Something Like Love Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Blackboard best-selling author Beverly Jenkins delivers another lush historical novel featuring brothers that were first introduced in her award-winning novel Always and Forever. This is the story that audiences have been waiting for.
He was a wanted man. But no one wanted him more than she did.
Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Olivia Sterling flees Chicago and heads west. She dreams of setting up her own seamstress shop in Henry Adams, a small all-Black town in Kansas. But her plans are derailed when her train is robbed by Neil July and his notorious band of outlaws.
Neil is enchanted by the headstrong and lovely Olivia. No woman has ever set his blood on fire before, and he suspects no other woman ever will. When they meet again, Olivia is the town's newly elected mayor and Neil is still the wanted outlaw. With bounty hunters on his trail, he would be wise not to linger, yet he can't seem to leave her. Will Neil be able to convince Olivia to ride off into the sunset with him? Or will he finally lay down his guns for love?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 21 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 22, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #118,001 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#742 in Black & African American Historical Fiction (Books)
#826 in Western Fiction
#1,500 in African American Literature
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In this book we have another amazing Beverly Jenkins heroine. Olivia is educated, she’s a successful business owner (a dressmaker/seamstress) and when her father arranges a marriage for her with a much older man that only is interested in her money when they marry, Olivia flees Chicago! She takes off to Kansas and along her journey there her train is robbed by infamous train robbers…one of the men she is really taken with and they have a little flirty moment. After the robbery, Olivia arrives to Kansas and really settles into the small black town and community. She opens her own shop and even becomes Mayor of the town! Neil, one of the train robbers, shows up in town and quickly connects again with Olivia. And I loved this outlaw hero romance!
I loved the history woven into the story, Jim Crow, the history of Black and Indigenous people during the times (the hero is Seminole), the discussions of Indigenous children’s schooling conditions, and women’s roles in their towns and politics at the time.
There were so many twists to this story that it made it all the more engaging and engrossing. It took me a while to finish, mainly because concentrating in 2020 is rough, but once I really sat with it, I couldn’t put it down.
This story of outlaw Neil and mayor Olivia was one of love and respect. I enjoyed all of the dude hats there and getting to revisit with those mentioned in prior books. There’s a lot going on here but Ms Bev kept it all under control and it never felt overwhelming. And, of course, the intimate/sex scenes are fire!
As I have said before, I have not read romance novels since I was 16. I became bored with them. They were to unrealistic and did not speak to me as a black woman. And I am not the type to feel my mind with trash books. I have always been of the mind that only empty headed people read romance novels, not serious readers.
However, I love Ms. Beverly. The romance and erotica is just a small part of the story. It is not the story. She engages me intellectually too. So for folks who need some mental stimulation, with just a tad of erotica, she is the perfect author. It is not vulgar and in your face crap you would read in street or urban literature. She is superior to those folks. They are not in the same league.
A passage that caught my attention:
"Since the war, many of the full-bloods have conveniently forgotten the sacrifices my people made to the Nation. Contributions of men like John Horse and Gopher John are being conveniently forgotten, as are all the African-descended Seminoles who negotiated on behalf of the full bloods with the Spanish and Americans because we spoke all three languages. They definitely don't want to discuss all the battles we fought together so that everyone could be free. The full-bloods have bought into the Redemptionist ideal that we of African Seminole descent have no rights."
I would love for Two Shafts to have a story, and Preacher as well (nice twist for him in this story, by the way), but I guess Preacher is a little too righteous for that 'passion thing' - unless he marries the girl first. But not to worry, if a story is done for Preacher, Ms. Bev would definitely work it out.
Beverly Jenkins, you are the absolute best! Keep up the good work!