Imatge de l'autor

Jo Beverley (1947–2016)

Autor/a de My Lady Notorious

88+ obres 13,481 Membres 208 Ressenyes 33 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Jo Beverley was born on September 22, 1947 in Lancashire, England. She received a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire in 1970. In the mid-1970s, she moved to Canada with her husband. She wrote over 30 historical romance novels during her lifetime including Lord mostra'n més Wraybourne's Betrothed, The Stolen Bride, The Shattered Rose, Lord of Midnight, and Forbidden Magic. She also wrote several series including the Company of Rogues series and the Malloren series. She received numerous awards for her work including five RITAs, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times, The Golden Leaf Award, and the Readers' Choice Award. She died from cancer on May 23, 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Jo Beverley

My Lady Notorious (1993) 547 exemplars
An Arranged Marriage (1991) 513 exemplars
An Unwilling Bride (1992) 487 exemplars
Something Wicked (1997) 443 exemplars
Devilish (2000) 439 exemplars
Hazard (2002) — Autor — 416 exemplars
The Devil's Heiress (2001) 402 exemplars
Christmas Angel (1992) 398 exemplars
Forbidden (1994) 394 exemplars
St. Raven (2003) 388 exemplars
Tempting Fortune (1995) 388 exemplars
Forbidden Magic (1998) 384 exemplars
To Rescue a Rogue (2006) 374 exemplars
Secrets of the Night (1999) 356 exemplars
The Dragon's Bride (2001) 349 exemplars
A Lady's Secret (2008) 340 exemplars
Winter Fire (2003) 338 exemplars
The Rogue's Return (2006) 327 exemplars
A Most Unsuitable Man (2005) 326 exemplars
Dangerous Joy (1995) 325 exemplars
Lady Beware (2007) 318 exemplars
Skylark (2004) 286 exemplars
Dragon Lovers (Anthology 4-in-1) (2007) — Col·laborador — 283 exemplars
Dark Champion (1993) 279 exemplars
Lord of my Heart (1992) 273 exemplars
The Secret Wedding (2009) 258 exemplars
An Unlikely Countess (2011) 254 exemplars
The Secret Duke (2010) 231 exemplars
Faery Magic (Anthology 4-in-1) (1998) — Col·laborador — 231 exemplars
The Shattered Rose (1996) 230 exemplars
Lord of Midnight (1998) 227 exemplars
Emily and the Dark Angel (1992) 163 exemplars
Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed (1990) 155 exemplars
Mischief and Mistletoe (2012) — Col·laborador — 148 exemplars
A Scandalous Countess (2012) 138 exemplars
The Stanforth Secrets (1991) 137 exemplars
The Stolen Bride (1991) 122 exemplars
Seduction in Silk (2013) 115 exemplars
The Viscount Needs a Wife (2016) 104 exemplars
Too Dangerous for a Lady (2015) 93 exemplars
The Fortune Hunter (1992) 87 exemplars
A Shocking Delight (2014) 84 exemplars
Deirdre and Don Juan (1993) 79 exemplars
Merely a Marriage (2017) 78 exemplars
An Invitation to Sin (Anthology 4-in-1) (2011) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
Moonlight Lovers: Five Love Stories to Enchant You (1993) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
Chalice of Roses (Anthology 4-in-1) (2010) — Col·laborador — 51 exemplars
The Demon's Mistress (2001) 44 exemplars
Dare to Kiss (2013) 27 exemplars
The Demon's Bride (2011) 24 exemplars
Songs of Love Lost and Found (2012) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
Forbidden Affections (1996) 17 exemplars
Lord Samhain's Night (1992) 15 exemplars
All Hallow's Eve (1992) — Col·laborador — 15 exemplars
Hot Historicals Bundle (2011) 9 exemplars
A Mummers' Play (1995) — Autor — 9 exemplars
The Trouble With Heroes.... (2013) 7 exemplars
The Marrying Maid (2013) 7 exemplars
The Raven and the Rose (2014) 6 exemplars
Regency Valentines (2015) 2 exemplars

Obres associades

The Convenient Marriage (1934) — Pròleg, algunes edicions1,807 exemplars
Songs of Love and Death: All Original Tales of Star Crossed Love (2010) — Col·laborador — 715 exemplars
Irresistible Forces [Anthology 6-in-1] (2004) — Col·laborador — 595 exemplars
The Last Chance Christmas Ball (2015) — Col·laborador — 161 exemplars
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume IV (1988) — Col·laborador — 96 exemplars
Five Golden Rings [Anthology 5-in-1] (2000) — Col·laborador — 86 exemplars
Writing Romances: A Handbook by the Romance Writers of America (1997) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
A Regency Valentine (1991) — Col·laborador — 46 exemplars
A Christmas Delight [Anthology 6-in-1] (1991) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
The Demon of Sicily: A Romance (200th Anniversary Edition) (Gothic Classics) (2007) — Pròleg, algunes edicions15 exemplars
Cast of Characters (Anthology 28-in-1) (2012) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars


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I didn't read the original anthology this is part of (Songs of Love and Death) though given the fact the original collection has almost a dozen authors I like from various genres, I really should have. And maybe I will at some point (that is not right now). This collection however took 5 of the stories--how they were chosen I know not--and released them together as an ebook special.

