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William "Will" de Wolfe's story had me feeling different emotions throughout. His story was more complexed. As the story developed and progressed I came to understand the why's of things. In the end his story made sense. My heart went out to him. A unique story.
This book was highly anticipated and I was intrigued by a story featuring a de Wolfe/de Lohr alliance by marriage. I loved this book and was definitely surprised by the portrayal of Lily and Chris de Lohr, or perhaps by their characters in general. It definitely solidified further my love for all things de Wolfe! Will has the weight of an empire on his shoulders and the way he bears that weight is nothing short of martyrdom. He knows, he accepts and for all he has he is grateful and would never destroy what is his legacy to carry on. This book pushes the level of honor and compassion to another level, and while Im not surprised to find a de Wolfe could rise to the challenge, I was at first taken back by the spoiled persona that was Lily. Probably because I always picture the big families and their allies honorable and without reproach. However this book reminds us that duty comes above all!! Adria our heroin is a delight, her devotion and loyalty to her lady were commendable and make you want her to be with our hero. The story is heartbreaking in ways Ive not seen written, so it was refreshing that the story was new and not a varied version of a HEA that we have seen many time. It took a different road and it was a journey for sure. My only negative for this entire story was that we did not get more H/H time. It jumps from the crux of the story to the epilogue, and as I was reading I was highly anticipating what they would be, and we get it in a quick cap at the end. One of the things I find fascinating about the de Wolfe grandsons is their tattoo, Will's is not mentioned and as the oldest and heir to the entire empire, I felt that was missing. Seeing Scott de Wolfe as a father to his son so many years after his story, was a treat!!! They bond and share some things that only Scott could help with. And my tears came with the ring. What an incredible tribute and nod to such a big piece of Scott and Wills story! Seeing all the de Wolfe/Hage/de Norville's is always fun!! They never disappoint with fun, love and wisdom. This story was a treat and Will is just the epitome of why the de Wolfe are the greatest of all time!!!
Being a huge fan of this family and of course the author, this was an exceptional read. If you haven't read KLV books, stay with this one please. A lot of character's in the beginning and you may feel overwhelmed, but it will all become clear.
I pre-ordered without reading the blurb because of the author. Then when I read the blurb I was unsure I wanted to read it. It was hard to imagine a wife picking out her husband's next wife. Oh ye of little faith! How this story unfolds not everything is as it seems and it made all my misgivings disappear. I rarely cry reading a book, but I did in this one!
It was nice to have more background on Scott's first wife. I never felt a real connection when Scott's life was turned upside down because you didn't have much background on Athena. This story filled in her personality and was emotional to see their love in the beginning.
No big battles, but so much turmoil, suspense, twists that I didn't see at all , made for a delightful read. This author knows how to write character's! To say they are written with such depth is an understatement! Warmed my big Polish heart reading about so many memorable character's from stories past.
You have a known villain and some dishonorable character's. The dialogue between our h and everyone kept me engaged with her forthrightness. The H was beyond honorable in so many ways. He truly follows the teachings of his family.
Lovemaking within marriage, heat level 2.5 out of 5 if that. You will feel a connection to this couple so filled with love.
No cheating, no cliffhanger, HEA, romantic and a tad of spice. This deserves more than 5 stars! (ljb)
The de Wolfe and de Lohr dynasties and their connection are at serious risk in this complex and emotional tale. William "Will" de Wolfe, grandson to the most famous knight in the Kingdom William de Wolfe ("The Wolfe") first experienced tragedy as a young teen and it seems to have followed him his entire life. Lily de Lohr de Wolfe is his current wife. Lily's father, Chris de Lohr (a descendant of the much loved Christopher de Lohr, the "Lion's Claw" from "Rise of the Defender") is hell bent on merging the de Lohr dynasty with the de Wolfe dynasty and, before either of them are even aware, Will and Lily are married at a very young age. This was not a love match, nor did it ever become one.
Adria de Geld, the daughter of a de Lohr ally, has been faithfully serving her best friend from childhood, Lily, as her lady-in-waiting. Adria is very much devoted to Lily, but has always recognized the fact that, although there is respect and friendship in her friend's marriage, there has never really been true love. But, it doesn't stop her from supporting and devoting herself to her friend. When Lily is diagnosed with a fatal condition, the unthinkable occurs. Lily asks her best friend to marry Will. While it appears it is an altruistic on her part, all is not as it seems. What unfolds is emotional, tense and tragic. It is truly complex, heartbreaking and an outstanding read.
