Pearson, Mary E. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1), 486 pgs. Henry Holt and Company (Macmillan), 2014. $17.99 Content: Language: PG-13 (13 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13 (attempted rape).
Princess Lia flees her kingdom of Morgan to avoid a betrothal to the prince of Dalbreck even though it might mean her death. Lia and her best friend become common barmaids at a distant city and are content to live a normal life as long as Lia can marry for love. One night two interesting young men come into the bar, Rafe and Kaden, and both are interested in Lia. Lia is intrigued, but what she doesn’t know is that one of the young men is her betrothed prince and the other young man is an assassin sent to kill Lia because of her supposed ability to foresee. Everything comes to a head and Lia soon finds that she can’t run away from who she really is.
This is an intriguing storyline and I was sucked in to Lia’s story. I liked Rafe and Kaden and the conflict they had with Lia, but I was frustrated by the author’s attempt to cause a twist in the story and keep the identities of who was the prince and who was the assassin a surprise, because it made for confusion. The story is action packed and I think readers will enjoy this series, but this book is very open ended and abrupt.
MS, HS-ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.