The Kiss of Deception

“In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight–but she doesn’t–and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom–to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive–and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets–even as she finds herself falling in love.

This book was actually the first book we picked for our book club. As you might notice, we have a thing for fantasy novels, and this book definitely caught our eyes. And, to throw it out there, this book was even more amazing than the description makes it seem. This book had adventure, romance, and of course deception. You were always guessing as to what was going to happen next.

The book, to add to the deception, was in 5 different viewpoints Lia, Rafe, Kaden, the Prince, and the Assassin. You don’t get to know which of the men are which “role”. And Mary E. Pearson does an excellent job of making sure that their roles are not obvious. Two out of the three of us were wrong about who as who! The author made sure to give clues, for both men, to make it seem as if either one could be either Prince or Assassin. I feel like this shows how much thought she put into creating her characters, and this book in general. We do feel like the characters could have been developed a bit more, but overall they were relatively well-rounded, and you could see an obvious change throughout the course of the book.

The plot of this book was very well thought out. Although, at times, the book felt as if it was becoming almost boring, it sped up almost immediately after. There were many times when the book was so descriptive, so intense, and just so well written it was as if you were there. It was as if you were seeing the scene play out in front of you, feeling the same emotion as Lia or Kaden or Rafe. And that’s one of the best parts about reading.

In this book there were times when there was a peak in the “intensity” and it seemed like the book was reaching its climax. Only for that to be resolved and a new issue to crop up. This is definitely something that kept us going. It really made you want more and more from the author to the point where you can’t possibly understand how she managed to tie the whole story together. But she did, and beautifully at that. With only a slight cliff-hanger. But that’s a small price to pay for a good story.

In conclusion, The Kiss of Deception was a great read. It managed to keep us super interested without being cliché. With a gorgeous cover and a fabulous plot this book is perfect for anyone who loves a good action novel. The author did a great job in writing it, making sure that nothing was forgotten or over-done. Make sure you pick up this book as soon as possible and look for the second one, The Heart of Betrayal, as well! (but if you are super impatient DO NOT READ THIS SERIES YET AS THE THIRD BOOK COMES OUT JULY 2016)