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A Book Bar Review: Rebel

Series: Women Who Dare Publisher: Avon Publication Date: May 28, 2019 Genre: Historical Romance Heat Level: Sensual AMAZON

SYNOPSIS: Valinda Lacy’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 school, she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her life—and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq.

As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes Valinda’s determination. And he can’t stop admiring—or wanting—her. But when Valinda’s father demands she return home to marry a man she doesn’t love; her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.


In Rebel, the first installment of the Women Who Dare series, we get to enjoy time with LeVeq family. Set in New Orleans during post-civil war era, Beverly Jenkins gives us a great viewpoint of the struggles, racism and experiences of people determined to overcome.

Valinda, a freewoman, travels to New Orleans to escape her father’s sexist views of women. She is excited to find her gift of teaching is well received until her attacked and is thrown in the path of Captain Drake LeVeq.  Now her life’s course is derailed, she must work through discovering love and passion.  She realizes her father’s prejudices  that women should not aspire to be anything other than a bed warmer is not the only ugliness she will encounter.

You’ll love the hero, he is multi-talented, charming, with an ego as big as he is, but it is his loving and sensitive nature that will endure you to him. As an architect, he finds joy in giving much detail to the things he builds, including his relationship with Val.

The author gives us realistic accounts of history and a romance full of love and passion. There are highlighted examples of how bonding together during the post-civil war, people of color accomplished more together and their defenses were difficult to infiltrate.

I recommend you add this to your reading list!

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