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A MacGregor classic from "America's favorite writer" ("The New Yorker"). AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME Cartoonist Grant Campbell has shunned the outside world, preferring to live and work alone--until a storm brings artist Genevieve Grandeau to the door of his lighthouse. Gruff and guarded, he offers her shelter for one night, never expecting how the glamorous bea A MacGregor classic from "America's favorite writer" ("The New Yorker"). AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME Cartoonist Grant Campbell has shunned the outside world, preferring to live and work alone--until a storm brings artist Genevieve Grandeau to the door of his lighthouse. Gruff and guarded, he offers her shelter for one night, never expecting how the glamorous beauty will affect the rest of his days... Includes an exclusive preview of Nora Roberts's new book "The Witness."


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A MacGregor classic from "America's favorite writer" ("The New Yorker"). AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME Cartoonist Grant Campbell has shunned the outside world, preferring to live and work alone--until a storm brings artist Genevieve Grandeau to the door of his lighthouse. Gruff and guarded, he offers her shelter for one night, never expecting how the glamorous bea A MacGregor classic from "America's favorite writer" ("The New Yorker"). AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME Cartoonist Grant Campbell has shunned the outside world, preferring to live and work alone--until a storm brings artist Genevieve Grandeau to the door of his lighthouse. Gruff and guarded, he offers her shelter for one night, never expecting how the glamorous beauty will affect the rest of his days... Includes an exclusive preview of Nora Roberts's new book "The Witness."

30 review for One Man's Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    How you know a book is set in the 80s: the hero is a successful cartoonist who gets multiple national newspapers delivered to him in rural Maine daily. I really like this one! Grant is such a great prickly hero and Gennie is his equal and it's wonderful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    This was a good one! Gennie and Grants story was a passion and angst filled tale of two artists and I loved it!! Gennie is a world famous painter who's recently suffered a devastating loss and moves to a secluded area to find her inner peace. Who she ends up meeting is surly artist Grant. They have explosive chemistry filled with wicked banter and hot sex. Soon as they go back to meet the MacGregor clan, secrets are revealed and they fight their personal demons to find their HEA. I loved their combus This was a good one! Gennie and Grants story was a passion and angst filled tale of two artists and I loved it!! Gennie is a world famous painter who's recently suffered a devastating loss and moves to a secluded area to find her inner peace. Who she ends up meeting is surly artist Grant. They have explosive chemistry filled with wicked banter and hot sex. Soon as they go back to meet the MacGregor clan, secrets are revealed and they fight their personal demons to find their HEA. I loved their combustible personalities and passion for each other. The cloth tearing love scene on the cliff was my favorite! This book also exposed a pattern (pairing lawyer with lawyer, gambler with gambler, politician with politicians daughter and now artist with artist but no complaints since my favorite Daniel is Married to Anne and both aren't doctors

