Books by Judith O

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Angel in a Red Dress

Angel in a Red Dress was first published in 1988 as Starlit Surrender, Judy Cuevas's first novel. The good news is that much of Judith Ivory's signature style is already apparent here. The bad news is that the book does have a number of flaws, including a premise that hinges on a gross historical i ...

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Sleeping Beauty

It has been two years since I first read Sleeping Beauty (published in 1998), and as I reread this favorite of mine recently, I found it an even greater delight the second time around. While most romances fade from my memory rather quickly, this is one I clearly hadn’t forgotten and I found myself ...

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The Fixer-Upper

Judith Arnold tells stories that focus on real people living regular lives. When I pick up one of her books, I know not to expect high drama and nonstop excitement. Instead, I'll likely find believable characters, relatable situations, and a sweet love story. The Fixer Upper is quintessential Arnold ...

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Blooming All Over

Although Blooming All Over has its romantic moments, it's not a romance novel. Instead it's a contemporary novel about the lives and loves of a big Jewish New York family who own an upscale delicatessen/grocery story. I thought Bloom's Delicatessen and the New York ambience was the most vivid thing ...

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Blooming All Over

Blooming All Over is the follow-up novel to Love in Bloom's, a book I'd heard positive things about, both from AAR staff and from friends. I regret to say that I did not find the Bloom family as charming or as funny as they apparently did. Blooming All Over is about the complications the various ...

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Code Name: Dove

For anyone who's been eagerly awaiting the new Silhouette Bombshell line, Code Name: Dove is the book to get. A great spy adventure with a complex heroine, it gets the line off to a strong start. Hopefully it's just the first sign of good things to come. To most of the world, Nova Blair is a w ...

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Heart on the Line

On her 29 birthday, Loretta D'Angelo endures a torturous afternoon with her family in Long Island, listening to them tell her how she needs to find a man. Unmarried and unattached, Loretta is happy enough with her single status. Sure, she wouldn't mind meeting someone, but she's not exactly on the p ...

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Enter the Hero

Judith O'Brien's Enter the Hero requires the reader to suspend a good bit of disbelief but manages to be a pretty fun read anyway. Unfortunately, the story tries to cover too much territory; the end result is that what is best about it becomes diluted by what is only marginally entertaining. ...

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Untie My Heart

Admittedly, Untie My Heart is not for everyone. But those of you who love sensuous romance tinged ever so delicately with a hint of decadence - and you know who you are - should plan right now to settle down under your favorite blanket and surrender yourself to this incredible writer. If you have ...

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A Moment in Time

It's been quite a while since I've read one of those impossibly unrealistic life-among-the-rich books. And, after finishing this one, I'm reminded of all the reasons why I've stayed away for so long. In this book every character is either all bad or all good. Our heroine is beautiful, sweet, nic ...