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Destiny's Embrace Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDon t be fooled by the bodice ripper cover pose While I adore the genre, and that was what originally made me gravitate towards this book, bodice rippers represent a specific type of romance that many may find unpalatable, and suggestive cover aside, this book is definitely not a bodice ripper at heart Mariah Cooper grew up in Philadelphia with her seamstress mother Her life has been difficult She s been bullied for being poor and l Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestDon t be fooled by the bodice ripper cover pose While I adore the genre, and that was what originally made me gravitate towards this book, bodice rippers represent a specific type of romance that many may find unpalatable, and suggestive cover aside, this book is definitely not a bodice ripper at heart Mariah Cooper grew up in Philadelphia with her seamstress mother Her life has been difficult She s been bullied for being poor and looking different Since she was a young girl, her mother has abused her verbally and physically, working her like a slave and insulting her looks and making her feel like she s unworthy of love.Finally, Mariah can t take any , and with the help of a sympathetic aunt, she finds herself with a rail pass to a place in California called Destiny Ranch, to answer an advertisement in the classifieds looking for a housekeeper.Logan Yates is the stepson of the fierce and beautiful Alanza Yates He s a hard working rancher, but also a hopeless slob and a bit of a hoarder, if we re being honest He s also a devil with the ladies and has absolutely zero intention of settling down Few women have ever told him no, so he s flabbergasted when Mariah comes in like a whirlwind and immediately begins stirring things up She s not above lashing him with her tongue or kicking him in the knee if he gives her trouble, either.DESTINY S EMBRACE isn t exactly an enemies to lovers romance, but many of the same themes are there It s a reformed rake romance, but with a spirited, resourceful, clever heroine that will appeal to fans of Courtney Milan Sometimes heroines are given interests that are never mentioned again and I loved that Mariah s sewing was made such an important aspect of her life She was also a very strong female character and had a great sense of humor That parade of suitors was, hands down, my favorite part of the book I guffawed.As much as I liked Mariah, my favorite character in this book would have to be Alanza She was so cool I kind of hope that the author writes a prequel about her and her two husbands, because she was such a strong woman, and I loved her relationship with her three sons, and how that translated to a willingness to accept Mariah as a surrogate daughter as well She had a lot of love to give, that was obvious I loved the interactions between the five of them on the ranch.The California setting was also really great, because I ve actually been in Yolo County many times, and I have seen the orchards it described so beautifully I learned something new about the potential origin of my home state s name, too Apparently, it is named after a mythical island of kick ass black s who had battle trained griffins If that isn t the OG of origin stories, I don t know what is.I did have a few nitpicky issues I thought Mariah gave into Logan too quickly, especially considering what happened to her mother She had held steadfastly to her principles until that point, and it felt really out of character to me I also thought that the climax between her mother and Tillerman was a bit abrupt I was expectingdrama, I guess Her mother was such a horrible personmaybe I ve been reading too many bodice rippers with vindictive revenge schemes, but it felt like Mariah s mother got off way too easily Also, the sex scenes could be pretty cringeworthy At one point in the narrative, Mariah s breasts are referred to, unironically, as the twins cringe Overall, DESTINY S EMBRACE was a really great book I really think fans of Courtney Milan should read Beverly Jenkins Not only are their writing styles similar, and their heroines both full of spirit, but they both try to provide non white perspectives in historical romance, which is something the romance genre definitely needsof I can t wait to readof Jenkins work 3.5 to 4 stars Oooh I adored this one Mariah starts off as a victim of her abusive mother but has a fairy tale transformation into an absolutely takes no crap woman, while Logan is just enough of a jerk at first to justify Mariah giving him some serious butt kicking and to make his self improvement deeply satisfying Lovely setting with enjoyable minor characters and some fantastic lines A thorough pleasure, with a real wish fulfilment ending if your wish is to see someone who really deserves it get a prope Oooh I adored this one Mariah starts off as a victim of her abusive mother but has a fairy tale transformation into an absolutely takes no crap woman, while Logan is just enough of a jerk at first to justify Mariah giving him some serious butt kicking and to make his self improvement deeply satisfying Lovely setting with enjoyable minor characters and some fantastic lines A thorough pleasure, with a real wish fulfilment ending if your wish is to see someone who really deserves it get a proper smackdown 53% dnfI really wanted to love this book, but the story has a fairy tale quality to it that isn t working for me. Price Drop Just a heads up on this sweet, American West Historical Romance today it s only 0.99, down from 7.99, for Kindle www Destinys Embrace ebookMy Review