Destiny's Embrace

Destiny's Embrace

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by Beverly Jenkins

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Gentleman Seeks Housekeeper.Must be willing to travel.

Desperate for another life away from Philadelphia, headstrong and beautiful Mariah Cooper answersan advertisement for a housekeeper at the otherend of the continent. Waiting in California isthe most breathtaking—and arrogant—man shehas ever met . . . and he'd like nothing betterthan for Mariah to

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Gentleman Seeks Housekeeper.Must be willing to travel.

Desperate for another life away from Philadelphia, headstrong and beautiful Mariah Cooper answersan advertisement for a housekeeper at the otherend of the continent. Waiting in California isthe most breathtaking—and arrogant—man shehas ever met . . . and he'd like nothing betterthan 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 misshis stepmother hired, though his home's chaoticstate suggests otherwise. Still, he's secretly pleasedthat Mariah gives as good as she gets—and he mustfight the urge to take her in his arms and kiss herwhenever she proudly stands her ground. But whenhe's in danger of losing her, Logan will have tochoose between pride . . . and his heart's true desire.

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Publishers Weekly
In this romantic series launch, Jenkins (Night Hawk) creates a gently idealized 1880s California where race and class are less important than love and friendship. Mariah Cooper of Philadelphia grew up in a loveless home, raised by an angry single mother. Logan Yates had the opposite experience: he’s the son of a black rancher, raised by his Spanish-elite stepmother alongside his two half-brothers, surrounded by love. When Mariah comes all the way to California to become his housekeeper, Logan is certain the city girl will turn tail. Instead, Mariah discovers her temper and her spine, and the sparks that fly between them change from a battle of wills to a flare of passion. Mariah’s growth makes her a delightful heroine, and Logan’s loving relationships with his family keep him from being just another alpha male. Jenkins’s greatest success is in drawing a world where the main characters embrace egalitarianism and extend their family relationships generously beyond the ties of blood. (Feb.)
Detroit Free Press
“Beverly Jenkins has reached romance superstardom .”
Romantic Times BOOKclub praise for DESTINY'S EMBRACE
Material in the genre of African-American historical romance is not plentiful, but Jenkins is the pre-eminent voice. She delivers another gem with this first in her new Destiny series.
Library Journal
Tired of her vicious mother's constant cruel criticism and her bleak Philadelphia life, Mariah Cooper (with a little urging from her aunt) impulsively answers an ad and heads for Northern California to become a housekeeper. But beautiful, outspoken Mariah was not the prim, older woman arrogant rancher Logan Yates was expecting, and her decision to stay and take on the Herculean task of setting his filthy house to rights surprises him even more. Still, the chemistry sizzles between them from the start, and despite the couple's constant wrangling, their future together at a ranch called Destino is clear from the start. VERDICT Appealing, well-depicted characters, zippy dialog, intriguing snippets of California history, and a quickly paced plot make this refreshing multicultural Western a rewarding read and a good start to the projected series. Jenkins (A Wish and a Prayer) is noted for her popular African American historicals; she lives in southeastern Michigan.

