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DESTINY’S SURRENDER

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DESTINY’S SURRENDER
The Second Installment in the ‘Destiny’ Trilogy

The child he didn't know he had . . .

Andrew Yates has come to a decision: it's time to stop sowing those oats and start a family. But searching for a bride isn't as simple as he'd hoped, and many of the respectable women of his acquaintance feel . . . lacking. Then beautiful, feisty Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells arrives at the family ranch with a toddler in her arms, claiming Drew is the father!

The woman he didn't know he loved . . .

Billie had no choice but to show up at Destiny in search of Drew. For the sake of their child, she's willing to leave him with his father so the boy can have a better life, but then, before she can blink, she's saying "I do" in front of a preacher in a marriage of convenience. All Billie and Drew have in common is the heat that brought them together, but can their sizzling passion lead to an everlasting love?

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Destiny's Embrace

A Wish and a Prayer

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Gentleman Seeks Housekeeper. Must be willing to travel.

Desperate for another life away from Philadelphia, headstrong and beautiful Mariah Cooper answers an advertisement for a housekeeper at the other end of the continent. Waiting in California is the most breathtaking—and arrogant—man she has ever met . . . and he'd like nothing better than for Mariah to go back home!

Logan Yates has run Destiny, the family ranch, since he was a boy. He doesn't need this Eastern miss his stepmother hired, though his home's chaotic state suggests otherwise. Still, he's secretly pleased that Mariah gives as good as she gets—and he must fight the urge to take her in his arms and kiss her whenever she proudly stands her ground. But when he's in danger of losing her, Logan will have to choose between pride . . . and his heart's true desire.

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A Wish and a Prayer: A Blessings Novel

A Wish and a Prayer

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Returning to Henry Adams, Kansas, is akin to attending a family reunion. The characters are rich, and the kids all have a story to be told."
- Romantic Times

"This series is a winner."
- Minneapolis Examiner

Bestselling author Beverly Jenkins takes readers back to Henry Adams-a small town originally founded by freed slaves--- for a delightful fourth visit with A Wish and a Prayer. Time spent in this close-knit community of lovable eccentrics is always quality time, and this trip promises to be especially memorable, with a pig on trial and new love blossoming. Loaded with heart and wit, Jenkins’s A Wish and a Prayer is like coming home --- a welcome return that readers of Kimberla Lawson Roby and Angela Benson and African American romance fans will certainly want to experience.

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Anyone worried that living in a small town could be boring certainly hasn't lived in Henry Adams, Kansas. From the wealthy divorcee' who saved this historic town founded by freed slaves to the romantic entanglements that have set tongues wagging and hearts fluttering (and everything in between), there's plenty to keep the lovably eccentric townsfolk busy.

Preston Miles is happy living with his foster parents, but an e-mail from his maternal grandmother is about to change all that. . . . Riley Curry, the former town mayor, is convinced his pet hog, Cletus, acted in self-defense when he sat on-and killeda man. Now Riley just has to prove it in a court of law. . . . And as for Rocky, she has already had a lifetime of hurt. Will she risk opening her heart-and her life-to Jack?

Warm, funny, poignant, and unforgettable, Beverly Jenkins's latest excursion to Henry Adams is a true delight-a welcome return to a place that always feels like home.

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Outlaw. Preacher. Night Hawk. He's had many names, but he can't escape the past.

Since Ian Vance's beloved wife was murdered years ago, the hardened bounty hunter knows he'll never feel love or tenderness again, so he's made it his mission to ensure others get their justice. But when he's charged with delivering a sharp-eyed beauty to the law, Ian can't help but feel he may still have something left to lose.

Orphaned at twelve, Maggie Freeman has always found her way out of trouble. But now there's a vigilante mob at her back who would like nothing more than to see her hang for a crime she didn't commit. Maggie may have to accept help for the first time in her life . . . even if it's from the one man standing between her and freedom.

As the past closes in, the sassy prisoner and toughened lawman may just find a passion between them that could bring blinding happiness . . . if they'll let it.

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As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate even after she is told about the price on his head. The man in question is the great conductor known as the "Black Daniel" a vital member of the North's Underground railroad network, but Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him.

