July 15, 2014
I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Princess Lia is the First Daughter of Morrigan betrothed to the Prince of Dalbrek, to whom she never met. As the First Daughter, Lia will grow into her gift of sight given from the Gods. On the morning of her wedding day she escapes with her best friend Pauline. Together they seek shelter working as barmaids. Soon after, two brooding men named Rafe and Kaden walk in. One of them is an assassin and the other is the Prince of Dalbrek. Both men decide to hang around the inn and bar for half the summer.
This book is different because from the start a love triangle begins to form. I found the plot somewhat predictable at times but entertaining enough for me to keep reading. I didn’t connect well with the main character Lia. At times, I considered her selfish for keeping both men close to her side especially when feelings for a male became prominent. The book transitioned from spring to summer over a four month period. Both assassin and Prince stayed in the village for quite a while.
I loved the writing style. I truly felt like I was taken back to the medieval times. I pictured the cast of the CW TV network show, Reign as I read the book. I was impressed at how long the secret was kept to determine who the prince and the assassin were. Throughout the book, I realized my vote swayed. However, my first prediction was correct.
I met Mary last year at TBF 2013. I attended her panel on robotic romance. Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles), Jessica Brody (Unremembered), and Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden) were also featured authors on the panel.
This is my first book I read of Mary E. Pearson. I have started her first novel The Adoration of Jenna Fox and so far I am enjoying the story. Have you read any of her work? Do you like her writing style? Could you guess who was who in The Kiss of Deception? Comment below to let me know! Sign up for my email newsletter at https://firstname.lastname@example.org
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