  3. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    3.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "I feel like someone's just given me a solid right straight to the gut—the kind that doubles you over and makes your head ring at the same time. I feel that way too often when I look at you. In the first place I never asked to have you walk into my life and mess up my head. The last thing I wanted was for you to get in my way, but you did. So now I'm in love with you, and I can tell you, I'm not crazy about the idea. I'm in love with you, and damn it, I don't like it. I don't like it, I may neve "I feel like someone's just given me a solid right straight to the gut—the kind that doubles you over and makes your head ring at the same time. I feel that way too often when I look at you. In the first place I never asked to have you walk into my life and mess up my head. The last thing I wanted was for you to get in my way, but you did. So now I'm in love with you, and I can tell you, I'm not crazy about the idea. I'm in love with you, and damn it, I don't like it. I don't like it, I may never get used to it, but I love you. You make my head swim." - Grant Campbell I believe it was clear Grant was the next in line to find love from the way he popped up in the last chapter of the third book. It's not like NR to leave such a perfect eligible bachelor alone, after all. Now, it may seem as something that would never fit, mainly because he is a Campbell, and not a MacGregor. But the affable clan has Grant's sister in their circles now, so, automatically, the loveable brute is considered one of the male leads. Grant Campbell, Shelby's brother, son of former President candidate Robert Campbell, and presently an anonymous cartoonist, likes the life he leads just fine. He's working the way he wants to - in peaceful anonymity and only concerned about his art. He lives exactly where he wants to - out of a small, quiet town in Maine, almost completely isolated in his lighthouse. A hermit he is, and though he loves people in general, he prefers being around them in his own terms, and thus leads a life in solitude. But when a famous artist, Genvieve Grandeau, knocks on his door looking for shelter during a stormy night, Grant finds himself more involved than he'd like. Genvieve is the opposite of him ,full of life and defying every single limit he puts between them - and he's not entirely sure he can keep his hands off her any longer than he can keep his own thoughts from focusing on the French pain in his ass... I find myself on the verge of looking at the mirror and calling my reflection a masochist. Grant seems to be my favorite male lead in the MacGregor series so far, and, truth be told, he was a real asshole. Not just a grumpy, rude guy. No, the man seems incapable of possessing any social skills whatsoever, and he'd rather bite his own tongue off than giving a kind word to someone. Seriously, it was like Gennie had to twist his arm for a mere praise every freaking time! I always wanted to see how it would be if a male lead who was trying to push the female lead away on purpose would ever succeed. And when this one did, I was a sobbing mess! Gennie's heartbreak really reached me, and the way Grant treated her was the worst. He more than deserved the suffering he had to go through. Even when he tried to apologize, you'd think he'd rather murder her in cold blood than just suck it up and admit his mistakes. And don't get me started on that strip that supposedly brought Gennie back to him. I don't really get it, it was like he was just saying something he had already admitted several times in a row - that he was a major jerk - and then he tried to twist the problem by being sarcastic, stating, more or less, that women always ask for too much and are never satisfied. That, even if the guy is the worst bastard ever, the girl should not only accept it, but be grateful for it! Makes me want to beat him every time I think about it!!! And yet... See, that's where my masochistic side comes out to play, and I simply can't help but squeal like a teen fan girl at his attitude. He was rude, arrogant, and downright mean in so many ways, but, somehow, no matter how much I wanted Gennie to just throw him over the cliff and be done with it, I found him extremely