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Destiny's Surrender

(Destiny #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,859 ratings  ·  240 reviews
The child he didn't know he had . . .

Andrew Yates has come to a decision: it's time to stop sowing those oats and start a family. But searching for a bride isn't as simple as he'd hoped, and many of the respectable women of his acquaintance feel . . . lacking. Then beautiful, feisty Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells arrives at the family ranch with a toddler in her arms, claiming
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Published September 24th 2013 by Avon
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Nenia ✨️ The Trash Empress ✨️ Campbell

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I have mixed feelings about this book and while looking at the other reviews on Goodreads, I came across Christina's, who basically articulated every issue I had with this book. Normally, Beverly Jenkins is one of my favorite romance authors, and to date, I've loved every single one of her books I've read... except this one.

DESTINY'S SURRENDER is somewhat edgier than some of her other books, and I appreciate experimentation when it works
K.J. Charles
A vastly enjoyable tropetastic romance with all the Ms Bev goodness plus an unusual-for-her heroine who I loved. Billie is a prostitute, and not the romance kind that never has sex with anyone but the hero either. She doesn't hate her life, she's a highly successful sex worker, and when she gets pregnant her intention is to hand over the baby for adoption for a fee and get back to work. Obv things don't work out this way because the baby has an identical birthmark to his father and *romance thin ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Another awesome read from the great Beverly Jenkins. I love stories where the characters grow and develop into more mature and thoughtful people. This novel featured two slightly self indulgent individuals, Andrew Yates and Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells. They came from opposite sides of the tracks but mutual attraction as well as a common enemies threats forced them together. The support of family allowed them to meet their obstacles and overcome them.

One thing that I love about Beverly Jenkins work
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. Not much to say except this and the third book in the "Destiny" historical romance series are so good. You can tell Beverly Jenkins did research in the time and place this book takes place (California in the 1800s). I thought that Jenkins did a wonderful job of not sugar coating what Billie did for a living (she's a prostitute) and the realities of her life. Billie and Drew worked for me as a romance couple and I loved that it took them some time to open up to each other. I have to say that ...more
Kate McMurray
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Secret baby + marriage of convenience = trope-y, soapy awesomeness.

I put some of this in a blog post on Friday, but to recap, I found this book refreshing, primarily because our heroine Billie has been working as a prostitute for quite some time, and the author does not a) do some twisty retconning to make her a virgin despite her occupation, like giving her a regular client who never actually has sex with her, and b) give Billie any shame about her life. In fact, it's pretty early in the book
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The good story by Ms. Jenkins headstrong heroines are the best! and you're learning something about history perfect!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars


I've always wanted to read a novel by Beverly Jenkins, any novel, and hey, it was worth it. Her historical research and character development is superb. The details of the history at this time for people of color was insightful, not preachy, just a reality for the times. This author places specifics directly into the plot and how it affects the characters. The hero is of Mexican-American descent but he is battling laws and discrimination to practice as an attorney and the
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

Another enjoyable and addicting read from Beverly Jenkins!

Billie is a whore, and Drew is her regular client. The two share a passionate connection that extends beyond the bedroom, though Drew doesn't realize it and Bille doesn't dare voice it out loud.

While Drew is away on a months long business trip, Billie discovers she's pregnant. She doesn't know who the father is, and believing a woman in her position can't give a child a good life, she makes a deal with the devil. However,
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first thing to know – is when you pick up a Beverly Jenkins book, make sure your calendar is clear as you will not want to put the book down until you have read the last page. And then you have to hope you do not start to re-read the book from the beginning as master storyteller Jenkins enchants with captivating characters and fresh storylines.
Billy Wells is spirited and unapologetic about who she. Surviving on her own since a young girl, Billy has learned to survive by her wits and good adv
The heroine of this book was the best part. Billie truly owned herself. She didn't claim to be anything other than what she was: a whore. Even better, Drew and his family didn't attempt to hide her past. They took her on her own merits and showed how courageous and compassionate she truly was.

I couldn't get a good feel for what made Drew tick. I wanted to know more of his thoughts about the broken engagement, Billie as a mother, how he came to develop such tender feelings for Billie and his son.
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Andrew Yates know that the time has come for him to be married soon. His mother keeps pressing the issue, and he has been searching for the right woman but has yet to locate her. He finally meets a young woman that meets the desired requirement and would be a companion, but he knows he will never love her. On the eve of his engagement, a passionate Billie arrives with a toddler in her arms, claiming it is his son. B

I liked this slightly less conventional bride. Lots of sex workers married during this time period.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!!!! This is a fabulous romance with the most unconventional and almost fantastic (as in the stuff of imagination) premise. This is book 2 in the Destiny series and features Andrew Yates, brother to the hero (Logan) of Book 1 (Destiny’s Embrace) and is secret baby (admittedly one of my favourites but even if this is a trope you don’t enjoy, it’s VERY well done and VERY inoffensive) and marriage of convenience styled in terms of trope.

