I have been deceived and it is both so mind boggling and genius that I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else. Just know that not all is as it seems in Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. It was brilliant and you should read it.
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.
As a huge fan of the love triangle, Kiss of Deception had my name written all over it. A young runaway bride, a scorned groom and a hidden assassin all in a complicated triangle of mystery? Yes, Please!
I was immediately entranced by the author’s world: The intriguing and unique wedding preparations, the royal family dynamics and the main character’s internal turmoil. I loved it. The more I read the more I loved the main character and wanted her to have everything she wanted and more.
This novel is wonderfully crafted with each chapter told from a different perspective. I loved the way the prince and assassin were both revealed and hidden in the format of the story and how the MC’s account both shed light and cast darkness on the true nature of things. Pearson, you are a genius!
I don’t want to discuss the two male characters in detail because it may reveal too much about the story. Just know that there was romantic tension and unlimited potential with both guys, and I enjoyed how the story unfolded with the MC’s feelings for each guy. Also, if love triangles aren’t your thing, this one becomes pretty clear by the end of the story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Young Adult, Fantasy and love triangles.
STARS: 5 out of 5