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Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles #01)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  274 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
"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 hi
ebook, 258 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published August 24th 2010)
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May 03, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: tingles, genre-other
4.5 mystic stars!

Exquisite, enthralling, enchanting, marvelous, tingling, unique, masterpiece.


It was one of a kind! Set in the beautiful Middle East in some faraway time, this is a tale about magic, healing, love and power. Kuramos is the Sultan of Kad and when a mystic illness takes over his palace, he is forced to seek aid from a faraway kingdom. Varene, the Royal Healer of Teganne, appears and spark fly from the instant the meet! But Kuramos already have six wives! I had no idea how I was goi
Aug 05, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

This is a great story!!!
I enjoyed very much the ambience, the loved story between Varene and Kuramos, the world building!

The story is non very unusual, but the twist about the love story was!

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Sep 05, 2013 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars - I liked this book for the most part but thought the ending was too rushed. It is definitely worth the read though.
Cate Rowan
Sep 17, 2010 Cate Rowan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers & romance readers
I wrote this novel, so yes, I love it. Adore it. And still wish I could drop myself into it and run around.

Perhaps I'm a bit biased, but I can't really help that. ;)
Jeannie Lin
Nov 13, 2010 Jeannie Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
As a fan of traditional fantasy and romance, Kismet's Kiss was a must read for me. And I was not disappointed! The worldbuilding was effortless and I felt transported into the Arabian Nights. Kismet's Kiss takes place in a fantasy world with a Middle Eastern flair, but it's clear from the start that this world is the author's unique creation. Two opposing kingdoms, Kad and Teganne, have a long history of struggle between them. Teganne is a land of mages whereas the Kaddites distrust magic. Yet w ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Kismet’s Kiss takes the best of the romance and fantasy genres and mixes them up into one incredibly unique and entertaining story. Varene, is the royal healer of Teganne, a nation on tenuous terms with the land of Kad…where Kuramos is the Sultan…and when these two meet cultures clash while feelings begrudgingly grow.

To me the essence of a fantasy novel lies in it’s world building, a carefully constructed world is something easily recognized and appreciated. I will say I didn’t expect that from
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This was a very original read for me. It's set like an arabian folk lore tale, where a Sultan with a harem of wives is trying to save his family from a plague that is sweeping through his family...

Kuramos, the 200 year old Sultan Living in the realm of Kad, sends for the magic healer from an enemy land, to heal his family when his normal healer dies from an accidental fall resulting with a head injury. Verane is the beautiful strong proud magical healer who happens to be a woman... Uh Oh!

Paisley Owl
Feb 27, 2011 Paisley Owl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: site-reviewed

We shouldn’t even mention that this book is self-published, and the only reason we are is because this book has made us optimistic that good, talented authors can find a way to get their books to market regardless of the health of the industry or the often depressing terms of Ebook houses. Really, we’ve come across releases from large, brick and mortar publishing houses and spotted typos and grammatical errors aplenty, but were hard pressed to see anything less than editorial perfectio
Mar 08, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
Not a fan of the Muslim-influenced world with the woman as second-class citizen deal, and I'll be happy if I never read another book where the heroine clearly says "No" and the hero says "Oh, but your body says yes" and the something on the heroine's body "weeps" or "gushes" (no, not her eyes).

However. I enjoyed the way that Varene owned her skills, and expected then fought to be treated equally. Kuramos was a typical man of his time, but he did come to value Varene and was realistic about what
Marie Hélène
Oct 05, 2013 Marie Hélène rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed narrating this story. But what can I say? I'm a sucker for any story with magical healers and haughty kings getting cut down to size. As long as it's well-written, of course. :-)
Susan Beamon
Nov 06, 2015 Susan Beamon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book on a whim and finished it because I got caught up in the story, the dilemma, and the fantasy. I don't usually read books with harems, or magic, or religiously based culture clashes, and this book includes all three plus a slightly spicy romance.Like I said, I was entranced by the story. It flowed seamlessly from one point to the next. Nothing felt forced. Secrets had solid reasons and motives were understandable. Each character was true to themselves. The resolution made sens ...more
I feel like I read Kismet’s Kiss under duress. It isn’t something I would ever pick up if left to my own devices. The hero has 6 wives. Six. He almost had a seventh, but she escaped. Literally. Apparently he was a bit taken not only with # 7 but with his impression of his own attributes. But…KK was part of The Darkly Dreaming anthology, and the only story I had left to read to finish the entire book, and I have this annoying OCD thing that was niggling me to FINISH the entire book.

If it really s
My Review:

The Plot:

Kuramos, the Great Sultan of Kad, is in the midst of a nightmare when a deadly illness strikes his palace killing his trusted mentor and threatening the lives of his wives and children. After a freak accident takes the life of his Royal Physician, robbing Kuramos of a cure, the sultan's desperate need forces him to seek help from the rival realm of Teganne. A culture steeped in vile magic, the Tegannese people are scorned by Kaddites but when left with no other options Kuramos
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This story takes place in a lightly magical world that is similar to our world yet different. The imagery was wonderfully descriptive without overdoing it. It transported me to another place and time. What that time was though I am not sure. It felt like a subtle alternate world fantasy in an Arabian Nights style setting. It had scimitars and sherbet (in the desert?), palm fronds and key-hole doorways, falafels and churidars, harems and hammams. These things that are real in our world and so we ...more
Lady Raven RAVE!
Now I know I gave this book 3 stars but I liked it draws you In From the moment you start reading. Kad I was kind of wireded out with the 5 wives thing but it goes well with this story . Loved Varene, they are both from fueding sides but needed her help to heal his people who are sick but with all the issues they face they seem to connect with each other and the rest they say is history. Like I said not a bad read but it wasnt a great read for me also. The author incorporated a lot of elements i ...more
Deanna from Deanna's World
I had very high hopes for this book but for whatever reason could not get into it. There are a number of factors associated with that, I guess, including, the fact that it was very Middle Easters / Arabian Nights and I did not like the setting, there was not much focus on the fantasy aspects of this story and the fact that the hero was already married.

