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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 (253 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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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.

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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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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.

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Great, emotional story BUT...!

Great story...one of the more emotional ones in this series...with, as usual, characters and dialogue you love, BUT ... [spoiler alert]...I found it very difficult to agree with the author’s take that the dad had been mean to the mom when he stayed away from her after she contracted leprosy. She has an incurable, incredibly disfiguring, and ultimately fatal disease that is contracted through close contact (skin or now possibly respiratory, according to WHO) and he’s at fault for staying away from her? And he’s mean for keeping her at home in a luxurious chamber b/c sending her away to some sanitarium will besmirch the family name? How is this cruel? She had an incredibly good situation for those times. He paid for every top physician available to try their best cures on her, with no success. // It’s quite reasonable that he would not be interested in bedding her anymore—of course he would not do that! And to discretely bed a maid is not unreasonable at all, given the circumstances. And he’s mean for falling out of love with her? Seriously, why is that so harsh in his part? Yes, nice to think he’d continue loving her wholeheartedly, but not unrealistic—nor inhuman—that his feelings would change. // In the 1300’s, there were not the medicines we have now and no one knew how to cure this terrible disease. The only thing they knew was safe for them was to stay away from these people...that’s why there were leper colonies. The colonies existed b/c no one but other lepers could be around lepers without risk of contracting this terrible disease. It wasn’t to be cruel. It was how they contained the disease and kept it from spreading. Yes, some people did work with lepers, but it was a very risky business. Even charitable assistance was generally food left near the colony and picked up by the lepers after the healthy people had left. // Additionally, it seemed very very inconsistent with the times that mom’s friend would hug her (basically at the risk of her life), her daughter would stand side by side with her at the wedding, and that the bridegroom would also be in close proximity. And that the mom herself would begin roaming around the household in the he story’s happy ending. Who would do that to her family? Who would risk the health of those she supposedly loves —and any unborn grandchildren—by spreading around an incurable disease? I love HEA’s, but this part went too far. // if, for some reason, the author has other information about leprosy that makes her scenario realistic, it would have been enormously helpful for her to have added that information at the end of the novel. Otherwise, so many people are aware of the basics of the disease that I think she does her readers a huge disservice by asking them to believe/accept this part of the story. Other than that, it was KLV’s usual excellent work.