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Dark Warrior (De Russe Legacy #9) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance / Action & Adventure, Release & ARC Review..

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It’s the Dark Knight’s wild son, Cortland “Cort” de Russe in an adventure that could see him executed for treason.

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1518 A.D. – As a decorated knight for Henry VIII, Cort is sent to Ireland to assist the Earls of Kildare in ruling The Pale, the only strip of Ireland that the English ruled uncontested in the whole country. Cort is charged with regaining a castle lost to the Irish, but in a nasty battle, Cort is faced with a cunning warrior whom he discovers to be a lady. She tries to kill him and he throws her in the vault.

Dera MacRohan is no ordinary Irish warrior lass.

Born from the ancient MacRohan warrior bloodlines, Dera is from a long line of warrior women. She deeply resents the English and their conquest, but she also understands the subtleties of tactics and strategy. Sometimes it is easier to catch flies with honey.

Or kill an Englishman with kindness.

But Cort isn’t stupid. When the lass’ guard comes down, he suspects there’s more to it. But two can play at that game; he reckons that if he is nice to her, she will tell him what he needs to know about the Irish rebellion she is part of. He plans to put that de Russe charm to good use. But in their bid to out-charm each other, genuine feelings develop.

Cort begins to understand the Irish point of view in the rebellion against the English. By the time his father’s reinforcements show up to bolster the English line, Cort is all but siding with the enemy. When word reaches Gaston de Russe about Cort’s fondness for a certain Irish lass, Gaston must make a decision – since it’s forbidden for the English to marry or consort with the Irish, Gaston can either turn his son in as a traitor or pull the man from Ireland completely and send him off to hide until the storm blows over.

But Cort won’t leave Dera, and a de Russe traitor is born.

Live and love with Cort and Dera as they navigate the treachery of English and Irish politics, of an angry king, and of a son’s devotion to his father and family. Will Cort betray the de Russe name worse than his father ever did? Or will he forget about the Irish woman who has become his all for living in the name of family honor?

(note: This novel will be in excess of 350 pages)

The de Russe Legacy Series:

Lord of War: Black Angel
The Iron Knight
The White Lord of Wellesbourne
The Dark One: Dark Knight
Dark Moon
Dark Steel
A de Russe Christmas Miracle
Dark Warrior


Cort de Russe is the son of one of England's greatest Knights.  He has grown up alongside the young King Henry VIII.  His father is a trusted adviser to the King but he is very old and not in good health.  So when Henry asks Cort to find information for him there's no question that it will be done.  However the de Russe men know all about the power of love and family, so what will happen when the heart goes against honour.
Dera MacRohan is an Irish rebel. She has been sent away from home by her father as a hostage and to protect her from her chosen people.  Her family have been in the employ of English nobles for hundreds of years but The Irish people have had enough of overlords.  
Before you start this book get a big box of tissues and a bottle of wine.  You will not stop reading until the book is finished and your eyes are puffy.  As usual with this author, she takes us right into the hearts of all the characters.  Whether it's love or a battle we feel all the emotions with them.  Our hero is a confidant man who knows exactly who he is, what he wants and knows he's capable of getting it.  Our heroine is about to throw up his biggest challenge yet.  
Absolutely fabulous story.  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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