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The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new Women Who Dare series follows a female rancher in Wyoming after the Civil War. A reporter has come to Wyoming to do a story on doctors for his Black newspaper back east. He thinks Colton Lee will be an interesting subject…until he meets Colton’s sister, Spring. She runs her own ranch, wears den The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new Women Who Dare series follows a female rancher in Wyoming after the Civil War. A reporter has come to Wyoming to do a story on doctors for his Black newspaper back east. He thinks Colton Lee will be an interesting subject…until he meets Colton’s sister, Spring. She runs her own ranch, wears denim pants instead of dresses, and is the most fascinating woman he’s ever met. But Spring, who has overcome a raucous and scandalous past, isn’t looking for, nor does she want, love. As their attraction grows, will their differences come between them or unite them for an everlasting love?


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The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new Women Who Dare series follows a female rancher in Wyoming after the Civil War. A reporter has come to Wyoming to do a story on doctors for his Black newspaper back east. He thinks Colton Lee will be an interesting subject…until he meets Colton’s sister, Spring. She runs her own ranch, wears den The second novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins’ compelling new Women Who Dare series follows a female rancher in Wyoming after the Civil War. A reporter has come to Wyoming to do a story on doctors for his Black newspaper back east. He thinks Colton Lee will be an interesting subject…until he meets Colton’s sister, Spring. She runs her own ranch, wears denim pants instead of dresses, and is the most fascinating woman he’s ever met. But Spring, who has overcome a raucous and scandalous past, isn’t looking for, nor does she want, love. As their attraction grows, will their differences come between them or unite them for an everlasting love?

30 review for Wild Rain

  1. 5 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    My first instinct was to give this book 4 stars because the plot with the villain it all wrapped up so quickly at the end, but then I had this thought: Spring wasn't going to give that jackass more of her time, so why on Earth would this book give him more of her time? One thing I'd like to say is that Ms. Bev's prose is so smooth, so utterly perfectly crafted. It's like fine wine. It's perfectly readable and it's just masterful how easily she pulls us into the story and into the world. Sitting My first instinct was to give this book 4 stars because the plot with the villain it all wrapped up so quickly at the end, but then I had this thought: Spring wasn't going to give that jackass more of her time, so why on Earth would this book give him more of her time? One thing I'd like to say is that Ms. Bev's prose is so smooth, so utterly perfectly crafted. It's like fine wine. It's perfectly readable and it's just masterful how easily she pulls us into the story and into the world. Sitting down with a Beverly Jenkins book is just pure. reading. pleasure. I loved Spring and I loved Garrett.

  2. 5 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Spring Lee was seemingly as untamed as the Wyoming mountains, and frankly, just as impressive. Second in the Women Who Dare series, Wild Rain, returns to the town of Paradise in the Wyoming Territory. Frequent readers of Ms. Jenkins will recognize a lot of characters and relations of former stars from previous books but I would only suggest Tempest, book thre I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Spring Lee was seemingly as untamed as the Wyoming mountains, and frankly, just as impressive. Second in the Women Who Dare series, Wild Rain, returns to the town of Paradise in the Wyoming Territory. Frequent readers of Ms. Jenkins will recognize a lot of characters and relations of former stars from previous books but I would only suggest Tempest, book three in the Old West series, as a possible book that you might want to read before this. The starring heroine here is Spring Lee, the sister of Dr. Colton Lee from Tempest but our hero Garrett McCray is a new character from out east, coming to interview Colton for his father's sundown newspaper. Spring comes upon Garrett after he is thrown from his horse and with an early spring blizzard, normally surly Spring lets Garrett stay at her cabin until his knee heals. He’d left her feeling treasured, desired, something she’d never experienced before. It awakened a long-buried part of herself to the possibility of what could be, and that scared her. Spring was the star of the show for me, she's fiercely and competently independent, strong willed, has some bite, and a little bit of vulnerability. When she was eighteen her grandfather threw her out of the house when she wouldn't marry the man he'd chosen for her. She ends up working on a ranch where the owner makes her trade sexual favors for the job and even “shares” her with his son. There's no flashbacks to this but the few times Spring thinks back to it, clearly shows how traumatic it was for her but how she survived and fought for the independent life she has now. Spring is one of those heroines who is deeply clear, what you see is what you get but there's an ocean to her thoughts and feelings. Being enslaved, who he wanted to be had been beyond his grasp. Now free, his life, ambitions, and dreams were his own. He’d not turn the reins over to anyone else. Spring was such a strong character that Garrett paled in comparison. A little farther into the book, we learn that he ran away from enslavement when he was fourteen and joined the Union Navy, read law because that was what his father wanted but ultimately became a carpenter for his own self-fulfillment. The author calls him a “cinnamon roll” hero and while he sweetly loved Spring and introduces her to foreplay and desire, he was too blankly just there for a lot of the story. There was some instant love going on too, he's ready to move out west to be with Spring already at around the 40% mark. She’d chosen him for now, so he contented himself with holding her close and listening to the rain. As always, Ms. Jenkins shines with her family dynamics and the second half provides that with Garrett having a heart-to-heart with his father about how he wants to live his life his way (it's a pretty emotional conversation as Garrett's father explains why he tries to control and hold so tightly to his two children) and Spring having to deal with unresolved issues with her grandfather. There's some drama with the son of the man Spring worked for, which I thought added good angst, but he brought along another character that wanted to build a saw mill and that whole storyline and its characters never felt settled in right and broke up some cohesive story structure for me. Along with emotional family dynamics, you'll always get interesting historical portions that help create a feel for the setting and characters. There's mention of sundown newspapers, the Sandy Creek Massacre, a Civil War ship battle, and the beginning of Jim Crow. Being around Garrett McCray had altered her thinking about life and her place in it in ways that were new and challenging: from how she defined respect, to what she deserved from a man in bed. In his calm, quiet way he’d changed her, not necessarily into a better person but a different one. With Spring and Garrett's love feeling too instant for me, I never fully felt the emotion in their bedroom scenes and those were what was left to carry the heft of their relationship in the second half. There's some ending angst with Spring not wanting children that gets resolved fairly quickly but still in a way that left me feeling their relationship was more of a happily for now instead of a happy sigh ever after. Ms. Jenkins does the old west vibe wonderfully, this couple just didn't strike any heavy emotionally chords for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    2020 Winter Bingo (#SnowInLoveBingo❄️): Childfree HEA Nothing makes me more emotional than a prickly, confident woman being cherished by a partner who encourages a streak of vulnerability to shine through. I really hope Ms. Bev returns to Paradise, Wyoming for another book (maybe with Garrett’s sister Melody?). Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Book Boss

