Books by Beth O

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Untamed

A Blast from the Past review: originally published on May 30, 2001 Untamed was one of those books I just couldn't put down. I stretched breaks at work, and prolonged my lunch period as much as I dared because I couldn't bear to stop reading. Whenever that happens, I know I've found a keeper. When ...

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The Silk Merchant's Convenient Wife

The Silk Merchant’s Convenient Wife is both a step in the right direction and a step down from the consistently creative Elisabeth Hobbes. This Harlequin Historical is rather more traditional than what I expect from her in light of the dozens of books she’s released which rebel joyfully against ...

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The Switch

Beth O’Leary’s 2019 début The Flatshare was just marvelous - our reviewer gave it an A-, and it was an A for me personally. But the sophomore slump has struck more than one début star, so it was with both hope and nervousness that I volunteered to review The Switch, about a grandmother from th ...

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Unsuitable Bride for a Viscount

Elizabeth Beacon’s Yelverton Marriages series continues charmingly with a new volume a peer and the commoner with whom he finds romance in Unsuitable Bride for a Viscount. Alaric Defford, Viscount Stratford, is in search of his runaway niece, Juno, who fled her home after her mother tried to se ...

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Valentine: A Novel

In her debut novel Valentine, author Elizabeth Wetmore examines the far-reaching consequences of a violent crime on a small Texas town. Set in 1976, as Odessa is poised for another oil boom, a fourteen-year-old girl is raped in a secluded area on the outskirts of town. She manages to escape, but her ...

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Uncovering the Merchant's Secret

Uncovering the Merchant’s Secret is a lot more tough-minded than the last two Hobbes novels I’ve read – and a lot darker.  It’s also very entertaining, with the most fascinating heroine I’ve read about recently, and is set in a period I’ve not often come across in historical romance. Wh ...

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The Bright Unknown

One of the last passages in the The Bright Unknown is “A lot of bad had to happen for us to have all the good in our lives.” One thing I can definitely attest to is that a lot of bad happens in this story. Whether that was truly necessary in order for any good to occur - and whether the story ne ...

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The Flatshare

Clever, fresh, funny and fun, The Flatshare is one of the best romance novels of 2019.  I’m not quite sure how I missed it when it came out in May, but if you did, too... well, make time for this absolute gem of a book now. After a traumatic break-up with her on again, off again boyfriend Just ...

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A Midsummer Knight's Kiss

A Midsummer Knight’s Kiss gives Elisabeth Hobbes another solid notch in her quiver of appealing romances.  While I liked this one less than her phenomenal last novel, she still produces a fine romance that, even with its problems, will make readers happy. Back when they were kids, Rowenna – ...

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A Runaway Bride for the Highlander

Sometimes there’s nothing better for the soul than a good, sweet romance about two people asserting their right to be in love and battling back the demons that threaten to keep them from being so.  Elisabeth Hobbes’ A Runaway Bride for the Highlander is the third book in the multi-author, cross ...