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The writing was just smooth as I could picture the story as a movie. This book felt so real and just resonated within me as I reflected on it. This is what I love in HRs, a history lesson and a great love story. I cannot believe this is my first book this author, but it certainly won't be my last. View all 21 comments. This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. This is the first book by Beverly Jenkins that I have read and I really enjoyed it.

I do have to admit that I completely judged this book by its cover. I don't think I even read the summary until after I finished the book I do that quite a lot actually. I assumed based on the cover that this was going to be an interracial historical romance but the story ended up being a bit different than that.

The difference was probably even more interes This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. The difference was probably even more interesting. This was a book that I ended up reading in less than a day simply because I didn't want to put it down. Eddy is determined to move to California and open a restaurant.

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She ends up in Virginia City, Nevada after almost losing her life in the Nevada desert. We learn very early in the book that Eddy is tough and resourceful. She doesn't give up even when things looks impossible. Rhine is the man that rescued Eddy when she was close to death in the desert. He is a prominent citizen in Virginia City and owns a successful business in the town. His life depends on his ability to pass himself as a white man. Eddy and Rhine are drawn to each other from the very beginning.

Eddy has no plans to act on those impulses for a couple of rather important reasons. Eddy's presence in the town really makes Rhine consider some of the choices that he has made in his life and he make a few changes. I liked the chemistry between this pair and thought that they really proved how much they cared about each other through their actions. This book has a lot of excitement in it in addition to the romance.

Virginia City was a wonderful little town filled with wonderful characters. Each town person in the story had their own charm and really added something to the book. It seemed like something was always happening in this town and Eddy and Rhine kept themselves pretty busy both in the town and with each other. I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance. The characters were fantastic and the plot was well executed. I can't wait to start the next book this series! I won a copy of this book from Addicted to Romance.

Eddy and Rhine were great characters and I really wanted to see everything work out for them. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Feb 28, Elsa Bravante rated it really liked it Shelves: Yo, personalmente, he aprendido mucho. Muy recomendable, y para muchos de nosotros, no es un tipo de historia a la que estemos acostumbrados.

View all 12 comments. Jan 25, sraxe rated it it was ok Shelves: I really wanted to love this book. I'd been waiting a year to read it, and after seeing all the praise it'd gotten within the last year including being named the best romance by the ALA , I think my expectations were just way too high. It's not a terrible book, and if Goodreads allowed half stars, this would be a two and a half for me. However, as a romance , I didn't feel it was particularly compelling.

What I really wanted to love this book. What added to my dislike of it in this book is that it was completely unnecessary. In some books it works because the author uses it as part of the story. In this one, however, other than a line partway through about him bedding women "The brothers spent the years leading up to the war bedding belles and in some cases their mothers, too. Now, in conjunction with that is Eddy and her being a complete and total virgin. This didn't make sense for the story when you really suss it out. In the book, Eddy feels "unaccustomed to so much male attention" when men start to court her after her move.

However, it's mentioned more than once, and by many characters, that she's an absolutely beautiful woman. She's not some sheltered woman who'd been away from men all her life. Let's just be real here: Beautiful women, regardless of race, will generally not be unaccustomed to male attention, especially ones working amongst, around, and for men all the time.

The fact that she's not just a virgin, but that she's never even gotten a kiss or male attention before, makes no sense to her background. On top of that, the fact that Rhine is a manwhore had no effect on the story, so I don't understand why he had to be one. Why was this trope necessary to the narrative? Especially when it made little sense when you really consider things? The other thing that made little sense is her encouragement of Zeke. Like I said above, she'd expressed wanting what her parents had had. She always makes note of how her feelings for Zeke are lukewarm and, while she likes him well enough, she really doesn't love him.

Why have her encourage him? It was all so unfair to the guy. And that's not me saying she should give him the time of day if she doesn't want to, but she basically strung him along when her intentions were never really there. She puts off her feelings for Rhine while continuing to encourage Zeke. She's basically seeing Zeke when she allows Rhine to kiss her After he shuns her, we're supposed to feel some sort of sympathy for Eddy because Zeke is being "cold" towards her, but why skew it in her favour? She's the one who played the guy, so why's she acting all hurt now that he cut her loose?

