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The first novel in USA Today best-selling 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 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.

©2017 Beverly Jenkins (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love Beverly Jenkins

I'm a huge fan of Beverly Jenkins books. This book is good but not great. The story was a little slow and narrator's voice was dry. Jenkins is usually very good at coordinating her books. But I'm thinking Rebel is sequences before Winds of the Storm(Archer's story), because Raimond's baby girl Desire is 2 in Drake's story and 5 in Archer's story. I had to go back and read Archer's story to make sure Drake was not married, which he wasn't. And if Rebel was sequences after Winds is the Storm why wasn't Archer's wife Zahra mentioned in the story. I think this is why I gave the books 3 stars because she didn't coordinate Drake's and Archer's story together.

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TEACHER AND THE PIRATE

loved it from the beginning to the end.and how the family took her in
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Just tooo cute

This book like the others is soooo freakin sexy! I loved every chapter. The ending was just adorable!!!

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Lovely story and storytelling

I don’t generally read historical romance, but this story was truly enjoyable. I appreciated the lack of violence and the simplicity of a black romance during the years of reconstruction. It was tender, while also coming through as authentic. Well done.

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Loved it!

I love how I can dive into a Beverly Jenkins period story, get swept away, and learn a few things. I found myself going to the internet to research some events and topics for further insight. I appreciate that the protagonists are strong and the stories are just as much about self-discovery as they are about love. The romance isn't gummy and over-the-top. It all flows perfectly.
I can't wait for the next book in the series to be released. Kudos to the narrator as well!

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BRAVI Beverly ! BRAVI Kim

Magnificent work of art. If you are wondering. Should I use my credit? Ponder no more. You will enjoy every toasty morsel.

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There was no peak to the storyline. It was a bit slow. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. I didn’t care for the narrator. Truthfully, she messed it up for me from the beginning. 😭😭 All the characters sounded the same.

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Darling Daring Love ❤

Another great Love story stired with some great history of those that dared to change their world.

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A Book Looking For A Storyline

I was disappointed because everything I've read from this author has been quite satisfying. It ragged on too long over trivial scenes. The sex made no sense. That was back and forth yet, the main character acted like a school marm after a night of abandon. No resolution on the soldier who attacked her. Yes, she hit him with a shovel, but why didn't her brawny suitor ever teach him a final lesson. Whatever happened to the mean spirited old lady who kicked her out. It just seemed like lots of boring vignettes that really didn't make a story. Or like a college paper that must be so many pages and one searches for unnecessary fact just to fill up space.

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Historical Romance with African American character

I would have given it a top rating except for the fact that the romance plot is exactly the same as in Indigo which I had just read.