    This is Colton’s sister Spring’s book. Colton’s story is Tempest with heroine Regan who is the niece of Eddy the heroine from Forbidden. Eddy is Rhine’s wife who is the brother of Sable, the heroine of Through the Storm. We get to visit Sable and Raimond in Rebel. The first book of this current series which is Raimond’s brother, Drake’s book. We meet Raimond in Indigo. He is the hero Galen's best friend. This is Colton’s sister Spring’s book. Colton’s story is Tempest with heroine Regan who is the niece of Eddy the heroine from Forbidden. Eddy is Rhine’s wife who is the brother of Sable, the heroine of Through the Storm. We get to visit Sable and Raimond in Rebel. The first book of this current series which is Raimond’s brother, Drake’s book. We meet Raimond in Indigo. He is the hero Galen's best friend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Read In Colour

    Stories about women living in the newly settled western parts of America fascinate me. I remember reading Ann Weisgarber’s The Personal History of Rachel Dupree years ago. The story of a Black woman who left a big city to move to the Badlands of South Dakota with her new husband and homestead in the early 20th century was mind blowing. But with Wild Rain, Beverly Jenkins introduces an even bigger badass! Spring Lee is a fierce, no nonsense, kick ass now ask questions later “lady.” And while it's Stories about women living in the newly settled western parts of America fascinate me. I remember reading Ann Weisgarber’s The Personal History of Rachel Dupree years ago. The story of a Black woman who left a big city to move to the Badlands of South Dakota with her new husband and homestead in the early 20th century was mind blowing. But with Wild Rain, Beverly Jenkins introduces an even bigger badass! Spring Lee is a fierce, no nonsense, kick ass now ask questions later “lady.” And while it's true that the romance between her and Garrett McCray, a formerly enslaved journalist who's come to Paradise, Wyoming to interview Spring’s brother, is the overarching theme of the book, Spring’s approach to life is the heartbeat of Wild Rain. Eschewing social norms of the times, she's a land owning rancher, she hangs out in saloons, she breaks wild horses and she embraces her sexuality! It's so refreshing to see a female character who doesn't pretend she doesn't have a past, is open about what and who she wants, and makes the first, second or third move, if she has to. Wild Rain is the second novel in the Women Who Dare series, Rebel was the first. If you're trying to remember where you've seen Spring Lee before, check out Tempest, the third book in Beverly Jenkins's Old West series, where we first meet Spring’s brother Dr. Colton Lee and his bride to be, Regan Carmichael. Thanks to the people at William Morrow Books/Avon for sending this my way!