When the injured and beaten Galen Vachon, aka, the Black Daniel awakens in Hester's cellar, he is unprepared for the feisty young conductor providing his care. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen has turned his back on the lavish living he is accustomed to in order to provide freedom to those enslaved in the south. However, as he heals he cannot turn his back on Hester Wyatt. Her innocence fills him like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to make her his, but traitors have to be found, slave catchers have to be routed and Hester's refusal to trust her own heart have to be overcome before she and Galen can find the freedom only love can bring.

 

 

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It's 1786 and Dr.Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all Black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca is one of the few nineteenth century Black women to graduate from the prestigious Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania but she needs more than determination to face down handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove's bull-headed mayor.

Nate Grayson goes to the train station expecting Dr. V. Lancaster to be a man. When the lovely dark-skinned Viveca introduces herself he is speechless, then wants her back on the train and out of his town. It's 1876 and women aren't supposed to be doctors, men are. However he isn't prepared for her stubbornness and fire, nor for the vivid way she heals, then steals his heart.

 

 

Something Old, Something New: A Blessings Novel

Midnight

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The citizens of Henry Adams are starting to take bets will Lily Fontaine and Trent July finally tie the knot?

All they want is a nice, simple wedding, but their well-meaning neighbors are turning the no-fuss affair into the event of the decade. Bernadine, the town's fairy godmother, wants Lily to have a storybook wedding fit for a princess, and Lily's nine-year-old foster son is campaigning to be town preacher so he can officiate at the ceremony. Trouble multiplies when Trent is called on to help a new family move to town, not to mention Lily and Trent's task of blending their families together.

With the bustle of the tight-knit, and often tightly wound, friends and family pushing them to the breaking point, the couple begins to wish they'd eloped. But, as they'll soon be reminded, happiness in Henry Adams is meant to be shared.

 

Midnight

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In a time of peril, she fears nothing -except the forbidden passions of her heart.

In Boston, revolution is in the wind-yet none would ever suspect Faith Kingston of treason. But under cover of darkness, the beautiful daughter of a Tory tavern owner becomes the notorious spy -Lady Midnight,passing valuable secrets to the rebels. Dedicated to fighting British tyranny, she’ll let nothing distract heruntil a dark, mesmerizing stranger enters her life.

A reckless, worldly adventurer, Nicholas Grey has returned to troubled Massachusetts seeking revenge for the death of his rebel father. He suspects a local innkeeper, but it’s the man’s breathtaking, ebony-skinned daughter who has truly captured his interest. Nicholas burns for the sensuous, secretive lady-and Faith cannot mask her own blazing desires. But when destiny unites their causes, the passion that draws Midnight into Nicholas’s arms is as dangerous as it is gloriouand it could spell disaster for them both.

A Second Helping

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“A story done in a way that only Beverly Jenkins can do. Simply superb!”

-New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson 

“[A] heartwarming story of love, community, and family….Bring on the Blessings is a tasty reading confection that you’ll savor long after the story ends.”
-Angela Benson, author of The Amen Sisters

With the millions she received after divorcing her faithless tycoon husband, Bernadine Brown saved the historic town of Henry Adams, Kansas, from financial ruin and found loving homes for five needy children. Now there are other "projects" crying out for rescue.

If ever a town institution needed rescuing, it's the beloved Dog and Cow diner. Once it was Henry Adams's social center-or gossip central!-now it's in danger of becoming duct-tape central. But there are other distractions pulling Bernadine from the task at hand: a plethora of romantic entanglements, including her own with a disturbingly attractive Malachi July; a bitter young boy newly arrived in town with his widowed father; and a fugitive on the run with a six-hundred-pound pet pig that's wanted for murder (the pig, that is). And when Bernadine's philandering, troublemaking ex-husband rolls into town looking for a second chance, life in Henry Adams gets very interesting indeed.

  • Publisher: Avon A; Original edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061547816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061547812

Captured

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She was the most irresistible treasure of all . . .

Dominic LeVeq, the most notorious privateer ever to command the high seas, has just captured a coveted prize: a British frigate. On a dangerous mission against the Crown, Dominic should be thinking only of his ship's safety. But the rebel captain is utterly entranced by Clare Sullivan, the stunning slave on board. Consumed by desire, desperate to have her, Dominic offers Clare her freedom in exchange for a forbidden night in his bed-a night he assures her will be most pleasureable indeed.

