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Lord of Vengeance

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,681 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
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.

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Paperback, 325 pages
Published May 29th 1999 by Ivy Books (first published 1995)
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Lover of Romance
Lord of Vengeance is a story that I put on hold for the longest time. The last time I read Tina St. John (almost 5 years ago) I didn’t have a fun time with the story, so I put this author aside, but this ebook was on sale a couple of years ago and its been resting in my nook ever since, and I decided that I wanted to start reading some of the books I have had on it for a while now, but haven’t picked up yet. This was a refreshing change from other historical romances I have read lately. First of ...more
Gunnar Rutledge, the mysterious and valiant knight who saved Raina d'Bussy from the unwanted and ruthless advances of her childhood friend wins Raina's gratitude, but goes even farther when he earns her repect and admiration on the jousting field during her father's infamous tournament. At the same, Gunnar is attracted to Raina in a most unchivalrous way and is stirred into a passion he has not felt for a very long time. That is, until he learns she is the daughter to his mortal enemy, the very ...more
What an amazing story!

I have to admit that I'm not use to this type of writing style, but book description made me think that it could be an interesting read.
Once I started reading it was very hard to get in to the flow. It started very slow, not because the story dragged, but because of the way it was written. But once I got in, it was very hard to put it down. I definitely got this feeling of being dragged back in time, in to the medieval times, where men were ruthless hunter gatherers and wom

This was the author's first book and it shows. It feels like a wall paper medieval, there wasn't enough detail about the setting to feel like they were in the middle ages. Not bad, not great - though I could have done without the possibility of a sibling marriage.
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am astounded that this only cost .99 cents on Amazon. Rush to get this book before the author comes back to her senses! This was no twenty page novella but a full 300 something page book. The story is about the character Gunner Rutledge and Raina De'bussy. Rainna's father used to be an all around terrible person until he killed a man and his wife in cold blood out of jealousy. After that day he vows to become a better person for his daughters sake and to stop drinking. Lord De'bussy does not r ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a longer, more tangential, quite silly version of this review at Reading with Analysis.

In case the stars didn't tip you off, this is a positive review... eventually. Everything about it screams classic bodice ripper (except the cover isn’t nearly cheesy enough). Seriously, read the blurb again. So let's see… Captive heroine? check! Dark knight hero who lives to exact revenge on the heroine’s father? check! Unwanted passion stirred in the heroine? check! Hero setting out to break his capt
*I gave this audiobook a B+ for the story and narration at AudioGals*

Narrated by Antony Ferguson

Interestingly, what originally attracted me to Lord of Vengeance was author Lara Adrian, whose paranormal romance series, The Midnight Breed, has been a long-time favorite of mine. I was curious to see how her skills would translate to the vastly different historical romance sub-genre. Well imagine my surprise when I started listening to this audiobook and got that niggle of familiarity. I did a littl
I’ve been reading cheesy romance novels since I learned to read. I simply love them. They provide me with escape and comfort whenever life gets stressful or I need a good reading palate cleanser because I know I’m always guaranteed a happy ending. So when I saw this one for free I jumped on the chance. I can’t have too many cheesy romances and Lara Adrian is the author of the Midnight Breed Series I’ve heard so much about.

This one was just okay for me. For the most part I found the characters o
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il Signore della Vendetta è il romance storico, ambientato nell' Inghilterra di metà 1100 di Lara Adrian, l' autrice divenuta celebre per la saga paranormal romance La Stirpe di Mezzanotte. Nonostante io sia ghiotta di paranormal, devo purtroppo ammettere di non aver mai letto di quest' autrice e di conseguenza non conoscere lo stile narrativo di essa. Ma con questo romanzo posso dire di essermi affacciata con immensa gioia al mondo della Adrian, apprezzan

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
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval
Ok, I haven't finished yet so I may have an update later but these are my thoughts so far.

My perpetual hang-up when it comes to the "romance" genre comes into play yet again. I have a real problem when the hero/heroine fall for each other based on nothing else besides physical attraction –unfortunately many romances are like this and they just aren’t to my taste so this probably wasn’t the right book for me. Despite this, I’m still going to give me break down of the book.

There is a big differen
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Ms. Adrian's Midnight Breed series, so when I saw her early releases on sale at Amazon, I rushed to buy as many as I could find. I wasn't sure what order everything should be read in, and this one was up first on my kindle so it was my first. I was shocked when I found out this was her first publication, her first manuscript even!! This is a fantastic novel, and made even more so by the knowledge that it was a debut!

I won't re summarize, but let me say that I really enjoyed this love stor
Dorothea Müller
England, 12. Jahrhundert: Gunnar Rutledge erwacht auf dem Schlachtfeld er musste mit ansehen wir seine Mutter getötet wurde. Baron Luther dBussy glaubte in Tot doch Gunnar ist schwer verletzt. Jahre später ist auf den Weg um dBussy zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen. Doch der Baron bestreitet keine Turniere mehr. Also entführt er dessen Tochter um ihn zu einem Duell zu zwingen. Doch die schöne Raina ist genau das Gegenstück zu ihrem Vater und die Funken zwischen Raina und Gunnar fliegen nur so.

