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Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Cate Rowan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

*** KISMET'S KISS is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® Finalist and a winner of the Duel on the Delta, Molly, and Put Your Heart in a Book contests. ***

In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a magical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. He doesn't realize that healer is a woman.

Varene finds her own surprises in Kad. She expects the sultan's arrogance, but not his courage or his selfless care of the ill—or the possibility that the epidemic is the curse of a vengeful goddess.

Kaddite culture condemns Varene's mystical talents and her presence triggers a plot to overthrow Kuramos. Yet as he and the healer toil for the cure, he loses his heart to her. She falls for him as well, but how can she relinquish her homeland and her principles for him—especially when he already has a harem and his family may be cursed?


Praise for KISMET'S KISS:

"Magic, passion, and intrigue—KISMET'S KISS has it all! Cate Rowan's uniquely compelling fantasy debut is set in a fascinating and fully realized world where danger lurks in every shadow. Rowan is definitely an author to watch!"
– Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author

"KISMET'S KISS is a compelling tale of love and duty set amid the clash of cultures. A thoroughly enjoyable adventure!"
– Jana Oliver, author of the Time Rovers series and DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER

"A wonderful Arabian Nights story laced with humor and scheming with intriguing twists."
– Robin D. Owens, RITA-winning author of HEART THIEF and GUARDIAN OF HONOR

"KISMET'S KISS is a lush, inviting, immersive gem of a book. No one who loves being swept away by a great story should miss this!"
– Kendra Leigh Castle, author of CALL OF THE HIGHLAND MOON and RENEGADE ANGEL

"KISMET'S KISS has everything a reader of fantasy could ask for—suspense, action, incredible world-building and magic. What captured me most was a romance so exquisitely crafted that it kept me up all night, devouring every word until the very last page. This story is a one-sitting read to be savored again and again!"
– Shelby Reed, author of THE FIFTH FAVOR and MIDNIGHT ROSE


Editorial Reviews

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"Kismet's Kiss is a magical, exhilarating, sensual delight. Lush exotic world building, riveting storyline, and strong personable characters set the stage for a rich and captivating story..." --Smexy Books

"A must-read for all fantasy romance lovers." --The Romance Reviews

"...So much sexual tension that the pages are likely to burn your fingers as you eagerly beg for more." --Coffee Time Romance

"...A harem fantasy brimming with desire, enchantment and betrayal... I highly recommend Kismet's Kiss to all readers who enjoy a touch of magic with their romance." --The Romance Studio

"...Envelops the reader in a lush, exotic world of silk and sherbet, scimitars and precious stones... Kismet's Kiss delivers an exhilarating reading experience." --SciFiGuy.ca

About the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards.

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040SXS9S
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a unique, romantic story! August 27, 2010
By JSDi
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fabulous, provocative romance that breaks all the old-fashioned rules of the genre!

The conflict between the Sultan Kuramos and the healer he summons from a rival realm, Varene, is so rife with tension, I had to keep turning the page until I began to see the subtly promised inevitable--a slow-growing, inexorable love affair.

The relationship between ruler and healer builds at an exquisitely torturous rate: first grudging respect as Varene stands up to Kuramos in ways that perplex and humble him, then trust, as Varene proves herself an able healer to the sultan's stricken household and Kuramos shows himself to be a just ruler and deeply devoted father; and lastly, the greatest passion--only to throw the reader into that wonderful roller coaster ride as Kuramos and Varene find their relationship unraveling because of his unyielding cultural traditions. A surprising twist toward the end propels them toward grave peril and adds a jaw-clenching suspense until the truly satisfying and electric finale.

In short--I LOVED THIS BOOK!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!! March 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As a general rule, I was never a fan of polygamy, but within the constraints of the story it makes for a stronger read. I'm a fan of romances, but they all seem to follow a general formula. This one was unique and I really had to focus to recall the names of characters etc. so I was constantly engaged in the story. I found it a little hard to get into in the beginning (but I'm currently a stay at home mom so distractions occur), but once the story started rolling along I was hooked! Strong characters, with good descriptions and back stories. Highly recommend this read, well done Cate Rowan!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Me Some Kuramos! February 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
3.5 Stars!

My Review:

The Plot:

Kuramos, the Great Sultan of Kad, is in the midst of a nightmare when a deadly illness strikes his palace killing his trusted mentor and threatening the lives of his wives and children. After a freak accident takes the life of his Royal Physician, robbing Kuramos of a cure, the sultan's desperate need forces him to seek help from the rival realm of Teganne. A culture steeped in vile magic, the Tegannese people are scorned by Kaddites but when left with no other options Kuramos will subject himself to the scourge magic users if it'll save his precious family.

