A. D. 1326 - Tate Crewys de Lara is the son of kings. The illegitimate son of Edward Longshanks, Tate has the qualities of a magnificent king. But fate is cruel, leaving him a mere knight protecting young Edward III during the uncertain days following the horrific murder of Edward II.
While gathering allies for the young heir in Northumberland, he meets the Lady Elizabetha "Toby" Cartingdon. Daughter of the Lord Mayor of Cartingdon Parrish, Toby is a gorgeous woman with a mind for business. It is she who runs the parrish, not her father. Taken aback by the strong, bitter female, Tate is nonetheless intrigued with her. He soon discovers why Toby seems so hard; her father is a drunkard and her mother is an invalid, leaving Toby responsible to not only provide for the family, but also for the welfare of her small sister.
Feeling something more than curiosity, Tate begins to break through the hard surface to discover the warm and compassionate woman beneath. Yet factions who would see the young heir dead make a sudden appearance, drawing Toby into their malevolent plan. Soon she finds herself linked to both Tate and the quest to take the throne from Roger Mortimer. It becomes Tate's destiny to not only win a throne for young Edward, but to win Toby's heart as well.
©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
Let's face it not all romance novels are well written many are thrown together with a formula and without much character development going straight to the sex. Ms.Le Veque's books have more historical fiction with character development and in context sexual romance. The writing flows and captures the reader. The narrator for this book does a nice job and with a deep voice his reading a soap box could send most ladies twittering. I read a lot of Highland and Victorian era romances so these are a nice new niche for me and I appreciate the dark ages in a new way of romance and chivalry. Definitely worth a credit.
I loved the print version of Dragonblade, which is why I bought the audiobook. The audiobook, narrated by the talented Tim Campbell, really made the story come alive! I LOVED it.
There were so many "moments" in this story for not only Toby and Tate, but the ancillary characters as well. I enjoyed the relationship between the knights, their joking, and their pranks, especially with their young squire.
There is a scene, at the end, when Toby uses her acting ability to save Tate. It is daring, and funny, and I thought it was perfect!
Toby suffers a great loss during the book, and without giving anything away, there is a scene that really made me feel the ache of her character's grief.
Tim Campbell did a wonderful job narrating the first of this trilogy- I can't wait to hear the rest!
I just love all animals, but my personal favorite is my dog, Stella, and she amazes me daily with her intelligence and sense of fun.
Pairing of writer/narrator was wonderful with plot twists totally unexpected. I have listened to this audiobook multiple times and eagerly await more.
I just LOVE Kathryn Le Veque's books - I canNOT get enough of them. The period is so well drawn and the characters endearing. I enjoy the strong heroes AND heroines! I am happy this is a Trilogy as I can't wait to read more about these awesome characters.
Tate was very smart and was constantly having to chose between his love and his king.
i found he had a strong character. I also loved that his friend Sir Ken stayed by his friends wife knowing it could mean his death
when she went back in to offer her body in exchange for her husbands life.
yes very extreme ,, i couldnt sleep until i finished it and then could wait for the next to start.
this author really knows how to draw her readers in...
Kathryn LeVeque has nailed it again. Her love stories touch the readers heart, aching us to get yet another adventure to cuddle up and listen to. I'm so happy I discovered her. I thought there was only one writer who had a magic formula, but now I have found her!!
Yes because I really like the novel by Kathryn Le Veque.
When Toby's little sister died. I had forgotten about that so it was so shocking!
It already has 2 sequels that are also very good!
I love the novels by Kathryn Le Veque, but the only issue I had with the audio recording was I felt the narrator's accent was fake. I liked how he changed his voice for each character, but didn't care for his accent.
This was a decent story. Not nearly or even close to being as good as The Dark One: Dark Knight.
The hero was awesome, the heroine was okay. She is described as smart and very strong minded but cried to much for me, although in her defense she did have a lot to cry about.
The story line was okay, it could have been better in my opinion. The relationship between the hero and heroine seemed to move way to quickly, like in just a few days time they were in love and married. There is sex in the book, only one time and it was very nicely written, not erotica at all.
It did become somewhat boring at times, and just sort of dragged on a bit on nonsense so I sped the narration up to 1.25 to get through it faster.
There was a lot of dialogue throughout the book which was good. Lots of dialogue in a story is always good for me. I did like the secondary characters, Kenneth in particular.
As for the narration, Tim Campbell did a fine job. He made the women sound like women so that is always good. And everyone had their own distinct voice. His reading voice was nice.
No and yes, it does bring the story to another level that it makes it more fun to listened to it.
The main character Tate is my favorite!
When Tate meets Toby for the first time, sparks flare!
Some scenes made me cry and laugh, specially the scene when Toby had a high fever and Tate had to keep her in the tub!
I strongly recommend all of Kathryn Le Veque's audio!
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