Jo Beverley Books

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Jo Beverley was an English-Canadian author that wrote romance novels. Born in 1947 in Blackpool, Lancashire, she attended Layton Hill Convent in Blackpool and Keele University in Staffordshire (Degree in English History).

Order of Renfrew/Kyle Series

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1 Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed 1988 Description / Buy
2 The Stanforth Secrets 1989 Description / Buy
3 The Stolen Bride 1990 Description / Buy
4 A Regency Valentine 1991 Description / Buy
5 Emily and the Dark Angel 1992 Description / Buy
6 The Fortune Hunter 1992 Description / Buy
7 Deirdre and Don Juan 1993 Description / Buy
8 Lovers and Ladies 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Company of Rogues Series

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1 An Arranged Marriage 1991 Description / Buy
2 Christmas Angel 1992 Description / Buy
3 An Unwilling Bride 1992 Description / Buy
4 Forbidden 1994 Description / Buy
5 Forbidden Magic 1995 Description / Buy
6 Dangerous Joy 1995 Description / Buy
7 The Dragon's Bride 2001 Description / Buy
8 The Devil's Heiress 2001 Description / Buy
9 Hazard 2002 Description / Buy
10 St. Raven 2003 Description / Buy
11 Skylark 2004 Description / Buy
12 The Rogue's Return 2006 Description / Buy
13 To Rescue A Rogue 2006 Description / Buy
14 Lady Beware 2007 Description / Buy
15 A Shocking Delight 2014 Description / Buy
16 Too Dangerous For a Lady 2015 Description / Buy
17 The Viscount Needs a Wife 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Dark Champion Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Lord of My Heart 1992 Description / Buy
2 Dark Champion 1993 Description / Buy
3 The Shattered Rose 1996 Description / Buy
4 Lord of Midnight 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Mallorens Series

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1 My Lady Notorious 1993 Description / Buy
2 Tempting Fortune 1995 Description / Buy
3 Something Wicked 1997 Description / Buy
4 Secrets of the Night 1999 Description / Buy
5 Devilish 2000 Description / Buy
6 Winter Fire 2003 Description / Buy
7 A Most Unsuitable Man 2005 Description / Buy
8 A Lady's Secret 2008 Description / Buy
9 The Secret Wedding 2009 Description / Buy
10 The Secret Duke 2010 Description / Buy
11 An Unlikely Countess 2011 Description / Buy
12 A Scandalous Countess 2012 Description / Buy
13 Seduction In Silk 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Three Heroes Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 In Praise of Younger Men 2001 Description / Buy
2 The Dragon's Bride 2001 Description / Buy
3 The Devil's Heiress 2001 Description / Buy
4 Three Heroes 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Jo Beverley Standalone Novels

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1 Forbidden Affections 1996 Description / Buy
2 Merely a Marriage 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Jo Beverley Short Stories/Novellas

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1 The Demon's Bride 1993 Description / Buy
2 The Demon's Mistress (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
3 The Trouble With Heroes.... (Short Story) 2004 Description / Buy
4 Lord Samhain's Night (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
5 Dare to Kiss (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
6 The Marrying Maid (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
7 A Mummers' Play (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
8 Dragon and the Princess (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
9 The Raven and the Rose (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
10 The Wise Virgin (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Jo Beverley Short Story Collections

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1 A Christmas Delight 1991 Description / Buy
2 Star of Wonder 1999 Description / Buy
3 Mistletoe Kisses and Yuletide Joy 2013 Description / Buy
4 Regency Valentines 2015 Description / Buy
5 Faery Weddings 2015 Description / Buy

Jo Beverley Anthologies

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1 All Hallows' Eve 1992 Description / Buy
2 A Regency Christmas VI 1994 Description / Buy
3 A Regency Christmas VII 1995 Description / Buy
4 Married at Midnight 1996 Description / Buy
5 Faery Magic 1998 Description / Buy
6 The Brides of Christmas 1999 Description / Buy
7 Irresistible Forces 2004 Description / Buy
8 Dragon Lovers 2007 Description / Buy
9 Chalice of Roses 2009 Description / Buy
10 Songs of Love and Death 2010 Description / Buy
11 An Invitation to Sin 2011 Description / Buy
12 Jane Austen Made Me Do It 2011 Description / Buy
13 Mischief and Mistletoe 2012 Description / Buy
14 Cast of Characters 2012 Description / Buy
15 Songs of Love Lost and Found 2012 Description / Buy
16 Past Thrills 2015 Description / Buy
17 The Last Chance Christmas Ball 2015 Description / Buy
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Initially, she worked as a youth employment officer in Newcastle-under-Lyme and West Bridgford following her graduation. But then her husband, who she met at Keele University, moved to Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University) for his post-doctoral research, and the author followed.

