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The Heart of Devin MacKade

Devin MacKade knew it was his destiny to serve and protect the small town of Antietam, Maryland. And he always suspected his future should have little Cassie Connor in it. After Cassie married the wrong man, Devin tried to convince himself there would be other women, other loves. Now, after Cassie's divorce, Devin can finally follow his heart. But can Cassie follow hers?

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The Heart of Devin MacKade

Devin MacKade knew it was his destiny to serve and protect the small town of Antietam, Maryland. And he always suspected his future should have little Cassie Connor in it. After Cassie married the wrong man, Devin tried to convince himself there would be other women, other loves. Now, after Cassie's divorce, Devin can finally follow his heart. But can Cassie follow hers?

The Fall of Shane MacKade

Shane MacKade loved women. He loved the look of them, the smell of them, the taste of them—everything about them. So the last thing he expected was to become a one-woman man. And even more surprising was that it was the Ph.D.-toting academic Rebecca McKnight that had him heading for a fall. Are Shane's days as a bachelor over? It's a possibility.…

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  • ISBN-13: 9780373285808
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: The MacKade Brothers Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is a bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone.

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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

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The town of Antietam was a pretty sight in late spring. Sheriff Devin MacKade liked to walk the uneven sidewalks and smell the freshly mowed grass, the flowers, hear the yip of dogs and shouts of children.

He liked to take in the order of it, the continuity, and the little changes. Outside the bank, a bed of pink begonias was spreading. The three cars jockeying in line at the drive-in window constituted a traffic jam.

Down a little ways, in front of the post office, there were men passing the time, taking the air. Through the barbershop window, he could see a toddler experiencing his first haircut, while his mother bit her nails and blinked damp eyes.

The banners were flying for the annual Memorial Day parade and picnic. He could see several people busily scrubbing or painting their porches in preparation for the event.

It was an event he enjoyed, even with its logistical and traffic headaches. He liked the continuity of it, the predictability. The way people would plant themselves with their folding chairs and coolers along the curb, hours before parade time, to ensure that they would have a good view of the marching bands and twirling batons.

Most of all, he liked the way the townspeople threw themselves into that weekend, how much they cared, how strong their pride.

His father had told him of the ancient man who, when he himself was a little boy, had walked creakily down Main Street wearing Confederate gray at an earlier Memorial Day. One of the last living testaments to the Civil War.

Dead now, as they all were, Devin mused as he glanced over at the memorial in the town's square. Dead, but not and never forgotten. At least not in little towns such as these, which had once known the sound of mortar and rifle fire and the terrible cries of the wounded.

Turning away, he looked down the street and sighed. There was Mrs. Metz's Buick, parked, as usual, in the red zone. He could give her a ticket, Devin mused, and she would pay it. But when she lumbered into his office to hand over the fine, she would also treat him to a lecture. He blew out a breath, studied the door of the library. No doubt that was where she was, gossiping over the counter with Sarah Jane Poffenberger.

Devin drew together his courage and fortitude and climbed the old stone steps.

She was exactly where he'd expected her to be, leaning over the counter, a mountain of paperback novels at her dimpled elbow, deep into the latest dirt with the librarian. Devin wondered why any woman so…generously sized insisted on wearing wildly patterned dresses.

"Mrs. Metz." He kept his voice low. He'd been tossed out of the library many times in his youth by Miss Sarah Jane.

"Well, hello there, Devin." Beaming a smile, Mrs. Metz turned to him. Her elbow nearly toppled the mountain of books, but Miss Sarah Jane, for all her resemblance to an understuffed scarecrow, moved fast. "And how are you on this beautiful afternoon?"

"I'm just fine. Hello, Miss Sarah Jane."

"Devin." Iron-gray hair pulled back from paper-thin white skin, starched collar buttoned firmly to her chin, Sarah Jane nodded regally. "Did you come in to return that copy of The Red Badge of Courage?"

"No, ma'am." He very nearly flushed. He'd lost the damn book twenty years before, he'd paid for it, he'd even swept the library for a month as penance for his carelessness. Now, though he was a man—one who wore a badge and was considered responsible by most—he was shriveled down to a boy by Sarah Jane Poffenberger's steely eyes.

