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

Cate Rowan
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Book Description

"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 magically romantic fantasy

In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household.

He never imagined that healer would be 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?

Kismet's Kiss is a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, a 2010 nominee for Best Debut and Best Fantasy Romance from The Romance Reviews, and a winner of the Duel on the Delta, The Molly, and the Put Your Heart in a Book contests. 

Critics Say:

"An exotic story with incredible depth and riveting characters. . . .Electrifying. It keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire ride." —The Crazy Bookworm

"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 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." —

"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 and USA Today bestselling author

"Beautifully written fantasy romance. . . . I LOVED it! I can't wait to read more books in this series." —Debra Holland, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

More titles in the Alaia Chronicles fantasy romance series:

The Source of Magic
A modern woman finds herself ensnared in a fantasy otherworld, trapped by treachery and family secrets—and opposing a mystical prince, the one man who can make everything right.

Swords and Scimitars
When two women beg for aid against tyranny, a sultan must sacrifice his freedom and his long-scarred heart to help them.

Sword and Lute
When a musician stumbles across a dying god, she must sacrifice her precious lute to save him and find her heart's desire.

Contemporary magical romance by Cate Rowan:

Flirting with the Fireman
A sculptress, a battery-chasing cat, and a studly fireman meet through a supernatural recipe for "Get a Husband" Brunswick stew.

Kiss That Frog
A cynical Los Angeles artist reluctantly pet-sits for her young niece's frog and discovers magic in the terrarium—in the form of a sexy enchanted prince.

Editorial Reviews


"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 

"A wonderful Arabian Nights story laced with humor and scheming with intriguing twists." --Robin D. Owens, RITA-winning author

"Kismet's Kiss is a compelling tale of love and duty set amid the clash of cultures. A thoroughly enjoyable adventure!" --award-winning author Jana Oliver

"A lush, inviting, immersive gem of a book. No one who loves being swept away by a great story should miss this!" --award-winning author Kendra Leigh Castle

"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!" --romance author Shelby Reed

From the Author

"Kismet's Kiss might be my favorite story I've ever written.

This magical tale is about two people discovering love--and monogamy--within a harem culture. The theme arose from my studies in anthropology as well as the classic film The King and I. I loved the challenge of creating a romantic Happily Ever After for a star-crossed king and the foreign infidel who brings true love to his world.

Come join me in the adventure!"

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499340206
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  • Language: English
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a unique, romantic story! August 27, 2010
By Janon
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.

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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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Me Some Kuramos! February 8, 2011
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape to a land of adventure, magic, and romance! November 21, 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tension June 6, 2011
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Culture/religion/magic use/love clash in this beautifully written fantasy romance. I don't think I've ever read a romance where I was as intrigued as to HOW the author would get the hero and heroine together. Cate Rowen found an unusual way to make it work. A wonderful sequel to Source of Magic! I LOVED it! I can't wait to read more books in this series.
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★ Cate Rowan: Magically Fantastic Romance ★

Cate has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over a Mexican beach, swum with dolphins in the Florida Keys and had Costa Rican monkeys poop in her hair, but her favorite adventures are in story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magical deeds, kismet and true love in realms near and far have won more than thirty awards.

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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. Writing became a force in her life when clever elementary school teachers assigned weekly creative writing projects. She wrote through high school, particularly when bored in class. (Rumor has it those early pages consisted of fantasies about Duran Duran, but she is silent on the issue and keeps those notebooks from prying eyes.) She put fiction aside to earn a Ph.D.--but her muse, even while stuffed in a dark closet, never shut up. Now she and her muse and her story people get to play every day. (There might be strawberry mojitos involved, but again, she's not saying.)

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