6 Jessica Bird Books You Need to Read With Your Book Club

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You may know her better as her pen name J.R. Ward, but before that Jessica Bird was publishing contemporary romance novels under her own name. She even went on to re-release The Moorehouse Legacy and The O'Banyon Brothers books under her pen name.

Jessica Bird's romance novels are all fun, enchanting reads released in the early to mid-2000s. They cover a variety of different characters, including an equestrian venturing out on her own, two sisters looking for love in a pair of Jessica's novels, and a group of love stories all connected to the same bed and breakfast. Any of these incredible Jessica Bird books would be a welcome addition to your book club!

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1. Beauty and the Black Sheep

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Nate Walker once rejected his family's legacy, along with a fiancee only after his money, and has created his own life. He has his chef knives and a trusty old truck, guiding him to his goal of opening his own five-star restaurant. Then his truck breaks down somewhere in the Adirondacks and he ends up at the White Caps Inn. There he meets Frankie Moorehouse.

Somehow he finds himself with a job until the end of summer and even a fling with the gorgeous Frankie too. Except she begins to get under his skin, and for the first time, Nate wonders if he just might be a forever kind of guy.

2. An Unforgettable Lady

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Heiress Grace Hall isn't always ready for the way her social standing sometimes leaves her vulnerable. After a series of attacks against the city's most prominent women, Grace decides to hire a bodyguard to help keep her safe. She finds herself drawn to John Smith, discovering that beneath is rough and tough shell is a different man.

When you're a professional bodyguard, your life is all business, though it makes for a very lonely life. Grace was supposed to be just another client to him, but she manages to get under his skin. Each day, their attraction to each other grows stranger, leaving John with a decision he's never been faced with before. Will he be able to give up his life as a bodyguard to be with the only woman he's ever loved?

3. An Irresistable Bachelor

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Callie Burke, a struggling art conservationist, gets the opportunity to restore a world-famous painting. It's the chance of a lifetime, one she can't turn down, though Callie has reservations about working with Jack Walker, the painting's owner.

Jack doesn't hide the fact he's attracted to Callie. She tries to keep their relationship strictly professional, not wanting to get distracted from her work. Normally a very practical man, Jack feels as if he's having his first crush all over again. His feelings for Callie are so intense and, for the first time in his life, he finds himself leading with his heart rather than his head.

4. His Comfort and Joy

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Washington insider Gray Bennett is known, or maybe renowned, for being a ruthless man. He manages to get even the most powerful people to listen to him. Gray's trip home to Saranac Lake has nothing to do with politics, however, but tragedy. Once home, Gray will have to face up to every thing he thought he left behind him a long time ago.

That includes Joy Moorehouse, the mousy redhead he used to see around the Moorehouse B and B but never paid much attention to. But Joy is all grown up and beautiful and far to innocent for a man like Gray. He won't let himself give into his desire for her until it becomes too much. Then a secret comes to light and Gray is left breathless, needing more.

5. Leaping Hearts

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A.J. Sutherland meets a horse with a wild reputation and just knows he's the horse for her. She's forced to choose between the position at her family's stables to keep him, but she'll need a new trainer if she wants to compete in the biggest event of the show jumping season. So A.J. contacts Devlin McCloud, a legend in equestrian circles, and asks if he'll take them on.

After his career was cut short by an accident, Devlin assumed he was done with horses. When A.J. asks him to train her, he can't resist the opportunity. The problem is that Devlin is immediately attracted to her and it begins feeling mutual after a while. Devlin finds love to be more dangerous than anything he ever did in the ring.

6. The Billionaire Next Door

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Sean O'Banyon is a take-no-prisoners type of man, known for eating Wall Street financiers for lunch. So why is Lizzie Bond, a nurse who wears ancient jeans and far too bit t-shirts, find a way to get to him? Warm and a little shy, she's all he thinks about these days.

Neither can deny the chemistry between them. Sean isn't even sure he wants to, but he's scared she's going to discovers her secrets - his trust issues and his entire family mess - and run screaming. He isn't known for relationships, but with Lizzie, Sean wants to try.

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