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Always and Forever

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  860 ratings  ·  44 reviews
A desperate need

Sassy Grace Atwood never expected to find her proper self accidentally tumbling into a stranger's bed. If she weren't desperate for a man to lead a wagon train of brides to a woman-starved town out West, she never would have gone near Jackson Blake-former lawman or not. She should send the ruggedly charming Texan packing...only he's perfect for the job. Now
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Avon
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Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. Very good and romantic read. I'm coming to like historical fiction romance a lot more than I was expecting to. Just something about the setting and everything that just make them a joy to get through.

Not only is this historical fiction romance but its main characters are BLACK! God. Bless. It damn near brought a tear to my eye not gonna lie. Anywho, this was my first experience with Beverly Jenkins and I definitely get the hype. This was so well written and the characters were great. I
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Grace Atwood, is requested by her cousin who lives in Kansas the need of women in the area. He requests the offer of mail order brides. Grace is a woman never wanting to refuse a challenge, and bringing 30 women to Kansas to marry men that they have never met is a serious undertaking. But Grace is a city woman, having taking over her father's bank in Chicago. She finds herself desperate to find a leader and guide for the wagon t
Elisabeth Lane
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. It might not be one I read and reread forever like Indigo or Night Hawk, but it's up there. The heroine is a banker turned deliverer of mail order brides and the hero is the wagon master she hires to be their guide. He has a past as many Jenkins heroes do. This particular one involves clearing his name and maybe getting revenge on the man who wrongly accused him of murder years before. I particularly enjoyed the friction ebtween these two. They don't get along at first ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
**SIGH** I loved Grace and her fiery fierce outspoken attitude, especially for a woman of her time back in the late 1800's. I loved Jackson too, could a man be sexier, honorable, tall, and chocolate, YES! Where can I get me one!!!! LOL! Of course, if you couldn't tell, I enjoyed this book by Beverly Jenkins greatly, the woman makes some amazing female characters and totally unforgettable male leads. Grace Atwood is an educated firecracker who has been asked to round up some single women willing ...more
Brit Andrews
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Every other Beverly Jenkins book I’ve read I liked except maybe Destiny’s Captive that wasn’t one of my favorites but this one? I kind of hated Grace and Jackson but especially Jackson who’s whole quest to fix his past was ridiculous and it was crazy that it took someone else telling him the same thing that Grace did to get him to see sense. It started out good but by the time they reached Kansas City I pretty much skimmed it in an effort to finish it. Maybe I might have liked it more without th ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beverly Jenkins sure knows how to write a fun, playful romance, but also twist in heartbreaking, dangerous scenes where you are biting your nails and are genuinely worried about the characters.
One minute, I am laughing out loud because of the witty banter between characters, the next minute I am swooning from the passionate romance, and then I am crying because my babies are in trouble!
It's a roller coaster ride, my friends, and I loved every minute of it.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so in love with Beverly Jenkins and her characters. Who knew that 142 of the sonnets that Shakespeare wrote were to an African woman?
The CurvyJones
Fantastic read from the QUEEEENNN of Black Historical Romance. Bev writes a self sufficient, strong, sassy heroine and a hero with no ability to "tame"her like no other.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A great romance with lots of history interspersed through out. I read this as part of the Read Harder 2018 Book Riot Challenge.
Carol Tatum
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love reading about the Old West from our prospective. I'm glad I discovered Miss Jenkins books . Fan forever
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The is a second time reading this book. I have Beverly Jenkins. I read all her books in my possession over and over again.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was a very good relaxing novel.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure Bliss

As always, Beverly brings it! Grace and Jackson are relatable and the book kept me on the edge until the very end..
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I appreciated reading about all the day to day dynamics that were impacted by Jim Crow laws and outraged southern rebels after the Civil War. Would have liked to have known more about how things went for the brides after they met their new husbands. Intriguing story between Grace and Jackson. Many surprises!
Keri B.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was fantastic!! Fun read with a smoking hot, smoldering relationship between Jackson Blake and Grace Atwood. And with a healthy dose of actual history about Black Americans in the late 1880's to boot, so now I'm jazzed about the steaming hot, sexy romance as well as wanting to look up the references in the Author's Note to read more about early African American Fiction and first hand experiences involving riding Jim Crow. All in all, this was an entertaining ride with a beautiful romance at t ...more
San Frazier
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My love for a B.J story knows no bounds. I look forward to each and everyone of them. The stories she tight for women are jut beautiful. I love. Strong female in my stories and I love how that the women the wy she writes them re both strong and soft.
A Beverly Jenkins Fan...Always & Forever

