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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2012
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. He was definitely certifiable, and I thought Raina let him off the hook too easily in the face of all her father had done. And don't even get me started on Nigel (that was a surprise).

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed their story, and for $0.99 this book is a steal!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2000
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
on September 3, 2001
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2003
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
***********SPOILERS****************

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2000
As I said previously for St. John,'s Lady of Valour, I am in awe of this author. But mostly i'm peeved for not discovering her sooner, but at least I did. :) This is a more tempestutous book that Lady, but just as fine, just as poignant. Lord of Vengeance is a book you do not want to miss, whether you read romance or not! I am sure this book will change your mind or at least give you hours of reading pleasure. Gunnar and Raina were absolutely delightful and the way he grew and changed in the face of true love after losing so much in his life, was a joy to read and live. I wish the book were longer!! Fantastic job. I cannot wait to meet Ms. St. John in person! Thank you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
Read this books years ago. Had to read it again as I remembered liking it. Took me a few to figure out she changed from Tina St John to Lara Adrian as I was searching for books on Kindle under the authors name. I also hate it when a good author switches from this type of romanace to do the vampire romanace books. I am just not into them. A couple of my favorite authors have done so.

Gunnar is the typical guy those life has been to live for the moment vengenace can be his. He has thought of nothing else all these years so has harden his heart to anyone so nothing gets in the way. Raina father has spoiled her all these years so does not believe all the things Gunnar says about her father killing his parents. At first she dislikes him and then believe he is confused about who did it. Needless to say love finds a way. But a fourth person causes problems before it does.

I love stories with big strong knights or men, who have been hurt, and find it hard to trust. I am a sucker for almost any knight story. Was a great book. Good character even though people forgave people for things I am not sure they should have or could have in real life. Would have given it a 4.5 star instead of a 5, but we do not have that option, and I did not wait to rate it a 4.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2000
LORD OF VENGEANCE is a colorful tale of medieval pageantry that centers around a knight driven by his hunger for vengeance and the beautiful innocent who reclaims his soul from the grip of hatred; who teaches him to feel again, and to love.

Beautiful, memorable, with a fresh, lyrical voice and vivid imagery. The plot whizzes along with an edge-of-your-seat suspense subplot featuring one of the most cunningly wicked villains I've seen in a long time. A powerful debut, and I for one am anxiously awaiting LADY OF VALOR...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 15, 2002
This was an extremely good medieval tale of two people who must overcome each of their own struggles. Gunnar Rutledge's life so far was spent in waiting for the day he could seek the vengeance he deemed was his over the man who nearly took his life and family from him.
Raina d'Bussy, his enemies daughter, could not believe her father capable of the horrors Gunnar blamed him for. Captured and held hostage in an effort to force her father to meet him on the field of battle, Gunnar would become the hostage, the hostage of his heart and the love he felt for his captive. Raina would have to question just where her loyalties would lie when faced with the unbearable truths of her heritage.
This is a wonderfully rich tale told amidst the very brutal and bloody days of the early 1100's of England. Rich in history and adventure. Super exciting read for this authors maiden novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 1999
Look out romance world here comes Tina St. John. LORD OF VENGEANCE is one of the best romances that I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. Gunnar was definitely the hero of my dreams, and Raina, his perfect lady love. When these two are together, the sparks fly and the temperature goes through the roof!! Bravo, Ms. St. John! Bring on LADY OF VALOR. I can't wait!
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