The Third Kiss

The Third Kiss

by Kat Colmer

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Overview

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life...and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640631540
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/07/2017
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 418
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with healthy doses of humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance Love’s Mortal Coil.

Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

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CHAPTER 1

Cora

Beth was already waiting beside the Beetle when I came out. One look at my uninspired Kung Fu Panda T-shirt and denim skirt, and she shook her head. "Nice to see you made an effort."

I shrugged. "I'm not out to impress." And tonight, next to her, I stood no chance. Her knee-length sundress floated about her slender frame while long blonde hair feathered bare shoulders. In the dimming evening light, she could have passed for one of those organic shampoo commercial girls, all lithe and ethereal. That was Beth; she could wear a garbage bag and still draw all eyes her way.

"How am I supposed to find you a boyfriend when you give me this to work with?" She waved her hand over me and screwed her face up in mock disgust.

"I didn't ask you to find me a boyfriend." I threw her the car keys over the hood of the Beetle. I could drive here on my New York license, but after a year of driving on the right, I didn't want the first time I tackled the left side of the road again to be in the dark. "And if I was looking for a boyfriend, tonight would be the last place I'd start."

I'd never been to one, but Jess Tanner's pool parties were known for two things. One: the Tanner's mammoth, oasis-like swimming pool, complete with a cascading three-meter-high waterfall courtesy of her landscape designer father. And two: an obscene number of alcohol-fueled, guaranteed-to-be-regretted hookups, courtesy of, I don't know, the Blue Lagoon-like atmosphere. Apparently that was all it took: a cup of lukewarm beer, some moonlight, a fake waterfall, and girls swapped common sense with marshmallows for brains. Ah ... no, thank you.

Beth grinned at me as she pulled out of the driveway. "Come on, you might meet some nice and respectable accounting student." She made "nice and respectable" sound like something you needed a course of anti-fungal cream for. But I had no problem with "nice and respectable." A guy like that might not start slow-burning bonfires in the pit of your stomach, but he was also less likely to run off to Manhattan to shack up with an old high school sweetheart.

I'll never forget the look on Dad's face when Mom finally confessed to the affair. Not shock. Not pain. Not even anger. Only a helpless, glassy-eyed resignation that their marriage had come to an end.

That look had killed me. It was then I decided if ever I got serious with a guy, it would be with someone least likely to put that look on my face. Someone steady, safe, and — unlike my mother — committed to sticking around.

Not that it mattered. I wasn't looking for a boyfriend.

"Beth, if I meet anyone remotely respectable tonight, like a guy who asks for nothing more than my phone number, I'll let you dress me for the first date."

Her smile was pure Cheshire cat. "I'll hold you to that."

"You do that." Because the Barrier Reef had more chance of repairing itself than me meeting a "nice" guy at this party.

When we arrived, a long string of cars already lined the road outside the Tanner house. The place pulsed with an R&B beat. Laughter, hoots, and bodies splashing about in water rounded off the soundtrack.

We weaved our way through the front room, and I smothered an oncoming eye roll when some halfway-to-hammered guy in designer board shorts shoved the requisite lukewarm cups of beer under our noses. I told board shorts guy no thanks and hurried Beth along into the hallway.

"Remind me again why we're here?" Especially when we could be at my place watching the latest Bond and working our way through the tub of hazelnut gelato waiting for us in my freezer. Beth took her time to answer, making me wonder if she herself was grasping at reasons as to why we were at this party.

"Have you seen the pool?" she said eventually.

"Have you seen the board-short-wearing piranhas?"

She huffed, or blew her bangs out of her eyes; I couldn't tell. "I was hoping you'd ditched Cautious Cora in Manhattan. Loosen up a little, will you? Take a dip in the pool. Go diving for nice and respectable." She winked at me. I gave her the eye roll I should have given board shorts guy.

"Oh, come on." She tugged at my arm. "If nothing else, we'll have a swim and watch Leo turn down a girl or two. That's always entertaining."

I couldn't help my growing grin.

That brought out Beth's frown. "What?"

"I'll tell you what's entertaining — your interest in Leo turning down a girl or two."

She huffed. "In his dreams."

As though conjured up by our talk of him, Leo, and Jonas, appeared the moment we stepped out into the oasis-like yard.

