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Devil's Dominion (Battle Lords of de Velt #2) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Adventure/Romance. My Review.

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FROM #1 BESTSELLING and AMAZON ALL-STAR AUTHOR KATHRYN LE VEQUE comes a dark Medieval Romance of hatred, revenge, and ultimately redemption. Enter the DEVIL'S DOMINION....
1205 A.D.
It's years after The Dark Lord, Jax de Velt, tore through the Welsh marches and captured several castles. Still, he holds lands that do not belong to him. Out of the ashes from this dark and lawless time rises the son of one of the men Jax de Velt put to the stake. Bent on revenge against The Dark Lord, Bretton de Llion has grown up in obscurity, hidden from de Velt's rage, and has learned to hate the very world around him. His sense of vengeance against de Velt has been his guiding force for years. Gathering a powerful mercenary army, Bretton rages through Wales, emulating de Velt's reign of terror, killing and destroying, moving towards a target he has long planned for - abducting one of Jax de Velt's children in order to lure Jax into his trap. Discovering that Jax's eldest daughter is a novice nun at Alberbury Priory, he burns down the priory in his quest to abduct Lady Allaston de Velt. Successful in his endeavor, he sends word to de Velt: come to me or your daughter will suffer. His perfect revenge is planned.
But it is not so perfect when this warrior, who has never known love or kindness, discovers feelings for the daughter of the man he has hated his entire life. Join Bretton and Allaston in a very complex journey of terror, sadness, and the ultimate conquest - love. Old friends such as Christopher de Lohr and Keller de Poyer join Jax de Velt as integral parts of this riveting Medieval tale.
Can Allaston prevent Bretton from killing her father? Or do old hatreds burn too deep?
Enter the Devil's Dominion at your own risk...


The sins of the father are definitely a burden for the children in this story. 
Our "hero" is a particularly nasty man.  He is copying the pattern of the man who tore his family and everything he knew from him when he was a small child.  It's taken him twenty-five years to be strong enough.  Nothing will stop him now. 
Lady Allaston De Velt decided when she was twelve to become a nun,  but fate it seems has other ideas.  She has heard the tales of her father's past deeds but now she will see for herself the consequences of them. 
How our author get us to feel sorry for the "monsters" some of her heroes are is a wonder in itself.  She gives us a lot of gory details that some might find hard to read,  but are essential to the story.  It is an emotional story especially near the end.  Families can give us the greatest heartbreak and the greatest joy.  We get both here.  We also meet up with quite a few heroes from other books by this author,  but not with details that would spoil their books if you haven't read them yet. 
I bought a boxed set with this the only book of the four that I didn't already have.  It was more than worth it.  The set is called "The Nunnery Brides" and they are all great full length books. 
This author has never disappointed me and I have read over thirty of her books in the last several years.  I buy them now without even reading the blurb because I know I will love it.  But I do have to check my records to see if I already have it because she's changed her covers for much nicer ones,  so I sometimes think it's one that escaped me.


This book is also part of this collection.

 Nunnery Brides Collection

KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY's HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD'Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.
Kathryn's Medieval Romance novels have been called 'detailed', 'highly romantic', and 'character-rich'. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men - an unusual crossover for a romance author - and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

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