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(The Grayson Family #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,094 ratings  ·  79 reviews
A proposal she had no choice but to accept . . .

Though Eli Grayson is one of the most handsome, charming, and intelligent men in Grayson Grove, no one will take a chance on a confirmed bachelor. Unwilling to give up his dreams, Eli convinces his friend Jewel to pose as his wife. Their masquerade is to last just one night . . . but when word gets out, Eli and Jewel must tie
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Avon
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Heidi Cullinan
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read for the BJ book club. Loved the book & conversation both. Sweet, spicy, perfect small town historical romance. Because it's BJ, you learn some history they missed in school as well. Highly recommended. ...more
K.J. Charles
An enjoyable tale of a marriage of convenience (for him, not her, and she isn't pleased about it) turning into a love match. There's some serious themes and a proper evil villain, and the small town is a hotbed of seething passions in the best Ms Bev fashion. Also the hero is grappling with having done something genuinely and unforgivably bad (not to the heroine) and that doesn't find an easy resolution, which makes it all chewy. Plus, loads of really interesting stuff on the Black press in the ...more
Nia Forrester
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
As with all of Beverly Jenkins books that I've read (this is now the fourth), what I enjoyed most, and what sets her books apart are the historical details, and the obvious pains she takes to maintain fidelity to time and place. I love that she sprinkles in little factoids about what else was happening in the world at the time, be it the Women's Suffrage Movement, or the rise of Jim Crow. I also enjoy that the romance itself is true to the time -- marriage is viewed as much as an economic and so ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I guess what was disappointing was that Cecile didn't get the kind of just reward that she deserved. Death doesn't seem fair. Other than that, it was long and just okay. ...more
Jewel was a fun read. There’s sassy dialogue and a way too crazy villainess, but I really enjoyed the conversations between Eli and Jewel best even when they weren’t burning up the sheets:) Mentions of Black newspapers and printing press provided an interesting side bit and of course, the town folk gave plenty of comic relief and thoughtfulness.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: readers who don't mind a 5:1 crap to plot ratio
Shelves: did-not-finish
It always sucks to read an author who comes with a lot of good press and have reasonably high hopes for a great romance, and then be bored to tears (see Laura Kinsale, Carrie Lofty). I gave up on pg 192 when the banal dialogue, too-numerous typos, and persistent "telling, not showing" made me throw it at the wall.

The plot is almost a textbook example of "contrivance." Former dissolute rake and adulterous bottle-baby Eli Grayson has a newspaper that's up to its banner in debt, and GW Hicks, a mag
Aisha Oaktree
Originally Reviewed on Bewitching Bibliophile

This is has been on my bookshelves for a while and I put it on my Top 19 for 2019 TBR list, and I'm so glad I pulled it to read. I dived into this one right after reading Vivid (which I reviewed yesterday). I have been on a Beverly Jenkins binge and I can't even begin to explain how much fun I have been having. There is nothing like reading a romance with characters that look like you, talk like you and behave the way you behave, seeing yourself in th
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
First of all, can we talk about this cover? It's so gorgeous. I paused reading so many times to flip back and look at it.

Second of all, I was so charmed by Eli. The way he grew as he fell in love was adorable.

And lastly, if you love historical romance I would definitely recommend this one. Historical romance is a genre that, for me, is rarely rated more than three stars because while I enjoy them a lot, I tend to forget what happens in them after a few weeks.
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved getting more of the backstory on Cecile, learning about Jewel and Eli, and revisiting Greyson Grove. It was definitely an enjoyable read and one that I found myself having great trouble putting down.
Luz Trevino
I liked it, but I was bored at times. How many times did we have to read about Eli's previous sexual adventures or how good he considered himself in bed. I'm glad that Jewel did not feed too much in to his ego. Lol! They were cute together and it was nice to see Jewel appreciated for how good of a woman she was and for Eli to finally mature to the man Jewel deserved.
I was hoping Cecile would cause more havoc between them to add more spice to the story, but sadly she didn't. I was hoping for a di
L. Wright
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jewel was one of Ms. B’s books that I’d never read. I’m not sure why that is since I’ve tried to get my hands on all of her books. And, like every other time, Ms. Jenkins did not disappoint.