"Sweet, you made it." Leo saluted us with the can in his hand. "Who's up for a handstand comp? This freak here" — he nudged Jonas with his shoulder — "refuses to go in the water."

Jonas took a bored swig from the bottle he held. "I've spent half my life in the water. It's overrated."

So his mood hadn't improved since this morning's trip to Dumpsville, but at least he wasn't tugging at his hair around me anymore. I should thank Ashley for her timing.

If Jonas was Mr. Killjoy, Beth was Miss-Up-For-A-Good-Time. She slinked out of her sundress and threw it down, checkered-flag style, on a nearby pool lounger as she eyed Leo in challenge. "I'm in. Prepare to be whipped."

He narrowed his eyes. "Yeah?"

"Yeah."

And they were off, Beth diving into the pool with the grace of a synchronized swimmer and Leo following her in with an uncoordinated, arm-flailing bomb.

Jonas shook his head. "I was hoping you'd talk her out of coming tonight."

I let out an exasperated sigh. "I tried," I said as I sent my bag and towel to join Beth's dress on the lounger. "Even dangled a night of Daniel Craig and copious gelato in front of her. No chance."

Jonas cracked a smile, possibly the first since this morning.

"What?"

Despite the dim light, his eyes glinted, the blue in them intensified by his navy button-down. "I don't think Beth shares your Daniel Craig fascination."

I crossed my arms. "I don't have a Daniel Craig fascination." Jonas cocked a brow. Okay, so maybe I had a small Daniel Craig fascination, but I wasn't going to admit that to his face. "So I like a guy who can hold his own in a fight. Sue me."

"Is that right?" Another swig from his bottle, eyes never leaving mine, the corners of his mouth turned up and twitching. And just like that, I knew exactly what he was picturing: the last time we'd faced off in a dojang, just over a year ago; one of the rare times he'd managed to wipe the floor with me.

Ugh. I decided I liked him better surly.

"Jonas! You made it!"

We turned to find Jess Tanner rushing toward us, her minuscule bikini in danger of a serious wardrobe malfunction. She threw her arms around Jonas and pressed herself against him in a hug. She held on a fraction too long for it to be purely friendly.

"Thanks for the invite," Jonas said when she finally let go of him. I had to give him credit; he kept his eyes above her neck. Mostly.

"You know you're welcome anytime." Jess's smile rivalled the Mona Lisa's. Jonas's gaze dropped to her mouth, then slid lower. I couldn't blame him; if she arched her chest any farther those puppies would be barking up his nostrils. The whole exchange was giving me indigestion.

I cleared my throat. "Hi, remember me?"

Finally, she turned and acknowledged my presence. "Umm ... Clara, right?"

I forced my mouth into a smile. "Cora."

"Cora, yes." Jess nodded, but her vague expression made it obvious she didn't remember me. And didn't much care. "And you're here with ...?"

"Me," Jonas said.

"Beth," I said at the same time.

Jonas shot me a quick glance. "Both of us," he clarified.

Jess ramped up the volts in her Mona Lisa and inched closer to him. "Need some help getting wet?"

Give me strength.

"I'm good," Jonas said. "Staying dry tonight."

"How about we catch up a little later, then?"

Oh please! Can she be any more obvious? I was on the verge of barfing into her Blue Lagoon.

Jonas flashed her a noncommittal smile. "Find me later."

Jess countered with another Mona Lisa, this one on steroids, then she sauntered off toward the pool.

"So, you planning on going in?" Jonas pointed to the pool where Leo's legs stuck out of the water at an odd angle, toes almost but not quite saluting the stars.

"I'm here. Might as well."

He peered at me through his too-long hair. "Be careful, yeah?" The cocky smile was gone, telling me he wasn't talking about my ability to keep afloat. I couldn't decide if I was annoyed or touched by his show of worry.

"I can look after myself, Jonas."

"Just stick with Beth. Have each other's backs. That's all I'm asking." His expression mirrored the concern in his voice, and I found myself drifting toward touched rather than annoyed.

"Okay. If it'll help you sleep tonight." I reached for the button on my skirt; Beth was waving at me from the pool to hurry up. "You definitely not getting wet?"

"I'm good. Safer out here."

