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"COME TO AMERICA. YOUR HOME IS WITH ME NOW." Adelia Cunnane's uncle had written her. So Adelia had left Ireland to join him on what he had described as the finest horse farm in Maryland. Adelia agreed with her uncle about the farm. But what should she think about its owner, Travis Grant? She knew that he could master his strongest horse. She had seen his eyes soften at the bi "COME TO AMERICA. YOUR HOME IS WITH ME NOW." Adelia Cunnane's uncle had written her. So Adelia had left Ireland to join him on what he had described as the finest horse farm in Maryland. Adelia agreed with her uncle about the farm. But what should she think about its owner, Travis Grant? She knew that he could master his strongest horse. She had seen his eyes soften at the birth of a foal. Yet his lips on hers demanded a submission that she was not yet ready to give -- at least not until he had spoken the words she had to hear.


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"COME TO AMERICA. YOUR HOME IS WITH ME NOW." Adelia Cunnane's uncle had written her. So Adelia had left Ireland to join him on what he had described as the finest horse farm in Maryland. Adelia agreed with her uncle about the farm. But what should she think about its owner, Travis Grant? She knew that he could master his strongest horse. She had seen his eyes soften at the bi "COME TO AMERICA. YOUR HOME IS WITH ME NOW." Adelia Cunnane's uncle had written her. So Adelia had left Ireland to join him on what he had described as the finest horse farm in Maryland. Adelia agreed with her uncle about the farm. But what should she think about its owner, Travis Grant? She knew that he could master his strongest horse. She had seen his eyes soften at the birth of a foal. Yet his lips on hers demanded a submission that she was not yet ready to give -- at least not until he had spoken the words she had to hear.

30 review for Irish Thoroughbred

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chantal ❤️

    5 AMAZING STARS I LOVED THIS STORY! The Hero Travis was a very old school masculine male alpha with a strong protective instinct when it concerns the small Irish "Bonny lass" heroine, Adelia. He is the owner of horse farm where her uncle worked. Little Dee is sent to live with her uncle in America, on the hero's horse farm, after her whole family is wiped out in Ireland. She is young and alone and Travis feels responsible for her well being. From their very first meeting sparks flew! He believes th 5 AMAZING STARS I LOVED THIS STORY! The Hero Travis was a very old school masculine male alpha with a strong protective instinct when it concerns the small Irish "Bonny lass" heroine, Adelia. He is the owner of horse farm where her uncle worked. Little Dee is sent to live with her uncle in America, on the hero's horse farm, after her whole family is wiped out in Ireland. She is young and alone and Travis feels responsible for her well being. From their very first meeting sparks flew! He believes that she is boy until her cap falls and her wonderful hair is revealed. "What The...you're a girl!" He said. "Sure and it's observant you are to be noticing that--and who are you to come around grabbing innocent people and crushing their bones?...A horsewhipping is what you're deserving for scaring the life from me..." She said. "You may be pint-sized, but you're packed with dynamite." Travis and Dee are two very strong individuals! They fight and kiss with so much intensity and passion that you could tell they were very well matched. And if I had on small issues it would be with the "fade to black" love making scenes. I really wanted one full on sex scene here! Together, they become a powerful force. Their story is full of emotions and inner struggles. With a sweet coming together that will have you going... I LOVED IT ALL! Worth a read and a reread for me!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Naksed

    Despite its unabashed hokeyness (the fiery Irish redhead always spewing out insults in her native brogue, the sexy ranch owner forever lifting her forcefully to his height so he can kiss those lips shut, the sophisticated OW always swishing here and there in a cloud of French perfume), Nora Roberts' very first romance book was cute and satisfying. An old-fashioned, low angst, read that will leave you smiling. Despite its unabashed hokeyness (the fiery Irish redhead always spewing out insults in her native brogue, the sexy ranch owner forever lifting her forcefully to his height so he can kiss those lips shut, the sophisticated OW always swishing here and there in a cloud of French perfume), Nora Roberts' very first romance book was cute and satisfying. An old-fashioned, low angst, read that will leave you smiling.

