The Assassin's Lover

Author Kathryne Kennedy, LLC
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In the world of The Elven Lords, an assassin's life is turned upside down on a mission to kill Lieutenant Overon's daughter.
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About the author

I'm a college grad and business owner, and have also published nearly a dozen short stories in the SFF/Romance genre, receiving Honorable Mention twice in the 'Writers of the Future' contest (read more on my website). Being an Air Force brat, I traveled a great deal, and over the years I've lived in Guam, Okinawa, and several states in the U.S. I currently live in Arizona with my husband, two sons, and the rest of my wonderful family.
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Author Kathryne Kennedy, LLC
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Published on
Jun 5, 2015
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Pages
74
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
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Book 1
Reviewer Top Pick from Night Owl Reviews!
An Outstanding Book from Merrimon Book Reviews!
Nominated for Book of the Week from LASR Reviews!"A Tolkien-esque world combined with an eighteenth-century historical romance produces a satisfying tale with twists you'll never expect. Excellent!"-Jennifer Ashley, USA Today bestselling author of Pride Mates

In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord's son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father-until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever.

Lady Cassandra has been raised in outward purity and innocence, while secretly being trained as an assassin. Her mission is to bring down the Elven Lord and his champion son. But when she gets to court she discovers that nothing is what it seems, least of all the man she married.

But beneath the gilded castles lies an unspeakable evil, greater than either Dominic or Cassandra had ever fathomed, and without each other they may not survive.

A unique combination of historical and fantasy romance, The Fire Lord's Lover will fascinate readers of Karen Monin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Diane Duval who will adore this imaginative unexpected love story between the son of a tyrant and the woman sent to take them both down.

The Elven Lords Historical Fantasy Romance Trilogy:
The Fire Lord's Lover (Book 1)
The Lady of the Storm (Book 2): Giles Beaumont is reluctantly assigned to protect an Elven Lord's daughter...until he falls under her enchanting spell
The Lord of Illusion (Book 3): Lord Drystan Hawkes dreams of fighting for England's freedom from the endless evils of the Elven Lords. But first he must find the beautiful slave girl who holds the secret to his quest.

What readers are saying about The Fire Lord's Lover

"It was so good that I read it in one day...and then I read it again!!"

"It was different; keeping me entranced trying to figure out what was going to happen next."

"...engaged and engrossed right from the first chapter in the fascinating world of Elvin magic and ensuing romance."

"It's very satisfying, as addictive as chocolate covered pretzels with a side of Nutella."

What reviewers are saying about The Fire Lord's Lover

"The Fire Lord's Lover is a touching love story that will sweep you away into another time and place where the elves rule and love is found in unlikely places."- CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

"...so well written and her characters are so rich and captivating that I simply could not put it down."- The San Francisco Book Review

"A very unique series that will enchant lovers of historicals and fantasy. A beautiful gem to be treasured."-Booklovers, Inc.

"Charming, sweeping-of-your-feet romantic and toe-curling sensuous"-Erotic Horizon

What people are saying about Kathryne Kennedy

"As darkly imaginative as Tolkien, as richly romantic as Heyer, Kennedy carves a new genre in romantic fiction." Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Warrior

"[Kennedy] has created characters that live and breathe between the pages; a talent which is, in my opinion, a hallmark of skilled storytelling."-Fresh Fiction

"Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story."-Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

Book 3
One of Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years from a highly imaginative, award-winning author

Lord Drystan Hawkesdreams of fighting for England's freedom from the endless evils of the Elven Lords. But first he must find the beautiful slave girl who holds the secret to his quest.

Enslaved for years in a realm of illusion, Camille Ashtonhas learned to trust no one. But she's truly spellbound when she meets Drystan, and somehow when they are together, she can see what's true.

Together, Drystan and Camille must solve the mystery to open the portal and gain England's freedom from Elven rule.

A unique combination of historical and fantasy romance, The Lord of Illusionis an adventurous romance. Readers of Karen Monin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Diane Duval will be engrossed by Kathryne Kennedy's use of magic, violence and romance to paint a picture of an alternative history of England.

The Elven Lords Historical Fantasy Romance Trilogy:
The Fire Lord's Lover (Book 1): In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord's son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father-until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever.
The Lady of the Storm (Book 2):Giles Beaumont is reluctantly assigned to protect an Elven Lord's daughter...until he falls under her enchanting spell
The Lord of Illusion (Book 3)

What readers are saying about The Lord of Illusion

"A wonderfultale as the heroic protagonists are prepared to diefor their noble cause while each is willing to sacrifice themselves for the other."

"An enchantingstory about love, passion and magic."

"...an epic adventure."

