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Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles Book 2) by [Rowan, Cate]
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"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!"

Product Details

  • File Size: 6272 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enchanting Ink (August 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040SXS9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This book wasn't terrible, but I had some issues. For the first 2/3, my main problem was that we learn both the hero and heroine have some terrible secret that haunts them, but we don't learn what they are until the very end. This always seem like a trick weak authors use to ensure people finish the book. Otherwise, I liked the first part of the book.

But then, 2/3 of the way through, the hero gives the heroine a box of clothes and jewels, which she loves (of course). Her personality changes, and she just becomes so *sensuous* and she realizes she was hiding her true personality behind her dowdy clothes and pulled back hair. That irritated me, so I was not inclined to be sympathetic when the heroine spends page after page debating whether she will sleep with the hero. She decides she will. Then she changes her mind. Then she changes her mind again. Then she decides she will. Then she decides she really shouldn't. Then she thinks about how hot he is. Then she thinks about that dark secret in her past. Then she decides it doesn't matter and she will sleep with him. But then she changes her mind again.

You found all of that annoying, didn't you? Now imagine reading that for 50 pages, and you'll have some idea what the last part of the book is like. I ended up skimming most of it. Basically, I thought the majority of the book was fine (not a great, "reread" book, but it was good enough), but then it's like the author just stopped caring.
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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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