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(Women Who Dare #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  189 reviews
The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins' compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War...

Valinda Lacey's mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. When thugs destroy the sc
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Avon
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K.J. Charles
Oh good grief this was just perfect. I loved this book.

It's set in the 1860s, Reconstruction, as people are putting New Orleans back together after the Civil War and trying to cope with the massive change in society caused by the freeing of the enslaved. The book doesn't shy away from the difficulties of this--so many people desperately seeking loved ones who were sold away, or trying to survive in a ravaged economy with a wildly incompetent government failing to help, and the poisonous hydra o
Lover of Romance
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Rebel is the first book in the Women Who Dare series and is also part of the Le Veq Family series as well. I was super excited to see that this book is set in New Orleans, in the reconstruction era. Beverly Jenkins is pure talent when it comes to writing historical's, especially intensely accurate ones. What I really appreciated about this book is how much you learn in such a short period of time. Ms. Bev surely knows how to write such fant
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Beverly Jenkins

Rebel is the first book in the Women Who Dare series by Beverly Jenkins. Ms. Jenkins is renowned for her bestselling romance novels and Rebel did not disappoint.

Valinda Lacy has come to New Orleans to educate former slaves. Captain Drake LeVeq is a volunteer at the New Orleans Freedmen Bureau. They are both passionate about their work, and they’ve found passion with each other. Can they find love?

Rebel is not a simple romance novel. Well it is, but it’s so much more. This
Rebekah Weatherspoon
I continue to be a Beverly Jenkins fangirl in the extreme, but one thing about Rebel that really stuck out for me was just how romantic it is. Drake is so dreamy and he treats Valinda like a princess from the moment they meet and he never lets up. I'm definitely adding him to my book boyfriend list.
Steph's Romance Book Talk
4.5 Stars / 3 Steam Fans

Despite this story being very heavy on the historical themes for a majority of the book in the end I really enjoyed it. I crave the historical aspects that Beverly Jenkins brings to her storytelling because she does an amazing job of setting the scene without being super heavy. However, this story is very heavy in the historical aspects of slavery, white supremacy, and arranged marriage for most of the books so I almost DNFed this book. I am happy that I finished it.

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Midway through reading this book, I took a brief break from the book and tweeted, "Halfway through Rebel by Beverly Jenkins and I’ve learned more about Reconstruction in the past 150 pages than I have in 16 years of education (12 in public school, 4 in college)... Tbh I’m pretty sure I could just read Ms. Bev’s historical romance backlist and do fine in the APUSH exam. It’s a lot more fun than freaking Richard Hofstadter (I’m getting
I loved this book. What a brilliantly written story full of everything I love in a novel: romance, love, danger, tension, character growth and family/community.

Beverly Jenkins is one of my favorite authors because she doesn't just tell a story, she educates the reader. It is so apparent that she really researches the era and crafts the story in a way that the reader will leave knowing a few more things about our American History. This story moved a fast pace, had drama and that familial ties tha
In the time of Reconstruction after the American Civil War, New Orleans is a roiling city. An intrepid Northern woman comes south to fight her own brand of independence and follow her dreams of teaching her own race and being her own woman like her grandmother. Valinda encounters Drake Le Veq and learns that passion and love are possible and she can dream of that for herself, too. My first read with this author and it won't be my last the way history came alive and sensual romance made me swoon. ...more
I want you to be happy, Val. You’ve always wanted to conquer the world. Love with the right person makes us stronger, not weaker.

On my blog.

Rep: black mcs, gay side character with physical disability

Galley provided by publisher

This book is probably the most it’s-not-you-it’s-me book that I’ve read so far this year. It was a good book, I could tell that, but the writing just wasn’t my kind of style, so I struggled to get through it.

Rebel is a romance between Valinda Lacy, a schoolmistress f
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
4 1/2 heated post war stars . . .

Beverly Jenkins delivers again for the revisit to post Civil War Louisiana and the LeVeq family. Now, we get to see more of the family specifically the brothers that intrigued with the wit and charm.

The accuracy. The information. The time period. The tie in to the reconstruction, the post Civil War, the emancipation, and most importantly for me the family LeVeq was just magic for me. I loved reading how another strong, protective LeVeq fell to his queen. Valind
Samantha Sophia
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Valinda Lacy has arrived in Reconstruction Era New Orleans to educate the formerly enslaved. Captain Drake Leveq volunteers at the New Orleans Freeman's Bureau. Their paths cross in dramatic ways and an already engaged Valinda finds unexpected passion in Drake Leveq.

Beverly Jenkins is a romance novelist and historian. One of the few writers of historical fiction centering black stories in a way that isn't painful to digest or stereotypical. Even when a story includes a slave narrative it is not
The CurvyJones
As always, I thoroughly enjoyed Beverly Jenkins latest novel. This series, Women Who Dare, is going to be a fun and exciting one. Jenkins always writes heroines that are braver than I dare to be in TODAY's times, let alone in history when women had much less freedom and sexual congress. And let's not mince words about that gorgeous cover. I plan to buy the paperback just so I can have it! Great read, as always. Ms Jenkins is very much a comfort read for me.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Does your intended prefer the hellion or the meek miss?"

"Why does that matter?"

"Because I see a woman settling for a small piece of cake when she can have it all."

─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ───


In New Orleans post-Civil War, we encounter the beautiful Valinda Lacy. Born a freewoman she moved down to New Orleans to teach while her intended ventured overseas and tensions are high in the south post slavery to say the least. One afternoon she encounters her schoolhouse raided and destroyed and
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This was an absolutely delightful introduction to Historical fiction and I cannot wait to read more, especially from Beverly Jenkins!

