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THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett's middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn't come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett's middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn't come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B, the one he never noticed is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him. So Gray won't let himself lay a hand on her...until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become. That's when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath and wanting more.


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THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett's middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn't come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett's middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn't come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B, the one he never noticed is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him. So Gray won't let himself lay a hand on her...until the night he can no longer resist the woman she has become. That's when he discovers a secret that leaves him gasping for breath and wanting more.

30 review for His Comfort and Joy (The Moorehouse Legacy, #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    I had planned to write a full review on this book, but I'm feeling lazy so I'll just post some of my random thoughts here: - Gray: I fell in love with him in the 1st half of the story, but when he started acting like a jerk, throwing accusations at Joy without any basis to support his suspicions, he lost some ground with me. I didn't end up hating him because Ms. Bird did a god job showing his insecurity and vulnerability when it came to Joy, but he could have snapped out of it sooner than he did I had planned to write a full review on this book, but I'm feeling lazy so I'll just post some of my random thoughts here: - Gray: I fell in love with him in the 1st half of the story, but when he started acting like a jerk, throwing accusations at Joy without any basis to support his suspicions, he lost some ground with me. I didn't end up hating him because Ms. Bird did a god job showing his insecurity and vulnerability when it came to Joy, but he could have snapped out of it sooner than he did. - Joy: I liked her, even though she was too good and sweet to be true and came close to being a pushover. I was glad to see her becoming something other than her Grand-Em caretaker, because that was pretty much all she was when she was introduced in Beauty And The Black Sheep, the 1st book in the series. - Plot & Writing: Gray's I-want-you-but-I'm-no-good-for-you routine was interesting at first, as I was curious to know what made him such a hard-hearted man, but it was dragged a bit too long and I got tired of it in the end. Luckily for him, Joy was a very patient woman and endured it all with an open heart. Gray's refusal to share his inner demons with Joy also led to some misunderstandings - small ones, thankfully - and, at one point, I found myself wondering what kind of relationship he wanted to have with her. He was confused, and so was I. - Overall: I really enjoyed this read, despite the minor "complaints" mentioned above. Ms. Bird made me care for Gray and Joy, and her writing kept the story flowing effortlessly. As I've grown to expect since I read my 1st book by Ms. Bird, there were echoes of J.R. Ward's very characteristic writing style in this book too and I'm not sure how I feel about it because it's kind of distracting. Not enough to ruin the read, though.

  2. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    My Review: Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett from afar for years, and while they have homes not far away from each other, they live in totally different worlds. Grayson's world is one of political maneuverings, high class parties and more one night stands than he can remember while Joy lives at the family’s struggling B&B, helping out as she can and caring for her Grandmother who suffers from dementia. To say they have little or nothing in common is an understatement and if it weren’t for My Review: Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett from afar for years, and while they have homes not far away from each other, they live in totally different worlds. Grayson's world is one of political maneuverings, high class parties and more one night stands than he can remember while Joy lives at the family’s struggling B&B, helping out as she can and caring for her Grandmother who suffers from dementia. To say they have little or nothing in common is an understatement and if it weren’t for the fact that he knew and called her by name, she’d have thought he didn’t even know she existed – but she would have been wrong. Gray has been fighting his desire for Joy for years, having been drawn to her innocence, her confidence and her beauty. But as far as he is concerned, she deserves a much better man than he could ever hope to be. Embittered by his years of political consulting and rubbing shoulders with some of the country’s most powerful – and least honorable – men, he doesn’t see himself as a man who could ever be worthy of someone like her. And when it becomes clear that she’s as attracted to him as he is to her, he starts throwing up all kinds of obstacles to keep them apart and protect her from the man he is, the man he will always be. I’m really enjoying this series. While the books are light, easy reads, they are by no means brainless. As she does with her Black Dagger Brotherhood series which she writes under the name J.R. Ward, Jessica Bird has given us complex characters who are often times too noble and self sacrificing for their own good. As is always the case with all of her stories, it was a pleasure to watch the characters, Joy and Grayson, grow. I loved seeing Joy, with her inherent goodness, reach out to and try to break through the cynicism that had embedded itself into Grayson’s soul and embrace him, loving the man for all he is, all he is not, and all that he might become. And without giving too much away, I have to say, she really, really… REALLY, had her work cut out for her. Next up, From The First, Alex Moorehouse's story!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Reread!! Loved this romance and couple. One of my top favorites. This was J.R. Ward before she went mainstream I believe.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Buggy

