Jared MacKade loves the small town where he grew up so it didn't come as any surprise when he came back to practice law there. He remembers re-enacting battles fought during the civil war in the woods near his family home and wrestling with his three brothers, Rafe, Shane and Devin. Those childhood memories and upbringing are the core of Jared MacKade.
Rafe, the oldest brother was now married, and that left the others still on the family farm. Life was good and easy with few complications and that's just how Jared liked it. At least it was uncomplicated until Savannah Morningstar moved into town.
Savannah and her son, Connor, moved to town and kept to themselves. She did little socializing so the rumor mill had nothing on her, which left Jared with little information to prepare for his first encounter with her. He had to contact her regarding Savannah's father's will and wasn't sure how to handle it. He was more than surprised that she was not only drop-dead gorgeous, but independent and stubborn as well. When he told her that her father was dead, she didn't have any reaction. Then when he told her that she had inherited some money from him, he was amazed when she politely refused it.
That wasn't the only surprise Savannah had in store for Jared. She didn't instantly fall for Jared like most women and it seemed as if she was immune to his good looks and charm. In the process of performing his lawyerly duties and informing her of her inheritance, he was attracted to her. He wasn't sure if it was his pride that kept him in contact with her, or something else. In the process, his life was turned upside-down and he loved every minute of it.
Yes, this is a typical romance story line, but typical to Nora Roberts' writing style, we find strong characters that aren't afraid to have their personalities clash once in a while, which makes it very interesting for the reader. The character of Savannah does not have the typical bitter "you done me wrong" type attitude, but instead has let adversity maker her stronger. The character of Jared doesn't portray the normal "I'm gorgeous and know it" attitude, but when his ego takes a direct hit, he builds on it instead of running to someone else who will stroke that ego. I think that's what makes this book so enjoyable and fun.
The Pride of Jared MacKade is the second book in the MacKade series coming after The Return of Rafe MacKade. It is followed by The Fall of Shane MacKade and The Heart of Devin MacKade. I've read all four of these books and found each of them to be well written with fun interactions not only between the four brothers, but also between the female characters and townspeople. There's nothing cerebral about this story, or any of the MacKade stories for that matter, but they're very enjoyable and you'll find yourself smiling throughout each of them.