  3. 5 out of 5

    KatiD

    Reviewed by Kati Dancy Reprint/Publisher: Silhouette It all started in 1983, at my parents’ beach house. I was 12, and bored through and through on the one rainy day we had during our beach vacation. My mom suggested I go to the book shelves where renters had left books behind to share, to see if I could find something to entertain me for the afternoon. It was there that I spotted my very first “grown-up” romance novel. Oh sure, I’d read “Fifteen” by Beverly Cleary and had of course read quite a f Reviewed by Kati Dancy Reprint/Publisher: Silhouette It all started in 1983, at my parents’ beach house. I was 12, and bored through and through on the one rainy day we had during our beach vacation. My mom suggested I go to the book shelves where renters had left books behind to share, to see if I could find something to entertain me for the afternoon. It was there that I spotted my very first “grown-up” romance novel. Oh sure, I’d read “Fifteen” by Beverly Cleary and had of course read quite a few of the “Sweet Valley High” series. But this book, with its white cover featuring a gorgeous redheaded woman and a handsome man just behind her kissing her neck, this book that screamed out “romance”, was going to be my initiation into a genre of books that 26 years later, I’m just as passionate about. The book was Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts. Irish Thoroughbred is the story of Adelia Cunnane, who has slaved away all of her life on her small Irish farm, trying desperately to make ends meet. When her beloved aunt who raised her dies, Dee writes to her one remaining relative, Padrick to let him know his sister has passed. His reply is immediate, “Come to America, your home is with me now.” Dee sells her farm and flies to Virginia where she is met by Paddy, who brings her with him to Royal Meadows, the Thoroughbred horse farm where he is the trainer. Dee is anxious to work and immediately takes a shine to Majesty, Royal Meadows prize racer. She is wonderful with animals and is promptly hired to work as a groom. It is on this first day that she meets Travis Grant, Royal Meadows’ handsome and determined owner. The sparks fly from the beginning between Travis and Dee, as they argue over almost every interaction they have. And yet, as time goes by, those arguments become infused with the undeniable attraction they have for each other and a deeper emotion begins to build. Irish Thoroughbred was actually Nora Roberts’ first romance ever published and began her long and distinguished career both with Silhouette and in main stream publishing. The book is wonderfully dated, with fashion straight from the 80s and featuring all of the hallmarks of 80s romance. The hero, Travis, is overbearing, autocratic and a bit of an ass. Dee is feisty to the point of obnoxious and too headstrong by half. And yet, the story illustrates all of the reasons that Nora Roberts is one of the best selling authors, not just of romance, of all time. The main couple is likeable and funny. And the strong connections between all of the characters, secondaries included, are effortlessly drawn. The love story itself includes the dreaded “arranged marriage” and yet, it has a wonderful sweetness that made me, even as a 12 year old, realize that the happily ever after was something that I wanted desperately to read more of. Nora Roberts started me down this road, and she remains my all time favorite author. Re-reading Irish Thoroughbred was a magical walk down memory lane for me. *REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED AT ROMANCE NOVEL TV

