The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

16429619Summary:  princess must find her place in a reborn world. 

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love

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Review: 3 1/2 stars

This novel is more of a romance book than anything else. Sure, it could be classified as a fantasy, but the fantasy elements do not appear much and are not very fantastical in nature. “The gift” is just a gut instinct and honestly, the book could tell the same story without including that aspect. I hope there is more fantasy elements in the sequel. This isn’t saying that I don’t like romance novels, I do, but I just felt like this book has been falsely advertised.

I do have to give credit because this book orchestrated a huge and incredibly well crafted twist that completely caught me off guard. Not wanting to give things away I will leave it at that. I found myself in awe because I really didn’t see that one coming.

This book didn’t have a fast paced plot, which was appropriate for the slow building romance. It does end in a cliffhanger and I was left feeling that the story was unfinished. I did enjoy the book enough to return for a sequel, but I would not say that the sequel is at the top of my current wish list. Overall it was decent, but not worth the hype.

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