The MacGregor Grooms (MacGregors Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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Three MacGregor grandsons are heading for the biggest day of their lives in this heartwarming collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME

Fresh from the success of sending his granddaughters down the aisle, Daniel MacGregor turns his ...
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The MacGregor Grooms (MacGregors Series #9)

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Overview

Three MacGregor grandsons are heading for the biggest day of their lives in this heartwarming collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME

Fresh from the success of sending his granddaughters down the aisle, Daniel MacGregor turns his matchmaking sights on his stubbornly single grandsons: D.C., Duncan and Ian. And though each man will put up a good fight, they’ll be no match for the women chosen by Daniel to tempt and tease them all the way to the altar.

“Roberts has a warm feel for her characters and an eye for evocative detail.”—Chicago Tribune

Includes an exclusive preview of Nora Roberts’s new book The Witness.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101569474
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Series: MacGregors Series , #9
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 16,544
  • File size: 754 KB

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Read an Excerpt

The li ght poured through the tall windows and splashed on the violent slashes of sapphire and ruby. It washed over the man who stood before the canvas like a warrior at battle, wielding a paintbrush like a claymore.

He had the face of a warrior—tough, intense, with knife-edged cheekbones adding hollows, a mouth that was full but firmed in concentration. Eyes brilliant blue and icy cold beneath knitted brows the color of old mahogany.

His hair waved over his ears, curled over the collar of the splattered denim shirt he wore in lieu of a smock. He'd rolled the sleeves up, and the well-toned muscles of his arms rippled as he slashed the brush on canvas.

He was built like a warrior—broad of shoulder, narrow of hip and long of leg. His feet were bare, his wide and clever hands smeared with paint.

In his mind he saw explosions of emotion—passion and lust, greed and hunger. And all of this he fought onto the canvas while mean-edged rock pumped out of the stereo and thumped against the air.

Painting was a war to him—one he was determined to win, battle after battle. When the mood was on him he would work until his arms ached and his fingers cramped. When his mood was otherwise, he could and did ignore his canvases for days, even weeks.

There were those who said D. C. MacGregor lacked discipline. To those, he said who the devil wanted it?

As he clamped the brush between his teeth, switched to a palette knife to smear on a bold emerald, his eyes glittered in triumph.

He had it now. The hours of waging this battle were nearly done. A thin line of sweat slid down the center of his back. The sun beating through the windows was fierce now, and the studio was viciously hot because he'd forgotten to turn on the air-conditioning or open a window to the warm spring air.

He'd forgotten to eat as well, or check his mail, answer the phone or so much as glance out any of the wonderfully tall windows in his apartment. The energy swirled through him, as potent, as primitive as John Mellencamp's edgy, streetwise vocals blasting through the room.

When D.C. stepped back, the brush still clenched like a pirate's blade in his teeth, the palette knife like a dagger in his hand, that firm, somewhat forbidding mouth curved.

"That's it," he murmured. He put the brush in a jar of solution, began to absently clean the knife as he studied his work. "Need," he decided. He would call it simply Need.

For the first time in hours he realized the room was stuffy, the clashing and familiar scents of turpentine and paint thick in the air. He crossed the unpolished hardwood floor and shoved open one of the tall windows, took a deep gulp of fresh air.

It had been the windows, and this view of the C & O Canal, that had sold him on this apartment when he'd decided to come back to Washington. He'd grown up here, with eight years of his life spent in the White House as first son.

For a space of time he'd lived and worked in New York, and enjoyed it. He'd also lived and worked in San Francisco, and enjoyed that as well. But all through his restless twenties something had tugged at him. He'd finally given in to it.

This was home.

He stood by the window with his hands shoved in the back pockets of ragged jeans. The cherry blossoms were in full, glorious bloom; the canal sparkled in the afternoon light. Joggers plugged away along the towpath.

D.C. wondered idly what day it was.

Then, realizing he was starving to death, he left the music blaring and headed to the kitchen.

The penthouse was two levels, with the top designed for a master bedroom suite. D.C. had made it his studio and slept on a mattress tossed on the floor in the spare room. He hadn't gotten around to dealing with bed frames.

Most of his clothes were still in the packing boxes they'd been shipped in nearly two months before. He figured they worked efficiently enough as dressers until he found time to buy the real thing.

The main floor had a spacious living area ringed by more windows, still undraped. In it, there was a single sofa—the tags still on—a glorious Duncan Phyfe table with a half inch of dust coating its surface, and a floor lamp with a dented metal shade. The random-width pine floor was bare and desperately needed vacuuming.

The dining alcove off the kitchen was empty, the kitchen itself in shambles. What dishes and pots weren't heaped in the sink were still in boxes. He went directly to the refrigerator and was bitterly surprised to find it empty but for three beers, a bottle of white wine and two eggs.

He could have sworn he'd gone shopping.

Rummaging through the cupboards, he came up with a few slices of very moldy bread, a bag of coffee, six boxes of cornflakes and a single can of soup.

Resigned, he ripped open a box of cereal and ate a handful while debating which he wanted more, coffee or a shower. He'd just decided to make the coffee and take it with him into the shower when the phone rang.

He noted without much interest that his message light was blinking, and, munching dry cereal, he answered.

"Hello."

"There's my boy."

And those ice blue eyes went warm, that hard mouth went soft. D.C. leaned against the counter and grinned. "Hey, Grandpa, what are you up to?"

"Some would say no good." Daniel's voice boomed out. "Don't you return your messages? I've talked to your bloody machine half a dozen times in the last few days. Your grandmother wanted to fly down to make sure you weren't dead in your bed."

D.C. only lifted a brow. It was well known that Daniel used his serene wife whenever he wanted to nag the children.

"I've been working."

"Good. That's good, but you can take a breath now and then, can't you?"

"I'm taking one now."

"I've a favor to ask you, D.C. I don't like to do it." Daniel let out a heavy sigh and had his grandson's brow knitting.

"What do you need?"

"You won't like it—God knows I can't blame you. But I'm in a bit of a fix. Your aunt Myra—"

"Is she all right?" D.C. straightened from the counter. Myra Dittmeyer was his grandmother's oldest and dearest friend, his own godmother and an honorary member of the Clan MacGregor. D.C. adored her, and remembered guiltily that he hadn't been to see her since he returned to Washington six weeks before.

"Oh, she's fit and fine, boy. Don't you worry about that. The woman's just as feisty as ever. But, well, she has another godchild. I doubt you remember the girl. You'd have met her a time or two when you were a lad. Layna Drake?"

Concentrating, D.C. got a vague image of a spindly little girl with hair like dandelion fluff. "What about her?"

"She's back in Washington. You know Drake's—the department stores. That's her family. She's working in their flagship store there now, and Myra… Well, I'm just going to say it straight out. There's a charity ball tomorrow night, and Myra's fussing because the girl doesn't have an escort. She's been at me to ask you—"

"Damn it, Grandpa."

"I know, I know." Daniel used his most long-suffering sigh. "Women, boy—what else can I say? They'll peck away at us like ducks until we just give in. I told her I would ask you. It would be a big favor to me if you'd see your way clear for this one night."

"If you and Aunt Myra are trying to set me up—"

Daniel interrupted with a hearty laugh that had D.C. frowning. "Not this time, boy. This girl isn't for you, take my word. She's pretty enough, and well mannered, but she'd never do for you. Too cool, to my way of thinking, and a bit of the nose-in-the-air sort. No, no, I wouldn't like to see you looking in that direction. And if you can't spare the evening, I'll just tell Myra I reached you too late and you already had plans."

"Tomorrow night?" D.C. scooped his fingers through his hair. He hated charity functions. "Is it black tie?"

"I'm afraid so." At the muttered oath in response, Daniel made sympathetic noises. "Tell you what, I'll just call Myra back and tell her you can't make it. No use wasting your evening with a girl who's likely to bore you to tears, is there? I doubt the two of you have a single thing in common. Better you start looking for a wife. It's time you were married and settled, Daniel Campbell. Past time. Your grandmother worries you'll end up starving in your studio, a lonely old man without a single chick or child. I've got another girl in mind. She's—"

"I'll do it," D.C. interrupted, purely in reflex. If Daniel didn't think much of Myra's goddaughter, it meant he wouldn't be on the phone constantly asking for relationship updates. Perhaps after this favor, his grandfather might ease off his relentless dynasty building—and though D.C. didn't hold out much hope for that outcome, it was worth a try. "What time tomorrow, and where do I pick what's-her-name up?"