  4. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    3.25 stars This was a typical oldie, with forced kisses and brooding hero and I have read so many of them that despite no hero POV you had to be blind to not know hero was insane about the heroine. I liked the heroine, she was plucky, hard-working and took not shit from anyone, including the hero. She leaves everything familiar to her behind to move to America to live with an uncle she hasn't seen in twenty years. She loves her uncle and the place he works at, which the hero owns. These two have 3.25 stars This was a typical oldie, with forced kisses and brooding hero and I have read so many of them that despite no hero POV you had to be blind to not know hero was insane about the heroine. I liked the heroine, she was plucky, hard-working and took not shit from anyone, including the hero. She leaves everything familiar to her behind to move to America to live with an uncle she hasn't seen in twenty years. She loves her uncle and the place he works at, which the hero owns. These two have an MOC when her uncle is taken gravely ill. Our pouring of love comes when the H chases a running h down. Not too bad!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I went into this more interested in it as a historical artifact (Nora Roberts's first published book! Three years older than me!) than as something I was expecting to enjoy, but STILL. Not just vintage misogyny (though there was plenty of that) and the bloodline of current misogyny in romance novels, but WORSE. I liked some of the story at first, enjoying noticing all the proto-Nora at work, enjoying the excellent baseline of sure & confident writing she started at, and then my reactions started I went into this more interested in it as a historical artifact (Nora Roberts's first published book! Three years older than me!) than as something I was expecting to enjoy, but STILL. Not just vintage misogyny (though there was plenty of that) and the bloodline of current misogyny in romance novels, but WORSE. I liked some of the story at first, enjoying noticing all the proto-Nora at work, enjoying the excellent baseline of sure & confident writing she started at, and then my reactions started getting more and more profanity-laden at the content. Horrifying, abusive relationship (beyond just punishing kisses--lots of violent imagery in the hero's threats to her, lots of emotional abuse--marry me, your uncle is on death's door and he wants you to, don't be so selfish! holy omfg), creepy infantalization of the heroine (like, seriously, quote: "You look like a child. A child can’t be bundled off to bed without a goodnight kiss" and musings about how she looks like she's fifteen), and man. And I know that the romance genre has plenty of this shit going on and in fact lauded right now (and, I mean, lots of misogyny and this strain of alpha dickery in Kristen Ashley, but at least Ashley has an entertaining voice and heroines who aren't infantalized), so I point this out but am not exactly feeling like pop culture / the romance genre right now is in great health, either.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Irish Thoroughbred" is the story of Adelia and Travis. When Adelia Cunnane's aunt passes away leaving her all alone in the wild beauty of Ireland, she writes to Paddy, her only living relative. He invites her to the farm in Maryland, where he works under Travis Grant, and wrapping up her life, Adelia runs to him. But while she is able tame the strongest of horses and help birth the most difficult of foal, the thing that fascinates her most is Travis's hot kisses and lingering glances. Finding hap "Irish Thoroughbred" is the story of Adelia and Travis. When Adelia Cunnane's aunt passes away leaving her all alone in the wild beauty of Ireland, she writes to Paddy, her only living relative. He invites her to the farm in Maryland, where he works under Travis Grant, and wrapping up her life, Adelia runs to him. But while she is able tame the strongest of horses and help birth the most difficult of foal, the thing that fascinates her most is Travis's hot kisses and lingering glances. Finding happiness in the most difficult situations, Adelia manages to charm everyone around her, bringing a streak of Irish luck with her. But when Paddy gets sick, and she is asked to belong to Travis, will she ever be able to have his true love? Honestly, a heartwarming read with very likable and strong characters, a whimsical feel and loads of chemistry to keep you hooked. Adelia is such a nice and kind, she had me hooked and rooting for her since chapter one. Her attraction towards Travis, his care for her, all worked, and I wish we saw more of them together- as the last 1/4th of the book felt rushed. If you adore Diana Palmer and/or Nora Roberts, you would love this read- however, it is low on cruel heroes and angst! Enjoyed it! Safe 4.25/5

