Holiday Reading

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Even with all the travel and holiday events, I manage to squeeze in time to read. This month I enjoyed three books I’d like to share with you.

Kiss of Deception

Kiss of Deception features a heroine, Princess Lia, who like Leia of Star Wars, doesn’t exactly fit the stereotype of tradition. When a marriage is arranged for her, Lia decides she’s not about to marry someone she’s never met. Instead, she decides to flee and live life on her own terms. What she doesn’t know is both her jilted suitor and an assassin are seeking her.

Everyone is keeping secrets, and deceiving others in order to keep them. This book kept me guessing as to who was the assassin and who was the prince. And I wasn’t sure long before Lia herself figured it out. This was a fun read and a great start to the series.

The Star-Touched Queen

Princess Maya was cursed from birth by an unfavorable horoscope, destined for a marriage that promises only death and destruction. Then her father arranges a marriage for her, hoping to stifle rebellion in the land.

Maya ends up the wife and Amar and queen of his realm, Akaran. Instead of the loveless marriage she expected, she finds her husband is compassionate and protective of her.

But he has secrets of his own. And Maya is the key to preventing disaster for everyone, her homeland, herself, and the husband she is growing to love.

Blood Heir

I wanted to read Blood Heir for months, ever since I heard the author was bullied via the internet over supposed racist content. My desire to read it was not just to support the author, but also because the premise of the story was so fascinating.

Ana, the crown princess has a secret. She’s one of the Affinites, people with a magical affinity to control different substances. In Ana’s country, Affinites are hated and feared.

When Ana’s father is murdered, Ana is framed and she is forced to flee for her life. She teams up with a crime lord to help clear her name and claim her throne.

Blood Heir is a book that I wanted to enjoy more than I did. It was still worth the read, but I felt that the weak character development took away from the story. But I give it high marks for an inventive story and surprising twists that kept me reading.

So if you’re looking for a last minute gift for a reader in your life, one of these three might be the answer. Of course, I can’t help but shamelessly mention there’s always my own Flight of the Spark!

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