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Sea Swept

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Author: Nora Roberts

Published: January 1st 1998 by Berkley Books

Format: Mass Market Paperback , 330 pages

Isbn: 9780515121841

Language: English


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The first novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts' stunning Chesapeake Bay Saga, where the Quinn brothers must return to their family home on the Maryland shore, to honor their father's last request... A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for The first novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts' stunning Chesapeake Bay Saga, where the Quinn brothers must return to their family home on the Maryland shore, to honor their father's last request... A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changes overnight. After years of independence, Cameron has to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggles with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flare between Cameron and his brothers, but they try to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker will decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she is beautiful, she has the power to bring the Quinns together—or tear them apart... Don't miss the other books in the Chesapeake Bay Saga Rising Tides Inner Harbor Chesapeake Blue

30 review for Sea Swept

  1. 4 out of 5

    jenjn79

    What is it about Nora Roberts' Quinn brothers that makes them so special? They're rough and tumble, they swear a lot, they like to be in charge, they're all good-looking. But I think it's the fact that they were once all troubled boys who were saved by two good people who instilled in them a sense of family, love, and loyalty that lasted even when they were grown and their adopted parents gone. Sea Swept tells the story of the first of those boys, Cameron. He was the first troubled boy that Ray a What is it about Nora Roberts' Quinn brothers that makes them so special? They're rough and tumble, they swear a lot, they like to be in charge, they're all good-looking. But I think it's the fact that they were once all troubled boys who were saved by two good people who instilled in them a sense of family, love, and loyalty that lasted even when they were grown and their adopted parents gone. Sea Swept tells the story of the first of those boys, Cameron. He was the first troubled boy that Ray and Stella Quinn took in and saved. Now that he's grown, Cam travels the world racing boats, cars, motorcycles, dating models, gambling, and just plain old having a great time. But when his adopted father is in a fatal car accident, he must return to St. Christoper on the Chesapeake Bay where he learns that just before the accident that eventually kills him, Ray Quinn had taken in another troubled boy. A boy with secrets no one but Ray knew, and he's no longer there to answer the Quinn brothers questions. This book, at least in my opinion, is a quintessential Nora Roberts romance. Great characters, a strong sense of family, and a romance that draws you in and makes you fall in love along with the hero and heroine. I first read this book years ago, but it's one that stands out in my mind and one I like to go back and reread once in a while, especially when I want a great romance and family story. I love heroes that are rough-edged and Cam is definitely that. He likes to swear, he wears jeans most of the time, wears his hair long. Yet there's something about him that's rather endearing. And the heroine, Anna, is the perfect match for him. She's fiery and passionate and is strong enough to stand up against Cam's Alpha personality. The sparks flow between them from their first meeting. What I really enjoy about this book, though, is the overall story. Three brothers suddenly find themselves in charge of a damaged 10-year-old boy and it changes all their lives. The story focuses on Cam and Anna, but you still feel like you know everyone else - Ethan, Phillip, Seth. And Ray. Despite the fact that he has a small appearance in the beginning and then dies, Roberts still makes you feel like you know him. Seth's storyline is wonderfully done. I loved reading the interactions between Cam and Seth, and Seth and everyone else. You really feel the boys pain and just want to hug him and protect him. And the way it's all set up, you can't wait to keep reading the rest of the series to see how everything plays out. This is just a great romance/people/family story to read. I loved every part of it and it's one that will always be on my keeper shelf.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    2.5 I'm giving up on becoming an official Nora Roberts fan. It's a shame, since I have tons of her books waiting to be read adorning the shelves, and I know she's a popular and prolific writer who dishes out so many books per year witchcraft may actually be involved. I'll bring up my main issue and why it's a lower rating before getting to the positives of the story: The social worker thing was so unrealistic. I work as a paper grunt in social services, so I know case managers are so busy they don' 2.5 I'm giving up on becoming an official Nora Roberts fan. It's a shame, since I have tons of her books waiting to be read adorning the shelves, and I know she's a popular and prolific writer who dishes out so many books per year witchcraft may actually be involved. I'll bring up my main issue and why it's a lower rating before getting to the positives of the story: The social worker thing was so unrealistic. I work as a paper grunt in social services, so I know case managers are so busy they don't have all that time to spend with one child who is in a good situation without concerns. There is no way in hell they would ethically sleep with a client, and if it were found out they'd get fired and perhaps charges brought up against them or in risk of losing their license. It's considered unethical and an abuse of power to sleep with a client when you have power over them - such as a family where you can take a child away - there are laws for a reason and Nora Roberts should have done at least a little research before writing. She didn't have to become an expert, but this also relies on common sense here... Thankfully Sea Swept is an improvement over the predictable, formulaic Montana Sky I read in January. I actually like the brothers - they cracked me up - especially when arguing over the domestic duties. (Pink laundry? Mwhahahaha). Cam is a delight, Phillip intriguing, and Ethan awesome. Seth was...a child. It was sweet. Anna, on the other hand, is just okay - a little predictable and dramatic. Fortunately as a social worker she didn't irritate me too much since she saw right away their situation was the best for the boy and didn't fight it. I was ready for a fight and ready to be pissed. She did get annoying later about how Seth would be affected by negative rumors and how it would have to 'go in her report', but seriously? That's nothing compared to stress a kid would face being sent from a home to a new foster family. By now the state would have hunted the mother down - or at least tried much harder. Despite how silly that subplot with the social worker was, the story itself held genuine heart and warmth. I actually got tickled a few times at funny moments. The characters were endearing, even if they were a little patterned and not wholly realistic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    3.5 stars. A nice read but nothing overwhelming. I think the reason that this did not "wow" me more is that it didn't have the "suspense/mystery" element that that other books that I have read by her had! A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight ... “You don’t want to get in the habit of 3.5 stars. A nice read but nothing overwhelming. I think the reason that this did not "wow" me more is that it didn't have the "suspense/mystery" element that that other books that I have read by her had! A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight ... “You don’t want to get in the habit of overusing the word “fuck” as an adjective. You’ll miss the vast variety of its uses.” “How do you feel about me?" "Tired of you!" she shouted. "Tired of me, tired of us. Sick and tired of telling myself fun and games could be enough. Well, it's not. Not nearly, and I want you out" He felt the temper and panic that had gripped him ease back into delight. "You're in love with me, aren't you?" He'd never seen a woman go from simmer to boil so fast. And seeing it, he wondered why it had taken him so long to realize he adored her. She whirled, grabbed a lamp, and hurled it.” Will I continue with the series? I probably will as there was a couple of questions that were left unanswered. Everything had changed.Everything was different. And he was desperate to tell her. Cam knew his life had turned on its axis yet again. And somehow he'd ended up exactly where he needed to be. The only thing missing was Anna.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    DNF for the second time. At least now I reached almost 90% before giving up:) It's not bad, but I really can't get over the heroine screwing one of her 'cases' -very unprofessional & unethical- and the complete lack of tension between them. Not sexual tension, there was tons of that, but conflict. I mean, it's a story of boy meets girl, girl likes boy, they start dating, having sex and then realizing it was more serious than they first thought. No problems, no big fights, no differences between DNF for the second time. At least now I reached almost 90% before giving up:) It's not bad, but I really can't get over the heroine screwing one of her 'cases' -very unprofessional & unethical- and the complete lack of tension between them. Not sexual tension, there was tons of that, but conflict. I mean, it's a story of boy meets girl, girl likes boy, they start dating, having sex and then realizing it was more serious than they first thought. No problems, no big fights, no differences between them; just the usual spats between two people getting close to each other. For me, that means boring. I just couldn't gather the interest to read more. Add to that a super cocky heroine who she alone knows what to do in any case, who's managed to fight all sorts of personal deamons and become a strong, sexy woman (view spoiler)[(I really can't see a rape victim -especially at so tender an age- being so sexually confident as a grown up) (hide spoiler)] , a heroine who can do no wrong and I'm done. Plus, besides the tons of sexual tension, I couldn't see the love between those two. End of story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristalia

