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Lord of Vengeance [Kindle Edition]

Lara Adrian
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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Book Description

* USA Today bestseller! *

He will stop at nothing to claim what he is due . . .

Taken captive by Gunnar Rutledge, a dark knight sworn to destroy her father, Raina d'Bussy must teach forgiveness to a man who knows no mercy and lives only to exact revenge on his enemy. But time in Gunnar's keep stirs an unwanted passion in Raina, and something far more perilous, when she finds herself falling in love with the one man she should never desire.

For Gunnar, vengeance is all that matters. He seeks the ultimate price from his enemy's beautiful young daughter, claiming Raina as his hostage. But the proud beauty defies him at every turn, tempting him like no other. Setting out to break Raina's glorious spirit, Gunnar instead finds himself bewitched by her goodness, her strength. Can he seize the justice he is due without losing Raina forever?


Editorial Reviews


* Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Medieval Romance of the Year

* HOLT Medallion Finalist for Best Historical Romance of the Year

"Between the hero and heroine, a secret that I was not prepared for (which is a definite plus) and the action building to a fevered pitch toward the end, there was little or nothing not to love in Lord of Vengeance. All in all, it is a truly wonderful read."   -All About Romance (Grade A / Desert Isle Keeper)

From the Author

Other books by Lara Adrian

Warrior Trilogy reading order:
White Lion's Lady (ebook FREE for a limited time!)
Black Lion's Bride
Lady of Valor
(Complete trilogy also available in a 3-in-1 ebook collection)

Dragon Chalice Series reading order:
Heart of the Hunter (ebook FREE for a limited time!)
Heart of the Flame
Heart of the Dove
(Complete trilogy also available in a 3-in-1 ebook collection)

The Midnight Breed Series reading order:
Book 0.5: A Touch of Midnight (prequel novella)
Book 1: Kiss of Midnight
Book 2: Kiss of Crimson
Book 3: Midnight Awakening
Book 4: Midnight Rising
Book 5: Veil of Midnight
Book 6: Ashes of Midnight
Book 7: Shades of Midnight
Book 8: Taken by Midnight
Book 9: Deeper Than Midnight
Book 9.5: A Taste of Midnight (ebook novella)
Book 10: Darker After Midnight
The Midnight Breed Series Companion
Book 11: Edge of Dawn
Book 11.5: Marked by Midnight (on sale Jun 30, 2014)
Book 12: Crave the Night (on sale Aug 5, 2014)
Book 12.5: Tempted by Midnight (on sale Oct 14, 2014)
...and more to come!

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Product Details

  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lara Adrian, LLC (April 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TL11B0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will love conquer the quest for vengeance? April 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Edit: Please be aware that this isn't a new story from the popular Ms Adrian. This story was first published back in 1995! So keep that in mind before comparing the writing to that of the Midnight Breed series which is more recent.

4.5 stars

First of all the new cover is HOT! This was a wonderful historical romance and first novel by Lara Adrian (author of the immensely popular Midnight Breed series). I know her only through that modern paranormal series, so I wasn't sure what to expect of this historical piece. I wasn't disappointed.

As a young boy, Gunnar Rutledge has never forgotten his father's murder, nor the slaying of his mother at the hands of Baron d'Bussy. Now fully grown and a ruthless warrior, he vows to seek vengeance on his enemy. When he meets the lovely Raina, he's shocked to learn that she is his enemy's daughter. When none of his taunts work to lure the Baron into a confrontation, he kidnaps Raina to use her as bait. During her ten day captivity, Raina never imagined she'd learn the truth about her family and come to love the brutish warrior, who not only captured her, but her heart as well. But how can she love Gunnar when he seeks to kill her only family? Is he willing to sacrifice his quest for retribution in favor of gaining so much more?

