Destiny's Surrender

Destiny's Surrender

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by Beverly Jenkins
     
 

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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

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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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"Jenkins is a gifted storyteller who knows how to bring special spark and sass to romance."
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“Pure delight.”
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“Each book by Jenkins is better than the last.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062231109
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
190,273
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Jenkins is the author of thirty historical and contemporary novels, including five previous books in her beloved Blessings series. She has been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News, Vibe, and many other publications.

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Destiny's Surrender 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Negril More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Beverly Jenkins fan.  I totally enjoyed this book. Billie is a strong take no prisoner woman after my own heart. Also loved that I got the chance to see how the characters from Destiny Embrace are doing. This is a must read you won't  Be disappointed. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Been hooked on B.J. since i read my first historic romance (jewel) ......she has yet to let me down this was a awesome story....... i love that she allowed billie to be proud of who she was instead of carrieing shame ......... Drew loved billie from the start he just wanted to go against the grain for the momment.......now just waiting on Alanza and Noahs stor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book just as you would expect from Beverly Jenkins. I love Billie, her strength, perseverance, dedication to her family and willingness to better herself for her family's need. Can't wait for the next one in the series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all her books and I'm so glad this one is finally available! a must read!
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. This was my first Beverly Jenkins, and if you're going to pop your cherry with an author, why not do it with a screaming orgasm in the very first line? Billie is a whore and a total bad-ass, and she's apologizing for neither. Love that she's an emotionally strong person, not just a sexy heroine. She gets herself into trouble by doing two things: falling in love with a client, and deciding to keep the child she's pregnant with, instead of aborting, though there's no guarantee it belongs to her favorite client. There were some things about this book I didn't love: use of literary cliches throughout, but mostly, that Drew was a weak hero. *spoiler alert* He was marrying Rosa because Mama wanted him to, and when that blew up, he married Billie against his own inclinations, he accepted being virtually disbarred because of his color, and then in the end... ugh!  You know a serious bad guy is after your wife and child, dontcha think you might want to keep a guard on them? Also, I thought it unrealistic that the baddie would leave Mariah and her daughter totally unmolested when he'd otherwise stopped at nothing to destroy those who previously got in his way, down to Emmaline's maid? I did like the way the storyline didn't follow "normal" romance storylines, with the hero falling in love after the marriage, and the way Billie did not let Drew off the hook with his parenting responsibilities. Loved Alanza and her fierce defense of her family, and the B-romance with her and Max.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, to say the least. LOL! Worth the purchase. It starts with a bang. JaKai
Lyoness16 More than 1 year ago
This was an outstanding book! Billie was one of Ms. Jenkins' best characters yet. I loved that we were able to follow the rest of the Yates family in this story as well, but Billie and Drew's story was great! A lot more action than Destiny's Embrace, but Billie was as strong and relatable as Mariah had been, despite the fact that her background was something most people haven't had to go through. Ms. Jenkins did make an excellent job of keeping me on my toes and making sure I felt every emotion she wanted me to feel. The story never felt stagnant or slow. (I couldn't put the book down, even after midnight.) And I am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series. Excellent read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading BJ's book and this one was full of twists and turns. I especially like the strong family values she depicts in this book with the sons being so respectful and loving of thrie mother. I'm looking forward to reading Alanza Yates story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was full of suspense, drama, lust, love and African American history. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Beverly Jenkins books, and can't what until Noah and Alanza get their book.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I loved Billie's character. She never tried to come up with an excuse for her back ground. She was strong and confident. I loved the book!!
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cgirl98 More than 1 year ago
