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. (synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I love books set in times when royals reigned because that makes for a very dramatic and adventure filled book and I was not disappointed with The Kiss of Deception. I was shocked at how quickly I got sucked into the story. It’s full of lying, cheating, fighting, yelling, and all the stuff that makes a book about royals, a book about royals. I loved it. Mary writes in such a way that you are so sure of who is who but you are always wrong when the answer comes to light, it's genius. I loved the vagueness of Kaden and Rafe’s characters; it just makes the story that much more intriguing. Mary’s writing is so descriptive but not excessively so. She gives you just enough to picture it in your head. The way she describes things just makes everything come to life. Her world building skills are spectacular too. She has a way of making a new world seem like one you’ve known about forever. It is truly breathtaking. My heart and emotions were tied to this book too. I could feel Lia's emotions. I could feel her happiness, her anger, her hurt, her fear...I felt it like it was my own and that's what makes a book great. Lia is such a powerful main character and she complements this powerful story perfectly. I loved everything about this book to be honest. I wasn't bored for a moment. I questioned everything and made up my own theories which never ended up right, but the fun of reading is coming up with situations and theories that you think will happen. A good book will make you interact with it, and TKoD is that kind of book. It's rare to find a book that floors me, but this book had me in shock and awe at the way the story unfolded. I was speechless half the time after reading a chapter. AND THAT ENDING. Ummm hi, yes. Mary? HOW CAN YOU END IT LIKE THAT?! HOW?! I need the second book ASAP. I need it like yesterday. Please. PRETTY PLEASE. I GOTTA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. IVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK AND I GOTTA KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Needless to say, this book has my heart and emotions wrapped around its little finger. I give it five out of five stars, easily.