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For Celebrity magazine reporter Lee Radcliffe, tracking down the world-famous, notoriously private, horror-story writer Hunter Brown had become a personal quest. Her carefully planned ambush finally paid off at a small writer's conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. But when the master of the supernatural turned out to be a dark-eyed master of seduction, Lee knew that it would t For Celebrity magazine reporter Lee Radcliffe, tracking down the world-famous, notoriously private, horror-story writer Hunter Brown had become a personal quest. Her carefully planned ambush finally paid off at a small writer's conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. But when the master of the supernatural turned out to be a dark-eyed master of seduction, Lee knew that it would take more than just good interviewing skills to get her an exclusive. Digging into private lives was her business, but now Hunter Brown had turned the tables. With one smoldering kiss he had exacted his price.


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For Celebrity magazine reporter Lee Radcliffe, tracking down the world-famous, notoriously private, horror-story writer Hunter Brown had become a personal quest. Her carefully planned ambush finally paid off at a small writer's conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. But when the master of the supernatural turned out to be a dark-eyed master of seduction, Lee knew that it would t For Celebrity magazine reporter Lee Radcliffe, tracking down the world-famous, notoriously private, horror-story writer Hunter Brown had become a personal quest. Her carefully planned ambush finally paid off at a small writer's conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. But when the master of the supernatural turned out to be a dark-eyed master of seduction, Lee knew that it would take more than just good interviewing skills to get her an exclusive. Digging into private lives was her business, but now Hunter Brown had turned the tables. With one smoldering kiss he had exacted his price.

30 review for Second Nature

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Although this book is great I didn't like either of the main characters a whole lot. He is controlling and lies to her a lot. She keeps forgiving him. Once again if I was the main character in a novel I'd never get to the happy ending she gets to. But, I'd get ice cream. 😊🍦

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bithi

    This book shows so clearly the pleasures and hardships of writing and writers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    I loved Ms. Roberts’ "newer" Sign of Seven trilogy, but this one left me rather cold. It’s fascinating how much Ms. Roberts’ style changed in the past two decades. This book was just like its hero. Frustrating. I didn’t know what to think about the hero – he was alternating between being a jerk, tenderness, creepiness, anger etc. I never read about a more mercurial personality. The heroine mostly got on my nerves, because she thought one thing and did the other. Her actions around the hero are perf I loved Ms. Roberts’ "newer" Sign of Seven trilogy, but this one left me rather cold. It’s fascinating how much Ms. Roberts’ style changed in the past two decades. This book was just like its hero. Frustrating. I didn’t know what to think about the hero – he was alternating between being a jerk, tenderness, creepiness, anger etc. I never read about a more mercurial personality. The heroine mostly got on my nerves, because she thought one thing and did the other. Her actions around the hero are perfect examples. I just didn’t "feel" the pull between them, they severely lacked in chemistry, and seemed to resent the fact they were actually attracted to each other. The pacing was inconsistent – it started very, very slow (and rather uninterestingly), picked up pace sometimes around the camping trip, slowed down yet again, and just breezed by at the end. Once the reader gets over these hurdles and just goes with the flow, forgets about the hero’s snarly nature, forgets about the heroine’s insecurities wrapped in a power-suit package, and just resigns to the pacing, this turns out to be quite a solid story. Nothing to write home about, though.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thenia

