by Beverly Jenkins

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A strong-willed beauty finds herself in the arms of the handsome drifter from her past, in this second book in the sizzling series set in the Old West, from USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062389022
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 193,270
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street JournalPeople Magazine, and NPR.

To read more about Beverly, visit her at


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Breathless 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like tge story Forbitten, the book also delivers an outstanding read. Another HEA. ***vrnb***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book enjoy Beverly Jenkins stories. This one was not the best though. Not enough history being told in the plot (very boring).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another great work by the this author. I can't wait to read Regan's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding and educational as always !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a real page turner. I really enjoyed the passion Kent and Portia shared. The family togetherness with Eddy and Rhine, Portia's aunt and uncle was great and these two shared their own grand passion in this book and in Forbidden. Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of finding love after childhood trauma! Portia has trust issues and has resolved not to marry.That is until a handsome cowboy from her past returns. Kent is ready to settle down after running from his past. These two will have to knock down each others walls to find each other. In the end LOVE ALWAYS WINS! Another wonderful tale of love, strength, and courage written by the brillant author Beverly Jenkins!! A must read! Michelle Fitz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Beverly Jenkins takes you on a journey through a difficult time in our history and invites you to live in it. With characters who touch your heart and soul and real documented experiences of that time you are soon caught up in the trip and loving every minute. Before you realize it you have read the whole book and sad that it ended. Most of her fans are shameless re-readers and proud of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have done it again! This book was amazing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading Beverly Jenkins books it always informative on African American history. The love stories always make you wish the beau's in the book exist in the day and age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book, Ms. Jenkins gives us strong characters and story. The rich history throughout enhances the story without overwhelming it. Seeing Ken learn to settle down while introducing Portia to passion is a joy and all the intrigue surrounding them makes it a can’t put down till the end gem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, well written story with plenty of romance and action! A must read.l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok. I'm usually a HUGE fan of Beverly Jenkins novels but this one was just ok. Hoping the next story will be more interesting.
Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Breathless so much that I finished it in one sitting! Portia and her sister Regan were first introduced to us during the telling of their Aunt Eddy and Rhine Fontaine's adventurous romance in Forbidden, the first book in Ms. Jenkins' Old West series. At that time, 12 year old Portia was a very angry and scared young girl, who for months until her prostitute mother abandoned both her and Regan, had been threatened with the selling of her virginity by her mother to the highest bidder. She became acquainted with 18 year old Kent Randolph, while he was working as a bartender in the saloon that Rhine owned at the time. In Breathless, Portia and Kent are unprepared for the immediate attraction they feel for each other, upon meeting again for the 1st time in 15 years. After experiencing the unfolding of their relationship against an action filled backdrop of murder, arson, and kidnapping, I am certain that every reader of this exceptional story will revisit it again and again!
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Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was so happy to see so many wonderful character from the first book in the series, Forbidden, featured in this book. I found this book to be a really easy read and liked the sweeter romance that it offered. The western setting was very well done and quite a lot of fun. The book focuses on Portia and Kent. Portia came to live with her Aunt Eddy and Uncle Rhine when she was 12 years old. They are forced to leave Virgina City shortly after the events of the first book. The family ends up in the Arizona Territory running a successful hotel. Portia has grown up to be an intelligent and very capable woman who handles most of the day to day operations of the hotel. She is very business minded and has no desire to marry. Kent's life has been rather adventurous since he fled Virginia City with Portia's family. He is now the rancher he always wanted to be and is hoping to settle down a bit. He signs on to work with Rhine and soon is put in charge of the adjoining ranch. He is a very hard worker and an all around good guy. I liked Portia and Kent together. This romance was really quite sweet. Portia is very innocent and the bulk of the book covers the couple getting to know each other. I liked how Kent handling all of the attention that Portia was getting from her long time suitors. He seemed to know just the right thing to say to handle a situation. It was nice watch this couple fall in love with each other. I would recommend this book to others. I didn't like it quite as much as I liked Eddy and Rhine's story but I thought it was a solid romance. Having Eddy, Rhine, and other characters from the previous book play an important roles in this book was a nice surprise. I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.