I didn't know about that, not with the way some of the girls were eyeing him. It irked me more than I liked to admit.

I tugged off my T-shirt. When I'd wrestled my head through the hole, I found Jonas staring.

"What?" I studied his expression but couldn't pin it down.

His gaze skimmed down the length of me, hung for the briefest of seconds on my exposed stomach, then it fled across the pool, zeroing in on a group of idiots preparing to dive-bomb from the top of the waterfall.

"What happened to your one-piece?" The question came out tight, almost as though he had to force it past his vocal chords.

"In a shipping container, somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean." Along with all my other nonessential stuff. Yep, epic packing fail, but it'd been glove and beanie weather when I'd stuffed my suitcase, and swimwear hadn't seemed all that essential.

"Why? You got a problem with my swimmers?" I looked down at the two-piece Beth had lent me. Not what I usually wore since I was all for function over aesthetics, but I pulled it off darn well, if I did say so myself.

Eyes still glued to the diving action like it was Olympic quality, Jonas shook his head, the movement stiff. "Nope. Just ... not used to seeing you in a ..." He tore his gaze from the brouhaha across the yard to glance at me, but only briefly. "... Not in a one-piece."

I wasn't sure what to make of his words, but the raspy tone in which he said them sent a surge of warmth through my body. Time for a dip in cold water. I ran a hand through my hair, wishing I'd ignored Beth's nagging and pulled it back in a ponytail like I'd wanted to. "Last chance. You definitely staying dry?"

He took a gulp from his bottle and stared straight ahead. "With a capital D."

I shrugged. "Suit yourself." Then I made my way into the water.

Thirty-seven, thirty-eight, thirty

Someone shoved my legs. I overbalanced and tipped backward out of a perfect water handstand. Dammit, I would have cracked forty. Swiping wet hair out of my eyes, I looked around for the culprit.

"Total fluke!" Beth splashed water in my face, not a smidgeon of remorse for her sabotage anywhere on her face.

"Skill! Total skill." I got my own back with a well-aimed arm swipe. Then it was on: full out water fight, a multidirectional downpour. Handstand comp completely forgotten, I couldn't stop grinning.

Through the splashing I spied Leo's dark, wet mop next to Beth's fair one. Two on one ambush. Not fair! Where was Jonas when I needed him? Probably having his surly mood taken care of by a member of the lukewarm beer brigade. The thought washed the grin from my face in a way the pummeling water couldn't.

Annoyed with myself for even thinking about what Jonas was up to, I dove into the cool blueness, skimmed the pool floor, and swiped Leo's and Beth's feet out from under them. Then I tore out of there. I didn't surface until my fingers touched the smooth pebbles covering the steps on the far side of the pool. I'd be back at the lounge chair before they realized where I'd gone.

Halfway up the steps, someone grabbed my arm. I pulled away, partly because my training made it instinctive, but also because the guy had an uncomfortably cold grip.

"Easy. Just trying to help you out of the pool," he said.

He had the most incredible eyes I'd ever seen. Violet eyes. Arresting, but empty somehow, even if the rest of him was worth a second look.

I arched an unimpressed brow. "I don't need any help."

His grin was so slow it made me uneasy. "You sure about that?"

I opened my mouth to tell him what I thought of his patronizing tone, but he turned and dove into the water.

I was almost back at my lounge chair when I heard my name.

"Cora."

I spun around expecting the violet-eyed pool guy, but came face-to-face with a dripping wet body and a pair of eyes the color of late season eucalyptus. I didn't recognize the body, but the eyes seemed vaguely familiar.

"You're the last person I expected to see here," the guy said.

Despite the eyes, I couldn't place him. He didn't give off the same piranha vibe that designer-board-short guy had, so I risked a closer look: light brown hair, short on the sides but long enough to curl on top, angular features. And those eucalyptus eyes that now looked as though they should be framed by a pair of black-rimmed glasses. Again, something twigged in a corner of my memory.

It can't be.

"Markus?" This guy had too little hair and too much muscle to be Jess Tanner's geeky older brother. But he nodded.

I gaped. "No way! What happened to the long hair and baggy Monty Python T-shirts?"

