I was extremely pleased by this book. I was thrilled to know that it was out on the shelves, so I went to Barnes & Noble. Incidentally, I almost never buy hardcover books; I prefer to wait until the book is published in paperback. Because of this, I was in Barnes & Noble nearly every day until I was finished with it.
You can't put the book down. It just doesn't work that way. In "A Kiss of Fate," we become acquainted with Lord Simon Falconer, the chief enforcer of the Guardian Council. In this story, we share Simon's despair as he is temporarily overthrown by a particularly stubborn and maddeningly clever rouge mage (Drayton). We also meet the lovely maiden with whom Simon becomes acquainted, and whom he also frees from a spell of enthrallment. Because of this action, they are bound together to defeat Drayton. As their relationship develops, Drayton's power increases. Because of this, we become more acquainted with the other Guardian Council members. Very interesting character developments.
This story is one that keeps you on the edge of your seat; I had to keep coming back to read it. The characters were well-developed, the general plotline was very clever and made you smile several times throughout, and it forever kept one guessing where the plot would twist and leave you clutching the arm rest. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it pleasantly reminiscient of her other romance books. However, instead of contrasting, the science fiction/fantasy element compliments her style very well.
I'd reccommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction/fantasy, and to anyone who is looking for a good read. Keep in mind that it isn't necessarily a floaty, light read; in fact, it has a large dose of dark undertones, and a heart-felt wish that the antagonist suffers a long, painful death.