A 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.
I picked up The Kiss of Deception on a whim one year at ALA when all of the girls in line with me explained how amazing the book was and that I would love it. So I figured I would get it and give it a go. That was a few years ago and it took me a while to get around to reading it. I wish I could say I was blown away by it and that all of the girls in line were right/that the hype was worth it but I have conflicted feelings on this one.
The beginning of this book had so much promise. A princess names Lia decides to leave her family and castle behind and run away with her maid. She doesn’t want to marry the prince of a nation that her family doesn’t even get along with. She wants to find love on her own and know it is real. I have to say I was on board with this and I liked the beginning of the book.
I felt like the middle of the book lost me a little because we get to meet two guys who have come to the far away little town that Lia went to but with different goals in mind. We know that one of the guys is an assassin that has been sent from his nation to kill her before she can form an alliance by marriage that would hurt his fragile nation. We know the other guy is the prince she was suppose to marry all along. The book is suppose to be interesting because we have to guess the entire time who is the prince and who is the assassin. I have to say this made it hard to read because I personally felt that because the author was trying so hard to conceal who was who that we didn’t really get to experience their full personality. They were hidden and so I had a hard time buying into the story when Lia started to fall for one of them. I didn’t like her relationships with the guys because it felt stiff and a little too instant with the one guy, Rafe.
I started to like the book better once we know who is who. It starts to make the choices of the novel easier to understand and the book becomes about more than a romance to an unknown guy. I enjoyed the change in scenery and I liked that it seems in the next book that Lia will be pushed to her limits and that she will really find herself and just how far she is willing to go to earn her freedom and live the life she wants. I also do want to see if she is able to form a more lasting relationship with whoever she picks. I want to see Lia rise up and I feel that by the end of this book we see slight changes in her and I want to see more changes in the second book.
Overall, this novel can be slow and I personally didn’t like not knowing who was who. It is an interesting concept when you think about it but the writing made the characters personalities hidden so we wouldn’t figure out the mystery. I’m a character reader so I want to know who they are! I do feel that Lia is slowly growing and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here. After all the first cover is her very much in princess mode and as the books progress the covers go from princess to warrior so we shall see. I don’t want to get my hopes up about the second book but I am hoping to be wowed in ways I just wasn’t with this one.