I did, however, like the hero's character and who he was as a person. I totally understand where he was coming from as a person and also culturall
May 11, 2011 Celia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celia-can-read
Storyline: It’s like the King and I with a lot less singing and a whole lot more sexy. Cate Rowan has spun a fabulous Middle Eastern romantic fantasy with Kismet’s Kiss.

The Great Sultan Kuramos is facing down an enemy that even the most mighty of warriors and greatest of kings cannot overcome: a disease born of a goddess’ curse. This mysterious plague has sickened many members of the royal family and there seems to be no hope until he reaches out to a neighboring realm of Teganne - known for its
Lori Dillon
Oct 17, 2011 Lori Dillon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-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 infi
Sarah Snyder
Sep 06, 2011 Sarah Snyder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-i-want, indies
I will admit, I did not really know what I was getting myself into when I cracked open Kismet’s Kiss. I knew I loved the cover (shallow, I know) and I thought the premise sounded interesting enough. I will be the first to admit, this book absolutely soared beyond my expectations. I loved every minute of it and I had to physically pry myself away from it.

My first fascination lies within the setting. Rowan provides us with a rich, luscious and undeniably intriguing world. I was instantly captivat
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 14, 2013 Jeannie Zelos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 her culture its one wife one husband.
Kuramos the
Apr 08, 2012 Mikaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this one when Allromance had its 50% rebate campaign recently. And I am glad I did.
I fell in love, with Varenne and Kuranos, also with the world of Alaia. Or more correctly, the country of Kad. Each detail fit my image of live in a palace. From the reverence of the servants, to the camaderie between the Sultanas
What made me grit my teeth were the fact that women were viewed as subservient. Which made it an extra interesting to watch their reaction when they discover that a woman (
Oct 13, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kuramos, the Great Sultan of Kad has a huge dilemma on his hands. His people have fallen deadly ill. Kuramos does not know what to do. Kuramos is directed to send for a healer. Kuramos hopes the healer can help as the healer could possibly be Kuramos and his peoples last chance.

Varene na Seryn is the royal healer of Teganne. When Varene receives the summons that Kuramos requires a healer, she knows it must be some mistake. Varene is right. When she arrives in Kuramos court, he is taken by surpri
May 05, 2011 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kismet's Kiss was a very good romance book. It was written very well and I liked how the relationship between the characters were done. It touched me from time to time while reading it especially with the whole will she, won't she thing. The world was described very well. I'm having a very hard time, trying to say good things about the book. I want to make it clear that it was a good book. As you can tell, there's a 'but' coming.

When it came to the magic of the world, I was a bit confused. I lik
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Nov 26, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it
After I read this, I found that there are earlier stories set in the Alaia Chronicles World and it might be better to read those first. I never had a feeling like I was jumping in mid story however. I really liked this book. I thought in the beginning I would have major issues with the whole 6 wives thing but the story is done nicely and the characters are strong and interesting. I will be checking out the others set in this world and I hope there are more stories to come.
Sep 21, 2014 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars, I think.

As part of the Darkly Dreaming collection, it's not the stand-out winner (that'd be Master of Crows), but also better than two that failed to interest me. I didn't like everything about this one, but it was interesting and entertaining. A full review to be posted soon on The Book Adventures.

Jul 31, 2013 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book by NetGalley in place of an honest review.

Sultan Kuramos of Kad is a man that has a lot on his mind and shoulders. There is some kind of plague killing people in his castle. He lost his true friend and mentor. The only person that can help him is a healer and that will be hard for his people because they don't like or believe in magic. Healer Varene answers his call and that is when everything changes.

This was a book that did kind of remind me of the King and I. I loved how
Nick Turner
Oct 14, 2013 Nick Turner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
Fantasy romance set in the fictional desert kingdom of Kad. Like a tale out of the Arabian nights, Kuramos rules with an iron fist. With six wives already there seems no room for romance in the Lion of Kad's life, but when magic healer Varene is called on a mission of mercy from an enemy state, opposites attract! After a previous ruler of Kad was enchanted away, magic is feared and hated. But when the Royal Family sicken and none can heal them, a magic healer may be the only hope. Stern and hier ...more
Dec 01, 2015 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun light reading, if rather predictable. The romance, however, is far to fast-paced. I can't believe that two people who are 150-200 years old are going to fall in love so deeply in only 4 days - it is more annoying than believable.
Feb 11, 2015 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lavish in writing, settings and characters, this was an enticing story which kept me reading WAY past the bedtime. An extremely enjoyable read. This was my first Cate Rowan book and definitely won't be the last. Highly recommended.
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