My rating is 4.5.
I just adore Mrs. Jenkin's historical romance books! Some of the language disrupted my reading, but nothing can take away from great characters and black love.

LOVED the story and highly recommend.

I happily received an eArc of this book from the publisher.

"She'd dared to come to Louisiana alone. Then dared to help the freedmen and believe she could start a school. But the best one? Daring herself to accept Drake's love."

Welp! This book just came out of nowhere and became my new favorite Beverly Jenkins novel. I mean, I should have known it was gonna be good. Look at that cover. But I had no idea I'd be this goofy for it. 2019 has been a year of amazing romances and I'm happy for the trend to continue.

The setting. This book takes place in Reconstr
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you pick up a book thinking you’re going to get just a good romance but then the author presents you with a book that moves beyond genre, to give you a history lesson and a social kick in the pants as well. Ms. Bev’s new book Rebel does just that in a romance set in Reconstruction-era New Orleans between a NYC teacher escaping a suffocating father and a man from a prominent Free Black family working to help those recently freed rebuild their lives. The romance between Val and Drake is ...more
Diane K. Peterson
A solid, engaging read. Jenkins does a wonderful job of bringing the circumstances of the Reconstruction period to life by showing us the effects in dozens of little ways. The flavor of historical New Orleans was also well described.

Valinda Lacy is a spunky colored girl from New York that came to New Orleans to teach. When she is assaulted her rescuer is Drake LeVeq, charmer if there ever was one. Val is encompassed by the large, loving LeVeq family and struggles to establish herself as a teach
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GoodRead But a little tamed for Jenkins but good Nonetheless
WTF Are You Reading?
This is the perfect blend of history and fiction. Enshrouded in the beauty of Black love.
Review in progress.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ms. Jenkins,

I would like Cole's story, even if just as a novella.

Please and thank you.

Karen's Bookshelf
Valinda Lacy came from New York to Louisiana to help educate former slaves so that they could further enjoy and prosper in there new lives as free citizens. Drake LeVeq, a former Captain in the Louisiana National Guard, is also doing his part to help the newly freed slaves by helping them to navigate the many new situations they now face.while trying to support and provide for their families on their own. When Valinda and Drake meet under dire circumstances and they immediately form an unexpecte ...more
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
See my review on Panda & Boodle.

Confession: I have never before read a historical romance. Which is a little odd, considering my pre-romance preference for historical mysteries (such as Maisie Dobbs and A Beautiful Blue Death). In any case, tired of the expression of shock/surprise that typically accompanied my declaration of never before having dipped my toe into this genre, I decided it was high time to dive in.

And dive into Beverly Jenkins' Rebel I did. (I picked it because it was a firs
Set in reconstruction era New Orleans, Valinda Lacy has travelled from New York to New Orleans to teach the freedmen and their children in hopes of providing them a ‘leg up’ in the newly changing world. This is all against her father’s wishes, but she’s earned a reprieve as her finance is in France with his business partner hoping to gather funds and support for their own venture into a newspaper. With a small but enthusiastic group of students, children and adults alike, Valinda has gathered to ...more
Kelsey Hudson
Beverly Jenkins begins her Women Who Dare series with Rebel, the story of Valinda Lacey, a northern woman who comes to New Orleans to teach freed slaves how to read, and Captain Drake LeVeq, a carpenter/blacksmith/local business owner. The story is set during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War has ended, and Valinda and Drake spend much of the story dealing with the aftermath of an unsupportive government that does little to help the formerly enslaved. If that wasn’t difficult enough, ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rebel is the first book in the new Women Who Dare series by Beverly Jenkins. We are introduced to a new historical character: 28-year-old Valinda Lacy, set in New Orleans, 1867. It is the aftermath of the Civil War. The backdrop is a busy city of newly freedmen, ambitious women of color, wealth and societal class.

Val is temporarily in town for one sole mission: to educate newly emancipated adults and young children. Her intended husband is away securing a newspaper deal so she has limited time t
This is maybe a 2.5. It was fine enough, but not anything to make me run out and buy a copy.

The odd thing is, I'm not a particular fan of Jenkins (which feels like heresy to type), but I respect her so much, and love the contribution that she's making to the Historical Romance genre, that I will always read her books. She's telling stories that aren't usually told, but that need to be. I love how Jenkins will dive right into regional histories and convey it in a way that neither feels clunky or
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bravo, another master piece

It's something about reading one of Ms Beverly's stories that you know you're going to get more than just a story but a history lesson. I for one admire the way history is effortlessly woven throughout Rebel. It's amazing the things not taught regarding reconstruction and the plight to freedom. Nevertheless, Drake and Valinda can we say relationship goals. In all seriousness the character development was one point. You saw the personalities unfold. You love the eagerne
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I love Beverly Jenkins' historicals. Valinda, a woman just trying to make it on her own and be out from under her father's thumb, came to New Orleans to help teaching those who were formerly enslaved how to read and write. She wanted to help in any way she could. Something happened to her, though, and she was rescued by the fun-loving and charming Drake LeVeq. I loved him and all his kindness. Seeing the LeVeqs again was awesome. I need to finish that series.

Overall, I liked this story quit
Nazarene Static
Beverly Jenkins is the GOAT. Now that that has been stated, I enjoyed this book immensely. I told a friend, prior to reading this book, that the only thing about this book that may disappoint me is if the heroine gets shot and that didn't happen so I was the opposite of disappointed. Drake and Valinda are phenomenal characters. Valinda is just the right amount of sassy and endearing and Drake is honestly the perfect blend of macho and empathetic. I found this story line to be quite different bec ...more
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Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature, was featured in both the documentary Love Between the Covers and on CBS ...more
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