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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

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

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A very creative tale with a twist of mystery...

Great job Ms. Beverly...loved the mystery/thriller moments. Ryder is effin hot! Keep it gangsta. Toodles...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 01-06-11

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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THE GREATEST LOVE STORY TOLD

I love Before The Dawn. It was the first book by Beverly Jenkins I've purchased. It's a beautifully told story. The writing is always impressive. The story of Leah and Ryder is very compelling and captivating. I fell in love with her writing right there. The narrative is greatly told too.

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Wow

One of my favorites so far..., lots of usual elements
Quite a few new ones
Worth the credit!!

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Another great read

Thomas Penny narrations of each character are awesome made the story come alive. The storyline was suspenseful and shocking I couldn't put it down. I've listen to all the books by Beverly Jenkins listening to voice of Thomas Penny makes you want to listen more. Beverly continue having him narrating more if your books.

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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

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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

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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  • Adrian
  • United States
  • 07-10-12

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 1 people found this review helpful