    Final rating: 5/5 stars Final rating - for the whole series: 4.5~4.75/5 stars This is the second book I've read from Nora Roberts and I was not disappointed. Whenever I saw Nora's books in the bookstore my first thought was: murder case! (Not saying that all her books are about murder cases, but somehow i have that luck of picking up every single one with a killer in it). This time it's different. This is a story of a family - three adopted brothers who, after the death of their father, accept to Final rating: 5/5 stars Final rating - for the whole series: 4.5~4.75/5 stars This is the second book I've read from Nora Roberts and I was not disappointed. Whenever I saw Nora's books in the bookstore my first thought was: murder case! (Not saying that all her books are about murder cases, but somehow i have that luck of picking up every single one with a killer in it). This time it's different. This is a story of a family - three adopted brothers who, after the death of their father, accept to raise and fight for the sake of the youngest addition to the family - 10 years old brother. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and it made me eager to read more, and while I'm writing the review now, I have already started second one too. The only thing that threw me off was the sudden ending, but the story continues in the other books. So, if you are thinking of reading this series as a set of stand alones - pick up the third one and read only that one - stop! These books are connected to each other by a single character, and the timeline. Reading out of order, or reading any of the books without the knowledge of the previous ones will end bad... very bad. Read in order! I was surprised by a flashback scenes - it was interesting to meet Ray and Stella back then and to see how things happened. ► STORY: Each of the books in this series follow the story and life of one of the brothers. This one is starting with the oldest - the first addition to the family of Quinn's. Ray and Stella Quinn saved 3 broken, terrified, wounded, jaded teenagers, gave them home, accepted them in their family and helped them become something in life - become people who could stay alive without doing horrid things to survive or being subjected to the cruel torture and whims of their abusers. Many years later, all three of them have faced the death of their mother Stella, and now, Ray's car crash resulted not only in his death, but in arrival of another broken boy Ray tried to save. Ray's condition? Work together and save Seth before it's too late. The way he helped Cameron, Ethan and Phillip, they should do the same for Seth and live as a family. Only a few months in his care, Seth was trying to accustom to Ray and his life style, desperately trying to get away and stay anywhere that is far, far away from his mother who just "sold" him to Ray. And then the accident happened and he is afraid of the consequences - he would do anything, anything just to stay away from his mother. And Quinns don't give up that easily - they want to honor the last wish of their father, and they want to save Seth like they were saved: after all, Seth is a troubled boy who had to go through all things the three of them combined. Enter social worker Anna - a woman who needs to decide whether Seth should go into the system or stay with the Quinns. The adoption process was never finished as Ray passed away during it and mother could take it back at any time. The conditions set: Cameron needs to get a job and all three of them need to live together with Seth until they get the full adoption process. And Cameron, as well as his other two brothers, decide that changing their own lives drastically is a small price to pay to save another lost soul - the soul all three of them understand the best. (And then Cam and Anna decide that they fell in lust at the first sight. The end. (I'm joking)). ► CHARACTERS: ◈ Cameron is the first boy/teen saved by Ray and Stella. Broken by his father, he tries to escape and ends up getting caught by a man (Ray) whose car he was trying to steal. Assessing the situation, and understanding that Cameron was terribly abused by his own father, Ray and Stella accepted, healed and took care of their first son - Cam. And now, the only thing he wishes to do is live fast - drive fast, have fast relationships, be fast, and never be in one place. Easy going guy who lives for an adventure, and the sheer thrill of it. After being healed and been showed what real family should feel like, he thought this was the right way to live his life... until it changes the moment his father dies and meets his third brother Seth. Understanding him is not a problem - only looking at Seth tells him everything he needs to know: that he was once abused as Cam was, and he needs to help Seth move on in his life. Changing his life 180 degrees is drastic, unexpected, but it's a small price to pay to save another family member left by Quinn's. Cameron loves to flirt with women - he never passes and opportunity, and meeting Anna is one of the best days in his life - he would quite love to take her out on a date. He can be selfish, but also kind and caring and very determined. “The boy’s mine. Yours now. Keep the boy, whatever happens, you see to him. Cam. You’ll understand him best.” The big hand, once so strong and vital, tried desperately to squeeze. “Your word on it.” “We’ll take care of him.” At that moment, Cam would have promised to drag down the moon and stars. “We’ll take care of him until you’re on your feet again.” ◈ Ethan is the second child, still and calm as water, patient, but loner on the inside. Prefers being in calm and peaceful surrounding and a is a bit anti-social... unless he is talking to his family. He is a waterman and he does his job well aware of the risks. After finally getting apartment and peace he desired, his life was changed when he met Seth - and he knew he needs to help as well. Among the other brothers, he also understands Seth's fears and doubts. Once broken and betrayed by his own mother, messed up by her decisions and feeling neverending shame and pain, he tries to help any way he can. “Ethan.” Ray sucked in another breath that wheezed through the respirator. “He’ll need your patience, your heart. You’re a fine waterman because of them.” “Don’t worry about Seth. We’ll look after him.” ◈ Phillip, the third child adopted is now a man who excels at marketing, does it for living in another town, where he does wonders with his charismatic attitude. Being usually grumpy, annoyed, sometimes complaining, does not stop him from switching personality in seconds when it comes to convincing people to do things he wants. Having to go through traumatic events in his life and being saved when he thought it was over, changed his life for better. Now he is proud of his career choice and enjoys using his charismatic abilities on people. He looks like a real gentleman. “Phillip.” “Right here.” He moved closer, bending low. “We’re all right here.” “Such good brains. You’ll figure how to make it all work. Don’t let the boy go. You’re brothers. Remember you’re brothers. So proud of you. All of you. Quinns.” ◈ Seth is the youngest of the four - 10 years old guarded, hurt and a broken boy who usually says what he doesn't mean. His only wish is to be far, far away from the person who hurt him so much which led to him abandoning any hopes in humanity. Expecting to be hurt for every single thing, he doesn't back down - he tries to fight like a lion instead - even if it includes annoying people, trying to seem disinterested, relaxed, beyond caring for anything. But every time he feels the same fear over and over again: that he will be returned to his mother, that the people who took him in would abandon him rather than let their lives change drastically, or abuse him like he was. He would rather die than let it happen to him again, unless he is able to bolt instead... Seth is not shy to express himself, rather daring people around him, trying to prove to himself that Quinns brothers are like people who hurt him. And trying to get under his skin is a hard thing to do, finding out about him himself even more... and Quinns know how to do that... One cannot change another in a day. ◈ Anna is the social worker sent to deal with Seth's situation. She is kind, thoughtful, sometimes is fast to conclude things, but usually takes quite a lot of time to think problems through. She understands what people like them had gone through and tries to evaluate the situation, surrounding, environment Seth needs the most, the best way for him to stay happy and heal in time. And when she meets Cameron, she knows the feeling of lust on the first sight is mutual enough... She had fast relationships too. But is it wise as it can affect her judging of the situation? ◈ Ray and Stella Quinn were two generous people who helped save 3 lives. Never stopping at what they set their eyes on, they helped the three of them accept that they can be loved unconditionally, that their lives can be changed for better, if only given opportunity. Bonded by love, not by blood, they succeeded in forging a strong sense of loyalty, friendship, brotherhood and family between three adopted teens trying to find a place in the world, while escaping their painful pasts. ◈ Grace is a family friend and love interest of one of the brothers. But, she doesn't know his feelings. Having a daughter of her own, she comes and helps the Quinn's brothers from time to time. ► OVERALL: Wonderful book about trying to find a place in the family, helping a broken boy find his place in the world and helping a wounded soul accept the fact that he doesn't have to be alone in order to be free. Bonds between the brothers is wonderfully done and most enjoyable to read about. The romance was nicely done as well and I loved the relationships. It's not easy to change but sometimes you don't have to change to have another person fall in love with you. “I’ve got something for you inside me, Anna.” He forgot his hands were grimy and laid them on her shoulders. “I haven’t used it up yet. This thing with you, it’s one of the first times I haven’t wanted to rush to the finish line.” LIKED: ☑ relationship between the brothers and how it worked out ☑ family!!! ☑ there is no murder case in this one. DISLIKED: ☒ Sudden ending OTHER IMPORTANT INFO: ⚠ Standalone: No. Part of a series. DO NOT READ AS STAND-ALONE BOOK, EVERY BOOK IN THIS SERIES IS CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER BY STORY. ⚠ Point of View: Third POV, multiply characters. ⚠ Cliffhanger: No ⚠ Triggers: (view spoiler)[everything you can imagine, but mostly set in the past of the characters: drugs, physical and mental abuse, rape, and more. (hide spoiler)] ⚠ Love triangle: No. ⚠ Angst: Hell yes. ⚠ Supernatural: (view spoiler)[Do hallucinations of people count? OR is it ghost? (hide spoiler)] ⚠ Explicit content: Yes. ⚠ Ending type: (view spoiler)[HEA for now (hide spoiler)] ⚠ Recommended: Yes! ⚠ Note: The books directly continue on each other, better have the next one in proximity. ► REVIEW(S) RELATED TO THIS BOOK: ◈ Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #1) ◈ Rising Tides (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #2) ◈ Inner Harbor (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #3) ◈ Chesapeake Blue (Chesapeake Bay Saga, #4) Other works by Nora Roberts - Stand alone books: ◈ Whiskey Beach ◈ Honest Illusions ◈ Northern Lights