    Opening line: "The boat's engine throbbed as Grayson Bennett kept the Hacker at a low speed and close to the lakeshore." HIS COMFORT AND JOY is book 2 in the Moorehouse legacy trilogy which I discovered through being a fan of JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this romance, although its within this instalment that you really begin to hear Ward's voice (and some of the Brothers too) The level of sexual tension throughout the story is such that I couldn' Opening line: "The boat's engine throbbed as Grayson Bennett kept the Hacker at a low speed and close to the lakeshore." HIS COMFORT AND JOY is book 2 in the Moorehouse legacy trilogy which I discovered through being a fan of JR Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this romance, although its within this instalment that you really begin to hear Ward's voice (and some of the Brothers too) The level of sexual tension throughout the story is such that I couldn't put it down. It's clever, interesting and Wow, can Ms Bird ever write a tortured love scene. Joy Moorehouse has fantasized about Grayson Bennett for ages but not once during the 5 or 6 times a year that she sees him has he ever really noticed her. Truthfully, she realizes he probably doesn't even know her name. I mean she's being ridiculous right? Why would a wealthy political consultant and playboy extraordinaire notice her? She's just a small town nobody working in the family's B&B and looking after her ailing grandmother, he's a Washington big shot, several years older and experienced in the ways of the world. In fact the last couple of times Joy saw him he was just down right rude. What Joy doesn't realize of course is that Gray has to keep his distance; he simply doesn't trust himself when he's around her anymore. Ever since he saw her in that bikini he can't seem to get her out of his head. Gray can barely breathe when she's near and is filled with raging, unexplainable jealousy (among other things.) Worst of all, nasty thoughts have been swimming around in his head, thoughts of what he'd like to do to her sweet virginal body given the chance. Yeah he'd better keep far away from Joy because the two of them together could only spell disaster he'd eventually wind up hurting her and Gray doesn't think his heart could take it. Bird's build-up to this couple's first kiss (or in this case first dance) is well done and had me turning the pages in a fever of anticipation. When they finally touch during the slow dance it's well... amazing. As a whole this story kept me entertained and was just different enough from the normal Harlequin formula to keep me guessing. It contains a movie-worthy moment on a train and Bird's usual expertise with multiple POV's. I enjoyed the updates on our past couple as well as the continual development of future storylines. Book #3, From The First (The Moorehouse Legacy, #3)is next and I can't wait to see how Joy's wounded and grief-stricken brother Alex finally finds happiness. Yay for me, another tortured hero. I would highly recommend that fans of JR Ward check out this series and all of Jessica Bird's earlier writings. Cheers Here's the correct reading order (The Moorehouse Legacy) 1-Beauty And The Black Sheep 2-His comfort and Joy 3-From The First 4-A Man In A Million (The O'Banyon Brothers)Bird/Ward has never completed this series 1-The Billionaire Next Door

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    (Originally published in 2006 as His Comfort and Joy by Jessica Bird) Review for Speaking of Audiobooks: http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8418 Narrated by Emily Beresford Grayson is a political consultant whose job is to polish a candidate’s image and make problems disappear. In the dog-eat-dog world of politics, that means less than savory tactics are sometimes necessary. While his power and good looks have gained him a reputation as a lady’s man, his childhood has left him jaded on the subjects (Originally published in 2006 as His Comfort and Joy by Jessica Bird) Review for Speaking of Audiobooks: http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8418 Narrated by Emily Beresford Grayson is a political consultant whose job is to polish a candidate’s image and make problems disappear. In the dog-eat-dog world of politics, that means less than savory tactics are sometimes necessary. While his power and good looks have gained him a reputation as a lady’s man, his childhood has left him jaded on the subjects of love and marriage. Joy is in her mid-twenties and inexperienced with love and life. She helps run her family’s inn and catering business and assists in caring for her great aunt. Joy has a knack for sewing and clothing design but hasn’t yet figured out what she wants in life. She’s known Gray for years and has harbored a crush on him all that time. Gray is powerfully attracted to Joy (she “made him feel male all the way to his chromosomes”), but he won’t make a move. He sees her as a small town innocent and himself as the “player” who has done too many shady things. When circumstances push them together, Gray gives into his attraction and takes Joy to bed (“He’d never been so turned on.”). Once he makes his move and realizes she’s a virgin, he’s horrified and stops immediately. Joy is disappointed but Gray is adamant that he can’t continue. For much of the book Gray agonizes over what he did, as he alternately spends time with Joy and then avoids her. Joy becomes confused and finally angry over Gray’s schizophrenic behavior. The Player isn’t enhanced by the narration. Emily Beresford has a nice voice and she differentiates between characters well enough but there are a couple of problems. Ms. Beresford breaks sentences into phrases, not always logically, and she pauses at the end of each phrase. “He could have licked (pause) the sweetness (pause) from her lips.” “The pain of wanting her was sharp (pause) and shiny as a blade (pause) bearing deep into the muscles of his thighs (pause) making his back spasm.” Another problem is Ms. Beresford’s character voice for Gray, specifically whenever he is feeling any strong emotion. I believe she is striving for the graveling voice of passion, but she only succeeds in achieving the wheezing sound of an asthmatic. As performed, the strangled voice makes Gray sound weak instead of passionate. The Player is over-written and overwrought (“...his breath punched out of his mouth.”). Gray, the savvy political consultant, is literally biting his knuckles over the fact that he took Joy’s virginity, and he’s so swamped with guilt he can’t concentrate on his work. Then there is Joy, teaching Gray that love conquers all and sex with a small town girl is the best of his life. Of course, there has to be a misunderstanding and a few other obstacles to their happiness, but the reader can take comfort knowing that these two rather pathetic people are finally off the market, so it’s safe to return to dating.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rhapsody