Clare believes that Dominic is nothing more than a seductive rogue used to getting what he wants. But she too feels a tantalizing passion between them, and so she submits to just one night of bliss. She'll soon realize that Dominic has captured more than her body. He's captured her heart . . . and she doesn't want him to ever let go.

Avon
September 29, 2009
# ISBN-10: 0061547794
# ISBN-13: 978-0061547799

Bring on the Blessings

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On Bernadine Brown's fifty-second birthday she received an unexpected gift-she caught her husband, Leo, cheating with his secretary. She was hurt-angry, too-but she didn't cry woe is me. Nope, she hired herself a top-notch lawyer and ended up with a cool $275 million. Having been raised in the church, she knew that when much is given much is expected, so she asked God to send her a purpose.

The purpose turned out to be a town: Henry Adams, Kansas, one of the last surviving townships founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The failing town had put itself up for sale on the Internet, so Bernadine bought it.

Trent July is the mayor, and watching the town of his birth slide into debt and foreclosure is about the hardest thing he's ever done. When the buyer comes to town, he's impressed by her vision, strength, and the hope she wants to offer not only to the town and its few remaining residents, but to a handful of kids in desperate need of a second chance.

Not everyone in town wants to get on board though; they don't want change. But Bernadine and Trent, along with his first love, Lily Fontaine, are determined to preserve the town's legacy while ushering in a new era with ties to its unique past and its promising future.

Avon
January 27, 2009
ISBN: 0061688401

Josephine

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Josephine Best has it all figured out. Just seventeen, she's been to college, she has her own hairdressing shop and she refuses to be distracted from her goals. At least until handsome George Brooks begins to pursue her. Jojo isn't looking for romance, but she permits George to call on her.

Adam Morgan has always been a Casanova, and no girl is immune to his charm. But when he comes home wounded from the War Between the States, it's a girl he used to call "Pest" who's turning his head. All grown up, Jojo is being courted by another soldier, and Adam knows it would be foolish to play with her heart. Even so, he just can't get the headstrong lady off his mind.

For her part, Jojo can't deny her growing feelings for Adam. But he's always been such a flirt-he can't possibly be serious about her. Besides, she has George falling all over himself to please her. As the war rages on, Adam's feelings for Jojo grow stronger, but Jojo's determination to resist him does, too. One thing is clear, though: Jojo is a girl who always gets what she wants, sometimes in spite of herself.

Kimani
Reprint edition (February 1, 2009)
ISBN: 0373831250

Belle

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After a grueling escape north, Belle Palmer is free, yet lost and alone. Separated from her father on the harrowing journey, Belle has nowhere to turn until she finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she's ever known.

For the first time in her sixteen years, Belle is able to express herself freely-except where her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man are concerned.

Daniel Best is headed for great things. Educated and handsome, at eighteen he is full of the promise and dreams of his people, and is engaged to the prettiest (if the most spoiled) girl around. So when a bedraggled stranger arrives in his household and turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his attraction to her catches him entirely by surprise.

While Belle is determined to deny her feelings for him, Daniel is caught between his conscience and his infatuation with her. That the two belong together is undeniable, but that it could ever happen seems impossible.

Kimani
Reprint edition (January 1, 2009)
ISBN: 0061161357

Jewel

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A proposal she had no choice but to accept . . .

Though Eli Grayson is one of the most handsome, charming, and intelligent men in Grayson Grove, no one will take a chance on a confirmed bachelor. Unwilling to give up his dreams, Eli convinces his friend Jewel to pose as his wife. Their masquerade is to last just one night . . . but when word gets out, Eli and Jewel must tie the knot to save his career-and her reputation.

Became a love she never expected . . .

Angry at being forced to turn her life upside down, Jewel never imagined that a white-hot passion would consume her once she and Eli became husband and wife. Sharing a bed has turned their prim friendship into a sensuous love affair . . . but when a woman from Eli's past returns to stir up trouble, he and Jewel will learn just how far they'll go to protect the precious gem of their newfound passion.

