Feature – Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

BREATHLESS – On sale January 31, 2017

About the book

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…

Portia saw the curiosity on the faces of some of the other people seated nearby and wondered if sitting with Kent would cause gossip, but she went ahead and told him about Eddy and the other ladies leaving her to help in the kitchen.

“You didn’t want to help?”

She smiled ruefully. “Let’s just say I’m better with numbers than I am with pots.”

“Can’t cook, huh?”


“Then you’ll need a man who can.”

“Are you volunteering?”

He shrugged. “If it’ll keep you from starving to death, I suppose I can make myself available, if called upon.”

She wondered if he had this effect on all women.

“How’s the managing of that passion going?” he asked.

Her heart thumped. “Fine.” His eyes were so piercing, she trembled in response.

“You’re fibbing of course, but that’s okay.”

“I am not.”


She leaned closer so they wouldn’t be overheard. “I am not. One kiss was all I needed and now I’m fine, just as I said I would be.”

“Duchess, your uppity mouth’s been wanting another taste all day.”

Heat sent her senses galloping. “It has not, and stop calling it that.”

“Okay. Your sweet mouth has been wanting another taste all day.”

She almost keeled over. “I do like those high-collared blouses you wear.”

She looked down at herself.

“Makes me want to undo all the little buttons and see how you manage with my kisses against your bare throat. Curious about what scent you place there, too.”

Her eyes widened.

He smiled. “No?”


“Okay. Just something for you to think about later. Do you want the legs or the wings?”

Her mind was stuck like it had stepped in tar. How in the world was she going to remain unmoved by his teasing ways without wanting to box his ears or wonder how his kisses would feel against bare throat?

“I’ll take the wings.”

“We have only one set of flatware. Shall I feed you or do you want to feed me?”

Scandalized by the suggestion, she forced herself not to glance around to see how closely they were being observed. “Neither,” she said. “I’ll have the wing. You can eat the rest.”

“Thought I’d ask.”


About the author
Ms. Jenkins is a USA TODAY bestselling author and the nation’s premier writer of African – American historical romance fiction. She specializes in 19th century African American life and has over thirty published novels to date.

She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards and a Pioneer Award from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild, and in 1999 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 has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and People Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history and was the 2014 featured speaker for the W.W. Law Lecture Series sponsored by the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

Bring on the Blessings, her first, faith based, women’s fiction novel was published in 2009.

The fourth book in the Blessings series: A Wish and A Prayer was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award.

Where to find the author

Where to find the book
Barnes and Noble

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