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Dark Steel: A Dark Sons novel (de Russe Legacy Book 6) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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The Dark One’s adoptive son, Dane Stoneley, finds his own epic love story in Dark Steel…. 

1512 – Dane Stoneley de Russe is a hardcore knight, bred for battle. His father, Gaston de Russe, is called The Dark One, a knight so deadly and legendary that he is more myth than man. 

Dane has a lot to live up to. 

In a nasty battle on the Welsh marches, Dane saves the life of the Duke of Shrewsbury and it is an action the duke never forgets. On his deathbed, he rewards Dane for that act of selflessness by pledging his only child, his heiress, to Dane. Now, it is Dane who will inherit the Dukedom of Shrewsbury and become a powerful man in his own right. 

It is a gift that any man would be glad to accept, and Dane is no exception. Except for the marriage part. Focused on the dukedom he will inherit, he gives little thought to the means by which he will acquire it and only on his wedding day does he catch a glimpse of his bride, the Lady Grier de Llion de Lara, for the first time. 

Then, the situation changes markedly. 

Grier is a lovely young woman, raised in a Welsh convent when her mother died, and far removed from her father and his English legacy. She is more Welsh than English, but she is intrigued with her new husband, handsome Dane. As Dane and Grier come to know one another, feelings develop that neither one of them can admit. When rumors of a Welsh uprising against Shrewsbury began to circulate, it is Grier who decides to involve herself where she doesn’t belong – in her husband’s war plans. 

Enter a great world of Medieval pageantry and battles, where love crosses lines and battlefields, and where betrayal is inevitable as two countries remain at odds. Can Dane and Grier overcome the prejudices they’ve always been taught in order to love their enemy? 


Sir Dane de Russe is forced to make a promise to a dying man.  The man was the Duke of Shrewsbury,  and he wants Dane to protect his daughter and his Dukedom. There is only one way that is acceptable. 
Lady Grier de Lara has spent the last fourteen years shut away in a convent,  always believing she will eventually become a nun.  The news that she is an heiress and about to be married doesn't go down well. 
Our honourable and battle hardened warrior never dreamt he would reach these dizzy heights.  Our neglected and nervous heroine is in for a very steep learning curve. 
There is an unstable man that will cause everyone heartache. 
I managed to get through this story with only a little cry. A marvellous love story, that you can't help but get involved in.  The characters are as usual fantastic it's great to meet the families of our heroes from previous books.  Our author always manages to bring something fresh to each book.
I have read lots of her books and loved all of them.  I am eagerly waiting for the next one. 




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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