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Destiny's Embrace

(Destiny #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,433 ratings  ·  392 reviews
Award-winning romance author Beverly Jenkins offers up another high-stakes historical romance that is sure to make you swoon.

With Destiny’s Embrace, Jenkins brings readers back to the American West, where Logan Yates, a self-important ranch owner, must confront his feelings for his beautiful, free spirited housekeeper, Mariah Cooper. While they bicker incessantly, their se
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Avon
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Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
this was my first beverly jenkins book and I really liked it!
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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Don't be fooled by the bodice ripper cover & pose. While I adore the genre, and that was what originally made me gravitate towards this book, bodice rippers represent a specific type of romance that many may find unpalatable, and suggestive cover aside, this book is definitely not a bodice ripper at heart!

Mariah Cooper grew up in Philadelphia with her seamstress mother. Her life has been difficult. She's been bullied for being poor and l
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
53% dnf

I really wanted to love this book, but the story has a fairy tale quality to it that isn't working for me.

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Price Drop! Just a heads up on this sweet, American West Historical Romance - today it's only $0.99, down from $7.99, for Kindle!

My Review:

Destiny’s Embrace, the first book in Beverly Jenkins’ Destiny series, is a romantic story about learning to compromise, learning to trust, and learning to love.
From the cover:

Award-winning romance author Beverly Jenkins offers up another high-stakes historical romance that is sure to make you swoon.

With Destiny's Embra
K.J. Charles
Oooh I adored this one. Mariah starts off as a victim of her abusive mother but has a fairy tale transformation into an absolutely takes-no-crap woman, while Logan is just enough of a jerk at first to justify Mariah giving him some serious butt-kicking and to make his self-improvement deeply satisfying. Lovely setting with enjoyable minor characters and some fantastic lines. A thorough pleasure, with a real wish fulfilment ending (if your wish is to see someone who really deserves it get a prope ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I always love Beverly Jenkins' headstrong heroines! ...more
4.25 stars!

Well, Ms. Jenkins you’ve got a new fan!
Now, I will hunt and binge your classic books first.
Loving the narrator and the accent too, so melodious ❤️❤️❤️
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.25 Stars***

First off, why the hell have I waited so long to read Beverly Jenkins? Dumb, dumb mistake.

Second, watch out now bank's about to go down! I need her backlist!

I seriously loved this book!

- Bickering banter? Check.
- Delicious sexual tension? Check.
- Great main characters? Check.
- A romance to root for? Check.
- A cast of secondary characters to love? Check.
- Terrific writing? Check.
- An addicting story? Check.

Full review to come. But that basically covers it.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ohh la la. Seriously though I am loving these historical romances by Jenkins. This one is the first book in her "Destiny" series. I loved the hero and heroine and cannot wait to read more books featuring the Yates brothers.

In "Destiny's Embrace" we follow Logan Yates and Mariah Cooper. Mariah Cooper is living in Philadelphia with her rage filled mother. Mariah wants to get married, but is shunned due to the color of her eyes (golden) and the fact that her mother refuses to let anyone too close t
I loved the historical aspect. The history about California was interesting.
I don't care much for romance.
This isn't my first Beverly Jenkins book, but it's my first historical romance by her and it did not disappoint! CW: abuse from parental figure. 4.5 Stars

Destiny's Embracehas a little of everything: romance, intrigue, banter, HISTORY! Honestly, my little history heart was jumping for joy when I came across any section that specifically emphasized the history of the American West and its impact on communities of colors. However, the real stars of the show were definitely Mariah and Logan. The ban
Mariah Cooper wants a life for herself. She wants a husband and children, and she wants a career as a seamstress where she works for herself instead for her mother. None of these things she can get in Philadelphia, so with a little help from her aunt Mariah answers an advertisement for a housekeeper and travels across the continent to find a new life in California. Her reluctant employer, Logan Yates finds himself bewitched by the spirited widow. He ends up wanting to share his life and family w ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
I have been meaning to read a Beverly Jenkins romance for the longest time. I just knew that I was missing out on romance goodness and I was right. DESTINY'S EMBRACE is a fast paced historical romance that features an African American woman who decides to take a chance to change her life by traveling across the country from Philadelphia to California in the 1800's.

Mariah has the talent to design and sew her own creations that has helped her mother to become a popular seamstress back in Philadel
Sarah Swann
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This was fun. There were parts that I really enjoyed and then parts where I rolled my eyes a bit. I enjoyed the characters and their banter together. I didn’t enjoy how some of their sexual situations happened, they didn’t make a lot of sense to me. There was also a section of the book where there were a lot of typos and they took me out of the story a bit. Overall a good read.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m so happy I finally read my first Beverly Jenkins (and it certainly won’t be my last). I laughed a lot while I read this, fully soaked up the wonderful atmosphere of Destino and the folks who live there, and swooned over the romantic bits too. It was such a delight, and I’m glad I read it.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Julia by: bookclub
This was my first foray into Jenkins' work, and it wasn't too bad. I just didn't fall in love with the writing or the characters really (except Alanza) and when you have a love story where the character's development drives the plot like it does here, and you don't enjoy the characters, it makes it a rough read.

