Books by M. O

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The Figure of Love

Minerva Spencer’s A Figure of Love is described as an historical romance where a widowed sculptor falls in love with the man who’s employed her to design his garden, which sounded interesting. I like the setup where two people who are strangers to each other have to work on some sort of major pr ...

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The Music of Love

Be careful what you wish for, readers. I wanted a historical romance with a flawed heroine, and The Music of Love delivered that in spades. I read it with some interest, but it didn’t quite live up to the potential of its premise. Portia Stefani, the widow of an Italian pianist lost in a shipwr ...

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The Girl Next Door

Chelsea M. Cameron’s The Girl Next Door treats the reader to a small-town romance between lifelong acquaintances.  It’s a simple, sweet, low-conflict romance that’s perfectly adorable. Following a series of financial failures that resulted in her losing her business in Boston, Iris Turner ...

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The Miser of Mayfair

I brought up Marion Chesney on a recent blog post about some of authors of the classic ‘traditional regency’ romances, and I was surprised that we only had reviews of two of her books in our database (one under Chesney, and one under M.C. Beaton, which is the name her estate seems to be using to ...

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The Music of Love

I have to confess that The Music of Love is one of those little catnippy books that grabbed me by the collar and made me laugh, even though it’s got enough problems to keep it far from a recommended grade. You will  roll your eyes at the character names or be annoyed by the haughty push and pull ...

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Cartier's Hope

I've been meaning to pick up one of M.J. Rose’s novels for the past couple of years, but I always seemed to get distracted by other books. But when I learned her latest novel, Cartier's Hope, was set in early 1900's New York, I moved it to the top of my TBR list, and I'm so glad I did! Vera Gar ...

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Lush Money

Lush Money has a whole lot of fun playing with romance tropes.  Featuring a confident, smart alpha heroine who’ll do anything to get what she wants and a beta hero seeking romance, it’s a fun, sexy, strongly written read – but one I had to downgrade due to some uncomfortable consent issues. ...

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The Tycoon

Once upon a time, ranching princess Veronica King was engaged to Clayton Rorick, the up-from-nothing second-in-command at her father’s company. But when she discovers that her father, who wants a male heir, had set lucrative terms for the son-in-law who marries her, Veronica ditches her wedding. W ...

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As Good as the First Time

K.M. Jackson’s latest romance, As Good as the First Time, features a driven, practical heroine conquering past hurts when she returns to the small town where she had her young heart broken. Naturally, the boy who left her among the walking wounded has grown into a handsome, heroic single dad and w ...

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Tiffany Blues

M.J. Rose’s lyrical, gothic and yet romantic take on life in Lewis Comfort Tiffany’s Tiffany Art Foundation focuses on scandal, heartbreak and romance – and the life of one particular student. Jenny Bell is a decent but poor art student living in New York in the early 1920s who refuses to p ...