"A book is a treasure," she said, as she always did.

"Yes, ma'am. Ah, Mrs. Metz…" More to save himself now than to uphold parking laws, he shifted his gaze. "You're parked illegally. Again."

"I am?" All innocence, she fluttered at him. "Why, I don't know how that happened, Devin. I would have sworn I pulled into the right place. I just came in to check out a few books. I'd have walked, but I had to run into the city, and stopped by on my way home. Reading's one of God's gifts, isn't it, Sarah Jane?"

"It is indeed." Though her mouth remained solemn, the dark eyes in Sarah Jane's wrinkled face were laughing. Devin had to concentrate on not shuffling his feet.

"You're in the red zone, Mrs. Metz."

"Oh, dear. You didn't give me a ticket, did you?"

"Not yet," Devin muttered.

"Because Mr. Metz gets all huffy when I get a ticket. And I've only been here for a minute or two, isn't that right, Sarah Jane."

"Just a minute or two," Sarah Jane confirmed, but she winked at Devin.

"If you'd move your car—"

"I'll do that. I surely will. Just as soon as I check out these books. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have my books, what with the way Mr. Metz watches the TV. You check these out for me, Sarah Jane, while Devin tells us how his family's doing."

He knew when he was outgunned. After all, he was a cop. "They're fine."

"And those sweet little babies. Imagine two of your brothers having babies within months of each other. I just have to get over to see them all."

"The babies are fine, too." He softened at the thought of them. "Growing."

"Oh, they do grow, don't they, Sarah Jane? Grow like weeds, before you can stop them. Now you've got yourself a nephew and a niece."

"Two nephews and a niece," Devin reminded her, adding Jared's wife Savannah's son, Bryan.

"Yes, indeed. Give you any ideas about starting your own brood?"

Her eyes were glittering at the thought of getting the inside story on future events. Devin stood his ground. "Being an uncle suits me." Without a qualm, he tossed his sister-in-law to the wolves. "Regan has little Nate with her at the shop today. I saw him a couple hours ago."

"Does she?"

"She mentioned Savannah might be coming by, with Layla."

"Oh, my! Well…" Being able to corner both MacKade women, and their babies, was such a coup, Mrs. Metz nearly trembled at the idea. "Hurry on up there, Sarah Jane. I've got errands to run."

"Hold your horses now, I've got 'em for you right here." Sarah Jane handed over the canvas bag Mrs. Metz had brought, now pregnant with books. Moments later, when Mrs. Metz puffed her way out, Sarah Jane smiled. "You're a smart boy, Devin. Always were."

"If Regan finds out I headed her over there, she'll skin me." He grinned. "But a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Nice seeing you, Miss Sarah Jane."

"You find that copy of The Red Badge of Courage, Devin MacKade. Books aren't meant to be wasted."

He winced as he opened the door. "Yes, ma'am."

For all her bulk, Mrs. Metz moved quickly. She was already pulling out of the red zone and into the sparse traffic. Congratulating himself on a job well done, Devin told himself he could take a quick ride down to the MacKade Inn.

Just needed to check and make sure there wasn't anything that needed his attention, he told himself as he walked up the street to his cruiser. It was his brother Rafe's place, after all. It was his duty to check on it now and again.

The fact that Cassie Dolin managed the bed-and-break-fast and lived on the third floor with her two children had nothing to do with it.

He was just doing his job.

Which was, he thought as he slipped behind the wheel of his car, a huge and ridiculous lie.

He was, however, doing what he had to do. Which was to see her. At least once a day, he simply had to see her. He just had to, no matter how much it hurt, or how careful he had to be. More careful, he reminded himself, now that she was divorced from that bastard who had beaten and abused her for years.

Joe Dolin was in prison, Devin thought with grim satisfaction as he headed out of town. And he would be there for quite some time to come.

As the sheriff, as a friend, as the man who had loved her most of his life, Devin had a duty to see that Cassie and the kids were safe and happy.

And maybe today he could make her smile, all the way to her big gray eyes.