    Joy lives in her family's B&B and looks after her demented grandmother. She's been in love with the wealthy Gray for years but has never done anything about it. When finally does notice her, he refuses to act on his impulse because she seems to young and innocent. Then he starts distrusting her. They get to know one another better when she travels to New York after being commissioned to design an evening gown for one of his friends, but there are a lot of misunderstandings along the way because Joy lives in her family's B&B and looks after her demented grandmother. She's been in love with the wealthy Gray for years but has never done anything about it. When finally does notice her, he refuses to act on his impulse because she seems to young and innocent. Then he starts distrusting her. They get to know one another better when she travels to New York after being commissioned to design an evening gown for one of his friends, but there are a lot of misunderstandings along the way because Gray has so many issues with women and relationships. I liked it better than the first Moorehouse book involving her older sister. Gray was a pretty imposing alpha male, but he was a bit special in that he really made himself vulnerable a few times. I liked Joy, and I enjoyed how while she was so innocently in love with Gray she was also willing to stand up for herself and not tolerate his behavior. Still, it's very much an "average" read. It didn't suck me in the way the really good romance novels do.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jae

    Gray was too cold and in control for my taste. Thank goodness for the smart and likable Joy. And even after their HEA, I am not holding my breath for a lasting one. That man has too many issues with trust and the way he behaved with Joy just about sum his immaturity. And don't get me started on his hang up with his mother. Still, I liked the story if not the hero. Gray was too cold and in control for my taste. Thank goodness for the smart and likable Joy. And even after their HEA, I am not holding my breath for a lasting one. That man has too many issues with trust and the way he behaved with Joy just about sum his immaturity. And don't get me started on his hang up with his mother. Still, I liked the story if not the hero.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    This one was much better than the first one. The characters were more interesting and more fully developed. Gray especially had a lot of bad stuff running around in his head that he had to overcome. Also the premise was more interesting. Naive young woman and a jaded cynical man who thinks he's too old for her but just can't stay away. The angst level was higher here and it looks like the next one is going to be even more angsty. This one was much better than the first one. The characters were more interesting and more fully developed. Gray especially had a lot of bad stuff running around in his head that he had to overcome. Also the premise was more interesting. Naive young woman and a jaded cynical man who thinks he's too old for her but just can't stay away. The angst level was higher here and it looks like the next one is going to be even more angsty.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    1/5; 1 star; DNF The main male character, Gray, is such a self absorbed, intolerant, judgmental moody jerk, I couldn't stand it. I've read better books by Jessica Bird/J.R. Ward. I'm not having much luck with the audiobooks lately. I should have looked at my GR friends reviews before starting this book. Carrie did a good one here. 1/5; 1 star; DNF The main male character, Gray, is such a self absorbed, intolerant, judgmental moody jerk, I couldn't stand it. I've read better books by Jessica Bird/J.R. Ward. I'm not having much luck with the audiobooks lately. I should have looked at my GR friends reviews before starting this book. Carrie did a good one here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate ✨ is a dreamer

