A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
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.
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When I first read the blurb, I was thinking that Lia was quite a spoiled young woman. Running away from a marriage that would is her duty as a Princess but once I started the book, I found that I quite enjoyed the character. Yes the fact remains that she ran away from her duty but she was quite willing to roll up her shirt sleeves and work to form a new life.
I quickly found myself engrossed in THE KISS OF DECEPTION. Ms. Pearson has quite a deft touch with characters and the world itself. Through the first part of the story, I found myself guessing whether Kaden or Rafe was the assassin or the prince. And flip flopping on a regular basis as to which one was which. Lia starts out as a bit spoiled but matures into a very strong young lady. Pauline, her companion, also grows in the book.
THE KISS OF DECEPTION is categorized as a young adult but this is an enjoyable fantasy for all ages. In fact with the exception of the blurb, the reader really has no idea how old Lia is other then young. I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy strong female heroines set in a fantasy world what is well designed. I know that I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.