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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Jun 5, 2015
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74
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
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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

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

#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey takes you on a captivating adventure in 1880s Montana where passions and gold fever run high as an American heiress turns to a rugged mountain man to help her locate her father’s fortune.

Summoned back to Philadelphia from the social whirl in London, Violet Mitchell never expected to find her brothers living on the edge of financial ruin while their father seeks new wealth in Montana’s gold fields. With the family’s home and social standing at risk, Violet makes a drastic decision.

Morgan Callahan rode away from his family’s cattle ranch to make his own fortune. Now as he finishes exploiting a mother lode of silver, a young woman claiming to be his late partner’s daughter turns up wanting to be taken to her father’s mine. Suspecting that the pretty schemer works for the mining outfit that is trying to steal his land, he has no qualms about snatching her and holding her at his camp where she can do no harm.

Morgan underestimated the new thorn in his side. Determined to claim what rightfully belongs to her family, Violet summons up the courage, grit, and spunk to cope with the hazards and discomforts of an untamed land and the disturbingly masculine stranger who holds her fate in his hands. But an error of judgment brings down a hailstorm of calamity and danger that upends her plans and deepens her bond to a man who is not the brilliant match a lady wishes to make but could be all that a strong, passionate woman desires.
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

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

One of Booklist's 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years from an awe-inspiring, award-winning author

Half-human daughter of the Elven lord of Sea and Sky, Cecily Sutton has been raised in hiding. But when an attack on her village leaves her mother dead and her adoptive father missing, Cecily must turn the village blacksmith to help find him.

Giles Beaumont is stuck in a role he never wanted. He longs for action and adventure, but settles for his role as a blacksmith in a provincial village-all the while guarding Cecily from the shadows. Having sworn an oath to her stepfather to keep her safe, Giles has no other choice but to follow after Cecily as she sets out to find him.

But duty is quickly replaced with desire as the search for Cecily's stepfather leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the Elven Lords.

The perfect blend of fantasy, romance, and adventure, The Lady of the Storm is an adventurous romance. Readers of Karen Monin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, and Diane Duval will be excited to follow Cecily and Giles on their perilous journey and be fascinated as they uncover the deep, dark connection that binds one to the other.

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)
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 Lady of the Storm "Large doses of danger, sexual tension and magic make this a fun and exciting page-turner."

"I was engrossed in this book from beginning to end."

"a fabulous tale that deftly provides an alternative historical England in which Elven Lords brutally rule."

What reviewers are saying about The Lady of the Storm

"Fantastical creatures, magical spells, lengthy quests, angst, and passion will satisfy readers looking for a romance plot in a well-developed fantasy setting."-Publishers Weekly

"A romantic fantasy in which love prevails, an adventure full of danger and exciting twists and turns captures your heart."-Bookloons

"Romantic and emotional... a wild reading experience."-The Long and Short of It

"Kennedy's exquisite world building and terrific plotting make this a must-read... Kennedy creates a satisfying, fully realized world where adventure abounds... thrilling and distinctive Elven Lords series."-Booklist

"Kennedy mixes the fantasy and romance genres in a very rewarding manner..."-RT Book Reviews

"...another fascinating blend of history and magic"-Historical Hilarity

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

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." Â-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

A Library Journal Editor's Pick! "/strongThose who relish unconventional, outspoken heroines; dark, cynical heroes; and a plot spiced with a soupçon of danger ...should find Kennedy's Victorian romance version of My Fair Lady quite entertaining."-Booklist

Summer Wine Lee peeked through the drapery covering the second-story window of their rented London town house, hoping to catch a glimpse of the man she intended to hire to change her life forever.

The impoverished Duke of Monchester despises the rich Americans who flock to London, seeking to buy their way into the ranks of the British peerage. So when railroad heiress Summer Wine Lee offers him a king's ransom if he'll teach her to become a proper lady, he's prepared to rebuff her. But when he meets the petite beauty with the knife in her boot, it's not her fortune he finds impossible to resist.

Frontier-bred Summer Wine Lee has no interest in winning over London society-it's the New York bluebloods and her future mother-in-law she's determined to impress. She knows the cost of smoothing her rough-and-tumble frontier edges will be high. But she never imagined it might cost her heart.

A delightful combination of the Wild West and English society, My Unfair Lady, is an unusual Victorian historical romance. Fans of Jennifer Ashley, Lorraine Heath, Madeline Hunter, and Christi Caldwell will be enraptured by this tale of an American heiress, a British Duke, and finding love and acceptance just the way you are.

Also from Kathryne Kennedy:
The Relics of Merlin Series: Enchanting the Lady, Double Enchantment, Everlasting Enchantment, Enchanting the Beast
The Elven Lords Series: The Fire Lord's Lover, The Lady of the Storm, The Lord of Illusion

What readers are saying about My Unfair Lady

"Between the world building, the hilarious characters and situations not to mention the supporting cast I found myself anxiously waiting to see what was going to happen next."

"My Unfair Lady is a remarkable tale of love and acceptance."

"My Unfair Lady is a very fun read with charming characters who can laugh at themselves with delight so that you take pleasure in their story while being pleasantly entertained."

What reviewers are saying about The Fire Lord's Lover

"This romance goes against type in a wonderful way."-Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"A delightful romp filled with wit, humor, passion, and pride."-Romance Junkies

"All of the mystery and adventure that packed throughout this book is one to pull and tug on your heart strings. I give this book an awesome A."-In Tune with Books

"Sexy yet sweet; magical with a delightful twist of humor. My Unfair Lady captivates from start to finish... 5 out of 5 hearts."-Book Illuminations

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

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

"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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