    3.5 stars! I really liked this one! It was super back-and-forth, angsty and fun to witness! I love an unrequited romance, and this one was no exception. Joy was an innocent small-town girl with big dreams and too much responsibility to make them come true. Joy is the sister of Frankie, the main character of the first book in this series. While Frankie's responsibilities include the owning and the day-to-day managing of the Bed and Breakfast, Joy helps in anything Frankie needs and the much h 3.5 stars! I really liked this one! It was super back-and-forth, angsty and fun to witness! I love an unrequited romance, and this one was no exception. Joy was an innocent small-town girl with big dreams and too much responsibility to make them come true. Joy is the sister of Frankie, the main character of the first book in this series. While Frankie's responsibilities include the owning and the day-to-day managing of the Bed and Breakfast, Joy helps in anything Frankie needs and the much harder managing of Grand-Em, their dementia-addled grandmother. But Joy dreams of fashion-design, and when a possible big-break looms, accompanied by the handsome source of her unrequited love, Joy has to make a choice. It was a sweet book, and Joy and Gray had so many moments between each other that were utterly swoon-worthy. Joy is an innocent woman, blushing but knowing what she wants, while Gray finds himself too corrupted to be with a woman like Joy. It was a fun read, full of angsty and dramatic back-and-forth's that had me anxiously flipping through every page, waiting for the ultimate conclusion. The only disappointments I had with this book was the credibility from book 1 to book 2. Joy was portrayed as a spineless, meek "simpleton" of a girl in the first book, ready to do whomever's bidding someone asked of her. She was lumped together with George, who has mental problems leaving him a thought-process that doesn't match his age, and I honestly thought she might be on the same boat. But here in book 2, she's a strong woman ready to call a Wall Street shark on his shit and dives right into New York's high society as a career. Which, of course, I much prefer to the girl in book 2. But the two portrayals just don't jive in my mind. And my second concern, seems to be a thematic one with JR Ward contemporaries. But we just didn't get enough time together with them as a couple. As soon as they accept their feelings of each other, the story ends and I'm left wanting more. This one had a little more sprinkled throughout than the first, but still not enough, in my opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews "4.5 stars" Long, short, or somewhere in between, I don’t think J. R. Ward (in this case writing as Jessica Bird) is capable of writing a bad book. I’ve very much enjoyed everything I’ve read by her so far, and His Comfort and Joy was no exception. Even though it’s one of her earlier works, written in a short novel format, the plot and character development was stellar. I loved both Gray and Joy, as well as the way in which their romance builds. It’s both sweet and angsty Reviewed for THC Reviews "4.5 stars" Long, short, or somewhere in between, I don’t think J. R. Ward (in this case writing as Jessica Bird) is capable of writing a bad book. I’ve very much enjoyed everything I’ve read by her so far, and His Comfort and Joy was no exception. Even though it’s one of her earlier works, written in a short novel format, the plot and character development was stellar. I loved both Gray and Joy, as well as the way in which their romance builds. It’s both sweet and angsty, just the way I like it. The love scenes are a little steamier than most Silhouette books I’ve read and more closely reflect Ms. Bird style that’s seen in her BDB books than some of her earlier contemporaries, which was a plus. I also liked the juxtaposition between the rural upstate New York setting and New York City. It brought an interesting flavor to the story. The supporting cast was superb too, and I found it especially impressive that the author was able to build their characters so well in this shorter format. Everything combined made this book a near-perfect read for me. Gray turned out to be a complex hero. He has a reputation as a player both in business and his personal life. He works as a political consultant, and is basically a game-maker. If a politician wants to get elected to office, Gray is the man to make it happen, and as such, he sometimes treads into the gray zone to get the job done. In his personal life, he’s known as a ladies’ man who freely admits that it’s not unusual for him to spend the night with a woman and then leave her in the morning, never looking back. Gray’s family owns a house on the same lake near Joy’s family home, so he’s known her for years, but it hasn’t been until recently that he’s started to notice that somewhere along the line she turned into a beautiful and desirable woman. He begins to feel unfamiliar pangs of jealousy when she’s around other men, but he’s vowed never to marry and knows that Joy is not the type of girl who deserves a one-night stand. Gray carried around a lot of pain over his parent’s broken marriage. He spent a large part his childhood and teen years, helping his mother cover up her numerous infidelities that broke his father’s heart, so he has trouble trusting women to be truthful and faithful. Gray’s views on women slowly begin to change when he gets involved with Joy and especially after he discovers her virginity in a moment of passion. IMHO, what he did after that was sweet if a little misguided. But despite that he still has trouble fully opening his heart up to her. His past has left him cynical and jaded, while his work in politics has left him feeling dirty and tainted, and he doesn’t want to sully something as perfect as Joy by sharing that part of his life with her. Not to mention, he’s just downright afraid that she’s going to end up breaking his heart if he allows himself to love her. I loved Gray’s character and how he has to go through this transformative process to get to a place where he can open his heart to Joy’s love, but at the same time he takes so long to get there, it can be a tad frustrating. This is the one and only reason I ended up dropping one-half star from the rating, but I’ll also admit that Gray’s final gesture was so grand, he almost made up for it so that I waffled on whether to give it the full five. Joy is a wonderful heroine, who is sweetness personified, and everything Gray needed to help him understand that all women aren’t like his mother. Joy is deeply committed to her family. She and her siblings lost their parents in an accident when Joy was just a teenager, so her older sister, Frankie (Beauty and the Black Sheep) finished raising her. Together, they run a bed and breakfast in their family’s old Victorian mansion. Joy went off to college and got a practical degree that she hoped would help her family and worked through college to foot the bill. Then she came back home to help Frankie with the family business and to take care of her grandmother who has Alzheimer's, so she hasn’t had time to pursue her real dream of becoming a fashion designer or for any relationships. Even though she only sees him a few times a year when he’s at his family’s home on the lake, Joy has been in love with Gray from afar for years. She’s just about to give up on her childish fairy tale notion of a romance with him when he finally starts to take notice of her. She knows he’s not really the type to settle down, but she’s willing to give him whatever he’ll accept, until an aborted love-making session changes everything. Gray goes from a passionate alpha male to an almost coldly formal gentleman in a heartbeat. In some ways, he’s now the perfect boyfriend always calling and taking her out, but never touching her passionately like before and unwilling or unable to open up and share his life with her, leaving Joy wondering what exactly they have between them. During this time, I had to admire Joy for her patience in dealing with Gray and for keeping hope alive that they could eventually turn things around and become the romantic couple she wants them to be. As I mentioned before, the author fits in quite a number of supporting characters who are seen in other related books. Gray was previously seen as a secondary character in some of the previous books. Nate and Frankie, the hero and heroine of Beauty and the Black Sheep aka The Rebel, are still running the White Caps B & B and are planning a wedding in this book. Nate’s best friend and chef, Spike, has joined them in the kitchen and as a business partner. He has an unusual physical feature that makes me wonder if he’s somehow related to a couple of the brothers from the BDB. He’ll become the hero of book #4, A Man in a Million aka The Rogue. I enjoyed the close relationship Joy has with her brother, Alex, who is still recuperating from severe injuries sustained in a sailing accident that killed his best friend. We discover that he’s loved his friend’s widow, Cassandra, for a long time, and she helps launch Joy’s fashion designing career. These two become the hero and heroine of the next book in the Moorehouse Legacy, From the First aka The Renegade. We’re also introduced to Gray’s best friend, Sean O’Banyon who becomes the hero of The Billionaire Next Door aka The Billionaire. In addition, there’s a brief mention of Cassandra attending a Hall Foundation fund-raiser, which of course, is the charitable organization run by Grace Hall of An Unforgettable Lady. Overall, I had a really great time reading His Comfort and Joy. There’s a certain sweetness in Gray and Joy’s relationship that I truly loved, and if not for Gray’s stubborn resistance to admitting that he was falling in love with Joy, it would have been an absolutely perfect read for me. In spite of that, it was still pretty awesome. I very much enjoyed all the character connections too. I’m already half in love with Alex, so I can’t wait to read his book to find out more about him, as well as to see him and Cassandra get their HEA.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Scheidt

