeps in. The chemistry between the leads is explosive, beautiful love scenes. There is a good dose of tear-inducing angst too- which totally made me cry (yay!). Brianna dealt with his various moods; and he gradually learned to sense hers in return It was great to see Maggie and Rogan enjoying their HEA; an update upon the always unhappy mother; and a secret potential relative that is active searched for in this book. The story keeps you on your toes- despite your heart knowing they'll be together in the end- and there are so many feels for the h and H. They totally deserve each other. FLOVED it. Safe 5/5

  11. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    3.5 stars The heroine was a goody-two shoes and perfect at basically everything. Still decent.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I like this nearly as much as the first book, but something about it is just too nice, I think? I love their trip to New York, though, I deeply feel Brianna's awe of the city. And Grayson is about as generous a hero as you can find in romance. Good reread.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Rarely have I read a trilogy where the second book is better that the first. This one is. As a pure romance it ticks all my boxes and is just a lovely story. This older NR does not show its' age and is a timeless story of a hero wanderer who never had a home and a firmly rooted heroine who never wished to be anywhere else.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maliha

    Really not anticipating on reading the second novel of the Born In Trilogy, I found myself wondering just how the time jumped to 4am and I already half way through Born in Ice. Surprised at my inconsistency of taste, I enjoyably sped through Born in Ice although I didn't care much for Born in Fire, the first of the series starring Rogan Sweeny and Maggie Concannon.By no means a challenging and lofty piece of literature, Roberts uses the same template for Born in Ice as she did for Born in Fire. Really not anticipating on reading the second novel of the Born In Trilogy, I found myself wondering just how the time jumped to 4am and I already half way through Born in Ice. Surprised at my inconsistency of taste, I enjoyably sped through Born in Ice although I didn't care much for Born in Fire, the first of the series starring Rogan Sweeny and Maggie Concannon.By no means a challenging and lofty piece of literature, Roberts uses the same template for Born in Ice as she did for Born in Fire. The main love duo consists of one half creative, abominably opposed to commitment type and other half prim, proper, marriage-wanting traditionalist. And then there's the typical happy ending of course that kind of triggers an alarm bell through those of us who tend to be realistic minded. But what the hay, its fun to have literary flings, and this is just what Born in Ice is. Rogan Sweeny, the hero of Born in Fire, pales in comparison to Grayson Thane, the lively, complicated Yank writer that woos the overly calm Brianna Concannon. And the suspense of the break in, the mystery of of the investment deal, and the question of Gray's change of heart kept me hooked till the very last word, literally. Shocked at my own reactions, I actually felt real emotion for Brianna when Gray left her. And so Roberts proves to have a knack for pulling at your emotional heart strings. More over, the pace of the novel is enjoyable and flows better than the first book. The backdrop of Brianna's B&B provides a cozy comfortable image in the back of the reader's mind as you sail through the pages.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky ♡The Bookworm♡

    In Born in Ice, Nora Roberts continues her series with the emotional love story of the second Concannon sister, Brianna. American born Gray Thane has arrived in Ireland to spend a quiet summer in the peaceful country and write his next multi-million dollar bestseller. Brianna has turned her home into a bed-and-breakfast - a home away from home for weary travelers - and being an avid reader of Mr. Thane's books, she's downplaying her excitement about his stay to her family. I loved this book as mu In Born in Ice, Nora Roberts continues her series with the emotional love story of the second Concannon sister, Brianna. American born Gray Thane has arrived in Ireland to spend a quiet summer in the peaceful country and write his next multi-million dollar bestseller. Brianna has turned her home into a bed-and-breakfast - a home away from home for weary travelers - and being an avid reader of Mr. Thane's books, she's downplaying her excitement about his stay to her family. I loved this book as much as the first one! I read along with the audio and it was absolute bliss to hear Fiacre's brogue again. It adds such a charming ambiance to the overall experience and meshes with Roberts' writing so perfectly. I could easily visualize Brianna's kitchen and gardens. This story has more mystery to it, which makes me eager to move onto the next book. I liked that Gray's 'author' personality was true to form and found Brianna's amusement (or frustration) with his random spurts of inspiration highly entertaining. Maybe I'm being egocentric...but I've done the same thing to my husband more than once. I was also pleased to see Brianna's character grow and laughed out loud several times at the way Gray handled her mother. This is a lovely series that I would recommend to all fans of adult romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose

    Yes!!!! :))))))))))) Loved this one ❤ everything was so much better developed in this second book, the love story, the characters... everything! *.* The ending was a little bit too rushed for my taste but overall I enjoyed it a lot. I can't wait to read the last book and find out everything about the Concannon sisters. I also hope Murphy is one of the main characters in the third book because I need him SO BAD to find someone and be happy!! :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carly Ellen Kramer

    Great story - who doesn't enjoy a good love story with a writer as the hero? :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachna R

