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“Jenkins (Rebel) continues her streak of writing sensual, hopeful historicals about people who often don’t make it into the history books… Jenkins’s excellent storytelling skills, paired with fascinating American history, makes the narrative shine.”
-- Library Journal (starred review)
“Wild Rain will linger in your thoughts for its remarkably likable hero, spirited heroine, beautiful horses, scenery, adventure, and romance. It's the kind of excellent storytelling that keeps us coming back for more, again and again from Beverly Jenkins." -- NPR
“Jenkins is a historical romance legend — and if you haven’t yet gotten your hands on the USA Today bestselling author’s work, you should do so immediately.” -- Shondaland
“Jenkins knows how to craft a romantic yarn against a historical backdrop with all the attendant power and punch befitting her status as a romance icon.” -- Entertainment Weekly
“Legendary historical romance author Jenkins brilliantly touches on painful, significant historical and cultural references... the amusing dialogue, lively characters, and vivid descriptions of the Old West make this even-paced romance a winner.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Jenkins makes her hero and heroine vivid, nuanced creations... Another smart, entertaining historical romance from Jenkins.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"This book has all the hallmarks of Jenkins’ fiction—meticulous historical research, a frank look at social conditions for Black people of the time, masterful pacing, and complex, likable characters." -- Kirkus (starred review)
“Post–Civil War New Orleans comes to violent life in the hands of a veteran writer and delivers a vibrant, instructive, totally romantic historical tale that will resonate with many readers today. Beautifully done.” -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Memorable characters and fun, if fraught, dialogue make the highly anticipated second book in romance star Jenkins' Women Who Dare series a refreshing and keenly innovative historical romance. Readers will be clamoring for more well-researched and inclusive love stories featuring strong women in the American West." -- Booklist (starred review)
"Jenkins once again proves why she’s a giant of the genre." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Wild Rain is a perfect, touching and romantic tale... An excellent romance with a wonderful and memorable heroine..." -- All About Romance (DIK)
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 inclusive 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 Journal, People Magazine, and NPR.
To read more about Beverly, visit her at www.BeverlyJenkins.net.
- Publisher : Avon (February 9, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062861719
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062861719
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spring was a scene stealer from the moment we met her. She was an independent, strong, no nonsense woman with a huge heart, which she willingly opened to Regan.
Nearly all of Miss Beverly‘s historical romances are connected in one way or another. Though this book is a part of the ‘Women Who Dare’ series, it’s a story that began in ‘Tempest.’ The first book in this series, ‘Rebel,’ is part of the LeVeq family books. ‘Through the Storm’ is the first of the LeVeq books. It’s also where we meet Rhine Fontaine. Rhine is the hero in ‘Forbidden.’
'Forbidden’ is the first of the ‘Old West’ books, and I consider this book (Wild Rain) to be the fourth of that book series.
‘Wild Rain’ was an enjoyable book. If this is your first Beverly Jenkins book, you’ll love it. You’ll love the colorful characters, descriptive scenery, dialogue, steamy love scenes (these were some of the hottest sex scenes Ms. Bev. has written) and historical accuracy.
However, if you’ve read her other historical romances (all in my case), this book may feel incredibly reminiscent of others. There’s a real sense of deja vu. This story doesn’t just harken back to Ms. Bev’s older books, it repeats things that happened in both Forbidden and Tempest. The ‘big baddies’ in this story were carbon copies of ones from previous books; only not nearly as interesting. The traumatic/angsty scenes in this book were also carbon copies of others Ms. Bev. has written. And the resolutions were less than satisfying. It’s possible that after having written so many historical romance novels, it’s difficult to tell a story that’s both original and compelling.
What was original: This was the first time that one of Miss Bev‘s historical heroine’s has stated emphatically she doesn’t want children. In ‘The Taming of Jessi Rose,’ Jessi was unable to have children. Jessi had no choice over her situation, but Spring did. You don’t see that very often in romance novels. A woman making the conscious decision not to have children, in spite of what others may think, was refreshing. I was hoping for more information as to why Spring made that decision, but that was not to be.
Callback: I was happy to get a resolution, of sorts, between Spring and Ben, her grandfather. In ‘Tempest’ we got the backstory of why Spring has such a volatile relationship with Ben. This book goes deeper. And if I’m being honest, as much of a curmudgeon as Ben was, I really liked him. He managed to save the day more than once.
Miss Bev. referred to Garrett McCray, our hero, as a cinnamon roll. That may be true, but the way he stood up for Spring against a very vicious verbal attack, gave him a lot of street cred in my book. He was sweet and strong, and I enjoyed his relationship with Spring. I do think that he was done a disservice in this book. He wanted to have children that were free born. His children would have been the first in his family to be free born (he was born a slave). Spring’s desire completely overrode his. My only real problem with this is that he gave up his hopes for children without even asking her why she felt the way she did. That did not make any sense. Something so important to both of their lives should’ve been discussed at length.
Though this work was not as unputdownable as I’d hoped, I did enjoy it. I wholeheartedly recommend that anyone who wants to read ‘Wild Rain,’ read ‘Tempest’ first. And if you have a little time, along with a little desire, I’d recommend first reading ‘Forbidden,’ then ‘Breathless,’ and then ‘Tempest.’
Thank you Miss Bev for what you’ve given to us.
Wild Rain was full of surprises, but then Spring Lee isn’t your typical heroine either. Spring, Dr. Colton Lee’s sister, first appeared in Tempest and I’ve been hoping some type of happy would happen to her after her difficult past. She deserved a special someone who appreciated her uniqueness and Garrett was more than up for the job! I couldn’t have asked for a better fit. He’s respectful, kind and is able to see Spring for who and what she is. He was a lovable cinnamon roll hero (I learned a new term for these super sweet hero types!) and I was cheering him on, along with the rest of Paradise’s residents to win Spring over!
Of course this wouldn’t be a Jenkins book without historical mentions-sundown newspapers and Black sailors in the Union Navy just to name a couple of things-but once again, I walk away from Ms. B’s story with new wrinkles on the brain and armed with a list of sources to research further.
I received an advance reader copy from @Netgalley @Avon @HarperVoyagerUS and this is my honest review.
I realize that this is not really the usual type review; however, I've read so many of BJ's books (and had so many desserts) that I wanted to praise the glory of her works and share the pleasure I get with anyone who may not be familiar with her storytelling magic. Write on Ms. B!!