The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception - Mary E. Pearson

"There's no turning back. The choice was made for me," I answered. "From this moment on, this is the destiny that I'll have to live with, for better or worse."

This book follows Princess Lia (her full name is long so I'll just use Lia, the name she likes to be called), whose parents have arranged a marriage between her and a prince from Dalbreck, to try and secure an alliance between the two kingdoms. Unfortunately for Lia she does not want to marry a prince that she has never met, so she runs away. While on the run she meets two men, the prince she was to marry and an assassin sent to kill her, but she has no clue as to their true identities.


The first few chapters that were from Lia's point-of-view were very slow and boring to me. At first Lia just wasn't an interesting character to me but the more I read from her perspective the more I grew to like her and become interested in reading about her.


I really loved reading the parts that were from the point-of-view of the prince and the assassin. They seemed to have more depth than Lia and I would have liked for their parts to have been longer than they were. There was a sort of reveal concerning them and their identities and I have to say that I spent a while thinking one thing about who was who and now I don't know if I was just stupid or if the reader is meant to think what I thought.


I really like where the story has progressed to and am interested in learning more about the books that Lia has. I really look forward to reading more of this series. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley.