by Beverly Jenkins
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?
There was no question about me loving this new Ms Bev book. Wild Rain returns us to Wyoming and the Lee family from Tempest, which is one of my favorite Ms Bev books. Spring, the sister of the hero from Tempest, is the heroine of Wild Rain. She’s a scandalous, gun-toting, take no shit heroine who lives on her own. Spring has a tragic backstory that led to her acting out and being scandalous in her younger years. Now she just wants a simple life but when reporter Garret stumbles into her life, things are definitely about to change. Garret is here from the East Coast to do a story on Spring’s doctor brother. However, the more time he spends with Spring, the less interested he is in returning East. As usual, Ms Bev does a phenomenal job of weaving American history and the role of Black Americans into a beautiful love story. It’s a sad realization about the American education system that I’ve learned far more about Black Americans and events in the late 19th century from Ms Bev’s books than I ever learned in school.
Spring is hesitant to take a risk on Garret. She has been brutally hurt in the past, and the past shows up to cause problems too. What’s more is Garret’s only in Wyoming for a little while and at times, they want different things from life. Garret is a former slave and that experience shaped his life. It also means that once he found Spring and a love with her, he’s not willing to let that go. Garret and Spring have to fight for their HEA but that makes it all the sweeter.
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.