It is A.D. 1486. Fresh from his treacherous turning of the tides against Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth, Sir Gaston de Russe's reputation is dark and dirty. Those loyal to Richard hate him and those loyal to Henry Tudor fear him. He is, after all, The Dark One.
In order to gain a strong foothold in Yorkshire, Henry sends Gaston to one of the largest fortresses in the north, a massive bastion called Mt. Holyoak Castle. Having formerly belonged to Sir Guy Stoneley, who is now a prisoner in the White Tower after his capture at Bosworth, the castle is still the home to Guy's wife, Remington, her three sisters, and her son.
Gaston takes possession of Mt. Holyoak, pleased with his acquisition and intrigued with Lady Stoneley, who is beautiful, somewhat shy, and demure.
Gaston soon comes to find out that Mt. Holyoak harbors a horrible secret of rape and abuse. Guy Stoneley abused his wife and sisters, so much so that the women look to Gaston as their savior. As Gaston struggles to administer the North and form alliances with those still loyal to Richard, something more is taking place that threatens to distract him from his task. The lure, the power, is more than he can resist.
A strong bond is forming between the knight believed to be the ultimate traitor and the lady who has known nothing but sorrow and horror. And with that realization, a delicate love story begins as two lonely people find solace and comfort with each other. Gaston soon realizes he loves Remington more than anything, which sets the stage for the biggest battle of his life: the fight against the Catholic Church in his quest for an annulment so he can marry her.
Join Gaston and Remington as they embark on an epic adventure of discovery, love, anguish and sorrow, defeat and victory. From the hills of Yorkshire to the halls of London, share their story of a lifetime where dreams become reality and true love really does conquer all.
©2013 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
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"Loved, loved, loved this book..............."
Kathryn is becoming one of my most favorite and loved author. I have read several of her books and this one was no different. I love Gaston so much! I found myself listening as I wake up and prepared for work, on my way to work, on lunch, then driving home and while I was home. It was so interesting.
EPIC! I LOVED it! Read the white lord of wellesbourne first. The characters and the story were great. I couldnt stop reading/ listening. There were no over-the-top stupid interactions or words said to create a plot twist. I will definitely read/listen to it again. I think they equal de Wolfe and jordan. Simply a new classic.
"Epic Medieval Love Story"
After listening to “The White Lord of Wellesbourne” I knew I liked the writing style of Kathryn Le Veque and I had to listen to this second book to find out more about Gaston, the Black Knight.
Ms. LeVeque’s clever way of writing draws you into the story and makes you feel as if you are part of the action—actually feeling the events as they happen and love being there. This epic book has times of pure sadness, times of laughter and times of intense emotion. It's truly and emotional rollercoaster that kept me guessing throughout.
Although I thought the language was a bit modern in places it didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed this book. If you enjoy Medieval historical love stories—put this one on your list!
"Bravo!! I loved this book"
Good story, beautiful love,many interesting characters, even the evil ones! The dark knight himself... What a man!! Hot, hard, sexy and loving!!
There were many parts with great growing tension that kept the story well and moving, bravo!!
"Wished the story would go on and on..."
and with such fine character development, it could.
A couple of minor technical glitches near the end, but didn't take away from story too much.
