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Guardian of Darkness | [Kathryn Le Veque]

Guardian of Darkness

1200 A.D. - After decades of warring between the Lairds of Kerr and Prudhoe Castle in Northumbria, a tentative peace is reached. The Lady Carington Kerr is sent to Prudhoe as a hostage to ensure her father's good behavior, and a more reluctant hostage there never was. Small and dark, with emerald eyes and a luscious figure, she is as gorgeous as she is fiery. Enter Sir Creed de Reyne; a gentle giant of a man, he is, by nature, calm and wise. He is the ice to Carington's fire.
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1200 A.D. - After decades of warring between the Lairds of Kerr and Prudhoe Castle in Northumbria, a tentative peace is reached. The Lady Carington Kerr is sent to Prudhoe as a hostage to ensure her father's good behavior, and a more reluctant hostage there never was.

Small and dark, with emerald eyes and a luscious figure, she is as gorgeous as she is fiery. Enter Sir Creed de Reyne; a gentle giant of a man, he is, by nature, calm and wise. He is the ice to Carington's fire. As Carington resists the attempts to keep her in her English prison, Creed is placed in charge of the captive as both jailer and protector.

But Creed is also as reluctant a protector as she is a hostage; six months prior, he had been given the important assignment of escorting Isabella of Angouleme from France to England as the bride of King John. Isabella, a woman-child of twelve years, was smitten with Creed from the start. When he spurned her advances, she fabricated a story of Creed's indiscretions against her and brought the king's wrath upon him. Creed fled to Prudhoe and straight into another assignment guarding a firebrand of a young woman.

Creed soon discovers that Carington is far different from the petty child who would become queen and against both his judgment and his wishes, he falls for the Scots lass. Suffering through tragedy and triumph, Creed and Carington have a love that only strengthens with each passing moment. Even when Creed is forced to flee for his life and leave Carington behind, their only thoughts are of being together again.

With Isabella and King John closing in, Creed and Carington must fight for their very survival as two countries and a kingdom seek to separate them.

©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

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    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 04-27-14
    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 04-27-14

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    "I devoured the GUARDIAN OF DARKNESS"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guardian of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    I do prefer the written version, but the audio version is also excellent. Brad Willis has an excellent voice as a narrator!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guardian of Darkness?

    This story was fantastic from beginning to end; really breathtaking!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The several scenes of tenderness and passion between Creed, a handsome and calm English knight and Carington, a fierce, stubborn, headstrong young Scottish lady!


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

    After listening to this audio, I felt consumed by beautiful emotions that I never wanted to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is a storyteller that gets you hooked the moment you start reading her stories. She skillfully blended romance and intrigue and weaved her characters into her story. I devoured this book! I strongly recommend her books because she never disappoints!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scotty 05-06-14
    Scotty 05-06-14

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    "I tried but couldn't stop listening! OMG !!!"

    If you love historical romance then just get the book. Don't worry about Brad Wills being able to voice you through it. He does such a great job! Love his voice! OMG, I just about swooned at that deep voice! Think he put a spell on me?! I stayed up for the past several nights just listening to see what happened next. You HAVE to get this book if you truly love historical romances and deep sexy male voices. :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-17-14
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Love, love, love this book!"

    This is one of the few romance books I have read where the author kills characters easily and then moves on without too much dwelling. But again, I can’t fault the author since life is not always sweet and perfect. I usually read romance so that I am not exposed to sadness and stress but the death of one character deeply saddened me but again c’est la vie.
    To sum up the book, great storyline, strong characters and yet at the same time weak since they relied so heavily on emotional support from their loved ones. An emotional ride in parts and the sweetest ending. Purchase without hesitation.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    tresjax midwest 04-29-14
    tresjax midwest 04-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't Put It Down!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story of Creed de Reyne and Carington Kerr is a wonderful love story filled with passion, adventure, humor, and danger. Creed is a strong, silent knight assigned to be the "keeper" of Carington who is a hostage in the English castle of Prudhoe, as part of a peace accord brokered between the castle's owner and her father, a Scottish Laird. He cannot help but fall for Carington with her fiery personality and doll like beauty. She is drawn to the calm and gorgeous knight. But, before they can have their HEA, a series of perilous events and conflicts threaten to keep them apart. The story is told by narrator Brad Wills, who was terrific! He tells the story in his beautiful voice and keeps the audience waiting for the next step in the storyline. Wills performed each character wonderfully, and I especially liked his portrayal of Carington, with her Scottish brogue.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story of two people from very different worlds, considered enemies, who despite their backgrounds fell in love. It is the very essence of romance! I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters, their friends and families. The emphasis on honor, loyalty, and integrity that is part of the chivalry of the era is so appealing.


    Have you listened to any of Brad Wills’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have heard a story narrated by Brad Wills, and he was terrific! I'd like to hear other audiobooks he has narrated. I enjoyed his enunciation and his mild accent, which made him sound as if he were a native of the era and locale. I appreciate the manner in which he could change from one character to the next seamlessly, just like performing in a theater setting. He was truly fantastic!