What had been the old Barlow place—and likely would remain that forever in the mind of the town—sat on a hill just on the edge of Antietam. Once it had been the property of a rich man who enjoyed its height, its expensive furnishings, its enviable view. It had stood there while the bloodiest day of the Civil War raged around it. It had stood while a wounded young soldier was murdered on its polished grand staircase. There it had remained while the mistress of the house grieved herself to death. Or so the legend went.

It had stood, falling into decay, disuse, disregard. Its stones had not moved when its porches rotted, when its windows were shattered by rocks heaved by rambunctious children. It had stood, empty but for its ghosts, for decades.

Until Rafe MacKade had returned and claimed it.

It was the house, Devin thought as he turned up its steep lane, that had brought Rafe and Regan together. Together, they had turned that brooding old building into something fine, something lovely.

Where there had once been weeds and thorny brambles, there was now a lush, terraced lawn, vivid with flowers and shrubs. He had helped plant them himself. The MacKades always united when it came to developing dreams—or destroying enemies.

The windows gleamed now, framed by rich blue trim, their overflowing flower boxes filled with sunny-faced pansies. The sturdy double porches were painted that same blue, and offered guests a place to sit and look toward town.

Or, he knew, if they chose to sit around at the back, they'd have a long view of the haunted woods that bordered the inn's property, his own farm, and the land where his brother Jared, his wife, Savannah, and their children lived.

He didn't knock, but simply stepped inside. There were no cars in the drive, but for Cassie's, so he knew the overnight guests had already left, and any others had yet to arrive.

He stood for a moment in the grand hall, with its polished floor, pretty rugs and haunted staircase. There were always flowers. Cassie saw to that. Pretty vases of fragrant blooms, little bowls and dishes with potpourri that he knew she made herself.

So, to him, the house always smelled like Cassie.

He wasn't sure where he would find her—in the kitchen, in the yard, in her apartment on the third floor. He moved through the house from front to rear, knowing that if he didn't find her in the first two, he would climb the outside stairs and knock on the door of her private quarters.

It was hard to believe that less than two years before, the house had been full of dust and cobwebs, all cracked plaster and chipped molding. Now floors and walls gleamed, windows shone, wood was polished to a high sheen. Antique tables were topped with what Devin always thought of as dust collectors, but they were charming.

Rafe and Regan had done something here, built something here. Just as they were doing in the old house they'd bought for themselves outside of town.

He envied his brother that, not just the love, but the partnership of a woman, the home and family they had created together.

Shane had the farm. Technically, it belonged to all four of them, but it was Shane's, heart and soul. Rafe had Regan and their baby, the inn, and the lovely old stone-and-cedar house they were making their own. Jared had Savannah, the children, and the cabin.

And as for himself? Devin mused. Well, he had the town, he supposed. And a cot in the back room of the sheriff's office.

The kitchen was empty. Though it was as neat as a model on display, it held all the warmth kitchens were meant to. Slate-blue tiles and creamy white appliances were a backdrop for little things—fresh fruit in an old stoneware bowl, a sassy cookie jar in the shape of a smiling cat that he knew would be full of fresh, home-baked cookies, long, tapered jars that held the herbed vinegars Cassie made, a row of African violets in bloom on the wide windowsill over the sink.

And then, through the window, he saw her, taking billowing sheets from the line where they'd dried in the warm breeze.

His heart turned over in his chest. He could handle that, had handled it for too many years to count. She looked happy, was all he could think. Her lips were curved a little, her gray eyes dreamy. The breeze that fluttered the sheets teased her hair, sending the honeycomb curls dancing around her face, along her neck and throat.

Like the kitchen, she was neat, tidy, efficient without being cold. She wore a white cotton blouse tucked into navy slacks. Just lately, she'd started to add little pieces of jewelry. No rings. Her divorce had been final for a full year now, and he knew the exact day she'd taken off her wedding ring.

But she wore small gold hoops in her ears and a touch of color on her mouth. She'd stopped wearing makeup and jewelry shortly after her marriage. Devin remembered that, too.

Just as he remembered the first time he'd been called out to the house she rented with Joe, answering a complaint from the neighbors. He remembered the fear in her eyes when she'd come to the door, the marks on her face, the way her voice had hitched and trembled when she told him there wasn't any trouble, there was no trouble at all. She'd slipped and fallen, that was all.