    Read as the Player

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Salazar

    I don't want to rehash the plot, so I will get straight to my thoughts. Right out of the starting gate, I liked these characters. Each one has that strong, unique voice I have come to expect in Ward's characters. Gray was powerful, fierce, and commanding, and yet he had that soft under layer that lets you know that he isn't a bad person, but maybe just following down the wrong path. Joy is the type of woman who is caring and thoughtful and gives a lot of herself, probably too much, even at the e I don't want to rehash the plot, so I will get straight to my thoughts. Right out of the starting gate, I liked these characters. Each one has that strong, unique voice I have come to expect in Ward's characters. Gray was powerful, fierce, and commanding, and yet he had that soft under layer that lets you know that he isn't a bad person, but maybe just following down the wrong path. Joy is the type of woman who is caring and thoughtful and gives a lot of herself, probably too much, even at the expense of her own happiness. She has been in love with Gray for years but doesn't really consider herself in his league, not to mention that everyone and their mother seems to be warning her to stay away for her own good. The story itself was well-written. It had tragedy and sorrow and enough misunderstandings to try a saint's patience. As much as I liked the overall storyline, I was annoyed with Joy and her absolute need to respond to Gray when it seemed to me that, although he had his redeeming qualities, she didn't know that and should have dropped him on his ass, hard...several times. I think what really bothered me about the story, however, isn't all the wishy washy stuff, but the ending. I have grown somewhat accustomed to the type of endings Ward gives in her BDB and Fallen Angels series that leave me wanting so much more and ready to throw myself over a cliff to get it, that this one left me saying "Huh? Really?" Originality clearly wasn't the name of the game here. Instead, the ending was completely cliched. I can't count how many times this scenario has played out in movies and TV shows where... *SPOILER ALERT* ...the hero defies death, leaping onto the back of a fast moving train to get to his lady love and plead for her forgiveness, followed up by the spilling of his guts then the down on one knee proposal of which, if she doesn't accept, the lady behind her happily will. Needless to say, this one fell flat for me. Instead of finishing strong, it took the easy way out. I still love Ward, but I don't know if I will venture into her traditional romance novels again. Oh, who am I kidding, of course I will! It's J.R. Ward for crying out loud!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Esther David

    All right the review.. Hmmm..where do I start? Okay let's start at the start. Jessica Bird tells us about her idea of the kind of men that roam around us. And I agree with her. This one is about the Player, someone who steamrolls over you and you are so madly in love that you don't care. Well you keep going after him and again till you give up and then he comes back to you. Well, I must tell that happens in a Harlequin book. Real life will bite you in a place of your body that will hurt you the All right the review.. Hmmm..where do I start? Okay let's start at the start. Jessica Bird tells us about her idea of the kind of men that roam around us. And I agree with her. This one is about the Player, someone who steamrolls over you and you are so madly in love that you don't care. Well you keep going after him and again till you give up and then he comes back to you. Well, I must tell that happens in a Harlequin book. Real life will bite you in a place of your body that will hurt you the most. Been there, done that. Anyway, I'm deviating. The plot was good and made me read it till the finish. Although I must admit of having hoped to see a sad heart wrenching end to the story (hopelessly), I'm glad it ended the way it ended. The best part was the way Gray our hero keeps having thoughts and conversations with himself. That in fact will make any reader go back and read it again. At least I did. Here's the piece Before he could say anything, a tuxedoed waiter appeared at their table. “Have you made your selections?” Um, yeah, Gray thought. I’ll have the total body meltdown with a side of what-the-hell-was-I-thinking. She, evidently, will be having the sex-goddess pot pie. :-D