    One of the older Nora Roberts romances, but still her distinct vivid characters and writing style. This one is about Hunter, a reclusive horror writer and Lee, the reporter determined to get an exclusive interview. The two have a "meet cute", where Lee doesn't realize who she is and mistakes him for her driver, and Hunter, intrigued by her, doesn't disabuse her of the notion but goes along with her, studying her all the while. The two meet again, and intrigue each other even more, but when Lee dis One of the older Nora Roberts romances, but still her distinct vivid characters and writing style. This one is about Hunter, a reclusive horror writer and Lee, the reporter determined to get an exclusive interview. The two have a "meet cute", where Lee doesn't realize who she is and mistakes him for her driver, and Hunter, intrigued by her, doesn't disabuse her of the notion but goes along with her, studying her all the while. The two meet again, and intrigue each other even more, but when Lee discovers who Hunter really is, she's furious with him. He has a very strong personality, something that balances her own people-pleasing one, and by the end of their story they're both better because of one another. A bit dated but still quite enjoyable, with realistic, flawed characters with great chemistry and a satisfying happy ending. The next book in the series, One Summer is Lee's best friend Bryan's story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Vintage Nora Roberts. Good story!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I love Nora Roberts. She is one of my go -to authors for romance and chick-lit. I have been discovering her earlier work, as until recently I was just familiar with her trilogies. Second Nature revolves around a reclusive horror author and the reporter determined to get him to talk. They are both serious contenders in the game of cat and mouse. Eventually, romance becomes the new name of the game. Neither of the protagonists are particularly likable, to me at least. But Roberts is skilled at he I love Nora Roberts. She is one of my go -to authors for romance and chick-lit. I have been discovering her earlier work, as until recently I was just familiar with her trilogies. Second Nature revolves around a reclusive horror author and the reporter determined to get him to talk. They are both serious contenders in the game of cat and mouse. Eventually, romance becomes the new name of the game. Neither of the protagonists are particularly likable, to me at least. But Roberts is skilled at her craft, and the pages just kept turning. She requires you to keep reading. You are invested in finding out how it ends.And of course, we all know how it ends. This is Nora Roberts after all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Older Nora Roberts book. I really did not like either of the lead characters. It was more like a verbal battle with each of them trying to figure the other one out, with sex thrown in. My least favorite Nora Roberts' book to date.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marly

    Eh Like all of Roberts’ books, she really captures the essence of a person and makes the romance seem alive. This book seemed like it was rushed and unrealistic in some parts though where the characters could’ve used more time to develop.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Hughes

    The lead protagonists Hunter and Lee are intriguing, complex and the story I didn’t know where it was going. At first I was reading from Lee going to Flagstaff to the writer’s retreat to to interview the enigmatic horror writer Hunter Brown as she interviews him, he turns the tables.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara "Cookie" Serfaty Williams

    Second Nature The love story of Hunter and Lee. This is a early book of Nora Roberts. This is set in the 1980s, where everyone smoke, woman just start to enter in to the world and typewriter are use. Fun read .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela Austin

    Great read as always from this author. Nice light reading with some twists and turns.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy Churchill

    Interesting insights into writers and their motivations. Nice interactions between characters. First published in 1985.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Nora Roberts First published: 1985 Length: 2628 locations Setting: Contemporary. LA and Sedona. Sex: Reasonably explicit. Infrequent. Hero: Writer. Heroine: Reporter for gossip-y magazine. A shorter, earlier Nora Roberts which was pretty much what I was looking for, but not what I expected. Strong, independent heroine who is still a strong, independent heroine at the end of the book. Stoic, dark hero with a gentle heart who knows who he is before the book starts, and finds a way to accept, respec Author: Nora Roberts First published: 1985 Length: 2628 locations Setting: Contemporary. LA and Sedona. Sex: Reasonably explicit. Infrequent. Hero: Writer. Heroine: Reporter for gossip-y magazine. A shorter, earlier Nora Roberts which was pretty much what I was looking for, but not what I expected. Strong, independent heroine who is still a strong, independent heroine at the end of the book. Stoic, dark hero with a gentle heart who knows who he is before the book starts, and finds a way to accept, respect and support the heroine in joining his life. Easy romantic story that focusses entirely on the two MCs. It hit the spot. 3 stars. Celebrity Magazine: Book 1 Second Nature - Lenore (Lee) Radcliffe and Hunter Brown Book 2 One Summer - Bryan Mitchell and Shade Wilder References: Author: http://www.noraroberts.com (ISBN 9781460800195) -CR-