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews Until now, I had never read a Nora Robert's book. Yeah, I know, how can I, a self-proclaimed romance junkie, not have read any books from the queen of the romance genre? Honestly, I don't know, but now, I've rectified that with Sea Swept, the first in her Chesapeake Bay Saga. I'd heard wonderful things about this series, so I thought it would be a great one to start my foray into Ms. Robert's almost overwhelming backlist. It was a very good story that worked exceptionally Reviewed for THC Reviews Until now, I had never read a Nora Robert's book. Yeah, I know, how can I, a self-proclaimed romance junkie, not have read any books from the queen of the romance genre? Honestly, I don't know, but now, I've rectified that with Sea Swept, the first in her Chesapeake Bay Saga. I'd heard wonderful things about this series, so I thought it would be a great one to start my foray into Ms. Robert's almost overwhelming backlist. It was a very good story that worked exceptionally well as a family drama. I could easily see this novel transformed into a Lifetime movie. It also contained an intriguing touch of the paranormal and a light mystery that kept me engaged and wanting to know more. At the same time though, I felt somewhat let down by the romance. It just wasn't as spectacular as I was expecting given the author's millions of enthusiastic fans, but overall, it was a reasonably satisfying read. Cameron is one of three boys who were adopted as troubled youths by a loving older couple who had no children. Cam grew up to be a reckless charmer, who loves fast cars, fast boats, and fast women. He's used to living life at a breakneck pace, living on the edge, going wherever he wants, and doing whatever he pleases. He's made a career out of traveling the world, racing just about anything he can. He's unexpectedly called home to the bedside of his severely injured father who makes a deathbed request of him and his brothers that they take care of another young boy he recently took in but had not yet legally adopted. I had to admire Cam's devotion to the only family he'd ever known, and his immediate willingness to accept Seth as his little brother and to fight for his well-being. Despite making that commitment though, staying at home with a kid is a foreign concept to Cam, and he has no real idea what he's doing. At first, he's only taking care of Seth to keep his promise to his dad, but deep down, he relates to Seth and sees a lot of himself in the boy. Slowly but surely, he comes to care for Seth, as well as his social services case worker. He and his brothers also pull together to make a go of living in the same house to share the responsibilities of raising Seth, while starting a boat building business. Even though Cam begins to create ties to his hometown, the thrill and freedom of racing is in his blood, still calling to him, so he has a hard time accepting that he might want to stay permanently. Romance readers who enjoy reckless, hot-headed, bad boys who fight their feelings tooth and nail will probably appreciate Cam more than I did, but usually I prefer my heroes to show a little more gentleness and vulnerability. His personality type is also very far removed from my own, which made it difficult for me to relate to him. Because of that, he's not going to end up on my favorite heroes list, but I think that deep down, his heart was in the right place, and in the end, he did right by both Anna and Seth. Anna is a very practical woman with a no-nonsense approach to life. She knows pretty much from the moment she meets Cam that she's eventually going to end up in bed with him and doesn't try to fight it in the least, instead accepting it for what it is. After suffering through tragedy and trauma in her own childhood, she was inspired to become a social worker to advocate for innocent children who can't stand up for themselves. As such, she cares about Seth as more than just another case. In fact, she has a tendency to become somewhat personally involved in all her cases, but none more so than Seth's. Anna's relationship with Cam did give me pause. I couldn't help wondering about the rules on a case worker becoming romantically involved with the guardian of a boy under her supervision when she was supposed to be evaluating their situation objectively. I think her practicality helped her to maintain impartiality, but in real life, I'd guess it would be difficult for most social workers to do so if they were in the same situation. Anna is a caring woman who falls hard and fast for Cam and his whole family, but as with Cam, I didn't develop a deep connection to her. Most of the time, I felt like Cam and Anna's romance was secondary to other events in the story. I think it was this combined with the fact that I didn't relate well to Cam and Anna as individual characters that prevented their romance from really sparking for me. Cam is very overtly sexual, while Anna has a matter-of-fact attitude about sex. I felt their personalities and perceptions of their relationship didn't leave a lot of room for tender feelings or true passion. In my opinion, they didn't really share any deeply romantic moments either. They end up in bed together with little fanfare leading up to it. I tend to prefer both characters feeling something more serious about one another before falling into bed, but that wasn't the case here. I think both of them begin the relationship resigned to the fact that it's a no-strings affair. Anna starts realizing she's falling in love with Cam, and Cam realizes he's feeling "something" for Anna without much build up to those emotions either, which made it difficult to understand why they were feeling those things in the first place. I truly hate to have to say it about this well-loved grand dame of romance, but when Ms. Roberts does delve into some deeper introspection and begin to explain these emotions, she's really telling about how they arrived at that place rather than showing the development of their feelings in a more organic way. This definitely left some distance between me as the reader and her characters. I was also bothered by the physicality (Anna starts throwing things at Cam) that ensues when their relationship conflict hits the fan. To me, that's not acceptable behavior, especially for a social worker, or romantic at all, even though Cam seemed amused by it. What Sea Swept lacked in romance, it certainly made up for in family drama. I loved the relationships between Cam and his two brothers, Ethan and Phillip. They all have very different personalities. Perhaps because of this, they tend to argue a lot and occasionally get into a fist-fight, but they always come out the other side as friends. It's very obvious in spite of their bickering that they truly love and would do anything for one another and that goes for their new brother, Seth, too. I love the way they all pull together to fulfill their father's dying wish by ensuring that Seth stays with them and isn't put back into foster care. In many ways, I related to Phillip and Ethan better than I did Cam, especially Ethan, because he seems more quiet and thoughtful. Ethan obviously has a crush on Grace, a young single mother who is a friend of theirs and who helps out around the house. These two become the main hero and heroine of the next book, Rising Tide. I also loved the backstory of how these three men became brothers and the wonderful couple who took them in. Although their mother passed on quite a while before the story opens, their father, Ray, is an inspiration to Cam from beyond the grave, when he appears a few times as a ghost, adding that touch of paranormal that I mentioned earlier. The boys also have a bit of a mystery on their hands when rumors surface that Ray may have been Seth's biological father and that the car accident that killed him may have been a deliberate attempt at suicide. This mystery is not solved in this first book, so I have a feeling it will develop and play out throughout the entire series or at least the first three books. It is also implied that Ray's ghost will be appearing in turn to all of his sons. Even though I had a hard time connecting with the main characters and even though the romantic relationship didn't quite do it for me either, I did generally enjoy Sea Swept overall. The intense and complex familial relationships are where the story really excelled and my favorite part about it. This first foray into Nora Roberts' work was reasonably satisfying, but I'm not entirely sure her writing in general will work for me long-term. I was rather surprised to see a seasoned author like her engaging in an extreme amount of head-hopping which is a writing style I'm not fond of. I've always felt that rapidly changing perspectives distract from the building emotion of the characters and story, which likely contributed to me not connecting with them as well as I would have hoped. Ms. Roberts may end up being one of those authors I pick up occasionally rather than reading obsessively, but in any case, Sea Swept was sufficiently good enough to draw me into the Quinn family's lives and make me want to continue with the series to see how the story plays out, especially since Ethan's book is next.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    A decent story and a fun setting, but I really hated the romance in this one. Roberts is good and this one was written in the late 90s and that's about the time I have designated in my head when I don't expect a true loser or something I won't enjoy. And that expectation stands—it's a good story and I cared about most of the characters and the setting is outstanding. But I kind of hated Cam. He's a selfish jerk from start to finish and he gets things his own way, far, far too often. And I hate th A decent story and a fun setting, but I really hated the romance in this one. Roberts is good and this one was written in the late 90s and that's about the time I have designated in my head when I don't expect a true loser or something I won't enjoy. And that expectation stands—it's a good story and I cared about most of the characters and the setting is outstanding. But I kind of hated Cam. He's a selfish jerk from start to finish and he gets things his own way, far, far too often. And I hate the whole "I'm going to override your decision because we both know you want it." And yes, it does border on abuse. Enough so that if it hadn't been for the internal dialogue letting me know that Anna did really want it I'd have been entirely thrown out of the story. Frankly, this may have been an instance where I needed more tell and less show. Anna's dialogue and described posture is at odds with the signals Cam is clearly receiving and I found that disconcerting. Indeed, Cam actions could often be seen as either brusquely interested or creepy stalker based solely on Anna's reaction. So I cared about the story, setting, brothers, and Seth. I just hated Cam and that kept me from fully engaging even with Anna, who I mildly liked. Plus, social worker dating guardian under evaluation just doesn't feel right... A note about Steamy: Two and a half explicit scenes (the half was just really short) makes this mid-range for me. Frankly, this was the best part of their relationship.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    The main thing I object is, cliché. Am I that stupid? Yes, I am. I really enjoy romances, quick light fix of alpha male and alpha female, just it’s hard to find an intelligent romance. But it is. Most of them are so badly written, that every time when I see so many 5 stars, I think about the readers and the old lady and her cats metaphor. Don't you have any whatsoever criteria if you rate THIS book 5 stars? Why do they have to be so transparent? Quick fix doesn't necessarily need to be shallow a The main thing I object is, cliché. Am I that stupid? Yes, I am. I really enjoy romances, quick light fix of alpha male and alpha female, just it’s hard to find an intelligent romance. But it is. Most of them are so badly written, that every time when I see so many 5 stars, I think about the readers and the old lady and her cats metaphor. Don't you have any whatsoever criteria if you rate THIS book 5 stars? Why do they have to be so transparent? Quick fix doesn't necessarily need to be shallow as well. I know there are good romantic writers out there, just I haven't had my luck. And because I'm a junkie, I need my fix. So, I settle with everything, anything. Although, Roberts has a reputation as big as ... I don't know what comparison to use. National bank where she keeps her trillions. The stereotypes were just killing me in this Chesapeake Bay Saga. Starting with the food: all they ate was pizza, meatball subway, lasagna and pasta. Budweiser. Period. They swear, they are gentle, they’re rough and they like their steaks blue rare. And they are all mind loosingly good looking. Like, properly good looking, like you would jump on them straight away. Like a nymphomaniac on a fly. CAMERON, the oldest adopted brother is speedy, sexy, hands under skirt type of guy, been racing and likes speed, who met stunningly gorgeous almond shaped eye Anna, the Italian social worker. These two are fire, and they remain fire until the end. But, when I was reading their dialogues, it was so predictable. Why do you do that Nora Roberts? New York Times best seller countless times. You? The cats are meowing, sorry, I need to feed them. Second brother ETHAN is an introverted fisherman, barely speaks, only hangs out with his boat and dog and is in love with Grace, first neighbor, who is sweet and good and peachy peach. PHILLIP, third brother, is an Armani wearing punk, falls in love with BA, MA, PhD psychologist Sybill, who was fucked up, but came to her senses. And the fourth brother SETH, with his upper DC class girlfriend Drusilla. And Seth is like - new Jackson Pollock. And then Roberts tries to be smart as hell, and she starts writing about Seth's paintings. Because, you know, he’s seen the world. Rome, Cork and Paris. Wow, did you really? Did you really Seth?! Is world really THAT big? Will you tell me about your paintings? Weeeeell, if you wanna know sugar, I’ll tell ya all. When in Rome you’ll call every woman bella and you’ll paint Spanish steps, because you know, when in Rome.... In Paris you’ll paint Eiffel tower, because you know, c’est la vie. And of course in Ireland, all colors are green, and people there are happy, happy happiness all around me people, who only think and talk about leprechauns and they search for lucky shamrocks, because Irish are all ‘away with the fairies’. And then when you get bored with travelling, you’ll paint a man and his boat aka presenting character's inner disturbances (never seen that coming!), wheat fields during the summer and a little girl with a red balloon in it, and if you are in a special mood, you’ll paint the love of your life, covered with just rose petals. Really Seth, red roses, my favourite flowers are red roses. You just outwit yourself in originality. Let me grab you another Bud and pizza with all the toppings. Annoying as hell. No, I am annoying as hell. Because you really have to be a dumbass to like it so much to give it more than 2 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Val

