Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles) [NOOK Book]

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"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 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 ...
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Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles)

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Overview

"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 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 magical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. He doesn't realize that healer is 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 106,000-word novel. It was a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and a 2010 nominee for Best Debut and Best Fantasy Romance from The Romance Reviews.

"...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." --SciFiGuy.ca


More books in the Alaia Chronicles fantasy romance series:

THE SOURCE OF MAGIC
When a gorgeous man grabs Jilian and yanks her from Scotland into a mystical battle, she finds herself ensnared in a fantasy otherworld, trapped by treachery and family secrets--and opposing a magical 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 tales 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.


Praise for the author:

"Fantastic world-building." --The Romance Reviews

"A writing force to be reckoned with." --Smexy Books

"If you love magic and romance, then you will love Rowan's books." --The Pen & Muse Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452465739
  • Publisher: Cate Rowan
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Series: Alaia Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 566,572
  • File size: 738 KB

Meet the Author

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards. Her debut novel, Kismet's Kiss, was a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist.

Cate credits her favorite childhood authors—a list that includes J.R.R. Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay, Anne McCaffrey, Nora Roberts, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Herriot, and C.S. Lewis—for her love of fiction, great characters, and a rich imagination. She also thanks her family for forgiving all those times she brought a novel to dinner.
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  • Posted November 27, 2010

    Wonderful new paranormal series!

    This is a fantastic introduction to a new Paranormal Romance (PNR) series. The hero and heroine are both strong characters with lively personalities. You really are pulling for them to get together. There's one explicit sex scene in the book, follow-up scenes are more quickly depicted, and honestly, that's just the way I like it. Just right. I also love the setting - there aren't that many PNRs that I can think of that have an "Arabian Nights" feel, but this one does and it was fantastic. Definitely check out Cate Rowan - she's a rising star!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

    Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance. Alaia Chronicles. Cate Rowan.

    Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance. Alaia Chronicles. Cate Rowan.

    ARC supplied by Netgalley.
    Sometimes I just want a book that's going to transport me to another world, something light and easy and a fun romance. Kismet's Kiss did just that. I've never read or seen all of the King and I, but this book is in many ways reminiscent of it in that the Sultan has six wives and several children and yet he and Varenne have an instant attraction and yet...in her culture its one wife one husband.
    Kuramos the Sultan sends a request to another realm for a healer to help him. Many of the royal household, including some of his wives and children, have been taken ill and some have died already. Their healer has died in an accident and he desperately needs help with this mystery illness. Teganne, where healer Varenne comes from, is not a realm with which Kuramos' realm is on good terms. They use magic, his realm has outlawed it for centuries and see it as dangerous but he's desperate for help and Varenne goes, because as a healer she pledges to help anyone regardless of situation.
    There's an instant attraction between Kuramos and Varenne, but she's pretty disgusted at the culture which allows multiple wives and sees women as lesser beings, and he thinks she's rude and badly dressed. He's amazed too at seeing a female healer, he was expecting a man. She doesn't give him the respect he thinks is his due, says what she thinks regardless of whether its courteous and the two clash on many occasions, and yet over time see another side to each other. She learns that his wives were not by choice exactly but more of a political necessity shoring up alliances (though being a very sensual, sexual man it helps that they're all beauties!), and he sees that women can have educated opinions and be more than just decorative child bearers.
    I enjoyed the scene setting, felt I was there with the people of the palace. The main characters were interesting, loved Varenne's “mouthiness” and of course who couldn't love Kuramos, handsome, charismatic and sexy, and with a warm, generous nature...six wives? Pah, no problem :) The mystical side isn't heavy, some magic , six legged horse type creatures, along with Jencels, a type of intelligent talking bird and long lives for all the people really sum it up. It worked well though, and made for a light easy relaxing read. The story line was basic but held my interest, and of course in a romance I love a HEA so that was good – I wondered how on earth Cate was going to overcome the problem of six wives ( they didn't get killed off thankfully ) but she did it successfully. I did get irritated with both Kuramos and Varenne at times, each were so intransigent about the others culture, but in the end it all worked out well, and allowed a better understanding of each peoples realm and beliefs. Maybe its something we all need to try, that looking at things from another persons view!
    Its a decent read at 260 pages for £2.51 so comes in well in my VFM scale at under 1p per page. Its not one I'm likely to re read, unless I want another foray into something light and easy, usually its the deeper books I keep, but it was an enjoyable novel.
    Stars: four – a real escape into another world, people with magic and romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Captures & Keeps You Wanting More!

