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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  795 ratings  ·  133 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Zane comes a thrilling erotic novel, set in the same world of Addicted and Nervous, featuring a beautiful but emotionally damaged pop star hell-bent on vengeance against the people responsible for her traumatic past.

Decades after fleeing from Atlanta after an unspeakable trauma, Caprice Tatum returns to her roots—only this time she’s
Published May 24th 2016 by Simon Schuster Audio (first published August 4th 2015)
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Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This story follows popstar Wicket, whose current name LaDonna Sterling is Caprice Tatum. This book is told both in the past and present as the reader to given a front row seat to what motivates LaDonna

After a trauma at age 15, Caprice Tatum ran away from Atlanta to New York City and was adopted by businessman Richard Sterling. Caprice was renamed LaDonna Sterling and was received plastic surgery in order to give her a new lease on life. Her therapist diagnosed her with Intermittent Explosive Dis
Dee Cherry
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I've read many of Zane's books over the years, I liked the way Vengence had an old school familiarity intertwined with modern day issues. The characters, although complex were also intriguing for they were dealing with sensitive subject matters. The storyline held my attention as I found myself reading this story during all my free time. Caprice's issues & actions were well explained as the flashbacks provided valuable information. I throughly enjoyed reading this book & highly recommend t ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Wicket is a world famous performer. She dazzles crowds wherever she goes and she's sold more albums than most artists. She is known to her friends, which are very few as Ladonna Sterling and even fewer know her as Caprice Tatum. When Caprice was 15 years old, she was brutally attacked by the people she trusted. Having been cut as a young girl by her mother her life hadn't been the easiest, but she never thought anything like that would happen. Now as she approaches her fortieth birthday she hope ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Zane began this story with something different in mind when she finished it. I'm not so sure it was the right choice. 4 of 10 stars
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This is the first book from this author that I've read, so I don't have a reference to compare this too. I liked the overall theme of this story, righting past wrongs. But the heroine was difficult to like, so it made her journey rough to read.

Let me break down my likes and dislikes.
What I liked:
Great diversity. I complain all the time about the lack of diversity in some romance books. This book had it in spades, with a black heroine and side characters, and a transgender BFF. You read
Pria Alston
Jun 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
There was much too much going on in this book; the mental health issues, the revenge plot, the sex scenes and none of it worked.

Wicket/LaDonna/Caprice was annoying. There was nothing redeeming about her. I know she had emotional issues but she acted like a bratty teenager. It was hard to feel sorry for her which, given her past, the reader should feel for her. The story-line was surprisingly predictable despite it being a somewhat an original concept.

I hate flashbacks and this book didn't hel
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It has been years since I read a book by Zane. She is known for her very adult erotica fiction. While this book has some very erotic moments it was not full of sex like previous books I have read by Zane.
More of my thoughts can be found in my YouTube review video......

FYI....I received a copy of the uncorrected proof in a good reads giveaway from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed in the video are
Karen Henderson
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Cecily Kyle
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book was intense!

I haven't really heard or read anything from this author before but after reading this book I definitely want to read more.
I had a difficult time liking the MC she was a bitch and really there is no nicer way of putting it, However, she totally had the right to be the way that she was and it is completely understandable but I don't think she would be someone I would be friends with...
I found myself comparing her to other celebrities and trying to see if there was any
Nikki's Fiction Place
Vengeance by Zane I think was really good. This particular novel touched on a few topics such as mental illness, rape, the LGBT community, and suicide. I felt as though Zane made her points without filling the book up with so much sex that the reader misses the points at hand.

For Caprice/ Wicked she was simply dealt a messy hand in life. And all she wanted to do was escape it. She meets Hannah (who I loved btw!) Who becomes her aunt. Caprice finds out she can sing and she signs a deal becomes Wi
Teresa Howell
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a book by Zane since my early twenties. I must say I really enjoyed this book. Working with students with mental illness allowed me to relate to Caprice Tatums struggles. I was glad the author allowed the character to find peace at the end of her storm. Great read!
Mathis Bailey
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a scandalous read. Definitely a page turner. However it had a few let downs.

This was my first read from Zane and I liked it. The writing was smooth, hip and hilarious. I found myself laughing at certain slang usage like: the ill na-na and bye Felicia. There were a lot of erotic scenes, but it didn't take away from the plot. The ending fell flat for me. It felt rushed. The writer dumps all the information on the last few pages. And the reader is left to draw their own conclusions on wha
Norma Smith
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vengeance is mine say it the lord. When it comes to payback that is what Caprice Tatum has planed for four former friends from her childhood. Living with a mentally abusive mother was shameful enough but, being savagely assaulted by friends she trusted only adds to her personal pain. This story is Ladonna Sterling aka [ Wicket ] The international pop sensation fight for her sanity and her need for revenge. When Wicket buys a home in Atlanta her former childhood home. Things began to unravel real ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I'd give this 3.5 stars...Caprice/LaDonna/Wicked was pretty extreme, I wasn't ready at all. She was a complicated character for sure with deep rooted issues. If you cannot stomach books with BDSM erotic scenes, steer clear of this read.
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked it but didn't love it. It didn't give me what Addicted & Nervous by Zane did. ...more
Linda Howard
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beautiful By Design Book Club’s genre was Crime Fiction this time. We chose to read Vengeance by the author Zane. As a group, we rated it 4 out of 5 stars. This book was a culmination of betrayal, revenge, forgiveness and karma. It also delved into issues such as mental illness, sexual abuse, and lifestyle/gender choices.