Eddy was extremely flaky when it came to Zeke. One minute she wants him, and then she doesn't. She decides to pursue things with Rhine, but she still displays hurt for what happened with Zeke. If Zeke hadn't cut things off when he did, would she have continued things as she had? Like I said, extremely unfair to the guy. As a love interest, I didn't particularly care for Rhine. He was kind of all over the place and I don't feel like he really solidified as a character. It seemed Jenkins wanted to write him one way, but his actions and motivations were painting him to be different than that.

Some of his characterization just seemed out of place to me at times. The characters mention a number of times that Rhine helps to quietly finance the businesses and properties of the black community there. But then at a later point, he makes a big show of donating an expensive bottle of wine to the orphanage auction, bidding on it himself at a high enough price so no one else can, then donating said bottle someone else.

What in the heck was the point of this?? Why did he feel the need to make such a big show of this? Why not simply donate the money quietly and then give the bottle of wine to the couple? I just didn't get the point of it at all and it seemed so out of place and unnecessary. It also didn't make me a big fan of his because he was being such a show-off, basically showcasing his money for all there.

It was so self-serving that I just found it to be a turn-off. Some of Rhine's characterization reminded me of Galen, who was the male protagonist of Indigo , the only other Jenkins book I've read. Like Galen, Rhine's a wealthy man who throws his money around. Galen and Rhine also spent an enormous amount on their heroines, despite their protests which Eddy tries to do in the end when they're house and clothes shopping.

Rhine, like Galen, was promiscuous and paired with a virginal heroine. Rhine tries to imitate Galen's sort of devil-may-care, cocky attitude, but he couldn't quite pull it off. When Hester Galen's heroine called Galen "incorrigible," it worked, but here it didn't. When Rhine was trying to be incorrigible , it didn't come with ease like it had with Galen. With the similarities between this book and Indigo right down to the kidnap-heroine-at-gunpoint-and-take-her-somewhere-secluded scene , it felt to me like Jenkins was trying to emulate Indigo subconsciously or knowingly , but it fell short of the mark, imo.

I think that was mainly because Rhine's in-book characterization wanted to take him one way, with his serious politician attitude that simply wants to help his people, but the characterization Jenkins had had in mind for him, with his cocky manwhore attitude, went another. While those two can work together, I don't think they did here. Aside from Rhine, there is also a whole host of support characters.

They're very well developed, which you tend not to see in a lot of books. Jenkins established the community really well and gave them all distinct personalities and reasons for belonging in the narrative. However, I think that ended up taking away from the romance. I felt like Jenkins spent too much time developing the support cast that she neglected the romance and the actual relationship. Eddy had a more established connection with Sylvie, her employer, than I felt she ever really developed with Rhine.

Rhine and Eddy were more "black powder" instalove than anything else. What they had for each other seemed really superficial to me—Rhine admiring her beauty and Eddy being taken in my his charm and good looks. I think that was also an issue with the writing as a whole—it felt more tell than show. And most often, the tell didn't even make sense. Jenkins tells us that Eddy has a "temper" but I never really saw it. When it comes to them kissing, Eddy relays that it was "masterful" but we don't see it "He lowered his mouth to hers and the kiss was so masterful and overwhelming Eddy tells the reader that she and Rhine have a "volatile relationship" and I was like huh??

Where is the volatility? Them having feelings for each other but refusing to act on them is hardly evidence of volatility in a relationship. Eddy, when deciding that she wants to push things forward with Rhine, thinks that "for once she wanted to be reckless [and] throw caution to the wind. And then you take this back to what I was saying above: I was told they loved each other, but I was never really shown it, and thus never really felt it between them. This also then goes into the sex. The reader never gets a scene of penetrative sex.

It's not that that's what I read a book for, but it's that it was built on and on throughout the book. Eddy and Rhine mention more than once how they can't wait until their wedding night—especially Rhine.

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We get short intervals of them doing almost everything but that, so it's building up to that finale of their wedding night. And what a wedding night it was. As they crossed the threshold, all Eddy could think about was it being the place where her adventure with him began. He made love to her in her gown and then without it. They made love in the blue armchair, and when he laid her nude body on the table and boldly spread her legs, she was treated to the most carnal feasting of all.

