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

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

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by Cate Rowan
     
 

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"You cannot miss this book!" --The Pen & Muse Book Reviews

"So much sexual tension that the pages are likely to burn your fingers as you eagerly beg for more." --Coffee Time Romance

~ ~ ~ In a realm of burning sand and scorching sun... ~ ~ ~

Relentless warrior Sultan Kuramos has never faced a battle he couldn't win--until now. His famed…  See more details below

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"You cannot miss this book!" --The Pen & Muse Book Reviews

"So much sexual tension that the pages are likely to burn your fingers as you eagerly beg for more." --Coffee Time Romance

~ ~ ~ In a realm of burning sand and scorching sun... ~ ~ ~

Relentless warrior Sultan Kuramos has never faced a battle he couldn't win--until now. His famed skills with a scimitar can't defend his realm against a deadly epidemic. Not even his best physicians can defeat the scourge. To save his people, he'll do something he's never done before--bend his pride and seek aid from the magical Royal Healer of his greatest enemy.

Healer Varene has heard of the Sultan. Who hasn't? The enmity between his realm and hers is the stuff of legend. And, despite his people's fierce condemnation of magic, she doesn't hesitate to aid them. She is prepared for the sultan's well-known arrogance--but not for his courage, his subtle kindnesses, nor his selfless care of the ill. But some in his realm are displeased with her presence. The arrival of the "heathen sorceress" ignites a ruthless plot to overthrow him and nearly gets her burned at the stake.

As they work side by side to find the cure, Kuramos's fierce protection of Varene gains her trust, then her respect, and then an emotion neither dares to admit--love. Kuramos is determined to keep the one woman who speaks to his soul, whatever the cost. But how can either relinquish their homeland and their principles to be together? Especially since the patients Varene has been healing are Kuramos's wives....

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Kismet's Kiss is a provocative love story that celebrates a romantic Happily Ever After for a star-crossed ruler and the foreign infidel who brings true love to his world. If your heart ached while watching The King and I or Anna and the King, read this book to mend the ache with a happy ending for all. Twice a finalist for the celebrated Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, Kismet's Kiss is a stand-alone novel within the enchanting Alaia Chronicles fantasy romance series.

If you enjoy epics with daring heroines, lionhearted alpha heroes, scene-stealing talking animals, and danger lurking around every palace corner, grab Kismet's Kiss to be enthralled today!

"A magical, exhilarating, sensual delight." --Smexy Books

"Magic, passion, and intrigue--Kismet's Kiss has it all!" --Alyssa Day, New York Times bestselling author

"An exotic story with incredible depth and riveting characters. . . .Electrifying. It keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire ride." --The Crazy Bookworm

"A lush, inviting, immersive gem of a book." --Kendra Leigh Castle, RITA-nominated author

"Like THE KING AND I with a lot less singing and a whole lot more sexy. A fabulous Middle Eastern romantic fantasy." --SyriaSays.com

"A harem fantasy brimming with desire, enchantment and betrayal." --The Romance Studio

"Beautifully written fantasy romance. . . . I LOVED it!" --Debra Holland, New York Times bestselling author

"A wonderful Arabian Nights story laced with humor and scheming." --Robin D. Owens, RITA-winning author

"A must-read for all fantasy romance lovers." --The Romance Reviews

"Envelops the reader in a lush, exotic world of silk and sherbet, scimitars and precious stones. An exhilarating reading experience." --SciFiGuy.ca

=== * Buy KISMET'S KISS today to escape into enchanting adventure and sizzling magical romance! * ===

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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:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
207,143
File size:
755 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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Kismet's Kiss 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
LizzieLvr More than 1 year ago
This story is amazing, not what I expected. Once you start, it's hard to put down!
Arkali More than 1 year ago
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!
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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it enough that I will probably buy another book of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was caught after the first chapter! I could not put it down.
Lori_reader_writer More than 1 year ago
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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Phyllis_L More than 1 year ago
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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AlaskaGin More than 1 year ago
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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CarolynMDE More than 1 year ago
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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Wonderful book and I can not wait for the 3rd!
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The_Merry_Crow More than 1 year ago
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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