irresistible. First, it was his profession. A cartoonist?! Color me impressed - I guess it's in the Campbell genes to be so unique in their job choices. Then, his obvious geeky side when it came to comic books in general, and how happy he was to find out that Gennie was a closet geek as well. Geeks are my kryptonite, as strange as it may sound with my obsession over bad boys - actually, I like anything that borders on the extreme, normal just doesn't cut it for me. I also liked how much of a true artist he was. Just because he drew cartoons, didn't mean he was oblivious to the rest of the art world, and he proved so by recognizing Gennie just by looking at a mere sketch she had done. It's true he was not very patient, but as shown when he was drawing, he put what little patience he possessed in his art, his work, so it was kinda reasonable that he seemed to have little left for anything else. He was a jackass, I admit that, but whenever he tried to be gentle with Gennie, the result was pretty hot - ain't no hot sex act but the one coming from someone who's on the rough side. And the outdoors sex during the storm, was...MAMMA MIA! Gennie was one of those characters you don't find completely similar with you, and yet you find yourself relating with them. Despite being a socialite, and a famous artist, she was someone very simple in her desires and way of life. Unlike Grant, she wasn't very secure no matter her talent - something that I felt she should have told him, as he kept being neutral about her work even after they became lovers, since he couldn't understand how much his opinion could hurt her. She is the typical girl-next-door most of the time, and it was a delight to find out she was untouched even after dating so many guys - personally, I loved it when the shock hit Grant, and wished there was more guilt on his behalf (that would teach him to make assumptions from things he reads on gossip columns, and almost calling out loud a perfect stranger a slut). My personal favorite trait of hers was how she managed to stand her ground even if she loved him so much, and how she was willing to make compromise, a meeting in the middle, and not just abandon everything in her life in order to suit Grant's hermit ways. Also, the fact about her being related to Justin? Come on, before she even thought about his name, it was plain obvious who her cousin was, the key words being jail and gambling. They were a very funny couple, mainly because Grant's grumpiness collided with Gennie's humorous cool, and they were extremely cute about how they were dancing around their feelings - yelling at each other in order to put blame on who made who fall in love, and whose fault it was, was adorable in its own childish silliness. Or maybe it was the fact that Gennie and Grant are my favorite people so far - with the exception of Daniel, of course. Speaking of Daniel, he still holds the record as my favorite MacGregor. The loveable giant has such a good heart, he even took Grant, a Campbell , under his wing! The way he treats the brute as his own family nearly brought me to tears. Of course the family's dynamic is as strong as ever, and every time they answer to the "royal summonings" and gather all together in the same building I am bound to laugh my head off. Though, the fact that Diana's bitchy side was back in this one almost destroyed it... Seriously, I don't know if it's because she was hating on my favorite female lead without even trying to get to know her (and, once again, she used Adelaide as an excuse - honestly, this is getting old), or because she kept her pregnancy from Caine for so long, absurdly reasoning that she was scared - oh, golly, like there has never been a married , pregnant woman other than you in this world (and of course your husband has to suffer thanks to your trust issues!). One Man's Art is my favorite book of the series yet, though I guess I'll have to wait till I've read the one about Daniel and Anna before I'm completely sure about that. One thing's for certain, however. I can't wait to read any kind of story that concerns any offspring of Grant's - I'm sure it will be delightful to see just what kind of spawn this man can have! "If you're in love with me, that's your problem. I have one of my own because I'm in love with you." - Genvieve Grandeau