Yes, he remembered that. And his frustration, the hideous sense of impotence that first time, and all the other times he'd had to confront her, to ask her, to quietly offer her alternatives that were just as quietly refused.

There'd been nothing he could do as sheriff to stop what happened inside that house, until the day she finally came into his office—bruised, beaten, terrified—to fill out a complaint.

There was little he could do now as sheriff but offer her friendship.

So he walked out the rear door, a casual smile on his face. "Hey, Cass."

Alarm came into her eyes first, darkening that lovely gray. He was used to it, though it pained him immeasurably to know that she thought of him as the sheriff first—as authority, as the bearer of trouble—before she thought of him as an old friend. But the smile came back more quickly than it once had, chasing the tension away from those delicate features.

"Hello, Devin." Calmly, because she was teaching herself to be calm, she hooked a clothespin back on the line and began folding the sheet.

"Need some help?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2009

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    You will fall in love with the MacKade Brothers

    This was an awesome book about four drop dead gorgeous brothers. Each of them have something different to bring to the table -- Rafe is a bad boy through and through; Jared is a very proud man and his pride tends to get in the way; Devin is the town sherriff and has the biggest heart of them all, Shane loves women and they love him. It was a lot of fun to follow the books and the life of the four brothers and how they fall in love. It's a make you feel good story - and if you have a beating pulse you WILL fall in love with The MacKade Brothers!!

    ** This is the second book in the series so make sure you read Rafe and Jared first **

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Good Story

    Good Story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    recommended

    Loved it, as I do all of her books, she is the bet writer I have ever read. Can't get enough of her books.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Is There Another MacKade for Me

    I loved this series. I fell in love with each of them. And you couldn't help but love their ladies as well. I love the way the family was betrayed. It made you wish you were a part of theirs.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    This was the first book I read of the Mackade Brothers. I picked it up by chance and by choice have read it over 2 times. Sad I know but I cant help it, I am a hopeless romantic. The description of Devin is to die for, as well as the other three brothers, but his image has got to be my favorite. Shane feels to me like the boy next door. Running around smooth talking all the ladies but just going through all the wrong ones trying to find his ultimate one. Both these stories were written beautifully that I immediately picked up the first book based on Rafe and Jared. The two older brothers that take my dreams away everynight. How I hope all of Nora Roberts novels be made into lifetime movies.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    The MacKade Brothers - Devin and Shane - A wonderful ending to a fabulous series.

    These are the last 2 books in the 4 book MacKade Brother Series. A series about the 4 MacKade Brothers, Rafe, Jared, Devin, and Shane. Book 3 The Heart of Devin Mackade, is about Sheriff Devin MacKade. He has been in love his whole life with the beautiful, shy Cassie, but had to watch as her abusive husband hurt her and her 2 children. Now that Cassie is divorced and free, will Devin be able to convince Cassie that his love can heal her scars and that the only place that she and the children belong is with him.

    Book 4 The Fall of Shane MacKade, is about farmer Shane MacKade. What happens when Regan's beautiful, bookish best friend Rebecca comes to town and turns Shane's life upside down. The MacKade brothers are dropping like flies (into marriage and family life), will Shane follow suit, or will he allow his one chance to walk away forever.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Nora Roberts does it again. She is indeed the queen of romance novels. This is another gem in her amazing collection of exciting and well written books, that keeps her readers wanting more.

    The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shane is a heartwarming story that takes place in the small town of Antietam, Maryland, and brings the reader into the fascinating lives of two brothers. There is excitment, adventure, love and romance all woven into the tales of these amazing young men.

    Want a good book to take to the beach? Or perhaps on a cruise? Maybe you just need a break from a stressful existance. Well, this book is better than Calgon in your bath. Why not read it while soaking in your tub! You'll find it hard to put down. And here's another good tidbit: there is a book you must read before this one. It's called, The MacKade Brothers: Rafe and Jared. It's the first of this two book series. Once I read that one, I had to buy and read the second one.

