Rise of the Defender : The de Lohr Dynasty

  • by Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by Brian J. Gill
  • Series: The de Lohr Dynasty
  • 31 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

AD 1192 - Sir Christopher de Lohr is Richard the Lion Heart's champion, a man the Muslims nicknamed "The Lion's Claw". Blond, battle scarred, and powerful, he is what all men fear. After the fall of Acre, Christopher makes a promise at the deathbed of a dying comrade to marry the man's incorrigible but wealthy daughter. Christopher returns home to marry the woman, but the only thing he is interested in is her substantial dowry. He has no use for a wife and resents being forced into the marriage.
The Lady Dustin Barrington doesn't want a husband. Petite and beautiful, she is a goddess with the heart of a tomboy. When the enormous, seasoned warrior comes to Lioncross Abbey Castle to marry her, she savagely resists him. More than ever, Christopher regrets agreeing to marry the woman, but as they are forced together in a contract marriage, something strange happens.... Somehow, someway, the animosity subsides, and a gentle warmth takes its place. More and more they come to care for one another, but neither of them will admit it.
As the voyage of discovery begins, Christopher is distracted by a very important task entrusted to him by Richard. He has been sent back to England ahead of King Richard to assess the climate of the country and to assess the activities of Richard's brother, Prince John. He leaves for London to put himself in the heart of the turmoil that is going on between Richard and John and brings Dustin with him. The moment they arrive in London, an entirely new and dangerous world opens up to them.
Join Dustin and Christopher as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Evil princes, tournaments, politics, wars, and a threat to their relationship from deep inside Christopher's inner circle invade their loving and passionate world. When Christopher is reportedly killed in battle, Dustin must pick up the pieces of her shattered life and attempt to carry on. But don't count the defender out just yet...can he make it back to Dustin in time to prevent catastrophe?
Become a part of the sweeping, three-part saga in an epic medieval romance you won't soon forget.


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Shame on Audible for not checking the producer's wk

The editing quality was vastly substandard. There was a missing chapter and two chapters that were placed out of order ( chapter 11 should have been 12 and chapter 12 should have been 11) , and one entire chapter repeated not to mention all the "cuts" that were to happen and never did due to slip ups. There were scenes that would have the same sentence repeated and the first was not cut out or the narrator would say "again" and repeat what he needed to and it was all there. Shockingly enough it seems no one bothered checking the editing job since the length was so long. Very disappointing.

The story itself was wonderful. It was long enough to be three books. As the reader you will feel an emotional ride. Saddened, happy, shocked, elated and disappointed all throughout the book. Wait and purchase after the errors are corrected otherwise you will be frustrated to no end.
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- Cam


Kathryn Le Veque has written a gripping story that grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets you down. This book was so emotionally riveting to me that at one point I literally threw my ipod across the room! Of course, I picked it back up... but the point is.... I've never done that before with a book. It was THAT emotional to me. This book kept me guessing along the way and was funny, sad, emotional, and real. The characters were all wonderfully written.....especially the ones that I didn't like!

Narration was perfect. He added to the excitement. There are, however, quite a few narration editing mistakes throughout this book. (Chapters out of order and narration mistakes that weren't edited out.) Hopefully, this will be corrected soon!

Note: This book had some violence and detailed sex scenes.

This one is definitely on my repeat and recommendation list!
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- 🌼DARA "AUDIOBOOKS+TASKS=ADVENTURES! I 💙Romances: Hist./Insp./Contemp.🔹I Also Receive Books In Exchange 4 Reviews In Varied Genres🔹NO SPOILERS 🙊"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2015
  • Publisher: Kathryn Le Veque Novels