Although the cover at first made me think romance novel... the description sounded espionage. it was more a romance novel. it was done well and better than most but i'm not an overly romance novel person. yet it still kept me entertained. (Librarything.com by KKershey)
From the Author
When I decided to write Love's Vengeance I wanted a classic bodice ripper novel I grew up reading but also to find a different angle. It does have a forced submission and it does have a virginal heroine and she and he have no other partners but I didn't want the old tired formula of a man being saddled with some forlorn pitiable mouse of a woman, often injured or abused in some form, possibly with memory loss. And I didn't want a man forced by circumstance, often in order to gain his inheritance, to marry some beholden, downtrodden or meek woman who he would treat like crap and then magically change his mind about at the end of the book. Or SHE falling for an often cold, damaged or emotionless guy for no apparent reason. I didn't want the whole mistaken identity or accidental defiling of the heroine which again, makes for an entire book of misunderstandings and waiting for the ROMANCE for 300 pages.~~
My story is full of a lot of humor, fun scenes, characters who are loveable and a hero and heroine who are obviously crazy about each other. Stephen Colter is a 17th century rock star. He has always just needed to show up to get the girl. He has bedded more women than he can remember. He isn't looking for love. Desiree is naïve and comes from a sheltered home. She has been given way too much freedom in her life and she doesn't know the first thing about real men, although she is eager to be romantically courted and wooed.
YES Desiree makes a huge mistake by trying out her womanly wiles while alone with a man in his private quarters. A man who has passionately lusted after her.
YES Stephen makes a bigger mistake and seduces Desiree into submitting to him and takes her innocence. Afterward he is shattered when he loses Desiree because of his mistake. The forced submission quickly became a passionate love scene which Desiree later refuses to admit. It is the catalyst for the conflict but not so bad that it cannot be overcome. I wanted the conflict to be real and to come from passion, on both sides. I wanted the heartfelt, intelligent arguments and when they get it figured out, I wanted the romantic love to bloom. I wanted the leading man to say all those things other books cannot allow him to say because then the story would be over. I enjoyed writing those love scenes and so many sweet moments they share during their early romance.
I also wanted the story to get very dark and twisted. We watch sweet and naïve Desiree become manipulative, hurtful and everything she has always despised in other women. Her treachery will nearly destroy Stephen.
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A little about Love's Vengeance pirate captain Red Legs Greaves. I wanted to find a true historical pirate who was good. Hard to come by...I know, but then I came across the amazing Captain Greaves and I knew I had found my perfect historical character. I was determined to tell a bit of his real story, woven into my fictional world. A pirate that became fabulously wealthy, retired to Nevis and became a plantation owner and has foundations bearing his name to this day. Born a slave, he won his freedom and ship from an evil pirate. He rescued innocents from siege on the high seas and never harmed a man or woman who came to his care. He was nearly hanged, nearly drown and survived a tidal wave. He is the stuff of legends and he and his wonderful crew just happen to become some of Desiree's closest allies.