  6. 5 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    This romance was superb, sweet, romantic, sexy — Ms Bev is the queen. Spring is a horse girl, rancher, denim-wearing heroine who meets one day a cinnamon roll, bookish, newspaper hero, Garrett, in a blizzard. She saves him after falling off his horse! He says he fell in love with her since that moment on. This was so great and ugh the feels, the feels. Their relationship happened so naturally like every Beverly Jenkins book. Spring and Garrett brought me back to Regan and Colt and that little to This romance was superb, sweet, romantic, sexy — Ms Bev is the queen. Spring is a horse girl, rancher, denim-wearing heroine who meets one day a cinnamon roll, bookish, newspaper hero, Garrett, in a blizzard. She saves him after falling off his horse! He says he fell in love with her since that moment on. This was so great and ugh the feels, the feels. Their relationship happened so naturally like every Beverly Jenkins book. Spring and Garrett brought me back to Regan and Colt and that little town. It was very good and I think many many will enjoy this book! Also nice to read more and more about heroines who don’t want children and where the hero or the circumstances in the story don’t make her change her mind. Spring doesn’t want to get married and doesn’t want children and that’s okay! I’m so happy Garrett was there to make her happy in any way possible and he just wanted to wake up beside her every morning. Love these two! I got a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Beverly Jenkins is definitely low angst, so this was just a sweet romance between Spring and Garrett, who is a reporter coming into town to do a story on Spring's brother. I really loved seeing the characters from the previous books in this series and how they all interact with one another. Since this is low angst, there wasn't too much drama within the romance itself. Instead, the romance is at the forefront for the first half of the book and then definitely focuses more on a mystery for the se Beverly Jenkins is definitely low angst, so this was just a sweet romance between Spring and Garrett, who is a reporter coming into town to do a story on Spring's brother. I really loved seeing the characters from the previous books in this series and how they all interact with one another. Since this is low angst, there wasn't too much drama within the romance itself. Instead, the romance is at the forefront for the first half of the book and then definitely focuses more on a mystery for the second half of the book. I do think the conflict in the romance at the end resolved itself a little too quickly, but overall I really enjoyed Spring's book and having her as a heroine!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    He came west for a story and found a woman rancher who refused to follow the script. The old west comes alive in all it's colorful, gritty hues from the pen of a talented author and I was eager for this reading adventure to begin. Wild Rain is the second of the Women Who Dare standalone stories, but it is fourth in the Old West series that are an inter-connected series of books about the women of Carmichael/Lee family. I had no trouble reading it without the earlier Old West stories, but I could He came west for a story and found a woman rancher who refused to follow the script. The old west comes alive in all it's colorful, gritty hues from the pen of a talented author and I was eager for this reading adventure to begin. Wild Rain is the second of the Women Who Dare standalone stories, but it is fourth in the Old West series that are an inter-connected series of books about the women of Carmichael/Lee family. I had no trouble reading it without the earlier Old West stories, but I could see the strong connection to the previous book Tempest, in particular. Wild Rain opens with woman rancher, Spring Lee, on her way home from caring for a horse. A blizzard has come up and she comes across a horse with an empty saddle and then the injured rider. Turns out the rider is the eastern newspaperman who wants to interview her doctor brother since he's a colored man practicing medicine. Spring likes to be to herself and be left alone, but something about the courteous and respectful Garrett McGrady makes his company not the irksome burden she assumed when she grudgingly brought him to her cabin and looked after him. McGrady is full of questions like any news reporter about her brother, about life in Paradise, WY, and about her life on the ranch raising stock horses and more, but he accepts her as she is and doesn't pry. She learns something about the handsome, gentlemanly easterner who is a former slave, former navy sailor, carpenter, and reporter and for all he is, he is more impressed with her and treats her like a lady no matter what he hears around town about her wild past and most unladylike conduct. Unfortunately, he hears a lot because the slimy son of her former boss portrays her as a whore and nastily brings it up in company. He threatens her, but Spring isn't afraid to pull out her Colt pistol and fill him with lead if he pushes her. The fancy Easterners he brings to town threaten the ownership of her land, but Spring is more concerned about a certain reporter than anything else. Garrett came to get a story and falls in love with the ways of the west, the townfolk, and especially a strong woman who isn't afraid to buck the system to be herself. He gradually learns Spring's story of being forced out on her own to make her way as best she could. Back east, his father has a woman picked out for him from a slightly higher class in colored society and wants Garrett settled in a respectable law office, but Garrett has other ideas about both. He'd rather pursue his carpentry work and figure out a way to be in Spring's life. In the mean time, he meets her doctor brother and sister in law Regal, makes friends with many in town, and makes a bitter enemy of the man who insults Spring and threatens her. Will he hang tough and be the man to match Spring or take the easy road back East? I enjoyed my first Beverly Jenkins book last year, Rebel, so I picked up this second Women Who Dare. Now, perhaps it is the setting- I am partial to westerns- but I thought this story was even stronger and kept me riveted from cover to cover. Spring is my hero. That woman went through so much and she came out as tempered steel though she is generous, loyal, hardworking, and loving in her gruff way. And, Garrett is a rare and lovely beta hero. He's skilled and poised and has been through his own tough early years, but he's no domineering alpha sort. He's not afraid of strong, capable women and respects Spring to death even her wish to stay unmarried and without a family. He will accept her terms to be with her. And, Spring, who had no plans beyond scratching an itch with the handsome man, soon learns what a real man is like and learns that she can have so much more if she can open herself to Garrett. Beyond the romance, there was an exciting, gritty plot. Spring goes up against an Easterner investor who won't take no for an answer and an old enemy who bullied and used her when she was too young and desperate to defend herself. It got exciting and had some suspenseful scenes. The ranch town setting was added to with colorful western characters from all backgrounds. As with the earlier book, I enjoyed the details of African American history that were new to me and how it fit in with other aspects of post-Civil War history of the time. I was intrigued by the class-consciousness that the author referenced of how those who were former slaves were sometimes looked down upon by those who were born free. It was also fascinating to learn a little about life as a black sailor in the navy as well as the 'sundown' newspapers of the day. I'll definitely be following up on several historical details that grabbed me. But, for all the details, the story driving forward was the most prominent and the details enriched that story. I can't wait to see what daring woman gets her story next though I wouldn't be upset if she is the love interest of a certain Native American rancher-engineer... Those who love their historical western romances sensual, exciting, and authentic should give the Old West and/or Women Who Dare series a go. I rec'd this book through Net Galley to be read in exchange for an honest review. I read this for COYER as a buddy read with Kara.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jewlsbookblog