What reviewers are saying about The Lord of Illusion "The world sings with vivid imagery and fantastic magic, and all the previous characters join forces in a thrilling final fight for humankind."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"While this novel remains true to romance-genre mores, Kennedy infuses it with unexpected plot twists that will keep fantasy readers enthralled, too."-Booklist, STARRED Review

"Superb writing and a fast-moving plot combined with magical passion make this a real page-turner!"-Publishers Weekly

"An enchanting world with characters that live and breathe between the pages... The Lord of Illusion is sensory nirvana."-Long and Short Reviews

"Exquisitely imagined... Startling magic and vivid illusion... An action-packed adventurethat will appeal to both romance and fantasy fans..."-Library Journal

What people are saying about Kathryne Kennedy

"Kennedy's world-building is unparalleledin the fantasy genre and her plotting is amazing. This is a book any romantic fantasy fan would be thrilled to read."-Debbie's Book Bag

"As darkly imaginativeas Tolkien, as richly romanticas Heyer, Kennedy carves a new genre in romantic fiction." �-Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Warrior

"[Kennedy] has created characters that live and breathe between the pages; a talent which is, in my opinion, a hallmark of skilled storytelling."-Fresh Fiction

"Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story."-Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

Book 3
One of Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years from a highly imaginative, award-winning author

Lord Drystan Hawkes dreams of fighting for England's freedom from the endless evils of the Elven Lords. But first he must find the beautiful slave girl who holds the secret to his quest.

Enslaved for years in a realm of illusion, Camille Ashton has learned to trust no one. But she's truly spellbound when she meets Drystan, and somehow when they are together, she can see what's true.

Together, Drystan and Camille must solve the mystery to open the portal and gain England's freedom from Elven rule.

A unique combination of historical and fantasy romance, The Lord of Illusion is an adventurous romance. Readers of Karen Monin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Diane Duval will be engrossed by Kathryne Kennedy's use of magic, violence and romance to paint a picture of an alternative history of England.

The Elven Lords Historical Fantasy Romance Trilogy:
The Fire Lord's Lover (Book 1): In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord's son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father-until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever.
The Lady of the Storm (Book 2): Giles Beaumont is reluctantly assigned to protect an Elven Lord's daughter...until he falls under her enchanting spell
The Lord of Illusion (Book 3)

What readers are saying about The Lord of Illusion

"A wonderful tale as the heroic protagonists are prepared to die for their noble cause while each is willing to sacrifice themselves for the other."

"An enchanting story about love, passion and magic."

"...an epic adventure."

What reviewers are saying about The Lord of Illusion "The world sings with vivid imagery and fantastic magic, and all the previous characters join forces in a thrilling final fight for humankind."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"While this novel remains true to romance-genre mores, Kennedy infuses it with unexpected plot twists that will keep fantasy readers enthralled, too."-Booklist, STARRED Review

"Superb writing and a fast-moving plot combined with magical passion make this a real page-turner!"-Publishers Weekly

"An enchanting world with characters that live and breathe between the pages... The Lord of Illusion is sensory nirvana."-Long and Short Reviews

"Exquisitely imagined... Startling magic and vivid illusion... An action-packed adventure that will appeal to both romance and fantasy fans..."-Library Journal

What people are saying about Kathryne Kennedy

"Kennedy's world-building is unparalleled in the fantasy genre and her plotting is amazing. This is a book any romantic fantasy fan would be thrilled to read."-Debbie's Book Bag

"As darkly imaginative as Tolkien, as richly romantic as Heyer, Kennedy carves a new genre in romantic fiction." Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Warrior

"[Kennedy] has created characters that live and breathe between the pages; a talent which is, in my opinion, a hallmark of skilled storytelling."-Fresh Fiction

"Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story."-Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

Book 1
Historical Romance Meets Fairy Tale Magic

In a Victorian England with a rigid hierarchy of magic, lion shape-shifter Sir Terence Blackwell is at the bottom rung of society. Only Lady Felicity Seymour, who has no magic, no inheritance, and no prospects, may be willing to judge the man strictly on his own merits.

When family pressures push Lady Felicity into a terrible fate, she has only Sir Terence to turn to. As the two outcasts are propelled by circumstances beyond their control, they are forced to explore the unseen depths beneath society's facade.
And what they discover about each other is more real and more beautiful than they ever could have imagined...

A unique combination of historical and fantasy romance, Enchanting the Lady will fascinate readers of Karen Monin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Diane Duval who will be charmed by this light-hearted, powerful mix of romance, history, magic, secrets, and spies.

