There is romance in 'Shadow Wolfe' but it takes second place to the brutal and sometimes funny fights between the knights. It's an anti-romance in a way. In Lord of the Rings there is a noble speech followed by a majestic battle. In 'Shadow Wolfe' there are petty jealousies and name calling that lead to a punch-up in a solar. Half the knights beat the other half into a pulp. One knight even uses a poker. It's gruesome but also riveting. Maybe Kathryn Le Veque is the Tarantino of medieval romance?
Apart from the biffing there is a humane storyline, something Tarantino has never mastered.The book starts with Scott de Wolfe losing his wife and children and becoming a cold distant person. When he meets the beautiful widow of a man who saved his life, you really want him to have a HEA. The whole grief theme is done so well, it gives Shadow Wolfe extra depth. If you have ever lost someone this tale may resonate. Shadow Wolfe is Kathryn Le Veque at her very entertaining best.