    4.5 stars 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 le 4.5 stars 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 and Harper Voyager and this is my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    I highly recommend reading Beverly Jenkins books in order because the characters are connected to each other and often make appearances in subsequent installments of a series. In this book, the heroine Spring Lee is the sister of D. Colton Lee from book 3 of the Old West series. His story was just as good as this one. The story begins with writer Garrett McCray traveling to the Wyoming to interview Spring's brother Colton for his newspaper. On his travel, Garrett was thrown from his horse and got I highly recommend reading Beverly Jenkins books in order because the characters are connected to each other and often make appearances in subsequent installments of a series. In this book, the heroine Spring Lee is the sister of D. Colton Lee from book 3 of the Old West series. His story was just as good as this one. The story begins with writer Garrett McCray traveling to the Wyoming to interview Spring's brother Colton for his newspaper. On his travel, Garrett was thrown from his horse and got hurt. Spring reluctantly gives aid and then Garrett slowly draws Spring out of her prickly shell. What I love about Beverly Jenkins is that she never gives me a heroine that I can't relate to and admire. The woman are strong, independent, hardworking, loyal, just good people. There was so much so Spring. Many layers that made her sarcastic and strong. She had been through a lot. This book was really about Spring's growth and how Garrett's love aided her in the journey. Their scene together were done well because of the respect as well as the attraction between them. In addition, the black family dynamics always makes me feel whole. There is a sense of community that she conveys with the freed blacks that educates the reader as to accomplishments and achievements. So this is more than a love story, its just a feel good historical fiction. This was one as another winner for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    A sweet historical romance is sometimes exactly what the doctor calls for, and this novel fits the prescription perfectly. This is such a sweet, low-key romance about a badass female rancher and the reporter who falls in love with her after coming to town to write a story on her brother. I loved the dynamic between the two of them, the way there was this genuine care and affection for each other right from the beginning. Seeing Spring care for Garrett was so lovely. I loved that there wasn’t tha A sweet historical romance is sometimes exactly what the doctor calls for, and this novel fits the prescription perfectly. This is such a sweet, low-key romance about a badass female rancher and the reporter who falls in love with her after coming to town to write a story on her brother. I loved the dynamic between the two of them, the way there was this genuine care and affection for each other right from the beginning. Seeing Spring care for Garrett was so lovely. I loved that there wasn’t that much angst between them, and their relationship evolved so organically. Even the fact that the main character doesn’t want kids was a nice touch, because it’s so rare in historical romances for the HEA to not include children. As someone who isn’t sure if I want kids, even if I do get married one day, the representation was nice to see. In addition, Beverly Jenkins was able to situate this romance within its historical context so well. She dealt with the realities of race, power, and privilege in such nuanced, important ways, and she brought the Old West setting to life so well. I could envision everything. The one main detractor for me is still the writing style. I appreciate how light and understated it is, but this novel (and the previous book in this series) is pretty dialogue-heavy. I prefer more exposition and inner monologue in my narratives, but I recognize this is just personal preference. I certainly see why so many people love Beverly Jenkins, and I am sure that I will read many more of her romances in the future.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Beverly Jenkins writes another excellent book in her Women Who Dare series. The first book was Rebel. I was very excited to get Spring's story. Spring Lee is a woman rancher in the period after the Civil War. She doesn't wear gowns and gussy herself up. Instead, she wears pants, and her love and dedication to the horses on her ranch mean the world to her. A newspaper reporter, Garrett McCray heads to Wyoming to interview Spring's brother Colton, who is a doctor. That is something quite newswo Beverly Jenkins writes another excellent book in her Women Who Dare series. The first book was Rebel. I was very excited to get Spring's story. Spring Lee is a woman rancher in the period after the Civil War. She doesn't wear gowns and gussy herself up. Instead, she wears pants, and her love and dedication to the horses on her ranch mean the world to her. A newspaper reporter, Garrett McCray heads to Wyoming to interview Spring's brother Colton, who is a doctor. That is something quite newsworthy, because for a black man to have become a doctor at that time was something rare indeed. McCray finds himself more than distracted with Spring, bold, beautiful and a complete breath of fresh air. The pair soon realize that they have a strong attraction to one another, but recognize that they are on different paths in life. Meanwhile, the fact that Spring is a woman ranch owner in times that were not always safe, she has her share of problems. However, the problems - and even danger - never slow her down. Wild Rain is not only the second book in a new series, but it is also connected to Jenkins' Old West series, where Spring appeared in the book called Tempest. Although I hadn't read that series, I had no trouble seeing who Spring is, why she is so strong, and developed a strong sense of compassion for her due to her past. McCray was rather remarkable as well. He came from an influential family, but he was a modest and kind individual. It was very easy to root for them to find something everlasting. This engaging read by Jenkins is followed by an Author's Note which fills readers in regarding the research that she puts into her writing. Even more, her research regarding African Americans during post-Civil War times is something worth noting. I love reading about this time in history and seeing the progress that was made regarding education and the careers that some chose despite the oppression they faced on a daily basis. Many thanks to Avon and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie McC