You can't help but love Gunnar, despite his stubbornness to stay the course he has set for himself. The tough exterior he presented hid the man he truly was at his core. His endless needling of Raina brought out his cheeky side and she showed him how feisty she could really be. The build up to their HEA was nicely paced and the true story between their two families unfolded in a steady flow. The only thing I had an issue with was the Baron's confession at the end.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME Medieval! March 10, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
How did I miss this book when it came out last summer! What an awesome story! I blazed thru LORD OF VENGEANCE in a couple of days and was very sorry when I came to the end. Tina St. John has written an emotional, fast paced story packed with action and romance and so many wonderful characters. I felt like I was right there with Gunnar and Raina the whole time, and I just adored Alaric (Gunnar's squire) and even crotchety old Agnes!
If you like the medievals of Lynn Kurland or Elizabeth Elliot, you're going to love Tina St. John! And I'm so glad to see she has a new one out next month! Keep them coming, Ms. St. John!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE September 3, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first book I've read by Ms. St. John and it was a good one. More than just your typical hero rescues heroine story. This one has heart and delves into the idea of forgiveness and getting on with your life. Good story. Try ONCE A WARRIOR by Karyn Monk if you liked this one.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too chaste for this old gal June 22, 2012
By Chrissy
Format:Kindle Edition

I haven't read her paranormal series and figured I'd start out with something a bit more mainstream like this here Lord of Vengeance. However, that was a mistake on my part. The writing is good, the settings and word choice seem like they fit the time period, and I can tell the author knows her craft, but (yep, there's a 'but') I got bored. I got seriously bored. The heroine is way too innocent and good with no hangups whatsoever and she's a virgin, oh, and she's 18. 18? 18, seriously author? Anyway, I just couldn't really feel her character (innocent princess-type with heart of gold). Maybe that's more a reflection on me than on the book, but so be it. I found myself skimming the paragraphs until I got to the dialogue because the heroine's inner workings bored me to tears. The "Lord of Vengeance" was also boring because he seemed like an emotional chit most of the time while outwardly claiming he had no emotions. Huh? His main emotion is self-loathing, but he doesn't even do that right because he's so confident all the frickin' time, especially when it comes to Raina. But, like I said, it's not that it's done badly, but that it didn't speak to me or hold my attention. The initial sex scene was yawn-inducing tame and not super detailed. But, then again, I suppose I've read too much Black Dagger Brotherhood for my own good . . .

So, to that end, 3 stars for this book of a beautiful virgin who is sugar and spice and needs to be saved from the evil rapey men all the time and can't fend for herself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars are not enough! November 10, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has it all. Romance, passion, suspense, excitement, humor, and great love scenes.
Gunnar and Raina are a very believable couple. Gunnar is a powerful knight, but not inhumanly untouchable. Raina is innocent, but she has courage and strength. They don't fall in love too fast, nor are you made to wait until the last pages for their relationship to blossom. When they do come together, they are magic. You can't help but feel joy for them.
Gunnar is a proud knight, and the Lord of his castle. He is brave and strong, but his soul is lost in a quest for vengeance against the man who slew his parents. His heart and his life are changed forever when innocent Raina gives him her favor at a tournament of local knights. To his dismay, he finds out that she is the daughter of the very man he seeks to kill. As a man of honor, Gunnar refuses to take the man's life in any way other than a man to man battle. To insure that Raina's father will meet him in battle, Gunnar steals her away to his humble castle. All the while, another nemesis seeks to destroy both Gunnar and Raina's father. What will become of them all? You'll have to read the book to find out!
At 325 pages, I still read this book in one day... because I simply could not put it down. Never boring, you'll enjoy the fierce sword battles, romantic loves scenes, and humorous antics of Gunnar's knights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A lovely story, a warm romance, a beautiful ending. Many of these books are about lust, this one was about love. Wonderful story line. Read and enjoy!
Published 6 days ago by LJG
4.0 out of 5 stars A historical romance where revenge and love battle it out
*I gave this audiobook a B+ for the story and narration at AudioGals*

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Lara Adrian..Really love her other series, the Midnight series. Check them out!!! You won't be sorry!!!
Published 2 months ago by Bella M Morrow
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this one
I really enjoyed this one. I am a fan of the kidnapped fetish or whatever sexual fantasy it is classified under and highly recommend this to anyone.
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Published 3 months ago by STEPHANIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth read
I enjoyed the way the story progressed in a smooth, steady flow. The story began with a scene which sets up the story of Vengeance for a young child. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. L. R
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!!
I loved the h/h as well as the secondary characters. The hero was a little h as the, but he definitely th had his reasons. However, he redeemed himself as the story progressed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by yves
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This was a lovely novel. The characters were interesting and damaged, but so easy to love. I found myself wanting to rip my hair out at times, but in a good way, I assure you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing read
If you are looking for a steamy read as summer heats up, I highly recommend this one. I love the interaction between the characters and I think that the author did an excellent... Read more
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