AD 1301. Following the great quest north with Cortez de Bretagne (The Questing), de Bretagne's knight, Sir Drake de Winter, returns home to the great de Winter empire in Norfolk, but it is not the safe and wonderful haven he remembers. Family unrest causes him to flee to London and into the service of the elderly King Edward I, a personal friend of Drake's father. In Edward's service, Drake finds himself in Scotland as a major player in the Siege of Caerlaverock Castle. In a moment of pure luck, he saves the king from great injury, and in thanks Edward gifts Drake with an heiress for a wife.
But it is not the happy circumstance most men would see it as. Drake, a confirmed bachelor, cannot refuse the gift of a wife and is therefore forced to wed Lady Elisaveta du Reims, daughter of the last earl of East Anglia. Beautiful and intelligent, Elisaveta is English by birth yet of Scots and French blood, making her very much an enemy of England during these turbulent times. Although Drake is polite to her, he does not trust her. He does not want her. He cannot resist the feelings she stirs within him, but his instincts tell him to beware.
His instincts are correct; Elisaveta is not as she seems. Her heart belongs to France and to Scotland, but with the introduction of a new husband, her loyalties are torn. She, too, cannot resist the feelings the powerful young knight stirs within her.
Join Drake and Elisaveta on this unforgettable and passionate adventure.
©2015 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2016 Kathryn Le Veque
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Yes. I would make it more cogent. It seems to be inconsistent throughout. For example, some expressions are modern day, inconstancy of judgments, so-called honorable knights with dishonorable conduct, etc.
Yes. Some of her books have shown continuity in both story-line and characters. Serpent was such a book.
In the beginning when the armed de Winter family were looking for Drake de Winter to honor a wedding contract made by his parents.
Yes, if it was edited for continuity.
Brad Wills is a wonderful narrator, but sometimes one of the characters (either an overly rough male voice or shrill hag-like voice) will be hard to understand. In "Swords and Shields" it is Lady Elisaveta du Reims' grandmother.
very engaging & picturesque. funny, great character development, fresh plot. women's voices could have been more distinguishable, but overall it worked.
Awesome story. I really like the way Kathryn writes. I hope she keeps them coming.
Just what I've come to expect from Kathryn LeVeque! She can write a great story and Brad Wills tells it wonderfully! I believed I was truly listening to several different characters speak!
"KLV's brilliant story come to life w/ Brad Wills"
The House of Winter is a growing family with several amazing characters. Brad Wills easily brought Kathryn Le Veque's complex characters to life.
"Kathryn Leveque always makes her books come alive!"
I love the audio by Brad Wills since he seems to be so versatile in changing the voices for the appropriate characters.
Well I loved the whole story, but this one played havoc on my emotions. My husband walked in and I was crying like a baby..lol. I think it was just such an unexpected twist to the story that I didn't foresee coming. Kathryn LeVeque always describes everthing in such detail. You can almost see the big, sexy men and feel what the characters are feeling. The
His versatility and range needed to do all the different characters, and his super sexy voice/accent.
I absolutely love all of Kathryn LeVeque's books. Her covers are outstanding and I like that she has audio nooks that come out so quickly. If we've bought the ebook, sometimes she runs a special so that we can afford them more often.
Kathryn LeVeque is the embodiment of an exceptional Medieval Romance Writer!!! You won't want to put the book down.
"Bravo Kathryn Le Veque and Brad Wills"
Swords and Shields is one of Le Veques best books and Brad Wills performance is AWESOME! This is a stand alone novel but if you want Drake's parents story, read/listen to Lespada first. Strongly recommend.
"Loved, Loved it!"
The combination of a powerful story and a powerful Narriator just brought this story to life. I would give it ten stars if I could. I laughed out loud, cried, and had every emotion in between. Don't miss this one. Thank you so much Kathryn Le Veque and Brad Wills for bringing me such joy in my life.
Kathryn includes so much detail in her books you feel you could be there. It is heart warming with lots of action.
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