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Lespada Audiobook

Lespada

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1264 A.D. - Davyss de Winter is the champion for King Henry III, a powerful and arrogant man that descends from a long line of powerful knights. He is also a much-sought after man and has had more than his share of female admirers, including a besotted baron's daughter who bore him bastard twins.

His mother and family matriarch, the Lady Katharine de Warrenne de Winter, loses patience with her son's behavior and betrothes him to a woman she hopes will tame his wild ways. She selects a young woman from a lesser noble family with no political ties or ambitions, a perfect match for her son's prideful personality.

Enter the Lady Devereux d'Arcy Allington; a young woman of astounding beauty, she wants nothing to do with Davyss. When Davyss, in protest of the marriage, sends his sword Lespada to the marriage ceremony, Devereux is beyond offended. Livid, she battles tooth and nail, refusing to marry a sword by proxy, until Lady Katharine intervenes. Cornered, Devereux is forced to marry Lespada because her groom refuses to show up for the ceremony. When Davyss gives in to his curiosity and meets his wife for the first time, he is overwhelmed with her beauty.

Roughly consummating the marriage, he has set the tone for what both Davyss and Devereux believe will be a loveless, hateful marriage. But when Davyss begins to realize what he's done, he swallows his considerable pride and is determined to get to know the woman he married, a woman of grace and compassion like nothing he has ever known before.

Though trials and tribulations, Davyss and Devereux's bond only strengthens. When Davyss is involved in the Battle of Evesham against Simon de Montfort, Devereux faces her own life and death situation.

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

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    Roslynn United States 11-07-14
    Roslynn United States 11-07-14
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    "one of my favorites now on audio book!"
    Where does Lespada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since this is one of my favorite books to read from Ms. Kathryn Le Veque whether it be on my kindle fire or the actual paperback book which I have both having brought the audio book just makes it even better! I at first was apprehensive of Mr. Tim Campbell’s narration and his modulated deep voice. But as the story progressed I started to imagine Davyss de Winter going from the bratty whiny guy in the beginning to becoming a true heroic chivalrous knight and man in my head that I could actually just see him almost wishing he was real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    If I just said it was the ignorant handsome audacious hero Davyss than that is just a small part of it. The story is one of Ms. Le Veque’s earlier works and still one of her best! Davyss de Winter is one of King Henry’s premier knights his champion and he believes that he can do no wrong. His overbearing controlling mother decides in order to knock Davyss off his high horse and to collect his inheritance to betroth him to a common stubborn selfless compassionate but beautiful woman Devereux d’Arcy who also has no political ambitions whatsoever. The marriage is what neither one wants starting off quite precariously due to Davyss nearly ruining it himself. Davyss roughly consummates the union and his mother has to save the marriage and himself. Can these two ever find common ground and love?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scene had to be in the beginning when Davyss is too cowardly to marry Devereux sends his sword lespada instead. So Devereux must marry and kiss the sword by proxy. When Davyss’s knights are attempting to forcibly take Devereux to the church to marry is one of the best highly entertaining ever written and had me laughing so hard that I was rolling on the floor laughing! Devereux has so much fight and gumption to take down all those knights truly a girl after my own heart!


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

    No I did try to do that in the beginning but then I kept going back to certain parts of the book I wanted to listen to and also I couldn't help restart the book again several times so I think I listened to the book over-all about six times completely through but this didn't diminish the story or get old for me either!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audio book I have of Mr. Tim Campbell and I will definitely get more audio books with his narration. He really has a nice harmonious surprisingly sexy voice that I would love to listen to it again with other books too!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia PETERSTOWN, WV, US 11-15-15
    Virginia PETERSTOWN, WV, US 11-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful!"

    This was a heart rendering story. I had every emotion possible. Such love and devotion! I read the book and enjoyed it, but listening to it meant so much more. Don't miss this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN southern California 10-07-17
    BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN southern California 10-07-17
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    "A man's marriage of obligation changes his world"

    Memorable Quote: “Esteem comes from the heart, not the hand.”

    My Thoughts:  This story strikes a sweet chord with me. Hero is obliged to marry Lady Devereux, because Lady Katharine, his mother, decides the matter.  Lady Katharine, a bitter, strong, determined old woman is very controlling and neither son, Davyss or Hugh, dare go against her.  Holding the purse strings of the de Winter family, the men can’t deny her wishes.  She holds losing their inheritance over their heads, which makes a delicious story when you learn what each character is made of.

