Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles
Date Started: March 6
Date Finished: March 7
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
So, like The Impostor Queen I found that the beginning of this book was dragging. The author hits you with a lot of information all at once with little to no backstory. Told from Princess Lia’s perspective, you’re dropped in just as she’s getting a ‘tattoo’ of her marriage vow to the Prince of the neighboring nation (don’t ask me to spell it). But Lia has plans of her own. She’s never liked that she was a First Daughter of the House of Morrighan, especially since she has yet to receive her powers that comes with that title. She wants to make her own destiny and she does. With the help of her handmaiden Paulette she runs and ensconces herself in the neighboring town as a barmaid. The Kiss of Deception picks up when the Prince that she ditched goes after her and an assassin is sent after her too. When both show up on the scene, title chapters are switched to their names Kaden and Rafe, but you don’t know who is who. I had a fun time trying to put together what clues I could to figure it out. But it always switched, just when I thought I was onto something.
As Lia starts to fall in love with Rafe, my heart melted especially when she decided to go back to Morrighan, so that way no more innocent lives would die because of her screw up. When she gets captured by the assassin – I’m so not giving away who it is – and dragged away my heart breaks. But when the Prince goes after her and she hears his thoughts when she’s alone of I’ll find you anywhere I had a flashback to Once Upon a Time and Charming and Snow’s little saying. Now that the Prince is with the band of bandits to save Lia, I’m curious to see what happens.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Another slow stat, but a good story that I’m intrigued to continue. Characters are fleshed out well and the plot didn’t really lag anywhere. I’m a little bit iffy on the love triangle, but I’m reserving judgement until the next book where hopefully it will be explored a little bit more.
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