Books by Kathleen Y

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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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The Jane Austen Project

Confession time.  When I picked up The Jane Austen Project for review, I really didn’t expect it to be a book I couldn’t put down.  I thought the premise - two time travellers go back to 1815 to meet Jane Austen and secure a previously unpublished manuscript - was interesting (which was why I ...

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A Simple Thing

Women’s fiction books fall on a continuum with some having more similarity to genre romance while others read more like mainstream fiction. While a A Simple Thing is closer to mainstream fiction than romance, there is a background romance that adds color to the story and heightened my enjoyment ...

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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 ...

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Hot Under Pressure

Hot Under Pressure is the latest from Kathleen O’Reilly and, boy, does it deliver. It’s sexy, engaging, and just a whole lot of fun to read. Boutique owner Ashley Larsen hates flying, but when she’s seated next to a really hot guy — financial guru David McLean — on a f ...

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Sex: Straight Up

I'd definitely classify Sex, Straight Up as a buried treasure. Why buried? Well, the title is more than a little embarrassing. I get that it's called that because the hero's family owns a bar, but still – you read it and think that the book is just about tawdry sex. Straight up. It's not, though; ...

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Nightcap

Nightcap ends Kathleen O'Reilly's trilogy about three brothers generally centered around the family bar in New York City. Sean O’Sullivan is the middle child and as a lawyer, has the sharpest and most clever tongue. He’s also the playboy of the three, loved by women throughout New York and retur ...

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Shaken and Stirred

I have to give Shaken and Stirred credit for one thing: It has one of the most believable plots I've ever seen in a Harlequin Blaze. All too often, the Blaze stock-in-trade seems to be an outlandish plot that exists solely to give the hero and heroine a reason to get hot and heavy. In this case, it' ...

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Pillow Talk

A word of advice: if you're writing a romance and are desperately trying to find a way to keep your characters from consummating their relationship, try to make the reason seem remotely plausible. Unless that reason stems logically from the plot or the characters themselves, it's just a gimmick. And ...