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The Winning Hand

(The MacGregors #8)

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I was in the mood for another romance novel so I grabbed this off of my bookshelf. I picked it up at a used library book sale awhile back. Believe me, I have scads of these for such moments. Darcy Wallace is from Kansas. She is beautiful and naive, and has been engaged to a very controlling and unkind man that makes her feel like she is less than she is. She breaks off the engagement and flees to Las Vegas. She arrives in town with $9.37 to her name. She finds herself at The Comanche Casino and I was in the mood for another romance novel so I grabbed this off of my bookshelf. I picked it up at a used library book sale awhile back. Believe me, I have scads of these for such moments. Darcy Wallace is from Kansas. She is beautiful and naive, and has been engaged to a very controlling and unkind man that makes her feel like she is less than she is. She breaks off the engagement and flees to Las Vegas. She arrives in town with $9.37 to her name. She finds herself at The Comanche Casino and puts her last few dollars in a slot machine and hits the jackpot and is an instant millionaire. She immediately faints and is rescued by the casino owner/manager Mac Blade. Mac immediately feels responsible for her so he puts her up in a hotel suite until she sorts things out and gets on her feet. What he didn’t expect, though, was that he might feel more for her than just responsible. Darcy spreads her wings and all things become possible. She finds out that she is a strong, smart and independent woman and that she can do anything. But what she wants most of all is for Mac to love her.

First of all I’ll say that I’ve not read anything by Nora Roberts that I didn’t like. This book is just one of several books written about The MacGregors. Its sweet and fun and I loved watching Darcy discover what she is capable of and watching Mac realize that fate dealt him “The Winning Hand” when Darcy walked into his casino. . more

We all live ordinary lives. We wake up in the morning, we go to work/school/whatever, we work our asses off, we come home, we watch a little tv, maybe hang out with some friends or cuddle with our significant other and we go to sleep. And then we dream. We dream of being rich, being famous, being a trendsetter, winning the lottery.

Yes, we ALL want to be that girl, the one who hit the jackpot!

“I think I saw a puddy-cat!”

The one with a ticket to instant fame and wealth.

“Buying my way to a We all live ordinary lives. We wake up in the morning, we go to work/school/whatever, we work our asses off, we come home, we watch a little tv, maybe hang out with some friends or cuddle with our significant other and we go to sleep. And then we dream. We dream of being rich, being famous, being a trendsetter, winning the lottery.

Yes, we ALL want to be that girl, the one who hit the jackpot!

“I think I saw a puddy-cat!”

The one with a ticket to instant fame and wealth.

“Buying my way to a better dress sense!”

The one who’s every man’s sexy girl-next-door fantasy.

Finally. JACKPOT.

The Winning Hand cashes in on all of our deepest fantasies of instant wealth and a hot guy to love. Darcy Wallace is literally down to her last dollar when she hits The Comanche on the Las Vegas Strip. She’s punchy from walking in the desert sun with no food, water or rest. So when she hits the $2 million jackpot on the slot machine, all she can do is faint into sexy Robert MacGregor Blade’s willing arms.

Mac is the ultimate gambler, but he has met his match in this fairy-like, naive looking Kansas girl on the lucky streak of a lifetime. He feels an urge to protect the innocent, overwhelmed Darcy from the wolves already baying at the door for her newfound wealth. Darcy, for her part, is alone and friendless in a strange town and is only too happy to trust her instincts and put her faith in Mac and his charming family.

The MacGregors has got to be my mostest favoritest romance series of all time. The family saga, spanning three generations and ten books, is heartwarming and charming. Read objectively, The Winning Hand is pretty awful in parts, especially the bits where Mac takes on a decidedly paternalistic air and tries to dictate what is best for Darcy; thankfully, despite being one of Nora’s more submissive heroines, Darcy isn’t a total wimp and manages to retain her own personality throughout.

But the real charm of this story, for me, is its fairytale aspect.

First you have the sheltered princess who runs away from the evil ogre. Then she wins a ton of money so she can ensure her continued liberation.

Wish-fulfillment fantasy Number 1

Then she meets Prince Charming, who shelters her in his castle. When the ogre comes to take the princess away, they face him down together. Then the prince and the princess fall in love.

Wish-fulfillment fantasy Number 2

There are some minor hurdles to cross on the path to true love, but eventually, the prince and the princess kiss and make up.

Whoops! That’s not quite the kind of kissing I was looking for!

and live happily ever after!

Wish-fulfillment fantasy Number 3 to 1 million.