  7. 5 out of 5

    JoAnna

    This was the perfect book to listen to on my trip to Florida with my mom! We had a lot of fun boo ing the main characters love interest. He was extremely self confident... and on the verge of being a little violent at times. No thank you!!! We did enjoy the Irish accents used and the light horse talk. Overall I had fun!!:)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    Nora Roberts is one of the authors that got me really into reading towards the end of elementary school and beginning of high school and her books will always hold a special place in my heart. This was one of the first I read by her and rereading it so many years later was such a fun experience! It’s a cute story and I’m always partial to the “they hate each other at first but then fall in love before they realize it” storyline!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    At first, I had rather mixed feelings regarding this book. I realize, of course, that this was Nora Robert's first work and that it was published in 1981, so I didn't expect it to be very good. Regarding the plot: I had few problems with the plot up until the marriage thing. It came kind of completely out of nowhere. I mean, Uncle Paddy saw them kiss once in a frenzy of happiness over Majesty having won a very important race and suddenly it was his dearest wish in life for Dee and Travis to get m At first, I had rather mixed feelings regarding this book. I realize, of course, that this was Nora Robert's first work and that it was published in 1981, so I didn't expect it to be very good. Regarding the plot: I had few problems with the plot up until the marriage thing. It came kind of completely out of nowhere. I mean, Uncle Paddy saw them kiss once in a frenzy of happiness over Majesty having won a very important race and suddenly it was his dearest wish in life for Dee and Travis to get married. That literally became his deathwish within the space of about a day. I realize that this novel was written for a rather conservative line of romance novels and that the author had to find some way or other to marry the protagonists off to each other before she could show them having sex, but an arranged marriage? Solely to satisfy the whim of an uncle whom they already said is NOT going to die, but is going to recover fully from his heart attack? Plus, the whole reason Paddy wants this in the first place is so Dee will be "taken care of" once he's gone. I fail to see how Travis couldn't have "taken care of" Dee without forcing her into a marriage (he literally bullies her into marrying him, gripping her shoulders so hard that she goes "beyond physical pain" and telling her that if she cares about her uncle at all, she'll do it) she doesn't want. I mean, she already had a job at Royal Meadows. The only way I could see this being plausible is if she needed to marry someone in order to stay in the country. But Roberts never even brings up the issue of possible deportation as a consequence of NOT marrying Travis, so I really don't see why they needed to get married other than to please the publishers so they wouldn't have to take a chance on trying to sell a book involving premarital sex. Which I suppose makes a bit more sense when you consider that it was 1981, but the entire plotline felt so contrived and flat to me. Regarding the hero: I didn't much care for Travis. I wonder if perhaps I would have liked him more had I read this book (or been alive) when it was first published. With the right social context, his character may have been more likeable, but as such I simply found him rude, controlling, and disrespectful of Dee's wishes and thoughts. He often incites her anger because he thinks it's funny, but then when she tries to call him out on this, he "crushe[s] her mouth with his, cutting off a heated retort." He more than once compares her to a horse. He literally sees her as another one of his animals, needing to be tamed to his will. This is even evident in the name of the book, Irish Thoroughbred. Dee is not a person, she's just another horse. He saves her from a rape attempt in the stables, which is perfectly fine, as Dee is described (over and over and over again, we get it already, Nora Roberts) as a very small person and the large stablehand who assaults her quickly overpowers her. I don't find fault with him helping out of a horrible situation. I have a problem with the fact that he goads her with it. Dee flirts with another man after a race and Travis, in a fit of jealousy, chases him off and then makes fun of Dee for needing help throwing off her attempted rapist from a few weeks before. He apologizes immediately, as he should, but when she retorts that he shouldn't have said it in the first place, he gets angry, calls her a "green-eyed witch", threatens to beat her (this is not the only time he does this- once he even threatens to kill her), and then kisses her without her consent. I was not alive in 1981, but I don't understand how at any point in time this kind of behavior could be considered romantic. It's not romantic; it's creepy, invasive, and abusive. Near the end of the book, Dee thinks to herself that SHE'S been treating HIM terribly and should apologize, classic behavior of an abuse victim. At the end, he explains away his behavior as being an act of love, admitting that he's basically been stalking her ("I didn't dare let you out of my sight; someone might have come along and snatched you away") lest, Heaven forbid, she find herself attracted to someone else. He tells Dee that he's been manipulating her life and work schedule around his desire for her. Wonderful behavior from her BOSS, totally not sexual harassment at all. Regarding the heroine: I love that Dee has an untameable temper. While I did find some of her dialogue and such to be very stereotypical (fiery redhead Catholic virgin Irishwoman), I thought her anger was almost always justified and that her temper added extra depth to an otherwise kind of Mary Sue-ish character. However, I wasn't a fan of how quickly Dee bends to the will of all the men around her. I understand that Paddy is the only family she has left (disproved by the sequel book, however, in which she suddenly has a multitude of cousins back in Ireland), and that he is very important to her. But the idea that she doesn't want to report her attempted rape because it might upset Uncle Paddy seems outlandish to me. There are a multitude of reasons why people don't report it when they've been raped/nearly raped, but not wanting to upset your uncle seems odd. This may have made more sense had Roberts gone into it more and explained that she was in shock or that she was using this as an excuse to cover up her fear/trauma or literally anything, but Dee is almost completely unaffected by the incident. So, all in all, I liked some aspects of the novel. I liked Dee for the most part, although I think my opinion of her would have been increased had the author gone into her character a bit more. But from what I've read of her 1980s novels (I must admit, her more contemporary heroes are far better), Roberts kind of had a thing for borderline abusive, narcissistic, oh-it's-totally-okay-'cause-he's-rich-and-hot heroes. I'm getting tired of it, really.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Wow! Talk about unexpected! I knew this first book ever from NR would probably be different from her current day fare, but let's just say I get why romance books have a bad rap. Judging by this book, I can see why. First, I can't stand that it's all one-sided - no hero's prospective. Makes for a very lopsided story. A few creepy things, the hero would often compare the heroine to a teenage girl (like 15 years old) and the proceeds to kiss her senseless, literally. She would completely forget the Wow! Talk about unexpected! I knew this first book ever from NR would probably be different from her current day fare, but let's just say I get why romance books have a bad rap. Judging by this book, I can see why. First, I can't stand that it's all one-sided - no hero's prospective. Makes for a very lopsided story. A few creepy things, the hero would often compare the heroine to a teenage girl (like 15 years old) and the proceeds to kiss her senseless, literally. She would completely forget the silly reason she was angry at him. This would happen often. I also didn't care for how submissive Dee was - calling everyone missus and master, thinking everyone was better than her, feeling she didn't fit in anywhere. I get you can feel like a fish out of water, but I think if you have a backbone, you can stand your ground a bit better. I did like the scenery descriptions - apparent that is a NR thing right from the beginning of her career. A little too purple prose for my liking. Oh and the reason for the hero and heroine getting married, silly. Another example of showing the heroine to be unable to take care of herself. If this was the way all romances were written in the 80's - I can see why it's taking some time to shake off that reputation.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aayesha Khatri

