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by Beverly Jenkins
     
 

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Ambitious newspaper reporter Kate Love's determination to unmask a railroad stock swindler has led her to the brink of matrimony with the wealthiest, most eligible black man in the East—the very scoundrel she intends to expose! But at the last possible moment a champion appears to whisk her away from the altar: Dix Wildhorse, a Black Seminole marshal from

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Ambitious newspaper reporter Kate Love's determination to unmask a railroad stock swindler has led her to the brink of matrimony with the wealthiest, most eligible black man in the East—the very scoundrel she intends to expose! But at the last possible moment a champion appears to whisk her away from the altar: Dix Wildhorse, a Black Seminole marshal from Oklahoma's Indian country.

A daring black knight whom Kate's father sent to rescue—and wed—the free-spirited ebony hellion, Dix ignites fires within her with just a touch, a whisper, a brazen kiss. But Kate isn't about to abandon her career to become the dutiful wife of a lawman who wants to keep her wrapped up in a protective cocoon. As the battle of wills intensifies, the heat of their passion blazes with unmatched fury. And only total surrender will unleash the sweet ecstasy of love.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061173042
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
464,338
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Topaz


By Beverly Jenkins

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2007 Beverly Jenkins
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061173042

Chapter One

Chicago
May 1884

Under the cover of the darkness, Katherine Love stood with her back pressed closely against the outside wall of the warehouse, hoping she couldn't be seen. The night watchman was on the far side of yard, and she was waiting for him to pass. She could see him walking and swinging his lantern in and out of the shadows. He was whistling cheerily as he checked a few doors to make certain they hadn't been tampered with, but he gave no more than a cursory look to most of the sheds and buildings along the route.

This was the third night Katherine had come here hoping to rendezvous with a man hired to assist her in her plan, but for reasons unknown, he'd never shown. She hoped this third night would be the charm.

As the watchman came closer to her, she hunkered down behind a large trash bin filled with lumber and discarded crates. Her five-feet seven-inch frame made it difficult for her to appear small, but the black axle grease she'd smeared over her brown skin, coupled with her black shirt and men's trousers, made it easier for her to blend into the shadows, as did the black knitted fisherman's cap hiding her short curls.

The watchman approached, then passed by her so closely, that she could have reached out, grabbed his pant leg, and probably frightened him half to death. But she wasn't here to pull silly pranks.

Hemoved on. She waited for the sounds of his whistling and footsteps to fade into the distance before releasing her pent-up breath; she'd hurdled the first obstacle. Once her contact appeared, they would have a little under an hour to complete the night's work before the watchman returned to this portion of the warehouse yard. Plenty of time--if the contact showed.

Silence resettled, and a cautious Katherine waited without moving. The distant bark of a dog floated in on the May night air. She stood silently and watched. Minutes passed; then, from out of the darkness, came the faint flickering light of a match. It disappeared so quickly that she thought she might have imagined it. She peered closely, tensely waiting to see if it would appear again. When it did, she offered up a silent hallelujah. The light was the agreed upon signal. Katherine peeled her tall body away from the shadows of her hiding place. Keeping herself low, she quickly crossed the open yard and headed for the person who'd struck the match.

She didn't know his name; she had no reason to. They would probably never meet again once that night's job ended, yet he greeted her with a smile from behind the burnt cork covering his light-brown face. "You're the Globe reporter?"

"Yes," she whispered.

"They didn't tell me you were a woman."

She dearly hoped her gender would not be a problem because she did not have the time to educate a man on the fine points of what a woman of the nineteenth century could achieve. "Does my gender matter?' 'she asked.

He took a moment to scan her clothing and face, then shrugged. "Not to me."

Katherine was glad. "Are you ready?"

He nodded yes.

"Then let's go rob us a safe."

Katherine and her accomplice rapidly covered the short distance to the main building. The safe she'd alluded to belonged to Mr. Rupert Samuels, a wealthy Chicago businessman and a pillar of the city's Black community. He had many storehouses on this large plot of land on the far edge of the city, but only one held his business office.

When they reached the door, her companion whispered, "They said you had a way in?"

It was her turn to nod yes as she reached into her trouser pocket and withdrew a small thin box. Inside were a set of lock picks given to her for her twenty-fifth birthday by a wily old gentleman burglar she'd met daring her stint as a newspaperwoman back in Virginia. Katherine inserted one of the gap-toothed picks into the door's padlock, and it opened. She sensed the surprise emanating from the man at her side, but she didn't pause to acknowledge it. Men were surprised by her unconventional ways all the time.

