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4.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,223 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Kate Love is an ambitious young newspaper reporter on the trail of a railroad stock swindler who has been preying on elderly Blacks. Her investigation points to Rupert Samuels,one of the wealthiest and most eligible black men in the East, but her covert efforts to get close enough to uncover the goods on him bring her to the brink of becoming his wife.

A Promise of Pleasure
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 21st 1997 by Avon
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Anne Boleyn's Ghost
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
*Critterbee said it all and said it well.

I'm forcing myself to keep this brief because otherwise I will start gushing, and once I start gushing, it's hard to stop. Beverly Jenkins is a splendid author, and Topaz was a splendid story. It was amusing, charming, and smart. Kate was spunky, and Dix was swoonworthy, but that is par for the course with Jenkins' heroines and heroes. My only complaint, and the reason that I gave it 4.5 stars rounded down, was the pacing. While riveting at times, it
Taryn Pierson
I actually tried reading Topaz a few years ago and didn’t click with it, but when it popped up while I was browsing through my Kindle library this week I decided to give it another go. And lo and behold, I enjoyed it much more this time around! If you’re in the mood for solid historical fiction with a hefty dose of feisty feminism, Topaz is the book for you. Katherine, a city girl and newspaperwoman in the 1880s, is forced by one of her father’s criminal schemes to marry Dixon Wildhorse, a Black ...more
What a Man! What a Man! What a Mighty Good Man!!!

I tell you just when I think Beverly Jenkins can't write a better story she does. After just finishing Indigo, I thought she totally out-did her self, but NO she just keeps coming better and better. I could not put this book down. I enjoyed Dix and Kate and the supporting characters in this story so very much. It was like watching a movie for me. The story just came alive and leapt off the pages for me to view. Dix and Katherine are such a
This is easily my second favorite book by her, right behind Indigo.
This was funny and fun.
Mildly feminist even!
I am slowly working my way through Beverly Jenkins's back catalog (all stored snugly on my ereader), and I have arrived at Topaz.

First, let me say that there is something so wonderful about finding an author that you trust enough to completely let down your guard and just enjoy reading her books without worrying about being disappointed. Beverly is that author to me. Her heroes are respectful and likable, her heroines fiery and admirable, and the historic research has been done, and done right.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Readers Lend Me Your Ear and Eyes!!!!

I want to introduce you to one of my favorite authors on earth!

Mrs. Beverly Jenkins

She is an African American author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels, filled with love, lust, mystery, intrigue and for the historical romances some of the most unknown historical facts that you never learned in school.

Ever so often I find myself re-reading her books because they are that good. I just finished Indigo a few days ago and let me tell you I
Nazarene Static
I seriously have a problem...that I don't want solved. I like being addicted to Beverly Jenkins' books!

I take great pleasure in reading about "recalcitrant " women and hunky men who love learning that they don't run a darn thing. Jenkins has yet to fail to deliver me with strong women and strong female friendships. Sorry, got ahead of myself.

Topaz (no one is named that in this book, as a matter of fact, the stone itself plays a very small role in this book) is the story of a woman used as
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My all time FAVORITE book.. Love Dixon Wildhorse :-) I can re-read this a million times and never get tired
Vellum Voyages
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 helms

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I’m very excited about this review as this was my first Beverly Jenkins! I’ve been meaning to try her for ages and finally it has happened and so glad I read Topaz. About time I read about some coloured characters…it never even crossed my mind coloured heroes and heroines are not featured as prominently within the historical romance genre and I’m so proud Beverly Jenkins has rectified that!
So technically I've only read 58% of this book (on my Kindle), and I don't know... I picked it up to read as my last 2015 Read Harder challenge item--a "guilty pleasure" book, which is difficult because a guilty pleasure implies shame, and I'm not ashamed of what I read. I'm not normally a reader of straight up romance, so I chose this since it is slightly outside my comfort zone. I really liked this at first. It had a pretty decent, dominant plot outside the love story, interesting historical ...more
Leslie Ann
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, romance
I picked up this book for the 2019 Book Riot Read Harder challenge (historical romance written by AOC). Being rather new to romances, I didn't know of Jenkins' well-established reputation, and luckily, her favorite novel was available on OverDrive a few days before Valentine's Day. Even better: this 2007 edition contains an extra chapter.

After reading the book, I must say that for historical romances, the Wild West makes a compelling alternative to the Regency era. I enjoyed learning about
The CurvyJones
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wildly entertaining! Love those Wildhorses!
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
After going through a Beverly Jenkins mini-marathon back in February, I decided I needed to eventually read more of her stuff. I heard Topaz was wonderful, so I decided to make this my sixth book by this author. I'm quite glad I did so.