Der Titel
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
When it comes to historical romance, the medieval time period is my favorite. I also love a brooding hero. Gunnar was a fantastic main character. I loved that he tried to pretend to be a hard, relentless and ruthless warrior, whereas in reality he was a very decent and soft person, who struggled very hard to come to terms with what happened to him in the past. Raina was very likeable but less persuasive as a lead character, maybe because of her young age in combination with the limited life expe ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Gunnar has spent his whole life, from the age of 10, living for vengeance towards one man who killed his parents, physically scarred him, and ruined his home. Raina is a beautiful woman who stirs a deep longing and odd feelings he's never felt before, except she is his enemy's daughter. Kidnapping her with the plan to trade her back to her father to get him to meet at Gunnar's old home is how they begin, but after only a few days together truths are told, passions run wild, and feelings are real ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a child Gunner Rutledge witness the death of his mother at the hands of Lord D'Bussy......
Thirteen years later the opportunity to finally seek and gain vengeance arrives but even the best laid plans go wrong; and second attempt send no better, except this time he captures D'Bussy's daughter Riana with the intent of trading her from for the chance to meet and fight her father one on one.

Unfortunately or fortunately for Gunner his desires and his heart after keeping Riana by his side while wait
Rachel Annie
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey Tina St. John (Lara Adrian),

This was her first book, and the first non-paranormal I've read of hers. It's great. I love it.

'Nuff said.
I enjoyed revisiting this book in audiobook format. Anthony Ferguson was the narrator and as always, he knocked it out of the park.
4.5 "Revenge Versus Love" Stars for the story and narration.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars/B-
1995. Prima edizione americana. Dopo di questo la Adrian - sotto lo pseudonimo Tina St.John - non ha pubblicato più nulla per sei anni. Sei. Parliamone.
Devo fare delle osservazioni obbligatorie, prima di abbandonarmi a lacrime e capelli strappati. Prima di tutto bisogna considerare che nel 1995 i romance storici non avevano lo stesso schema e la stessa struttura narrativa che il genera ha sviluppato negli ultimi anni. Dopo 17 anni (ammazza, una vita!) lo storico è diventato molto più articolato
Elis Madison
This is mild compared to the infuriating behavior seen in some Johanna Lindsey, Bertrice Small, and Karen Robards offerings, but it still touches on one of the reasons I dislike so many alpha jackass hero and supposedly feisty heroine matches.

Don't get me wrong. I like reading books where one of the characters is damaged and therefore hurtful to others. I like books where one character treats the other like crap on a shoe until s/he starts to care, and then begins to see his behavior through th
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lara Adrian è sicuramente tra le autrici più conosciute, lette e amate grazie alla fortunata serie La stirpe di Mezzanotte, una serie paranormal romance che seguo con molto interesse; lo scorso 31 ottobre la Casa Editrice Leggereditore ha regalato alle fans un altro gioiello di questa autrice, che si discosta dal genere fantastico per abbracciare il genere del romance storico.

Un romanzo che si è fatto apprezzare molto e leggere tutto d'un fiato.

Che dire? Per chi con
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Original review posted with giveaway:

LORD OF VENGEANCE Things Rarely Go as Planned (Audiobook Review)

Audiobook provided by Tantor Audio for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless otherwise noted.

There’s a lot of good action, sexual tension and exciting surprises in this story. I cannot swear to the historical veracity of the tale: nothing screamed “wrong!” to me, but this medieval tale taking plac
Debra Dunbar
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the prologue we find young Gunnar dangerously injured. His father had been killed in a tournament days before, and he’d just watched his mother murdered before his eyes for refusing to wed the marauding Baron who stormed their keep. Chased down and slashed from behind, Gunnar is saved from death by a local healer, and vows vengeance. As the story begins, an adult Gunnar still strives to avenge his parent’s death, even if it means his own. But the Baron is no longer a fierce foe – he’s an old ...more
Rosaria Sgarlata
1995. Lara Adrian esordiva con Il signore della vendetta diventando famosa al pubblico solo dopo la pubblicazione de La Stirpe di Mezzanotte. Per chi come me ha già letto della Stirpe è stato semplice abituarsi alla sua scrittura e ai suoi personaggi. Ma d'altronde, come non amarli?

Gunnar ormai è un uomo, assetato dalla sete di vendetta e che vuole a tutti i costi riparare al torto subito dai genitori. Raina, di contro, è sempre vissuta nell'agiatezza e non sospetta minimamente delle atrocità pe
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gunnar Rutledge has one driving force that keeps him going: To make d’Bussy pay. After the death of his father in d’Bussy’s tournament, Gunner’s family is torn apart. The mourning over his father is quickly magnified as d’Bussy comes back to take his mother as his own. When she refuses, her throat is slit in front of the young Gunner and he is also left for dead. With the destruction of his family and the devastation of his lands, Gunner has nothing left to live for but revenge.

Raina d’Bussy enj
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
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
I absolutely loved this book. I was so surprised that this medieval story was from Lara Adrian. I read many of her Midnight series, and while I like them, I wasn't thrilled with them. This book thrilled me. Really nicely written, great detail without getting tedious. But best of all I liked the way the relationship grew. Granted this is the typical tortured and brooding bad boy with a well guarded sad past and secret noble heart and an innocent young woman floating carelessly until her life is c ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una dolce e calda vendetta
4 stelle e mezzo
A pelle, la Adrian non è una delle mie scrittrici preferite. Ancora oggi ho la sensazione che abbia plagiato la Confraternita del Pugnale Nero, ma ciò non toglie che sappia scrivere molto bene. Quando ho adocchiato questo libro facendo un giro in libreria (tra l'altro con pochi soldi)ho deciso di comprarlo specialmente per l'ambientazione. Adoro il medioevo <3. Ad ogni modo, il giorno seguente ho incominciato a leggerlo e non riuscivo più a staccarmi
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A Michigan native and descendant of Mayflower passenger Governor William Bradford, Tina St. John makes her home in coastal New England with her husband, the inspiration for all her heroes and her most devoted fan. The couple are the caretakers of two rescued felines who have trained them to surrender treats, tuna, and belly rubs on command.

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