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The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins’s compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . .

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062861696
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Women Who Dare
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 6,269
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Beverly Jenkins is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Author Award by the Michigan Library Association, the 2017 Romance Writers of America 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 Sunday Morning. Since the publication of Night Song in 1994, she has been leading the charge for multicultural romance, and has been a constant darling of reviewers, fans, and her peers alike, garnering accolades for her work from the likes of The Wall Street JournalPeople Magazine, and NPR.

To read more about Beverly, visit her at


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Rebel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I can not get enough of these books. Sherree
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gaele 9 months ago
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 together a meagre supply of primers, slates, paper and pencils, and found a small unused building in which to hold classes. Until that building is ‘taken over’ by white troublemakers, attacking Valinda in the process. Drake LeVeq, former captain with the Louisiana Native Guard, freedman and scion of black society in New Orleans is working at the Freedman’s Bureau, in hopes that he can encourage or even hustle the office’s supervisor, Josiah Merritt, recently appointed by the army and clearly unwilling to fulfill the purpose of his office. Drake is frustrated and angered by this behavior, and his bad temper has pushed him to the edge of his patience. But, his sister-in-law has returned after time away, and he must make the family celebration to welcome her home at his younger brother’s hotel. On the way, he comes across Valinda and the men set on attacking her: rescuing her and seeing her safely to the room she’d rented, he made an impression on the sheltered young woman, one that will bode well for them both. Jenkins uses Valinda’s history with her parents, her slow recognition of her own worth, and Drake’s admitted charms to bring these two together, even when Valinda isn’t sure of either love or marriage. She’d only chosen her fiancé, a longtime friend, when her sister was bartered off to a man many years her senior, and her happy demeanor faded. Through struggles with finding a place to teach, the supplies needed, making a place in New Orleans and her increasing sense that this is the place she is needed the most, the story is both a quick read and one that shows the challenges that faced everyone, black and white, in the city in the aftermath of a war that tore the country in two. As Valinda becomes more of her own woman and finds her own strengths, she comes to see that Drake is a solid and integral part of her future, and that together there are few things that will keep them from achieving their goals. Lovely characters, clever insertions of history and characters that leap off the pages, this is a wonderful start to a new series. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
RobinLovesReading 9 months ago
History is changing in New Orleans. Valinda Lacey is happily busy as she is educating newly freed slaves. She is teaching more than reading and writing. She is also teaching basic skills. Sadly, thugs destroy her school. Then she is targeted. When she receives the aid of Captain Drake LeVeq, more than reestablishing her school is on tap. She just might lose her heart. Drake is an architect and he has plans on rebuilding in New Orleans. When he sees that Valinda is in trouble, he sets out to, at the very least, help her rebuild. As drawn as he is to the beautiful woman, he does his best to respect the fact that her father has promised her to another. Valinda is in dire straits when it comes to the demands of her father. She does not love her intended, but her father is more than insistent as he is very controlling. She really likes Drake, but he strives to remain honorable to respect the wishes of her father. Things change, however, and the two strike a path that will no doubt lead to a wonderful future together. Inasmuch as romance is key in this story, this time in history is pivotal. Just because emancipation has occurred, and New Orleans is being reconstructed does not mean times are easy. As it is, Valinda's school was destroyed, as mentioned. There is further danger and Valinda and Drake work together as best they can. Rebel is the first book in the Women Who Dare series. No doubt, as engaging as this book was, future offerings will be just as compelling. I very much look forward to the next book in this series, as well as finding the time to peruse Ms. Jenkins backlist. Many thanks to Avon and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I always enjoy the small bits of history Ms Jenkins puts into her books.
Shelley Murray 5 months ago
Rating: 3.5 stars First of all, can I just say - OMG, that cover! So gorgeous! I can see why people call Beverly Jenkins one of the queens of romance. While I read a fair amount of historical romance, it's typically set in Regency England. US and Civil War historicals aren't really my thing, but I really enjoyed Rebel and feel like it gave me a viewpoint into that time period in US history that I haven't really thought about since learning about it in middle school/high school. I also feel like I learned more about the Reconstruction period reading this book than I ever did in school - what's up with that? I tend to go for romances with a light-hearted rom-com tone, and Rebel has a more serious and sedate tone than my usual reads, and has some really heavy subject matter somehow without being very high angst. This book wasn't really my speed because it does deal with such dark themes and I prefer my romances to be more escapism. That being said, I'm definitely going to check out some more of Beverly Jenkins' work to see if part of the serious tone was the personalities of the main characters and the heavy subject matter, and see if she doesn't have something a little more light-hearted, because she is SUCH a good writer. I'm really interested to read Sable and Rai's story in Through the Storm. Val is really admirable, with a giving heart and a spine of steel. And Drake is just completely swoon-worthy. I love how he just quietly supports Val and her decisions, even when they're not the ones he wants her to make, and doesn't put pressure on her to do what he wants. Even when he has a manchild pity party at one point, he quickly realizes that he's in the wrong and apologizes. That, friends, is a man. This is the fourth book in The Le Veq Family series, but can be read as a stand alone with some minor spoilers for earlier books in the series. You don't need to read the other books before reading this one.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