  15. 4 out of 5

    James

    This book was ridiculous trash. Unfortunately, L.A. Weekly displayed its cover in its recently published "Best L.A. Novel" bracket in place of The Player by Michael Tolkin. Admittedly, I wondered how a Harlequin romance novel could have possibly been among the contenders in a competition dubbed "Best L.A. Novel". Of course, I later learned that IT COULDN'T! This book had nothing to do with Los Angeles and even less to do with...well, you understand. I'm back on track now, reading the book that wa This book was ridiculous trash. Unfortunately, L.A. Weekly displayed its cover in its recently published "Best L.A. Novel" bracket in place of The Player by Michael Tolkin. Admittedly, I wondered how a Harlequin romance novel could have possibly been among the contenders in a competition dubbed "Best L.A. Novel". Of course, I later learned that IT COULDN'T! This book had nothing to do with Los Angeles and even less to do with...well, you understand. I'm back on track now, reading the book that was actually among the contenders and I hope it's worthy of it's place in the bracket. Oh, and for those readers who are wondering why I gave this book two stars instead of only one, it's because I gave one star to Don't Eat Cat. That book took the one-star rating to a new low. So, two stars it is...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    i loved this book::the warden has done it again for me::its typical romance::slushy::mushy::girl loves guy::guy loves girl but is slow to realize::and a great big HEA:)::i read this series out of order but wish now that i'd resisted temptation as the storyline flows from book to another and altho' you can read them a stand alones they become more of a great big romantic journey if you read them in order:: character development is interesting between the BDB books and this series:: there have been i loved this book::the warden has done it again for me::its typical romance::slushy::mushy::girl loves guy::guy loves girl but is slow to realize::and a great big HEA:)::i read this series out of order but wish now that i'd resisted temptation as the storyline flows from book to another and altho' you can read them a stand alones they become more of a great big romantic journey if you read them in order:: character development is interesting between the BDB books and this series:: there have been de ja vu moments::one of the characters *Spike* has a similar trait as one of the BDB boys:)::i've just one book in the Mills and Boons left to read *The Billionaire next Door*::then i'll move on to some of her other jessica Bird books:

  17. 5 out of 5

    L8blmr

    I have wanted to read the "other side" of author J.R. Ward for a while now and I DID like this book. However, it was one of those stories where the couple would have benefitted greatly from just sitting down and talking. Additionaly, the male lead was not very likable and the woman could have used some backbone. I couldn't help but think how much more I would have enjoyed this couple if he had more of the charisma of the BDB boys and she had some fire and spirit. I have wanted to read the "other side" of author J.R. Ward for a while now and I DID like this book. However, it was one of those stories where the couple would have benefitted greatly from just sitting down and talking. Additionaly, the male lead was not very likable and the woman could have used some backbone. I couldn't help but think how much more I would have enjoyed this couple if he had more of the charisma of the BDB boys and she had some fire and spirit.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    A good girl meets bad boy kind of story. Joy's been lusting after Gray for years but he's kept his distance because he's too old/damaged/moronic for his own good. They get thrown together and neither can resist the temptation any longer. A little cliched but overall enjoyable. I liked Joy as a character despite brooding Gray irritating the shit out of me. Predictable but delivered in the end. Pretty much exactly what I expected when I picked it up and I wasn't disappointed. A good girl meets bad boy kind of story. Joy's been lusting after Gray for years but he's kept his distance because he's too old/damaged/moronic for his own good. They get thrown together and neither can resist the temptation any longer. A little cliched but overall enjoyable. I liked Joy as a character despite brooding Gray irritating the shit out of me. Predictable but delivered in the end. Pretty much exactly what I expected when I picked it up and I wasn't disappointed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Just as the rating says "It was okay." Gray was a moody, intolerable jerk for most of the book. Joy was Joy, what can I say. She is the bright light in this series and it's only because of her that I even gave the book a two. I just can't believe that Joy would put up with the sh*t that Gray put her though. I'm so glad she at least had a backbone at times or I would have screamed the house down. I liked that she was stronger in her book than was portrayed in the first book. I'm all for the drama Just as the rating says "It was okay." Gray was a moody, intolerable jerk for most of the book. Joy was Joy, what can I say. She is the bright light in this series and it's only because of her that I even gave the book a two. I just can't believe that Joy would put up with the sh*t that Gray put her though. I'm so glad she at least had a backbone at times or I would have screamed the house down. I liked that she was stronger in her book than was portrayed in the first book. I'm all for the dramatics of books and I love romance novels to the fullest, but dear lord, give us a little in the middle. You read and read and read and go through the torture, the drama and the angst and all you get it a snippet of happiness. The barely there smile or the soft touch to the cheek and then you're pulled back into torment again and again. Not until the end of the last chapter are you given what could be called some happiness and maybe closure. And to make things worse you have to wait until the next book to see how the couple from the previous book end up. I get it. I bought the books as a bundle so I'll continue to the next to see how Gray and Joy fair.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Sleeping Fox