Markus grabbed a towel from the grass and started drying off. "Donated both to science." And why not? Clearly, he had no more need for baggy T-shirts. Based on available evidence, the guy had spent significant time locked in the weights room of the local gym this past year. "I thought you were in the States?"

Wow. His transformation wasn't just physical; his gaze met mine with confidence, unlike the socially awkward boy who'd mumbled his way through Science Club each Tuesday afternoon in eleventh grade.

"Came back to study here." I started walking. Markus fell into step beside me.

"Most people would have stayed to study there."

"I'm not most people." I grabbed my towel off the lounger and cocooned myself in the terrycloth.

Markus sat down where the towel had been. "So what's your course?"

"Med science at Sydney."

"That's where I'm at. Just finished my first year. Economics major." He shifted on the lounger, making space for me.

I sat. "Why economics? I always thought you'd end up in a lab somewhere, leading the way in groundbreaking nuclear fission research?"

He nodded. "That was an option. But I was also good with numbers."

Shouting broke out at the top of the waterfall. We looked up. Two of the idiot jumpers were shoving at each other, attracting a crowd of onlookers.

Markus frowned. "Better go break that up. I promised Dad I'd do crowd control." He stood but hesitated, rubbing the short hair on the back of his head. "I'd like to catch up, hear all about Manhattan. Any chance I could have your number?" His voice suddenly lacked its previous confidence, and his smile teetered on the shy side, giving me a glimpse of the old Markus beneath the new and improved exterior. I smiled. It would be nice to catch up with an old friend. Once I gave him the desired digits, and he repeated them to make sure he had them right, he took off in the direction of the pool.

I scanned the crowd for familiar faces. Where had Beth and Leo got to? They should have figured out by now that I'd ditched them in the pool.

On the other side of the garden, a blond head snagged my attention. Jonas. And some girl playing with the collar of his button-down in a transparent attempt to get her hands on him.

He looked up and for a second our gazes locked. His brow furrowed, but I couldn't read the intent in his eyes across the distance. Then the girl he was with pulled his head down and —

My stomach clenched, but I couldn't look away. If I needed any more proof that Jonas was all wrong for me, this kiss was it. When it came to girls, Jonas Leander was all about a good time. The idea of something more, something lasting, something committed was as foreign to him as peanut butter and jelly on toast.

"Who's the guy with the tasty torso?"

Beth's voice snapped my gaze away from Jonas and his latest idea of a good time. Clearly she wasn't talking about her brother.

I looked up to the top of the waterfall where Markus was telling a bunch of younger guys off for being idiots. "Markus Tanner."

Beth's jaw lost muscle function, rendering her speechless. It took her a good few seconds to recover. "Skinny Markus? With the long hair?"

"That's the one."

She grabbed her towel and plonked herself down beside me. "You're shitting me."

(Continues…)



