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Before the Dawn | [Beverly Jenkins]

Before the Dawn

Tavern manager Leah Barnett can scarcely believe the path that destiny has chosen for her. Travelling from Boston to Colorado, Leah has come to face Ryder Damien, the son of her mother's recently deceased lover. Ryder, an angry, ruggedly sexy man, is incensed that this woman will inherit his father's fortune-even if he hadn't seen the man in 30 years. But Leah's charms are many, and soon anger is the last thing in Ryder's heart.
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Publisher's Summary

Blackboard best-selling author Beverly Jenkins is "headed for superstar status in romance," according to the Detroit Free Press.

Tavern manager Leah Barnett can scarcely believe the path that destiny has chosen for her. Travelling from Boston to Colorado, Leah has come to face Ryder Damien, the son of her mother's recently deceased lover. Ryder, an angry, ruggedly sexy man, is incensed that this woman will inherit his father's fortune-even if he hadn't seen the man in 30 years. But Leah's charms are many, and soon anger is the last thing in Ryder's heart.

©2001 Beverly Jenkins; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

ï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿Her characters are unforgettable, her plots unique, and her storytelling superb." (Romantic Times)

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    "Painfully Romantic"

    I can always tell when I've truly enjoyed a novel because I'm heartbroken when it's concluded. I've become accustomed to Beverly Jenkins style of writing and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this new twist. This story added a mystery to solve in the mist of all of the lusty dialog. I believe I've fallen in love with Ryder myself :)

    Her description of him was so precise I could see his chiseled features as well as his intense eyes. For a character as complicated as Ryder, possessing his heart also meant to possess his pain. Leah was an endearing enough character to pull it off.

    The antagonists in this story were plenty and the shocking revelations did not disappoint. I recommend this novel. Good job Beverly. Keep it up!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Willie M Lemell Beaumont, TX, US 11-03-10
    Willie M Lemell Beaumont, TX, US 11-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "great"

    some of her best work from begin to end it's good to know that there were some well to do blacks and the story will keep you going

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MonaBeeReads Dallas, TX 12-03-10
    MonaBeeReads Dallas, TX 12-03-10 Member Since 2010

    Romance Novel Lover

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    "Exceptional Writing"

    I own this book and now listened to it here. It's wonderful. The narrator captures the romance, the suspense and excitment the way I'm sure Ms. Jenkins meant it to be read. One of my favorites by Ms Jenkins. I love strong, independent black women. A must listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 01-06-11
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 01-06-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Entertaining!"

    Very interesting prospective of a storyline involving characters from a minority background. Well-written and thoroughly entertaining novel. I will look for more from this author.

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    Michelle Yukon, OK, United States 08-11-12
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    "Wonderful read!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Before the Dawn to be better than the print version?

    This story started with a bang and kept me anticipating till the end! Wonderful twist and turns. I couldn't turn this audio off. The narrator had a soothing voice; very appropriate for all the characters. Superb writing with explosive characters. Audio books ROCKS!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Purchase this audio book!!! Fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian United States 07-10-12
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    "Awesome!!! Audio book"
    What did you love best about Before the Dawn?

    The setting and the characters. Mrs. Eloise (who took me by surprise) who would have thought that she would have been the murderess in this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brief excerpts of History. I did not know much about African/Native American Indian. Who would have known their role in this county’s history? Great Job!! Beverly Jenkins


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Ryder took Leah up to the cabinet for a quick getaway. The way he cared for her and made her feel safe.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Thrilling, enticing and sexy!


    Any additional comments?

    Thomas Perry did a great job with bring the characters to life. There was never a dull moment. I would most certainly recommend this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 06-02-12
    Dana Marcel Metairie, LA, United States 06-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.

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    "Nice romance novel"
    Where does Before the Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Def not top 5 but I can't resist a good romance novel.


    Have you listened to any of Thomas Penny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not a bestseller or even the best romance novel I've ever read. But it's def worth the read.

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    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 05-19-12
    Denise San Jose, CA, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2010

    Audio books are just my cup of tea!

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    "Very Enjoyable!"

    This story takes place in the mid to late 1800’s, the summary and book jacket do not indicate that. Loved the characters and the story! Enjoyed learning about the prejudices and experiences of the time. The narrator was very good. I will definitely listen to more books by Beverly Jenkins!

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