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am a Nora Roberts fan and have been forever so when I saw this book she published in 1986 I was very excited to find one I hadn't yet read. It didn't matter to me that it hadn't been updated, that they still wrote articles and books on typewriters and that there no cell phones. My big problem with this book- the one problem that I couldn't get past to like the book is this- he is a world famous author (think Stephen King) who lives life off the publicity grid. No one knows what he looks like, I am a Nora Roberts fan and have been forever so when I saw this book she published in 1986 I was very excited to find one I hadn't yet read. It didn't matter to me that it hadn't been updated, that they still wrote articles and books on typewriters and that there no cell phones. My big problem with this book- the one problem that I couldn't get past to like the book is this- he is a world famous author (think Stephen King) who lives life off the publicity grid. No one knows what he looks like, where he lives- he is a total unknown except for best sellers. Then you find out he has a daughter and he says he keeps his life his own to prevent his daughter from being stalked by paparazzi- to make sure she has a normal childhood away from the public eye. You also found out that prior to his best sellers he made a decent living writing romance books under a female pen name. So here is the problem- how does this child of his function under the radar when he uses his real name as a parent? Do the parents of the kids she plays soccer with, goes to school with, play with not recognize his name is the same as a famous author? Its not a common name- no John Smith- its Hunter Green. He doesn't work at a job, is home raising his daughter on his own-- so are the people in his town stupid? Are they oblivious to his name being the same? Does his daughter never say yes,my dad stays home and writes books? Its just ridiculous and could have been dealt with by him using a pen name again but this glaring error would not leave me alone while reading and ultimately ruined the story for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    Lee Radcliffe has found her niche, or so she believes, as a journalist for Celebrity magazine. Her life in LA suits her, and all she really needs at this moment to boost her career is an interview with the elusive horror novelist Hunter Brown. When she discovers that he will be speaking at a writer's conference in Flagstaff, she signs on. From the very first moment she lands in Flagstaff, everything is slightly askew. Nothing is quite the way it seems, and over the next two days, she discovers for Lee Radcliffe has found her niche, or so she believes, as a journalist for Celebrity magazine. Her life in LA suits her, and all she really needs at this moment to boost her career is an interview with the elusive horror novelist Hunter Brown. When she discovers that he will be speaking at a writer's conference in Flagstaff, she signs on. From the very first moment she lands in Flagstaff, everything is slightly askew. Nothing is quite the way it seems, and over the next two days, she discovers for the first time that life often requires adjustments. Conditions. For two weeks, Lee joins Hunter on an adventurous camping trip in the Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona. And as she tests herself physically, she discovers the lengths to which she will go to achieve her dreams. But she hadn't counted on what could happen to alter everything. "Second Nature" is a romantic journey that kept me turning those pages, wondering what would happen, while enjoying the setting that I have personally experienced. A fan of the Sedona area, I couldn't wait to revisit it in this novel. And I loved the push-pull of the relationship between Lee and Hunter, as they fought the powerful attraction between them. Until they didn't. 4.0 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aurelia Rowl

    I loved this story! This one just clicked with me, though I accept that the main characters being a novelist and reluctant aspiring novelist could have something to do with it. As fictional book boyfriends go though, Hunter certainly works for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Christensen

    Another book about a writer by Roberts. This time, supernatural is the name of the writing game, and an extremely reclusive author with a secret to hide is the subject. And, the love interest is a reporter for a gossip mag. In a shocking turn of events, I don’t think I’ve ever read this one before, but, because I’ve read a book of hers recently that is about a writer, and a book about two reporters, it seemed very similar to the same old thing. That’s another problem with a lot of her early books Another book about a writer by Roberts. This time, supernatural is the name of the writing game, and an extremely reclusive author with a secret to hide is the subject. And, the love interest is a reporter for a gossip mag. In a shocking turn of events, I don’t think I’ve ever read this one before, but, because I’ve read a book of hers recently that is about a writer, and a book about two reporters, it seemed very similar to the same old thing. That’s another problem with a lot of her early books – she followed formula way more than she does now. Which could have been by her design, or her publishers. There were also little things, like a dress made of blue silk with silver threads. I’m almost positive this was in one of the last books, too. And how everyone is always “prompt” and how impressed people are by this. It almost makes me laugh when I keep reading the same things, and it makes me realize that, if I had been reading Nora from the beginning (which would have been impossible since I was born in 1985), I would assume that she was a one-note pony. And, I know from her more recent novels (the last 10 years definitely, and the In Death series she writes as J.D. Robb), that this is not true at all. So while none of that took away from how I felt about the book (because I did like it enough), I definitely noticed coincidences as someone that is reading through her early books, trying to completely read her entire catalogue. And, again, writers use the same things over and over again (is a book about writers and someone happening to also have a blue silk dress really that big of a deal?), it’s still something to note, and find interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nerding Out With Nicky

