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Something Like Love by Beverly Jenkins
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Read in March, 2011

Enjoyed the book alot, Olivia Jean Sterling was a stark contradiction in the late 1880's. She ran away form home to escape a doomed arranged marriage to a pompous self-serving jerk. Started a new enterprise and started a new life in Henry Adams, Kansas. She meets a dashing outlaw named Neil July, that takes her breathe away and sends her heart fluttering. I think that Olivia is a very captivating heroine; very likeable strong female lead. Her story is an interesting one she takes a big risk by leaving everything to start her life on her own terms. The book had a lot of great facts and it really lent authenticity to the novel. The author listed information in the back where she got the information. One problem that I did have with the story was that the male romantic counterpart was merely window dressing. For an outlaw and rogue; he was really boring. I liked the fact that he was slightly mysterious, funny, very charming but he was just a little dull for me. I think because of who Olivia was she needed a person that would stand out a little more. Sometimes, in the story I felt that Olivia's personality overshadowed Neil's on many different levels. I did think that they made a nice complement to one another.
This is my first time every reading anything from Beverly Jenkins. One of the reasons I picked up her book was because she graduated from my alma mater Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI. So I knew that she had to be talented ;). This book was dedicated to her late husband I thought that the dedication and the acknowledgement that she wrote in the book were very sweet. The other reason I was excited to read this book was because it had gotten really good reviews on the Goodreads site. Looking forward to reading more of her historical novels.
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