I read WINDS OF THE STORM for an August 2014 "Storm" theme in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
I'm happy to say I enjoyed it more than I thought I would! Aside from the cheesy "Harlequin romance" cover, I'd never read anything by Beverly Jenkins before and didn't know what to expect, but it didn't take long for the story to pull me in with Zahra and Archer's initial meeting.
Civil War-era espionage is the name of this game! Not a subject I've read much on, so I was pretty riveted as Zahra went undercover working with Harriet Tubman.
On the downside, I did find the dialogue during the love scenes laughably cheesy and melodramatic (in keeping with the cover)just needed a corny musical score to cap things off!
And I also felt the first half was much stronger in story content than the second half, and ran on a good 50 pages too long. But overall, I can recommend it for an interesting tale of black spies in 1800s New Orleans. I thought the characters and story were well written and I'm certainly interested to check out Beverly Jenkins' next release. B-
"Archer Le Veq owes his life to the woman who rescued him from certain death at the height of the Civil War...a woman known only as 'the Butterfly.' Now, in the dark, waning days of Reconstruction, he needs the courageous and beautiful former spy...in more ways than before!
Zahra Lafayette thinks her days of intrigue are far behind her, until she is asked to go on one more mission. Posing as an infamous madam in New Orleans, Zahra must gather information to ensure the safety of the South's freedmen. The last thing she expected was to see Archer Le Veq again. He is as arrogant as he is handsome, but there's something about this dusky and debonair hotelier that sends her senses singing. Zahra knows she will need to guard her secrets, but no peril awaiting her compares with the treachery of Zahra's own heart - for, Lord help her, she burns to taste the m an and lose herself in his powerful embrace."
"Jenkins is a gifted storyteller who knows how to bring a special spark and sass to romance." Romantic Times Bookclub