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etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
kat colmer's debut, the third kiss, takes two best friends and two inexplicable kisses and makes them the biggest deal. before cora left sydney for manhattan for a year she kissed her best friend jonas. then she was gone and they never talked about it. and things were weird, but then got better and now that she's back in sydney she hopes they don't ever have to talk about it. she still doesn't know why she kissed him. she was sad and scared and he was there for her. he's always been there for her. and she loves him, of course. but not romantically, because she knows that jonas is a bad bet romantically. but their friendship means everything. and she can't believe she risked it for a kiss. when cora surprises jonas and his twin sister with her arrival at their eighteenth birthday party, his whole life goes into a tailspin. he's got girls throwing themselves at him, weird prank love curse letters, his aunt helena making grand speeches and then cora is home. she's finally home after a year of being gone and he doesn't know what he's going to say to her. they have to talk about that kiss. and when they do and she calls it a deviant impulse, he's not relieved. he's hurt. and when she goes on a date with some other guy he's also angry and hurt. and when they start arguing he kisses her. it's an impulse. but it's also the third kiss he's able to give before losing the chance to find his true love. and the love curse means that cora's apparent rejection of the kiss and what it could mean for them puts her in danger. and even though jonas isn't ready to admit it, cora means the world to him. it's not just that he doesn't want his best friend to be safe. it's that she is someone who is important to him, who is vital to his happiness, and if she were hurt, life wouldn't be the same. so cora and jonas spend a lot of time grappling with their feelings and not giving them name. both of them have some real fears about calling what lies between them love. giving it a name gives it power. and jonas has always feared the power love can have over you, mainly because of the way his parents' lives ended. while for cora, loving someone opens her up to the possibility of betrayal. and she isn't sure she has it in her to trust jonas given his terrible track record. except none of those girls were cora. and she means more to him than any casual hook up ever could. conquering the demons after them almost comes into second place to conquering their fears and issues with love and commitment. and as impossible as all these feats seem, they get there. only to realize that a new set of problems waiting for them at the other end. here's hoping that the sequel to this story doesn't take too long to publish. **the third kiss will publish on august 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
If you’ve ever wanted more fantasy in adorable contemporary romance novels, this is the book for you. The Third Kiss is an absolute gem and I am so glad I took a chance on it. The story is part romance, part fantasy, and part coming-of-age. The characters stole my heart from page one (okay, maybe Jonas took a bit longer). If you’re looking for a lighthearted read for the summer, absolutely pick this one up. The Third Kiss started off a contemporary novel. Cora, coming back from a year in New York following her parents’ divorce, returns in time for Beth and Jonas’s eighteenth birthday party. Even though she’s excited to see her best friends, she’s also nervous because of something that happened with Jonas, a notorious playboy, before she left. The morning after the party, Jonas receives a mysterious letter stating that he only has three chances to kiss his true love or he’ll forever be alone. The friends initially dismiss it as a prank but then things happen that make them start to wonder if there might be more to the letter than they originally thought. What happens next is a wonderful blend of fantasy adventures, contemporary issues, and paranormal activity all tied together with some creatively repurposed mythology. The pacing was absolutely perfect in this novel. I never felt like I wanted a section to go by faster or that one hadn’t been developed enough. There was a lot of information and unique mythology to wrap my head around but the author did an incredible job of weaving it into the text, I never once was confused or disoriented. There was a nice mix of action scenes and quieter ones that allowed the characters to be more introspective. The romance was entirely swoon-worthy, I still can’t get over how perfectly it developed. Everything was tied up nicely, with just enough of a surprise at the end to make me want book two immediately. The characters in this novel were absolutely fantastic. They easily leapt off the page and into my imagination. I loved how the author included little quirks and flaws in each character, it really made them stand out. Additionally, the relationships between them were strong and well-developed. If Cora and Beth were real, I’d really want to be friends with them. Jonas has his flaws but he matures a lot in this book, coming to some difficult realizations about him self. As for Leo, just read and find out. The Third Kiss was a fantastic debut that now ranks in my favorite summer reads. I cannot wait for book two in order to continue on this wonderful adventure. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Arys More than 1 year ago