    So, if you are already a fan of Nora Roberts, and you haven't read The MacKade Brothers, you'll want to live vicariously through them. If you're new to this author, she will not let you down.....and that's a promise!

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    MacKade Series

    Another of Nora Roberts' series about families and their trials and tribulations and romance. Fun to read, pretty predictable but engaging and you read and read and read!
    I liked the characters in both books. THe four brothers are HOT and she makes you wish you knew them yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2010

    GREAT SERIES

    This books is probably one of my favorite reads of NR! She is such a talented writer but the two love stories really dig deep. Devin MacKade's love story reveals the inner struggle to keep his long time love Cassie a part of his, but a sizzling kiss changes it all and leaves you wanting more. Shane MacKade in the second part of the book is such a charmer with his boyish goodlooks. But he falls hard for his sister in laws friend and makes for a great romance read. The women in the books are strong and don't just fall at the feet of the men,which makes it all the more interesting!!

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    The Mackade Brothers:Devin and Shane

    I thought this book was well written. I love the two romantic stories in one book. It is amazing how much can be brought together by one tragic event!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Not that great

    the second story was better than the first one, but I hate when authors can have an entire book per story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

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    Great story of family fate and love. It is the second book in the MacKade family series and completes the story of the MacKade brothers lives and loves. The story shows the strength and support of family bonds.

    This book is a continuation of the stories of the four MacKade brothers concentrating on Devin's and Shane's stories. Devine's story follows his path of destiny with Cassie Connor who he's loved since he was a boy. He's always wanted to protect her even after she married the wrong man and was trapped in a bad marriage. Shane's story follows his path of destiny with Rebecca McKnight. Becoming a one one woman man is not an easy thing for a man who has always loved women with his philosophy of the more of them the better. You will find it hard to put down this book as the stories are compelling and you will want to find out what's going to happen next. I enjoyed reading these Nora Roberts' books because of the way she weaves together romance, mystery, and the importance of family. If you haven't already read the first book which tells the stories of Rafe and Jared MacKade you'll find yourself compelled to read it to understand how each brother's fate intertwines to complete the MacKade family's love and destiny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

    Love the MacKade boys!!

    Book two of the MacKade brothers was every bit as good as book one. Roberts' ability to portray men as sensual and sensitive characters is a true gift. Every woman wants a man who will protect her fiercely and love her tenderly and - once again - Nora Roberts delivers that man to us. This time in the form of 4 brothers who would go to the ends of the earth for love and honor. I love all of Nora Roberts' novels and will continue to read them as long as she continues to write them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

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    The Mackade Brothers: Another Nora Roberts classic buidling on the family relationships and their love interests.

    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors. When she writes about the relationships between siblings the strong family ties are described in depth. As the reader, you feel as if you really know each character. Devin and Shane are the younger brothers of the four MacKades. Each one has his unique personality and role in the family. Each of these young men has his own needs to find that perfect women to calm him. Nora Roberts is a master at understanding the heart. She spends time on developing the characters so that even if you have a sense of what the ending will be, you have to continue to read because of the journey she takes you on to get there. The MacKade Brothers is a powerful story about family, love and making relationships work no matter how hard it is to do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

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    Another great book from an outstanding author

    I love Nora Roberts' books! This is another great book. It is a re-release of the second two books from a quartet previously published. The entire series is a fun, quick read. Classic story (with a twist) of taming the bad boys in town, and who doesn't love a good bad boy? Read all four stories, re-released as two great books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

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    The MacKade Brothers Rule!

    Loved Devin & Shane (Book 3 & 4) but I have to say I also loved Rafe & Jared (book 1 & 2). The MacKade brothers are delightful reads. Loved them! Romantic through and through! I love a bad boy turned good. Rafe was my favorite. I highly recommmend this book to all!

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    What a great read

    This is the very first book by Nora Roberts that I've read and I loved it. I enjoyed her writing style and am looking forward to reading more from her. I really enjoyed this book, the characters, the story - it was wonderful. I love history and I feel like in reading this story that a I got a lesson. I hadn't really read much on The Battle at Antietam but through her storytelling I feel like I learned a lot about that part of the civil war. I wouldn't mind visiting Antietam so I could actually see the area that she so described so well.

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