    Really liked this one - both Brianna and Grayson are so great, both separately and together; charming, lively, so kind. Brie in particular feels like the kind of character you don't see often in romance novels, I think? The one thing I feel it's missing is that I wish Grayson's turnaround on the things that kept him so different from Brianna would have been - clearer? if that makes sense. It didn't feel abrupt, but considering Roberts' MO of 'they will get married and have babies very soon', and Really liked this one - both Brianna and Grayson are so great, both separately and together; charming, lively, so kind. Brie in particular feels like the kind of character you don't see often in romance novels, I think? The one thing I feel it's missing is that I wish Grayson's turnaround on the things that kept him so different from Brianna would have been - clearer? if that makes sense. It didn't feel abrupt, but considering Roberts' MO of 'they will get married and have babies very soon', and my own ??? with Maggie of the previous book immediately getting pregnant in this one, I'd like to have seen what became of Grayson "other people's kids are cute" Thane other than 'he's in love'.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allison Brooks Hendon

    I haven't cried over a book in a very long time, however the ending to this beautiful novel pulled my frigid heart strings and sent the ice melting through my eyes. A wonderful story of two people not wanting to completely open up, afraid of getting hurt and finding themselves not good enough. Brianna is such a sweet heart, but the wrong question will freeze out anyone, just to keep herself safe. Grey uses his wit and sense of humor to protect himself from himself, feelings he doesnt understand I haven't cried over a book in a very long time, however the ending to this beautiful novel pulled my frigid heart strings and sent the ice melting through my eyes. A wonderful story of two people not wanting to completely open up, afraid of getting hurt and finding themselves not good enough. Brianna is such a sweet heart, but the wrong question will freeze out anyone, just to keep herself safe. Grey uses his wit and sense of humor to protect himself from himself, feelings he doesnt understand or thinks that he wants. The characters created something beautiful, a story that is all too familiar to many people. Nora Roberts spends tales that keep you turning page after page wanting it to never end but wanting that happily ever after to come sooner.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    A definite improvement over Born in Fire, Brianna and Grayson do go past stereotypes as characters a wee bit, and there's a definite connection between them. That said, it's not particularly shippy or a standout in terms of plot. It's basically the definition of a book that I liked but that didn't have that something special to push it higher in terms of ratings.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    Brianna Concannon is one of nature's true homemakers—someone who finds joy and comfort in seeing to the needs of those under her care. While this leaves her open to mischief-makers like her mother, it also draws her into the hearts of those who care for her. I was prepared to like Brianna going into this book, and that didn't disappoint. I wish I could have liked Grayson Thane, more, though. He has depth as a character and you can understand his odd mixture of open-handed kindness and gruff, isol Brianna Concannon is one of nature's true homemakers—someone who finds joy and comfort in seeing to the needs of those under her care. While this leaves her open to mischief-makers like her mother, it also draws her into the hearts of those who care for her. I was prepared to like Brianna going into this book, and that didn't disappoint. I wish I could have liked Grayson Thane, more, though. He has depth as a character and you can understand his odd mixture of open-handed kindness and gruff, isolating, independence. That doesn't mean I have to like it, though. And I particularly didn't like him as a romantic interest for Brie. Yes, he's great for her once he gets over himself. But then, you could say that of anybody who finally loved Brie and would support her. I also wasn't a fan of some of the trappings of this story. There were a few too many plot threads that hared off on weird tangents, too many random events at just the right moment, and too many situations where Gray just happened to have a skill or knowledge for the situation. It felt cobbled-together and a little strained. In the end, there was enough humor and good story-telling that I'll bump it to three stars rather than the mere two I was headed for. I laughed out loud a time or two and that's valuable entertainment, right there. Still, I thought this was Roberts batting below her average. A note about the narrator: Grayson is an American in Ireland. As such, his dialogue really should have stood out from the surrounding characters. Fiacre Douglas started off really rocky with the American accent, doing that thing some across the pond do where they fake the American twang by talking out of their nose. I think that this evened out as the book progressed, and I don't think it was just me getting used to it. Still, with Gray taking up so much of the novel, it was sad that a stronger talent with accents didn't have the reading of it. A note about steamy: This book is a touch steamier than Roberts' standard. There are at least three explicit sex scenes and they aren't short. Also, I strongly dislike when virgins don't have even a twinge of pain because their lovers are just so expert, the moment is exactly right, and/or they are so very ready. Yeah, the sex scenes are supposed to be idealized in these books, but that seems like stretching things a bit too far...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    Book 2 in the "Born In" Trilogy. Not only my favorite in the series, but my favorite Nora Roberts book ever, and I have read every one of her books that I can get my hands on. I have lost count of how many times I have reread this series over the years. I never tire of the characters or the stories behind them. Set in Ireland. Brianna is an innocent, yet strong woman, who runs a Bed and Breakfast. Grayson is an American writer who stays at the B & B to write his next best seller. As Brianna star Book 2 in the "Born In" Trilogy. Not only my favorite in the series, but my favorite Nora Roberts book ever, and I have read every one of her books that I can get my hands on. I have lost count of how many times I have reread this series over the years. I never tire of the characters or the stories behind them. Set in Ireland. Brianna is an innocent, yet strong woman, who runs a Bed and Breakfast. Grayson is an American writer who stays at the B & B to write his next best seller. As Brianna starts to fall in love with Gray, she learns some devastating truths about her past. Grayson is a loner who doesn't believe in setting down roots, due to his past. Throw in Brianna's bitter, overbearing Mother, Bri's sister Maggie and her husband, and lots of friends in the small town in Ireland, and you have a great story. This is Nora Roberts at her best. She brings out the characters as only she can. And she pulls you in with all of the details about Ireland. I have recommended this series more than any other.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Book two in the "Born In' trilogy by Nora Roberts turned out to be an even better ovary tickler than book one . I think the reason Nora Roberts books are so readable is because her characters are so likeable. It becomes very easy to lose yourself in their world and lives. These books are great escapism and a wonderful antidote to the awful sad lives of people we read about in the newspaper every day. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is the number of typesetting mistakes annoy Book two in the "Born In' trilogy by Nora Roberts turned out to be an even better ovary tickler than book one . I think the reason Nora Roberts books are so readable is because her characters are so likeable. It becomes very easy to lose yourself in their world and lives. These books are great escapism and a wonderful antidote to the awful sad lives of people we read about in the newspaper every day. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is the number of typesetting mistakes annoyed me. At one point there is a character called 'Iris' who turns into 'Irish' for about a page. This is just plain sloppy work on the part of the publishers Piatkus and Phoenix Photosetting and if they'd like to offer me a job I assure them I'll do much better!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Brianna's quiet composure, hiding a incredible depth of feeling, always tugged at me. Her joy in giving her love, in everything she does is infectious and I don't know how one could help but love her. Grayson - though incredibly stubborn in his thoughts that he needs no one and nothing permanently - is such a fantastic hero. His gleeful joy in his work (murder/mystery writer) and curiousity, along with his unquenchable desire to truly know people makes his irresistible. There's definitely some pai Brianna's quiet composure, hiding a incredible depth of feeling, always tugged at me. Her joy in giving her love, in everything she does is infectious and I don't know how one could help but love her. Grayson - though incredibly stubborn in his thoughts that he needs no one and nothing permanently - is such a fantastic hero. His gleeful joy in his work (murder/mystery writer) and curiousity, along with his unquenchable desire to truly know people makes his irresistible. There's definitely some pain caused between these two, and from some outside influences, but seeing Gray quietly realize that a home and love isn't a cage, but salvation was beautiful. A nice simple mystery regarding of her Brianna's Da's investments adds a touch of something more to the story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marielle