"A BIT DISAPPOINTING"
I bought this book based on my very first title by this author called "The Questing" - the kind of book that one hopes will be the first in a series - a really great story line with likeable characters - more fluff than fact but still entertaining. This book started out like "The Questing" but, likely due to its overwhelming length (25 HOURS!), the author eventually lost her way. About 1/2 in, the story became repetitive, ridiculous and incredulous. Without really giving much away as a potential spoiler, suffice it to say that the main character, Lady Remington Stoneley, after a life filled with much "strum und drang", has the opportunity to have her 13 year extremely abusuve marriage annulled. Her husband is in the Tower of London, accused of treason by the new king, Henry VII after his defeat over Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth. Yet "Remy" (odd name in an era of Mary's, Elizabeths, and Annes) refuses to give up custody and guardianship of her 8 year-old son. The correct choice, you say.....except that she's pregnant with another man's child at a time where that alone is reason enough for her husband to murder her with his own hands. When this "offer" was extended by her incarcerated hubby, their son was left way back at home while she went to London in the company of The Dark Knight, her new baby daddy. Plus, the son is old enough to be sent off to be trained as a knight at the estate of another nobleman so she would be separated from him anyway. Also, that son is technically the property of his father, as is she, since medieval women had no rights of any kind so her choice to keep the child would have been for naught anyway. On top of all of that, she escapes into sanctuary at a convent many miles away from her son where she doesn't see him for months while she awaits the birth of her out-of-wedlock adulterous baby. She can never leave the convent without risking death by her husband so what was the point of refusing a chance at being married to the man of her dreams, the most feared knight in the land? I didn't get the whole selfless sacrifice thing on behalf of her son after she had already allowed him to be beaten by his father all of his life, along with the rapes of all 3 of her very young sisters - the youngest only 11 years old when her repeated brutalizations began and another sister forced to give up the baby fathered by Remington's husband. All of this nonsense, combined with the "wussification" of The Dark Knight, heretofore a dispassionate killing machine, was a bit too much. Remington's "charms" could NOT be all dat!
Also, other than Remy and her sisters, there are virtually no other females in this book. A tavern wench here, a prostitute there, but other than one old servant at her huge estate, we never see or hear about any other women, not even a ladies maid or female chaperone while her home is full of hundreds of soldiers brought in by the Dark Knight. Even when Remington travels with a band of soldiers and knights to the court of King Henry VII, she stays with a male relative of The Dark Knight with no females evident. When she meets the King, we only see his wife and mother - not one single lady- or maid-in-waiting! Remy doesn't even have the decency to think it is not decent to be a married noble woman sleeping with a married man, then flaunt in front of her King, Queen, and the priest sent by her husband to bring her to him in London. She even shows up to the Tower for a meeting with her husband! If he had gotten an inkling that his wife was pregnant, he could have bashed her head out right there in his cell and there would have been nothing that King Henry could have done to him. OUTRAGROUS! Maybe Le Veque gave her heroine a "stripper name" in anticipation of a character who is not given any sort of morals or common sense. IDK......SMH.....IJS...... WOW!!!
I like Kathryn Le Veque but she writes more like a male than a female to me - and I've read well over 1,000 books on this genre. She does well with the whole "taut loins" and "wet slick explosion" part of the romance novel ingredients, but is lacking in the historical details aspects. This may be alright for novices but it was just a bit bizarre to me. I haven't given up on Le Veque, however. This over-long tome may be merely a one-off.
I don't know, I haven't read the print version
It was funny, sad, scary and sexy, you never knew what was going to happen next
This is my first time listening to him, his voice is easy to listen to
I laughed at the girls outrageous behavior but I also cried, even at the happy events.
This was a wonderful book and I really enjoyed reading it. Kathryn Le Veque is an exceptional writer. I can't wait to start my next book by her.
Wow what a book. Yes it is long, But it was an amazing story. The hero is awesome! Can't even put into words how awesome his is. The dark one indeed!
It was a fantastic epic love story. Not your typical angst, and secrets historical romance. It was wonderful! They hero, Gaston and heroine, Remington had great chemistry and some wonderfully written sex scene, not graphic or erotica, very nicely written.
There was so much wonderful dialogue throughout the entire book.
Always something going on, never a dull moment. And for a book being about 800 pages long and a 25 hour listen it wasn't full of filler nonsense. The descriptions were brief and to the point. The story moved on and flowed quite nicely, and everything came together brilliantly. It was wonderful.
This author is truly gifted. I find it amazing that she wrote this book 20 plus years ago and it took that long to get published. Very interesting note from the author at the beginning and the end of the book.
As for the narration? Absolutely Wonderful! He did the women's voices great, and the hero's voice, (fanning myself) my oh my!
I actually got this book as a free listen with my KU subscription and 3.49 on audible! What a deal. However, I will say it would have been with the credit or dollars!
This has been the most emotional book I have ever read. I have laughed, And I have cried throughout the whole book. It had twist interns that I didn't even see coming. A must read.
This is my favorite of all the books that I've listened to buy this author. The storyline is interesting and sexy and moves at a good pace, and the narrator is great.
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