    Full Review below: The latest from the infamous Beverly Jenkins 100% did NOT disappoint! 'Wild Rain' is the newest installment of her Women Who Dare series, book #2, and also, book #4 of her Old West series (our heroine, Spring Lee is the sister of the infamous Colton Lee, whose story with his lady, Regan, of Tempest!) This story was, sweet, it was sexy, and as I've learned to expect from Ms. Bev, full of history lessons. I have admittedly not read her entire backlist yet, but that is one of my goa Full Review below: The latest from the infamous Beverly Jenkins 100% did NOT disappoint! 'Wild Rain' is the newest installment of her Women Who Dare series, book #2, and also, book #4 of her Old West series (our heroine, Spring Lee is the sister of the infamous Colton Lee, whose story with his lady, Regan, of Tempest!) This story was, sweet, it was sexy, and as I've learned to expect from Ms. Bev, full of history lessons. I have admittedly not read her entire backlist yet, but that is one of my goals this year because I love her writing, and how she sets up an entire world that you can see so vividly through her words. Spring happens upon our hero, Garrett McCray, in the middle of a blizzard in Wyoming. Garrett was thrown from his horse as he was traveling west to interview Spring's brother, Dr. Colton Lee. Garrett hails from the east coast and is a reporter for his father's sundown paper. The story revolves around a small town called Paradise, with a whole collection of characters we've seen, and some new ones as well. Garrett grapples with his attraction to the prickly Spring almost immediately - he's never met a woman like her! She lives alone, she's a rancher, she liked going to saloons to drink whiskey, she wears jeans and a gun belt! She breaks wild horses, she does her own manual labor - honestly, Spring is the total package, and Garrett is the ooey gooey cinnamon roll who just wants to love her. Spring has been resolved to a life alone and she is just fine with that... or is she? Like a lot of Ms. Bev's books, we see what life is like post Civil War, and the prejudices that folks who aren't white, faced. As we're in the old west, we get a glimpse into what people out east thought/said about the Native Americans, as well as the horrible double standard freed Black slaves had to endure. Another thing that set this book apart for me was that Spring did not want children. I never know what to expect when that stance comes up in a book because I always get nervous there's going to be some sweeping declaration to change the heroine's mind... Not here. And I can't tell you how much that made me smile. I absolutely LOVED this story and I'll be singing its praises until everyone I know has read this incredible book. Many thanks to the author, Avon, and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Wild Rain has a fantastic heroine, Spring, who’s intelligent, tough as nails, and fiercely independent. Spring is a gun toting, lone rancher residing near Paradise, Wyoming who’s the kind of woman that never wants to marry or have any children (and is totally fine with that.) She meets our hero, Garrett, in a snowstorm, saves his life, brings him into her home and takes care of him. Garrett’s a sweetheart of a hero who’s in awe of Spring. He’s a carpenter and reporter, practiced law, who’s trave Wild Rain has a fantastic heroine, Spring, who’s intelligent, tough as nails, and fiercely independent. Spring is a gun toting, lone rancher residing near Paradise, Wyoming who’s the kind of woman that never wants to marry or have any children (and is totally fine with that.) She meets our hero, Garrett, in a snowstorm, saves his life, brings him into her home and takes care of him. Garrett’s a sweetheart of a hero who’s in awe of Spring. He’s a carpenter and reporter, practiced law, who’s traveled to Paradise from the east coast to interview Spring’s brother (a doctor) for his father’s sundown newspaper. Instead, he is fascinated by Spring, falls in love with her and wants her just as she is. I adored Spring and Garrett, their chemistry was off the charts. Beverly Jenkins writes their world so vividly it leaves nothing to the imagination. I really enjoyed my short escape to the old west, and will be reading more of this series as they’re released.