The Relics of Merlin Historical Fantasy Romance Series:
Enchanting the Lady (Book 1)
Double Enchantment (Book 2): A simple spell gone wrong will have Sir Sterling Thorn's eyes, and his heart, seeing double
Enchanting the Beast (Book 3): When the spiritualist hired to expunge Nicodemus Wulfson's castle of ghosts also steals his heart, he has to learn to trust her. But can she trust him?
Everlasting Enchantment (Book 4): The hunt for the "magic man" leads Millicent Panetere to one of Merlin's relics and the knight whose fate is bound to it.

What readers are saying about Enchanting the Lady

"An interesting twist, Victorian romance in a Harry Potter world."

"A sweet fantasy with well written characters."

"The world felt very well developed and the action was fast paced. The sexy shenanigans were, umm, sexy."

"Held my attention from the start with its ties to magic and fantasy."

What reviewers are saying about Enchanting the Lady

"The imagination of JK Rowling and the romance of Julie Garwood all rolled up into one fabulous novel."- Erin Grady, author of Haunting Beauty

"Simply delightful...imaginative, historically vigorous and ripe for further adventures."-Publishers Weekly

"Sweet and romantic, with plenty of love-at-first-sight warm-fuzzies..."-Drey's Library

"One of those rare books that seamlessly melds historical and paranormal elements into a beautiful, fast-paced, romance."-Fictitious Escape

"Kennedy has totally enchanted us with this book. It's like reading an adult version of Beauty and the Beast with a bit more spunk."-Yankee Romance Reviewers

"Every page overflows with romance, fantasy and suspense. Outstanding!" -Huntress Reviews, Five Stars

"...a phenomenal read...This is one of those rare and wonderful books that will leave a smile lingering on your face long after you're done reading." -Romance Reviews Today, A Perfect Ten

What people are saying about Kathryne Kennedy

"As darkly imaginative as Tolkien, as richly romantic as Heyer, Kennedy carves a new genre in romantic fiction." Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Warrior

"[Kennedy] has created characters that live and breathe between the pages; a talent which is, in my opinion, a hallmark of skilled storytelling."-Fresh Fiction

"Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story."-Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

Book 1
Historical Romance Meets Fairy Tale Magic

In a Victorian England with a rigid hierarchy of magic, lion shape-shifter Sir Terence Blackwell is at the bottom rung of society. Only Lady Felicity Seymour, who has no magic, no inheritance, and no prospects, may be willing to judge the man strictly on his own merits.

When family pressures push Lady Felicity into a terrible fate, she has only Sir Terence to turn to. As the two outcasts are propelled by circumstances beyond their control, they are forced to explore the unseen depths beneath society's facade.
And what they discover about each other is more real and more beautiful than they ever could have imagined...

A unique combination of historical and fantasy romance, Enchanting the Lady will fascinate readers of Karen Monin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Diane Duval who will be charmed by this light-hearted, powerful mix of romance, history, magic, secrets, and spies.

The Relics of Merlin Historical Fantasy Romance Series:
Enchanting the Lady (Book 1)
Double Enchantment (Book 2): A simple spell gone wrong will have Sir Sterling Thorn's eyes, and his heart, seeing double
Enchanting the Beast (Book 3): When the spiritualist hired to expunge Nicodemus Wulfson's castle of ghosts also steals his heart, he has to learn to trust her. But can she trust him?
Everlasting Enchantment (Book 4): The hunt for the "magic man" leads Millicent Panetere to one of Merlin's relics and the knight whose fate is bound to it.

What readers are saying about Enchanting the Lady

"An interesting twist, Victorian romance in a Harry Potter world."

"A sweet fantasy with well written characters."

"The world felt very well developed and the action was fast paced. The sexy shenanigans were, umm, sexy."

"Held my attention from the start with its ties to magic and fantasy."

What reviewers are saying about Enchanting the Lady

"The imagination of JK Rowling and the romance of Julie Garwood all rolled up into one fabulous novel."- Erin Grady, author of Haunting Beauty

"Simply delightful...imaginative, historically vigorous and ripe for further adventures."-Publishers Weekly

"Sweet and romantic, with plenty of love-at-first-sight warm-fuzzies..."-Drey's Library

"One of those rare books that seamlessly melds historical and paranormal elements into a beautiful, fast-paced, romance."-Fictitious Escape

"Kennedy has totally enchanted us with this book. It's like reading an adult version of Beauty and the Beast with a bit more spunk."-Yankee Romance Reviewers

"Every page overflows with romance, fantasy and suspense. Outstanding!" -Huntress Reviews, Five Stars

"...a phenomenal read...This is one of those rare and wonderful books that will leave a smile lingering on your face long after you're done reading." -Romance Reviews Today, A Perfect Ten

What people are saying about Kathryne Kennedy

"As darkly imaginative as Tolkien, as richly romantic as Heyer, Kennedy carves a new genre in romantic fiction." Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Warrior

"[Kennedy] has created characters that live and breathe between the pages; a talent which is, in my opinion, a hallmark of skilled storytelling."-Fresh Fiction

"Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story."-Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

Kathryne Kennedy
In MOON DANCER, enter the landless planet of Sea Forest from BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, where love and betrayal can be deadly. In DISENCHANTED LOVER, enter the magical world of Victorian London from the RELICS OF MERLIN series, where passion always trumps enchantment.

