Title: The Taming of Jessi Rose
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Date Read: July 15, 2020
Jessi Rose Clayton will do anything to keep her family ranch from falling into the wrong hands, including have an outlaw help her. Griffin Blake, former train robber, has agreed to help Jessi to stay out of jail.
I adored this book. Jessi was a tough, smart, and determined woman. She is a widow who has raised her nephew and taken care of her family ranch, all while being put down by her father. Life has beaten her down but she continues to be strong. She is my favorite kind of woman.
“You’ve been in the dark too long…let me be your light.”
Griffin was a train robber but was also a good man. He may steal but he also gives back to those who need it. I really liked this duality about him, especially since it leads to him starting this new life away from crime. He falls hard for Jessi but his past does cause some problems for them, which was sometimes funny. I really loved their relationship. Griff teaches Jessi how to loosen up and be a woman again. I also loved that he instantly bonds with Joth and treats him like a son.
Not only did I love the couple in this book, but I also loved the side characters. The Twins (Neil July and Two Shanks) and Preacher were so fascinating and I really couldn’t get enough of them. I have actually already read Preacher’s book, Night Hawk, which I loved. I will be reading Neil’s book, Something Like Love, next! I don’t know if Two Shanks has a book yet but I will read it if he does. These four men together wreaked havoc yet still were good men. I loved seeing them all work together and their crazy ideas throughout the books.
Overall, this was another amazing historical romance from Jenkins! I cannot wait to read more of her books.
- Infertility (referenced)