Griffin Blake, that’s hunky piece of man-meat to you and me, is a train robber turned US Marshall to help out a boy in need. Jessi Rose Clayton is that boy-in-need’s aunt. Jessi is trying to save her family ranch from being sold for to railroad line, and she is often forced to resort to gunfire to protect her property from those who would purchase it.
The Not-so Tame Western
February 22, 2012 by Jessi
The Taming of Jessi Rose by Beverly Jenkins, page count: 375
I wanted to read a saucier book than normal, but did not feel like reading complete drivel. To that end, I checked over with the awesome ladies at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books for an author recomendation. I only looked at the books which made an A grade, then I narrowed down to a couple of authors in the historical fiction genre. I went to my local library with author names in hand. Lo and behold, there were several books by both authors. I decided on The Taming of Jessi Rose by Beverly Jenkins soley because of the hunky piece of man-meat on the front. (That’s right. I’m shallow. Sue me. And while I’m making confessions, the only reason I did not finish this book before now was because I *had* to finish that ballet book first.)
I must say, I was delighted! The writing was good, the characters were wonderfully mulitdementional, and the history was accurate, insofar as I am aware of African American history of Texas. I am sorry to report that the steamy scenes did not quite live up to my expectations. The scenes were not bad and were tastefully handled, just not quite as steamy as I’d like. (The rare times when I go for that sort of book, I expect results.) I especially enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. They were both cute and realistic, a feat apparently difficult for many authors to achieve. They reminded me of some of my favorite real-life couples.
Honestly, I do not normally go for Westerns, but this book was good. I can see why the aptly named Smart Bitches gave Jenkins an A. I would, too, if we did that sort of thing. We don’t, though. So I’ll just say that I enjoyed the book very much, and would in turn recommend it to others. I’m sure I’ll borrow another Jenkins book in the furture.