Avon Trade
April 29, 2008
ISBN: 0061161357

Deadly Sexy

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Though her Lexus may be broken down on the California freeway. Jessi Teresa Blake is no damsel in distress. Rich, smart, and beautiful, JT, or "Lady Blake," as she is called, is one of the toughest sports agents around. She's negotiated megabucks contracts for every superstar in the business, and only the most confident of men can match wits with her. Men like Reese Anthony, the impossibly sexy trucker who give her a lift back to Oakland. But Reese isn't just a truck driver-he's a partner in his family's multi-million-dollar company, a lawyer, and a former cop. He's been asked to quietly investigate a muder in the world of LA football, a job he thrilled to discover brings him closer to the beautiful woman he found stranded on the highway. And when he detects a bitter enemy threatening Jt's life, he'll be willing to protect her-and pleasure her-all night long

  • Publisher: Avon; First Printing edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061246395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061246395

 

Wild Sweet Love

Wild Sweet Love

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She's an unrepentant outlaw out to steal his heart . . .

Brazen and beautiful Teresa July was the most wanted woman in the West, until the law caught up with her. Now she's paroled to a wealthy Philadelphia society matron. If Teresa can stay out of trouble for a year, she can return to her beloved West. But trouble's going to be hard to avoid, now that she's met the matron's breathtaking Black Adonis of a son.

A distinguished banker, Madison is wary of his mother's newest ward. Teresa has a wild streak about her . . . even if she stirs in him a desire that burns hotter than anything he's ever known. Yet the exquisite thief is determined to rock his world . . . and prove to the handsome, straight-laced Easterner that the very best love is the wild and dangerous kind.

Avon Trade
April 24, 2007
ISBN: 0061161306

Topaz

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A Perilious Pursuit
Kate Love is an ambitious young newspaper reporter on the trail of a railroad stock swindler who has been preying on elderly Blacks. Her investigation points to Rupert Samuels, one of the wealthiest and most eligible Black men in the east, but her covert efforts to get close enough to uncover the goods on him bring her to the brink of becoming his wife.

A Promise Of Pleasure
Snatched from the altar by Dix Wildhorse, a Black Seminole Marshal from Oklahoma's Indian country, Kate has no choice but to flee with the daring knight her father sent to rescue and wed her. Marriage had never been part of Kate's plans, and she isn't about to abandon her career to become the dutiful wife of a wild west lawman bent on wrapping her in his own protective cocoon. Determined to hold on to her independence despite the dark, simmering fire Dix's bronzed, muscled embrace ignites, she challenges him at every turn. Yet even as their battle of wills intensifies, the heat of their passion blazes with unmatched fury…a wildfire of love that can only be answered in the sweet ecstasy of surrender

Avon Trade
January 30, 2007
ISBN: 0061173045

Sexy/Dangerous

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Wearing her shades, a black Stetson, and snakeskin cowboy boots, security agent Maxine "Max" Blake is the baddest thing walking. Ex-marine, ex-cop, and a whole lotta 'tude, Max doesn't have time for anything but her job. Her latest assignment: to protect Dr. Adam Gary. Her problem: he doesn't want her there.

Adam wants to focus on his work, not to be distracted by this tall, sexy woman. A foiled kidnapping attempt may have forced him to take an undercover agent into his household, but no one said anything about the agent being a woman, or that she'd be beautiful, or that she came with two monster rottweilers. How is he supposed to concentrate on his top-secret project that could revolutionize the world when all he can think about is her smooth, coffee-colored skin and those long, lean legs?

But as danger nips at their heels, love may be a distraction neither of them will live to enjoy . . .

HarperTorch
November 1, 2006
ISBN: 0060818999

Winds of the Storm

Winds of the Storm

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Archer Le Veq owes his life to the woman who rescued him from certain death at the height of the Civil War. . . a woman known only as "the Butterfly." Now, in the dark, waning days of Reconstruction, he needs the courageous and beautiful former spy. . . in more ways than before!

Zahra Lafayette thinks her days of intrigue are far behind her, until she is asked to go on one more mission. Posing as an infamous madam in New Orleans, Zahra must gather information to ensure the safety of the South's freedmen. The last thing she expected was to see Archer Le Veq again. He is as arrogant as he is handsome, but there is something about this dusky and debonair hotelier that sends her senses singing. Zahra knows she will need to guard her secrets, but no peril awaiting her compares with the treachery of Zahra's own heart--for, Lord help her, she burns to taste the man and to lose herself in his powerful embrace.

