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Destiny's Surrender

(Destiny #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  1,417 ratings  ·  174 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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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
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
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!
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.
I liked this slightly less conventional bride. Lots of sex workers married during this time period.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance My Review

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

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
Bree Hill
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
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.
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
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Billie is easily my favorite of Beverly's heroines. I cant wait to read Noah's story.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
A round of applause please.....I absolutely love Ms. Jenkins stories. Historical romances are my favorite. Mina was a great outspoken heroine. And Drew was breathtakingly swoon-worthy! Love Him! ;-)
Destiny's Surrender didn't disappoint. The romance, pacing, lush setting and familial love was great. I can't wait to read Noah's story Destiny's Captive. A woman pirate....yes please!
Rachael Thomson
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-novels

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
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
On my second visit to this romance, I made sure to have book one of this series under my belt first. I fell in love with Drew's family even before he came in the picture. I was delighted to see that Bille was not just added as an afterthought. She played a part in book one also. It was quite small but she was there. I love mama Yates very much. She was spunky, sassy, and unconventional.

Ms. Jenkins has given me an interracial romance set in early California history that told the story of life du
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
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This one was a bit weird, as it was about a sex worker falling in love with a rich man. On one hand, I thought it was very cool of the author to show the challenges of being a woman with little means and no support, but it also created a weird dynamic. I also just found it hard to believe that the rich man and his family would ever accept her. In a just world, they would, but this is not a just world. Still lots of fun to read, though.
Delilah Night
Billie and Drew had an unconventional start to their relationship - - she was a sex worker and he was her client. But after Billie becomes pregnant she drops off the map until she realizes the baby is Drew's. Keeping the baby safe means telling Drew he's a father. There is a lot of baggage in this relationship and watching them slowly figure things out was genuinely a delight.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am never disappointed when it comes to Beverly Jenkins. Her books are always a joy to read. I enjoyed being back in this world and I can't wait to read the next one.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 not enough secret baby angst
Annia Lennox
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
Really good! Billie and Drew were very hot and great together. There were rough parts due to misunderstandings and their contrasting occupations. I was happy that it all worked out in the end. On to Noah's!
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
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review for Destiny's Surrender Destiny’s Surrender is the second book in the Destiny series by Beverly Jenkins. Andrew Yates has a successful law practice and is ready to find a wife and while he wants a love match like his brother he has resigned himself to just find a nice woman. He has been seeing a lovely whore for the past two years and while he likes her quite a bit he knows there is no way to even contemplate anything more than their financial transactions. Billie also enjoys the company ...more
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
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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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Destiny (3 books)
  • Destiny's Embrace (Destiny, #1)
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