That's all of it. It's literally a one-paragraph summary of their wedding night, which is the second last paragraph in the entire book. It was more like a footnote than anything of importance. There were a number of moments in that book that felt anti-climactic, but this was the worst. What an absolute let down. Two final things I wasn't a fan of: Natalie going absolutely batshit near the end, is the first. What was the point of that? The story could've ended at the point that Doc proposes to Sylvie and things would've been all good.

But then this completely unnecessary drama is thrown in. It felt like Jenkins felt the need to throw in a dramatic conflict there, despite the fact that the story was pretty settled by that point. This also led to my second annoyance: This man is shown throughout the book but he has no name at all—he's simply "Chinese driver" or "the driver. In the end, Eddy is "saddened" by the loss of his life, but she still refers to him as "the driver" here and doesn't even bother to learn the man's name. The thing I really liked about it, though, was Jenkins's being unapologetic with representing racism.

She doesn't gloss it over or try to put forth a benevolent Whites story. Aptly enough, she doesn't whitewash it. When a lot of people think abolitionist, they will most likely feel that that person wasn't a racist. They opposed slavery, so of course they weren't racist! That's where you'd be wrong, though. And that's something Jenkins shows both in the outright racists like Natalie or the abolitionists that pat themselves on the back like the Republicans, such as Natalie's father. The Republican bit is another—unlike the Democrats at the time, the Republicans opposed slavery.

And this was something used over and over again during the past election in order to win the "black vote. It was a banned book and you'd literally be killed for being in possession of it in some places in the South. It's also one of the works if you look at Wikipedia listed under "Events leading to the American Civil War. But he wasn't opposed to slavery because of his concern for black people, but because of how he felt whites were suffering.

And after the war, this guy came out as a raging white supremacist who referred to non-Whites as "impure-complexioned," feeling that they should all be relegated to "a State or Territory by themselves, The preface to the first of these, Nojoque, is: WERE I to state here, frankly and categorically, that the primary object of this work is to write the negro out of America, and that the secondary object is to write him, and manifold millions of other black and bicolored caitiffs, little better than himself, out of existence, God's simple truth would be told [ He's an absolutely deplorable person, so I put it under a spoiler tag for those who want to skip it.

The above point is one of the reasons why I wanted to like this book so much. I didn't enjoy Indigo, but I was hoping that I would like this because it was a newer release vs. I love the way Jenkins blends history into her romances, particularly without turning them into historical fictions. However, I wish the romance had been more compelling in this than it was. This was read as a buddy-read with the Unapologetic Romance Readers group. View all 15 comments.

It gets even harder when I start looking for my preferred subgenre — the historical. This does make sense. She writes tough characters without making them hard, and gives them vibrant, supportive communities to carry the hero and heroine through the rougher times. In Forbidden, the inspiration came from a report of a black woman walking through the desert with a cookstove balanced on her head. Oh, and the story opens in Denver before proceeding briefly to Fort Collins, where I spend a not insignificant amount of time in real life.

I love reading about places I know well!

Eddy is very what-you-see-is-what-you-get, but the hero, Rhine, is exactly the opposite. Of course, at this time no white man would marry a black woman, and no one as independent and proud as Eddy would ever agree to anything less. These stories have the ring of truth, and that always keeps me reading.

Is it the happier, more optimistic side of the truth? I can only take so much of tragedy. Give me a good romance novel with a strong historical foundation and a sunny ending any day. And people of color as the protagonists? View all 11 comments. Apr 02, K. Charles added it Shelves: Beverly Jenkins is wildly superior to the vast majority of histrom and this is a cracking read about a steel-cored free black woman determined to open a restaurant, and a white-passing once-enslaved man who has built himself a life of privilege that he must renounce to be with her.

Lovely historical detail, compelling characters, a well-drawn and involving community, terrific sense of time and place. Apr 14, Ira rated it really liked it Shelves: I read lots of stories with African Americans as the main characters before, but nobody writes like Ms. It was a dark time but she always writes something which will make you smiles too and feels hopeful, and I love that, not all depressing. And her character here? A guy who physically white with mixed parentage an 4.

A guy who physically white with mixed parentage and pass himself as a white guy? Yay for you Rhine, show those bigots how idiots they were! And Eddy, a poor girl who wanted to open her own restaurant? Bev and thank you: Nov 15, Anika rated it really liked it Shelves: So, for the fans of B. Jenkins earlier works, this is a character we've met before his sister, Sable is the heroine from Through the Storm, I believe This story is a taboo subject Jenkins has yet to tackle: I'm not sure how she managed to make a story about passing romantic, engaging, and fun but, yeah IMO, this isn't one of her "get swept away with these characters for a couple of hours" type of books.