Nothing But Nora Week, Book 4 . more

This is definitely the first category romance I ever bought, well before I knew that was the name for them.

And I really like this one! Darcy is such a sweet heroine and Mac works as a hero who doesn’t want to be protective but can’t help it, and yeah. I just like it a lot.

The Winning Hand is the 7th novel in Nora Roberts’ The MacGregors series.

Darcy Wallace, the heroine, fled her home in Kansas to escape an emotionally abusive ex fiance who didn’t take the word no when she said she doesn’t want to marry him anymore. She ends up in Las Vegas at The Comanche casino where she spends her last money at a slot machine, hits the jackpot winning almost two million dollars suddenly becoming rich.

Robert MacGregor Blade, the hero is the eldest son of Justin and Serena from The Winning Hand is the 7th novel in Nora Roberts’ The MacGregors series.

Darcy Wallace, the heroine, fled her home in Kansas to escape an emotionally abusive ex fiance who didn’t take the word no when she said she doesn’t want to marry him anymore. She ends up in Las Vegas at The Comanche casino where she spends her last money at a slot machine, hits the jackpot winning almost two million dollars suddenly becoming rich.

Robert MacGregor Blade, the hero is the eldest son of Justin and Serena from Playing the Odds. Mac manages The Comanche casino for his parents. He helps Darcy deal with her newfound riches and is smitten by her.

This is one of my favourite books in the series. I loved how Darcy found the strength and determined that she always had inside herself. She stopped hiding and stood up to her ex fiance. She knew exactly what she wanted from her relationship with Mac. I liked how Mac helped her when she was vulnerable and how he couldn’t resist her when he pushed her away. Mac was a little stupid when it came to their relationship but it didn’t take him long to understand he messed up and I thought he did an ok grovel.

Justin, Serena, Caine and Daniel make an appearance in the book. I enjoyed the sense of family and how Justin, Serena and Daniel nudged Darcy and Mac along. . more

I’ve been on a bit of a Nora Roberts Re-Reading Binge of late, and it has been totally awesome. As one of my favorite series by Roberts is her MacGregor series, I decided to re-read The Winning Hand, a short contemporary romance that I remembered little of. The Winning Hand was a good addition to the series, however it’s far from a favorite.

The Winning Hand starts off with Darcy, nearly completely broke and trying to start her life over after leaving her controlling ex-fiance in Kansas, winning I’ve been on a bit of a Nora Roberts Re-Reading Binge of late, and it has been totally awesome. As one of my favorite series by Roberts is her MacGregor series, I decided to re-read The Winning Hand, a short contemporary romance that I remembered little of. The Winning Hand was a good addition to the series, however it’s far from a favorite.

The Winning Hand starts off with Darcy, nearly completely broke and trying to start her life over after leaving her controlling ex-fiance in Kansas, winning over a million dollars in a casino in Las Vegas. And the owner of that Casino – Robert MacGregor Blade (Mac), a grandson of Daniel MacGregor.

Darcy was an easy character to like, although she was so very innocent that sometimes I would get a bit frustrated with her. This could be in part to the narration. While some of the narrator’s voices for characters were good, the voice she used for Darcy made her seem not very bright. However, Darcy does grow more confidence, and she’s a stronger woman by the end of the story, and I really enjoyed that.

The hero of the novel, Mac, was definitely a guy I liked, but not one that I loved. He really helps out Darcy in the beginning, and that’s wonderful. Because she’s so naïve, she needs all the advice she can get, and Mac helps her out. I did like them together, as well.

Daniel MacGregor, however, was my absolute favorite character in the novel, but that shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone who has been following my reviews. I do so love Daniel MacGregor, who is this wonderfully meddlesome patriarch of the McGregor family who loves everyone so very much.

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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams

Recorded for Monument in 1983 thanks to the leniency of the artists’ respective labels, Brenda, Dolly, Kris & Willie brought together Brenda Lee, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson for a double album of duets featuring every possible combination of the four, as well as a handful of solo numbers. Certainly a delight for fans of the individual performers, this album is nonetheless too redolent of a various-artists anthology to truly succeed as a piece. Much of the music is highly enjoyable, however, particularly the Dolly and Kris novelty, “Ping Pong,” and Brenda and Dolly’s duet on What Do You Think About Lovin’.” As a bizarre bonus, Johnny Cash provided the half-poetry, half-prose liner notes.

Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Winning Hand – Brenda Lee, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson on AllMusic – 1982 – Recorded for Monument in 1983 thanks to the… ]]>