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USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns with the first book in a breathtaking new series set in the Old West
Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything . . . and the price seems worth paying.
Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won't risk her heart for him. As soon as she's saved enough money from her cooking, she'll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden . . .
From Publishers Weekly
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This isn’t a read and be done story, you will read and lose track of time
I’ve read a few Civil War and expansionist era historical, but none held the intrigue or interest in perspective that Ms. Jenkins brings to Forbidden. A free black woman, Eddy has dreams and ambition and a determination that never seems to waver for long. She wants to start anew in California with her own restaurant, and make her mark. Denver has lost the luster for her, her sister and she are constantly at odds, and she feels that San Francisco will be where she can shine.
Relying on her wits and her personality, as well as some unexpected skills learned from her teamster father, Eddy’s journey seems to be starting reasonably smoothly until she’s trcked and abandoned in the desert, necessitating a rescue.
Rhine was born the son of a slave and her master, his sharp wits, determination and light complexion allow him to ‘pass’ for white far from those slave roots, and he’s made the most of the new opportunities afforded him. He was a conflicted character who often seemed to be at odds with his own history and genetics, and watching his behavior as he ‘fits in’ seemed to become more wearing on him as the story went on, and his feelings for Eddy deepened.
Secrets and lies work to muffle and hide your true personality, and I thought the prejudice and bigotry were simple to grasp. But Eddy isn’t looking to end up like her sister, reliant on whatever man she can grab onto, and Rhine, as he first appears, is simply NOT for her. But there is no denying their connection, one she finds disturbing and unsettling as it conflicts with her own plans and choices.
This isn’t a read and be done story, you will read and lose track of time, with issues of the 1870’s having a curious (and sad) correlation to issues of today. Eddy will instantly win favor, and while Rhine takes a bit more time to warm up to. Jenkins has managed to weave the romance and the feel of the time into this story, giving us a true sense of both the hardships from the life the characters lived whether from race or the rather difficult lives of the late 1800’s. Most of all, the choice that Rhine has to make between the life he’s struggled and worked to build or the truth to claim the woman he has come to love is an epic one: and one that is presented with flair.
I received a paperback copy of this title from the publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I really liked Rhine and Eddy. I
It was ok
I'm a huge Beverly Jenkins fan and I absolutely LOVE her books, specifically the historical romances so I was super excited to learn that Rhine Fontaine, the brother of my favorite heroine Sable Fontaine, was getting his own book. A lot of parts were repeated from other books but the biggest let down was the ending. Normally I'm either on the edge of my seat or in tears when I read one of her stories but not with this one. I guess I expected more *shrugs*