Tender is the KnightTender is the Knight by Kathryn Le Veque

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Genre: Historical Romance(Medieval England)

Source: D’Vant Bloodlines

Source: Received for an honest review.

  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing (June 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENNUTVU

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1228 A.D. – After a vicious battle with old adversaries that sees his father killed, Sir Dennis d’Vant finds himself the head of the House of d’Vant. A house descended from the kings of Cornwall, they are a proud but warring people. Their most hated enemy is their neighbor to the north, the rich and cunning Earl of Cornwall. Dennis, however, is not like his forefathers; a giant of a man and a skilled warrior, he is also quiet and gentle. He does not possess the same fiery instincts of his family and for that, he is often looked upon as weak.

But Dennis is anything but weak; he is brilliant and introspective. He knows what it takes to achieve real peace. When his father is killed, he sends an offer of marriage to the Cornwall to cement a peaceful alliance between the two warring neighbors. Dennis is trustworthy; the earl is not. Little does Dennis realize that his offer to marry a woman of the earl’s choosing will change his life more drastically than he could ever imagine, and put the House of d’Vant in danger of being wiped from the face of the earth.

The Lady Ryan de Bretagne is the daughter of the earl’s captain. Having no daughters himself, the earl chooses Ryan to marry into the hated House of d’Vant. Ryan is a feisty, head-strong woman and wants no part of the marriage, but is forced to wed the giant knight with the mysterious gray eyes. When he takes her back to St. Austell Castle, she is introduced to a shocking new world of women who dress and fight as knights, of filthy keeps and filthy men, and of a people who want to hate her simply because she is related to the Earl of Cornwall. As Ryan struggles to become acclimated to her strange and frightening new world, the Earl of Cornwall works in secret to destroy the treaty he has agreed to fulfill, thereby eliminating the House of d’Vant once and for all so he can confiscate their lands. At the heart of all of the earl’s animosity is a terrible secret that binds Cornwall to the House of d’Vant, something so awful that it cannot be spoken of. But those who know the secret know how very shameful it is to both sides.

Join Dennis and Ryan as they face one crisis after another, from pirates that lay siege to St. Austell Castle, of dark family secrets, and to wars in Wales when Dennis is forced to fight for the king in order to save his beloved castle. But no obstacles are too much for Dennis and Ryan to overcome because beneath the hatred and deceit, murder and lies, a love stronger than life itself binds them together even as their two worlds try to tear them apart.

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

Tender is the Knight by Kathryn Lee Veque is a captivating Medieval Historical Romance. “The D’Vant Bloodlines”. A Medical Romance set against an English backdrop. Fast paced, intense, emotional tale of a fierce, ruthless knight with a tender heart, and an endearing soul and a 17 year young lady bargained for a peace treaty between the D’Vant family( St. Austell Castle), and the Earl of Cornwall, set in 1229A.D.. Lord Corwall is powerful, cunning, dangerous and the King’s brother. Sir Dennis D’Vant, just seen his father killed in a battle that damaged St. Austell Castle. The D’Vants are a warring people, descendants of kings and have dark secrets, Lord Cornwall nor the King of England wish known.
Well written with many twists and turns, many challenges, struggles, dark secrets, betrayal, danger, and finding a HEA. A powerful and compelling story with engaging, fierce characters. Albeit the heroine, Lady Ryan de Bretagne, who is the daughter of the earl’s captain, is somewhat immature, dangerous to herself and others. She does irritating things, but for the right reasons, or so she thinks. She listens to on one but herself and her instincts, but she is a survivor and a fighter.
With a unique and intriguing storyline, “Tender is the Knight”, makes for a great Medieval Romance. The reader will find themselves, engrossed, enticed and enthralled by this mesmerizing tale of love, passion, near disaster, from Cornwall to London to the wilds of Wales, the reader will become transfixed, in Dennis and Ryan’s story. Oh, did I mention a ruthless pirate involved in the desire to destroy St. Austell Castle and of course Dennis D’ Vant?

Ms. Let Veque, is a talented, knowledgeable, storyteller, who shows her research and her skills as a writer. A very intense and emotional Medieval Romance, with a satisfying ending, I didn’t see coming. A most captivating and mesmerizing romance! A must read Medieval Romance!

Rating: 4.5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR

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