The Third Kiss (Love's Mortal Coil #1) by Kat Colmer is book one in her Love's Mortal Coil series about Jonas Leander and his longtime friend, Cora Hammond. A year-ago, they shared a spur-of-the-moment kiss that both are pretending didn't happen as they reunite, on Jonas and his twin sister Beth's eighteenth birthday. Known for his lack of commitment in the dating area, Jonas is taken back by a mysterious letter he receives under his door stating that he'll have to endure a test of true love or be forever alone. A curse that gives him three chances, or rather kisses, to find his true love. However, nothing is ever easy. Demons are out and about trying to make sure he fails on finding his true love and they mean business. Filled with interesting myth-building, action, suspense, and romance, Ms. Colmer creates a story that will keep you interested until the very end. I liked how Kat Colmer created a unique fantasy story with mythology and curses. She plays with the theme of love: romantic love, familial love, and love through friendship. How deep the bonds are. Jonas and Cora are strong characters. I admired how Jonas cared strongly for both Cora and his sister Beth. Not wanting either to be hurt even at risk to himself. Ms. Colmer also succeeds through her characters in showing us the various forms of love and how they are experienced and how it affects people feelings towards love. For example, Jonas and Beth's parents loved each other so much, that Jonas described their type of love as all-consuming, which made him steer clear from love all-together. For Cora, though her parents are divorced, when she asks her father if he regrets loving her mother, he tells her no. Bringing forth the idea that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. I liked how Ms. Colmer has ties-in the different views of love through Jonas and Cora, and how they learn how they really feel about love throughout the book. Besides, the subject of love, there is the curse. The history and mythos, and how they find out more about the curse was interesting. I don't want to give too much away in regards to that, but I liked how it was presented. Though it did take a little while to get there from the beginning. I really hope there is a second book coming soon, because I really want to know more about the curse, the bad guys, and how are the descendants chosen as the Eros Guardians. Overall, The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer was a good start to a new YA fantasy series and I look forward to reading more by this author. I gladly recommend. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Kat Colmer's The Third Kiss has been high on my wish list ever since I first heard about it. Then I saw the cover and I had a case of insta-cover love. Isn't it just gorgeous? I love the purples. Luckily, The Third Kiss turned out to be just as amazing as I had hoped, if not more! Containing an intricate curse, a will-they-or-won't-they romance, and plenty of funny banter, The Third Kiss had me hooked from page one! One of my favorite aspects of The Third Kiss was the alternating perspectives. I loved being privy to both Cora and Jonas's thoughts. It gave more development to their characters as well as their respective relationships with not only other characters but also each other. Additionally, I enjoyed how it caused a bit of tension and build up to the will-they-or-won't-they aspect to their budding romance, because as the reader, I knew what they were thinking, but they didn't know what the other was thinking. Talking about the characters, I really came to love them all! Cora and Jonas were both incredibly likable as well as relatable. I admired Cora's unwillingness to settle/be second best. She really managed to put Jonas's in his place regarding his romantic trysts, and not only did it cause for some laugh out loud moments, but it also made her such a kick a$$ kind of character. I especially loved her dedication to karate! Jonas is the typical hookup king, and even though I normally can't stand those kind of guys, I came to really love him over the course of the book. The aspect that really sealed the deal for me is that even though he was the king of meaningless hook-ups, he did try to justify his actions as best as he could, and given his situation/past, it did make sense. I also admired the fact that he would do anything to protect not only Cora but also his twin sister Beth. He was a good guy who just sometimes made horrible decisions. Now lets talk about my favorite part of this book: THE CURSE! I don't know about y'all but I love books involving curses. The curse in this wasn't the most out there curse ever but I really enjoyed how Kat Colmer went about developing it. From internet searches to meetings with university professors to outright sleuthing, the characters go full force into finding out exactly what and Eros Guardian is and what it means for Jonas. The adventure the characters go on to get the answers is just so much fun. Plus it introduces some suspense as well as twists and turns (some of which I saw coming but others I didn't see coming at all!). Plus, I loved seeing what the curse meant for Jonas and Cora's relationship. It caused some really great tension to that as well....I was just waiting for the moment throughout that they'd finally get off their high horses and get together. In all, The Third Kiss is an incredibly strong debut. I simply can't wait to see what book 2 of the Love's Mortal Coil brings, and given that crazy, jaw-dropping ending, it is sure to be EVENTFUL! Grade: A- Originally posted on Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
The Third Kiss is beautifully crafted and perfectly executed. This book had me guessing all the way through. Love cures are long gone with the once upon time stories. Jonas is celebrating his birthday when he receives a strange voodoo type letter. It can't have meaning, can it? After a string of bad luck with the ladies, Jonas is rethinking the letter. With a little help from his friends, he wants to work out what is going on. Cora is back in town. Last time she was here she accidentally kissed the boy next door. She must sort out the mess left by the aftermath. This is a sweet teen read, but with a twist. It has the geek meets jock romance and a fantasy quest twist. I really enjoyed this book. It came together perfectly, and I can't wait for the next instalment. 4.5 stars out of 5. *ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
