Friday, September 13, 2013

Review: CANYON by Brenda Jackson

The second of a new trilogy starring three Westmorelands who are impossible to resist: Zane, Canyon and Stern.

From New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson comes a new trilogy starring three Westmorelands... 

Years ago, Canyon Westmoreland let misunderstandings come between him and Keisha Ashford. But when Keisha returns to town with a two-year-old son, it's time to settle things once and for all. A blazing attraction still burns between them, and this time around, nothing will stop Canyon from claiming what is his-his woman and his child! 
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Brenda Jackson (from author's website)
Brenda Jackson was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a graduate of William M. Raines High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.

Brenda was married forty-one years ago to her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-five and thirty-three, respectively. She still proudly wears the going-steady ring Gerald gave her at fifteen. A few years ago, she retired after working 37 years in management for a major insurance company, and is now writing full-time and enjoying every minute of it.
She began her writing career in the eighth grade at Northwestern Junior High School, where she would hand-write my stories for fellow classmates to read. She is proud to say some of those same classmates are still Brenda Jackson readers today!!
Brenda Jackson has written more than 95 novels and novellas and has over 3 million books in print. Her professional writing career began in 1994 when she signed on with Kensington Arabesque, and her first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then, she has introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, and the Steeles. A listing of her books can be found on her website. And because she loves writing connecting stories, there is a listing of how the books connect in the various family saga series.
Over the years Brenda has received numerous awards and made many trail-blazing accomplishments by being the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for the series romance genre. Click hereto view a printable list of my awards.
Brenda has written for the following publishers: St. Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance. Presently, she is writing exclusively for Harlequin, and is excited to have all her books under one dynamic publishing house.
She is proud to be a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for her 81st book, A Silken Thread. Brena is also a strong supporter of giving back to your community and has received Community Service Awards from the Delta Sigma Thetas, the AKAs and the Zeta Phi Beta Sororities. And because of her belief in the power of education, in honor of my grandmother, ten years ago she established the Josiephine Streater Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida. Over $100,000 has been donated to this Foundation to provide scholarships to students wanting a college education.
In 2012, Brenda received another honor by being the recipient of Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2010, she wore the hat of “film-maker” when she collaborated with her son’s production company, Five Alive Films, to turn one of her books, Truly Everlasting, into a feature film. For more information about the movie, please visit or click here – Truly Everlasting, the Movie.
Periodically, she will come up with a story idea which does not fall within the guidelines of her publisher.  For that reason, she created my Love, Passion and Promise (LLP) line of books that are published exclusively by her own publishing company, Madaris Publishing Company.  As of today’s date, she has published 4 books under the LLP imprint.  These books are sold exclusively in Brenda's online store –

My Review:

Brenda Jackson's WESTMORELAND Trilogy is packed with love, loss, betrayal, and love again. It's about family and loyalty. It is about family taking care of family. CANYON is the story of Keisha and Canyon. 

Misunderstandings separated and kept Canyon and Keisha apart for two years. Keisha arrives back in town and is working for a local law firm and the cat and mouse game between the two heats up - until Canyon comes face to face with eyes too much like his own not to be. When Canyon confronts Keisha and then agrees to follow her home so they can talk, he realizes he is not the only one following her. 

"Are there any more questions, Canyon?" She almost saw steam come from his nostrils. "You know damn well there are."

(Keisha being followed by a dark sedan and Canyon) "Is she driving a nice car?" Pete (detective on phone with Canyon) asked. 'Yes, looks like a pretty new Bimmer. Why?" "I'm thinking that you might be looking at a possible carjacking. I'm on my way. Don't do anything stupid until I get there." Canyon rolled his eyes. Did that mean he could do something stupid after Pete got there?

Canyon and Keisha never stopped loving each other. Will their past keep them apart or will they be able to mend their fences? It is always so much fun to spend time with the Westmoreland clan and CANYON was no exception. The story line was great. The writing was fantastic. CANYON was even packed with drama and a who dun it! And Brenda Jackson really surprises you with just who did do it!

"Canyon is an unusual name." "Not according to my parents," he said smiling. "I was conceived one night in the Grand Canyon, so they felt my name fit. I understand it was one hell of a night." She tilted her head. "Your parents told you that?" "No, but I heard them share a private joke about it every once in a while. It brought them fond memories for years."

One of the things that I have really enjoyed about the Westmoreland Trilogy is the family dynamics. They swarm together to protect one another. And, they all like each other. It just makes for a pleasant escape into a book. 

Dillion (another Westmoreland) agreed that keeping Keisha and Beau within arm's reach here in Westmoreland Country was the best thing. He figured it would be advantageous if the Westmoreland men met to come up with a plan. Dillon had made the calls and within half an hour his brothers and cousins had arrived. They'd decided that if Canyon couldn't be with Keisha, one of the other Westmoreland men would be.

Keisha was amused when each woman told a story about their husband's favorite new toy. She saw how easy it was for them to laugh at themselves and with each other, and she knew this was what she'd missed out on by not belonging to a big family - a special connection, a camaraderie and a closeness that extended to the women who had married into it. 

I enjoyed the book and I am giving CANYON five stars. 

You can purchase Canyon (Harlequin Desire)  on Amazon

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