Returning to Grayson Grove, Michigan—the setting from Vivid—was a great ride for me. I was interested in seeing what happened to the people of the town after Nate Grayson and Vivid Lancaster rode off into the sunset. As always, the scenery descriptions zapped me right into the beautiful town and its surroundi
Nicholas Whyte
"[return][return]Browsing through LibraryThing one day, I noted that Beverly Jenkins, of whom I had not heard, was one of the highest rated authors by the owners of her books - not many, but enough to reassure me that this was not astroturfing. Her particular subgenre - African-American historical romance - is not one that I had ever considered sampling, but I thought, what the heck, and BookMooched a couple of her books.[return][return]Jewel is actually ...more
V. Rena
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely enjoyed this book. Jewel was tough, stern, sassy, witty, and beautiful inside and out. She didn't let anyone get over on her. Eli was every bit of her match, so you can easily see how they were made for each other. Even though he gotten them into the marriage, he took his vows seriously and wooed her inspite of herself. They ended up falling in love with each other. I hated that she went through that situation with Creighton, but Jewel handled herself and him well. I'm glad that Maddi ...more
shaterika stevenson

Me. Jenkins never ceases to amaze me. Her stories are phenomenal. The history lessons are second to none and beyond informative. I'm so glad that she gave Both Eli and Jewel a story of their own. I was also pleased to see Maddie again. Grayson grove has quickly become one of my favorite places to visit.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gets better each time I read it

Yes, I've read Jewel 3x; it's a wonderful story filled with great historical facts. I've learned more reading books by the author then in school.
Please return to Grayson Grove and write about the Crowley brothers.
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with Beverly Jenkins and her writing. SHe is quickly becoming my favorite author!
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
very good....glad eli and jewel got their own book
Jessica Terry
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book after reading the first couple of pages, but I found myself not able to put it down after a while. Great story and beautifully written...loved it! ...more
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Something was missing and I couldn't love this book which was hard for me because I normally love BJ's book. ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
The thing I like most about most of Jenkins' historicals is that the townspeople have some amount of character in their own right; this one is no exception. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the pace of the plot development.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beverly Jenkins never disappoints!

I am never disappointed by Beverly Jenkins. I enjoyed this book to the point of reading it at least give time
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. A bit overly descriptive in places but a nice, easy read in the end.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked it a lot. I like all of Beverly Jenkins's books.
Not my favorite by Ms. Bev, but certainly a good book! Adults acting like adults, a sweet secondary romance, and lots of very interesting Black history wrap around this unconventional story of a marriage of convenience.

I didn't like it quite as much as I've liked her latest novels because it felt like Jewel didn't have much agency. She went from being under her father's thumb to being under her husband's, more or less against her wishes. She tried to do Eli a solid by posing as his wife for one
Nalo Stewart
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jewel and Eli, a sweet love

We first met Eli Grayson and Jewel Crowley in ‘Vivid.’ I didn’t care much for Eli, because of his past drunkard ways and what he had done to Nate, his cousin. He didn’t seem like the type of character who would become the hero in his own novel, but I was wrong. And Jewel was the young woman of nineteen years old in ‘Vivid’ who took care of her four big burly brothers and father without care for herself. We met her when Viveca (Vivid), the new town doctor, had to go and
Jessica (the naptime writer)
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eli Grayson, known as the Colored Casanova of Cass County, begs his friend Jewel who he is no way attracted to to pose as his wife so he can win over an investor in his newspaper. She acquiesces & of course it comes back to bite her. The whole town ends up thinking they’re actually married & if it’s not true, her reputation won’t recover.
So Jewel agrees to marry Eli when he extends his offer—even though neither wants to be married to the other—& what follows is pretty delightful. Especially wh
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started off strong but wound up trying to be too many things. I had expected it to take a standard childhood friends to lovers storyline and throw in a little bit of a "murderous ex-lover" issue somewhere in the middle (the first chapter opens with said ex-lover murdering someone, hence my assumption), but that's not at all what happened.

The first 230 pages span 5 days. Five. Days. And the insta-love is real.

Then the next 100 or so pages bring back the ex-lover.

The last 50-ish pages
About halfway through and just a little bored. The characters are pretty good, and it's clear the research is impeccable - I learned a lot about black history in the pages I did read - but the pace is just too slow for me right now. I've got so much going on in my professional life right now I need something in which to lose myself - this isn't quite it.

Also, as happened in the other Jenkins book I've read, sometimes she doesn't use commas in compound sentences or after subordinating conjunction
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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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