    I was just really disappointed with Joy and Gray's story overall. It started off well, and I was enamoured with Ernest, and piqued by Gray's description of White Caps perching on the cliff like a white wedding cake - what lovely imagery. Unfortunately, there was not much to recommend afterwards, as there was plenty of angst and back-and-forth 'I don't deserve you' and not trusting the other person to be true. There was simply too much of this, and I got sick of it. Yes, Gray's mother was a piece I was just really disappointed with Joy and Gray's story overall. It started off well, and I was enamoured with Ernest, and piqued by Gray's description of White Caps perching on the cliff like a white wedding cake - what lovely imagery. Unfortunately, there was not much to recommend afterwards, as there was plenty of angst and back-and-forth 'I don't deserve you' and not trusting the other person to be true. There was simply too much of this, and I got sick of it. Yes, Gray's mother was a piece of work, but I never felt that reason stuck, nor was she integrated into the plot well. I never understood what attracted Gray to Joy (besides obviously, her beauty and innocence). Joy's infatuation with Gray from her childhood reminded me of one of my favourites, Linda Howard's "After the Night". I don't usually like to compare, but in "ATN", we have Faith and Gray, and my mind couldn't help but jump to this connection. I'm sorry to say that I much preferred Faith and Gray's story. Nonetheless, I enjoyed Jessica Bird's "The Billionaire Next Door", found the first book in 'The Moorehouse' series decent, and I'm looking forward to Cassandra and Alex's story next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I think I actually enjoyed this one more than the first book. However, that might have been because I listened to the first book on audio. All in all I liked it. So glad it got a name change though, because ugh... "His comfort and Joy" ? Seriously?? No thank you. I think the only thing that really bothered me about this book, other than there were several classic 'Romance' tropes... was sometimes, especially when he was talking to Joy after their hook up... Grey's dialogue went really really flowe I think I actually enjoyed this one more than the first book. However, that might have been because I listened to the first book on audio. All in all I liked it. So glad it got a name change though, because ugh... "His comfort and Joy" ? Seriously?? No thank you. I think the only thing that really bothered me about this book, other than there were several classic 'Romance' tropes... was sometimes, especially when he was talking to Joy after their hook up... Grey's dialogue went really really flowery. So much so that it felt out of character. I've unfortunately read a few books since reading this one, so that's pretty much all of the review that is going to happen.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Veronica Rivera

    Ahh book 2 in the Moorehouse Series. Thix one about the youngest daughter Joy Moorehouse and the man she has loved like forever but he doesn't have a clue. Ggrayson Bennett has always admired Joy from afar, a simple "hi, how are you?", type of relationship because he has always been a coward in facing the woman he wants more than anything. This was another quick read, and the characters going around in circles is too cute until thank goodness they really decide to open their eyes and finally the Ahh book 2 in the Moorehouse Series. Thix one about the youngest daughter Joy Moorehouse and the man she has loved like forever but he doesn't have a clue. Ggrayson Bennett has always admired Joy from afar, a simple "hi, how are you?", type of relationship because he has always been a coward in facing the woman he wants more than anything. This was another quick read, and the characters going around in circles is too cute until thank goodness they really decide to open their eyes and finally their hearts.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diana Gagliardi

    Dreams come true Loving the rich boy next door never ends well does it? A simple hard working girl whose family owns the bed and breakfast, Joy has always loved Gray but he never knew it or acknowledged it. When he comes home from D.C. to see his dad, Gray noticed Joy and was shocked to see her as a beautiful young woman. When tragedy crosses their path can he change his cynical outlook on love to accept her honest love? A feel good love story with twists and turns.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christina Callahan

    I've been a BDB fan for years but I'm late to the Jessica Bird party! I figured her earlier romances wouldn't be as good because she was new and they were for Harlequin. Well, I WAS WRONG. This is my 2nd, and I am enjoying them. The pacing is great, feels are sweet, sex is hot, and I love the quick HEA. I'm glad there are plenty more! I've been a BDB fan for years but I'm late to the Jessica Bird party! I figured her earlier romances wouldn't be as good because she was new and they were for Harlequin. Well, I WAS WRONG. This is my 2nd, and I am enjoying them. The pacing is great, feels are sweet, sex is hot, and I love the quick HEA. I'm glad there are plenty more!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stef