They tiptoed inside cautiously. Katherine was fairly certain no one would be about, but she knew better than to take that for granted. The solid silence made her breathing sound like a train engine, and her heart beat as loud as a drum. She reached back and softly closed the door. "The safe's hidden behind that Bannister painting on the far wall," she told her accomplice quietly.

The man replied, "I'll need a bit of light."

She heard the scratch of a match and then saw the lit wick of a candle stub. He cupped his hand around the dancing finger of flame to prevent the light from casting too well. He looked around, spied the copy of the prizewinning Bannister painting Under the Oaks, and told Katherine, "Keep watch."

Katherine slid back into the darkness, by the door. She was glad for his help because she couldn't've gotten into the safe alone. Thanks to her old burglar friend, she could easily spring the locks on doors and some strongboxes, but her abilities did not extend to wall safes. It had taken her editor, Geoff Pratt, weeks to find a man who could be trusted to discretely carry out this endeavor. The long search had cut so deeply into the time frame she and Geoff had allotted for this investigation that if tonight's burglary proved unsuccessful, her six long months of hard work would go for naught.

Her companion called out softly, "It's open and we've struck gold."

The announcement filled Katherine with excitement, but she kept her wits about her. She opened the door a crack to make certain no one was approaching from outside before going over to see what the safe held.



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Meet the Author

Beverly Jenkins has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature.

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Topaz 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
foxyTF More than 1 year ago
I just started reading romance novels early this year and because of that I am quite a few years behind on Ms. Jenkins previous work. This is my sixth book by Ms. Jenkins and all I can say this woman is blessed with a gift from God. She has the skill and talent to make you feel that you are right there with the characters in her books. Dixon and Kate characters felt so real. I enjoyed their story and the history of the Black Seminoles. I did not want this story to end. Ms. Jenkins you are truly blessed, keep up the good work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
when people think about finding the perfect one they say its impossible. in topaz beverly jenkins finds a way to unite two different people to one loving couple.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tell you just when I think Beverly Jenkins can't write a better story she does. After just finishing Indigo, I thought she totally out-did her self, but NO she just keeps coming better and better. I could not put this book down. I enjoyed Dix and Kate and the supporting characters in this story so very much. It was like watching a movie for me. The story just came alive and leapt off the pages for me to view. Dix and Katherine are such a wonderful, exciting couple. How can anyone not fall in love with Dix? He is everything a woman wants in a man. Kate is great too. She is ambitious, independent, and beautiful. Kate's independence and sharp wit was wonderfully tempered by the magnanimous Dixon Wildhorse. I laughed out loud, cried at times, and turned each page with great anticipation of what would come next. I learned so much about the lesser-known people of the western frontier of the late 1800's. Beverly Jenkins is truly a scholar and a gifted storyteller. A Definite MUST Read for any reader, it combines romance, a bit of western and black history and some mystery, so you will not be disappointed!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tell you just when I think Beverly Jenkins can't write a better story she does. After just finishing Indigo, I thought she totally out-did her self, but NO she just keeps coming better and better. I could not put this book down. I enjoyed Dix and Kate and the supporting characters in this story so very much. It was like watching a movie for me. The story just came alive and leapt off the pages for me to view. Dix and Katherine are such a wonderful, exciting couple. How can anyone not fall in love with Dix? He is everything a woman wants in a man. Kate is great too. She is ambitious, independent, and beautiful. Kate's independence and sharp wit was wonderfully tempered by the magnanimous Dixon Wildhorse. I laughed out loud, cried at times, and turned each page with great anticipation of what would come next. I learned so much about the lesser-known people of the western frontier of the late 1800's. Beverly Jenkins is truly a scholar and a gifted storyteller. A Definite MUST Read for any reader, it combines romance, a bit of western and black history and some mystery, so you will not be disappointed!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS MY 2ND FAVORITE BEVERLY JENKINS BOOK. I LOVE THE WAY HER FEMALE ROLES ARE STONG WOMAN WHO ARE EDUCATED.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story with alot of historical information about the relationship between Native American and African American. I'm not a big romance novel reader but thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Michelle Merideth More than 1 year ago
GREAT READ!!!! I can never put these books down. I love that there's a history lesson in each book. And the romance is always passionate...yet tasteful. I can't wait to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS GREAT I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF READING THIS TITLE IT KEPT ME AT THE EDGE OF MY SEAT AND IT KEPT ME LAUGHING I LOVED IT.THIS IS A MUST READ.
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Just into the first 42 pages and I already know I won't put this one down until I finish. Discover Beverly Jenkins for yourself; you won't be sorry!
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I love Bev! I almost have all her books on my Nook! I read all of them at least twice! I read her very first book, Night Song, like 6 months ago, been Hooookkkkeeedddd! Lol.
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This is my 5 time reading this book. I love it
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