There were meaningful quotes/phrases at the beginning and/or end of some of the chapters and Ladonna’s character was very intelligent. This was not the ‘typical’ Zane that
Cryssy Dee
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Because I also listened to Addicted and Nervous, I've been anxiously waiting my turn to listen to Vengeance (audiobook from the library). Umm... Let's start by where was the vengeance?? And I hated Caprice/LaDonna/Wicket so much that I couldn't even connect to her storyline. After going through Zoe and Jonquinette's journey, I just expected so much more. I love some Zane so this makes me sad.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Zane, who my friend has been telling me to read for months and months. Of course, now I find out this is not her typical book at all. Go figure.
I picked this book because it was the first one that came up as being available at the library. I probably should have read the synopsis first, because I would not normally pick a book that centers around sexual assault.
That being said, the premise of the book is interesting. It had a little bit of everything- pop stardom, BDS
Nov 09, 2017 added it
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While I'm still pretty early in the reading, at this point, I have to admit that "Caprice" is enough to make me wanna reach through the page and strangle her "off" tail. UGH
I enjoyed "Addicted" and "Nervous" by Zane, but I am feeling kind of reluctant with this one, so far.

Overall, this was a good read. I wasn't particular about the ending, but I'm still looking forward to the next in this series.
Les Thompson
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I waited years for a follow up to Zane's Marcella Spencer series after Addicted and Nervous, and instead I got a modern day Count of Monte Cristo. The author still had a vivid imagination when it comes to sexual deviation, but the whole "New Identity taking revenge of those who wronged me" plot felt familiar, it's every person's dream but rarely happens in real life. Hopefully we won't have to wait another decade for the next in the series.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This one wasn't as good as the others I have read. First of all Wicket her damn self needs to be committed to a mental hospital. Secondly the story itself didn't make any damn sense. Technically the girls didn't do anything. All she kept saying was the lured her there, asking her to come to a party is not luring. Lastly the whole Hannah thing just was weird.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
It took me forever to read this book. I once loved Zane's work, but I feel like she unsuccessfully tries to teach the reader a life lesson, and it falls short. Her main character was highly unlikable and hard to relate to. The character had no redeeming qualities and ended up not really learning from the horrible things she did when exacting revenge on those who did her wrong (while they were children for that matter). There is more that could be said, but I'll stop there. The book was just Ok.
Harley Quinn
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it

A woman's ability to accept pain doesn't mane that she deserves it. - Wicket

Plot: Caprice Tatum have experience more in her first 15 years of life than most have in a their entire lifetime. But life is different now. Now Caprice Tatum is Ladonna Sterling, adopted daughter of billionaire Richard Sterling. She is also Wicket, pop star sensation, about to turn 40. So what's left for her ? Vengeance of course. Caprice will make those who stole her innocence pay. Will she be able to do so with
Angell Johnson
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love Zane as a person, and I enjoy watching her interviews. She's extremely educated and articulate when speaking in public. I enjoyed the film adaptation of Addicted, so I was curiosity about her novels. I wasn't impressed with Sex Cronicles, and I didn't finish the first chapter.

Now that I've given another one of her novels a chance, I see what the issue is. While her stories are all original and brilliant, her openings annoy me. I couldn't get halfway through fifty some-odd pages of backst
Literary Jewels
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mega bestselling author Zane returns to the world of her hugely popular novels Addicted and Nervous in this dark and exhilarating follow-up featuring a beautiful but emotionally damaged pop star desperate and determined to enact revenge on those who have caused her to hide behind her fame.

After fleeing from Atlanta years ago following a traumatic event, Caprice Tatum decides it’s time to return to her roots—only this time, she’s coming back as Wicket, the international pop sensation who’s the ve
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think Zane was trying way too hard with this one. She wanted to have a character that had a psychological issue so she could use her therapist from previous books, have sex scenes, and have some surprises... I just think she poorly executed this one. I felt like the main character wasn't likable and that the main character's beliefs about love and men and some of the conversations she had with the "intelligent" people in the book were trying to be too much like another famous African American ...more
Vengeance is the story of a forty year old woman named Wicket, aka - LaDonna Sterling, aka - Caprice Tatum. In her childhood she suffered from a horrific sex crime, and now she has come back to her hometown to dispense her own brand of justice to those who wronged her.

Zane has woven together a very intricate story and character. While it is very fast paced and a quick read, it fell a little short for me. I won't go into much detail because it will be a spoiler, but a lot of things in the story
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookclub-books
Story development was poor. Lead character did a lot of "teaching," "explaining," and voicing her "moral opinions," but was a mess in so many ways. When she went on these rants, she was completely unbelievable. Ugh to this book!
Meco Harden
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Zane is the New York Times bestselling author of Afterburn, The Heat Seekers, Dear G-Spot, Gettin’ Buck Wild, The Hot Box, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Nervous, Skyscraper, Love is Never Painless, Shame on It All, and The Sisters of APF; the ebook short stories “I’ll be Home for Christmas” and “Everything Fades Away”; and editor for the Flava anthology series, including Z-Rated and Busy Bodies. Her ...more

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