    Loved this story, again. The wandering writer that chose a home and the deeprouted homemaker who made that home for him. And oh, that scene at the end... sigh, what a great way to end the story, which would have almost made this a 5 star rating, where it not for that silly bit of suspense thrown in. There are sparks, there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of cakes, the romance builds slowly and steadily and is totally believable for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Candy Laine

    Love the scene where Brianna Concannon comes down the stairs in the middle of the thunderstorm and her future boyfriend gets his first glimpse of her. Master work by Nora Roberts!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jade aka MrsTosh

    I adore these books and Nora Roberts for that matter.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara Kalt

    Loved this story! Brie and Gray are so good together, can't wait to see what the last book brings.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Megzy

    Brianna is a saint. I wish I had her temperament but unfortunately I am more like her big sister Maggie! Grayson was very likable too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Well I see why I loved this book when I read it way back when it came out. It's the tea and scones! Main Character owns B & B in County Clare. She the perfect innkeeper. Always baking. Sheets drying on the line. Gorgeous flower beds. She dreams of building a greenhouse. There's the scenery of Ireland. Rolling green hills with standing stones and cows. People riding bicycles to pubs. It's the Ireland of postcards. As for the story, there is a horrible selfish mother whose a hypochondriac. Reminds Well I see why I loved this book when I read it way back when it came out. It's the tea and scones! Main Character owns B & B in County Clare. She the perfect innkeeper. Always baking. Sheets drying on the line. Gorgeous flower beds. She dreams of building a greenhouse. There's the scenery of Ireland. Rolling green hills with standing stones and cows. People riding bicycles to pubs. It's the Ireland of postcards. As for the story, there is a horrible selfish mother whose a hypochondriac. Reminds me so much of my mother. I always go for the stories with daughters who make something of their lives despite horrible mothers. How does this fare on rereading 20plus years later. It's dated. Especially the pop-culture references. Seriously how many wives has Tom Cruise had since this was written? Then there is the romance. It's kind of cringey in places. Had we not started putting Safe Sex in Romance in 1996? Or did we ignore it because it's set in Catholic Ireland? Originally had checked out Born In Trilogy Collection from my Library. I checked it back in right before my Library closed because of COVID-19. While due dates were done away with, I didn't want to have to keep track of it. Decided to buy Kindle copies. I have a vague memory that the last in the series Born in Shame was my least favorite. I've got it on hold through my Library's Virtual Library. Decided I didn't want to buy it. Not sorry I bought Born in Fire because of scenes set at Loop Head and I have fond memories from there. Makes it a souvenir of sorts. Born in Ice is one of those books I will read again because it inspires me to bake. AS to that I'm off to bake scones.

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