Friday, March 14, 2014

REVIEW: Joan Avery's Love's Revenge

Love's RevengeTitle: Love's Revenge
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Joan Avery
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 266

I am a newbie when it comes to reading and reviewing Historical Romances. I have only been reading the genre for a few months and have taken a few workshops to get myself more knowledge on what goes into writing historical events, and it is amazing the word that these authors put into their stories to get the right details for the right time. I have such a high respect for historical authors.
I was very impressed and taken with Miss Avery's Love's Revenge. There were so many aspects of the novel that just pulled at me.
The heroine, Kate Barker, was a wonderfully written character that I loved from the very beginning. She is a woman with a good heart as she takes in the care of her dead sister's little boy. Initially, I wasn't too sure of the hero, Kate's dead sister's husband, Stephen Worth, but as the book went on, I discovered that he was not who I thought he was.
The conflict that was setup between the heroine and hero was amazing - sister-in-law that blames her brother-in-law for the death of her sister has returned to clear his name and take care of his son. I know that this plot has been done many times before (as is every novel concept), but the way that Miss Avery lays it out is so well done. I loved the twists and turns of the plot, and how she ramps up the emotions. This book didn't have any lulls and I skipped over nothing.
As for the writing, it was sensational. It had the perfect amount of description that set the tone and gave me a great mental picture, but didn't bog down the reading or bore me. The read was smooth and very enjoyable.
 After reading Love's Revenge, I am even more in love and in awe of Historical Romances. If you like this genre, I strongly recommend reading the book and even if you haven't enjoyed the genre in the past or haven't really given it much thought, I think that this book could change your mind. I give this book five stars. It was a sensational read and goes on one of my favourite reads of 2014. 


St. Louis, Missouri, 1879
Heiress Kate Barker thought she'd met the man of her dreams the night the mysterious English viscount swept her off her feet at the masquerade. Until his real identity is revealed - the cold, calculating scoundrel is really there to rip her world apart.
The only things that have kept widower Stephen Worth alive for the past two years are the promise of revenge against the man who framed him for murder and the love for Andy, his son, who was taken by the beautiful but vexing sister of his dead wife. He didn't know what to expect when he met Kate, but it wasn't undeniable desire.
Torn by attraction, driven by hatred, tempered by their love for a child, Stephen and Kate fight their growing feelings across the country to the wilds of Colorado. If he cannot convince Kate to trust him before she learns the truth about his past, he could lose Andy - but his demons are all the ammunition she needs to keep the boy for good.


Joan Avery has spent over thirty five years in advertising and advertising related businesses including over fifteen as a producer of Radio and Television commercials for companies as diverse as Cadillac and Whirlpool.
She discovered the joy of writing after switching from full-time to part-time employment with the birth of the first of her three children. They joined her two older stepsons to make a fairly large family. She lives with her husband in a Detroit suburb and enjoys traveling.
She believes that nothing opens your eyes like seeing a whole new culture with different tastes and values. The only thing that remains the same is love.
It is a universal language.

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