But it is, as always, a "get schooled for a couple of hours a So, for the fans of B. But it is, as always, a "get schooled for a couple of hours and not even realize it" book. And I absolutely love that about her. I'm happy this book finds us out west again with a backdrop of a developing city in Nevada. And as far-fetched as the story is even for this genre , it was still quite an enjoyable read. Beverly Jenkins is a Romancelandia legend. Forbidden is a sweet, slow-burn romance.

The hesitant longing and the growing affection are palpable. Time and time again, circumstances seem to cast Eddy as a damsel in distress — alienated from her family, robbed, nearly sexually assaulted. And each time she proves that she is no one's damsel in distress. She has a spine of steel, determine Beverly Jenkins is a Romancelandia legend. She has a spine of steel, determined to fulfill her dream of owning a restaurant and maintain her independence.

Eddy is smart and brave and honest and I could continue to gush about this wonderful character but I won't. Rhine, the son of a slave and her owner, has passed as white to obtain much of his success and wealth. But for all that wealth and success, something is Having found Eddy near-death in the desert, bringing her to Virginia City and nursing her back to health, he realizes just what is missing. Rhine made a pretty appetizing hero. Speaking of appetizing - their dinner date? He was charitable and kind but also brought the sexy and the strength. Forbidden puts the "historical" in historical romance.

Jenkins infused the story with facts about politics, culture, and race. Having majored in history, I appreciate when authors know what they're writing about. It is clear that Jenkins did her research and did it well while also incorporating it in a relatable manner. But overall, I found the characters likable and the story easy and enjoyable to read. View all 4 comments. I liked the introduction to Rhine but Eddy's jumped so quickly from sister to nice wagon driver guy to evil wagon driver guy that I couldn't settle in with the character; this obviously improved when Eddy finally gets settled but it was an awkward beginning.

There was a little bit of a feeling of insta 2. Even though I wanted more of it, I did enjoy the gradual, almost shy, way Rhine and Eddy begin to spend time together, pretty sweet. The romance aspect let me down a bit but what I loved was the way the author incorporated the political climate and shifting society after the Civil War, this takes place in The author manages to take broad issues and apply them down to this little town in Nevada where political dealings within the Republican party, changing attitudes, and segregation are being discussed and affecting people's lives.

I got an incredible feel for the times, what individuals were dealing with, and the characters had an authenticity to them; this is what a historical should feel like. Eddy was a wonderful strong woman character but within the framework of her times and no less for it.

I really enjoyed reading Forbidden! When I first saw the cover art I had to ask myself is Ms. Jenkins writing a new genre of romance interracial then I read the blurb and I definitely wanted to read this story. A black man so few skinned just after the Civil War passing as a white man but attracted to a dark skin black woman. I am sure this happen more often then has been talked about.

I have a great great aunt who could have passed as a white woman but she di I really enjoyed reading Forbidden! I have a great great aunt who could have passed as a white woman but she didn't and she married the darkest Man in her community which turned out to be my great great grandfather!

So I know for a fact these unions happened and prospered. I am a living and breathing descendent of this union. I always learn something that I didn't know about my race before. I'm always left with a wealth of knowledge once I read one of your novels thank you!!! Love is love no matter the package. Peace and positive vibrations always.

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Eddy Carmichael is the epitome of black girl magic. Born during a time where her skin color and her gender served her a double dose of discrimination, Eddy does not allow who she is hinder her from becoming who she wants to be: So, with little money and even less possessions, she sets out to do just that. As she starts her journey to beginning her new life in California, she is robbed and left for dead when she is rescued by the gorgeous, dashing Rhine Fontaine.

Rhine discovers Eddy on a hot, deserted road, destitute, dehydrated, and defeated. Being the gentleman that he is, he takes Eddy with him back to his hometown of Virginia City, Nevada, where she can be nursed back to health. These two are instantly taken with each other, except there are a few roadblocks: Rhine is engaged to another woman, and he is white. Being a black man, post slavery Hell, even today , would not get Rhine Fontaine the finer things in life: He already looked the part with his pale skin, silky hair, and green eyes, so why not use those attributes to his advantage.

