Blog Tour: Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

Welcome to the blog tour for Beverly Jenkins’ book Breathless! This is the second book in her Old West series. While I haven’t had the chance to start this series yet, I still wanted to share this book with you guys because Beverly Jenkins is boss when it comes to awesome historical romance!

Scroll on down for a note from Ms. Jenkins, a teaser, and the giveaway!

Blog Tour: Breathless by Beverly JenkinsBreathless by Beverly Jenkins
Published by Avon on January 31st 2017
Pages: 384

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…

A note from Beverly Jenkins

Dear Readers,

This is the second book in the Rhine Trilogy and I do hope you enjoy it. With all the issues and heartache Portia carried inside, I knew it would be difficult for her to give her heart to someone, but Kent Randolph proved to be the man for the job, even if I didn’t know he would be her hero when the story began. Hope you’ll enjoy seeing Rhine and Eddy from Forbidden and, yes, they are still very much in love.

The Fontaine Hotel is loosely based on the Mountain View Hotel founded in Oracle, Arizona, in 1895 by Annie Box Neal and her husband William “Curly” Neal, who were both of African- American and Native-American descent. The Mountain View was a combination hotel and spa and catered not only to European royalty but to wealthy visitors from places like Russia, Australia, and China, too. Look them up.

The great Apache chief Geronimo surrendered on September 4, 1886, and was promptly declared a prisoner of war. He and his people eventually wound up in Florida along with the Apache scouts the army employed to hunt him down. He died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1909. The Apache warrior Lozen, also captured in 1886, was sent to the barracks at Mount Vernon, Alabama, where she died of tuberculosis in 1887. Although her name has faded from America’s memory, her bravery and fearlessness remains legendary with her people.

I only touched briefly on African-American women and the fight for suffrage but hope to get back to it in depth sometime in the future. Until then, if you’d like to do some research on your own, here are two excellent sources:

African American Women and the Vote: 1837–1965 by Cynthia Neverdon-Morton, et al.

African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote: 1850–1920 by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn

Having the opportunity to create characters and stories that reflect my heritage as a woman of color is priceless. Representation matters. Thanks again for the support and love. Thanks also for spreading the word about my books to everyone you know. It’s much appreciated.

Until next time, happy reading.




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About Beverly Jenkins

Beverly Jenkins is an African-American historical romance writer. She and her family live in southeastern Michigan. Born in Detroit, she graduated from Cass Technical High School and attended Michigan State University where she majored in Journalism and English Literature.

She 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. To read more about Beverly, please visit her website at

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7 Replies to “Blog Tour: Breathless by Beverly Jenkins”

  1. Oh my gosh. This series looks so good, and I’m mad at myself for not diving into it yet. These covers are stunning, and I feel like her books might have an Ellen O’Connell feel to them. I love romance with a slow build

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I don’t usually gravitate toward this genre because there usually seems to be scant research on minorities at the time. Glad this one sounds very different and you have me completely intrigued! Representation matters and we have only scratched the surface to what could have been written about that time period even in fiction. 🙂

  3. This book is high up on my TBR and looks just fantastic! I love a historical romance that’s a little different from the normal cookie cutter and I’ve loved every interview I’ve ever seen from Beverly Jenkins so I’m betting I’m going to really enjoy her books!

  4. I did enjoy this book when I read it a couple of weeks ago. This is the first series by Beverly Jenkins that I have read and she has done a great job with it. It is great how much research she did for the book as well.

  5. I’ve not read this book – or any of Jenkins’ books (oops?). o_o I have Forbidden from Avon but it’s still waiting for me to crack it open… I am a wee bit behind on post-published books. I hear such great things about Jenkins and her books so I’ll definitely be reading at least one, at some point. Perhaps Forbidden and this one, since you enjoyed it so much!

    Wonderful review, Cyn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. And another I need to try. Our book club read one of hers last year but I had to miss that month. They do sound good 🙂

  7. I’ve seen reviews of this book floating around and they’re all really positive so far! Couldn’t agree more that representation matters, and I’m very happy to see more and more heroines and heroes of colour in romance novels.

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