Written by: Cate Rowen
Recommended by: Debra Holland
Price at time of purchase: $3.95
Genre: Fantasy romance
Give a brief description of the story.
The two major countries of Alaia, Kad and Teganne, are enemies that uphold an uneasy truce. They have completely different and clashing cultures, including their attitudes about the practice of magic. But when a plague threatens Kad, the Sultan Kuramos asks for the help from the healers of Teganne. Royal Healer Varene answers the call. In the process of trying to save the dying people, Kad and Varene fall in love. Yet, Kad already has several wives, and Varene refuses to join his harem.
What did you think the author did particularly well?
I’ve long been a fan of Cate Rowan’s work, loving her first book, The Source of Magic, a fantasy romance that takes place in Scotland and the magical world of Alaia. The sequel to The Source is Kismet’s Kiss, which is the most unusual and interesting romance I’ve ever read.
What was your favorite thing about the story:
The story is sensual and compelling, rich in exotic details, and full of secrets and suspense. All through the book, I kept wondering how the author was going to make this doomed romance work. But, with an unexpected twist, Cate Rowan pulls a happily ever after, leaving the reader with a satisfying ending.
Fans who like an Arabian Nights type of fantasy romance, with magic and Gods, will enjoy this book. I recommend reading The Source of Magic first before starting Kismet’s Kiss.