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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Jenkins Narrator: Kim Staunton, Kim Staunton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s possible that no one sets the scene for romance better than Beverly Jenkins…This is historical romance at its very best.”

    Washington Post

  • “Jenkins has expertly explored a period in this country’s history that is difficult to romanticize. An interesting aspect to this particular story is the love that develops between seemingly social opposites. Tolerance is not a high priority in nineteenth century America and finding love across the color line can be dangerous.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Empathetic characters, a compelling romance, and gripping Old West history, including the rampant racial prejudice and injustice following the Civil War, combine in this first in a riveting new series from award winning writer Jenkins.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Jenkins combines vivid characters and sexual intensity with historical accuracy in a story and setting that will appeal to her core fans and newcomers alike.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The characters are strong and appealing in this excellent western historical romance, with its fascinating background and modern implications. Fans of Linda Lael Miller’s westerns may also enjoy much-loved Jenkins’ newest.”


  • “[A] warm and skilled narration…Staunton’s theater experience serves her well in creating a memorable cast of characters. Especially gratifying is her avoidance of equating shrillness with a child’s voice.”


  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for 9 Writers at the Top of Their Game
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 11 Romance Novels Even Book Snobs Will Love
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