The Kiss of Deception

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

I had some problems with this book, but overall I like it and will continue the series.

I like the opening of the book, this is the impression we get of Lia: smart , clever, strong-willed, a bit mischievous, eager to live a life of her own and discover herself.

Well all of that goes out the window until about the last third of the book because then she’s too preoccupied trying to get a boyfriend. We only get a hint of the “secrets” she has stolen and only enough that I kept reading a little further in hope that I would learn something more about this gift she’s supposed to have, and whatever is so special about the text segments we get between the chapters.

And it didn’t help at all that I didn’t know which boy was the assassin and which was the prince. There was one I wanted her to be with, but with all the different chapters titled either by the boys name or his occupancy I had them so confused that by the time the boys were reveled I had realized I had them so mixed up that I had to re-read segments to get their personalities ironed out. Overall, I think that was a failure on the author’s side, I would have enjoyed it much more if I had known who was who from the beginning. And the fact that Lia, who is supposed to be so cleaver didn’t figure out that neither was who they said they were . . .

After some traumatic events though she does grows up and realizes that she doesn’t have the luxury to do whatever she wants and that there are repercussions to her actions. I appreciated this and she becomes less of a silly girl for the rest of the book. Though the revelation of the texts and her gift are still pretty vague by the end of the book, I hope to get many more answers in the second installment.

The love triangle portion of the book is what most people seem to have an issue with. And while pretty early on Lia sets her sights on one boy and doesn’t really give in to the other makes it bearable. But it is generally annoying that she’s just so amazing that every guy can’t help but be in love with her – something I hear only gets worse in the second book. . .

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