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Dark Destroyer

De Wolfe Pack/Reign of the House of de Winter
Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Great narrative

With any of KLV’s books you can not go wrong. Gethyn Edwards did an outstanding job narrating this lovely story.

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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.

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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.

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Loved It, But 4.5 stars

This one is truly a romance story and it started off really good. KLV normally has more action or excitement in her books but this one is not the case. There was action but something fell short. There was more emotional drama and that's ok but it dragged on a little bit too much. Also, the problem with Kathalin's mother, in the way people treated her towards the end of the story, is unbelievable due to the circumstances. Most of her books I will listen to again, but not this one. However, I enjoyed the narration by Gethlyn Edwards.

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The Best

I have read this story before and was not disappointed either time. Katherine Laveque will always be my favorite author. Her stories are always filled with tales of gallant men, great trials, brave women and love that knows no boundaries. This book has a marvelous reader who brings all the emotions to life enough to take the reader beyond and into the lives of the players so my own tears fell and my heart swelled.

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Different, more romance less adventure...

A solid addition in the De Wolfe family saga. However Le Veque only partially redeemed Gates de Wolfe, I still think he‘s a cad. He didn‘t deserve the HEA he got .. he needed to be held more accountable for some of his past misdeeds. I‘m still mad at him! Narration was stellar!

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Can leopards change their spots?

A knight that was known for his prowess on the battlefield as Well as in the bedroom, is brought to his knees, by love. Yes, the bedroom conquests were perhaps his way of trying to find that one and only. It was in a convent kitchen that the woman who was cause him to rethink his moral standards.
An interesting and intriguing tale, which makes one think about their own morals.

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Love this one

I love Kathryn books, but this one was so potent, I was crying with both hero and heroine. Thanks for letting me see that there can be truly happy endings despite horrible beginnings.