And it worked—until he met Eddy. Would he risk his identity and everything he accomplished for love? Needless to say, I was enthralled from the first page. Eddy was everything I love in a heroine: View all 7 comments. Dec 10, Vero Rinconin rated it really liked it Shelves: Me ha gustado mucho, es una historia sencilla y a la vez profunda. Eddy y Rhine comparten protagonismo con los habitantes de un pueblo y su forma de relacionarse entre todos. Dec 13, Walwal rated it liked it Recommends it for: Where were Rhine and Eddy's story, why did they get lost among Virginia City's Townsfolk and subplots?

If you're like me you've read everything by Beverly Jenkins, I'm talking every series even the teen books. Devotion, excitement and a ton of feelings go into finding out about a new book by Beverly Jenkins. I kept my advent calendar up in prep for the book Forbidden, I was a Rhine Whiner as she calls it, but I'll move away from this and tell you why I gave the book a three star review. Beverly Jenkins did what she does best in the Blessings series "subplots" undoing the cohesive relationship I anticipated for Rhine and Eddy at every turn.

We had details about the town and hardly any satisfaction as readers when it came to the main couple Rhine and Eddy. Mind you the love was forbidden, but Rhine glimpsed her everywhere and could have snuck her flowers, written letters, met with her quietly in the desert talked about their dreams under stars We are left with a few unsatisfying moments that are supposed to be affirmations of love and affection but seem more like respect, attraction and regard. I'm not in for gratuitous but I'm not a prude either and did read about Raimond lifting Sable in the middle of a room in a green shift and countless other scenes in other books that included dugouts, dining rooms, and even schooners the implication of a wedding night is not enough.

Two annoying characters that could have been redone: Rhine's insolent fiance, an easy out of the relationship, too typical for BJ's caliber. The girl could have been beautiful and just fine, but missing the spark this would have made the love revelation for Eddy that much sweeter. The woman didn't have to be the enemy or insane to get the boot, when you find love you find love. And a real man can let things go. Zeke could have been more resilient and competitive for Eddy's affection, not self-effacing and weak, I didn't like the line about not being able to compete with a white man with money or him thinking he was inferior to Rhine for his lack of material possessions.

He had the power ball in his court he could take Eddy out officially and could have made himself a real menace and given both Eddy and Rhine something to think about, rather than a boring hangers-on vying for Eddy's affection. Spoiler ALERT Beverly the queen connection I can accept with a cup of tea and my favorite cookies but the confession without death is not working in this book, Rhine's prominence and prior engagement to the town's elite was enough to make me want Rhine and Eddy to hall tail to another town, perhaps by train and start life over together in a whole new way.

Why she kept them there with Vera and the gang was beyond me especially when their lives were in serious danger. Black people had no protection something we are sure of but I am not willing to believe it was best for them to be in Virginia City and go on with their lives.

Bad look after the big confession. Alternate plot would have been: Sable finds Rhine, finds out about Rhine's love for Eddy helps them get the heck outta Virginia City, Marriage proper love scene baby epilogue and of course her nieces I liked the Rhine behind Eddy's chair in front of everyone that was a nice show of possessiveness and interest we needed more of that. Well my cookies are gone and I didn't need ice water to cool me off. Feb 09, Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing Shelves: In her hands, a scene about making marmalade demands as much surrender as a stolen kiss in a cupboard.

Dec 01, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: And it was an amazing reading experience! I definitely understand why she is so highly regarded in the romance community and I am anxious to read more of her work. Rhine Fontaine is the son of a slave and her owner and has a light enough complexion to pass as White.

After the Civil War, he decided that, in order to achieve his dreams, he had to Pass and was able 4. After the Civil War, he decided that, in order to achieve his dreams, he had to Pass and was able to build a successful business in Virginia City, Nevada. Eddy Carmichael was born free and is ready to go for her dream which is to own a restaurant in San Francisco. Unfortunately, on her journey, she gets taken advantage of and winds up walking alone in the desert. Her life is saved when Rhine and his business partner, Jim, come across her.