    This book was one of my first Nora Roberts book, and I nabe no idea about how to on writing a gif-less review about this, BECAUSE DAMN IT LOVED IT. SO. FREAKING. MUCH. SO MUCH. I just have read it over 5 times, and each time I read it, I love it more. I honestly don't know how that's possible. Nora Roberts used to write such amazing books before, I hate her newer books. Adelia is the perfect, ideal heroine in my eyes. Sweet, innocent, but with the right about of fire and backbone, without appearing This book was one of my first Nora Roberts book, and I nabe no idea about how to on writing a gif-less review about this, BECAUSE DAMN IT LOVED IT. SO. FREAKING. MUCH. SO MUCH. I just have read it over 5 times, and each time I read it, I love it more. I honestly don't know how that's possible. Nora Roberts used to write such amazing books before, I hate her newer books. Adelia is the perfect, ideal heroine in my eyes. Sweet, innocent, but with the right about of fire and backbone, without appearing bitchy. 'Just perfect,' whispers Goldilocks. The hero was amazing too, I love May-Devember romances and I love the old Harley custom when we don't have the hero's POV. THIS BOOK WAS SO JUST PERFECT OMGGGG *BURSTS INTO TEARS* What made it even more special was that it was horse-themed. Have I ever told y'all how much I love horses? BECAUSE I DO. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I only wish I was a better rider, I suck at horse riding -.-

  12. 5 out of 5

    Azet

    I liked what i read,following the irish spirited animal-lover Adelia Cunnane loose everything she hold dear and leaves her country to live with her uncle in Maryland. Nora Roberts showes us Adelia`s passion for horses through long horseback ridings with Majesty...and early on shows the fascination and attraction Adelia`s boss,horse breeder Travis Grant has for her on first sight. The book was short,and it is easily revealing that this is one of Roberts very early works (its actually her debut), a I liked what i read,following the irish spirited animal-lover Adelia Cunnane loose everything she hold dear and leaves her country to live with her uncle in Maryland. Nora Roberts showes us Adelia`s passion for horses through long horseback ridings with Majesty...and early on shows the fascination and attraction Adelia`s boss,horse breeder Travis Grant has for her on first sight. The book was short,and it is easily revealing that this is one of Roberts very early works (its actually her debut), and i have to honestly admit that i have read books by her that are much better developed("Sullivan`s Woman" and "Finding the Dream" are some examples among many). Adelia and Travis was born to be together,and i just wish that Roberts didn`t rush the ending in that way. There is a lot of wooing, arguing between H and h,a wannabe OW...and marriage of convenience to add to that matter.Romance indeed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    This heroine is a walking, talking cliche of a fiery Irish lass, with a wee touch of the Irish magic in how she deals with animals and people. This is simple, enjoyable, hokey fun, or my name isn't Patty O'Furniture. This heroine is a walking, talking cliche of a fiery Irish lass, with a wee touch of the Irish magic in how she deals with animals and people. This is simple, enjoyable, hokey fun, or my name isn't Patty O'Furniture.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carla *Jen7waters*

    *after the re-read* Just realised this book is problematic af but I still love Adelia so much.