    This was a cute, enjoyable story - short and sweet. Even though it was originally published in 1985, it didn't feel dated, other than the guy smoking indoors. :) I felt everything was still relevant and believable. I enjoyed the characters, and I especially enjoyed their banter. The scenery within the story was also done well. I could almost see the canyons and the sunrise. Could almost feel the rain pounding against the tent. On one hand, it was a nice slow burn, getting a good way into the book This was a cute, enjoyable story - short and sweet. Even though it was originally published in 1985, it didn't feel dated, other than the guy smoking indoors. :) I felt everything was still relevant and believable. I enjoyed the characters, and I especially enjoyed their banter. The scenery within the story was also done well. I could almost see the canyons and the sunrise. Could almost feel the rain pounding against the tent. On one hand, it was a nice slow burn, getting a good way into the book before they gave in to their chemistry and attraction to one another, tension building up along the way. On the other hand from another aspect of it, it may have been a little too rushed to feel realistic for me ... spending two weeks together before deciding they loved each other ... but sometimes I guess you just know! Overall, it was a fun story. I'd recommend it for a quick weekend afternoon or summer read. :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I have a shelf full of Nora Roberts books that I read between other books. Often her books are quite boring and quite tedious. This was no exception. The main male character needs a good slap to the face. How dare he think he can take advantage of a woman! Mind you, half way through the book the male becomes rather boring once he loses his 'dark and brooding, and mysterious ways'. I won't give too much away, if you like Nora Roberts, suffice to say, the woman is suddenly turned on by him and reali I have a shelf full of Nora Roberts books that I read between other books. Often her books are quite boring and quite tedious. This was no exception. The main male character needs a good slap to the face. How dare he think he can take advantage of a woman! Mind you, half way through the book the male becomes rather boring once he loses his 'dark and brooding, and mysterious ways'. I won't give too much away, if you like Nora Roberts, suffice to say, the woman is suddenly turned on by him and realises the error of her ways in being so stand-offish! Personally I do not know why I keep bothering but I suspect many a woman would go weak at the knees to be 'persuaded' that the man is for her. I had thought there would be some kind of paranormal moments in the book. It alluded to them, but alas, nothing happens. It almost read like a Nora Roberts falls in love with Stephen King book. I will persevere with her books since every now and then a gem actually does arise.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lee Radcliffe - self controlled, Celebrity magazine writer... Hunter Brown - reclusive horror fiction writer.... Lee wants to do a story on him - and finally tracts him at a small conference - she shows up, he is intrigued (both at airport - she mistakes him for hotel driver)... agrees to do an interview, if she spends two weeks in the wild with him.... Where both end up dropping their masks - become lovers... until she figures out they are only a mile from his woodland cabin/house - and his last s Lee Radcliffe - self controlled, Celebrity magazine writer... Hunter Brown - reclusive horror fiction writer.... Lee wants to do a story on him - and finally tracts him at a small conference - she shows up, he is intrigued (both at airport - she mistakes him for hotel driver)... agrees to do an interview, if she spends two weeks in the wild with him.... Where both end up dropping their masks - become lovers... until she figures out they are only a mile from his woodland cabin/house - and his last secret, a 10 year old daughter he loves and protects.. she goes back to New York... misses him, misses who she was with him... quits her job, finishes her manuscript... returns to him ahhhh

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary L Johnson

    I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years. This book, while enjoyable was not quite up to some I have read, meaning I didn't want a sequel or what. It ended and I enjoyed it, but wasn't curious enough about the characters to want to see haw they got along after wards. It was entertaining, but not as gripping as I expected from Me Roberts. I have been a fan for many years and this was more a love story that was predictable, not interesting enough to care about them . Some of her other book.are. Sti I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years. This book, while enjoyable was not quite up to some I have read, meaning I didn't want a sequel or what. It ended and I enjoyed it, but wasn't curious enough about the characters to want to see haw they got along after wards. It was entertaining, but not as gripping as I expected from Me Roberts. I have been a fan for many years and this was more a love story that was predictable, not interesting enough to care about them . Some of her other book.are. Still looking for the last Inn series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Written in 1986 so it is pretty dated, Marlboro man (smoker) which you almost never hear of in books now. The old man is smarter than woman theme and she is cowed and quits her job in the end and comes to him. The character of the woman is played as not very bright, it is just the tone of it. Nora's books of today have so much more strength as a writer, realism of characters and lol times it is hard to go back to this type of writing. Read something more recent, unless you enjoy the old way things Written in 1986 so it is pretty dated, Marlboro man (smoker) which you almost never hear of in books now. The old man is smarter than woman theme and she is cowed and quits her job in the end and comes to him. The character of the woman is played as not very bright, it is just the tone of it. Nora's books of today have so much more strength as a writer, realism of characters and lol times it is hard to go back to this type of writing. Read something more recent, unless you enjoy the old way things were done.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan Quinland

