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1200 A.D. - After decades of warring between the Lairds of Kerr and Prudhoe Castle in Northumbria, a tentative peace is reached. The Lady Carington Kerr is sent to Prudhoe as a hostage to ensure her father's good behavior, and a more reluctant hostage there never was.
Small and dark, with emerald eyes and a luscious figure, she is as gorgeous as she is fiery. Enter Sir Creed de Reyne; a gentle giant of a man, he is, by nature, calm and wise. He is the ice to Carington's fire. As Carington resists the attempts to keep her in her English prison, Creed is placed in charge of the captive as both jailer and protector.
But Creed is also as reluctant a protector as she is a hostage; six months prior, he had been given the important assignment of escorting Isabella of Angouleme from France to England as the bride of King John. Isabella, a woman-child of twelve years, was smitten with Creed from the start. When he spurned her advances, she fabricated a story of Creed's indiscretions against her and brought the king's wrath upon him. Creed fled to Prudhoe and straight into another assignment guarding a firebrand of a young woman.
Creed soon discovers that Carington is far different from the petty child who would become queen and against both his judgment and his wishes, he falls for the Scots lass. Suffering through tragedy and triumph, Creed and Carington have a love that only strengthens with each passing moment. Even when Creed is forced to flee for his life and leave Carington behind, their only thoughts are of being together again.

With Isabella and King John closing in, Creed and Carington must fight for their very survival as two countries and a kingdom seek to separate them.
©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
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5 out of 5 stars
By Scotty on 05-06-14

I tried but couldn't stop listening! OMG !!!

If you love historical romance then just get the book. Don't worry about Brad Wills being able to voice you through it. He does such a great job! Love his voice! OMG, I just about swooned at that deep voice! Think he put a spell on me?! I stayed up for the past several nights just listening to see what happened next. You HAVE to get this book if you truly love historical romances and deep sexy male voices. :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By tresjax on 04-29-14

Couldn't Put It Down!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! The story of Creed de Reyne and Carington Kerr is a wonderful love story filled with passion, adventure, humor, and danger. Creed is a strong, silent knight assigned to be the "keeper" of Carington who is a hostage in the English castle of Prudhoe, as part of a peace accord brokered between the castle's owner and her father, a Scottish Laird. He cannot help but fall for Carington with her fiery personality and doll like beauty. She is drawn to the calm and gorgeous knight. But, before they can have their HEA, a series of perilous events and conflicts threaten to keep them apart. The story is told by narrator Brad Wills, who was terrific! He tells the story in his beautiful voice and keeps the audience waiting for the next step in the storyline. Wills performed each character wonderfully, and I especially liked his portrayal of Carington, with her Scottish brogue.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the story of two people from very different worlds, considered enemies, who despite their backgrounds fell in love. It is the very essence of romance! I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters, their friends and families. The emphasis on honor, loyalty, and integrity that is part of the chivalry of the era is so appealing.

Have you listened to any of Brad Wills’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have heard a story narrated by Brad Wills, and he was terrific! I'd like to hear other audiobooks he has narrated. I enjoyed his enunciation and his mild accent, which made him sound as if he were a native of the era and locale. I appreciate the manner in which he could change from one character to the next seamlessly, just like performing in a theater setting. He was truly fantastic!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The humor in the story had me chuckling to myself at several points, and I sighed in sadness more than once. The plot itself affected me emotionally and the narrator had a way of bringing it all out of me as an audience member.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed "Guardian of Darkness", and am a fan of historical romance novels. Kathryn LeVeque's novels are the best, and to have this one performed in an audiobook with such a talented narrator was amazing. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a romance, an adventure, a really great time!

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5 out of 5 stars
By June L. on 09-17-16

Great Read

Very enjoyable. I could not put it down and carried it around with me for 3 days.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gwen Barber on 08-14-15

jGREAT

I really enjoyed the story but found a lot of the stories were repeated over and over and was a bit to repetitive regarding the happenings in the story, but overall a good story and a very good narrator, will read another book before I make my decisions regarding author, but do appreciate a good story, Thank you

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