The Kiss of Deception – Review

“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered.” ― Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception


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.


The Kiss of Deception was an interesting read for me. I ended up giving it an overall four stars.

First off, I hadn’t heard of the series until about six months ago when Caitlynn kept telling me how excited she was to read it (as you can tell, she still hasn’t read it). Second, this story is heavy in romance and if you know me, you know I’m more into the adventure than I am the lust-filled experiences of 17 year old main characters.

We start off with a princess who is being forced into an arranged marriage. We’ve all heard the story: Princess is unhappy with lack of choices, so princess runs off.

I was immediately interested in the story as our main character, Lia, created a life in a distant village, but as this book is about 500 pages, I grew bored after reading 200 pages of her life as a barmaid.

Lia is an interesting character and we get a lot about her. I think the beauty of such a long book is that not only did we get a well-built world, but also the characters felt really fleshed out. I’m interested to see more of the world in the sequel to The Kiss of Deception.

There is a love triangle that is created really early and it’s about 80 percent of the book. There’s a catch though. Our princess doesn’t know that her love triangle is among an assassin and the very prince she ran from marrying.

Things get really messy, people die — actually, a surprising number of people die in a book I expected to be more flower than fantasy — and our princess grows up.

I’m planning on picking up The Heart of Betrayal in the next week or two as the ending of The Kiss of Deception was a total cliffhanger and I really need to know what is going to happen (no joke this review is getting cut short because there is so little I can say without giving away key details in the story).

There is one thing that is bothering me. Throughout the entire book our main character keeps talking about her “gift” or lack thereof and yet, I still am not entirely sure what this “gift” is supposed to be.

If you know what the “gift” is, can you enlighten me? I feel as though I may be slow to this. Also, have you read the Remnant Chronicles? How do you like it? 


13 thoughts on “The Kiss of Deception – Review

    1. I mean, you get some action closer to the end (I suspect the next book is much more action-filled) but the majority of the book is focused around around the main character understanding herself and pining for dudes.


  1. We never really get a fully fleshed out explanation of what the gift is (or if we do I don’t remember it) but I think it has to do with her getting feelings of when things are about to go wrong…or something along those lines.
    I love this series, but I have to say the last one is my favorite, with the first one coming in second. I do have to warn you, the heart of betrayal is really slow and suffers a mild case of the second book syndrome so. 🙂

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    1. Ah. Ok. That’s what I thought it was but I never was really sure.

      And that’s so unfortunate. I quite liked The Kiss of Deception and with that ending I was almost positive The Heart of Betrayal HAD to be good.

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  2. Her gift is the ability to foresee a bit into the future…she gets feelings in her gut about what can happen, and if she listens to them, she can steer clear of wrong moves.
    I love this series. And she’s writing more books set in this world.
    So excited!


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