    Update: February 21st, 2019 I keep rereading this book and every time I do, I love it even more. I thank the romance Goddesses for placing this wonderful story in my way. Sea Swept is without a doubt the best of the best in romance. If I had to pick a book to read for the rest of my life, this would be it. First review: July 2011 My first book by Nora Roberts was "Vision in White". I actually read the entire series (Bride Quartet) since I bought the 4 books at the same time. I liked it but there wa Update: February 21st, 2019 I keep rereading this book and every time I do, I love it even more. I thank the romance Goddesses for placing this wonderful story in my way. Sea Swept is without a doubt the best of the best in romance. If I had to pick a book to read for the rest of my life, this would be it. First review: July 2011 My first book by Nora Roberts was "Vision in White". I actually read the entire series (Bride Quartet) since I bought the 4 books at the same time. I liked it but there was something lacking, something that didn't capture me as other stories do. I was even reluctant to read Nora Roberts again but she has so many books and she's considered one of the best romance authors, so how could I not give her books another try? I looked through her series and found the Chesapeake Bay Saga. The summary of Sea Swept (first book in the series) draw me in and I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad I did. Each character is interesting. I liked all the Quinn brothers, though I have to admit I loved Cameron. And the heroine? Wow! It's been a long time since I liked the heroine as much as the hero. Lately it's happened to me that I liked the hero more, but in this case I absolutely loved them both. Anna knows how to hold her ground, how to stand up to people. She was the perfect match for Cameron, who like her, knows how to hold his ground. It was amazing seeing them falling in love. They are perfect for each other. I can't wait to read the following books in the saga to know more about them, and also to know more about the rest of the Quinn brothers. Their brotherhood was my favorite part of the story, more than the romance between Cameron and Anna (and I absolutely loved those two). God, I feel like I wrote a lot, haha. All that's left to say is that I highly recommend this book to those romance readers who are not only looking for a story about two people falling in love, but also about the importance of family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nora is a master at cliched small towns. I love these types of stories! This is book one in her Chesapeake Bay saga. About three "brothers" who were each adopted during their wild and abused adolescences by Ray and Stella Quinn. They grow up to be respectable, honorable and handsome men. After Ray is in a horrible accident and is on his death bed, he makes the three brothers promise to take in and look after the newest addition to the Quinn family. Seth. A ten year old with a smart mouth and a b Nora is a master at cliched small towns. I love these types of stories! This is book one in her Chesapeake Bay saga. About three "brothers" who were each adopted during their wild and abused adolescences by Ray and Stella Quinn. They grow up to be respectable, honorable and handsome men. After Ray is in a horrible accident and is on his death bed, he makes the three brothers promise to take in and look after the newest addition to the Quinn family. Seth. A ten year old with a smart mouth and a bad attitude...and a lot more in common with the brothers than they care to admit. Together, Cameron, Ethan and Philip must come together to honor their late father's dying wish. Sea Swept focuses primarily on Cameron (Cam) Quinn. He has a penchant for speed and jet setting around the world. He likes fast cars, fast boats, and even faster women. The last thing he is ready to do is move back into the home in St. Chris where he & his "brothers" grew up in after the Quinn's took them in. That is until he meets Seth's social worker, the charming little spitfire Anna Spinelli. To his surprise, next thing he knows, Cam is startled to realize that not only is he falling hard for Miz Spinelli, but he is also warming to his new little brother, Seth. Being close to Ethan and Philip again isn't so bad either. Maybe coming back home isn't so bad after all. Again, I love these types of stories and Nora Roberts definitely knows how to deliver. Anxiously looking forward to the other brothers stories! Even though this series bares a striking resemblance to one of NR's earlier series about the brothers MacKade. Cameron Quinn and Rafe MacKade seem as though they were separated at birth! Though that could be a whole other series entirely...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    I'm going thru yet another Nora Roberts "phase" and reading her books again. I have always loved this series and Cameron's HEA is one of my favorites. He's just as a fabulous alpha-hero. Playboy boat racer who is suddenly faced with great changes in his life, after his adopted father's death. Nora Roberts writes the most amazing family sagas and this is one of those. Three troubled teenagers who are adopted by the Quinn's who are having to deal with Seth, who was in the process of being adopted be I'm going thru yet another Nora Roberts "phase" and reading her books again. I have always loved this series and Cameron's HEA is one of my favorites. He's just as a fabulous alpha-hero. Playboy boat racer who is suddenly faced with great changes in his life, after his adopted father's death. Nora Roberts writes the most amazing family sagas and this is one of those. Three troubled teenagers who are adopted by the Quinn's who are having to deal with Seth, who was in the process of being adopted before the tragedy. I loved the social worker, Anna. No helpless female here...she's focused, independent and is not afraid to make the first "move" on Cameron. Great interaction between the characters, especially Cameron and Seth. There's such a sense of family love that I absolutely loved. Great sparkly and witty dialogue, endearing characters and a great story line is what this author knows how to do.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Foxfire