I love all the Historical Romance Novels by Ms. Jenkins. especially the House of LeVeq.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love Beverly Jenkins and have even introduced her teen stories to my daughter. She’s a new fan as well!!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless 8 months ago
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. Valinda and Drake will not be given their romance on a silver platter. In Jenkins magic, they have to fight to have the love they both crave. I have wanted more from the LeVeq family every since meeting them years ago. Being able to visit again the family, the city, the efforts was like returning home to see old friends. Beverly Jenkins can write some delicious black historical romance that draw you in to the time period, the events of the time, the atmosphere of the entire surroundings. The characters she create allow for you to make some type of connection to them or those around them. Love.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great read. Nice to revisit the LeVeq family.
Brooke Allen 8 months ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! The writing style drew me in and I didn't want to put it down. The main character, Valinda (goes by Val) is a courageous young school teacher in New Orleans slightly after the Civil War. Even though slavery had been abolished, many of the white people, who often still regarded themselves as "better" than black people, didn't want to see black people learn how to read, or succeed in any way. Black teachers, people who hungered for learning, and people who simply wanted to vote were deterred, sometimes violently, from reaching for their aspirations. And so Val finds herself the victim of these hooligans. She defends herself, then finds herself backed up by the handsome Drake LeVeq. Although they have an instant attraction to each other, they can't be. Val is intended to be another's wife. Racist bigots aren't the only people Val has to contend with. Her own father, located back up in New York, also has sexist views about how women shouldn't learn and should have no further aspirations than to get married and have children. Another ill-informed idea that Val rebels against. You'll just have to read the book to find out how it ends, but this is a book that you'll want to finish. I enjoyed the ending as much as I did the rest of the book... although... I was sad to see the story end. This is an author I'd be happy to read more from.
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MartyPT 9 months ago
Well written and especially researched as to what life was like in New Orleans a few years after the civil war ended. The uncertainty for the freedmen and women trying to make lives for themselves and their children was well represented as well as the upheaval for the plantation owners not wanting to give up their way of life, and the Creole who didn't want to be included with the uneducated newly freed slaves. Lots of factions represented for the backstory here. I liked the main characters, and especially Valinda having her code of ethics for her betrothed and best friend, as well as women didn't have much say in their lives at this time as their husband or father needed to do the thinking for them, because women needed a man's guidance. Valinda was very outspoken for a woman of her time, but she had a grandmother who was a strong influence on her, and New Orleans was different in a lot of societal ways from the rest of the country allowing women and people of color to shine in owning properties and businesses. Looking forward to the next edition in this series.
Anonymous 9 months ago
As usual, Mrs. Jenkins has another great book. I enjoyed this story and revisiting the family. I’ve always wondered how Sable and Raimond were doing. I cannot wait for the other male siblings to get caught! The plot was so exciting and the history is always a welcome touch to Mrs. Jenkins books. Please don’t take too long for the next book in this series to be available. The wait staff is too much to bare.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Another adventure into the house of LeVeq. I loved the banter between Drake and Valinda. Great story with a little history mixed in. Another treasure from Beverly Jenkins. You won’t regret reading this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Not as descriptive as some of Jenkins books but history and romance are a winner.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
This author never disappoints. I enjoy learning history and the underlying story of black love.
Anonymous 9 months ago
DIVA50MH 9 months ago
I was very glad to be back with THE BRATS and I certainly want to see the rest of the brothers getting their forever love. Valinda was a very brave young woman to travel alone during this time, but she prevailed. Ms Bev I love how you weave your stories with HISTORY. I wish many more people male and female would pick up just one of your novels... THEY WILL BE HOOKED, JUST LIKE ME. You did it again...
KelsieAL 9 months ago
Rebel 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 teach 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 novel is set during the Reconstruction Era, and it is realistically detailed. Beverly Jenkins has managed to convey the contentious nature of race relations following the emancipation of slaves, while relaying a beautiful love story. She accomplished this without trivializing either one. The true beauty of this work is that the author touches on varied racial situations, but still injects humor into the dialogue. I give Rebel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all lovers of romance novels. Be advised there is some explicit sexual content. My thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.