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The Centurion (Lords of de Royans #3) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Welcome to an old-school Le Veque novel!

A mighty knight known as The Centurion is the man in control behind a powerful liege with dementia, but when his love for a young woman begins to compromise the stability of the Scottish marches, he must make a choice between love… or peace.

Sir Torston de Royans is known on the border as a man of reason, wisdom, and great strength. He also happens to serve a greatly respected liege who slips further into dementia with each passing day. Lord Lionel Harringham believes himself to be a Roman Caesar, and Torston is his great Centurion. Unfortunately, Lord Lionel also commands one of the largest castles in the north and Torston finds himself in a position of not only the protector of the castle known as The Lyceum, but the protector of Lord Lionel’s reputation.

Adding to this stressful situation is Lady Alyx de Ameland. A young woman from an allied family, she has loved Torston for as long as she can recall, but he’s never shown much interest in her. At least not publicly, but privately, Torston longs for Alyx a great deal. However, he cannot think of marriage because of Lord Lionel’s madness. It wouldn’t be fair to bring a wife into the mix of madness that plagues The Lyceum.

But Torston isn’t the only one who longs for the lovely Alyx.

A Scottish laird has his eye on her, too. Laird Douglas Kerr is a man who covets the English lass and does everything in his power to convince Alyx’s father that he would make a good husband for her, but his motives are not honorable. He covets Alyx’s land more than Alyx herself, and as Torston realizes that he can no longer wait to declare his intentions for Alyx, something he has been keeping secret for years finally makes itself, or herself, known… his betrothed.

And she brings hell with her.

It’s Medieval mayhem, madness, and matrimony on the borders as Torston and Alyx fight for a love that, once realized, is more powerful than all the armies in England and Scotland.

Will true love prevail in spite of the odds?


Thorston De Royans is the Centurion of the Lyceum but not the one in Rome.  His overlord has a fanatical obsession with all things Roman and likes to be called Great Caesar.  It takes a lot of tact and gentle persuasion to keep the man on an even keel,  and the problems with with the Scottish raiders doesn't help.
Lady Alyx De Ameland has loved Thorston since she was a child,  but he keeps turning away from her.  He could surely break his betrothal to some woman he's only met once if he tried.  
This is a wonderful story full of great characters.  Our hero has the patience of a saint.  So many people to keep happy and safe, and all of them pushing him to his limit.  Our heroine is loving and strong but incredibly single-minded.  
The characters with special needs and treated with love and respect from all.  
There is a conspiracy going on that will cause a lot of trouble for everyone.  
A engrossing book that will keep you reading until you finish. 
As usual our author has found an original tale to tell us in her masterful way.  
I loved it.


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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