I'll review each story separately and then my overall impression.

"The Marrying Maid" by Jo Beverly

Here she tells the story of a man wooing a very reluctant maid--with his life and the lives of all his relatives in the balance, all doomed to die if he can't overcome her resistance. Which is not going to be easy.

I typically like Jo Beverly's romances. Most have some sort of magical hint--overtly like this story with Oberon and Titania inferring left, right and center or more subtly, like a 'magic' locket. That said this one to me. The short format, plus the sudden urgency to the male's plight when a sudden realization hits upon him, made the genuineness of their 'love' feel artificial and as false as can be. This dampened the mood for me and left me feeling a bit uncomfortable.

"Blue Boots" by Robin Hobb

In this poignant story, Hobb shows us that although love can build bridges across the widest of chasms, those bridges can be swept away by a flood of troubles--but that sometimes, with luck and persistence, they can be built again.

The amount of love I feel for this story is manifold. Seriously. It feels a bit long-ish, as long chunks are reflective as Timbal tries to feel out her feelings and reason with her hormones, but it has a...I'm not sure what you would call it. It feels right. The length and narrative structure is like one the ballads Azen (the minstrel) sings about. I rooted for Timbal to find her happiness and despaired when it seemed like Azen was a lout. It had me engaged from beginning to end (though I do wish it could have been longer.

"You and You Alone" by Jacqueline Carey

A compelling and intricate tale that follows the consequences of a promise between star crossed lovers down through the generations--one with quite a high price in blood.

I'll be honest--most of my friends rave about Carey's novels in some fashion. I myself am not so taken with her writing. This story I believe is set in the same world as her Kushiel books (mainly because there's a lot of talk of Naamah and Kushiel's Chosen, but I can't say for sure where it falls in the chronology). And unlike does not end quite as...happily. Depending on what you consider to be happily I suppose. Its quite a romantic tale of tragedy, of losing love and regaining it and losing it again.

I suspect if I knew who Anafiel was, or what this plot he speaks of was really about I may have enjoyed this story better. As is I enjoyed it a lot for what it was (memories of a long gone past filled with regrets, selfish needs and selfless deeds) and wonder a bit at the rest.

"Under/Above the Water" by Tanith Lee

Its said that each of us has one special person in the world that we are destined to love, and that to miss meeting that special person, to go through life without them, is perhaps the worst tragedy that can befall you. Lee shows us that if you miss your destined lover in one lifetime, it may just be possible to find them in another...

I....have no idea what happened in this story. Um reincarnation? Maybe? Kind of? I enjoyed Lee quite a bit when I was younger (her Claidi Journals were boon companions of mine), but I can honestly say I don't remember the novels being this confusing (well the whole truth about who 'Claidi' kind of got confusing). Zaeli is on a trip to maybe feel something other then despair of her lost lover, Zehrendir is doing his best to find a reason to live on after losing the two people he trusted most--two different times, two different people but united. Somehow.

Yeah that's all I really understood.

"Demon Lover" by Cecelia Holland

There's a cost for everything, but here we learn that sometimes the cost can be must too high, no matter how glittering and wonderful the prize is--or seems to be.

I kind of liked this one. I didn't buy into the romance at the end. That is, I could have if Palo's introduction wasn't as bad it was and if it didn't feel like Fioretta settled for him because she felt she could do no better. The author mitigated it a little bit, but it still didn't excuse the abominable way Palo treated Fioretta originally and I found it hard to get over that. Also creepy castle is creepy.

Over all this was a nice sampling of what the anthology has to offer. I'll definitely be checking out the entire collection, there's a few other authors included I would enjoy I think, and this is definitely worth the price its at.
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lexilewords | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Dec 28, 2023 |
It took a little while to get going but enjoyable overall
Fatula | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Sep 25, 2023 |
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would! This was my first Jo Beverley book and I am looking forward to starting at the beginning of the series and reading the stories that are mentioned in this book. I thought the characters were interesting and there was a lot of action and intrigue!
Fatula | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Sep 25, 2023 |
This is really 3.5 stars for me. It was good but I had higher expectations.
aeryn0 | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Jul 23, 2023 |



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