"Oh, bless you. I owe you for this one. The affair's at eight, at the Shoreham Hotel. Layna's taken over her parents' town house on O Street." Examining his nails, Daniel rattled off the address. "I appreciate you getting me out of this little fix, D.C."

D.C. shrugged, upending the cereal box into his mouth as he traded family gossip with Daniel. And he wondered fleetingly where the hell he might have packed his tux.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    SOOOOO GOOD! Nora does it again and again. Amazing style, easy

    SOOOOO GOOD! Nora does it again and again. Amazing style, easy reading, and captivates from the frist paragraph to the very last. The MC's are entertaining and so likeable, plus the plot is so good! This may be one of my favorites of hers so far. The dialogue is totally endearing as the three men take on the most important day of their lives. I highly recommend it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2011

    Wish this was in Nook Format

    Wish they still had the button you could click to tell the publisher you wanted the book in nook format.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Scottish love story

    If you are looking for a great love story about a Scottish family the MacGregor series is the series you want to read you can't just stop at one of the stories you have to read them all.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Fabulous

    Picked up the Grooms after reading The MacGregor Brides. Such a great summertime or winter by the fire book to read. I love the feeling of family that is able to be felt by the reader. Brings back the basic need to have unconditional love by your family. Warm and will give you a chuckle or two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    The Macgregor's at it again!

    The saga of the Macgregors continue with the three grandsons of head Matrioch, Daniel Macgregor. His interest this time is in D.C, Duncan, and Ian, his beloved grandsons. The Macgregor decides that they have turned out to be successful, independent, handsome lads and yet they are lacking in one important thing. What is that? Its time they each married and settled down and have babies. They don't agree of course, but that doesnt stop the Macgregor. So Nora Roberts takes us into the lives of these three hunky bachelors and how their grandfather manages to provide them with exactly what they are lacking in his usual sneaky way. It will make you laugh, cry, and wish you were one of the brides. Read this one and then quickly go out and buy the next one in the Macgregor series. You won't want to miss a moment of fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    Nora Robert's done it again!

    This book is one of the best sweet romantic comedy books around! kinda makes me want to meet one of the MacGregor boys. Anyway, if you like her other books, READ THIS ONE, and if you don't, read this one anyway, because it is sure to turn your head into reading more. it's an easy read and i finished it within one sitting. it's such a great book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    ATL

    Here

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Wow...wtever....im not stupid v.

    Smh~QueenReenelle*walks out*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    The MacGregor Grooms

    I have not yet read this book, but I can tell you it will be just as good as the others in the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    To Mac

    I would like to have both.Where do you live and can I have an email?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    To mackenzie

    You got an email?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Kato

    Real sex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Sexier girl named

    Natasha. She has huge boobs and a sexy azz if u want to fuq her go to the second res and reply to Natasha.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    MacKenzie

    Hi boys.. any of you want to have nook se.x (or real se.x) ( both)... my name is mackenzie.. i am a girl has blond hair blue eyes light skin right now but will get tan as soon as summer comes!!! Reply to mackenzie or mac... . P. S. She will be glad to have real (would like real se.x the most thou) or nook se.x (or even both)... its is up to you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Enjoyable Read

    This book is a compliment to the Nora Roberts book about the MacGregor Brides. Fun, easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    good read.

    love happily ever after

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Don't waste your money

    They r all the same after u read the first one. Only new names for each book

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Nora Roberts not at her best

    In stead of a novel, you get three short stories, all way too predictable and too similar. A waste of money for someone so talented as a writer. She could have taken the time to weave a story with all three characters, rather than making 2 carbon copies of the first MacGregor male. I will not purchase anymore of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    great book

    as usual nora roberts wrote another great book. great for a cold winter afternoon on the couch

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    AWESOME!!

    There isn't anything I can say bad about Nora Roberts. She as me hooked within the first three pages and then I don't want to put the book down. This book especially ends the series well and it was great to see that the Macgregor got see most of his grandbabies married.

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