Each week, I’ll be writing a review for an oldie but goodie that I’ve read through again to see if these books are holding up for me. I’m a different person than I was when I read these books, older and wiser (at least I hope) so I’m curious to see if books that I used to love can stand the test of time. First up? Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
Series: Chesapeake Bay Saga #1
Published by Penguin, Berkley on January 1, 1998
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View: Alternating Third Person
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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...
After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth's sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth's fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together--or tear them apart...
I used to read the hell out of Nora Roberts back in the day but not so much lately. I’m reading a lot of contemporary but not very many Roberts. I have very fond memories of this book so when I picked it up for a re-read, I was low key nervous because I wasn’t sure if I was ready to find out that Cam and Anna’s story didn’t shoot rainbows into the sky for me anymore.
It didn’t take me long at all to jump right back into this story so I’m happy to report that this book is still easily readable and I’m still a fan of Nora Roberts writing style. I didn’t remember a lot of the little details of the book so reading this one again was almost like reading it for the first time.
This book features Cam Quinn, the eldest of the Quinn boys coming home when disaster strikes his family. These days, Cam races his boat all over the world for money and he’s making a good living for himself doing that. He’s also living that fast life with fast women, fast cars and lots of, well, fast things. He loves his life but his way of life goes up in flames when he comes home and his father has adopted another young boy who looks strikingly like Ray Quinn to make people start to whisper about the paternity of this young boy. Ray and Stella Quinn, Cam’s adopted parents were happily married before Stella died and Seth’s age and his resemblance to the most stand up man that Cam has ever known put everything that Cam has ever known about his father and his mother and their family in a bad light.
Ray makes Cam and his brothers promise to take care of their new brother. This stranger that none of the Quinn boys know but will protect with their lives because…he’s a Quinn now. Cam, Ethan, and Phillip have their work cut out for them because, in order to take care of their new brother, they all have to move home and figure things out.
Enter Anna Spinelli. The social worker assigned to Seth Quinn’s case. Her job is to make sure that he will be okay living with Ray Quinn’s sons and to make sure that his living environment is a good one, a nurturing one and she’s got her doubts with three brothers who obviously haven’t lived or spent much time with young kids. They each have different lives in different cities but there’s something about each of them coming together at their father’s request to take on something that isn’t going to be a walk in the park. It’s not at all appropriate that the more time she spends with the Quinns, the more she crushes on the eldest Quinn, Cameron.
I’m happy to say that this re-read lived up to my love of the Quinns, Anna and Cam and oh man, Seth. This book was just as emotional for me as the first time that I read it and I fell in love with all of the Quinns all over again. Cam and Anna’s romance was fabulous and I just adored reading this book again. Sure, there were times when I got frustrated with Cam, and even Ray in the ghostly bonding time that he had with Cam but it’s not hard to see why Nora Roberts is so popular. She can write the hell out of romances that will tug at your heart and make you fall in love with people and with places that you’ve never been to.
Sea Swept starts the Chesapeake Bay series off with a bang and you will definitely fall in love with these books so I definitely recommend.
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4.25 out of 5