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Black Lace

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November 2005

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Over her head . . .
The last thing Lacy Green needs is trouble-and handsome Mayor Drake Randolph has "danger" written all over him . . . especially when "His Fineness" accidentally runs her off the road. Despite Drake's sensuous charm, irresistible magnetism, and unwavering determination to make amends, she's thinking it might be smart to play it safe and keep her distance . . . if only his lips weren't so inviting.

But trouble comes from a different source when Lacy, as the head of Detroit's Environmental Protection Department, launches an investigation into the activities of a ruthless developer. Suddenly, Lacy becomes a target, dragged down into a swamp of greed, corruption . . . and murder. Now Drake Randolph might be the only one in Motwon who can keep Lacy alive . . .

Harper Torch
November 2005
ISBN: 0060815930

Something Like Love

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May 2005

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He was a wanted man.
But no one wanted him more than she did.

Desperate to escape an arrange marriage, Olivia Sterling flees Chicago and heads west. She dreams of setting up her own seamstress shop in Henry Adams, a small all Black town in Kansas. But her plans are derailed when her train is robbed by Neil July and his notorious band of outlaws.  Neil is enchanted by the headstrong and lovely Olivia.. When they meet again, Olivia is the town's newly elected mayor and Neil is still a wanted outlaw. With bounty hunters on his trail, he would be wise not to linger, yet he can't seem to leave her. Will Neil be able to convince Olivia to ride off into the sunset with him, or will he finally lay down his guns for love? 

Avon Books
May 2005
ISBN: 0060575328

The Edge of Dawn

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November 2004

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The beautiful daughter of a prominent Michigan doctor, Narice has never strayed anywhere near the wrong side of the law. Then her father is brutally murdered -and suddenly federal agents are swarming around her like flies, making accusations about a stolen North African diamond. But before they can interrogate her, she is wrested from their grasp at gunpoint by a shadowy figure -and Narice Jordan is on the run.

But is this dark, good-looking stranger who calls himself Saint her kidnapper or her savior? Narice knows nothing about any missing gem, yet there are two things she knows for certain: Only at Saint's side can she find her way to her father's killers.

And she'll have to trust this dangerous, ruthless, and deadly mystery man ... if she wants to keep breathing.

Harper Torch
November 2004
ISBN: 0060540672

The Edge of Midnight

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January 2004

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If she hadn't been desperate, Sarita Grayson would never have made a deal with the devil. That was only her first mistake. . .

The future of her neighborhood center and its kids is in jeopardy unless Sarita retrieves a fortune in diamonds for a gang lord. But when her escape is interrupted by a mysterious stranger, she makes her second mistake--and bullets fly.

Catching a gorgeous black woman in the middle of his sting operation threw Mykal Chandler off his guard--and into the path of a bullet. Now Mykal, as head of a covert government agency, is determined to find the desperate beauty who left him with a superficial wound, a million questions, and a deep, yearning desire to learn her identity.

Because Sarita has stumbled into something so dark and deadly, Mykal is her only
way out. . .

Harper Torch
January 2004
ISBN: 0060540664

Josephine and the Soldier

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February 2003

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Josephine
Josephine Best has it all figured out. Just seventeen, she's been to college, she has her own hairdressing shop, and she refuses to be distracted by any of that courting nonsense. At least until nice George Brooks begins to pursue her. Jojo isn't looking for romance, but she permits George to call on her.

The Soldier
Adam Morgan has always been a Casanova, and no girl is immune to his charm. But when he comes home wounded from the War Between the States, it's a girl he used to call "Pest" who's turning his head. All grown up, Jojo is being courted by another soldier, and Adam knows it would be foolish to play with her heart. Even so, he just can't get the headstrong young lady off his mind.

For her part, Jojo can't deny her growing feelings for Adam. But he's always been such a flirt-he can't possibly be serious about her. Besides, she has George falling all over himself to please her. As the war rages on, Adam's feelings for Jojo grow stronger, but Jojo's determination to resist him does, too. One thing is clear, though: Jojo is a girl who always gets what she wants, sometimes in spite of herself.

Avon Books
February 2003
ISBN: 006001220X

Gettin' Merry

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October 2002

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Beverly Jenkins spins a soul-touching tale of a soldier reunited with the woman who deserted him as they discover that love isn't just sweeter the second time around, it's downright decadent in Homecoming.


