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Love's Revenge (Means of Mercy) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 14, 2015
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Perhaps Gavin made Wyatt his heir at the last minute and left him his fortune upon his 25th birthday and he goes back to England and Scotland to claim it...I have confidence in you that you'll come up with a wonderful storyline....
Thank you for a great read. (Parts 1 & 2)
While our pregnant hero, Anne, flees England and her abusive husband, she vows never to love another man. But as her exciting journey leads her through America's wild west she meets a man that just might change her mind. Through long trails, cold winters, new life, and loss of life Anne learns that the only way to love again is through forgiveness of her past.
Ok. One of two things happen after I read a 5-star book:
1. The book is just so FREAKING. FANTASTIC. that I can’t wait to plaster my incoherent thoughts on the inter-web.
2. I have no clue what to write because the book is just so FREAKING. FANTASTIC!
Quite a juxtaposition, I am.
Here, we have a case of the 2’s. I read Love’s Revenge back in, what, March? I’ve bounced around trying to formulate my words, but, GAAAWD how do you explain your emotions when you don’t yet understand them?
Well let me tell you: I have been brooding and I am so ready to unleash my thoughts about this sweet tale of revenge. I have to admit, though, that I read Book 2 before reading Book 1. I know, it’s another bad habit I have – I have lots, see. Ain’t nothing wrong with working a series backwards! In fact, I really enjoy when an author can unintentionally write a standalone novel, and that’s exactly what we have here. Terri Rochenski is a literary genius.
On to the juju.
Our heroine, Anne, experiences terrible loss at the end of Book 1. Mr. Dreamy turns out to be Mr. NotSoDreamy and Anne escapes with their unborn child.
Now that we’re at Book 2, we’ve arrived at the S tage of revenge. Nobody loves revenge more than Nom de Freaking PAYBACK. And what’s the best way to get payback on an abusive and obsessive husband? Well, raising their child without him knowing, of course!
“Keeping the child from [him] for all eternity would never be long enough to repay the heartache he had inflicted upon me. “‘I’ll relish every second, though.’”
We are first introduced to Anne as she’s entering a pawn shop. She plans to sell some gifts her snake of a husband gave her. Traveling from London to ‘Muurica (Baltimore) she needs some cash!
If only her husband weren’t such a rake… and if only she weren’t being followed…
Mr. NotSoDreamy OF COURSE finds her. Creepy, right? But being the gentleman that he is *snort* he gives Anne three days to come home to London. YaaaOk. Three days is how long it takes me to perfect a manicure. Terri Rochenski has officially set the scene and Anne is the puppet – and punching bag – in an overall scheme of pride and obsession. Mr. SnakeInTheGrass only wants her back in London to save his image. Lady Luck is on Anne’s side, because three days is just long enough for her to escape (again) to the Wild West.
You know… Anne can only travel west so many times before she ends back up in London… the world just isn’t that big… just sayin’…
Luckily Anne has friends. Hopefully friends that will help her – friends that won’t get hurt. But let’s be honest: This is Terri Rochenski we’re talking about, people! SOMEONE is going to get hurt.
This book is indescribable. Terri Rochenski has a talent of sculpting settings unlike any other. I am engulfed in her words, swashing around like a drunk pirate (except NOT drunk because I’m allergic to alcohol) trying to re-learn my surroundings. I can just smell the cobblestone streets and the long wheat grass of the western world. Le sigh. Love’s Revenge took me to another place. Another time. Another love…
And of course there is love! Anne finds a hope of romance while roaming amongst the wild western boys. Side note: Connagher is quite the handsome specimen, my friends. Anne learns to forgive the past and tries to love again.
“I was unable to return Connagher’s love, and I hated the man who had made me so… he loved my son as his own.”
Ok so she SEVERELY struggles while she tries to love again, with her cynical view and bitter outlook on relationships. Baby steps are good.
My favorite part of Love’s Revenge is the characters. I feel like I’m traveling the world when I read Terri Rochenski’s work. The tone shifts, the characters’ mannerisms change, everything begins as an array of colors and slowly – delectably – focuses into a sorbent, vicious beam of white light. Unfortunately this toxic ray is aimed right at Anne’s heart and she, yet again, has to make a decision.
DON’T RUN AGAIN! Or maybe she should run. But now it’s not just her own life in trouble. It’s her child, her totally saucy rouge of a potential man-love, and the people who helped protect her.
Sacrifice? Or be sacrificed?
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Love’s Revenge from Roane Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
This review was originally published at: NDPBookReview.com
Book provided by the publisher for review
Originally posted at Romancing the Book
The book started off slow and I didn’t know if it was because I hadn’t read book one or if there was another reason. As I got into the story and learned Anne’s background and why she was running away to the untamed West it began to hold my interest more and I realized it was because initially I felt like I was dropped into the book and should have known the history that came before.
I enjoyed that Love’s Revenge is an historical romance that spanned from the east coast to the western part of the United States in the days before the west was settled but there was a sense of sadness, darkness and fear throughout. Anne carried a lot of secrets, hurts, anger and venom that colored her every day actions. She was strong willed and knew what she wanted and it was interesting to watch her decide and calculate her moves and what she should be doing to get her where she wanted which was far, far away from her abusive husband Gavin who was still in England. Watching her embrace her new life and never back down was a testament to her strong character and her stronger will.
Enter Jude Connagher, her partner in a ranch she financed but had never met before, and their chemistry was immediate although she fought it tooth and nail. Watching them get to know each other and how easily she managed to fit into her new world and surroundings was heartwarming. The dynamics and interactions between the characters, especially the ranch hands and her was fun to watch. The descriptions of the lands made me feel that I was there. There were family, friends, many secrets, lies, heartache, loneliness, tears, fear, happiness, hard work, animals, Indians, unsavory characters, laughter and ultimately love. There were a few twists and turns to the story but the ending gave wonderful closure in a totally unexpected way. I need to go back and read book one Love’s Sorrow and I hope there will be more books in the series.
Rochenski is a new to me author and I look forward to reading other romances she’s written including more in this series.
The descriptions were wonderful and brought me out to the Old West. I adored every part of her journey from the trains, to the scary cowboys, friendly and not-so-friendly Indians, and ranch hands that were like her family.
I look forward to reading more from Terri Rochenski.