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The Mountain Dark (Executioner Knights #2) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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The Executioner Knights are back, now with one of their own falling in love with a Welsh princess who holds the key to a renewed rebellion. Will love win out over his sense of duty? 

Kress de Rhydian is a man on a mission. 

The second Executioner Knight is off to Wales with a very important directive –William Marshal is determined to make a match between a Welsh princess and one of King John’s greatest enemies, thereby strengthening the growing rebellion against John. 

Outwardly, William Marshal supports the king but behind the man’s back, he is now plotting against the man. John is doing more harm to England and it is clear he must be removed from the throne with a king suitable for England’s rule. 
The Marshal wants John gone, but on his own terms. 

With a political marriage in mind, William Marshal sends Kress into Wales to escort Cadelyn ferch Rhys from her home, known as Mynydd Twywll (Mountain Dark), back to Chepstow Castle for the marriage. Cadelyn is one of the last full-blooded Welsh princesses, a very valuable commodity. But there is a complication – the princess falls in love with Kress along the way, and in spite of himself, Kress cannot deny his growing feelings for her. 

The problems begin. 

Upon reaching Chepstow, the princess refuses the marriage to the man of William’s choice and William discovers it is because of Kress, who is now increasingly sympathetic to the Welsh cause. Unbeknownst to William or Kress, the princess leads a band of rebels on her own and no longer willing to be a political pawn, she is verging on waging all-out war against William Marshall. Fearing Kress will side with the Welsh princess, William betroths Kress to another woman and sends him away before the princess can destroy the life of a stalwart young English knight. 

While the princess was playing a political game, the truth is that she is very much in love with Kress. As his loyalties to William Marshall weaken, so does the princess’ loyalties to her rebellion. Love is the ultimate prize now and Kress is torn between duty and love. 

Will his sense of duty and his loyalty to England win out? Or will the love of a rebel princess be his downfall? 

Read the entire Executioner Knight series:
By The Unholy Hand
The Mountain Dark
Starless (coming Winter 2019)
Also read The Promise (February 21, 2019)


Sir Kress de Rhydian is one of the Executioner Knights.  They earned their reputation by doing any dirty job the King or their leige lord asked of them.  This time looks to be an easy task. Escort a woman to her betrothed,  even if she doesn't want to go. 
Cadelyn ferch Rhys only found out about her true bloodlines a short while ago.  Now she is to be used as a political pawn.  She had been hoping for a normal life with a man of her choosing to marry and writing her poems for fun. 
There is a grand adventure for both of them.  The plans of others will put so many people in danger all for greed. 
This is a wonderful tale full of excitement and fun.  Those of us who have read this author's work before will meet a few old friends and one interfering Marshal who nearly always starts the problems.  Will he get his way this time???
I loved every page. 


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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