I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lord of Vengeance by Tina St. John
Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
Published by Author Pages: 356
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
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?
What I thought of this book.
I will admit to being a fan of beauty and the beast types or captive reads. This is that kind of read or at least it was to me. Gunnar watched d’Bussy kill his mother. He has never forgot and has vowed vengeance upon the man who killed his mother.
He decides to kidnap Raina d’Bussy to get back at the wretched man. She finds Gunnar to be a brute at first but then she realizes that that is just a persona that wants people to think. Though he could be a bear at times, just when she thought she would see a soft side of him, something would remind him of what he is after and he would get cold again.
Raina has a hard time believing that her father could be so cold and evil. When she starts to have feelings for Gunnar she must help him see beyond his vow of vengeance.
I enjoyed this story though it didn’t become a favorite. I really enjoyed the main characters.
Raina is pretty spunky, she did try at least once to get away from her captor. As she comes to feel something for Gunnar she really tries to find a way they can resolve things peacefully between Gunnar and her father. She feels really bad for him after she finds out the whole truth.
Gunnar really is a brooding character and wants everyone to think he is horrible. He is not though he is a really sweet guy who has just had one thing on his mind since he was a child and that is vengeance.
My favorite secondary character is Alric who is the young knight in training who fancies himself in love with Raina. It’s with Alric that you see how soft Gunnar really is.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone who loves historical romances.
I haven’t listened to very many romances with a male narrator, it’s kind of weird. Some times it works some times it doesn’t. Anthony Ferguson has a very commanding voice that worked well for the male characters. His female characters on the other hand were a bit off. Anthony Ferguson does a great job with the pacing of the story and bringing it to life. I still find it a bit strange having a guy read a romance but I think I am starting to like it. 🙂
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Winter COYER