  15. 4 out of 5

    SOMDReigel

    An oldie but goodie The Irish Thoroughbred is Nora Robert's first book and is still a good romance to read. I have the paperback from when it was published in 1981 and once I did a reread I remembered the story right away. The Irish Thoroughbred is set on a horse farm in Maryland. The heroine of the book moves to the farm from Ireland to live with her only living relative, her uncle. She meets the owner of the farm and sparks fly from their first meeting. Their arguments become undeniable attract An oldie but goodie The Irish Thoroughbred is Nora Robert's first book and is still a good romance to read. I have the paperback from when it was published in 1981 and once I did a reread I remembered the story right away. The Irish Thoroughbred is set on a horse farm in Maryland. The heroine of the book moves to the farm from Ireland to live with her only living relative, her uncle. She meets the owner of the farm and sparks fly from their first meeting. Their arguments become undeniable attraction and builds into a deeper emotion. There’s an arranged marriage yet there’s a sweetness to it. The hero, Travis, is overbearing and a bit of a jerk but also a protector. Dee is feisty, has a sharp tongue, and is perfect on the farm with her special connection to horses. With that said, the main couple is likeable. The story is a bit dated, but that just makes it all the better to read. Enjoyable read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very outdated genderroles Yes, I know this book was written in the 1980s... still while I was reading I was constantly switching from disbelief to anger to amusement. We have this fiery irish girl that never bits her tongue and is more than capable to stand up for herself. Of course, this only lasts until this incredibly handsome, selfconfident man shows up. After that he would constantly hold her, kiss her, even marry her etc. against her will and of course he had to be the shiney knight that wou Very outdated genderroles Yes, I know this book was written in the 1980s... still while I was reading I was constantly switching from disbelief to anger to amusement. We have this fiery irish girl that never bits her tongue and is more than capable to stand up for herself. Of course, this only lasts until this incredibly handsome, selfconfident man shows up. After that he would constantly hold her, kiss her, even marry her etc. against her will and of course he had to be the shiney knight that would save the damsel in distress from being raped. He certainly refuses to take her for serious, treats her like a child, even claiming to put her over his knee. Beside that, the story and the characters are shallow, the plot is very obvious and the wording is so cheesy I was actually wondering if Nora Roberts was secretly making fun of the reader. So, if you are a feminist and you want to rant about something, this is your go to book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This is a short book and by page 60 the male main character had creeped me out so badly I could not read on. Male employers that say, "I'm your employer and I control your life at work and outside of work" are not for me. No thanks, dude. This is a short book and by page 60 the male main character had creeped me out so badly I could not read on. Male employers that say, "I'm your employer and I control your life at work and outside of work" are not for me. No thanks, dude.

  18. 4 out of 5

    mad4rombks

    Reread 2012. Reread June 2014. Reread January 2016. Reread December 18, 2018

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)

    2.75 stars Not as good as I remembered - this did not age well for me. There was no chemistry between the protagonists, and I found it slow going. And so many tropes! Ugh. Liked the horsey bits, as unbelievable as they were. Full Review Sadly, this book did not stand up to the test of time. Irish Thoroughbred is the very first Nora Roberts book I ever read, and I remember latching onto it because there was a teeny illustration of a horse on the cover. Silhouette Romance was still the new kid on the 2.75 stars Not as good as I remembered - this did not age well for me. There was no chemistry between the protagonists, and I found it slow going. And so many tropes! Ugh. Liked the horsey bits, as unbelievable as they were. Full Review Sadly, this book did not stand up to the test of time. Irish Thoroughbred is the very first Nora Roberts book I ever read, and I remember latching onto it because there was a teeny illustration of a horse on the cover. Silhouette Romance was still the new kid on the category romance block, and oh, how I loved them. The authors seemed edgier than the then current Harlequin crop, and most of the books were set in the US, or had American heroines. I gobbled these up, and Nora Roberts was a favorite. I could wax poetic on some of those older series romances, but that will have to wait for another day. The tingle of nostalgia, to this day, makes me smile. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy my re-read as much as the first time I picked up this book (I had just started high school). Everything I liked about it before, grated on my nerves now. Romance, in general, has changed (thank goodness!), and this was just too old skool for me. The constant bickering between Adelia and Travis got on my nerves. Other than them snapping at each other, there was nothing to make me think they felt anything for each other besides annoyance. There was no chemistry, and the forced kisses – nah, that just doesn’t work for me anymore. Nowadays I want tension in my romances, not questionable consent. Adelia both irritated and charmed. When she first arrives from Ireland, she is wowed by Travis’ horse farm. Compared to the family farm she had to sell to pay bills, it’s elegant and almost like something out of a fairy tale. The living quarters she’ll be sharing with her uncle are glamorous in comparison to her old home. Now she’s not expected to do anything, which grates on her. Used to working from dawn until dusk, she is eager to help her uncle with the horses, and proves her worth when she’s able to climb aboard a troublesome colt and get him to concentrate on his job – running around a race track. She has an almost mystical way of communicating with animals and Travis’ young nephews. But to have a civil conversation with Travis? It’s not happening. While my memories of this book were fonder than my actual experience re-reading it decades later, I don’t regret checking this out of the library. The romance genre has changed so much from the days when I poured over Harlequin Romances acquired from garage sales, which meant they were ancient before I got them, and it’s been a fun journey down memory lane.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marielle

