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 ...more
One thing that I love about Beverly Jenkins work ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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. Billie has only...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
After a disappointing "Destiny's Embrace," I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book. "Embrace" featured a couple I just don't believe, whose romance felt frankly abusive and unhealthy. Mariah hits Logan, and I am not ok with it, just because she's much smaller and weaker than him doesn't make it not abuse. That said, the writing in "Embrace," and the historical notes were so fascinating that I thought I'd take another try with this second book, and I do not regret ...more
Ms. Jenkins has given me an interracial romance set in early California history that told the story of life du ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more