    Davyss is the kings champion, leading his army. His uncle and godfather, whom he loves very much, a last link to his father, other than his mother, is against the king.  In fact, his uncle uses his close relationship with Davyss to undermine his fealty to his king.

    Davyss marries Lady Devereux through proxy – his sword Lespada, is sent to represent him. He does what his mother wants, but does it his way, with a bit of distaste. 

    Unfortunately, Lady Devereux is not a woman to submit to such a marriage without her wishes or desires met.  She fights tooth and nail with the knights, including Hugh, to keep from being abducted from her home, for that is how it feels to her. She is obliged to submit, but not before bruising the knights, and Hugh’s ego.  While Davyss sees Lady Devereux as proud and arrogant, I, on the other hand, see him and his brother as arrogant and just plain jerks!

    Eventually Lady Katharine intervenes and logically talks Lady Devereux down.  She kisses the sword, unwillingly, along with saying yes to the marriage.  Unbeknownst to her, Davyss had come to the ceremony hiding in the shadows.  He’s stunned by her beauty and reconsiders how he’s handled the whole thing. He has a lot of work to mend the situation.
    He isn’t aware what a jerk he is, vis-à-vis the way he treats his virgin wife consummating the marriage.  But soon realizes, he was the only one feeling lust, while she was scared, hurt and used.
    Hugh is also quite despicable.  He’s an extremely good-looking man, is used to having woman run after him.  After he met Lady Devereux and tried to keep her from flailing around trying to escape the abduction, he whispers in her ear, if she handles it right she could have two brothers and not just one.  Of course, this infuriates Lady Devereux further.

    Davyss tries to make amends with his initial approach to Lady Devereaux, but his lusty past of bedding any and all women, time and again, comes to haunt him. Hugh continues making life miserable for both his brother and Lady Devereux.

    Davyss comes to love his new wife, to distraction.  She becomes the sun and moon to him. 
    Lady Devereux for all her spunk and feistiness, isn’t the most careful person and often steps into dangerous situations.

    Lady Katharine is a surprise to me. For such an old woman, she is made of steel, a lioness when it comes to protecting her sons.  She is one of my favored characters.

    Tim Campbell narrates par excellence, very much in the spirit of the story pacing befitting the action.  His portrayal and desperation of Davyss had me in tears.

    All in all, Le Veque once again comes away with a winner.  This tale takes me to a world of excitement, tenderness and passion.

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    Blanca 12-01-16
    Blanca 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "really nice"

    it was so romantic. Not predictable at all. makes want to listen to it non stop.

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    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 11-14-15
    Amazon Customer PATERSON, NJ, United States 11-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this audible book"

    I'm so happy to see I have so many more to listen to the author and narrator are great

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    Catherine CARROLLTON, TX, United States 09-22-15
    Catherine CARROLLTON, TX, United States 09-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Heroine starts out strong, then can't even stand up when her man is in danger..."

    This book had been written a thousand times before. Strong heroine (for the first chapter only), stronger hero, they fall for each other, get into some danger, everyone is worried, but it all turns out great, blah, blah, blah. I'm fine with the premise, but it's not even well written. He does this, she does that, they do so-and-so. There is no art to it. Not sure I can even finish it. What a waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ABsMama 03-03-15
    ABsMama 03-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "His sword brought them together!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lespada to be better than the print version?

    No, as I love the printed novel!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Davyss because he grows up into a man.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Campbell – was your favorite?

    Davyss, he sounded manly.


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

    Wish I could, but it's too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, but Tim Campbell's performance was just ok to me. I thought he varied the different voices well, but (I'm no expert) I kind of felt like his British accent was slightly fake. It didn't sound very natural to me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 10-22-14
    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 10-22-14
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    "Amazing medieval romance!"
    If you could sum up Lespada in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, passion and action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Davyss de Winter is a beautiful knight filled with honor and passion!


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

    Tim brings this story to another level that makes it more captivating. Love his voice!


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

    Some scenes are filled with a touch of humor!


    Any additional comments?

    If you love KLV's novels, then you will love this audio and all the other ones she is offering!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay TX, USA 02-09-15
    Jay TX, USA 02-09-15
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    "Very good listen"

    I liked this book a lot however, I hate that the author made Davyss into a lunatic after his wife and himself grew that bond with each other. I think it was unnecessary to portray him just going off the rockers if she was taken etc. We know he is strong just let us picture him being the strong willed determined man he is and kick ass until he got her back. All in all it was a good book and I had a great time listening to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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