    DNF. I liked the writing, and enjoyed the interaction between the Quinn brothers, but I could not relate to the romance. Problems: In the opening scene we meet the hero, Cam, as a love-them-and-leave-them type who uses women and tosses them aside like used tissues. A bit later we meet Anna, a dedicated social worker who takes on the case of Cam's young foster brother. After Anna has made two professional visits to the Quinn home, Cam turns up uninvited at her apartment late in the evening. The two e DNF. I liked the writing, and enjoyed the interaction between the Quinn brothers, but I could not relate to the romance. Problems: In the opening scene we meet the hero, Cam, as a love-them-and-leave-them type who uses women and tosses them aside like used tissues. A bit later we meet Anna, a dedicated social worker who takes on the case of Cam's young foster brother. After Anna has made two professional visits to the Quinn home, Cam turns up uninvited at her apartment late in the evening. The two end up kissing with passion and declaring their lust for each other, and they pretty much agree that they'll have sex some time soon. I would expect that sort of bold seduction from Cam, but I cannot see how a social worker who takes her job seriously would engage in professional misconduct with a man she barely knows. During their next encounter, Cam says something Anna doesn't like, so she storms off in a rage. Cam (who previously seemed to worry very little about upsetting any of his female conquests) goes after her to make sure she is all right. Anna, still in a rage, throws herself into more deep kisses and is eager to have sex. Cam won't go along with it because she might regret it later. Where does he suddenly develop such a decent streak? I assume it is just romance novel shorthand to saying none of those other women mattered to him but this one he cares about. Anna tells him she'll never want to mix sex and guilt. From this simple yet ambiguous statement Cam figures out she's been raped. And Anna, the reserved professional, promptly pours out the story of her dark past to this near stranger. Hard to believe. Even harder it is to believe that Anna, after she was raped at age twelve, reacted by becoming promiscuous and sleeping around for the next three years. We are talking about a twelve year old. Who did she have lots of sex with? Adult men not afraid of prison? Other kids? It does not make sense to me. It did not really appeal to me to have a romance so strongly driven by lust. And, as the lust was mutual and fully embraced by both parties, there was no conflict, no wrinkles in the romance. To insert conflict, the author has Anna going into a hissy fit every now and then, and Cam has to bring her back to the fold with a bout of aggressive sex. Not for me. I liked the other brothers, though, and will take a look at their stories before writing off the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)

    This felt like a surface book to me. There was no depth at all. The characters had very little development, and Anna and Cam had no chemistry at all, so I have no idea why the got together. Anna was annoying and got mad every two seconds for no reason. Anna's sob story did not ring true, and felt fake and forced, as if put there to make her seem real, when it had the opposite effect. Cam's sob story was never discussed; it just loomed in the distance for basically no reason. I felt nothing for t This felt like a surface book to me. There was no depth at all. The characters had very little development, and Anna and Cam had no chemistry at all, so I have no idea why the got together. Anna was annoying and got mad every two seconds for no reason. Anna's sob story did not ring true, and felt fake and forced, as if put there to make her seem real, when it had the opposite effect. Cam's sob story was never discussed; it just loomed in the distance for basically no reason. I felt nothing for the characters, as they seemed like cardboard cut-outs. The reunion at the end was so rushed and random I had to roll my eyes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    My keyboard died on me today, and since I'm now using the on-screen keyboard (which is annoying me), I'll try to keep this short and to the point. I can see why Nora Roberts gets her spots on the bestseller lists: she writes the kind of romance that, in order to appeal to the masses, turns out so generic and familiar. It's like you've already read this book, that's how cliched it is. There are all the obligatory elements: a family with issues, dark pasts, precocious kids, cute dogs, a small town My keyboard died on me today, and since I'm now using the on-screen keyboard (which is annoying me), I'll try to keep this short and to the point. I can see why Nora Roberts gets her spots on the bestseller lists: she writes the kind of romance that, in order to appeal to the masses, turns out so generic and familiar. It's like you've already read this book, that's how cliched it is. There are all the obligatory elements: a family with issues, dark pasts, precocious kids, cute dogs, a small town. The hero is a modern rake with commitment issues, the heroine is a feisty brunette with mighty curves (she is Italian, duh! of course she also cooks!). Both try to talk their talk, with more or less success. The look the kid had shot him, Cam thought, just before things got sloppy. It had stirred up his gut. He'd have sworn he'd seen trust there, and a pathetic, almost desperate gratitude that both humbled and terrified him. What the hell was he going to do with it? And when things settled down and he could pick up his own life again… That had to happen, he assured himself. Had to. He couldn't stay in charge like this. Couldn't be expected to live like this forever. He had places to go, races to run, risks to take. Once they had everything under control, once they did what needed to be done for the kid and got this business Ethan wanted established, he'd be free to come and go as he pleased again. A few more months, he decided, maybe a year, then he was out of here. No one could possibly expect more from him. Not even himself. While the hero came off a bit too bland for hi supposed reputation, he was still more believable than the heroine, who was a saintly social worker in ugly suits by day, and a sultry vixen in slinky dresses by night. For all her talk of how much the job means to her, she was really unprofessional more than once. Also, the author for some reason felt the need to give the heroine a sad past, but didn't bother to include it in a more organic way. It's just thrown in your face, to make you go "oh, no!", and to give the heroine a perfect excuse to pull out of her ass whenever needed/perfect argument for winning fights. Basically, what I'm saying is that it felt manipulative on the author's part. The descriptions of the town and the way people live were nicely done, the descriptions of the characters were your standard romance novel fare (he is hot, she is hot, the sequel bait brothers are hot), and the descriptions of sex were somewhere between literary fiction and purple prose (though YMMV on that one). To sum up, even though I was in a mood for a contemp. romance, and actually liked some parts of the story, there was: no suspense in the overarching mystery of the father's death, little tension between the main couple, and too much of the generic/common, for me to really enjoy myself. It turned out that, though I like the J. D. Robb books, I need to stay away from the Nora Robers ones, since they're jut not my cuppa. So much for "short and to the point".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Glamdring