    I LOVE books by Nora Roberts, but haven’t read them all, so I decided to correct that... mistake? This is Ms Roberts very first romance and the thing that stands out is that it’s published in 1981. Not so much because the use of letters and faxes, but because of the stereotypical old-school hero, heroine and their interaction. She’s the niece of the hero’s stablehand, portrayed as very naive although she’s 20, the hero is the lord of the manor and very sofisticated. The hero continualy kisses hi I LOVE books by Nora Roberts, but haven’t read them all, so I decided to correct that... mistake? This is Ms Roberts very first romance and the thing that stands out is that it’s published in 1981. Not so much because the use of letters and faxes, but because of the stereotypical old-school hero, heroine and their interaction. She’s the niece of the hero’s stablehand, portrayed as very naive although she’s 20, the hero is the lord of the manor and very sofisticated. The hero continualy kisses his employee just to shut her mouth, everyone is okay with that, but when someone else lays a hand on her, he gets fired. The heroine’s uncle distracts a deathbed promise from the hero to take care of his niece (she’s an adult), and taking care means: marriage. I’m giving this series a pass. If this is your first Nora? Skip this series and forget it was ever written. It’s not indicative of her later romances at all!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mónica

    I wasn't able to connect with the story and even less with the characters. I'm sorry, I love romance and romance novels but this one was annoying. It was really short so everything goes too fast, but the worst was the behaviour. I know that there's always the same pattern in this kind of novel, especially in these old ones but I couldn't stand the posesiveness of Travis towards Dee nor the ugly things he would say to her. But even worst was Dee saying that she needed that because she was in love I wasn't able to connect with the story and even less with the characters. I'm sorry, I love romance and romance novels but this one was annoying. It was really short so everything goes too fast, but the worst was the behaviour. I know that there's always the same pattern in this kind of novel, especially in these old ones but I couldn't stand the posesiveness of Travis towards Dee nor the ugly things he would say to her. But even worst was Dee saying that she needed that because she was in love after three days of knowing him. I have read other novels of this type and it's true that they posses this behaviour but softer and then there's truly a love story, like Pride and Prejudice when Mr.Darcy is mean and cold with Elizabeth at first and then he confesses his love. But I hated this story, so I didn't enjoy it. I will try with other stories by Nora to see if they're better.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Really enjoyed the Irish lass protagonist—but male lead was too dated (1981) and too aggressive which made him very unlikeable ultimately!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Nice to read first book by this author. Was an easy love story she has definitely improved with each book

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zubee

    Very much a 'genuine Irish h with accents and mannerisms to go with it meets big, brash, wealthy America' story ... I enjoyed reading this oldie ... h had a temper which H loved to rile up ... old-fashioned romance at its best ... witty banter between them ... Very much a 'genuine Irish h with accents and mannerisms to go with it meets big, brash, wealthy America' story ... I enjoyed reading this oldie ... h had a temper which H loved to rile up ... old-fashioned romance at its best ... witty banter between them ...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    I liked the story and enjoy immersing myself in it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori Wolf-Heffner

    This book was written before I even entered school, so it's very hard to give it a fair rating. It was first published in 1981, and reader tastes were much different. At the same time, the book is still available for sale today, so I think 3/5 is appropriate. The story is about a young Irish woman who within about ten pages loses everything and finds herself on a plane to the US. She's feisty and strong-willed but all of that is continually over-written by the hero, with some scenes coming across This book was written before I even entered school, so it's very hard to give it a fair rating. It was first published in 1981, and reader tastes were much different. At the same time, the book is still available for sale today, so I think 3/5 is appropriate. The story is about a young Irish woman who within about ten pages loses everything and finds herself on a plane to the US. She's feisty and strong-willed but all of that is continually over-written by the hero, with some scenes coming across as assault by today's awareness. At the same time, this was Roberts's first book, and look where she is today. This book wouldn't have been published back then if the publisher didn't think there was an audience for it. I will most definitely read a later book of hers to see how her writing has changed. This first one was a disappointment, but as I said, it was also written at a very different time. When I think back to all the pop culture signals I was getting as a young woman in the 90s and the expectations I had of how I should behave around men, I certainly cringe, too. I think fans will enjoy reading her first work, but if you're considering this book as your first Nora Roberts book, pick something more recent.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    No.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aurian Booklover

