The Kiss of Deception
Summary: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, even as she feels herself falling in love.
Kiss of Deception is yet another example of a book being ruined by a superficial and underdeveloped love triangle.
It really is a shame because, in all regards except for the romance, The Kiss of Deception is a relatively decent and enjoyable read otherwise.
Princess Lea is to be betrothed to a complete stranger, so she does what any normal girl would do: she runs away. Hiding in disguise in a nearby kingdom, she soon finds herself attracted to two handsome villagers. Little does she know that one of those villagers is an assassin sent to kill her, and the other is a prince.
The story drags throughout because there really is no plot. 75% of the story follows Lea hiding undercover in this village, pretending to be a servant; debating over which boy she likes more. There are no action sequences or significant events that happen in the story, and after a while you really can’t help but feel a bit bored.
Lea herself was a bit of a mediocre protagonist. There’s nothing completely different about her or anything that helps set her apart from other YA fantasy protagonists like Celaena or Alina, and she seemed a bit typical to me. I never felt a true connection with her as a character, and I found it a bit hard to sympathize with her because of that.
I can tolerate love triangles when they are done well (The Hunger Games or Snow Like Ashes come to mind almost immediately), but the love triangle in Kiss of Deception felt so artificial and contrived and I found it hard to invest myself in the romance because of that.
All in all, if more happened in the story and if the love triangle was less of a primary focus, Kiss of Deception could have been an extremely strong book. Unfortunately, those two main flaws kept me from enjoying it as much as I wish I could have. However, for some reason, I still have the urge to read the sequel. Go figure.