Wednesday, October 9

Audiobook Review: Lord of Vengeance by Lara Adrian (Tina St. John)

Lord of VengeanceAuthor: Lara Adrian 
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
Title: Lord of Vengeance
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: Audiobook
Published: 1995
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

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?

A random find on Audible and I picked mainly because it fits of the reading challenges I am doing. 

The story follows Gunnar and Raina. Gunnar's family was murdered by D'Bussy and he has dedicated his life to getting revenge. Years have passed and the time is now. He takes D'Bussy's daughter, Raina, as his hostage. Gunnar finds himself bewitched and the two fall for each other. 

First, was Gunnar even a name used in England during the 12th century? *does research* I guess it was a Viking name? So maybe? And what about Raina? *does more research* Not really finding anything. Looks like it was used in India? I'm no expert but the name seemed out of place. 

The story itself wasn't bad. But it all seemed unlikely. I'm glad it wasn't insta-love. There was some lust of course, but the love took until pretty much near the end. Which is fitting. I mean...he kidnapped you to kill your father! 

Raina was super naive and I wanted to shake her. 

Gunnar was the real victim in all of this and I say he deserved blood! BLOOD!

The baddie was gross especially when the secret came out. UGH no! You are a monster!

The father was a monster and I was rooting for Gunnar even when the father told the entire truth to Raina. Nope. No excuses sir. 

I really had no idea how this was all going to end up okay for everyone especially with the baddie getting in the way. All super unrealistic.

The narrator was amazing as usual. I really like him! He does such a good job even with the girl voices.

Overall, I enjoyed it for what it was, but it was in some patches to get through. The narrator really made it doable for me. I was rooting for Gunnar to get his revenge. Raina just needed a good shake. She is naive and blind to the truth. This was just an unrealistic romance for sure.  I'll give this 2 stars. 

LORD in the title


Sophia Rose said...

Glad it gave you your Bingo square even if it was a far-fetched one. I've read her contemporary Vampire series, but never tried her historicals which I think must be older.

Melliane said...

I have a hit or miss with this author

Blodeuedd said...

Ugh, it is such a grandpa name! My grandpa's name actually lol

Carole Rae said...

Sophia, yess it was an older book.

Melliane, I feel like I read one by her a long time ago .

B, really???? I've never heard of this name! Well - no - I went to a hotel named Gunnar.