I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Breathless by Beverly Jenkins
on January 31, 2017
Pages: 384 pages
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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 have 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…
The one thing, well not one but what I am sure I am going to get out of reading a Beverly Jenkins novel is a history lesson and be thoroughly entertained. In this offering, the next installment of the Rhine and Eddy Fontaine story, Ms. Jenkins has written a beautiful story that centers on Portia Carmichael the niece we last met in Forbidden. If you haven’t read, I suggest it highly.
Portia and her sister Regan have been living with Uncle Rhine and Aunt Eddy Fontaine since their mother Corinne sent them away as children and are now lovely women who are making their way in life. Regan is the ultimate romantic who constantly tells Portia she needs to stop working so much and enjoy life, but Portia is not hearing her or having it as she loves what she does as Manager for the Fountain Hotel and is looking forward to one day owning her own bookkeeping business. Regan wants a husband, Portia NOT.
When a brown-skinned handsome cowboy named Kent Randolph shows up on the Fontaine Hotel doorsteps looking for work; Rhine hires him on the spot because he worked for him in a past life and he is like a brother. While that is true, The Rhine also knows of Kent’s history with women and warns him to stay away from the young women, but Kent is already thinking about the stunning beauty who is named Portia. Now what will he do about those thoughts? Does Portia think about him?
I loved this story because as I said, Ms. Jenkins always drops knowledge in her novels as she writes about the romance. In this one, we visit the women’s suffrage movement, and a famous Native American shows up.
The writing is top-notch and at times had me laughing and crying. Excellent read and as always when Beverly Jenkins writes a book; I want to read it. I look forward to the next one, and I suggest you buy this book!
Reviewed by: Linda C