It’s the April First!
What better way to celebrate April Fools then to review about the best April Fools Prank of a Prince who thought he was going to get married. That’s right I’m talking about The Kiss of Deception.
“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.”
― Mary E. Pearson,
I have to be honest with you when I say I won’t have read The Kiss of Deception if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s sequel The Heart of Betrayal had not been so popular during the course of the summer of 2015. The Heart of Betrayal was so popular in my local library and Barnes & Nobles that when I asked if this was a series everyone said no. Joke was on me because it was, leading me into the warm embrace of Mary E. Pearson The Remnant Chronicles.
I read this novel September 19 2015
The Kiss of Deception is a beautiful novel focusing on the strength of Princess Lia, (I do like the sound of that *wink*), the first daughter of a royal family of the House of Morrighan. The journey begins with Lia running away from not only her home but also her wedding day. Lia (I feel like I’m talking about myself in 3rd person!) Princess Lia desires freedom. The freedom to make her own decisions about her life, especially when in the terms of love.
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My heart broke when it was revealed at all Lia wanted from her soon-to-be royal husband was to meet him before the wedding day. Just to see what he looked like as well as to get to know him before the actual wedding. What kind of jerk denies such as simple request? Lia meant it from the heart and because of that her heart felt the sting of rejection when it was ignored. I would have ran away from that wedding day too!
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“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”
― Mary E. Pearson,
The Kiss of Deception is a joy to read and it is lovely to get to know Lia (woot woot!) Kaiden and Rafe. The novel has a great dialogue between characters as well as various of emotional tension, discoveries and of course individual point of views that makes you think of the action of every character interrupting with their peers. As you read it is revealed with of the two swoon worth young men are is actually the prince the princess was suppose to marry while the other is the assassin hired to kill the princess. Can you imagine the tension created in this novel if you fell in love with one of them to only realize he might be a romantic princes or a dangerous assassin? Talk about dating regrets.
What Mary E Pearson makes so exciting during the read is the fact that even though the novel is divided between Lia, Kaiden and Rafe’s POV we as the readers don’t actually know who is the prince or who is the assassin. The reveal shocked me because I actually fell in love with the assassin.
I know. I know!
“If one can’t be trusted in love, one can’t be trusted in anything. Some things can’t be forgiven.”
― Mary E. Pearson,
My dating selection really is horrible when my two choices are between a prince with a kingdom to rule wishing me to be his queen or a guy that is probably going to kill me if we ever had an argument. What can I say I really love the assassin. I felt a lot of emotional connection between the assassin and Lia.
My favorite scene of The Kiss of Deception is the gypsy camp, honestly if the novel did not have the camp grounds I might not love the novel as much as I do. I just love the entire moment Lia spent in the camp really picked up the romantic elements of the novel. I really wanted Lia to return to the camp. I just love that portion of the book. I really hope by the third novel we can return.
I gave this novel 3 out of 5 starts because I felt that if it wasn’t for popularity of the sequel of The Heart of Betrayal I might have not ever read The Kiss of Deception. I gave this book an additional star because of the big plot reveal that shocked me. Let’s just say that gypsy will always rase the rating of a book. I’m really glad I did get a chances to read this novel although I have agree that the sequel is much better than the first book.
I hope you enjoy this review!