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Dark Destroyer Audiobook

Dark Destroyer: De Wolfe Pack/Reign of the House of de Winter

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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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  • Starlet M.
    Orange County, CA
    20/03/16
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    "Loved every single word. Absolutely fantastic."
    Have you listened to any of Gethyn Edwards’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • KElizabeth Green
    Georgia
    07/03/16
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    "Dark Destroyer"
    Where does Dark Destroyer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wonderful experience listening to any audio book written by Kathryn Le Veque


    What other book might you compare Dark Destroyer to and why?

    Any of the De Wolfe series, and then any book written by Kathryn Le Veque.


    What about Gethyn Edwards’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Medieval Quilter
    31/03/16
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    "Gethyn Edwards and Kathryn Le Veque-what a team!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Destroyer the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Dark Destroyer to and why?

    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!


    What does Gethyn Edwards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gethyn Edwards brought emotion to this story. I was well pleased.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • erin
    new orleans, LA, United States
    18/03/16
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    "Started out OK.but the ending drug on and on and ."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Well written. But the ending was really drawn out.... too much angst for me.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN
    southern California
    30/09/17
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    "A knight who has outgrown his moniker"

    This listen touched the soul.  So much love, pure and innocent and with such heartfelt intensity and depth, it seared my own.

    Le Veque doesn’t use a boiler-plate template for all her stories.  When you’ve read one, you haven’t read any of them, except the ones you’ve read.

    Lady Kathalin hasn’t had much in her life.  Not mother or father or brother.  She has spent her life at the abbey, serving the sick and attending the herb garden.  But even the abbey is not safe from men of ill-intent. Luckily, Sir Knight Gates had come to the abbey to collect her for her parents, who’ve sent for her, at the same time an Irish group of men were intent on destruction. Even after saving her life that day, Kathalin is quite insistent not to return with him.  She doesn’t know her parents, she knows the abbey, her sisters-in-God, and lashes out at Gates who eventually trusses her up and puts her on his horse to return her home, her family the House of de Lara.

    Gates is a de Wolfe. If you’ve read any of Le Veque’s books, you’ve probably either heard of how great the House of de Wolfe is or have experienced in this series, de Wolfe Pack. Unfortunately, he doesn’t live up to the name of his House.  Although, he is mighty on the battlefield with a close bond to his fellow warriors, he isn’t exemplar in this actions with women.  Frankly, he beds them, and leaves them with or without child. Not so likeable…

    Something changes in Gates when he meets Lady Kathalin. She first intrigues him, then interests him. He hasn’t met such a woman before. His feelings for her are different, softer, molding him to a new man.  Others don’t see it, won’t forget his norm with women.  But Lady Kathalin sees goodness in the man.  Yes, he’s charming, handsome as the devil, but he has so many redeeming qualities, she can’t help but fall in love.

    Gates’s liege, Jasper de Lara, Lady Kathalin’s father, cares not what Gates feels about his daughter or for her.  He’s determined to marry her to the House of de  Lohrs, a young knight and best friend to Gates, Sir Alexander de Lohr.  I rather disliked Jasper de Lara.  He’s weak, that is to say, he manipulates people with a bullying stance.  Narrator Edwards helps me dislike him with his excellent portrayal of the type of man he is. On the other hand, I liked Sir Alex a lot.  He is most honorable and hope to see him again in another of Le Veque’s stories. Unfortunately, he is placed in a terribly awkward situation.  What is an honorable knight to do?

    Another character which sent my emotions in several directions was Lady Rosamunde de Lara, who through time has been hardened by a devastating disease.  Apparently, her heart is well to following her body.

    One particular comment to make here.  I enjoyed how Le Veque grew the love people Kathalin and Gates, her delicate handling of Gates’s feelings toward Kathalin, and how Gethyn Edwards takes it to the next level. He also is emotionally charged with the telling.  Very little actually sex in this story and it suit me fine.  Isn’t the journey more important than its destination?

    If you love to cry, to touch pure enveloping love, this story is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/09/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Icel
    15/07/16
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    "Sure!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina
    27/03/16
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    "Love it!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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