Title: The Kiss of Deception
Lia is the princess of the kingdom of Morrighan, and it is her duty to secure a marriage between herself and the prince of the neighboring kingdom of Dalbreck. But Lia, independent and headstrong, does not wish to be treated merely as another soldier in her father’s army – she wants to marry someone for love, a theme we have seen time and again in fairytales, and yet still rings true. On the day she is to wed this prince she has never met, she does what any of us would do if we were trying to escape an inevitably unhappy marriage – she runs away. By fleeing the kingdom and defying her father the king so blatantly, she has committed an act of treason.
One of the many things I loved about this book is that the narrator alternates between Lia, the Prince, and the Assassin, changing points of view and letting us see a bigger picture. The writer cleverly keeps us wondering which man is which – is Rafe the Prince or the Assassin? She intentionally keeps you guessing. My assumption was entirely wrong and my jaw actually dropped when I realized who was who. That’s one sign of great writing.
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