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Destiny's Embrace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
PrettyGirlReading More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, but we got there way too quickly. I loved that once again, I learned something new about Black History, but this story seemed like an overview. It seemed more like a novella in the pacing. All in all it was a good read, and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Adekam More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Ms. Jenkins, work. I have read all her books and has come to love her well thought out plots, beautifully built  characters, and the steady paced storyline. However, this one falls a little short for me. It felt rushed and I didn't really connect with any of the characters. The story line was "predictable" and there was no real conflict besides the couple denying their attraction. I hope the second book in this series is better, I do love her historical romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully developed characters enter twined with a fabulous love story. Riveting page turner that will keep you reading until the end and looking forward to the next book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all Ms. Jenkins books. And have enjoyed them all. I keep them and reread them over and over again. This is not one of those books. It was rushed and basically had no meat on it. When authors write books like this, the run the risk that readers will not read this newer 2nd novel. #ijs.....this is my humble OPINION!
LadyHawkReads More than 1 year ago
Loved this new family (the Yates) started by the AA history lady, Beverly Jenkins. The California history was enlightening and the action between Logan and Mariah was humorous as well as "heated". Looking forward to the other stories in this series.
ercell More than 1 year ago
Awe story and book writer
BlithelyBookishReviews More than 1 year ago
A Romantic, Fun, Passionate story! 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. 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. 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.
Deatri More than 1 year ago
I won’t give you a synopsis of the book because that is in the product description. I really enjoyed Destiny’s Embrace. Mariah was the perfect example of when a woman has had enough. She’ll either crumble or get tired of the—excuse my French—BULL and take control of her life. Overall, the title was great. As usual, I learned a lot while being entertained. Thanks for another great read.
Angelbaby54 More than 1 year ago
This book was so well written that I read it in a day loved every minute of it but the cliff hanger at the end has me on the edge of my seat with all kinds of ? who? what? where? why ? cant wait for the next book to find out the answers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy romantic reading. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of her novels and I can't wait for the next one!!
DionneDenise More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book sooo much. I loved the humor which softened out the sad parts. What a great read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beverly Jenkins is one of the favorive authors. She always includes some interesting history facts in her love stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read nearly every one of Ms Jenkins novels and have looked forward to the release of this one eagerly. I forced myself to put it down so it would last longer! I loved reading about Mariahs adventures and I will plan to grab up the sequel as soon as it comes out! I enjoyed the way Ms Jenkins developed all the characters from Logan all the way to his youngest brother and still made me want to read more about them especially Noah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant see anyone not loving this story. Im going to die waiting on the next ones. More then anything I enjoy travling back in time. Learning about parts of our history take has been hiden away. Keep writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I am such a big fan of Ms. Jenkins. I am happy for the new family. Looking forward to reading the next installment. Alanza Yates may deserve a book too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story by Beverly Jenkins, heartwarming and humorous, another day of getting nothing done because I could not stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all Ms Jenkins books i love this book. Great history lesson,
Missio More than 1 year ago
Read Destiny's Embrace in one night!!! This was a wonderful story! I've read all the historical romance novels you've written and this was a refreshing addition that I've been waiting for. I'm very excited for the next story!! Thank you :)
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romancenovelsincolor1 More than 1 year ago
                                                                                                                highly recommended to anyone looking for a sizzling historical romance with beautiful imagery and memorable characters.. Can’t get enough of Logan Yates… Mariah Cooper has lead a life filled with sorrow under her domineering and abusive mother.  When the abuse becomes too much to bear, Mariah takes a job as a housekeeper and flees Philadelphia to start over in California. Logan Yates spends far too much time running his family ranch, Destiny.  When his mother offers to hire a housekeeper to maintain his home, he agrees, although he doesn’t think he needs one.  Then Mariah steps into his life and turns it upside down. Being a huge fan of Ms. Jenkins, I’m happy to say she didn’t disappoint.  Destiny’s Embrace was awesome.  I enjoyed the ride with the twists and turns of Mariah and Logan’s relationship.  Logan wasn’t the type of man who wanted a relationship until he met the firecracker, Mariah.  She didn’t let him get away with anything which made it even better. I love my romances HOT and, once again Ms. Jenkins introduced a sexy hero in Logan.  His mannerisms and wry sense of humor captivated me from the beginning.  My favorite line… “You’ve kicked me, thrown rocks at me, and all I want to do is slide you into my arms and kiss you until the mountains turn to dust.”  Wow!  It was fun seeing him turn himself inside out for the beautiful Mariah with the gold, cat-like eyes.  I loved the fact that Mariah turned from the meek woman she was and went after the life she deserved. Not only was the romance between the two interesting, but Ms. Jenkins successfully introduced another family that I wouldn’t mind seeing in future books.  Logan Yates wasn’t the only handsome brother.  There were more: Andrew, Noah, and Logan’s best friend Eli.  Then there was the wonderful Alanza (Logan’s stepmother).  I adored the relationship she had with her sons and the love she showed Mariah. This book was outstanding! I was treated to an awesome history lesson about California during 1885.  The vivid descriptions of their surroundings make me feel like I’m in the thick of things.  I laughed out loud more than a few times and was sad for the book to end. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a sizzling historical romance with beautiful imagery and memorable characters. -Reviewed by Leslie
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