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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Take Me to the Good Parts of This Book
Warning: The Good Parts Might Be Explicit

Sexual Tension
  • Sexual Tension
  • Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
Viveca has a close call with in a buggy.
Flirty Banter
  • Flirty Banter
  • Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
Nate Grayson has Dr. Viveca Lancaster all confused.
Kiss
  • Kiss
  • Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
Nate's kiss makes her sigh and melt.
Hot Hot Hot
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
Her kisses can sustain a man for a lifetime.
It Might Be Love
  • It Might Be Love
  • Vivid by Beverly Jenkins
Nate teaches Viveca about her body.

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  • Sexual Tension
  • Viveca has a close call with in a buggy.
  • Flirty Banter
  • Nate Grayson has Dr. Viveca Lancaster all confused.
  • Kiss
  • Nate's kiss makes her sigh and melt.
  • Hot Hot Hot
  • Her kisses can sustain a man for a lifetime.
  • It Might Be Love
  • Nate teaches Viveca about her body.

Publisher's Summary

It's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all-black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan, she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca knows all about fighting for her rights. But she may need more than determination to face down the distractingly handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove's bull-headed mayor.

Nate Grayson goes to the train station expecting Dr. V. Lancaster to be a man. But when the lovely, dark-skinned Viveca introduces herself, he is at first speechless, then orders her back on the train and out of his town! It's 1876 and women aren't supposed to be doctors, men are. However, Nate isn't prepared for this extraordinary beauty's stubbornness and fire, nor for the vivid way she heals - then steals - his heart. Contains mature themes.

©1995, 2000 Beverly E. Jenkins (P)2014 Tantor

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  • Godizgd
  • Tulsa, OK, United States
  • 08-06-14

Great Story, Not the best narrator :(

Vivid is one of my favorite books of all time. So maybe it's due to the fact that I've read the book several times and I have an idea of how I think it should be read, or perhaps it's because I listen to books all the time...but this reader was not the best. She has a great voice but she's "reading the book" and not performing if that makes any sense. Her extra breaths where a breath doesn't fit is just wearing me OUT! I love Beverly Jenkins and Im not sad that I bought the book. Please give it a try and excuse my frustration. #teambeverlyjenkins...

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Yay Vivids on audible"

I have read this book many times. Strong independent brilliant woman bound to follow her dream and practice medicine during this time. Loved the story, enjoyed watching Nate fall in love with Vivica. History love and action all bound together. Great listen. Keep adding Beverly Jenkins books to a Audible and I'll keep listening. :). Would love to hear Thomas Penny voice again. Robin Eller is okay but the male voices are so similar to the female voices I sometimes have to figure out who's talking. Narration could be better. Sorry. Absolutely love Beverly Jenkins historical romances. Own them all would love to be able to listen to them all as well.

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Great Story

Beverly Jenkins books are the greatest except the narrator with this book was plain didn't bring out any character voices made it sound boring and slow. Please have more readings by Thomas Penny and Kim Stauton.

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Historicals Are Enjoyable

Would you listen to Vivid again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to Vivid again because I am a fan of Beverly Jenkins' African American Historical novels. Strong women and even stronger men who lived during very perilous times for Blacks , and made a difference in their own way for the Race is the central theme of her novels. The historical facts interwoven with the romantic fiction is the reason I read this genre. I learn and I enjoy the story at the same time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vivid?

Nate & Vivid's Romantic episodes.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was ok. However my personal preference would have called for 2 narrators, one male and one female. I didn't dislike the narrator's performance, but I think the characterization could have been enhanced if a male narrator could have performed the male dialogue.

If you could rename Vivid, what would you call it?

I wouldn't rename it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book / Horrible Audio

I've read the book 3 times and loved it each time. Had I heard the audio version There's a chance I would never read anything by Ms. Jenkins (and she is an AWESOME woman and author). The person who did the audio on this sounded emotionless. I still think she was a robot.

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Riveting

outstanding as always from Beverly Jenkins who grabbed you from the beginning and hold you to the end leaves you hanging on in suspense

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No more.

Was totally bored with this book. This was definitely no thing that happened in the past. I know, just a fictional typical love story.

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Good book

I am becoming quite a fan of Beverly Jenkins’work.
Love the country settings and romance

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My opinion

Great story. Terrible narrator. Had to put it on 1.5 just to enjoy the book. Beverly Jenkins knows how to weave a wonderful story.

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A BEVERLY JENKINS' CLASSIC

I enjoyed Vivid. Great storytelling. A Beverly Jenkins fan for life. I love the novel and the author of course, but I find the narrator a bit monotone.