Destiny s Embrace, the first book in Beverly Jenkins Destiny series, is a romantic story about learning to compromise, learning to trust, and learning to love From the cover Award winning romance author Beverly Jenkins offers up another high stakes historical romance that is sure to make you swoon.With Destiny s Embra Price Drop Just a heads up on this sweet, American West Historical Romance today it s only 0.99, down from 7.99, for Kindle www Destinys Embrace ebookMy Review Destiny s Embrace, the first book in Beverly Jenkins Destiny series, is a romantic story about learning to compromise, learning to trust, and learning to love From the cover 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.This is my first taste of Ms Jenkins writing and I enjoyed it It s one of those easy to read stories a comfortable tale without a lot of angst, but loaded with feeling and characters you can care about I loved the way the story unfolded, told with enough attention to detail, making me see and feel the landscape, the atmosphere, the trials and triumphs of ranch living, and I felt as if I were there The characters are compassionate people who, despite giving new meaning to the word stubborn, are understanding and able to eventually admit their mistakes.Updated to add My lovely friend, Mei, asked why, since I really enjoyed this story, did I only give it 3 stars Here s our chat about that Mei wrote Lovely review, Dhes D but why only 3 stars You know, I really struggled with the rating it was slower paced than I like It didn t drag or anything like that, but it was just slower paced than I normally like And I know many readers enjoy that laid back, easy going, day to day life kind of read.I hesitated to mention that in the review because it s not a complaint about the story, just the way the story is told It s not like there was supposed to be a bunch of action that didn t work does that make sense I ll add it to the review, though Thanks for bringing this up The bottom line I thoroughly enjoyed Destiny s Embrace and Ms Jenkins easy going way of telling a story It s sweet, witty, and sexy, and I now understand why she s considered one of the leading ladies of writing in the African American Romance genre My thanks to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of Destiny s Embrace in exchange for an honest review. 4.25 Stars First off, why the hell have I waited so long to read Beverly Jenkins Dumb, dumb mistake Second, watch out now bank accountit s about to go down I need her backlist I seriously loved this book Bickering banter Check Delicious sexual tension Check Great main characters Check A romance to root for Check A cast of secondary characters to love Check Terrific writing Check An addicting story Check.Full review to come But that basically covers it 4.25 Stars First off, why the hell have I waited so long to read Beverly Jenkins Dumb, dumb mistake Second, watch out now bank accountit s about to go down I need her backlist I seriously loved this book Bickering banter Check Delicious sexual tension Check Great main characters Check A romance to root for Check A cast of secondary characters to love Check Terrific writing Check An addicting story Check.Full review to come But that basically covers it I have a new to me author to be obsessed with 4.25 stars Well, Ms Jenkins you ve got a new fan Now, I will hunt and binge your classic books first.Loving the narrator and the accent too, so melodious Award winning romance author Beverly Jenkins offers up another high stakes historical romance that is sure to make you swoonWith 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 th 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 ➶ [Read] ➲ The Language of Music By Tom 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McMinn ❥ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk where Logan Yates [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, ✩ Katherine Arden – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a self important ranch owner [Download] ✤ أدب السياسة فى العصر الأموى Author أحمد محمد الحوفي – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk must confront his feelings for his beautiful ❰Read❯ ➭ خاطرات من Author هیتلر – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk free spirited housekeeper [Ebook] ➠ التربية الأسرية في عالم مليء بالمخاطر 1 By يوسف العبدالله – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Mariah Cooper While they bicker incessantly [PDF] ⚣ Kudumba Soothiram ✯ கண்ணதாசன் [Kannadasan] – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk their sexual tension is palpable ❮Reading❯ ➼ The Tawasin of Mansur Al-Hallaj, in Verse ➵ Author Jabez L. Van Cleef – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and only rises when Mariah s former lover arrives on the scene Will she accept Logan s heart Set in th century California ❰Download❯ ➵ The New Health Rules Author Frank Lipman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Destiny s Embrace features unforgettable characters and a satisfying mix of adventure and passion from nation s premier writer of African American historical romance Ohh la la Seriously though I am loving these historical romances by Jenkins This one is the first book in her Destiny series I loved the hero and heroine and cannot wait to readbooks featuring the Yates brothers.In Destiny s Embrace we follow Logan Yates and Mariah Cooper Mariah Cooper is living in Philadelphia with her rage filled mother Mariah wants to get married, but is shunned due to the color of her eyes golden and the fact that her mother refuses to let anyone too close t Ohh la la Seriously though I am loving these