Eddy is still determined to head to San Francisco as soon as she earns enough money, but, while she is waiting, her relationship with Rhine becomes much more serious than either of them thought possible. I just loved the characterization of both Rhine and Eddy. It is easy to understand why Rhine would make the choice to Pass like he did and his growing feelings for Eddy force him to really think about what he wants in life. He used his position in the city to help the Black community whenever possible and never made them feel like they owed him anything.

I would describe Eddy as resilient and a realistic dreamer. I applauded her continued efforts to improve her life though she also took the time to appreciate what she already had. Eddy and Rhine's romance was very sweet and made them rethink their future plans. Their chemistry is off the charts and I reveled in every scene that had them bantering back and forth.

Forbidden romance is always fun for me to read and Beverly Jenkins takes the trope and runs with it. I liked that both of them had to be willing to make sacrifices in order to achieve their happily ever after so that the stakes were even higher for the romance to succeed. I also loved the worldbuilding Beverly Jenkins did on Virginia City especially her depiction of the Black community. I knew nothing about this city and its illustrious history and I felt like I learned so much. The other city inhabitants were all given vibrant personalities and many had little story arcs of their own.

There is an absolutely adorable side romance between Eddy's boss and the town doctor that had me squealing with happiness. Forbidden was a unique, lush historical romance that had me reading late into the night. Beverly Jenkins's writing style really works for me and I can't wait to read more. I am definitely excited to see where Beverly Jenkins takes this series next. Unfortunately all it has done is highlight to me exactly how racially narrow the books I read are, as it seems I haven't read any other romances with African American characters or if I have I don't remember them.

After scrolling through my romance shelf and not coming across another African American romance I decided to forego doing the same through my entire read shelf it just seemed like it would be another exercise in embarrassment for me. The book was just above average. The historical details were very interesting and I wish I had the time in my busy reading schedule to learn more about all the events she mentioned.

Eddy was a nice character, I really liked all the cooking she did although I'm still suspicious of whether peach marmalade would work considering it's a 'low pectin fruit' and I don't think they had pectin as an additive like we do now. Some of Rhine's overbearing behaviour irritated me. I don't understand why he didn't care about the possible position he was putting Eddy in by making his interest so obvious, especially knowing the situation he grew up in.

The book and romance moved pretty slowly up till about page when she was 'up to her elbows in chicken parts' when she finally caved and agreed to dinner with Rhine. From then on it was like they and we were downhill on a rollercoaster all the way till the end. Everything moved so fast it felt like Jenkins was in a hurry to get the book over and done with. She'd expended her knowledge of historical events that fit with the plot themes and wasn't interested in any other part of the story i. I doubt that I would read Breathless , this wasn't terrible clearly, as I gave it three stars , but it didn't really make me all that excited to read any further books in the series.

View all 6 comments. Dec 29, Tina rated it really liked it Shelves: Such a fun story. Beverly Jenkins writes old skool romances and I am here for it, really. This is how to do a story on passing. The Civil war is over. The West is wild. Rhine Fontaine is the illegitimate son of a white planter and a black woman. But he is fair skinned and light eyes with straight hair. He easily passes for white.

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It helps that this white half brother, Drew fully accepts him and claims him as his brother. Rhine isn't just passing to make his own life be Such a fun story. Rhine isn't just passing to make his own life better, he wants to change the system from within. His plan is to get into politics and help create laws that will benefit the black man.

He is well on his way. He is handsome, shrewd, has a thriving saloon and is about to marry the white daughter or a prominent man,. But his life gets turned upside down when he meets Eddy Carmichael. A young determined black woman who has set out west in order to find her own fortune. She is a great cook and plans to try to open her own restaurant. Through series of misfortunes, Eddy is rescued by Rhine and his partner and finds herself stranded in Virginia City, a small but growing Nevada town. She is attracted to the handsome 'white' man.

But she knows he is out of her reach. All Rhine has to do is admit his black parentage and he could have Eddy for himself, but it would mean the loss of all of his dreams. I had only planned to read a little bit of this before bed but in a lament that many readers know about I finally, reluctantly put this down after about three hours later. I was completely lured in by Eddy and Rhine's story. It was engrossing and romantic and had such a strong, believable central conflict.

If I had any quibble, it would be that I wished we had more face time with Eddy and Rhine together. I like all the supporting characters but sometimes it felt like Eddy and Rhine got a little lost among the plot. But that is really only a small quibble because the writing is strong and the surrounding story is very rich.