When you read historical romance you come to expect a few things from the female leads; usually pure and innocent ladies of high breeding and standing, who learns about her sexuality through her beautiful first love with the more experienced male character...   An infamous, POC prostitute isn't usually what you expect.   Billie is whore. And she has no shame about it, and has no problem telling people what she is, because as far as she is concerned it was something she had to do to survive and live a decent life. Her profession is not overly glamorized; the troubles with that life are plainly seen in the story. Her life story is gritty and what you would expect from a young girl who grew up on the streets by herself at age 10. That is never a pretty story. When we meet her she is in the middle of her "work" with Drew, who is one of her regulars that she has developed strong feelings for, but she wisely keeps that to herself. And that’s how our story starts…and continues one with unwanted pregnancy, a shot gun marriage, murder, Voodoo, kidnapping, and all sorts of excitement. The action was good. The sex scene were good...and mainly I liked that this story held Billie up, despite what she did to live, as someone that deserved love. Billie was a very sex positive character, who didn't fit into the mold of the virginal, modest woman, and whose life was by any standard, rough....and she still got the guy and the baby and white picket fence. And I liked that. No one shames men for visiting whores...but women who offer these services should apparently live in shame for their lives, and be scorned by others...many of whom got into that line of work through desperation, and even if it was fully their choice and they enjoy it...that doesn't make them worthless. That is always a good message to put out there. And let me say….it is nice to have an author out there writing historical romances with POC characters. I’d like more of this….there are so many Regency romances one can read. Only issue was the style of having multiple points of view that switch back and forth a bit too much. It got a bit jarring. I like when that goes on, so the separation/jump to be plainly shown in the text. Like the next section or character…not next paragraph. But this is a personal taste.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, loved this story of Billie and Drew. In spite of Billie's profession Ms. Jenkins was able to deliver a beautiful love story. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exc read!
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Literary_Marie More than 1 year ago
Destiny's Surrender, the second book in the Destiny series by Beverly Jenkins. Andrew Yates is ready to stop sowing oats and start a family. But one last passionate romp with mistress/whore Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells turns into more. Just when Drew finds a respectable candidate for wife, Billie shows up at Destiny Ranch with a one-year-old in her arms claiming Drew is the father. Billie doesn't want scandal or Drew's wealth; she is simply seeking a safe haven for their son. Literally moments later, she is saying "I do" in a marriage ceremony. The rest of the book shows how their marriage of convenience may or may not become the sexy passionate relationship they once shared. The book begins with an explosive orgasmic first line. From there, I was waiting for the conflict to be resolved, then looked forward to the happy times, then feared the storm I knew was inevitably coming, only to be happy again for the ending. Beverly Jenkins has a way of telling a historical romance story that takes your mind off the present and transports you to the past (year 1885 in this instance). Even though it is fiction, there are historical tidbits sprinkled throughout the pages. In Destiny's Surrender, the tale of Queen Calafia was told. Where else can you read a book for leisure and education? I'll wait...  Literary Marie of Precision Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been binge-reading almost all of Beverly Jenkins' books and I have to say that this one is one of my favorites. Jenkins books are always entertaining to me with their masterful blend of romance and history. I'm inspired and educated all at the same time. In Destiny's Surrender the continuing saga of the Yates clan, begun in Destiny's Embrace, tells of son Andrew and his decision to finally start a family. Up until this point, Andrew has been content to see many different women, including a prostitute named Billie who he"s quite fond of but must give up if he wants to find a respectable wife. A couple months after their last encounter Billie finds herself pregnant with Andrew's child and knows that she can't continue in her line of work. When someone threatens the welfare of her child, she sees no other choice than to leave him at the Yates' ranch in their care and disappear. This throws Andrew's world, including his new engagement upside down.
PrettyGirlReading More than 1 year ago
She keeps on keeping on.  Ms. Jenkins is an awesome author, one of few whose books I will preorder.  This one did not disappoint.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Beverly Jenkins fan. I have read all of her novels and have yet to be disappointed. Destiny's Surrender was very special for me because it was set in my home town. It was so interesting to get a vivid picture of San Francisco before the turn of the century. Ms. Jenkins always leaves her readers on the edge of their seats and I can't wait to read the next chapter in this new saga of a culturally mixed family of old California. Billie is an inspiration with such a tragic background, yet somehow lives her life with dignity and grace. You can't go wrong with Ms. Jenkins' informative, creative, fascinating love stories to keep you entertained to the last page. I hate to finish her books because I have to wait for the next adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usuual Beverly Jenkins gives us a fascinating story and continues the story of the Yate brothers and the family at DESTINY ranch. Can't wait for the other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a Beverly Jenkins fan, so I buy All her books. This one was a little slow moving but I enjoyed it.