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Kismet's Kiss

(Alaia Chronicles #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  67 reviews

"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 mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his h

Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published August 24th 2010
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Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
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
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
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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Cate Rowan
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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. ;)
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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
Jeannie Lin
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Paisley Owl
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Veronica-Lynn Pit Bull
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
♡ 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!

Marie Hélène
Oct 05, 2013 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. :-) ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, romance, 2018
It would've been better and more believable if the timeline was longer than a week. ...more
Kristy Mills
Varene is a healer from Teganne. She gets a message from a neighboring kingdom that they need her help. This neighbor is not necessarily on the best of terms with Teganne and both kingdoms are weary of each other. But Varene can't help but answer the call to heal people. She does not expect to get there and fall in love with the ruthless Sultan, or for him to be so caring and selfless at times. But she does, which is a problem 6 times over. Not only is this man royalty and descendant to his peop ...more
Diane Cichowski
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun Fantasy Romance

I have never been a reader of romance novels before but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it is part of a series it can also stand alone without loosing any part of the story. The author takes you on a journey between different “realities” or worlds with the main character being transported from one to another to help because she is a Healer. She experiences attitudes that one could even relate to in today’s terms as bigotry a fear that has been taught. It is a positive
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
3.5 stars
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

I liked this story quite a bit, I read it straight through. Cate Rowan is quickly becoming one of my favorite Fantasy Romance authors
Marilyn Casto
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Fun

This book is full of comedy, pathos and a real twist at the end. It proves that true love will conquer all.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get over my "norm" how many people should be in a relationship, but the story is really sweet and I liked it a lot in the end! ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Huge dèja vu

All the way through this, I kept thinking that I had read it before, and yet there's no trace of it on my Kindle. I'm wondering if it has been published under a different name previously? Regardless, I enjoyed the story, and have lost sleep to finish it, which is always the sign of a good book.
Sarah Gonzalez
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 w
Lori Dillon
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Lady Raven RAVE!
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 31, 2013 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
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USA Today bestseller Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo san Lucas, 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 Ame ...more

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