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Bay of Fear (Battle Lords of de Velt Book 3) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance / Adventure. Release & ARC Review.

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A classic Medieval-Gothic love story complete with ghostly wanderings, a spooky castle, and a damsel in distress. Baiadepaura Castle on the storm-swept cliffs of Cornwall is a place where scary things go bump in the knight! 


In the Dark Ages on a remote coast of Cornwall, there was a legend of a wicked lord who was boiled to death for his deeds. Everyone in Cornwall knows to avoid Baiadepaura Castle because of the ghostly happenings, said to be the spirit of Lord de Rais, who has returned to seek revenge for his grisly death. 

But these are local legends, barely reaching the ears of the lord who now owns the property. The Earl of Avon has acquired the old castle and intends to use it as a base against the pirate raids his coastal properties are suffering. He sends his best knight to command the derelict old castle and make it a powerful outpost, a knight who gives no credence to the tales of ghosts and revenge. 

No-nonsense, seasoned knight Tenner de Velt is a grandson of the great Ajax de Velt (THE DARK LORD). Tenner comes from a family with its own horrific horror stories of the past, so tales of boiled lords and ghosts don’t bother him in the least. He’s thrilled to have his first real command and he intends to do himself proud by ridding the Avon properties of the pirates that plague them. 

Accompanying Tenner is his new wife, Analyla St. Lo. Unlike her husband, Analyla believes the tales and she has more than one ghostly encounter but is reluctant to tell her doubting husband, fearful that the man she is falling in love with will believe her to be silly, or worse – believe she is mad. In keeping this information to herself, Analyla unknowingly makes it easy for the marauding pirates to take advantage of the legend of Baiadepaura Castle – and make Tenner a target. 

Join Tenner and Analyla on the spooky, windswept shores of Cornwall as they battle ghosts, pirates, and at times, each other. But the passion between them is undeniable, and the love that blossoms is strong enough to fight off the darkness that threatens them both. 

Light your candle, grab your good luck charm, and make way to Baiadepaura Castle for this unforgettable romance! 


Sir Tenner de Velt has just been given command of a cursed castle on the coast of Cornwall. He doesn't believe in anything he can't see,  like curses and ghosts,  but he does know the coast is crawling with pirates and other very dangerous men.  It's not really the place to take any woman,  let alone a new bride.  He has no choice but to honour his father's wishes and marry a woman he has never met,  and he can't insult her by leaving her behind. 
Lady Annalyla St. Lo feels guilty that her betrothed thinks he is getting an heiress but all she really brings with her is the land.  Her father has mismanaged all the money away.  He thinks she will send him some from her new husband. 
Our newlyweds will start their life together at a dangerous and derelict outpost with a horrifying history. 
Lots of excitement and wonderful characters.  Our author as usual carries us directly to the heart the story and keeps us there.  I have never been disappointed by any of her books.  I will read all she writes and know I will enjoy it. 
A marvellous adventure. 


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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