Review: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

tempestTitle: Tempest
Series: Old West, #3
Author: Beverly Jenkins
Published: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 384
Genre: Historical romance
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: C

summary from Goodreads:
What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses. Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error, but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the unmistakable desire in his gaze.

Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting. Still, few women would brave the wilds of Wyoming Territory for an uncertain future with a widower and his child. The thought of having a bold, forthright woman like Regan in his life—and in his arms—begins to inspire a new dream. And despite his family’s disapproval and an unseen enemy, he’ll risk all to make this match a real union of body and soul.

Tempest is the third and final book of the Old West trilogy. Imagine my surprise when I started reading that time had fast forwarded 12 years and Regan and Portia were now grown women. I read the first book in the series, Forbidden, and absolutely loved it. I haven’t read book 2, Breathless, which is Portia’s story, but I wasn’t lost while reading Tempest.

Regan is a feisty heroine who is capable of taking care of herself. She’s mouthy. She’s not afraid to use a gun and she wears denims. This what not the type of woman Dr. Lee was expecting when he was looking for a bride. But his daughter needs a mother and he needs a wife. Colton and Regan’s relationshp get off to a bumpy start. He has a preconceived notion of how a wife should behave and Regan doesn’t fit the bill.

Regan wants the passionate all-consuming love that she witnesses between her Aunt Eddy and Uncle Rhine. Regan isn’t sure that she will experience that kind of love with Colton. There is a mutual attraction and they share a love for his daughter.

Rhine and Eddy’s love story was so grand and all-consuming that I was expecting the same type of love story for Regan. While her reasons for marriage were practical, I was disappointed that Colton didn’t fall at her feet and profess his love. They have a sizzling sexual chemistry and they had sex ALL THE TIME. They had so much sex that it started getting annoying because it felt like hate sex on Colton’s end.

Tempest didn’t grab me like Forbidden. I liked Regan. I liked that she was her own woman. Colton was meh. He felt one-dimensional and flat. It was hard for me to believe that he fell in love with Regan because I felt that there was no emotional connection between the characters. It was nice revisiting Regan’s family and to see that Eddy and Rhine are still in love. That’s the kind of love I wanted for Regan. I don’t think she actually found it with Colton.

Now I need to read Breathless and find out how Portia ended up with Kent Randolph.

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