MOON DANCER: Tarov is a skilled dancer, wielding the deadly instruments crafted from the bones of a sea monster. Henel has stolen Tarov’s man in the past, and now seems intent on not only taking Tarov’s place as lead dancer, but her new lover too. Will Tarov lose everything to treachery? Or will the magic of Sea Forest help her find happiness?

DISENCHANTED LOVER: When Lady Rose Cheevers impulsively casts a spell and brings her husband back from the grave, she’s horrified to discover he’s not the angel she thought. When she seeks out the roguish thief, Mister Drake Pann, to help rid her of the demon, she discovers a new passion for love that may have everything to do with enchantment…or nothing at all.

“In Moon Dancer, Ms. Kennedy returns to the erotic, verdant world she created in her novel Beneath The Thirteen Moons. She is clearly comfortable returning to this setting as she easily slips the reader into the aquatic planet whose inhabitants worship the sea and live in massive trees. The result is a crisply told tale of love, jealousy and betrayal unfolding in a troupe of moon dancers, skilled performers of a beautiful and potentially deadly art form.  Of course our heroine Tarov gets her man, but will she lose her identity in the process? Moon Dancer is one part sci-fi thriller, one part love story and one part Shakespearian drama, all wrapped tightly into a dense yet easy to read short story.” —David Benz, Edgar-nominated author
Book 3
One of Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years from a highly imaginative, award-winning author

Lord Drystan Hawkesdreams of fighting for England's freedom from the endless evils of the Elven Lords. But first he must find the beautiful slave girl who holds the secret to his quest.

Enslaved for years in a realm of illusion, Camille Ashtonhas learned to trust no one. But she's truly spellbound when she meets Drystan, and somehow when they are together, she can see what's true.

Together, Drystan and Camille must solve the mystery to open the portal and gain England's freedom from Elven rule.

A unique combination of historical and fantasy romance, The Lord of Illusionis an adventurous romance. Readers of Karen Monin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Diane Duval will be engrossed by Kathryne Kennedy's use of magic, violence and romance to paint a picture of an alternative history of England.

The Elven Lords Historical Fantasy Romance Trilogy:
The Fire Lord's Lover (Book 1): In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord's son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father-until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever.
The Lady of the Storm (Book 2):Giles Beaumont is reluctantly assigned to protect an Elven Lord's daughter...until he falls under her enchanting spell
The Lord of Illusion (Book 3)

What readers are saying about The Lord of Illusion

"A wonderfultale as the heroic protagonists are prepared to diefor their noble cause while each is willing to sacrifice themselves for the other."

"An enchantingstory about love, passion and magic."

"...an epic adventure."

What reviewers are saying about The Lord of Illusion "The world sings with vivid imagery and fantastic magic, and all the previous characters join forces in a thrilling final fight for humankind."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"While this novel remains true to romance-genre mores, Kennedy infuses it with unexpected plot twists that will keep fantasy readers enthralled, too."-Booklist, STARRED Review

"Superb writing and a fast-moving plot combined with magical passion make this a real page-turner!"-Publishers Weekly

"An enchanting world with characters that live and breathe between the pages... The Lord of Illusion is sensory nirvana."-Long and Short Reviews

"Exquisitely imagined... Startling magic and vivid illusion... An action-packed adventurethat will appeal to both romance and fantasy fans..."-Library Journal

What people are saying about Kathryne Kennedy

"Kennedy's world-building is unparalleledin the fantasy genre and her plotting is amazing. This is a book any romantic fantasy fan would be thrilled to read."-Debbie's Book Bag

"As darkly imaginativeas Tolkien, as richly romanticas Heyer, Kennedy carves a new genre in romantic fiction." �-Erin Quinn, author of Haunting Warrior

"[Kennedy] has created characters that live and breathe between the pages; a talent which is, in my opinion, a hallmark of skilled storytelling."-Fresh Fiction

"Ms. Kennedy's a pro at creating memorable characters, comical situations, a fun dialog, and an endearing love story."-Sia McKye's Thoughts Over Coffee

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