    This story is much more than I expected. I found myself tired because I didn't want to put it down and go to bed. lol It's a great book and I would recommend it to those who want a thoroughly moving tale along with beautiful and passionate romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Enjoyable.

    Enjoyed it enough that I will probably buy another book of hers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    I loved it!!!

    I was caught after the first chapter! I could not put it down.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Out of the box romance

    KISMET'S KISS is the sequel to THE SOURCE OF MAGIC (which is a good book too). Ms. Rowan published KISS first, so I read it first. While both books take place in the same magical realm and involve some of the same characters, they each stand on their own.

    Sexual Chemistry:
    The first time they meet, Varene and Kuramos are instantly attracted to each other, whether they want to be or not. However, there are major hurdles in their way. In the beginning, Kuramos is appalled that he must rely on a infidel woman and her magic to save his family. He is chauvinistic and, along with just about everyone else in his kingdom, he treats her with arrogance and distain. Varene is used to being treated as an equal, as an intelligent woman and a gifted healer. They are constantly butting heads until she shows him the error of his ways. However there's still another teensy, weensy problem.

    Conflict:
    Kuramos has 6 wives already. Count 'em, 6! That's unheard of in traditional romance publishing. The golden rule handed down from NY is the hero must be single (either a bachelor, widower, or divorced) and - heaven forbid -- he cannot even think of sleeping with someone else once he's laid eyes on the heroine. I couldn't wait to see how Rowan was going to write her way out of that one. (She does! And no, she doesn't kill off all the wives.)

    Secrets:
    Both Kuramos and Varene have them and Rowan does an excellent job of sprinkling clues throughout the story. There's also court intrigue afoot and the cause of the strange illness afflicting Kuramos's royal house. Is it a curse or something else? Usually I can figure these things out early on but the author kept me guessing until the end.

    Humor:
    Gunjan, the talking bird, is a riot!

    What makes this book standout:
    This book was a 2007 and 2009 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist. It is also the first Indie book I ever read. When I saw the quality of the writing and the originality of the storyline, I had to wonder how on earth this book never sold. Actually, I do know. Ms. Rowan is a rule breaker. She writes stories that don't fit into the NY box and they're all the better for it.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Really loved it!

    Varene is a female magical healer who gets sent to stop the outbreak of disease in the Sultanate of Kad - where sexism and racism (against the country Varene is from) and anti-magic-ism run rampant.

    She is wildly attracted to Kuramos, the sultan, even though he has five wives (and Varene could only accept exclusivity) and is arrogant. And yet, it's his refusal to kick his wives and children out (and render them illegitimate) that is part and parcel of his noble intentions toward his family and his people.

    It's a beautiful love story with Arabian Nights overtones.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Wonderful storytelling!

    This book made me sigh, again and again and again. I loved being drawn into the author's world, feeling it breathe around me, wishing I could stay as my eyes rested on the final words of the story. Closing the book felt like walking away from friends.

    I will be watching for more in this series.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Sizzling Arabian Nights adventure

    What a fun read! Stir in some science fiction, Arabian Nights, a sexy sultan, a female Healer with magic powers, and Ms. Rowan has concocted a delicious tale that will fill all your romantic fantasies. Kismet's Kiss captured me from the first page. Ms. Rowan's excellent prose and her unique story held my attention throughout. With all the twists and turns, I had to keep reading to see how it ended. And to see how Ms. Rowan resolved the issues with the sultan's six wives. Ms. Rowan didn't disappoint. A truly satisfactory read and a true romantic ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    Loved it!

    Wonderful book and I can not wait for the 3rd!

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    A Beautiful Read!!

    When I bought this book, I wasn't really expecting anything big. Once I started reading though I found I couldn't put it down! Character develpment was good, storyline original without feeling out of bounds, love scenes well done but not dominating the story. Can hardly wait till the next book comes out!

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Kismet's Kiss

    This story is amazing, not what I expected. Once you start, it's hard to put down!

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