The Kiss of Deception – Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway

Posted 14 July, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Blog Tour, Book Review, Danny, Giveaways / 33 Comments

I’m sure you already heard about this amazing new Young Adult Fantasy series! Heather already reviewed The Kiss of Deception and said it was “absolutely fabulous” . When I read a few weeks ago, I was completely blown away by how much I loved it!

Needless to say, we are thrilled to host Mary Pearson today on the blog with her recipe for swoon worthy romance! The romance in The Kiss of Deception was so so freaking amazing!


So please welcome Mary E.Pearson with…

Seven Ingredients I Love Seeing in a Swoon Worthy Romance


  1. Chemistry

It’s not just about looks, or hormones, or that they both like coconut macaroons.  There has to be a certain magic between the two characters that is irresistible.

  1. Friction

But of course they can and do tick, annoy, and infuriate each other too. They are not  made from exactly the same mold which is what keeps things interesting.

  1. Near misses

Timing is everything and sometimes it seems like they are forever ships passing in the night. Come on you two, get it together.

  1. Independence

They both have their own goals, their own needs, their own lives and motivations. They are interesting on their own without each other, but boy put them together and they are unstoppable.

  1. Obstacles

It might be friends, family, that “other” person, or entire kingdoms, but rarely is love smooth sailing from the get go. Things get in the way.

  1. Doubt

They just might not make it. Seriously, it would be a shame. As a reader, I worry that the obstacles might win. They might end up with the wrong person, or alone, or dead, or . . . so much could go wrong!

  1. The Kiss

Or many. It make take a while, but the wait is so worth it. Whether it lasts for only a few words, a few sentences, or a few pages, at some point, even if momentary, love wins.


Thanks for having me at Bewitched Bookworms today, Danny!

The Kiss of Deception


by Mary E. Pearson (WebsiteFacebookTwitter
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1 
Published by Henry Holt and Co.Macmillan on 2014-07-08 
Genres: Fantasy & MagicLove & RomanceYoung Adult 
Pages: 496 
Source: Publisher 
Amazon • Book Depository • Goodreads 
5 Stars 

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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So what are your ingredients for a Swoon Worthy Romance? Are you also excited about The Kiss of Deception? 


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33 Responses to “The Kiss of Deception – Seven Ingredients for Swoon Worthy Romance & Giveaway”

  1. hhhmmmm in a swoon-worthy romance I look for chemistry most definitely. I also like near-happenings. Like something that builds the tension. Something like near kisses, but something ends up interrupting them which makes you frustrated as the reader. That and I do like partial love/hate romances too. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

    I love your blog! 🙂
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  2. Teresa S.

    For me it’s the anticipation of that first encounter that makes a book swoon-worthy! You know what I mean…that feeling that makes your tummy drop and your head spin!

  3. Love this list!!! Though I don’t love when the obstacle between two people is another person, but everything else… YES PLEASE! Love characters who are independent but find in the other person something they can rely on to hold them up when they need it. I so adored this book and can’t wait to see what happens next:)

  4. Ashley D.

    Nothing makes me fall in love with a couple more than moments where they can just be silly and soft with each other. It’s great if there’s tension and all, but I like to see things balanced out with a little bit of comfort and humor. And I most definitely agree with #4.

  5. erinf1

    thanks for such a fun post! The only thing I’d have to add would be either witty banter or “meet cute” moment 🙂

  6. Anita Yancey

    Strong characters, humor, and a little action. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  7. Stephanie T.

    Of course some humor! No one likes a too serious relationship. They need to be able to play around with each other.

  8. Krysten M

    The first meeting is always the best part for me! It can be a variety of different things but that is the moment when everything starts to truly happen

  9. Kristin

    Ingredients for a swoonworthy romance, first, no insta-love! There has to be fireworks between the couple, tons of tension and ultimately, they have to really know and like each other. Adding massive dollops of humor and sarcasm don’t hurt either!

  10. Christine

    Slow burn relationships! Hate to love or friends to lovers are my favorites. And for the couple to have realistic issues that make them grow closer and stronger as a pair 🙂

  11. Chenise J.

    Chemistry is probably the biggest thing for me. It’s not just when they’re getting along and they have similar personalities or interests, but also when they’re butting heads. I love seeing the tension!

  12. Lori Hopkins

    First, strong female character. I cannot stand a whiny, Oh-I-cannot-do-for-myself-female in books! They piss me off!Plus gotta not necessarily have a triangle, but there cannot be this whole I’m gonna immediately fsall into your arms thing…

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