Unfortunately, she quickly found that Canada’s labor market had no use for her professional qualifications. This drove her to experiment with creative writing. Beverley became interested in the field at an early age, finishing her first romance story at sixteen.

She finally wrote ‘An Arranged Marriage’ in 1977 but couldn’t find a willing publisher for the manuscript. The woman-centered childbirth movement kept her busy for a while. She also dedicated her time to raising her children.

But eventually, she turned her attention back to writing, publishing ‘Lord Wraybourne’s Betrothed’ in 1988. Rather than abandoning ‘An Arranged Marriage,’ she retrieved the manuscript, rewrote the story, and sold the book in 1991.

By then, the author’s style had evolved. Her earliest followers took note of the significant length of Beverley’s Regencies, not to mention the emphasis she placed on sex. This was a stark departure from the format Georgette Heyer had popularized in previous decades.

She took inspiration from Lolah Burford’s strange but beautiful stories. Beverley was not afraid to tackle forbidden themes and concepts. Although the shift was not intentional. She described it as a gradual drift.

The author preferred letting her characters tell their stories instead of dragging them along a pre-determined path. Sometimes, she couldn’t predict the detours they took along the way.

Beverley was fortunate. When she first dipped her toes into publishing, she was unaware of the narrow boundaries surrounding the Regency romance genre within which writers were expected to operate. As such, she had no qualms about breaking those boundaries.

The author has credited a talk (The State of Romance in Fiction) she attended in 1984 for taking her career to the next level. She met the executive advisor of the Writers’ Association for Romance, who was so impressed by her writing that she became Beverley’s agent.

Beverley stood out because she disagreed with the sentiment that the Regency period was a prissy era devoid of sex. Interestingly, the sensuality in her books would vary depending on the era.

For instance, people in early Medieval times were too busy surviving to indulge in sexual decadence. Conversely, the Georgian Period was extremely amoral, which explains the erotic elements in Beverley’s Georgian romances.

While her novels initially felt like a gamble, they won the author a sizable following in numerous countries worldwide. By the time she died in 2016, the author was a juggernaut in the romance genre.

Beverley encountered and overcame a bout of cancer in 2012. But it returned four years later. Those who knew her said that her cancer moved quickly when it resurfaced.

Jo Beverley Awards

Beverly’s accolades include The Golden Leaf Award, numerous RITAs, and a Readers’ Choice Award.

Best Jo Beverly Books

The author’s real name is Mary Josephine Beverly. She’s among the members that founded the Ottawa Romance Writers’ Association. Beverly’s best books include:

An Arranged Marriage: Eleanor’s brother shattered her prospects for the future when his greedy scheme ruined her reputation. She had no choice but to settle for a marriage of convenience to Nicholas Delaney. It wasn’t long before stories about her misdeeds reached her mysterious husband’s ears.

Rather than imploding from the shame, Eleanor was determined to keep her cool even though Nicholas’ charm had already claimed her heart.

For his part, Nicholas had bigger concerns, or so he kept insisting. He had a secret political mission. But Eleanor’s beauty was slowly becoming the sort of distraction he couldn’t ignore.

An Unwilling Bride: The Duchess of Belcraven couldn’t hide her folly, not when the fruit it bore had taken the shape of a son. Fortunately, her husband had two older boys. The couple thought they could overlook the scandal surrounding the third son.

But then the older boys drowned. Now, two decades later, an arrogant ducal heir must come to terms with his illegitimacy and the forced marriage to an independent school teacher he’s expected to endure.

When Does The Next Jo Beverley book come out?

Jo Beverley doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Merely a Marriage and was released on May, 30th 2017.

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