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    I've probably brought this upon myself trying to read Nora Roberts consecutively like this. But I just can't get into this one. The heroine blames herself for her sister dying in a car crash - the heroine was driving, but a drunk driver ran a red light and hit the passenger side. Obviously, this justifies the heroine mourning and guilt tripping herself over the fact that "she killed her sister"... that's fucking dumb. The hero is just an asshole. I don't understand the appeal in this whole "I do I've probably brought this upon myself trying to read Nora Roberts consecutively like this. But I just can't get into this one. The heroine blames herself for her sister dying in a car crash - the heroine was driving, but a drunk driver ran a red light and hit the passenger side. Obviously, this justifies the heroine mourning and guilt tripping herself over the fact that "she killed her sister"... that's fucking dumb. The hero is just an asshole. I don't understand the appeal in this whole "I don't want to want you, but god dammit I'm going to aggressively makeout with you anyway!" thing. Both characters are like "I don't want to want you" and then spit venom at each other and throw insults with every sentence. This is a carbon copy of the last 5 books I've read. And it's just not amusing anymore.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zubee

    Part of the Macgregor series and worth reading ...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Smith

    I love Nora Roberts and this book certainly didn't disappoint me. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these characters as they learned to trust and love one another. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys beautifully written backgrounds and characters who have to move past tragedies in their lives to fully trust in the loves of their lives. Happy Reading!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Nora Roberts First published: 1985 Length: 192 pages Setting: Contemporary. Coastal Maine. Sex: Frequent. Explicit. Hero: Political cartoonist. Heroine: Painter. Enjoyable romance with a solid relationship. It’s a romance. There’s nothing dramatic or special about it. Two people, finding their way to each other, learning the meaning of love, trust, compromise. Could have done with some more grovel but it works. The MacGregors: Book 0.5 Rebellion (1988) Serena MacGregor and Brigham Langston (set i Author: Nora Roberts First published: 1985 Length: 192 pages Setting: Contemporary. Coastal Maine. Sex: Frequent. Explicit. Hero: Political cartoonist. Heroine: Painter. Enjoyable romance with a solid relationship. It’s a romance. There’s nothing dramatic or special about it. Two people, finding their way to each other, learning the meaning of love, trust, compromise. Could have done with some more grovel but it works. The MacGregors: Book 0.5 Rebellion (1988) Serena MacGregor and Brigham Langston (set in 1745) Book 0.6 (novella) In From The Cold (1986) - Alanna Flynn and Ian MacGregor (set in American Revolution) Book 1 Playing The Odds (1985) - Serena MacGregor and Justin Blade Book 2 Tempting Fate (1985) - Caine MacGregor and Diana Blade Book 3 All The Possibilities (1985) - Shelby Campbell and Alan MacGregor Book 4 One Man's Art (1985) - Genevieve Grandeau and Grant Campbell Book 5 For Now, Forever (1987) - Anna Whitfield and Daniel MacGregor Book 6 The MacGregor Brides (1997) - Laura MacGregor & Royce Cameron, Gwendolyn Blade & Branson Maguire, Julia Macgregor & Cullum Murdoch Book 7 The Winning Hand (1998) - Darcy Wallace and Robert MacGregor Blade Book 8 The MacGregor Grooms (1998) - Daniel Campbell “D.C.” MacGregor & Layna Drake, Duncan Blade & Catherine “Cat” Farrell, Ian MacGregor & Naomi Brightstone Book 9 The Perfect Neighbor (1999) - Cybil Campbell and Preston McQuinn References: Author's website: http://noraroberts.com (Read in The MacGregors:Luck ISBN 9781743564370) -CR-

