Books by Kathleen O

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Long Summer Nights

Long Summer Nights, a Harlequin Blaze title from 2010, was something of an unusual read. Unlike many category romance books I’ve read, it’s actually rather unsentimental and filled with awkward moments and sharp edges by design. Many readers will likely find it unlikable and yet there’s just s ...

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The Chisholm Trail Bride

This is the first novel I’ve read by Kathleen Y’Barbo, and I can see why she’s a bestselling author – she’s a good storyteller. Each of her characters is drawn with descriptive detail, and she has a deft way of weaving romance and adventure together. The Chisholm Trail Bride is one of seve ...

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One Christmas Knight

A DIKlassic originally published on February 7, 1998 Happy holidays to all! We all dream at one time or another of that handsome knight riding in on a white charger and rescuing us, but did you know that there really are modern day knights out there, just ready to rescue that damsel in distress? ...

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The Long Hot Summer

The Long Hot Summer is the second novel by Kathleen MacMahon, a television journalist from Ireland. It's a beautifully written story, which proves to be both a blessing and a curse. Her prose is incredibly lush, and her powers of description are unlike anything I've encountered in quite some time. U ...

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Shanna

I’m aghast at my temerity in attempting to comment on a Woodiwiss novel, particularly since this is the first one I’ve read. Scads of lines have been written by readers, bloggers, fans, and academic scholars on Woodiwiss’s stories, characters, themes, and her place in the evolution of the roma ...

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Josette

I picked up Josette the way I’ve picked up many other review books—on a whim. The blurb for the book didn’t provide any real hints, just a direct quote from the book describing a woman’s beautiful raven locks, dewy mouth, and so on. It’s a good thing I didn’t let that flowery prose stop ...

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Celine

Celine is the first book in a new series, taking place in 19th century America. I love the sweeping, epic feel that good American historicals have, and this one certainly fits the bill. There’s family drama, romantic drama, actual danger, and a certain mysterious something that makes this novel ju ...

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The Seduction of Sarah Marks

The Seduction of Sarah Marks is the first in a new series from this author. It’s an enjoyable read overall, though some of the plot points were overly contrived and the writing, while generally good, felt rather rough-edged and unpolished in places. But the book did hold my interest, and there wer ...

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For Their Baby

For Their Baby engaged my attention throughout the book, but at the end I really doubted that the couple would be together for the long term. And Kitty and David missed one of the most important steps in their relationship, the joy of falling in love. Working as a barmaid, Kitty Hemmings handles ...

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Just Surrender

There’s a telling exchange between Edie Higgins and Tyler Hart — the heroine and hero of Ms. O’Reilly’s latest Harlequin Blaze novel Just Surrender — when the two first meet. Edie, moonlighting for a night as a New York cabbie, picks up Tyler from JFK and takes him the very long way into t ...