St. Martins Press
October 2002
ISBN: 0060502290

A Chance at Love

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September 2002

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The Marrying Kind...
Loreli Winters never imagined she'd end up a "mail-order bride" in middle-of-nowhere Kansas --until the two adorable orphan nieces of a dusky dream named Jake Reed beg her to be their new "mama." And one look at the dark, devastatingly handsome man is enough to entice her to abandon her California plans and stay put for a while in this one-horse frontier town.

Strong, sensible Jake was hoping for a wife to help him raise his girls, but Loreli may be more than he can handle. He can't stop wondering what it would be like to hold the fiery enchantress close and kiss her deeply. Surely he could never compete with the sophisticated gents she has known, yet he intends to try. But will his honest passion be enough to convince the worldly miss to take a chance on a long-shot called love?

Avon Books
September 2002
ISBN: 0060502290

Belle and the Beau

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May 2002

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Belle
After a grueling escape north, Belle Palmer is free, yet lost and alone. Separated from her father on the harrowing journey, Belle has nowhere to turn until she finds shelter with the Bests, the first free family she's ever known. For the first time in her sixteen years, Belle is able to express herself freely -except where her feelings for a certain dark-eyed young man are concerned.

The Beau
Daniel Best is headed for great things. Educated and handsome, at eighteen he is full of the promise and dream of his people, and is engaged to the prettiest (if the most spoiled) girl around. So when a bedraggled stranger arrives in his household and turns into a vibrant, lovely young woman, his attraction to her catches him entirely by surprise. While Belle is determined to deny her feelings for him, Daniel is caught between his conscience and his infatuation with her. That the two belong together is undeniable, but that it could ever happen seems impossible.

Avon Books
May 2002
ISBN: 0064473422

Before the Dawn

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October 2001

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No Place for a Lady
Leah Barnett can't believe how far fate has carried her: from Boston to the towering Colorado Rockies…and into the life of an angry, ruggedly sexy.

Ryder Damien is not about to welcome this beauty with open arms, however, especially since Leah was the one who won the affection of Ryder's late father an now may inherit his considerable wealth. But when she stands before him in the flesh proud, vulnerable, and intoxicatingly lovely desire replaces hatred in Ryder's heart. Yet can passion survive this wild land and its dangerous men…and the most breathtaking peril: untamed love?

Avon Books
October 2001
ISBN: 0380813750

Always and Forever

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September 2000

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A Desperate Need
Sassy Grace Atwood never expected to find her proper self accidentally tumbling into a stranger's bed. If she weren't desperate for a man to lead a wagon train of brides to a woman-starved town out West, she never would have gone near Jackson Blake former lawman or not. She should sent the ruggedly charming Texan packing…only he's perfect for the job. Now if her mind would just stop going blank every time she looked at him, they might get this train Kansas yet.

A Consuming Passion
What's a man to do when a beautiful woman leans over his bed in the middle of the night? Come to think of it, that was the only time Blake's ever seen the straitlaced Miss Atwood the least bit ruffled. He's certain that beneath her buttoned-up appearance lies a passionate woman aching to break free. But though Blake longs to take her in his arms, all he can offer Grace is a life on the run. And when the demons from his past catch up with them, Blake is caught between the ties that bind and a love that could last…always and forever.

Avon Books
September 2000
ISBN: 0380813742

The Taming of Jessi Rose

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October 1999

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No Man Could Tame Her Until He Came Along
Jessi Rose Clayton would do anything to keep the family ranch from falling into the wrong hands-even take an avenging outlaw as her protector. With his rugged, handsome face and muscular bronze body, Griffin Blake would be hard for any woman to resist, no matter how willful she might be. Still, Jessi Rose has no intention of falling for Griffin Blakes' charms.

The railroad-robbing Griffin faces a challenge of his own: either help this ornery (though beautiful) woman save her land-or return to his jail cell. Griffin soon discovers that beneath Jessi's steely exterior lies a smoldering sensuality-one that she's kept hidden far too long. It might be time to tame this wild Texas rose. And Griffin Blake could be just the man for the job.

Avon Books
October 1999
ISBN: 0380798654

Through the Storm

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August 1998

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Married For Money
Raimond Le Veq needed to marry to gain his inheritance and restore the fortunes of the House of Le Veq, the proud Black New Orleans family whose wealth had been ravaged by the War Between the States. Still wounded by the double-cross of the only woman he ever came close to loving, he gave the choice of bride to his mother. But he never expected that she would pick Sable Fontaine-the beautiful former slave he could not allow himself to trust again.

