Review: Heart of Vengeance by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Posted July 22, 2010 by Tracy in Reviews | 5 Comments

Review: Heart of Vengeance by Tracy Cooper-PoseyReviewer: Tracy
Heart of Vengeance by Tracey Cooper-Posey
Series: Jewels of Tomorrow #2
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publication Date: July 15, 2010
Format: eARC
Genres: Historical Romance
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Series Rating: five-stars

To find her father’s killer, Helena of York must pose as a Norman in the great halls of Richard I’s England. Should she be unmasked, her life will be forfeit.

Stephen, Count of Dinan, once Richard’s friend and trusted knight, is outcast for reasons shrouded in mystery. Known as the “Black Baron”, he is friendless in a glittering world he despises. His only goal is to restore his honor and once again serve his king.

Helena’s only desire is to kill the man who destroyed her father and her future. Stephen’s suspicions draw him into Helena’s web of deceit, and the two outsiders find themselves tangled in a greater conspiracy that threatens the throne of England itself, while their embattled hearts grapple with a far greater challenge.

Helena of York is on a mission. She needs to find the one man who has information about her father’s death and he will lead her to the murderer. In order to do this she’s been posing as a titled Norman woman. By a strange twist of fate the Count of Dinan comes to her rescue one day. They form a bond and make a promise to each other that they feel cannot be broken.

When Prince John makes arrangements for one of his faithful yet incredibly loathsome advisors to marry Helena she finds that this is a predicament she may not be able to free herself from – especially since said advisor, Savaric, knows that she is not the lady Isobel. While Stephen is there when he is needed it doesn’t help the end plight that they find themselves.

We discover that Helena is trying to find her father’s killer, yes to clear his name, but for such a bigger and quite noble reason. But she is set on her course of action and no words, even from the man she loves will sway her to do otherwise. Stephen adores Helena but with revenge at the forefront of her mind, and him so set against revenge of any sort he sees them coming to an impasse.

I would love to tell you all of the ins and outs of this story but it is one that has to be read to truly be appreciated. It is a medieval romance filled with political intrigue and manipulations, scheming mothers, titled yet outlawed Earls, but most of all, love. Though this story is only about 250 pages long it’s truly an epic tale that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you love a good medieval story this would be a great book for you.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This book was received from and my review was requested by the author.


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5 responses to “Review: Heart of Vengeance by Tracy Cooper-Posey

  1. Ooooooo . . . I love books set in this time. The entire period of Henry II & Eleanor of Acquitaine — Richard I's parents, his long time away from England on the Crusade, the taking of his throne by King John . . . all the color and pagentry of that time . . . it is such a rich context from which to bring forth these wonderful stories. I also have reviewed some other works by this author and have always found them to be well-written, well-researched, with the characters so well developed and the plot absolutely riveting. Thanks for bringing this particular story to our attention — another one I will need to put in the "must read" stack.

  2. Oh, I'm with Dr J on the time period – fascinating. I haven't read a good medieval in ages, mostly because they have heroines that are so 21st century it isn't funny. But this sound interesting, so I've made of note of title and author and will see if my library has it 🙂

    Thank you Tracy!

  3. Judith – With your love of all the medieval period I think you would LOVE this one. It's really very good.

    Orannia – This was an ebook available through Cerridwen Press but it was previously released in pb in 2004. You might be able to get it at your library, I'm not sure.

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