Book Review-Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

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Book Review-Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

Book Review-Breathless by Beverly JenkinsBreathless by Beverly Jenkins
Also in this series: Forbidden
Series: Old West #2
Published by Avon on January 31st 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, American West
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0062389033
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A strong-willed beauty finds herself in the arms of the handsome drifter from her past, in this second book in the sizzling series set in the Old West, from USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

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  • Read It All Reading Challenge-Beverly Jenkins

  • Breathless is the second book in the trilogy and I have been looking forward to this one ever since I picked up book one. I finally got my hands on it, and I will admit I had some pretty high expectations for this book, and I was left feeling a bit disappointed. It wasn’t what I was expecting, especially when I loved Forbidden, the first book.

    Breathless is a story that features two people who knew each other when they were younger but life got in the way and they each had their own journey to take until they met each other again as full-fledged adults, much more mature and ready for what was to come for them. Portia Carmichael was abandoned by her mother who prositituted herself for money. She and her sister found a good life with their aunt and uncle. Kent Randolph has spent his life searching, and being a bit of a rake of the wild west. Now he has returned to the one place he felt like was his home and to his “duchess”. Portia is very serious about building her own business and working for her aunt and uncle. She has no interest in love or dating. She is content working with her numbers. But then Kent comes back, and she is having to face with her old feelings for this handsome man that she wants to feel nothing for but does.

    I did enjoy the beginning of the story, seeing these two banter like two old hens, their interactions were pretty funny and I just couldn’t get enough. We see the good life that Portia and Regan (her sister) have found with their uncle and aunt Eddy and Rhine (couple from first book). We see the closeness that Portia has with her sister. But wow these two couldn’t be more different from each other. Portia is consumed by the seriousness of life, and Regan just wants to live life to its fullest. She wants to experience everything, most especially passion and love. So it was interesting to see Portia figure out what she really wants in life, and that there is more to life than just building a career. Seeing some true depths of self discovery, and learning to experience desire and the building of a intimate relationship was the highligh of the story for me. However I did have some issues. Quite honestly, I think I might have had too high expectations for this book. I don’t think I have been so let down by a book by Jenkins. I have always enjoyed her work. ALWAYS.  I know I am not in the “popular” opinion here however the middle of the plot felt flat for me. I had a hard time connecting with the actual romance. It took almost a whole week for me to read this. Now for some that may not seem like a long time, but I read a book a day. So I really struggled with this story. The first and latter portions of the story were really great, but the middle I took forever getting through.

    I am however super excited to read book three though, Regan’s story which features her being a mail order bride (yep yep super super stoked for this one, since that is one of my all time favorite tropes in romance).

    Have you read Beverly Jenkins before? What do you think of her writing?

    Do you love diverse romances too?

    About Beverly Jenkins

    Beverly Jenkins is an African-American historical romance writer. She and her family live in southeastern Michigan. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Journalism and English Literature.
    Ms. Jenkins has written sixteen books to date and has received numerous awards for her works, including: the Detroit Free Press Book of the Year, three Waldenbooks Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild, and in 1999, Ms. Jenkins was voted one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club. In May of 2002, Ms. Jenkins published her first historical novel for young adults, titled: Belle and the Beau. Her second YA, Josephine and the Soldier followed in 2003.
    Ms. Jenkins has been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. She has lectured at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University; the University of Illinois; and the University of Michigan. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history at libraries, schools and organizations including Romance Writers of America, and the Afro–American Historical and Genalogical Society. She is active in her church and community, and in November 2001 was a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award.
    In February of 2004, Ms. Jenkins’ first contemporary novel of romantic suspense, The Edge of Midnight was released. Sexy/Dangerous, her fourth novel of romantic suspense will be in stores in November 2006.

    • I am sorry that you were a bit disappointed by this one. I was a little sad that this book was set in a different town than the first book since I really liked many of the characters there but I did enjoy this one more than you did. I am really looking forward to the mail order bride story in the next book!

    • Expecations is the killer of good books

    • I have book one of this series on my TBR 😀

    • Oh I could make a very large list of books ruined by my own expectations…such a terrible thing!

    • You remind me. I need to get busy and read Forbidden. Bummer Breathless was a bit slow in the middle for you. I’ve had those that take me forever to read and don’t quite fully engage me though they are decent reads. Maybe book three will recapture it for you.

    • Michele H

      Aw, bummer it didn’t quite work out so well for you. 🙁 I’m fairly new-ish to Jenkins’ work so I liked it, but I agree–I’m more excited to read her sister Regan’s upcoming story!