- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon (January 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062389025
- ISBN-13: 978-0062389022
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 292 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Readers will delight… in the lovely romance between two intelligent, deserving people… Jenkins cleverly layers this captivating love story with subtle observations about race and women’s rights.” (Booklist (starred review))
“This is another stellar entry in Jenkins’ continuing exploration of the African-American experience. She expertly combines classic romance with snippets of little-known history that will keep readers returning for more. The second entry in the Old West trilogy is full of the love that fans have come to expect, even as the dangers of life in the 19th century play out.” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))
“exquisitely written... soars with passion between scenes of gritty action as a feisty heroine and down-to-earth hero shape their future against race, class, and gender expectations... This heartfelt story and its endearing characters and gratifying ending will leave readers breathing a sigh of pure contentment.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
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From the Back Cover
All it takes is one touch . . .
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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1. Agree with LAS Reviewer on why this is a good but not great read. For me, it's going to be hard to top the masterpiece that is Indigo.
2. Can't do mainstream historical romance novels...it's hard to "escape" into the story when you're thinking my ancestors were out in the field while the heroine is fretting over not having a dress to wear to the ball.
3. You learn stuff in BJ books. Cool history and facts that lead you to other books and authors you'd never encounter otherwise.
4. Ms. Jenkins is the best at her game... and after reading her literary heir apparents, well let's just say, they're not ready yet.
5. So like many others, I'll be be waiting Breathless(ly) for the next one and it'll be on buy, read, repeat because a Beverly Jenkins average is better than other writers' best any day.
I loved Portia and Kent's story and how he was so patient with her while she accepted the inevitable. Even though Portia was a strong woman, she was also weak because of her past and I loved how Beverly incorporated that into the story, without making Portia a wimpy woman who did not know her own value or worth.
All in all, another WONDERFUL love story that I know I will read again.
Portia' story is a tale of what happens when the best laid plans are forced into a new direction by fate and destiny. It is a heartwarming tale of family, determination, hope, and love.
Beverly Jenkins has written Portia's story among some of the most interesting and harrowing historical events. As usual she shares you into learning more about culture and history by starting with a wonderful love story.
I truly enjoyed Breathless' themes of love, redemption, self-discovery, and familial bounds. I would recommend it without hesitation as part of the Wild West trilogy or as a stand alone. There are no negatives to picking up this book and losing oneself inside its pages.