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

    The humor in the story had me chuckling to myself at several points, and I sighed in sadness more than once. The plot itself affected me emotionally and the narrator had a way of bringing it all out of me as an audience member.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed "Guardian of Darkness", and am a fan of historical romance novels. Kathryn LeVeque's novels are the best, and to have this one performed in an audiobook with such a talented narrator was amazing. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a romance, an adventure, a really great time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CC56BUMS 04-28-14
    CC56BUMS 04-28-14
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    "Another Le Veque Winner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend anything from Kathryn Le Veque. Each novel is a different story with intrigue, love, action and adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to go wrong with Kathryn Le Veque!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MaineOne maine 06-30-14
    MaineOne maine 06-30-14

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    "I loved it!"

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I loved it. Couldn't stop listening. It was touching, humorous and sad. Where can I find a Sir Creed? Narrator Brad Wills used a heavenly deep voice for Creed. A well done book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LadyT 06-02-14
    LadyT 06-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Medieval Romance with Intrigue"
    What made the experience of listening to Guardian of Darkness the most enjoyable?

    Lady Kerr was immature, not happy at being handed over by her father as a hostage-for-peace, and determined to find a way back home. She acted out without thought and wound up making one dangerous mistake after another. Despite finding her beautiful, her guardian Sir Creed did not appreciate being saddled with her, nor her antics. He'd already had his problems with women and didn't need another, especially one that was in danger just by virtue of being a Scottish woman among the English. Sir Creed was often torn between doing what was right and what made sense, and finding ways to keep Lady Kerr safe. Not being perfect, this made for difficult decisions and not always the best outcomes.


    What other book might you compare Guardian of Darkness to and why?

    None that I've read. Most medieval romances I've read involved near-perfect heroes, who overcame all through sheer force or might. In this book, love and good sense turned out to be the conquering factor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After having traveled to her new temporary residence, Lady Kerr met two young boys that lacked manners and were free to do as they chose. Being immature herself, her reaction to them was unexpected, but priceless.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love happens where you least expect it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roslynn United States 05-21-14
    Roslynn United States 05-21-14
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    "Sexist voice I have thus far heard for audiobook!"
    Would you listen to Guardian of Darkness again? Why?

    Yes even though the story has been done numerous times of opposites attracting and falling in love even by Ms. Le Veque. The stoic emotional-less big handsome English knight and hero Creed meets by becoming her ward and somewhat protector of the fiery short-tempered beautiful Scottish heroine Carington. Creed becomes the only one to watch her due to her behavior to everyone else. Creed's liege grants possession for peace from the opposing Scottish clan their much beloved daughter Carington. Ms. Le Veque had her own unique spin on it which made it that much more exciting! Lastly the deep seductive entrancing compelling voice talents of Mr. Brad Wills made this a joy and quite as sensuous to listen too!.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the hero Creed. Everyone it seemed wanted him for either all the right reasons and the wrong ones as well. Creed seemed to come across as a very humble and modest person. Even with false allegations towards him he remains cool, calm, collected and just the perfect knight.


    Which character – as performed by Brad Wills – was your favorite?

    Again it was Creed since Mr. Wills voice was just the perfect blend of masculinity but deep and quite mysterious too. I felt his voice pretty much oozed passion, sensualism and was so down right sexy breathing new character into the hero.


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

    I think I was laughing and crying as the book progressed with all the plot twists and turns that were happening. Especially everything that Creed goes through its quite a lot from people not supporting him, the king, death and even Carington he just takes everything in stride.


    Any additional comments?

    Out of all the audiobooks I own this was made me think all sorts of lascivious thoughts despite the story not being that erotic. I just couldn't help it I totally just fell in love and loved Mr. Wills deep bass voice as not only the narrator but in him portraying all of the characters as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi Phila, PA 07-07-15
    Jodi Phila, PA 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I canNOT a get enough of Kathryn Le Veque"

    I am just amazed at how wonderful each of Kathryn's books are - from start to finish! And the narration was fantastic. This was a rich medieval historical romance without a lot of nonsense misunderstandings etc. The love evolves and we get to see them grow in love - with the "I Love You" occurring well before the last chapter such that we can see 'how' these characters love each other now and will interact in the future.

    The main angst comes not from their love but outside forces (which I have noticed is a consistent theme with this author - and one I like). There is warmth and humor and passion, and as with other books by this author there is some tragedy to endure - BUT never fear as we get an amazing happily ever after (the epilogue was priceless).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TakieJ 07-07-15
    TakieJ 07-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hours Lost Listening"
    If you could sum up Guardian of Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet. Nobel. Kind


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Creed: the voice. THE VOICE!!Carington: So saucy.


    Which character – as performed by Brad Wills – was your favorite?

    Every character performed by Brad Wills is amazing. I worried about a man narrating a romance. I am now searching ALL books narrated by Brad Wills. Every character's introduction caused me to laugh out loud and stop the playback to collect myself...from pure enjoyment of a new voice to hear. How one man creates so many different characters and personalities...I bow to his talent. I forgot I was even listening to a narration. I just lived in Brad Wills' world...and loved every second.


    Any additional comments?

    Granted, I like my romance stories with a bit more...action (wink wink nudge nudge) but I found myself absorbed, I never once touched the fast forward button......Fun game: every time you hear "dusky blue eyes", take a shot. This story will get you snockered in no time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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