I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, I was really fascinated by the historical setting and all the details about black life in the wild west of the s: Rhine passing for white, politics, Eddy's cooking, community. I learned a lot of cool things! I also really liked the friendship between Eddy and Sylvie.

On the other hand, I just felt like Jenkins didn't sell me on the couple, or on Rhine as a character actually. They had an instant attraction that wasn't developed as the story went on and I'm torn on this one. They had an instant attraction that wasn't developed as the story went on and despite the racial gulf between them, the romance didn't feel like it had high enough stakes somehow? I didn't understand enough about them as a couple to know why they loved each other or to be really invested.

It really felt like the book was judging Eddy's sister Corinne for doing sex work even though there were very few job options for black women then! The characterization of Corinne as a horrible cruel mother then seemed like another jab, as if because she was a sex worker she was incapable of being a loving mother.

If there had been other representations of sex workers that would have made a difference, but there weren't. Also, why did the unnamed Chinese carriage driver have to die?? So whom can True West readers count on for traditional Western history and biography in ? New York publishers will distribute about a dozen annually, as will Western historical societies. Self-publishers and publishing entrepreneurs should consider the opportunity to fill the void in Western history publishing—but beware the other academic prognostication 25 years hence—that the Internet would change the future of writing, research and the history academy.

Where is the profit in history publishing when much of the information is available online or at least in an affordable e-book?

Forbidden (Old West, #1) by Beverly Jenkins

Just look closer at hand—there are only two Western history magazines still publishing: True West and Wild West. What truly does the future portend if our history is no longer valued, appreciated, published, interpreted or promoted? Speaking of the e-book, Western fiction authors and publishers have also entered a new galaxy of publishing. Similar to their colleagues from the history aisle of publishing, Western fiction authors have discovered fewer and fewer publishing houses—academic or otherwise—marketing traditional 19th-century Westerns. In catalogs, bookstores and online booksellers, the contemporary Western mystery rules.

But there is hope for Old West novel fans—as delivered by three publishers: Kensington, Five Star and Wolfpack. So what does the future portend in Western history and fiction publishing? I would challenge anyone with a vested interest in Old West history to directly communicate with the publishers about topics you want to see investigated, interpreted and published. Subscribe to history magazines, including Wild West. Join and participate in local, state and national historical and preservation societies and organizations.

Follow up on Old West research topics—and publish them—the e-book world is not limited to just fiction. Award-winning author of Texas Ranger: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, the Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde John Boessenecker is back with his latest big Western history book, this time taking on the legendary story of Wells Fargo and its iconic stage lines—and the men who drove and protected them. Sherow University of Oklahoma Press.

The Promise of the Grand Canyon: They Called Him Buckskin Frank: T he Bonanza King: Portrait of a Gunfighter by Thomas C. The writing team included in Ben Thompson fully annotated endnotes, an unabridged bibliography and detailed appendices that historians, students and researchers will be using as a valuable resource for decades. The Life of Mark Twain: T he Black Legend: Doug Hocking, who made his name well-known in Western history circles two years ago with the first-ever biography of Tom Jeffords, has returned to familiar ground to provide a thorough recounting and interpretation of the Bascom Affair of and the beginning of the 25 year Apache Wars.

True Stories of Apache Culture, by W. The Victorio Campaign by Robert N. Watt Helion and Company. Osselaer University of Oklahoma Press. Arizona State University history professor Heid J. Ivey University of North Texas Press. Pirates of the Prairie: Author, journalist, professor, historian and adventurer Max McCoy has brought all of his talents, passion and skills in research, journalism and storytelling to weave together one of the most original books of the year.

Hightower University of Oklahoma Press. Tombstone, Deadwood and Dodge City: Nichols University of Oklahoma Press. The Golden Elixir of the West: Historians, students, collectors and fans of Western American art will be in debt to William Reynolds for many decades after his publi cation of Joe De Yong: A Life in the West. Sharply written, exquisitely designed and beautifully illustrated, Joe De Yong reflects the professionalism and style that Reynolds has brought to all his media work for four decades. The Women in His Life and Art ed. Burns University of Oklahoma Press.

Witness to a Changing West by Peter H. Hassrick University of Oklahoma Press. Eye on the West:

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