Oh, My Gosh...Better and Better...the woman has a gift and I have yet to be disappointed by her historical/romance novels. Once I start reading I can't put it down. Reading this novel I found myself LOL, crying and becoming outraged at the injustice our people had to endure.~~~~~~~Grace had all the characteristic I hope for in a heroine. She was smart, brave, independent and very out-spoken. Her character only improved as the story moved forward. Jacks
I listened to this on audio but gave up with a third of the way to go thanks to the aftermath of the first sex scene, which pushed me over the edge. The couple, literally, is in post-coital bliss when the hero tells the heroine they're getting married because she's carrying his child. Is he psychic? Are his little men turbo swimmers? I know romance heroes tend to be virile but THAT virile?!?! The heroine has plenty of gumption and refuses him - but she ends up railroaded into marrying him anyway ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes to close a book happily

I love this book. Absolutely, positively, adored it. I have been eagerly awaiting this book since I read Topaz and we were first introduced to Grace and Jackson and their relationship AND THIS BOOK DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Even the fact that 20% of this novel we had seen previously (covered from Katherine's POV in TOPAZ) was not a problem because we got to see different aspects of the women's journey to Kanses City and got to see Grace and Jackson's relationship begin and evolve and
Nov 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Full disclosure:
I put this in the "Read" shelf but it should be a new shelf called "Stopped Reading". But creating a new shelf is even more effort than I've just expended herein.
This was an eBook on loan to my Kindle and when I received a warning that the loan was about to expire, I just let it go by....
The interesting thing about this book is not the predictable romance but the time and place: Post Civil War blacks settling in Kansas. And this story is a woman who is planning a wagon train o
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Always and Forever - meet Grace Atwood a banker of all things, in a time when women were supposed to just be pretty little air heads. Her fiance leaves her for a woman with more money and she decides to get away from the gossip by leading a bunch of mail order brides across the county to Kansas for her cousin. The town is being started by men and they need wives. The thing is that Grace knows nothing about wagons trains and needs a wagonmaster, enter tall, luscious Jackson Blake former Texas Law ...more
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always and Forever is a story about finding love when you least expect it and from who you least expect. It is about holding your head up in the midst of adversity and letting your guard down enough to experience what life has to offer. This book also gave readers a view of African-Americans that was not taught in school. Blake was the perfect gentleman even when fiery Grace clobbered him with her bag of rocks. Excellent story. Always and Forever by Beverly Jenkins
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's not even about the romance for me. Jenkins incorporates so much black history, stuff I've never learned in any of the African American classes I studied, that I read just to educate myself. I find myself stopping to google names, locations, and events all the time. She writes well.

And I admit that I loved Grace and Blake from Topaz. I had to read their story. Now I must read Loreli's. Wonder what other history facts I'll learn.
Haley Whitehall
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm a Beverly Jenkins fan. I liked the premise of this story. Taking a wagon train of mail order brides to Kansas is movie worthy and expected another great read like Topaz, unfortunately I couldn't get into this story. It moved too slowly and I never felt the fire between Grace Atwood and Blake. Were they perfect for each other? I'm not sure. I was pleased when Dixon made an appearance. I wish he'd have been in it more!
Marilyn Diamond
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This one of the most unique books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved it the first time that I brought it a second time.
Beverly Jenkins is a beast. God Bless her! Read all her novels to give yourself the full effect.
What woman you know is bold enough to leave her home in the middle of night an go up against a gangster and then fall in love with that gangster. Wonderful. Wonderful read. So nice I have to read it twice.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much. I love the fire, love, and romance between Grace and Jackson. I love the history that were mention throughout the book. However, I really love the strength and courage of the women to take on a wagon venture and learning the ropes. I love that this book gave me information that I can search and look up to learn more.
Shelia Brown
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author cleverly shows some of the evils of Jim Crow in the beautiful love story of Grace and Jackson. Jackson, who had been a marshal in the old West was shocked and surprised when he fell in love with Grace. Grace was short not tall like the women Jackson preferred and a real hellion. Seeing them fall in love was a real treat.
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't usually read romance novels but I read about Beverly Jenkins in Book List and thought that her historical romances sounded interesting. I was right with this book. I loved the combination of the Old West and black history. The romance part started to drag for me but overall I liked the book and will read more of her work.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book started off as a 3 star read but the ending pushed my rating up to a four. Both Grace and Jake were so stubborn and headstrong but they fought to make their relationship Work. They were deeply in love with each other and it showed. Sweet love story.
Loved it

Once again Beverly Jenkins has made me fall in love with her writing. Grace and Jackson are so endearing. Watching their love and passion blossom is beautiful. I wanted to fall in love like that. I would highly recommend this book.
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Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS ...more