15808408Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay Saga #1) by Nora Roberts
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: starstarstarstarstar
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Sea Swept is the first novel in a stunning quartet of four men bound by the love of the extraordinary couple who took them in and raised them as brothers. Now grown and living on their own, the Quinn brothers must return to the 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 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… – Goodreads

Review:

Whenever nothing sounds good to me, I always go to Nora Roberts, because I know she can take me to my happy place. She is known as the Queen of Romance for a reason and Sea Swept is a perfect example of why: she shines. Her stories, even when told in a magical realm, are always believable. The Chesapeake Bay Saga is the story of four brothers who, while are not blood, are family. They love each other, and three of them are brought up together, and ultimately the fourth is raised by the three.

Sea Swept is the story of Cameron, or Cam, the wild child who doesn’t want to be home and enjoys booze and women. But he’s not the stereotypical bad boy, he just didn’t want to be home. Then his father gets into a car accident and he has nowhere to be but home. His mother died a decade ago and now his father is essentially gone. On his death bed, his father tells Cam, and his two brothers that they are now in charge of Seth. However, things of course don’t go that easy, nothing goes that easy and the social worker assigned to Seth’s case makes the Quinn brothers work for Seth.

Seth doesn’t make it easy on any of them. He’s had a horrible childhood, he trusts no one and of course doesn’t believe them when they say he wants them. Because why would they? His mother didn’t. But they do. They just don’t know how to show it because they just don’t communicate

What’s really hard for Cam, isn’t to get over his old life, but it’s to communicate with Seth, or anyone, including his brothers. While communication tends to be a major issue in romance novels, there wasn’t a communication issue between the couple, but between Cam and everyone else, the only person he could talk to was Anna, the social worker.

Anna, who has walls up around herself and doesn’t want to let anyone in, lets Cam in, even though she know she shouldn’t. The problem is Cam wants to race. He enjoys the freedom and the racing, but mostly the freedom. Love was never part of the equation. Particularly falling in love with the social worker who is supposed to be watching for how they are around Seth. There is a heartbreaking scene where she just wants to see Cam and they all assume she’s there for a surprise visit, something that never crossed her mind. Seth also doesn’t like Anna being around because his mother ditched him for guys, and that’s what Cam will do right? Ditch him for a girl?

While the ending does not wrap everything up, it does end on a very hopeful note.

Important to point out I read this saga out of order and still knew what was going on. Not important to be read in order.