    Jessica Bird is also know as J.R. Ward. -- I have read almost all of the J.R. Ward books already. This is a fun Romance, chic lit, family owned B & B & falling in love. Looking forward to reading more about this family and the B&B as it continues the Moorehouse Legacy This book is more about Joy & her brother.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Comfortable and Entertaining Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett for years, despite only seeing the successful political consultant a few times a year. She may be the provincial younger sister of Frankie and Alex, the baby of the family, but she's well aware that he doesn't even see her - not as a woman, anyway. Sure, he's always polite, but she and the older, powerful man aren't exactly in the same social circles. Still, she couldn't help but be thrilled at the opportunity of helping Franki Comfortable and Entertaining Joy Moorehouse has loved Grayson Bennett for years, despite only seeing the successful political consultant a few times a year. She may be the provincial younger sister of Frankie and Alex, the baby of the family, but she's well aware that he doesn't even see her - not as a woman, anyway. Sure, he's always polite, but she and the older, powerful man aren't exactly in the same social circles. Still, she couldn't help but be thrilled at the opportunity of helping Frankie and her fiance Nate cater the birthday party that Gray is throwing for his father. Several hours of surreptitiously sneaking peeks at the dashing man may not do much for her equilibrium, but it'll definitely thrill her. Gray Bennett has no illusions about his job. It's all about getting his hands dirty, being a political shark and knowing when the blood was in the water. Or tossing the blood in the water himself as needed. It made him powerful in D.C., but it didn't do much for his soul. But then, Gray has no illusions about himself, either. The product of a loveless marriage...at least on his slut of a mother's side...he learned young - too young - that women came in two categories. The innocent and guileless Joy Moorehouse was in the good category. Ever since he'd seen her in a bikini at the lake, all lush curves and faint blushes, he hasn't been able to get her out of his head. It's driving him crazy. Making him do wild things just to get near her, and even wilder things to get away. She's too good for him, too young for him, too innocent for him...and she's all he wants. But his past and present conspire to keep him from being the man he knows she needs. Jessica Bird (J.R. Ward) has penned another surprisingly complex and sweet contemporary romance with three dimensional primary and secondary characters and an enchanting backdrop of gorgeous upstate New York scenery and New York City high life. Bird/Ward has an innate ability to layer plot threads and bulk up a story with characters who evolve in genuinely organic fashion over the course of a series. It's an ability that has always impressed me with her BDB series and it translates nicely to contemporary romance. We met Joy as the nearly angelic and giving younger sister of Frankie Moorehouse in the first book in the series, Beauty And The Black Sheep, but she really impressed me in her own book. Her character is likable and despite her innocence, has an inner strength and self respect that serves her well. She could have come across a bit too sweet or a bit too easily trod upon, but instead, her growth and evolution over the course of the book was handled very well as she gets a chance to both spread her wings and stand up for what she wants. I enjoyed her. Gray...well...okay, I have to admit, I have a soft spot for men who act like total goobs over the women they can't admit they love. Especially when they're so uber-cool in every other aspect of their life and work. And Gray was a total goob over Joy. He did have a tendency to seem a little disturbingly self-loathing in some spots, though, and that was less fun, and he had an annoying habit of making assumptions based on incorrect answers to questions he was too stubborn to ask. As a general rule, I don't have a lot of love for romances that have primary conflicts as simple to resolve as miscommunications or misunderstandings, yet still drag on for any length of a book. It frustrates me. That aspect of this book didn't thrill me. The rest was enjoyable. Jessica Bird (J.R. Ward) certainly manages a smooth, flowing narrative that balances description and action nicely, dialogue that has a genuine conversational flow, and a layered plot that complements the preceding book and sets up the following book even as it enhances and fleshes out this one. At its core, this contemporary romance is simple and predictable. But then, at its core, what romance isn't? The devil...and delight...is in the details. Gray's Mommy issues, his growing distaste for his job, his love and care for his father, his charming bumbling with Joy, Joy's burgeoning fashion career, her yearning to spread her wings beyond her family's Bed & Breakfast, the guilt from the pleasure of being in the big city, and more...all of that juicy stuff is what elevates this simple romance beyond the parameters of feel good fluff. I'm hooked on this series, this family, and Jessica Bird's (J.R. Ward's) contemporary romances. ~*~*~*~ Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

  27. 5 out of 5

    SANDRA

    SWEET STORY The story was sweet and !maybe just a tad annoying at times. Very much a HEA story. Hero overcomes obstacles in love and ends up with everything she ever dreamed of having. It was am easy read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    The character of Joy morphed from the waif in book one to a strong woman in this one. Gray seemed to go softer thru the book making the two meet in a more balanced center. But the ending seemed a bit blunt while dramatically romantic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Great book As always I am taken in at first and kept interested all the way through. J R Ward writes so you get invested in the couples and need to read on to find out what happens. Recommend this book for reading and enjoying!

  30. 4 out of 5

    jsoerensen

    A must read! I loved their story! Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Been a Ward fan for many years, starting with the Black Dagger series, of which I've read them all. This one's a keeper! A must read! I loved their story! Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Been a Ward fan for many years, starting with the Black Dagger series, of which I've read them all. This one's a keeper!

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