    Draws you in, despite flaws A little over described, especially in the beginning. I love well done descriptions, but even I was getting impatient. The head hopping was annoying, and often done without clear indicators. That being said, it was a lovely story of two disparate people who have no business being with each other, but... The heart wants what the heart wants. I honestly forgot that Nora Roberts was the author until I got to the end of this ebook. One of her earlier works, and none of the Draws you in, despite flaws A little over described, especially in the beginning. I love well done descriptions, but even I was getting impatient. The head hopping was annoying, and often done without clear indicators. That being said, it was a lovely story of two disparate people who have no business being with each other, but... The heart wants what the heart wants. I honestly forgot that Nora Roberts was the author until I got to the end of this ebook. One of her earlier works, and none of the now slightly tired cliches and overused overly chipper voices and words so prevalent in modern romances. It was refreshing. 4.5 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    KateNZ

    I enjoyed this - the characters had some depth and their motivations were interesting. There was a solid storyline that didn’t require me to suspend disbelief too much, and I didn’t mind that it was predictable. Lee’s inner voice was a bit whiny but at least she was composed and determined on the outside (I can relate!). Hunter’s tendency to be controlling was not his most attractive quality - but then he was shown off-balance too. Bonnie and Sarah are lovely characters. A nice light read that w I enjoyed this - the characters had some depth and their motivations were interesting. There was a solid storyline that didn’t require me to suspend disbelief too much, and I didn’t mind that it was predictable. Lee’s inner voice was a bit whiny but at least she was composed and determined on the outside (I can relate!). Hunter’s tendency to be controlling was not his most attractive quality - but then he was shown off-balance too. Bonnie and Sarah are lovely characters. A nice light read that was just what I needed today

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeni

    Nice storytelling in this romance novel with a bit of a twist that keeps it interesting. It’s an easy and fast read about a magazine reporter (Lee Radcliffe), who tracks down a world-famous, notoriously private, horror-story writer (Hunter Brown) for an interview. She ‘ambushes’ him at a small writer's conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. He turns the tables on her and they end up intimately involved. I wasn’t sure where this was going at first, so it was quite enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pat K

    When I started this book, for some reason, I thought Nora Roberts wrote mysteries. But this book is definitely a romance. Readers of romance may rate this highly, but I’ve never read a book before that was nothing but romance from beginning to end. I skimmed through page after page of tingling skin and pulsing blood and long lingering kisses and a cliched arrogant man and a petite woman.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Robertson

    Not a ton to say about this one. It was pretty typical. Hunter is a Steven King type writer and constantly described as 'dangerous' or 'serious'. Lee is stubborn and catty most of the time but still ends up described about 8000 times as 'fragile' or 'uncertain'. Overall this book was sweet but boring.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Not the Nora Roberts I am used to ,one of her older books,However still just as good!!! Lee is a workaholic striving for the unattainable,an interview with Hunter Brown .He is an award winning author who values his privacy. Meeting at a seminar.Agreeing to his terms Lee (a very pampered woman) must spend 2 weeks with him camping to get the interview

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    This was cute , but a little bit over the top drawn out … Too much drama and angst over NOTHING. In the end it made it seem like the heroine had to leave her job and life to be with the hero, as if being a gossip columnist (which is realistically what she was, working for "Celebrity" magazine) is an amazing career, or as if this was something she couldn't do even from across the country. (I guess this is where you can tell how dated the book is - I guess they couldn't just work from home and sen This was cute , but a little bit over the top drawn out … Too much drama and angst over NOTHING. In the end it made it seem like the heroine had to leave her job and life to be with the hero, as if being a gossip columnist (which is realistically what she was, working for "Celebrity" magazine) is an amazing career, or as if this was something she couldn't do even from across the country. (I guess this is where you can tell how dated the book is - I guess they couldn't just work from home and send their articles into the news station 30 years ago, without emails and cellphones, etc... :D So by today's standards, most of the heroine's issues didn't even make sense... but if you bring yourself 30-40 years back - yeah I guess ok...) One major error though - at least to me ! I don't see how the author and other ppl didn't have an issue with this - is that this guy is soooo famous, but he's living a reclusive life and no one knows what he looks like and no one knows of his child, he protects her from fame, etc... HE USES HIS REAL NAME! How does he manage to stay unknown??? How does no one not put two and two together !? Why does he not use a PEN NAME ?!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee Marie

    Play hard to get or give in and follow your heart? Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I do feel that too much of the plot of given to this tug of war love story. In the end, I was glad that Lee and Hunter too a chance on their love and began a life together. I would have liked to have known more about what happened once this new chapter in their lives began.

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