Review: FORBIDDEN by Beverly Jenkins

Historical Romance



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 . . .

“Returning to Henry Adam, Kan., is akin to attending a family reunion.” (Romantic Times)

“Pure delight.” (Booklist)

“Premier writer Jenkins delivers a thrilling, sensual novel that brims over with history, passion and, most of all, her signature wit and unforgettable characters.” (Romantic Times)

“Jenkins’s sassy heroines, well drawn secondary characters and seamless incorporation of black history result in a fresh, winning historical.” (Publishers Weekly)


There really aren’t words for me to say how much I loved this book. For the first time in a historical novel, I saw someone like me in a historical romance novel.

Rhine is a passing or white-coded PoC like me and I felt like I was coming home to read this book. It’s heartfelt, beautiful and the romance is so wonderful I wanted to hug the book at the end.

It’s not quite as erotic as I like my books to be, not quite closed door, but definitely not graphic, so that was the only thing that I would’ve liked to see more of.

I have to make mention of how wonderfully wrought the history was. I’m a historian and usually when I’m reading a historical I have to do the mental equivalent of holding my nose, but Beverly doesn’t disappoint on that level either.

There were times, when I was reading this, that I was yanked out of the book (usually by a noise or something) and I was surprised to see myself in a room with electric lights. The historical description and detail is THAT good.

I highly recommend anything Beverly Jenkin’s writes, I’ve gobbled up four of her books now and I’m only itching for more. She’s one of *THE BEST* romance authors putting pen to paper these days. I’m so grateful for the person who recommended her work to me.

And appalled that in the decades I’ve been reading romance, not one librarian, bookstore clerk or random stranger I talked to about books in person recommended Jenkins to me. It says a rather nasty thing about the romance genre and those who read it.

Nonetheless, I’m absolutely recommending Jenkins to ANYONE who loves historical romance. You won’t be sorry.



B & N