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The Dark Conqueror (Battle Lords of de Velt #5) by Kathryn Le Veque . Medieval Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Titan Medieval Houses go head to head in this sweeping and poignant Medieval Romance!

When the House of de Lohr (Rise of the Defender) and the House of de Velt (The Dark Lord) come together through their children, anything can happen—and anything does!

Cassian de Velt came to foster with Christopher de Lohr at a young age. From nearly the first day he arrived at Lioncross Abbey Castle, his gaze was drawn to Brielle de Lohr, Christopher’s second eldest daughter. As children, they shared a friendship that was strong and innocent—enjoying the same things, having the same sense of humor. All of the things that made a strong friendship develop into a love that could not be broken.

Unfortunately, they were only teenagers when Cassian asked Brielle to run away with him so they could be married. That lapse in judgement brought the wrath of Brielle’s father and Cassian was banished. Ashamed and angered, Cassian refused to return home to his family, instead, finding a lucrative position with the elderly Earl of Colchester. When the earl suffers a reversal of fortune at the hands of the king, Cassian is out of a job.

He finds his calling—and his fortune—on the tournament circuit as the knight known as The Dark Conqueror.

Cassian always hoped to build his fortune, and his reputation, and return for Brielle. That has been his one goal. Ten years later, he returns for her, rich and powerful. Brielle is thrilled to see him again, for in all those years, she never married. She refused to entertain suitors. But Cassian returns with a secret, something he won’t speak of, something Brielle only becomes aware of through his odd behavior. When Brielle’s sister, a former spy for William Marshal, begins to probe, an astonishing story begins to emerge. What was thought to be a secret is really, in truth, a duty.

To another woman.

Will Cassian’s duty to one woman be enough to prevent the marriage to the only woman he’s ever loved?


Cassius De Velt and Brielle De Lohr have been in love since they met as children.  Everyone knows they will eventually marry, but their fathers insist they must wait.  
That decision doesn't go down well with our emotional hero.  Devastating news a few months later turns his world upside down and he hates himself. 
Our heroine will have life changing matters to face herself.  Luckily she has a large and loving family to lean on.  
This medieval romance will have you reaching for a big box of tissues in more than one place.  Our author knows how to make us feel all the emotions of her characters.  We giggle over the silliness and cry at the sadness.  I have read so many of her books that the characters feel like a huge family I go back to visit time and time again.  Although we often meet characters from other books,  no two books are even remotely similar. We get fresh adventures everytime.  I don't even bother to read the blurb for her books. I just automatically buy them,  because I know I will love it.  
Great book as always.  
I loved it.  


Juggernaut Indie author Kathryn Le Veque is a 'tour de force' in publishing.

Kathryn is a critically acclaimed 21-time USA TODAY Bestselling author, a charter Amazon All-Star author, an Indie Reader top seller, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance with over 100 published novels.

Among her many accomplishments, she is the CEO of Dragonblade Publishing, the #1 Historical Romance e-book publisher on Amazon. In 2020, Kathryn collaborated with Sourcebooks publishing for a Medieval Fight Club series set in Scotland.

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