  15. 4 out of 5

    RachelReadsandSings

    We loooooooove a sweet, low angst romance in this house. I even teared up towards the end! Spring is such a badass heroine, and Garrett is a wonderful man who admires and loves Spring for everything she is. Another great romance by Beverly Jenkins! I also love that Spring didn’t want to have kids and Garrett was completely fine with that by the end. Not every HEA needs to include kids!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    ***ARC courtesy of publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a review***

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lois

    I totally finished this book and loved it. I mean truly loved this. I liked the delicacy that went into crafting this style romance in that time period. Well done Ms Jenkins.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Birch

    Western Romance Perfection! ✔️Capable heroine who doesn’t need a man to run her ranch ✔️ Bookish hero saved by the heroine and isn’t afraid to admit he likes it and her ✔️ Beautiful landscape and horses I absolutely loved Spring and Garrett, in fact I think he’s my favorite Beverly Jenkins hero ever! In addition to the majesty of a capable heroine who is unconditionally loved by the hero and the very sexy “substantial” consent that was present, I loved the inclusion of the history of the Black pr Western Romance Perfection! ✔️Capable heroine who doesn’t need a man to run her ranch ✔️ Bookish hero saved by the heroine and isn’t afraid to admit he likes it and her ✔️ Beautiful landscape and horses I absolutely loved Spring and Garrett, in fact I think he’s my favorite Beverly Jenkins hero ever! In addition to the majesty of a capable heroine who is unconditionally loved by the hero and the very sexy “substantial” consent that was present, I loved the inclusion of the history of the Black press, skewed representation of Natives at the time, and the exploration of the different facets of Jim Crow. Reading a Beverly Jenkins book is like the best history lecture I ever attended (I have two history degrees) but with some serious kissing! I received a complimentary review copy of this book but all opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenica

    When I read Tempest I was (a) annoyed with Colt literally the entire time and (b) obsessed with Spring. So I've been anxiously awaiting Wild Rain for quite some time and I'm delighted to inform you that Spring remains absolutely fantastic. And Garrett is probably my favorite hero of Ms. Bev's I've read. He's her first cinnamon roll and he was... delightful. Spring mentions that it's nice waking up to someone cooking her breakfast and, like, yes, could I have that please? Spring comes across Garr When I read Tempest I was (a) annoyed with Colt literally the entire time and (b) obsessed with Spring. So I've been anxiously awaiting Wild Rain for quite some time and I'm delighted to inform you that Spring remains absolutely fantastic. And Garrett is probably my favorite hero of Ms. Bev's I've read. He's her first cinnamon roll and he was... delightful. Spring mentions that it's nice waking up to someone cooking her breakfast and, like, yes, could I have that please? Spring comes across Garrett in a blizzard after he's fallen off his horse and hurt his knee. Garrett has come from Washington D.C. to interview Colt for his father's Sundown Paper, a term that was new to me. Spring is prickly and also not like other women in a way that isn't like, "I'm not like other girls," but just Spring having found that the things that were and are coded as feminine didn't serve her in her quest for independence after a really traumatic coming of age. I don't want to spoil her background if you're unfamiliar with Spring, but you should know that there are some potential trigger warnings for sexual... manipulation, I guess, maybe is the best way to say it. That's in Spring's past, but as someone from that time in her life has reappeared, it comes up a good bit. I love Spring and enjoyed seeing Regan again and Garrett was great. Odell also makes many appearances and I adore him. I also loved seeing Dottie again. What I still didn't like is Ben. And there's this whole segment where Colt encourages Spring to forgive him and while I know that at the time Colt didn't know the full story, I still found it absolutely infuriating. Ultimately, this is the element of the story that I really struggled with. I'm the type of person who is very good at holding a grudge and ultimately, I just couldn't quite come around to this thing with Ben. And then the end of the book resolves a conflict and the situation with Ben in a way that just didn't feel quite... satisfying for me. But all that to say, I still really enjoyed this one. Thank you to Netgalley and Avon for the opportunity to read and review this book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    This book drew me in from page one, when Spring Lee finds Garret McCray struggling through a blizzard and rescues him. I don't typically read American-set historical novels, but I'm discovering a love for these ones set in the western frontier. Wild Rain takes place in the years following the Civil War and is set in Wyoming territory. Spring is a bad-ass horse rancher who's a loner and a bit of a grump. I laughed every single time she threatened to feed Garrett to a bear if he pissed her off! I This book drew me in from page one, when Spring Lee finds Garret McCray struggling through a blizzard and rescues him. I don't typically read American-set historical novels, but I'm discovering a love for these ones set in the western frontier. Wild Rain takes place in the years following the Civil War and is set in Wyoming territory. Spring is a bad-ass horse rancher who's a loner and a bit of a grump. I laughed every single time she threatened to feed Garrett to a bear if he pissed her off! I saw somewhere that this is Ms. Bev's first "cinnamon roll" hero, and WOW, did she knock that right out of the park. I adore Garrett, he's just so quietly sweet and caring, showing Spring a respect and care that she doesn't need (and doesn't want, haha) but in a way that's not pushy or overbearing. He can make me breakfast (and do the dishes! a unicorn!) any day. The dynamic between Garrett and Spring is just so great, and I love their chemistry. I feel like I also learn a lot every time a read one of Ms. Bev's books - they're so well-researched and she just slips information in there in ways that seem so natural, whether it's Garrett explaining sundowner papers to Spring or her talking about the difference between breeding horses and breaking wild horses. Wild Rain is the second book in the Women Who Dare series and the fourth book in the Old West series. This book can be read as a stand alone, though it does reference Spring's brother Colton and his wife Regan's story, which is book 3 in that series (Tempest) - and you'd better believe I immediately went and bought that! A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own. Like this review? Check out more of my reviews on my blog, Elley the Book Otter

  21. 5 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    I have only recently fallen in love with Beverly Jenkins and I am officially all in. I had not read the previous books in the series when I started Wild Rain, but you better believe that I am going to now! Wild Rain is the story of Spring, a rancher in Wyoming, and Garrett, a reporter and carpenter from the east coast. She is fiercely independent in a time when she shouldn't be and after some adjusting to his environment and her capabilities, Garrett loves it and her. This is a true wild west st I have only recently fallen in love with Beverly Jenkins and I am officially all in. I had not read the previous books in the series when I started Wild Rain, but you better believe that I am going to now! Wild Rain is the story of Spring, a rancher in Wyoming, and Garrett, a reporter and carpenter from the east coast. She is fiercely independent in a time when she shouldn't be and after some adjusting to his environment and her capabilities, Garrett loves it and her. This is a true wild west story with bad guys and shooting and horse breaking. It is a fast paced romp and I am here for it. Thank you, Avon, for letting me read and review!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    I have not read a lot of the Beverly Jenkins catalog, but I have adored what I have read. With that said, I truly adored this post civil war story about an unconventional woman working her own ranch like a queen. She wears pants, and doesn't fuss over her appearance. Spring truly is the kind of heroine I love to see in historicals. When Garret comes to town to interview her brother, (who is a doctor! Let's get his book please!) he can't help but be swept away by her. She rescues him, and calls t I have not read a lot of the Beverly Jenkins catalog, but I have adored what I have read. With that said, I truly adored this post civil war story about an unconventional woman working her own ranch like a queen. She wears pants, and doesn't fuss over her appearance. Spring truly is the kind of heroine I love to see in historicals. When Garret comes to town to interview her brother, (who is a doctor! Let's get his book please!) he can't help but be swept away by her. She rescues him, and calls to him. He was raised well, and writes for a paper. This story was lovely. I spent my time reading it, because it was just so enjoyable. If you haven't read from Queen Bev yet, please do!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trianna/Treereads

