Monday, November 21, 2016

Review – ‘Vengeance is Mine’ by Kat Henry Doran


Ever consider going back to study hall and face down the school bully? 
The mean girls? 
The brainless jocks who made your life a pure misery? 
For Dru Horvath, gypsy orphan turned Pulitzer Prize winner; Rafe Archangeli, once the Scourge of Summerville and now leader of a multi-million dollar trust; and Fiona “Fat Aggie” Thorpe, current high fashion model with her own A-list agency, the opportunity to exact revenge is too good to pass up. 
Will they find vengeance they crave? 
Or something more valuable? 


This story is about three adults going back to their hated hometown for their 25th high school reunion. Though successful in their chosen fields, Rafe, Fiona and Dru would rather forget their painful past but they need to come to terms with it. When I first started this book, I thought for sure they’d seek revenge by murdering their old bullies but the story didn’t turn out that way. Instead Rafe, Fiona and Dru each find love with people they least expected and they rub their success in their former bullies’ faces.
The book is broken up into three parts, one for each main character, but the overall plot of the reunion spans the entire book.

Mad Dog and Archangel - For the first part, Rafe goes home for the funeral of his childhood friend and inherits a nine million dollar trust fund to divvy out to the community. As the resident former bad boy, he still lives up to his bad rep even so many years later. He meets Grace, a fun-loving former nun and human rights advocator, who helps him turn his con-artist life around. --- 3 Stars

The List - The second part is about Fiona. Once four-hundred pounds in high school, a fashion model as a young adult, and now the owner of a modeling agency, Fiona is healthy and happy with her life. She goes to the reunion as a favor to her best friend, Dru, and she meets Mick, one of the bullies who tormented her in school. Regretful of his past, Mick is now an attorney and only represents decent people in need of help. Sparks fly when they meet again. --- 5 Stars

Embraceable You - For the third part, Dru was raised by an order of nuns after her Gypsy parents’ arrest. The town condemned her for her heritage and for her parents’ mistakes. Now she’s a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who stumbled on a story and a trial of a lifetime. She goes to the reunion to accept an award. Rory, the local sheriff, acts as her bodyguard but becomes something much more… --- 4 Stars

While I liked this book, I found the beginning a little difficult to get into. There were just so many main and side characters, not enough tag lines, and sometimes I didn’t know who was talking or who’s POV I was reading in. Once I figured out all the characters and who was who, I enjoyed the story much more. There were a few typos and formatting issues, as well, but not enough to take me out of the story.
For anyone who wants a good read about putting your old bully in their place, check this book out! 

The book overall – 4 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Kat Henry Doran, for sending me a print copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

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