The Third Kiss is beautifully crafted and perfectly executed. This book had me guessing all the way through. Love cures are long gone with the once upon time stories. Jonas is celebrating his birthday when he receives a strange voodoo type letter. It can't have meaning, can it? After a string of bad luck with the ladies, Jonas is rethinking the letter. With a little help from his friends, he wants to work out what is going on. Cora is back in town. Last time she was here she accidentally kissed the boy next door. She must sort out the mess left by the aftermath. This is a sweet teen read, but with a twist. It has the geek meets jock romance and a fantasy quest twist. I really enjoyed this book. It came together perfectly, and I can't wait for the next instalment. 4.5 stars out of 5. *ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
sincerelykarenjo More than 1 year ago
4.5 ★ – FUN SWOONY ROMANCE WITH A PARANORMAL TWIST When I read the premise for this book, I immediately requested. I already love books with romance in them so the idea of love curses just made me even more interested. The writing in this book is so creative, vibrant and compelling. I found myself trying to squeeze reading time during work just cause I needed to know what happened next. The plot is engaging, hilarious, suspenseful and so much fun. I was really fascinated with the mythology part of the story and enjoyed reading about it. The romance is so swoony and cute. Cora and Jonas are just too adorable together. They’re friends first and foremost so it’s endearing to watch them work out their feelings for each other. Their chemistry is sweet and I definitely felt that push and pull between them. Cora is a such great heroine. She’s not without faults and she frustrated me a bit, but I admired her independent attitude. I loved that she’s smart, strong, determined, and brave. Jonas is quite the charmer being who he is – an Eros Guardian. He’s a player with a tragic past – the super hot “bad boy” you can’t resist and want to save. You’ll feel for him. You’ll root for him. You’ll want him to be happy and the whole nine yards. His twin sister, Beth, is quite the character! She’s confident, straightforward, ridiculously feisty and probably my favorite. Leo is the wild card — he’s new in town and mysterious so he certainly made the story more exciting. The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer is such a wonderful debut novel. It’s unique, intriguing and beautifully written. The characters are lovable and relatable. The drama, romance, mystery, plot twists, and the humor made this story wickedly awesome. I was captivated from start to finish. And that ending?! Soooo crazy!! I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher, Entangled TEEN (Entangled Publishing, LLC), via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Visit my blog to read more of my reviews - sincerelykarenjo.wordpress.com
Chelon More than 1 year ago
This is a cute, sweet, teen read. It moves very slow but it has some twist and keeps its toe dipped in the sci-fi enough to keep it interesting.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
The Third Kiss offers a different take on the idea of love curses; I found the biblical origins of the Love's Mortal Coil curse compelling. It really made me wonder where Ms. Colmer came up with the idea; I bet there's a story there! The curse and the universe in which it resides was well thought out and maintained. I really liked the voices of the two protagonists, Jonas and Cora, and Beth and Leo were strong secondary characters as well. The grownups of the book--Cora's dad, Jonas' aunt, even the professor--seemed a bit more disposable, though that's often the case in YA books, so it didn't bother me overmuch. I am really interested in seeing where this series is going to go--will there be two books (I totally called the ending of this one; go, me!) or three? Or...more? And how soon will we have to wait to find out??? Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“The Third Kiss” is an interesting (but predictable) YA romance that centers around a curse. As it says in the description, we learn that Jonas is an Eros Guardian and has three chances at love (signaled by kisses) to find someone to be with him forever. As you can imagine, the third kiss is the one that will matter. Cora has just returned to Australia from Manhattan, where she lived with her mother for the last year after her parents’ divorce. She is eager to return to her BFFs, Beth and Jonas, who are twins. However, she is also a bit nervous because the last time she saw Jonas, she made the mistake of kissing him. Jonas is not a good choice, because he is constantly hooking up and leaving girls- a teenaged playboy. His life was changed when his parents both died in a car accident years before. They had an intense kind of love, and Jonas decided that was what left him and his twin sister alone all those years before. We learn pretty quickly that both Jonas and Cora are attracted to each other, but neither of them wants to enter into a relationship. However, learning more about the Eros Guardian and curse Jonas’s family has carried makes the possibility of their relationship impossible to ignore. And as events develop, Cora is put in danger because of her relationship (or not) with Jonas. There is a lot of mystery and intrigue early on which really makes the book fascinating. I was quickly drawn in to Jonas and Cora’s story and enjoyed the alternating viewpoints. I found it a little predictable overall (including the “twist” towards the end), but it was a cute story and well written. The book sets itself up for a sequel, and I definitely want to see how it is continued there. The historical/biblical context (without being religious) was also intriguing, and I really appreciated how much history was given to the curse and all the loose ends tied up about where it comes from and why no one knew about it, etc. The author did a really great job making sure there weren’t plot holes! Overall, it’s a cute story with a dash of mystery and destiny to add to the playboy-turned-exclusive/friends-to-lovers romance styles. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.