The premise is that Billy is high society Andrew’s fa
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this Destiny's and I enjoyed ever minute of reading this book. The thing I love most about Beverly Jenkins books are she creates men that make you swoon but her female characters are just as exciting as the men they fall in love with. Billie was not a woman waiting for a man to rescue her ,she rescued herself. I loved her strength in this story in fact I feel she stole the show , Antonio added the romance to this story but Billie made it a book. My only complaint is the that book ...more
Bree Hill
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Billie has become a new favorite heroine of mine for sure. He strength and toughness felt truly authentic and believable. I understood Drew’s hesitation but he was also written so well that he frustrated me at times.
This romance was intense from the very beginning. Had a very dark twist to it. Loved the magic element. Strong familial element. A really good ride.
Mrs Giggles
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Destiny's Surrender comes after Destiny's Embrace, but it can stand alone very well as it has a self-contained plot and a small cast of mostly unintrusive secondary characters. This story is worth a look mostly because Beverly Jenkins switches things up a bit after falling into a formulaic rut in her last few books.

Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells, our heroine, is a prostitute. No, she's not a destitute lady on her first time out only to find happily ever after with her first client. She's not a fake p
Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
One reason to read this book-Billie! Unapologetic, feisty, protective mama bear, and blunt, I loved her!
Annia Lennox (DaydreamingThroughBooks)
I finally read my first Beverly Jenkins book. I was expecting it to be a five star book based on how people talk about her. Now, I did enjoy this and will read more Beverly Jenkins, but it didn't particularly grip me.

The characters were interesting. Billie was my favorite. I loved how down to earth and realistic she was about her life. And the side characters like Drew's family were fun. They especially made me want to read the other books.

The romance was different. It isn't often that you see a
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Billie is easily my favorite of Beverly's heroines. I cant wait to read Noah's story.
Christi (christireadsalot)
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first read by this author and I now want to read everything by her. I loved how unconventional and badass the heroine, Billie, is in this story. She stands up for herself, takes no crap from anyone, calls it how it is, literally defends her life, and is such a fierce, strong momma. I love Billie’s character so much and she was definitely the highlight of this story.

When the story begins, Billie is a working “lady of the night” and one of her regulars is Drew. Billie has been Drew’s favorite f
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bj
This one made me giggle all the way thru....And the funny thing is, I did not think I was going to even like this one at all n the beginning. Jenkins is a great writer of family ties and the possibility of redemption or anew for anyone
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
five stars for pure serotonin. i can't believe i actually read a book in 2 days and enjoyed it. it really is slump defying.

Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beverly Jenkins can for sure write a romance novel! What I love most about her books are the historical elements that she adds in. This is a 3 book series that I rated 4 stars over all.
Mazey  Eddings
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think it was possible to love a book in this series more than the first but holy Lord Billie owns my heart!!! she is such an incredible heroine. I absolutely loved the sex positivity of this book and how Drew got over himself and realized that Billie is the greatest thing since sliced bread
Beverly Diehl
3.5 stars. This was my first Beverly Jenkins, and if you're going to pop your cherry with an author, why not do it with a screaming orgasm in the very first line?

Billie is a whore and a total bad-ass, and she's apologizing for neither. Love that she's an emotionally strong person, not just a sexy heroine. She gets herself into trouble by doing two things: falling in love with a client, and deciding to keep the child she's pregnant with, instead of aborting, though there's no guarantee it belongs
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Surrender to the Best Historical Romance Novel

Destiny's Surrender, the second book in the Destiny series by Beverly Jenkins. Andrew Yates is ready to stop sowing oats and start a family. But one last passionate romp with mistress/whore Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells turns into more. Just when Drew finds a respectable candidate for wife, Billie shows up at Destiny Ranch with a one-year-old in her arms claiming Drew is the father. Billie doesn't want scandal or Drew's wealth; she is simply seeking a sa
Drew really met his match in Billie. I liked that when Billie needed help she ran to Drew, liked that when there she asked nothing for herself, but only for her son. I think that went a long way to proving to Mama Yates she was worth getting to know and of course once she knew what was going on Mama Yates knew her boy needed Billie in his life. I laughed when she told her boy what he was going to do and Drew went along with it. There was a little fight, but not too much, which showed that maybe ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this book. I loved the story and the characters. I'm not a fan of prostitutes protagonist but this book was well done and I had fallen for it.

And Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells:

That's a female protagonist!!!! So badass and awesome!
Kelly Murphy
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story was awesome. I actually felt like I went back in time with the characters. I fell in love with the cast and my emotions were heightened throughout the journey. At one point I felt like if Prince DuChance was a real person I could choke him with my bare hands. I'm looking forward to the next book
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A quick, fun and adventurous read! This is probably my favorite so far from Ms. Jenkins. I liked the whole plot of Billie being a sex worker; I felt like it was realistically portrayed while also not too heavy on the shaming. I also loved how kick ass Billie was. So yeah I definitely recommend this one.
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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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