Books by M. O

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Wait for It

Fans of gritty, blue-collar romance will enjoy Wait For It, a dark and sexy look at a woman emerging from an abusive relationship. Tiffany married Blake’s abusive brother Phil, whose messes Blake has been cleaning up for decades. Blake is wealthy, thanks to managing the racecar inventions of h ...

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Silver Belles: An Over-40 Holiday Anthology

Romance is glutted with the innocent ingénues, so in Silver Belles, it was refreshing to read about people with more years under their belts. Many of the protagonists in these stories have children but are now empty nesters, and so are at the perfect moment in their lives for a happy-for-now joyful ...

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Burn Down the Night

Burn Down the Night is the third book in author Molly O’Keefe’s suspenseful romance series Everything I Left Unsaid. The first two books, Everything I Left Unsaid and The Truth About Him were a duology featuring Annie and Dylan, with book one told from Annie’s point of view and book two, a con ...

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Everything I Left Unsaid/The Truth About Him

The story begins with Annie, a young woman on the run from her abusive husband, moving into an RV at a trailer park, far away from her former home in Oklahoma. As she is beginning to settle in to her new home, the ring of a cellphone draws her attention. On impulse, she answers and begins talking wi ...

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My Favorite Mistake

I sometimes feel like I can describe the plot of all New Adult novels to you in one paragraph. Tattooed bad boy meets virginal college girl. There is sexual tension during all of their highly contrived run-ins but each of their troubled pasts keep them apart. Their otherwise pointless friends push t ...

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The Dream Wedding

Intelligent, imaginative storytelling is an increasingly undervalued commodity in the romance genre, where regurgitation of the same stories is the norm and publishers seem to assume books need to be dumbed down for the lowest common denominator. Seeking an alternative, I inevitably turn to one of m ...

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Heart vs. Humbug

Every autumn brings a plethora of holiday-themed romances to bookstores. Like most readers, I've read my share of them. M.J. Rodgers's Heart vs. Humbug remains one of my all-time favorites. The third in her Justice, Inc. miniseries, it's a marvelous blend of intelligent characters, razor-sharp dialo ...

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The Adventuress

For anyone who ever dreamed of stepping out of their mundane everyday life and living a grand adventure as someone else, M.J. Rodgers serves up that irresistible fantasy in The Adventuress. Librarian Pamela Gibson has a secret life neither her overprotective parents nor her stolid fiance knows ab ...

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Critical Affair

M.J. Rodgers was one of the reasons I subscribed to the Code Red series in the first place, but after my lukewarm response to her prequel to the series and the rest of the books so far, I was afraid to get my hopes up. Happily, Critical Affair turned out to be a good read, with her trademark intell ...

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On The Scent

On the Scent is a thoroughly original and wonderfully different romantic mystery. It features M.J. Rodgers's trademark intelligent characters and creative touches. Most of all, it's just a lot of fun. Diann Torrey is the head chemist for the American perfume company Man to Woman. W ...