On a side note, it is always a joy to me to visit with the great (and my all time favorite) William de Wolfe (the patriarch from "The Wolfe), his spitfire wife Jordan, Jemma Hage, the late Kieran Hage's wife and Jordan's cousin, Paris de Norville, William de Wolfe's only surviving best friend from "The Wolfe" and Scott de Wolfe, Will's father from "ShadowWolfe." Also of note, is a very young Atticus de Wolfe from another five-star read, "The Lion of the North." Goodness, he was a veritable brat as a child! But, what a great man he turned out to be!
It is another fabulous story and book by the very talented Kathryn Le Veque!
Absolutely loved this. So much packed into this story that it could easily have been a mess, but it actually flows quite well.
Will De Wolfe, the heir to the heir of William de Wolfe's Earldom is in a loveless but friendly marriage. His wife discovers she is dying and tries to arrange her replacement. Cannot recollect KLV actually including a dramatic account of death during childbirth - only vague off stage references. However, Will slowly falls in love with the proposed replacement whilst other shenanigans are taking place.
This is one of her better novels. A story of incredible compassion for two people desperately and deeply in love for years but not able to be together and Will's tremendous understanding of the pain that has resulted. Including a neer do well, gambling parent who tries to sell off his daughter to the highest bidder and thus embarrassed the young lady.
The elder de Wolfes (father Scott and grandmother Jordan) come bringing support, advice and familial love to Will's Keep to be with him at such a turbulent time.
KLV packs in so much in this story. And it works. In the end, she squeezes in a wedding (becoming a regular ending now) one steamy bed scene which she seems to do with these de Wolfe cub stories - at the end, or not at all.
KLV is back with fire. Highly recommend this book.
From the moment I read the blurb for this book I knew I wanted to read it. I love the entire de Wolfe clan, I have read all de Wolfe books, and I've ever been disappointed. WolfeLord had a lot of hype to live up to and I am so glad that it did.
WolfeLord had everything: secrets, love, loss, passion, anger, companion, and I could keep going. It wrought every emotion you could feel in a book and I felt completely wrung out when I finished reading it.
Will is perfect; he's strong, compassionate, sexy, brave, yet allows his emotions to be seen by a select few. Our heroine isn't his wife which is weird, but actually the woman his dying wife chooses for him to love. When secrets come to light and Lady de Wolfe dies, will a new love be able to survive the pain that arises?
This book could have easily fell short but the writing of Kathryn Le Veque stayed true and a fantastic story was born. I don't think I can recommend this book enough, it truly has it all. I have read all of Kathryn's books and WolfeLord easily makes it into the top three, maybe only coming in after Will's grandfather's story, The Wolfe! To say I loved this story is an understatement of epic proportions.
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William de Wolfe (Will) and Lily de Lohr de Wolfe have been married for ten years. A marriage of convenience, Will has respected and been faithful to his wife. Lily is dying from complications from her pregnancy. Her last request is for Will to marry Adria, her lady-in-waiting. Will has never looked at Adria with anything other than friendship, but the more he thinks about it the more he sees the possibility. Adria's dishonorable father will go to any lengths to get his hands on money. The last thing she wants is for him to know about a marriage between her and Will. Then there is the shocking secret that could destroy the bond of families. I must say there isn't a lot of sunshine in this book, but this is not the only book by Kathryn Le Veque that is. If you take the dark and mix in some light (Atticus' antics) you have an excellent read. When Atticus grows up, he will be one heck of a warrior! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
Will de Wolfe son of the legendary William de Wolfe married Lily de Lohr when they were very young bringing together two of the greatest houses of all time. Being married for many years has seen them being more of friends than lovers. When something goes terribly wrong with the pregnancy Lily makes a request of her husband and her best friend. When she dies she wants them to marry and fall in love.
Adria is devastated by the news that Lily will not survive her pregnancy,but is even more shocked at her friends request. She has never looked upon Will de Wolfe as anything other than her friends husband and doesn’t know if she can grant her dying wish. Will has known Adria for years and has never really looked at Adria, but the seed has been planted and maybe he can have something he never had a woman that loves him.
This story was absolutely wonderful. I think I went through every emotion there was. It brought me to tears, it made me laugh. I loved seeing all my favorite Knights together! There is nothing better than the de Wolfe stories to read and this was one of the best! Don’t miss it!