Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescue ...more
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I read this book for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2017 Reading Challenge. For more info about what this is, click here.
As a nod to black history month, my romance group decided it would be fun to read a historical romance novel featuring two characters of black ancestry. We chose this book. I was really excited about this pick, because I've quickly grown to love Beverly Jenkins's work. Her writing style is reminiscent of Lisa ...more
Rhine Fontaine was a son a slave master and a slave who found out around 8 yrs old that he was light enough to pass as white. So after he fi ...more
This is the first book by Beverly Jenkins that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I do have to admit that I completely judged this book by its cover. I don't think I even read the summary until after I finished the book (I do that quite a lot actually). I assumed based on the cover that this was going to be an interracial historical romance but the story ended up being a bit different than that. The difference was probably even more interes ...more
This was a perfect historical fiction read with romance so sweet, it ached.
It had a great balance of history and romance and I couldn’t get enough of the focus this book had on the lives of black communities in the 1800s. I was being educated whilst reading and I loved that.
Smuthathon Day 1.
Challenge: author of colour.
One of the tropes it utilizes, which I absolutely detest, is the manwhore/virgin trope. What ...more
I read lots of stories with African Americans as the main characters before, but nobody writes like Ms. Bev.
All those stories, dialogues and her deep knowledge of her culture has made her books stand out from the rest and I’ve learn more about American’s history from her books.
It was a dark time but she always writes something which will make you smiles too and feels hopeful, and I love that, not all depressing.
And her character here? A guy who physically white with mixed parentage an ...more
Forbidden is a sweet, slow-burn romance. The hesitant longing and the growing affection are palpable.
Time and time again, circumstances seem to cast Eddy as a damsel in distress – alienated from her family, robbed, nearly sexually assaulted. And each time she proves that she is no one's damsel in distress. She has a spine of steel, determine ...more
I don't know if it is the author's writing style or just this story but there was a bit of a stark back and forth between the characters' dialogue that gave the story a choppy feel to me. I liked the introduction to Rhine but Eddy's jumped so quickly from sister to nice wagon driver guy to evil wagon driver guy that I couldn't settle in with the character; this obviously improved when Eddy finally gets settled but it was an awkward beginning.
There was a little bit of a feeling of insta ...more
IMO, this isn't one of her "get swept away with these characters for a couple of hours" type of books. But it is, as always, a "get schooled for a couple of hours a ...more
If you're like me you've read everything by Beverly Jenkins, I'm talking every series even the teen books. Devotion, excitement and a ton of feelings go into finding out about a new book by Beverly Jenkins. I kept my advent calendar up in prep for the book Forbidden, I was a Rhine Whiner as she calls it, but I'll move away from this and tell you why I gave the book a three star review.
Beverly J ...more
Eddy Carmichael is the epitome of black girl magic. Born during a time where her skin color and her gender served her a double dose of discrimination, Eddy does not allow who she is hinder her from becoming who she wa ...more
Rhine Fontaine left the south to find success and fulfill his dreams and had to pass for white which he was able to do because of his mixed heritage. And with Rhine choosing a bride of the best connections, he doesn't believe that he is missing out on anything. Until he meets beautiful and passionate Eddy Carmichael. A woman he discovered abandoned in the desert heat, and saved her life. Rhine is intrigued by Eddy and he find...more
I have been wanting to read Beverly Jenkins for a long time so I ecstatic to receive an eARC of her newest release, Forbidden. And it was an amazing reading experience! I definitely understand why she is so highly regarded in the romance community and I am anxious to read more of her work.
Rhine Fontaine is the son of a slave and her owner and has a light enough complexion to pass as White. After the Civil War, he decided that, in order to achieve his dreams, he had to Pass and was able ...more
18/2 - I was going to start off this review by mentioning the other 'African American romances' and books 'by a person of colour' that I have read, in an attempt to show my diverse reading tastes. Unfortunately all it has done is highlight to me exactly how racially narrow the books I read are, as it seems I haven't read any other romances ...more
This is how to do a story on passing. The Civil war is over. Slaves are free. The West is wild.
Rhine Fontaine is the illegitimate son of a white planter and a black woman. But he is fair skinned and light eyes with straight hair. He easily passes for white. It helps that this white half brother, Drew fully accepts him and claims him as his brother.
Rhine isn't just passing to make his own life be ...more
On the other hand, I just felt like Jenkins didn't sell me on the couple, or on Rhine as a character actually. They had an instant attraction that wasn't developed as the story went on and ...more
I listened to this story on audio, and although the narration was very slow (I sped it up to 1.75x which I never have before), it was a riveting story to have in my ears. Set in post-Civil War Nevada, "Forbidd ...more
Rhine Fontaine is a former Union soldier living out his life in post Civil War America. He has the blood of African queens flowing through his veins, but you can't tell by looking at him. Rhine enjoys the privileges of being a White man, but only he and his half siblings know the truth. He has built a life of wealth, respectability and comfort in a bustling mining town in Nevada. On a return trip through the desert, he and his business part ...more
Story and exposition were fine but the dialogue made me want to both never stop laughing and claw my eyes out.
I've never read a book that felt so "acty".
Also this is really random but Jackson Avery and Maggie Pierce (Grey's Anatomy) both kept jumping to mind as the two main characters...
Rhine's feelings of disconnectedness with both sides of his heritage was very real for me, and could've been uncomfortable to read, but Jenkins' sensitivity and intuitiveness made it an absolute pleasure. This book is heavy on the history, but it serves to set the scene and the tone and nev ...more
I struggled to complete this book. There was a lot of world building around the people, racial dynamics, businesses and politics of Virginia City and much of the story took place outside of the romance. Many dramatic events occurred that could have been cut right out of this book and it would have been stronger for it.
Strangely, I didn't 'feel' the attraction tha ...more