Wanting to distract herself from the recent and painful loss of the man she loved, a man who tragically never knew that he held her heart, Varene na Seryn grudging accepts Kuramos's demand the she attend to his family. Amplifying Varene's phycisians' knowledge is her kyrra, a soul magic that allows her the power to heal her patients. Given only a handful of details from the Kad messenger, Varene warily knows that she's facing an illness completely unknown to her and while the Kaddites themselves culturally disturb her, Varene is a healer and she'll not let anything prevent her from saving lives if it's in her power to do so.

Two radically opposing cultures clash violently as a battle of wills erupts the very moment Kuramos and Varene meet yet a grudging respect blooms early between them both as well despite their attempts to remain guarded. Disturbed by the renowned culture of Kad, a culture that venomously hates Teganne, Varene begins her journey already on the defense. Like a fantasy romance feminist, Varene is deeply disgusted by the disrespect shown to women, most importantly she's deeply disturbed by the fact that Kuramos has six wives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but not spectacular September 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Varene is a strong heroine who survived the death of a man she loves. She's a healer and is called to leave the safety of her lands to help Kuramos' son survive a horrible illness. Their love story is a good one and is natural. However, I don't like that he's already in a relationship with the mother of his son. The fantasy element wasn't necessary to the story and didn't enhance it the way it could have done so. I do get the love story happening in other lives, because of the whole kismet thing, but felt the author had the ability to do better. Over all, it's a good read, but not a spectacular one.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape to a land of adventure, magic, and romance! November 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
Kismet's Kiss is an unconventional romance, to be sure.

First, it mixes fantasy and romance. O.K., perhaps that isn't especially unconventional. What is unconventional for romance is the fact that her hero, the uber-yummy alpha male Sultan Kuramos, has six wives when he meets his heroine Varene.

How the heck does THAT work out in a romance novel??

The answer is - surprisingly well! Rather than gloss over this source of controversy, the author tackles it head-on and uses it to great advantage. Conflict makes for great sexual tension, and Varene (like most modern female readers) abhors Kuramos's harem life-style. This directly conflicts with her grudging respect for the sultan as a leader, a father, and as a man (not to mention her attraction to the man behind the facade of ruthless sultan). Kuramos, for his part, is biased against magic. He seeks Varene's assistance as a healer - a healer from an enemy realm filled with 'infidel heathen sorcerers' - out of desperation to save his family. He finds the foreign female healer infuriating, insubordinate, and insufferable - yet he desires her all the same.

Aside from the love story, Cate Rowan tackles heavy issues including prejudice, culture clashes, and transports her readers to another world - one filled with magic, adventure, and danger lurking around every palace corner.

Check it out - you'll be glad that you did.

And, she even manages a satisfying HEA - no small feat!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 mystic stars!
Exquisite, enthralling, enchanting, marvelous, tingling, unique, masterpiece.

It was one of a kind! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Susanne
4.0 out of 5 stars light, enjoyable, mystical romance.
Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance. Alaia Chronicles. Cate Rowan.

ARC supplied by Netgalley. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeannie Zelos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I did not know what to expect when I first read this novel but I am glad I read it. I was intrigued by the characters and the story line was great. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TinkerBell
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun exotic tale
Must say that I really enjoyed this book. The story was refreshingly different. Even more I believed in the romance that developed from the Sultan and the Healer.
Published 19 months ago by Anima Munde
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fantasy romance book!
Absolutely loved the book! Wonderfully romantic with a lovely story & H/H that had amazing chemistry that I connected with right from the beginning (ok, it took a while to get over... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Linda Thum
4.0 out of 5 stars An heartwarming romance set in an intriguing world
I am glad I purchased this one.
I fell in love, with Varenne and Kuranos, also with the world of Alaia. Or more correctly, the country of Kad. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mikaela
5.0 out of 5 stars Kismet's Kiss
I just finished reading Kismet's Kiss and highly recommend this interesting story. The setting and the characters are alive and draw you right into what is happening. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by M. Urso
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the box romance
KISMET'S KISS is the sequel to THE SOURCE OF MAGIC (which is a good book too). Ms. Rowan published KISS first, so I read it first. Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by Lori reader & writer
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars Really
So fresh off The Source of Magic, a Fantasy RomanceI was super excited to read this book. Kad is not as fascinating or as richly hued as Teganne which was a little bit of a let... Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondeful.
I can't wait for more, this and The Source of Magic were both delightful far beyond their purchase price- or lack thereof. Worth so much more than $4! Wonderful job.
Published on October 11, 2011 by Cailia
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★ Award-winning fantasy romance in magical worlds. Come read! ★

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, adventure, and true love in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards.

Cate credits her favorite childhood authors--including J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Guy Gavriel Kay, and James Herriot--for her love of fiction, great characters, and a rich imagination. She also thanks her parents for forgiving all those times she brought a novel to dinner.

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