Let's SCORE it.

The Story:
Mariah is a women pretty much working as a slave to her mom in a dress shop in PA. Something finally pushes her over the edge and she leaves for the safety of he
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another jewel by author Beverly Jenkins...LOVED it...Mariah is a spitfire...and Logan has finally met his match...a PLEASANT break from the usual cast of characters...looking forward to reading about the rest of the Yates' men and their circle of family and friends...and can't wait to find out who's that baby's, Mrs. Jenkins on another PAGE-TURNING read! ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-author
Wow! This was so good! Romance WITH a plot?! Who is she?! This was such a great balance of fun, history, friendship, and romance. I enjoyed our main characters, their backstories and the relationships they had with their families & with each other. Highly recommend if you’re in the mood for an actual good romance. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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As the first book in the Destiny series, Beverly Jenkins once again demonstrates why she is the Queen of the African-American historical romance genre. Mariah Cooper taking charge of her life leaves behind unhappy childhood memories in her native Philadelphia and steps out on faith posing as a widow accepting a housekeeping position in California. Mariah is tired of her domineering bitter mother treating her like an i
Jen Davis
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I’ve really struggled with how to write this review. Embarrassingly, this is my first read from Beverly Jenkins, who is a much beloved and prolific author of African-American romance. And I absolutely appreciate how she has created such a wide backlist of love stories, all focused on men and women of color.

It is lovely to see such an underrepresented culture explored and historical romance. Specifically, this book takes us to California in the late 1800s. The heroine, Mariah, is a light-skinned
Another great read by Beverly Jenkins! As of said before I'm not a very big historical romance fan but I am really liking Beverly Jenkins! Talk about meeting and falling in love fast that's exactly what happened with Mariah and Logan! MARIA is a talented seamstress living in Pennsylvania with her mother. She never met her father and her mother resents her. After years of verbal and physical abuse handed down by her mother. After one too Manny battles with her mother Mariah decides to leave. With ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
Mariah and Logan were awesome! And I loved that even knowing how things would go for them (at least in part - since I read the 2nd book in the series first), I absolutely adored they story.
Well-written, fun, steamy and touching.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mariah Cooper's life resemble Cinderella's. Except it's just her and her cruel mother. And instead of waiting for Prince Charming, the courageous thirty-year-old woman decide to leave Philadelphia for California, where she'll start a new life as a rancher's housekeeper. We can say Mariah's aunt is like the fairy godmother, since she's the one who answered the ad and encouraged her niece to go.

There's a stepmother in the story, but it's the hero's, and she raised him with the same love she gave
3.5 stars

The story started out on the heavy with Mariah’s cruddy mom and a glimpse into her childhood, however, things picked up and only got better from there! Mariah turned out to be a spitfire, and I found her to be rather funny and cute. Logan had no idea he’d met his match with her and the hilarity of their interactions had me cracking up! Romantically, between their dynamics and the quickness of their relationship developing, Mariah and Logan were more insta-lust more than love for me. I
Thank you Princess Consuela Banana Hammock (LOVE IT!!) for the very sweet gift, I look forward to reading it! ❤️
This was bad you guys, oh so bad. I waited like two days to type up my review because I was all "maybe I'll like it better if I wait and reflect" but if anything, the two day break has made me bring down my review from two stars to one. It was that bad.

First this book took place over like five days, maybe six. From meeting each other to sleeping with each other to marriage proposal. And I'm okay with fast timelines, my god I have read so many of those books that I don't mind anymore. And in this
Jill Sorenson
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I loved everything about it. The California setting, the historical details, the plucky heroine, the confirmed-bachelor hero, the family, the stepmother, the brothers, the mix of cultures, every character every scene everything YES YES YES YES!!!

Whew. Sorry I got carried away. It was just so good, and funny and sexy and well-written. It's sweet and traditional (virgin heroine, rakish hero) without being stodgy or old-fashioned. Logan's dialogue with other men made me LOL. There's a s
Ashleigh (ash_and_books)
2nd Read
Book 3 for the Historical Romance Readathon and I did end up finding a mass market of Destiny's Surrender
1st Read
Oh I loved this so much. It was so heartwarming. I can't find a mass market copy of Destiny's Surrender and I immediately need to read that one so kindle copy it is.
Emilia Barnes
I don't really know how to rate this book. It was my first from this author, who I know is acclaimed and popular. I didn't hate it, and when I was reading it, it was okay.

I guess it just lacked any kind of thrust, any energy that kept you going.

Things I liked:
- It's my first Western romance, so it's nice to have a little variety from the usual romance fare of intrepid spinster/fainting ingénue being taught how to boink by a rakish duke with a mysterious past during the London Season.
- Diverse
Kayla (onthefritz)
Mariah + Logan

Ahhhh my heart is bursting! I have not met a character written from Jenkins that I haven't liked.

Mariah is raised in a loveless household, working constantly for her mother with no thanks or recognition for her beautiful work as a seamstress and designer. She makes her way to California where she is determined to stand her ground and no longer be the quiet girl of her past.

Logan is a forever bachelor who runs the large family farm. He is used to women bending to his ways, but is
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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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