Title: Lord of Druemarwin
Author: Helen C. Johannes
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Lady Raell can fight, ride, and argue politics as well as her brothers. Only being mistress of her father's household keeps her in skirts. In Naed, the new Lord of Druemarwin, she has found devotion, a kindred spirit, and a marriage promise. But when a forgotten and unwanted betrothal comes to light, she has no choice but to run.
Amidst sweeping revolution, Naed must rally his people, fend off assassination attempts, and fight against claims he's a traitor. Then he discovers everything about his lineage and family is a lie. And his beloved belongs to another.
With lives and a kingdom at stake, Raell and Naed must find a way to protect the innocent and save their love.
“I read this book in a span of hours. I have work I should have done yesterday that I did not do today because I had reading to do damnit …. The romance was well done, steamy. A good book!” Netgalley Reviewer 613674
Lady Raell can do anything her brothers can do, including fighting with a sword, only her father keeps her firmly entrenched as mistress of his household. Naed, the new Lord of Druemarwin, sees what a treasure she is and offers marriage. She’s elated, that is until a long-forgotten betrothal is brought before her. She flees in horror, right into Naed’s arms. Can Raell find a way to be Naed’s wife and partner amidst a revolution peppered with lies and deceit? Can Raell and Naed protect their kingdom and the innocent or will they give up in defeat?
Lord of Druemarwin is a sweeping fantasy romance. The main characters are woven in realism. I connected with them right away. The conflict Raell and Naed have to overcome can be perceived as over the top, but I don’t see it that way. In classic fantasy stories, the hero or heroine has to overcome all obstacles before they get their happy ending. This is the case for all Tolkien stories, and this is true for Lord of Druemarwin. The world-building talents of Helen C. Johannes is on display in Lord of Druemarwin. Vivid descriptive narration captured my attention from the start, and I found myself reading late into the night. Helen C. Johannes plunges the reader into the world she creates and as readers, we’re thrilled. The plot moves at a great pace with plenty of action scenes, a full cast of intriguing characters, and romance worthy of the big screen. Brilliantly written, Lord of Druemarwin is a must-read for both fantasy and fantasy romance readers. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Helen C. Johannes writes award-winning fantasy romance inspired by the fairy tales she grew up reading and the amazing historical places she’s visited in England, Ireland, Scotland and Germany. She writes tales of adventure and romance in fully realized worlds sprung from pure imagination and a lifelong interest in history, culture, and literature. Warriors on horseback, women who refuse to sit idly at home, and passion that cannot be denied or outrun—that’s what readers will find in her books.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N