The story followed Katherine, a newspaperwoman, and Dixon, a US Marshal. Katherine was fiercely independent in a time when women weren't really accepted as being such. Dixon, meanwhile, was making a career for himself when it was still hard for black men, let
Katherine Love is a black newspaperwoman in the late 19th century. She's in Chicago on a dangerous expose that involves her going undercover and stealing incriminating evidence from a big mean criminal - to whom she's managed to get herself engaged in the course of getting close enough to steal the evidence. She fully intends to flee Chicago as soon as she gets the evidence, but she gets caught during the burglary. Rupert is not one to allow himself to be embarrassed and he intends to force her ...more
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Honestly, I did. A) because for the first time in a long time, this wasn't a romance novel in which the H and H were apart due to murder or mayhem or they pretended not to love each other even though they CLEARLY did because they didn't want to give in first until the climax in the last thirty pages occurred and then they had too because THEY CAME SO CLOSE TO LOSING EACH OTHER. Instead, they fell in love gradually, like in real life and when the time was right they told each ...more
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I have always shied away from westerns, especially those that had African American heroines. They seemed to always focus on slavery and escaping and less on the western part or romance. However, based on the reviews I read, I decided to give this one a chance. Wow, am I glad I did. This story was beautifully written. It involved you in the details of the characters lives, all the while giving you an eye opening lesson in history. The sex scenes in the book were just spicy enough to make you ...more
Deatri King-Bey
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is my second favorite of all of Beverly Jenkins' novels. Many people shy away from historicals because they are afraid of getting a history lesson. Yes, you'll learn a little something with Beverly Jenkins novels, but you'll also be entertained with sexy, sassy characters and plots that will keep you turning the pages and upset when the novel ends.

Kate and Dix will not let you down. This novel is one you won't want to loan out for fear of it not being returned to you.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop reading Beverly Jenkins's books right now. Some of them, I just keep going back to earlier chapters so that I can relax in a setting that I adored. This will be another one that I'll have on repeat when I need to just escape to a beautiful place. Beverly Jenkins is just my favorite author when it comes to romance. I know that this isn't a review for Topaz but all I can say is just read it.
Marilyn Diamond
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I so loved this story I did not want it to end. I love all of Beverly Jenkins work I am such an avid reader. I detoured from what I was suppose to be reading to get this in. Loved it! Count for me chica!
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Topaz is one of my favorite books by Beverly Jenkins. Dix & Katherine make the ultimate romance story of two unlike backgrounds falling in love with lots of firsts and trusts! I have read this book about 5 times.. love it!!
Karyn Grice
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I'd ever read. I first read it in March, 2010 and read it again on Monday (May 24). I'd like to meet Marshall Dixon Wildhorse!
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyable but towards the end I was thankful it was over.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Didn't think I would enjoy it but I did! What a nice surprise for a romance novel!
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As with all of Ms. Jenkins books, Topaz rocks.
Chicki Brown
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Incredible story of black love. Sigh ...
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think this is my fav by BJ. i fell in love with kate and dix
Rochelle Billingslea
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you are in the mood for some romance this is the book for you. The couple is not your typical couple so expect an adventure.
Scarlett Sims
I don't read a lot of romance; this title was one that I had seen on a few lists of people looking for PoC romances. I definitely liked the setting and the protagonist. Another thing I liked that I could see annoying some people was the history lessons sort of inserted into the dialog. The main character is a Black Seminole marshal and so there were some details about what had happened to his people and how he got where he was. There were also a few Bass Reeves cameos, which is fun. Anyway there ...more
Janshea (Tobborah C.)
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This tale of opposites in the Indian Territory of the 1800’s is addictive.

Katherine is a working, independent, and adventurous woman from the city, while Dixon is a quiet lawman from the wilds of the Indian Territory. Through the trickery of her mostly absent father, Katherine is promised as wife to Dixon. Let the tension start. Neither thinks they want love and strike a bargain that leaves room for her to return east. She is also running from a determined and deadly swindler who wants revenge.
Dani (Dani's Bookshelf)
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed this so much! I'm always a fan of forced marriage stories, and Jenkins wrote this one so well. I really liked Kate and how straightforward she was and that she was a newspaperwoman in the late 1800s. She was a great character, and her shenanigans when she got to Indian country were hilarious. I was laughing out loud at what the women in town were up to in their pursuit of gender equality, and rooting for them the entire time!

Also, the history! Thank you so much to Beverly Jenkins for
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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
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