    I loved this couple so much!! They had so many cute moments and I'm a sucker for the snowed in together trope which is how they essentially meet. The story slowed for me a bit in the middle, but then something happened and I got sucked right back in. TW: physical & sexual abuse, racist comments I loved this couple so much!! They had so many cute moments and I'm a sucker for the snowed in together trope which is how they essentially meet. The story slowed for me a bit in the middle, but then something happened and I got sucked right back in. TW: physical & sexual abuse, racist comments

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is probably my favorite Beverly Jenkins book. And that is a major thing to say given her backlist. But I read for heroines. And the heroine in this book rocks my world. The hero was no slouch either, awesome guy. But she was next level. Great book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Morelia (Strandedinbooks)

    I am always so in love with Beverly Jenkins’ heroines and Spring sure didn’t disappoint! Also, I seriously love reading women in romance who don’t want children and don’t have their love interest try and change that. BRAVA! *T/CW: physical and sexual abuse, gun violence

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane Peterson

    Wild Rain was a good book. It is a solid example of Beverly Jenkins' writing style - straightforward storytelling with a lot of historical detail. She always tell us something about the history of Black Americans. This time the story is set in the West after the Civil War. We encounter the impact of the war on those not directly involved. We also have a Native American perspective. The heroine, Spring Lee, is independent and tough as nails. She is perfectly happy to live on her own until she enco Wild Rain was a good book. It is a solid example of Beverly Jenkins' writing style - straightforward storytelling with a lot of historical detail. She always tell us something about the history of Black Americans. This time the story is set in the West after the Civil War. We encounter the impact of the war on those not directly involved. We also have a Native American perspective. The heroine, Spring Lee, is independent and tough as nails. She is perfectly happy to live on her own until she encounters newspaper reporter Garrett McCray. He is visiting from the East to interview her doctor brother (Tempest). A bit of intrigue and danger develops while Spring and Garrett form a relationship. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The secondary characters added flavor and interest. Garrett was definitely a beta hero (which I love), but in this case he seemed a bit flat. If opposites attract then Spring and Garrett were a good combination. She was prickly and he was easy-going. As I said, this was a good book, but not Ms. Jenkins' strongest. ARC provided through Netgalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    The CurvyJones

    I rarely pick up a Beverly Jenkins historical romance and don't enjoy it. I CAPITAL L-O-V-E this series of bold, independent women and the men who are destined to fall for them. We met and fell for Spring in Tempest (another novel I enjoyed) and begged for her story. When I say I was not disappointed? I mean every syllable. I have some *nits* with the ending (let's be honest, endings are hard and I have nits with every ending!) but it didn't take away from the overall warmth and joy I got from t I rarely pick up a Beverly Jenkins historical romance and don't enjoy it. I CAPITAL L-O-V-E this series of bold, independent women and the men who are destined to fall for them. We met and fell for Spring in Tempest (another novel I enjoyed) and begged for her story. When I say I was not disappointed? I mean every syllable. I have some *nits* with the ending (let's be honest, endings are hard and I have nits with every ending!) but it didn't take away from the overall warmth and joy I got from this book. I read it when the world was a fury, both personally and *waves arms around* everywhere and it was such a salve. Well written, well told, educational, entertaining, and HOT. If you're a Jenkins fan you'll love it. If you're not, this title will likely make you one. Read Rebel and Tempest too!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    The legendary Ms. Bev proved once again why she's the Slayer of Words. Her latest novel is rich in Black history, balanced with action and humor, and shining with compelling characters. I admire how Ms. Bev made Spring an Alpha heroine yet still sympathetic. I could totally hear the author's voice from the snappy dialogue. She also made Garrett a cinnamon roll hero but not soft. Definitely already one of my Top 21 reads of 2021. The legendary Ms. Bev proved once again why she's the Slayer of Words. Her latest novel is rich in Black history, balanced with action and humor, and shining with compelling characters. I admire how Ms. Bev made Spring an Alpha heroine yet still sympathetic. I could totally hear the author's voice from the snappy dialogue. She also made Garrett a cinnamon roll hero but not soft. Definitely already one of my Top 21 reads of 2021.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carole Bell

    This is an exciting one. I had the extreme pleasure of writing about WILD RAIN for The New York Times. You can read my review online: In Beverly Jenkins’s Romance Novels, Black History Is Front and Center https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/bo... This is an exciting one. I had the extreme pleasure of writing about WILD RAIN for The New York Times. You can read my review online: In Beverly Jenkins’s Romance Novels, Black History Is Front and Center https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/bo...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Francis

    I really enjoyed this story! The heroine is amazing and it was fun to read Beverly’s first “cinnamon roll” hero. He was sooo sweet and loving. It’s part of a series but you can easily read it alone. I received an advanced copy through a Goodreads giveaway.

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