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yona

    Loved it. A perfect love story. I liked the book, but the end wasn't long enough, it wasn't completed, there was a happy ending, but i love to read about what happens after it. But read this book it was pretty good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    One Man's Art is book #4 of The MacGregors series. This book is set on the coast of Maine. It is the story of artist Genvieve (Gennie) Grandeau and cartoonist Grant Campbell. Gennie needs time away from life after the death of her sister. Grant prefers peace and his own company. But one night Gennie blows in with a storm and life for both of them begins to get complicated. This is a sweet romance which can easily be read as a stand-alone or part of the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This isn't the best of the series. I understand Grant didn't want the world to know what he does, or exactly what happened with his father (with those who might not realize), but he claimed he had feelings for Gennie. To me, Grant just came off as asshole. Not a defensive mechanism, but asshole. I didn't like it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily Higgins

    Genevieve Grandeau travels to Maine to find new locations for her paintings. She meets Grant Campbell who lives in a lighthouse and does not welcome visitors. Nora Roberts has them falling in love and Gennie breaking down Grants' self-imposed barriers using her usual smooth writing techniques.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I like that both main characters are artists but use their art in such different ways. I loved the descriptions of Windy Point and the lighthouse. The visit with the MacGregors was a real treat.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ezgi Neşe

    I just wanted to see if the next one in the series would be worth enduring the creepiness of All The Possibilities, and it seems I have finished One Man's Art without knowing. That's the thing with kindles... There were a few issues that carried over from ATP. The narrator seemed too eager to soften the faults of the characters sometimes. It's possible to not like them and still be interested in the story (ahem, Wuthering Heights). And there is the issue with the characters never really having a I just wanted to see if the next one in the series would be worth enduring the creepiness of All The Possibilities, and it seems I have finished One Man's Art without knowing. That's the thing with kindles... There were a few issues that carried over from ATP. The narrator seemed too eager to soften the faults of the characters sometimes. It's possible to not like them and still be interested in the story (ahem, Wuthering Heights). And there is the issue with the characters never really having a social life, where are their friends? I get Grant doesn't any but, how about Gennie? I guess it is part of the fairytale charm of the classic romance novels. You can just leave everything behind for the right one because there isn't much to leave anyway. I can excuse a lot of things because of the fairytale quality though. For example, I excused all the mentions to "manliness, masculinity, femininity" in describing characters. [I guess that's what straights are into, so whatever]. But the narrator seriously gets on my nerves sometimes. Both Gennie and Grant are flawed characters. I could have easily disliked them as much as Alan and Shelby. Gennie scolds Grant about his secrecy, but she isn't that revealing herself, but I found I respect her very early in the novel. Grant has the same forceful nature of Alan that I abhor [I know this isn't that new of a novel but wasn't consent talked about at all in the 90s?]. Yet where I couldn't stand the rudeness and the force in ATP, they suit the scenery in this book. The lighthouse and the sea, the cries of the seagulls -politeness would not suit that. And I think the atmosphere is what made this one dear to me, I was never able to resist the sea. "It's settled!" Tossing her hair out of her face, she glared at him. "We're in love with each other and I wish you'd go jump off that cliff."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Garcia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gennie goes to the coast of Maine seeking solitude and a place to paint. Getting out of New Orleans, she couldn't be reminded of her sister who she'd lost in a car accident. Blaming herself, she carried the weight. In a storm, her car breaks down and she walks to a lighthouse where she meets Grant. He's a loner who reveals little to nothing about himself. Rude and irritable, he is annoyed with her. Gennie is drawn to his cliff where she can look out at the ocean. Everyday she goes there to paint Gennie goes to the coast of Maine seeking solitude and a place to paint. Getting out of New Orleans, she couldn't be reminded of her sister who she'd lost in a car accident. Blaming herself, she carried the weight. In a storm, her car breaks down and she walks to a lighthouse where she meets Grant. He's a loner who reveals little to nothing about himself. Rude and irritable, he is annoyed with her. Gennie is drawn to his cliff where she can look out at the ocean. Everyday she goes there to paint and Grant is reeled in. Slowly, they form a bond that doesn't feel complete. We find that Gennie is Justin and Diane's cousin. Invited to a weekend at the MacGregor home, Gennie realizes just how little she knows about the man she fell in love with. Grant pushes her away out of fear. When Gennie realizes she can't live without him, she returns to claim their love. I love when you aren't quite sure where the characters stand.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Nora... your story lines in this series are all the same, but I can't stop reading them. Girl and boy meet, find one another attractive, fight about it while trying to resist one another, hook up, fall in love, fight about it because one (or both) are resisting it for whatever reason, one runs away from the other, they both get absolutely depressed, then go back to one another, make love, and get engaged. All in the span of about 3 months. Literally, Every. Single. One. Of. These. WHY CAN I NOT Nora... your story lines in this series are all the same, but I can't stop reading them. Girl and boy meet, find one another attractive, fight about it while trying to resist one another, hook up, fall in love, fight about it because one (or both) are resisting it for whatever reason, one runs away from the other, they both get absolutely depressed, then go back to one another, make love, and get engaged. All in the span of about 3 months. Literally, Every. Single. One. Of. These. WHY CAN I NOT STOP READING THEM?!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin Burns

    I just finished the 4th book in a 24 hour period. This isn't even binging, it's self flagellation. I remember so distinctly being captivated by A Winning Hand that I just had to find and read all the rest of the books. So now I'm trying to start at the beginning and make my way there, to what purpose I no longer even know. Pray for me y'all.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Connecting with the brother of Shelby Campbell in an earlier read. Reclusive cartoon artist Grant Campbell finds his lighthouse hideaway attractive to artist Gennie Grandeau. Fighting with each other seems to work miracles and leads to another visit to the Hyannis Port home of clan MacGregor.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Another Nora Roberts series I missed, The MacGregors. And again, what can I say? She writes with many twists and turns with great character development. Love her books as she usually ends all her books with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Looking forward to rest of series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Couldn't get any better

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    My favorite of the series thus far. Sweet story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Oana

    3.5 stars for her, 1 star for him, no surprise here. :D

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ehra Khan

    I'm

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Magalhães

    ometimes it is easier to erect barriers than to confront our fears, but when we manage to break down these barriers life shows us that everything is possible when one is loved ...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    I LOVE this series!!! Truly there is no better example of family than this series. It keeps me laughing, crying, becoming exasperated, smiling, it just has it all! 😄

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tuesday's Child

    I was ok , a quick weekend read. I find her newer books more enjoyable

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robyne (grl-1der-reader)

    hot

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Really enjoyed both artists and recluses coming together.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Nice read for the plane ride.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I vaguely remember reading this series in the early 90s, passed to me by my mom as she finished them. Still excellent stories.

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