    *Review without spoilers* “Don’t mix up who I am and what I am,” she told him quietly. “You have to be honest with me, or the rest of it means nothing.” He was on his knees on the platform as he spoke, using his hands to show her. And still leaving her in the dark. But it didn’t matter whether she understood the technique he described or not. She understood him. He might not realize it yet, but he had fallen in love with this place, and with the work he would do here. This was at least my fourth *Review without spoilers* “Don’t mix up who I am and what I am,” she told him quietly. “You have to be honest with me, or the rest of it means nothing.” He was on his knees on the platform as he spoke, using his hands to show her. And still leaving her in the dark. But it didn’t matter whether she understood the technique he described or not. She understood him. He might not realize it yet, but he had fallen in love with this place, and with the work he would do here. This was at least my fourth read and I still absolutely LOVE this book. The Chesapeake Bay saga is one of the best series written by Nora Roberts and is definitely one of my favorite. Each book has one love story but the general arc of the series revolve around ten years old Seth and the Quinn brothers relationship. Three men, three brothers, three reactions. Phillip’s polished welcome, Ethan’s vaguely embarrassed nod, and Cam’s irritated scowl. And there was no doubt each and every one of them looked outrageously male and appealing in sweat and tool belts. “Makes sense”, Phillip agreed and, feeling better, he grinned at Cam. “You’re Mommy.” “Fuck you.” “That’s no way for Mommy to talk.” Cameron Quinn is a successful champion boats racer, basking in the afterglow of his last win when he is called home to his dying father’s bed. Once there, dying Ray Quinn asks him and his two brothers to take care of Seth, the last damaged boy he was in the process of adopting. “I’m counting on each of you. Ethan takes things as they come and makes the best of them. Phillip wraps his mind around details and ties them up. You push at everything until it works your way. The boy needs all three of you. Seth’s what’s important. You’re all what’s important.” Once, all of them also were abused and troubled young boys, then Stella and Ray Quinn stepped into their lives and claimed them as their own. Not only they gave them a safe arbor but love, a family and, most of all, a life. Cam is a rough-edged adrenaline addict, always on the go and even if it costs him immensely he’s determined to hold the promise he gave his father and give Seth a home. But quickly they realize that keeping Seth's guardianship is not the only battle they have to fight. “I’m selfish, impatient. I go for the thrills because that’s what suits me. Paying your debts doesn’t have anything to do with having a good heart. I’m a son of a bitch, and I like it that way.” Seth broke my heart but it was so beautiful to see him opens up to his new guardians/brothers and I loved his relationship with Cam. “The kid's driving me bat-shit," Cam complained as he stalked into the kitchen. "You can't say boo to him without him squaring up for a fight." "Mm-hmm." "Argumentative, smart-mouthed, troublemaker." "Must be like looking in a mirror." "Like hell." "Don't know what I was thinking of. You're such a peaceable soul.” “You don’t want to get in the habit of overusing the word “fuck” as an adjective. You’ll miss the vast variety of its uses.” Then there is Anna. She’s the social worker in charge of Seth's pending adoption. After Ray’s death she goes to meet with the Quinn brothers to evaluate the situation. She is a no-bullshit but warm, loving and passionate woman who takes her job seriously. “You said you survived, Anna, but you didn’t. You triumphed. Everything about you is a testament to courage and strength.” He could have denied it, could have taken the I-don’t-know-what-you’re-talking-about approach and done an expert job of it. But her eyes had the same effect on him as they’d had on Seth. They wouldn’t let his tongue wrap itself around a decent lie. Their relationship was hot and fun and the scene where they declared their love to each other one of the best and funiest ever :D Phillip could only close his eyes. “For God’s sake, you’re hitting on the social worker.” “She’s hitting on me, too.” Cam flashed a grin. “I like it.” Sometimes, she thought, you had to go with your instincts, with your cravings. At that moment hers, all of hers, centered on him. The wanting was huge, ruthlessly keen, recklessly primitive. And for now, for both of them, it was all that mattered.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anca

    I am re-reading all of my older Nora Roberts books and eventhough they are totally predictable and lack real depth, I just love them. They make me feel good every single time I read them and I will be re-reading them for years!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Cameron Quinn. *sigh* It's not that he's not handsome, exciting and sexy but he can be a bit dense when it comes to love. He has lived the last ten years racing boats and sleeping with beautiful women. Then the father who took him out of the gutter, adopted him and gave him a family, dies suddenly. Cam rushes home to find his father was in the process of adopting another troubled boy. Now Cam and his two brothers have to raise Seth. Along the way he meets the pretty case worker in charge of t Cameron Quinn. *sigh* It's not that he's not handsome, exciting and sexy but he can be a bit dense when it comes to love. He has lived the last ten years racing boats and sleeping with beautiful women. Then the father who took him out of the gutter, adopted him and gave him a family, dies suddenly. Cam rushes home to find his father was in the process of adopting another troubled boy. Now Cam and his two brothers have to raise Seth. Along the way he meets the pretty case worker in charge of the guardianship of Seth. Their romance is one of those where they plan on a short, steamy affair which leads to a lot of missteps. Unfortunately this is another romance where I would have kicked the hot guy to the curb no matter how much he groveled. Get this, Anna comes over to their house and makes an amazing dinner. While she is cleaning the kitchen the man who she has been sleeping with gets a phone call from a hot Italian woman "Sophia of the curvy body and bedroom eyes" He also remembers she "was a hot, sleek bullet in bed." While he is talking to her about meeting up again when he gets back to Rome, Anna IS RIGHT THERE!! He can't figure out why she's so angry. Good Lord, I can feel my anger rising just thinking about it! 😡! Anyway, she gets past it since she figures their affair will be ending soon and he's hot. He apologizes and is basically clueless. When he finally realizes he's in love and grovels sufficiently, their HEA is beautiful. 😊

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ram

    Cameron Quinn, A boat racer and playboy is called with his two bachelor brothers back to his dying father's bed to find out that his father has begun a process of adopting Seth, a 10 year old boy. The brothers are now faced with a decision: Fight for the right to adopt the boy, or each go back to their lives. Adopting the boy requires them all to live in their fathers house and provide a suitable environment for the boy to live in. They need to prove the authorities that they can raise the child, Cameron Quinn, A boat racer and playboy is called with his two bachelor brothers back to his dying father's bed to find out that his father has begun a process of adopting Seth, a 10 year old boy. The brothers are now faced with a decision: Fight for the right to adopt the boy, or each go back to their lives. Adopting the boy requires them all to live in their fathers house and provide a suitable environment for the boy to live in. They need to prove the authorities that they can raise the child, and there is a mother (of the child) somewhere out there too. For Cameron, it is also a drastic change of life style, and .........there is a woman involved...... and a social worker involved.......okay, the woman and the social worker are the same person. As expected with a Nora Roberts book, there is allot of romance, stereotypical male and female characters, relationships that get complicated …… allot of sex and "chick lity" type descriptions (muscular men and beautiful sexy women etc...) As a light read I enjoyed it, not much more and not much less.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allison ☾

