Award-winning romance author Beverly Jenkins offers up another high-stakes historical romance that is sure to make you swoon.
With Destiny’s Embrace, Jenkins brings readers back to the American West, where Logan Yates, a self-important ranch owner, must confront his feelings for his beautiful, free spirited housekeeper, Mariah Cooper. While they bicker incessantly, their sexual tension is palpable, and only rises when Mariah's former lover arrives on the scene. Will she accept Logan's heart?
Set in 19th-century California, Destiny's Embrace features unforgettable characters and a satisfying mix of adventure and passion from nation's premier writer of African-American historical romance.
In this romantic series launch, Jenkins (Night Hawk) creates a gently idealized 1880s California where race and class are less important than love and friendship. Mariah Cooper of Philadelphia grew up in a loveless home, raised by an angry single mother. Logan Yates had the opposite experience: he's the son of a black rancher, raised by his Spanish-elite stepmother alongside his two half-brothers, surrounded by love. When Mariah comes all the way to California to become his housekeeper, Logan is certain the city girl will turn tail. Instead, Mariah discovers her temper and her spine, and the sparks that fly between them change from a battle of wills to a flare of passion. Mariah's growth makes her a delightful heroine, and Logan's loving relationships with his family keep him from being just another alpha male. Jenkins's greatest success is in drawing a world where the main characters embrace egalitarianism and extend their family relationships generously beyond the ties of blood.
This was my first time reading this author and I was impressed. This was a good book. Looking forward to the next.
A great story!
Loved this story because once again Jenkins gives just enough history to pique interest. Laos enjoyable was the feisty personality of both women characters. I have read every single book she has written . I will forever be a fan !
Not the BJ I know...
I've read every Beverly Jenkins book at least three times, and I have to say that Destiny's Embrace is not her best. The disapoint begins in chapter one with an incredibly rushed plot and an introduction to too many unimportant characters at once.
The characters lack depth and fall pray to a number of personality changes. I'm used to more dynamic Jenkins characters, and I gotta say, they fell short in this book.
The sprinkles of history facts are always nice, but in this work, it feels random and forced.
This just feels like a rush job, or a weekend passing fancy at best. I found myself skimming through a lot of pages in hopes of catching a glimps of what this book could have been.
Sorry. I can't give it 5 stars and after reading through the book, I can say the 99 cent pric tag is justified.