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Rhine Trilogy, #1

This book is definitely worth the read. No one does historical romance quite like Beverly Jenkins. Her writing flows flawlessly and she never misses a beat. The plot is engaging and the dialogue between characters is natural. Rhine and Eddy make a beautiful couple even on paper. From the very beginning of the book, I found myself wanting to know more about all the characters. Rhine and Eddy’s romance sparked from the moment they met and continued with a slow and steady pace.

I enjoyed the old-time values. Eddy was feisty; she never backed down even when she thought she was in danger. Rhine, use to getting what he wanted, had to compromise and open up to get Eddy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rhine and Eddy’s love story. I recommend this read to anyone looking for a great romance.

Rhine is black and white but during a time where being black is extremely stressful and dangerous, he chooses to pass as white. He is settled, well respected and rich by the time he sees the beautiful Eddy Carmichael walking close by town. She is near death due to a set of bad circumstances, but she is no less determined. They immediately clash in a spark of tension. Rhine is engaged to be married to a pretty, but irritating blonde woman and Eddy is set to move on to California as soon as she can save enough money. What do two strangers who are from different worlds do when they can’t resist each other?

Book Blurb for Forbidden

USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns with the first book in a breathtaking new series set in the Old West

Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything . . . and the price seems worth paying.

Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won't risk her heart for him. As soon as she's saved enough money from her cooking, she'll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden . . .

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2016 5.00