historical romances by Jenkins This one is the first book in her Destiny series I loved the hero and heroine and cannot wait to readbooks featuring the Yates brothers.In Destiny s Embrace we follow Logan Yates and Mariah Cooper Mariah Cooper is living in Philadelphia with her rage filled mother Mariah wants to get married, but is shunned due to the color of her eyes golden and the fact that her mother refuses to let anyone too close to her When Mariah suffers onebeating by her mother, she flees to her aunt who tells her her mother s past Mariah s aunt pushes her to answer an ad for a housekeeper in California Logan causes his mother fits His house is a mess and it smells and all she wants is for him and his two brothers to settle down and give her grand babies When Mariah come along the two go together like oil and water She pushes his buttons and vice versa Since Logan is up front about never marrying and only wanting a woman long enough to be a mistress, we get to follow him as he is shut down by Mariah and her not wanting to be another notch on his bedpost.I loved the transformation of Mariah from cowed to queen in this one She also made me laugh about her matter of fact way of enjoying Logan s kisses, but not being foolish enough to think he means anything by it I also loved her relationship with his mother Logan and his brother and best friend s fits at him not knowing what to do about Mariah was hilarious That s all I got.The setting in this time period is interesting I liked that Logan s mother Alanza step mother really is descended from a different side of California that many don t think of When California was a Spanish and Mexican colonial at some points during the decades You get to see how that place seemed to beforward thinking of mixed race people The ending was great though it felt a bit rushed I can t wait for book 2 I loved the historical aspect The history about California was interesting I don t care much for romance. Mariah Cooper wants a life for herself She wants a husband and children, and she wants a career as a seamstress where she works for herself instead for her mother None of these things she can get in Philadelphia, so with a little help from her aunt Mariah answers an advertisement for a housekeeper and travels across the continent to find a new life in California Her reluctant employer, Logan Yates finds himself bewitched by the spirited widow He ends up wanting to share his life and family w Mariah Cooper wants a life for herself She wants a husband and children, and she wants a career as a seamstress where she works for herself instead for her mother None of these things she can get in Philadelphia, so with a little help from her aunt Mariah answers an advertisement for a housekeeper and travels across the continent to find a new life in California Her reluctant employer, Logan Yates finds himself bewitched by the spirited widow He ends up wanting to share his life and family with her and it only takes him a little over a week to decide this Jenkins takes the time to set up both Mariah s life in Philadelphia and Logan s life on his farm before bringing the characters together with a clash or ten Mariah s decided to change her life and she won t let anyone walk all over her ever again This leads to repeated conflicts with Logan who is used to getting his way without having to invest too much of himself The banter between these two characters is wonderful as are the little titbits about Californian history the author sprinkles between the pages I loved that all their troubles came from their characterisations instead of manufactured obstacles Mariah wants to commit, Logan doesn t, and neither is hiding the fact There s quite a lot of plain speaking and whatever lies or secrets are told, they don t stay secret forever Truths comes out and they have consequences For example, Mariah admits she s attracted to Logan but that doesn t change her mind about wanting a commitment For Logan, when he finally changes his inconstant ways, there are consequences for that too Even though the romance itself takes barely a week to develop, it doesn t feel rushed With the exception of the sex scenes The initial kisses and seduction worked well for me, but their first actual sex scene and the events leading up to it feltlike a slapdash afterthought method had been applied in writing them It made me question whether or not the publisher had asked them to be added in later This could also explain why I felt like the author missed the optimal notes for the emotional pay offs such as their I love yous and the umpteenth proposal Luckily, Mariah s confrontation with her mother saved a lot Destiny s Embrace is the first book of a trilogy and there is the definite feeling that Jenkins is setting things up for a bigger story She spends a lot of time on introducing secondary characters like Logan s stepmother and half brothers, and expanding their personal histories For some reason the book also felt little anachronistic it felt like a 1990 s kind of a book rather than a historical romance written in the 2010 s I don t have enough perspective to properly explain why this is My thanks to Sarah for gifting me this book when I had trouble buying a copy


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About the Author: Beverly Jenkins

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 Sunday Morning Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for inclusive romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, and NPR If you would like to be notified when Beverly Jenkins has new releases, events, and other news, sign up for her newsletter at www.beverlyjenkins.net