Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

“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.”

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Synopsis:

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 in an unfortunate turn of events gets attacked but not before War officer/Pirate Drake LeVeq can step in and save the day.

From the point of his heroic entry we follow the two characters in their struggle to find peace among the hate that has yet to dissipate from the war. While freemen and women search for homes and education after being displaced even more are searching for protection from bands of supremacists determined to cause harm and chaos and in the middle of it all we find love.

In Rebel by Beverly Jenkins we follow a tense but beautiful adventure of two headstrong and capable characters searching for justice and the truth in a place where the color of their skin can mean a death sentence.

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I received this as an ARC through Netgalley this in no way sways my opinions of its contents

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My Thoughts:

I had never read any of Beverly Jenkins books when I requested the ARC, I had only heard glowing things about the author and honestly I just wanted to make sure that I gave her the proper time to enjoy the story. I was thoroughly impressed by the story and I found myself thinking more than once that Ms. Jenkins was an award winning author and the author to beat for a reason.

Not only was this book incredibly historically accurate but it was also an emotional ride as well. You can tell that the author did plenty of research before writing the book because there were instances that I had to highlight entire passages because I was learning while enjoying the story. I loved following Valinda and her journey to discovering her own strength and power, she was put through a lot and when Drake came through and saved her it was in more ways than one. He introduced her to love and passion and generosity that she had never seen before.

“She’d dared to come to Louisiana alone. Then dared to help the freedmen and start a school. But the best one? Daring to accept Drake’s love.”

As far as gentlemen go Drake wins everything. He makes sure that Valinda is protected and cared for and his entire family takes her on as one of their own. It’s endearing to see because Valinda has had a serious absence of family in her life and kindness without stipulation. Drake was a crusader for justice in his small neck of the woods and people often came to his defense because they respected him so much. This man also has the mouth of a pirate and refused to do anything but ensnare Valinda with his words and passion. The heat between these two was palpable at all times and there was no doubt that their paths were meant to cross.

“You will lose a love, reject a love, find a love.”

If I had to criticize anything it would have to be that I didn’t get the overall endgame of the novel being that there were various conflicts that could have come to a head and there was also a trope thrown in at the end that I felt didn’t have enough time to really flourish organically. This in no way affected the story itself but made it seem kind of back and forth.

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Wrap-Up:

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone to read. My heart was racing during the tense parts and swooning whenever Drake LeVeq professed any kind of sweet nothing to Valinda. Valinda was always a Rebel and beneath her graceful exterior was the heart of a warrior. Jenkins is a complete master with a pen, the writing was hypnotic and introspective; her ability to make a scene come to life was amazing to watch unfold and I can’t wait to read more of her work! I rated this novel 4.7/5 🌟

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Thank You for reading!

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3 thoughts on “Rebel by Beverly Jenkins”

  1. Amazing review, love! I have an eARC of this that I can’t wait to get to, even more now after your gushing. ♥ I’ve never read anything by Beverly Jenkins but I don’t think I’ve ever heard a negative word said about her or her books!

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  2. […] • I finally finished Rebel and it was so different from every romance I’ve read. I had never read a historical romance or one that deeply rooted in some of the older forms of courting. Also, smut circa 1860s is pretty good if I do say so myself. Shoutout to the strong black love represented by the wonderful Ms. Jenkins. Check out my review here🥀 […]

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