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Geoffrey de Lanceau is a knight, the son of the man who once ruled Wode. His noble sire died, however, branded as a traitor. But never will Geoffrey believe his father betrayed their king, and swears vengeance against the man who brought his sire down in a siege to take over Wode. Lady Elizabeth Brackendale dreamed of marrying for love, but is promised by her father to a lecherous old baron. Then she is abducted and held for ransom by a scarred, tormented rogue who turns out to be the very knight who has sworn vengeance against her father. The threads of deception sewn eighteen years ago bind the past and present. Only by Geoffrey and Elizabeth championing their forbidden love can the truth - and the lies — be revealed about a knight's vengeance.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.7" Width: 4.2" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815481 ISBN13 9781932815481
Availability 0 units.
More About Catherine Kean
Catherine Kean penned her first novella at age 12, and first full-length manuscript at 16. Her debut medieval historical romance, "Dance of Desire," was the launch title of Medallion Press's Sapphire Jewel Imprint and is published with two different cover designs. She lives in Florida.
Catherine Kean currently resides in the state of Florida.
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A Knight's Vengeance Jul 10, 2008
When Geoffrey de Lanceau was a young boy, his father was killed in a siege upon their castle. Lord Arthur Brackendale was the man responsible. Geoffrey has sworn to avenge his father's death by striking back at Lord Brackendale one day. That day arrives many years later when he sets eyes on Brackendale's daughter Elizabeth.
Lady Elizabeth Brackendale has been kidnapped by Geoffrey de Lanceau. Geoffrey is her father's sworn enemy and the monster her father has warned her about all of her life. Elizabeth is confused by the feelings Geoffrey stirs in her, but her need to keep her people and her father safe are uppermost in her mind.
At first Elizabeth is kept a prisoner, but the arrangements slowly change as she and Geoffrey get to know each other. They are enemies who struggle to maintain their distance even though their growing attraction wages a war on their hearts.
When the time to fight is upon them, Will Elizabeth have to chose between her father and her new found love?
A Knight's Vengeance is a wonderfully told story about a tender love born from the hate of revenge. Elizabeth and Geoffrey's transition from enemies to lovers is entertaining and passionate. The end has a thrilling battle and heart-warming closure. A Knight's Vengeance captivated me with a beautiful and strong heroine, a brave and fearless hero and an exciting, romantic tale!
Nannette reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
The story is very typical, but well written. I liked all of the characters. Aug 7, 2007
If you read romance regularly, you have read this story a hundred times over...
The opening scene has the hero character, Geoffrey, as a young boy who is watching his father bleed to death. He swears to avenge his father's murder.
18 years later, all of his father's lands are in the hands of the murderer. Geoffrey, who was his father's heir, is determined to get his rightful inheritance back. He kidnaps the murderer's beautiful daughter, Elizabeth. He holds her for ransom, refusing to give her back until his lands are returned. Over a short number of days, to two battle each other. Despite it all, they fall in love.
Geoffrey refuses to let his feelings for Elizabeth sway his plans. He wants his lands, but realizes he will not give her up either. He must find a way to keep both. His good intentions are foiled when jealous rivals plan his murder.
Elizabeth is determined to save her father from Geoffrey's sword, but still keep his love. When the truth comes out, she will fight to save Geoffrey from an attempted murder.
The story, while not unique in plot, does have some unique twists to keep it interesting. Both main characters are good- hearted people, as are many of their friends. I enjoy a story much more when I can really like the main couple.
The villain characters are also very predictable, but they are not given a large part in the story until the end. Unfortunately, the ending is very rushed. After several chapters of a slowly unfolding plot, everything is solved all too tidily in the last chapter. It was as if the author had to meet a rapidly approaching deadline. In chapter 19, there is strife and tension between many characters, which has lasted for 18 years. The hero is near death. In chapter 20, the hero has a miraculous recovery and gives up everything he fought for, everyone is friends, and the author even throws in a plan for annual donations to the local orphanage. (Huh???) It cheapened the story a bit. Still, overall, this was a good book when you consider that the author is very new. Hopefully she'll keep some of her own likable style, and branch out to more unique plots in the future.
An Engaging Story of Medieval Love Jan 18, 2007
"A Knight's Vengeance" tells a wonderfully romantic tale set against a thrilling medieval background. As in her previous novel Dance of Desire, Catherine Kean presents interesting, well-developed characters who are thrown into extraordinary circumstances that test their courage, strength, and loyalty.
In this case, Lady Elizabeth Brackendale, the daughter of a wealthy lord, is kidnapped by Geoffrey de Lanceau, a roguish knight sworn to kill Elizabeth's father to avenge his father's death. Sworn enemies to each other, the worst thing Elizabeth and Geoffrey can do is fall in love.
Kean has a marvelous ability to draw the reader into the story through her use of the senses. We can almost smell the exotic flowers in Elizabeth's bath water, taste the figs covered in honey and cinnamon, and hear the belches of the disgusting suitor that her father selected for Elizabeth. The playful teasing and growing sensuality produce the perfect level of moderate intimacy that will satisfy most romance readers. I highly recommend it.
Leslie Halpern, author of Reel Romance: The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies and Dreams on Film: The Cinematic Struggle Between Art and Science.
A warmhearted historical story full of passion and heart Dec 10, 2006
Geoffrey de Lanceau has spent eighteen long years nurturing his need for vengeance against the man who ended his father's life and confiscated his heritage. He's never gotten over the fact that when his honorable father died he was branded a traitor by king and country.
Betrothed to the lecherous Baron Sedgewick of Avenley, Lady Elizabeth Brackendale is desperate to find a way to escape her impending marriage. She dreams of marrying a man she could love. Just being in the baron's presence makes her nauseous, how could she possibly stand him touching her?
Geoffrey and Elizabeth meet in the market for the first time when she's almost run down by a wagon while attempting to evade her guards. It isn't until she tries intimidating him with knowledge about her father that he realizes that she is the daughter of the man he's sworn vengeance against - Lord Arthur Brackendale. Once he leaves her to the inept care of her guards, Geoffrey meets up with his friend and fellow knight Dominic who had heard of Elizabeth's upcoming nuptials. Geoffrey sees the marriage for what it is - an attempt at protecting Elizabeth from him and joining Sedgewick and Brackendale lands which border each other. To draw Brackendale out, Geoffrey intends to do the one thing sure to enrage the Lord - kidnap his daughter and hold her for ransom. It's a good solid plan but can he keep himself from falling in love with the daughter of the enemy? What if he discovers that the man he thought was the enemy isn't at the root of the deception that resulted in his father's death?
Catherine Kean will have readers riveted to the pages of her newest novel A KNIGHT'S VENGEANCE. I adore Elizabeth's stubbornly determined nature. Geoffrey is just as contrary. Imagining these two characters going head to head on every little issue from the quality of the meals to whether or not he'd allow Elizabeth to take a bath kept me reading to see who would be victorious in their continuing battle of wills. I was quickly drawn into this storyline and could easily sympathize with both characters' plights and could hardly wait to see how it would all work out.
Chrissy Dionne (courtesty of Romance Junkies)
Delighful Oct 24, 2006
Just when I thought that no one writes medieval romances any more, here comes Catherine Kean. A Knight's Vengeance is a great love story with all the ingredients of a traditional historical romance: tough hero, feminine heroine, adequately mean vilan and villaness, adverse circumstances, etc.
It doesn't quite match the best in the genre, but it comes close enough for me. I give Kean's novel five stars especially for not making the heroine a modern-day feminist, which many romance writers -- mistakenly in my opinion -- tend to do these days.