    Adelia Cunnane has lived on a small farm in Ireland her whole life. When her parents died in a car accident when she was young, her aunt came to take care of her and the farm. Even though she was never unkind to Adelia, there was also no read love showered on her. It was hard work. Now her aunt has died as well, and Adelia has to sell the farm to pay the taxes and such. She has only one living relative left, an uncle who went to America while she was a toddler. Adelia hardly remembers her uncle Adelia Cunnane has lived on a small farm in Ireland her whole life. When her parents died in a car accident when she was young, her aunt came to take care of her and the farm. Even though she was never unkind to Adelia, there was also no read love showered on her. It was hard work. Now her aunt has died as well, and Adelia has to sell the farm to pay the taxes and such. She has only one living relative left, an uncle who went to America while she was a toddler. Adelia hardly remembers her uncle Paddy, but he has immediately invited her to come to America and live with him. Paddy works on a big horse farm, and he is sure he can find her a job as well. Although she doesn’t really have to work if she doesn’t want to. Of course Adelia wants to work, she would not know what to do with herself otherwise. And she has a knack for working with animals, often having assisted the local vet with difficult births and wounded animals. That first night she has a hard time sleeping, and so she sneaks down to go to the stables for a quiet chat with Majesty, the thoroughbred racing horse that captured her heart earlier that day. But before she can go inside, a hard hand lands on her shoulder, and she is questioned about what she is doing there. To her shock, it is the owner of the stables himself, Travis Grant, who was not supposed to come back home today. Thanks to her Irish accent, he soon recognizes her as little Dee, coming to visit her uncle Paddy, and not a horse thief or such. But to think such a little pixie can handle his Majesty, that he has to see to believe first. And soon Dee is Majesty’s main groom, she loves taking care of him and the other horses. And Travis sure takes a lot of interest in his new groom, even asking his own sister to take her shopping for some new clothes, something Dee is not accustomed to at all. But she loves the outing, and she loves Trish and her two little boys. Even though she has some homesickness at times, Dee loves life in America, and the wide green plains. And when Travis demands her to come with them when Majesty is racing, a whole new world opens up to her. Travis has no idea how to make it clear that he is interested in her, until her uncle Paddy has a heart attack, and wants to see her provided for. Is it really a marriage of convenience, or do both of them want more than a sham? I enjoyed this novel a lot. Of course Dee is painted as being very naïve, without any experience with men whatsoever. And as this is an 80’s novel, Travis is extremely bossy and alpha male. He could certainly have explained some things to Dee and stopped ordering her around so much. I liked Dee, and her fresh look on things, her excitement felt very real to me. There is not much background on Travis though, his actions tell about his character, not his past. But he does work hard himself as well, and is a success in his chosen field. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. 7 stars. © 2013 Reviews by Aurian Full review on my blog, www.boeklogboek.blogspot.com

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Oh goodness me how I do love a fiery quick romantic read. Nora Roberts (or her author conglomerate of which I suspect "she" is - because no one person could put out such a vastly different and large amount of excellent books on their own) has a way of just drawing me into a story until I'm crying and laughing and loving every moment. This book was just a trifecta of awesome for me from the Irish brogue of the wee lass to her spitfire temper and the backdrop of a horse farm. I was enchanted from Oh goodness me how I do love a fiery quick romantic read. Nora Roberts (or her author conglomerate of which I suspect "she" is - because no one person could put out such a vastly different and large amount of excellent books on their own) has a way of just drawing me into a story until I'm crying and laughing and loving every moment. This book was just a trifecta of awesome for me from the Irish brogue of the wee lass to her spitfire temper and the backdrop of a horse farm. I was enchanted from the first. And of course there's the tall, handsome, gallant and oh yeah, sickeningly rich man. Drool. Loved it. Not sorry at all that I finished my last book without a plan and thumbed through my library to find this little gem. Apparently this was "her" first novel. To all of those of you who bemoan the simpleness and say stupid *ish* like "it is obvious how she has grown as an author". Poo on you, I say. The characters were engrossing and well developed. And yeah, saving the girl from a brutal attack in a barn is a bit cliché but wtf, it totally worked! Be critical when u can keep me awake until 2 am with your blathering, then maybe I'll care :-p

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimberlee

    I absolutely love Nora Roberts and her series and trilogies. She has a unique way of writing about friends and family. This was her very first novel and like everything she has written I love it.

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