    For some reason this book got cleared off my "Read" shelf so I am just putting it back. I don't remember my original review, just that I loved it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Solid, well done romance with good relationship development. Racer gives up the fast life to help a foster child. REVIEWER’S OPINION: College professors teaching romance-fiction courses assigned this book to their students (per Romantic Times magazine Sep 2009). For that reason I thought I’d try it. It has a different take on the romance formula which I liked. Many or most romance novels have a tough alpha male, single not wanting to settle down. Then he meets a female he can’t resist, falls in lo Solid, well done romance with good relationship development. Racer gives up the fast life to help a foster child. REVIEWER’S OPINION: College professors teaching romance-fiction courses assigned this book to their students (per Romantic Times magazine Sep 2009). For that reason I thought I’d try it. It has a different take on the romance formula which I liked. Many or most romance novels have a tough alpha male, single not wanting to settle down. Then he meets a female he can’t resist, falls in love and wants marriage. In this book, Cam races cars and boats and has a lot of women. He makes a promise to his dying father that he will take care of foster boy Seth. Yes Cam meets and falls in love with Anna, but the primary domestication of Cam was due to his relationship with the boy, not due to Anna. He had to leave his racing life behind and find a local job to be near the boy. Seeing Cam caring for Seth causes Anna to fall in love with Cam. I liked all the relationships in this story. It didn’t leave me with a wow feeling at the end, but I enjoyed it enough to recommend it and to buy the sequels. There was one fabulous making-love scene that stood out for me (page 286). It was much more about love than sex. Oh to have a man desire a woman that way. A couple of other reviewers were bothered that Anna continued being Seth’s case worker after she started having an affair with Cam, Seth’s guardian. They felt she would lose her license, her job, etc. That might be true, but if you don’t mind setting that aside, it’s a good story. STORY BRIEF: Ray Quinn became the foster dad to three troubled teens, Cam, Phillip and Ethan. They grew up, left home and had their own lives. Then Ray died from a car accident. Just before he died he asked the three men to move back home and take care of Seth, a troubled 10-year-old boy that Ray was hoping to adopt. There are two stories happening. One story is the three men adjusting their lives to be near Seth. The second story is about Anna and Cam developing a romance. Anna is the new social worker assigned to Seth’s case. There is a minor amount of fantasy due to due to some conversations with a ghost. QUESTION FOR SOMEONE? On page 177, the author uses a conversation that I’ve read before – probably in one of her other books. Cam and Ethan are arguing while shopping for shoes for Seth. Phillip tells them to stop it. He says “I sound like Mom. Forget it. Just forget it. Kill each other. I’ll dump the bodies in the mall parking lot and drive to Mexico. I’ll learn how to weave mats and sell them on the beach at Cozumel. It’ll be quiet, it’ll be peaceful. I’ll change my name to Raoul, and no one will know I was ever related to a bunch of fools.” Seth asks Cam “Does he always talk like that?” Cam replies “Yeah, mostly. Sometimes he’s going to be Pierre and live in a garret in Paris, but it’s the same thing.” Does anyone know in what other book this appears? Someone changing their name to Raoul and moving to Mexico, then Pierre in Paris? It’s a fun conversation and good enough to use more than once. If she has, that’s fine with me. I’m just being curious. DATA: Story length: 342 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 11. Setting: current day Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland, Pittsburgh, Pa, and Monte Carlo. Copyright: 1998. Genre: contemporary romance with fantasy. OTHER BOOKS: This is the first of four books in the Chesapeake Bay series. The four books, main characters, and my ratings are: Sea Swept (Cameron and Anna) 4 stars Rising Tides (Ethan and Grace) 3 stars Inner Harbor (Phillip and Sybill) 3 stars Chesapeake Blue (Seth and Dru) 2.5 stars For a list of my reviews of other Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb books, see my 4.5 star review of "Angels Fall" posted on 6-30-08.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    I am very concerned for this couple. (view spoiler)[I don't think marriage is a good idea for them. I am also concerned that Anna's supervisor didn't intervene and/or fire her for messing around with the man aspiring to be her charge's guardian. The whole book long, I was waiting for Anna to get in trouble, but it was like Anna was operating in a universe where her job didn't even exist. Her job only came into play to introduce her to Cam and create tension between them. Anna could've had any oc I am very concerned for this couple. (view spoiler)[I don't think marriage is a good idea for them. I am also concerned that Anna's supervisor didn't intervene and/or fire her for messing around with the man aspiring to be her charge's guardian. The whole book long, I was waiting for Anna to get in trouble, but it was like Anna was operating in a universe where her job didn't even exist. Her job only came into play to introduce her to Cam and create tension between them. Anna could've had any occupation and the story would've been mostly the same. Roberts would've found some other way to create tension, and the setup (ANY setup) would've been more believable. Anna & Cam's romance was similarly hard to take seriously. It moved too fast, the chemistry was forced, and Anna's personality never jelled. She was different from scene to scene. I found the story of the Quinn family more compelling and believable, and the romance just obscured it. If a book is purporting to be a romance, the romance should be the best thing about it. This seems to be a pattern in Roberts's books -- interesting situations, unrealistic romances. I might try reading the second book of this series as I just finished another series of hers and found I liked the later books in that series better. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    This is your typical romance novel and I like romance novels ONLY when I'm in the mood for one. This one was a good one. Made me feel good. This being the first in a series, I'm not sure I will jump on the next one until I'm in the mood for more romance. The Quinn's, Cameron, Phillip and Ethan, have promised their dying father that they will take care of the newest member of the Quinn's, Seth, who is 10 years old. An abused young child who simply got caught in the crosshairs of a vindictive coll This is your typical romance novel and I like romance novels ONLY when I'm in the mood for one. This one was a good one. Made me feel good. This being the first in a series, I'm not sure I will jump on the next one until I'm in the mood for more romance. The Quinn's, Cameron, Phillip and Ethan, have promised their dying father that they will take care of the newest member of the Quinn's, Seth, who is 10 years old. An abused young child who simply got caught in the crosshairs of a vindictive college student who blackmailed the Mighty Quinn. Three brothers, one house, one young wild child. What could go wrong? *chuckling*. Everything. I enjoyed this story because it felt real. Men, trying to play the role of father and mother is just plain funny to see. God, I really loved the area described. Boats, the bay, small town, house near the water, buttered crabs, fish....ahhhhh....heaven!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Glamdring

    *buddy listening with Blacky

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    Reviewed on 06/19/12: This is where it all began! Well, where my love affair with NR began anyway. I use to have a job where the work was so mind-numbingly boring I could listen to audio books all day. I started with the library, and since I had never read any NR yet, I picked this one at random. That was five years ago, and I've been trying to finish her backlist ever since. I'll admit at first, I wasn't in love with our hero Cameron, nor his lady Anna. I thought Cam was a tad unlikable and Anna Reviewed on 06/19/12: This is where it all began! Well, where my love affair with NR began anyway. I use to have a job where the work was so mind-numbingly boring I could listen to audio books all day. I started with the library, and since I had never read any NR yet, I picked this one at random. That was five years ago, and I've been trying to finish her backlist ever since. I'll admit at first, I wasn't in love with our hero Cameron, nor his lady Anna. I thought Cam was a tad unlikable and Anna a little too cool. No, what I fell for was NR's writing. I first started reading romances with SEP, and struggled to find writing as intelligent and funny, it was very hit or miss, and though I liked the idea of romances, I really hadn't found many very well written (not to my tastes anyway) and trolling through different online booksellers was not helping. Then I found NR and eventually GoodReads, and I haven't looked back! Now my TBR pile runneth over, and I couldn't be happier! Having lived inland my whole life, reading about life on the bay was fascinating, it sounds (and looks from what I can tell) beautiful. Coastline view Crab Shacks Wildlife Aerial view The kind of life described is idealistic, but I like that NR shows it's not always the case. Here we have a couple who adopted three very troubled kids, their lives anything but idealistic beforehand. The life they gave them helped them to cope and grow into terrific men, who are now responsible for taking care of a boy their father tried to save before he died. Who better to take care of Seth? It's a very interesting story idea, and the fact that they are all family, trying to make a tough situation work is something I think is lacking in a lot of romances. Often, family is out of the picture, either killed off, out of town or never discussed. I don't know if it's because authors don't want too many people in the story, only want to focus on the hero and heroine, or what, but I really enjoy NR because she does focus on the family, even if there's a lack of family, the yearning to build a family. I think it's a beautiful thing, and she does it wonderfully. After reading several authors trying to add family, I realized it must not be so easy. They can overshadow, interrupt the flow of the story, or just be completely useless. NR does it seamlessly and realistically. I still don't love Cam and Anna, but I still like them more than other authors characters. I don't know why, but every time Anna is described with her black hair, it threw me. I kept picturing her more as a redhead or brunette. I think it was all the references to her golden skin, had me thinking of her in a golden way. They were likable enough, but not my favorite NR characters ever. I don't think Cam grovels enough, but it's a minor issue. The boat building part was very interesting to me. Recently I was discussing with my BFF about the things you learn in reading romances. Some people may feel in reading fiction of any kind you're not learning anything. I'll grant that sometimes this is the case. But one of the things I love about Nora Roberts is that she plunges you into her characters' worlds. Whether it's police work, gardening, art history, scuba diving, or boat building in this case, as well as life on the bay, you always gain a little bit of knowledge - or at least I do. Before this I couldn't tell a skipjack from a sunfish, much less that boats had different names. I figured they did, but not growing up anywhere near water or spending any time sailing, it's something I never knew about. Now, I still couldn't tell you a lot, but I do know the difference between the two. Example of a sunfish: (I want one now, for my dream house in the neighborhood down the street from me that has a good size lake snaking through it! I could go out on windy days - plenty here - and have some fun!) Examples of a skipjack: Big difference in sizes, and when it comes to building, different approaches as well, I'm sure. Seeing the business starting in this book, and the way it continues to grow in the next two is an integral part of the story for me. It's not just background noise, I really feel like I'm involved in the characters' lives, and it's an education. Now, is this Earth-shattering info? Will it change my life in any way? Does it make me a more productive member of society? Probably not. But it does affect me, and if I ever get that dream house in the future, I can get a sunfish, smiling a secret smile, knowing NR is the first person to introduce me to them. This is the beauty of a well written story - you learn about different aspects of life, of other cultures, even just different ways of thinking that you yourself may not have thought of. Fiction, and especially the romance genre are based in reality. Most of us all want to find love, all of us come from some kind of family - good, bad or indifferent - and we all exist in our own worlds, we all just approach life in different ways, and reading romances is an entertaining way of seeing how other people live. If you pick up a NR book, you'll get a good example of this, every single time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie Chapman