Freed By Passion
Betrayed and sold to a cruel neighbor, Sable did whatever it took to escape. With the spirits of her royal African ancestors guiding her, she made a bold bid for freedom, and won. But along the way she had to hurt the charming Union Major Le Veq, who had romanced her and championed her. Now fate has brought them back together in a marriage of convenience. Can she convince Raimond she was never a Rebel spy, and that this time, she'd choose him above all else?

Avon Books
August 1998
ISBN: 0380798646

Topaz

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October 1997

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A Perilious Pursuit
Kate Love is an ambitious young newspaper reporter on the trail of a railroad stock swindler who has been preying on elderly Blacks. Her investigation points to Rupert Samuels, one of the wealthiest and most eligible Black men in the east, but her covert efforts to get close enough to uncover the goods on him bring her to the brink of becoming his wife.

A Promise Of Pleasure
Snatched from the altar by Dix Wildhorse, a Black Seminole Marshal from Oklahoma's Indian country, Kate has no choice but to flee with the daring knight her father sent to rescue and wed her. Marriage had never been part of Kate's plans, and she isn't about to abandon her career to become the dutiful wife of a wild west lawman bent on wrapping her in his own protective cocoon. Determined to hold on to her independence despite the dark, simmering fire Dix's bronzed, muscled embrace ignites, she challenges him at every turn. Yet even as their battle of wills intensifies, the heat of their passion blazes with unmatched fury…a wildfire of love that can only be answered in the sweet ecstasy of surrender.

Avon Books
September 1997
ISBN: 0380786605

Indigo

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November 1996

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Danger Beckons
When the notorious Black Daniel is carried, badly injured, into Hester Wyatt's home, there is no question that he will be cared for and protected. Once a slave herself, Hester regularly gives shelter to runaways, yet the man of mysteries she now harbors brings greater danger than she's ever know…

Love Awaits
He is Galen Vachon, a member of a unique elite class of pre-Civil War blacks. Handsome, arrogant and accustomed to lavish living, he fears he's been betrayed in his work with the underground and wants to move on quickly. Yet the magic healing caresses that flow from Hester's lovely indigo-stained hands tear at his heart and torment his very soul. And even as Hester tries to deny the passion this highborn, bronzed Adonis fires within her, Galen is setting his sights on making her his…forever.

Avon Books
November 1996
ISBN: 0380786583

Vivid

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November 1995

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A Heart Defiant
Being a woman of color in 1876 has made finding work nearly impossible for dedicated doctor Vivid Lancaster. So when she is offered a practice in the small black town of Niles, Michigan, the beautiful healer is determined to succeed, despite the objections of the community's handsome, mule-stubborn mayor, Nate Grayson.

Nate expected a male "Dr. V. Lancaster" to step off the train-not the ebony enchantress who now stands before him. And though her fierce sensuality makes him weak with wanting her, Nate has resolved to send the stunning intruder back to the big city where she belongs. But Vivid is a woman not easily scorned-especially with an iron-clad contract in her hand…and a passionate soul that implores her to seek ecstasy in her magnificent enemy's arms.

Avon Books
November 1995
ISBN: 0380780852

Night Song

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July 1995

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A Sizzling Tale Of Unbridled Passion
In 1882, Cara Lee Henson knows no soldier can be trusted to stay in one place-and that included handsome Sergeant Chase Jefferson from the Tenth Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, who are being honored by her Kansas town. Rumor has it that Chase is definitely not the marryikng kind. Dallying with the dashing man in blue could cost the pretty, independent young woman her reputation and her job as a schoolteacher.

So Cara is determined to repel Chase's advances-even though her aloof façade barely masks her smoldering desire-for never before has she longed for a man the way she aches for Chase. On the other hand, the charismatic cavalryman has no intention of taking no for an answer. With his tender words and soulful caresses, Chase intends to conquer the strong-willed ebony beauty before he leaves town-and teach her how to love fully, sensuously and forever.

Irresistible characters and a story brimming with passion and excitement make Night Song a romantic delight.

Avon Books
July 1994
ISBN: 0380776588