Love's Revenge by Joan Avery
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 pomise 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.
|Publisher:||Entangled Publishing, LLC|
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About the Author
Joan Avery was an award-winning writer/producer at a major national advertising agency for over fifteen years before she "retired" to raise a family and write. Joan has been blessed with a daughter, two sons and two stepsons. She and her husband now have five grandchildren. Although she has lived in the Detroit area her entire life she has traveled extensively for both work and leisure. She and her husband, an attorney, have visited many fascinating parts of the world. Joan feels her travels enrich her writing. THE WORTH BROTHERS' TRILOGY takes place in three of her favorite places.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*The first in the series.. an excellent beginning but also an enjoyable stand-alone read..
LOVE'S REVENGE by Joan Avery is an interesting American West Historical Romance set in 1879 Missouri. #1 in the "Worth Brothers" trilogy. "The Worth Brothers Series is trilogy about three English brothers and the American women they meet and marry." This is the tale of Heiress Kate Barker and her brother-in-law, Stephen Worth. Fast paced tale of guilt, betrayal, passion, healing, forgiveness, and love. Set against the backdrop of the Missouri territory. An Englishman,an American heiress and a two year old boy, who loves them both. What do they all have in common, you ask? Will let me tell you, they love each other, although, danger lurks just beyond the bend. You see, Stephen's wife, Kate's sister, was murdered and Stephen was blamed. He is out for revenge for the wife, child and life stolen from him by a shameless man. Oh, wait, I don't want to give anything away. You must read this fast paced tale of love,passion and "Love's Revenge". Received for an honest review. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Pampered city girl meets displaced European rich man turned cowboy. When Kate's brother-in-law shows up to claim his son after his wife dies, Kate is determined to keep them apart. If he had cared about his sone then why didn't he come to claim him two years ago after his wife died. Kate suspects that something isn't right and agrees to allow Stephen to take the boy, but only if she can come with, and if he proves to be a poor father (by her standards) he will give the boy back. This trip takes them from the civilized city of St. Louis to the frontier in Colorado. Along the way they meet the Ute Indians. I loved the way they were handled in this story. They weren't the mindless savages that many authors use when they write about the Indians. In fact, I hadn't seen anything quite like their story in a book before and they really added a special and unique quality to it. Kate and Stephen slowly begin to trust each other along their journey, but of course there are secrets lying in wait, ready to break them apart. When everything begins to come out, it is a truly tragic and heart breaking story. Much of how Stephen has acted becomes more clear as we learn more about him, and Kate seems to see this right along with you. This was a great romance. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
“Love’s Revenge” by Joan Avery was very different from most of the historical romance stories I have read. First, it takes place in the U.S. and not England. Also, the hero and heroine are not a part of rich and elite society. I found this story to be very unique in many different aspects. The author really included many different historical elements such as the conflict with the Indians as expansion in the U.S occurred. There were also the details about the wild frontier that, I thought, fit perfectly with the story. Kate Barker is an heiress. She is very dedicated to her nephew. After her sister’s death she became his guardian. One night at a ball she meets a very mysterious English Viscount-Stephen Worth. They are instantly drawn to each other but there is an uneasy feeling that surrounds their meeting. I have to say that the beginning was the only part that I didn’t think flowed. After their meeting Stephen is immediately angry with Kate. Ok, this is where I was very lost. First, I loved Stephen. He was very ahead of English society and played by his own rules. He suffered many trials and near death experiences. He was handed many unfair situations. BUT. And this is a big BUT. Kate really did nothing wrong to him, personally. In fact, before she discovers that he is her nephews father (in other words, her dead sister’s husband) she confides in him how much she loves her nephew and how devoted she is to him. I would think that maybe he would be grateful to her for this instead of angry. As can be imagined, Kate begins to “hate” Stephen once she discovered that he is her sister’s thought-to-be-dead husband. They begin to fight over her nephew until they come to an agreement. This was my second issue. She is in love with her dead sister’s husband. Putting these issues aside, Stephen and Kate travel across the frontier U.S. They soon learn that this is very dangerous and they stumble across many life threatening situations. As they begin to get to know each other, they realize how they let misconceptions and misdirected revenge get the better of them. As they begin to accept each other and their present predicaments they are hunted by the past. The issue remains that they have to discuss just how her sister died? Where was Stephen all this time? The answers are not pleasant and they have to find out if they can or want to look into their pasts and try to build a future. This is definitely a story worth reading!
Great read! The characters came to life for me, the settings were lovely, and the story was intense! Can't wait to read about the other Worth brothers.
I really enjoyed this book and not just for the yummy romance and damaged but goodhearted hero, Stephen. I liked it because it made me reevaluate some long held beliefs. I was always a firm believer in leaving the child with the caregiver that the child feels safest with. In this instance is that what was really best for the boy? Well, this is a book with an HEA so everyone gets what they need and deserve. But in a time period when communications could take months and frontier justice was often no justice at all, lines can be smudged. Ignorance of other cultures and financial bias was rampant, with very little recourse left to injured parties. Thank goodness, out heroine Kate was, though a bit quick to jump to conclusions, still in the end was an intelligent and open minded woman. I really liked the fact that this book incorporated a great many touchy issues of the time, when it could have easily been a formulated but perfectly adequate historical romance. This was an extremely diverse book and the main characters were noticeably well developed. I really, really wanted more of Stephen's back story. The few bits and pieces we were given made me absolutely rabid for the rest of the tale. It was an ingenious way for Joan Avery to insure that those not already sold on the series would be more than ready to delve into the next Worth Brothers book. It is a rare feat indeed for me to indulge in a historical that has no paranormal or kilt wearing elements, but I am just tickled that I rolled the dice on Love's Revenge. It made me think, groan, cuss, but best of all it made me smile. Well done, Ms. Avery, brava.