    I was given this rather tatty, dated looking, tanned book and must admit, didn't think I would finish it. Wasn't half as bad as I thought. Yes, times have changed since this was written in the nineties and some of the writing may not be particularly appropriate for today but it was a harmless little romance. Think this deserved 2.5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vi ~ Inkvotary

    Originally posted on Gone With The Books Sea Swept is the first book of the Chesapeake Bay Saga. It tells how three grown up men fight for their new brother, what they do and what they have to sacrifice to achieve their goal: to keep their father´s legacy alive. Nora Roberts has a very unique way of telling stories. Sea Swept is no exception. With sensitiveness and a fine humor, this novel shows every aspect, a reader wants to see in a good book. Sea Swept is the very wonderful and beautiful writt Originally posted on Gone With The Books Sea Swept is the first book of the Chesapeake Bay Saga. It tells how three grown up men fight for their new brother, what they do and what they have to sacrifice to achieve their goal: to keep their father´s legacy alive. Nora Roberts has a very unique way of telling stories. Sea Swept is no exception. With sensitiveness and a fine humor, this novel shows every aspect, a reader wants to see in a good book. Sea Swept is the very wonderful and beautiful written story about Cameron Quinn and his fight for Seth, the youngest in the Quinn family. He is supported by his other brothers Philip and Ethan. They´re way of raising Seth, how they deal with all those things that come across in life and with a boy of that age is one fantastic story with the right sensitiveness. Nora Roberts shows an endless line of great scenes, even better dialogues and figures who are simple great. Cameron feels bound to the promise his father gave to Seth, even though he mourns the loss of him deeply. But it hits him like a rock, when he figures out what it all involves to make things happen the way his father would have wanted him and his brothers to do. So from one day to the other he finds himself not only in the unaccustomed situation of keeping a household together and a boy at school and doing his homework, he also has to find a way to deal with the youth welfare office. A wonderful novel about loyalty, love and family bonds and three handsome men and one teenage boy who have to deal not only with the loss of their father, but also the avarice of a heartless mother, who wants nothing more but money from her son. A book I highly recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    This could have easily become one of my favorite NR novels if not for a few bothersome things. But even while being annoyed by those needling things, I am still looking forward to continuing this series and seeing how these brothers cope with their new life circumstances. What I Liked: -The characters. I loved that the focus was on the men. So often we only see the emotional part of a romance from the female point of view. This time, we see depth of emotion from the males as well - emotions other This could have easily become one of my favorite NR novels if not for a few bothersome things. But even while being annoyed by those needling things, I am still looking forward to continuing this series and seeing how these brothers cope with their new life circumstances. What I Liked: -The characters. I loved that the focus was on the men. So often we only see the emotional part of a romance from the female point of view. This time, we see depth of emotion from the males as well - emotions other than sexual, that is. -The pacing. I appreciated that NR kept the story moving along, but she still included all the necessary backstory that allows the readers to care about the entire cast of characters. What I Could Have Done Without: -Grabby McGrabberson. Often - too often - Cameron used physical force to attempt to contain the female MC's emotions. For example, "So he would let her yell at him, get it all out of her system. Then he'd nudge her along to bed so they could put this ridiculous little episode behind them." Scenes like this happened more than once, including actual physical restraint, which often resolved with the female MC acquiescing and then agreeing to sex. This was especially bothersome considering that literally all of the main characters were survivors of some sort of physical abuse. What I Wanted More Of: -I know this is a trilogy (tetralogy?), but I needed more story in this book! It seems like the story ended just as it hit its stride. Now I have to wait for my BookMooched copy to arrive before I learn the conclusion of several key points. Wanted to give it 4 stars, but the few needling points kept that from happening. So, 3.5 stars: The book was good. I liked it and it was definitely worth my time; however, there are things about it that might keep me from recommending it to all. **This was a "Dusty Bookshelf" read for me.**

  28. 5 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    3.5 stars. A light and simple contemporary romance with interesting characters. I plan to continue on to the next in the series. Oddly, this book is classified as a paranormal which it is not. Well, there is a possible conversation or two with a ghost, but that can't make a book a paranormal, can it?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    So I lost my mind a little bit this weekend and read all four books in the series which is probably going to color my reviews cause I know what is coming. This book really is around 2 stars, but I rounded it up to 3 based on books #3 and #4 which were pretty terrible. The strongest book in the series is book #2 honestly. Each of the books in this series deals with a Quinn brother. This book really does a nice job of setting up the relationship between the brothers, how much they loved their paren So I lost my mind a little bit this weekend and read all four books in the series which is probably going to color my reviews cause I know what is coming. This book really is around 2 stars, but I rounded it up to 3 based on books #3 and #4 which were pretty terrible. The strongest book in the series is book #2 honestly. Each of the books in this series deals with a Quinn brother. This book really does a nice job of setting up the relationship between the brothers, how much they loved their parents, and them focusing on doing what their father wanted them to, helping to raise Seth, another brother that their father had just taken in. The romance between Cameron and Anna (Seth's social worker) did not work for me at all. This book was written in 1998 I think so you can definitely see a lot of the older romance tropes that authors for the most part have turned away from (Cameron is slightly alpha and doesn't listen to the word no from the heroine and just puts his hands on her when he wants to). The flow of the book was all over the place I thought and then Roberts throws in some magical realism that didn't fit the book at all. Unfortunately it is repeated in all four of the books and I was bored by it. "Sea Swept" follows Cameron Quinn who returns home after his father, Ray Quinn, is in an accident. Cameron has been living in Europe and racing boats. I guess one can make money at that though I am still baffled by it. When Cameron returns to Maryland, he finds out that his father recently took in a 10 year old boy named Seth. He and his brothers, Phillip and Ethan are all asked to help raise Seth in their family home. That means that Cameron and his brothers are going to have to rearrange their lives and defer in some cases their dreams in order to do this. There is also a specter of small town gossip going around that Seth is their father's biological son and that he also killed himself. Dealing with Seth's biological mother who seems to have other motives means that the Quinn brothers have a lot of issues going on. Roberts throws in a romantic entanglement with Cameron, with Seth's social worker Anna. I honestly didn't like Cameron this much. He reminds me a bit too much of other Roberts romantic heroes in her trilogies, the former bad boy made good and I wanted to drown him at times. Ray Quinn and his wife sound like loving and generous people. I have to wonder though at Roberts having Phillip and Ethan coming from Baltimore's inner city and both are white. It just read weird to me after a while. At one point I thought Phillip was biracial, but that isn't how he reads in his standalone book, so I wonder if that was what Roberts was going for in this book and just dropped it. It was heartbreaking to read about what Seth went through, but my favorite parts of this book was reading how Cameron, Ethan, and Phillip were there to take care of Seth no matter what. I actually liked Anna and thought she had great points to make about therapy and having Seth talk through what he went through. I loathed how she got shut down by Cameron and it was just never discussed again. Heck, that whole family needed therapy. I also have to laugh at a social worker getting involved with a man who she supposedly going to determine if he keeps custody of Seth. I just rolled my eyes about that whole conflict of interest thing and rolled with it. I didn't really get Anna and Cameron's relationship and thought that Anna was smart in shutting him down at times. He pretty much bullies her anytime she says no to him about anything. The setting of St. Christoper on the Chesapeake Bay seems very small town and sounds like an old fishing village that is going to be deserted in about 10 years or so unless something comes along to save it. The ending of the book was okay, I honestly was drawn more to the brothers' relationship than what was going on with Anna or Cameron.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    BR with the NBC I loved the family relationship and the bond between the brothers, but found the romance a bit ... how to put it...meh.

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