AD 1380. The great-grandson of the legendary William de Wolfe is not as his family had hoped; although a man of legendary skill and strength like his great-grandfather, Gates de Wolfe is something of a legendary rake as well. A man with an eye for women, he has left a string of broken hearts all across England and rumors of at least two bastards, possibly more.
But Gates is also a man of humor, charm, and great charisma, making it difficult for women to resist him and making it even more difficult for men to despise him, because he is such a likable character. Moreover, in battle he is a destroyer - a knight without equal. He is a man to be feared.
Lady Kathalin de Lara is part of the mighty House of de Lara, great marcher lords. A young lady who has been educated in a convent, she is rather naive in the ways of men. When Gates meets Kathalin, he treats her with surprising respect. She is different from other women he has known, and because he greatly respects the woman's uncle, a close friend, Gates makes no attempt at another conquest. He treats her with great regard. But in that regard, and in declaring she is out of bounds for his usual conquering ways, a seed of attraction for her sprouts.
Gates unexpectedly begins to have real feelings for the lovely Lady Kathalin. But his reputation as a rake works against him. No decent family, including the House of de Lara, will permit him to seriously court one of their daughters, and Kathalin's family denies his suit. For a spoiled, cavalier man who has always gotten what he wanted, Gates must face the reality that he must actually fight for what he wants and for a love he never knew he could feel. Join Kathalin and Gates on an impossible adventure of life, love, discovery, and devotion that only angels dare to dream of.
©2015 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2016 Kathryn Le Veque
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"Loved every single word. Absolutely fantastic."
Gethyn Edwards narrates this story beautifully. With rich emotion and excellent character voices, it is Gethyn's best work. A powerful, emotionally charged performance. I definitely look forward to hearing more from this narrator. Very well done.
This is the story of Gates de Wolfe, great grandson of William de Wolfe from Kathryn Le Veque's book The Wolfe. Gates de Wolfe is known for his skill and strength as a knight, just like his legendary great grandfather. But unlike the very honorable William de Wolfe, Gates is a well known rake. The love and leave them kind of guy who never looks back, or gives his lady conquests a second thought. Gates de Wolfe is serving Jasper de Lara, one of the great (Marshall) lords. A man with wit, intelligence, and irresistible charm. Gates is well loved by his comrades, as well as every female who crosses his path. Known as the Dark Destroyer on the battlefield, Gates is greatly admired and respected by the men who serve and fight along side of him. After returning home from France, Gates is asked to retrieve Jasper de Laura's daughter Kathalin from a convent and return her home. Kathalin has been a ward of the convent for the last fourteen years. Extremely naive in the ways of the world, Gates begins to open Kathalin's eyes to the finer things of life as they travel away from the convent toward her home. Not only does Gates realize he is undeniably attracted to the beautiful lady Cathalin, but he soon realizes he cares for her more deeply than he knew to be possible. Lady Cathalin falls very much in love with Gates. How could she not, he's a de Wolfe. But upon returning home and becoming reacquainted with her parents, she discovers they not only want her to marry another man, but betrothed her to Gates' best friend. This story is so powerful, touching and heart felt. It made me cry and it made me smile. One of my favorite Kathryn Le Veque stories.
"Gethyn Edwards and Kathryn Le Veque-what a team!"
I had read the book first but Gethyn Edwards brought so much emotion to this story, I liked the audible best. This is the first I have listened to Gethyn and I liked what I heard.
Dark Destroyer would compare to KLV's The Lion of the North because of the emotional aspect in my opinion. Both are a tear jerker!
Gethyn Edwards brought emotion to this story. I was well pleased.
I laughed and cried. Laughed at Gates best friend Alex De Lohr (would love to see a story on Alex) and cried for Gates and Cathie's heartache.
Wonderful experience listening to any audio book written by Kathryn Le Veque
Any of the De Wolfe series, and then any book written by Kathryn Le Veque.
Being a narrator and reading so many character's voices and accents is a special gift. Mr. Edwards seemed very professional and capable to make the audio version interesting.
I did certainly did try to listen to it in one sitting, I love listening to the audiobooks, but sometimes "life" gets in the way and I can't listen unhindered.
I love audio books because I can listen to the book as I am hands free to be able to do other chores or activities.
"Started out OK.but the ending drug on and on and ."
Well written. But the ending was really drawn out.... too much angst for me.
"Can't stop listening"
Couldn't stop listening to the story. Gee you learn to love some characters but then you learn to hate some as well
This was not my favorite book in this series, but I wasn't disappointed. I really enjoy her writing, and I like these families overall from the other books she has written for the De Wolfes. I'll definitely keep going!
I love that Kathy wasn't a weak lady, even though she spent her life preparing to be a nun. She was spirited enough to stand up for herself.
The strong friendship between Gate and Alex, it was refreshing to see.
Note: if you're looking for a R-rated historical romance, this is not for you.
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