An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war. "An action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance." -Publishers Weekly, starred review What makes her unfit to be a lady, makes her a brilliant spy-but can she spot another? With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they'd call a lady-which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls-and on the soldiers escorting them. As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust-and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom. With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty's novel, The Traitor's Kiss, is a classic story with an espionage twist. An Imprint Book "Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. . . . Sage is a clever, contrary female protagonist who remains realistic and likable, while her fellow protagonist Ash is enigmatic enough to require a second read. . . . Both epic and intimate, a semi-old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles." -Kirkus Reviews "This is an action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance. A late-breaking twist gives way to a final act that will leave readers eager for subsequent books in this planned trilogy." -Publishers Weekly , starred review "Complex characterization, deftly layered adventure story, and [a] balanced blend of political maneuvering, romantic interludes, and action scenes." -Kirkus Reviews "Beaty balances a taut web of deceit . . . readers will be carried away by the mystery." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) "A debut novel that blends fantasy, romance, and battlefield action. . . . A slow burn YA fantasy with clever genre mixing." -School Library Journal
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The story is written very exciting and it has captivated me from the very first moment to the last. I especially liked that there weren't cliché characters. Sage is not a shy girl who is totally naive, she is realistic, brave, emotional and still not perfect. Alex Quinn is very loyal to his men, acts on his head and heart and always tries to find the best solution for everyone. Both Sage and alex and all the secondary characters seemed to me ... realistic and honest. They are like characters that I would exspect in real life too. It was really difficult for me to put the book down. You follow Sages point of view and you are always fed with tiny cutouts that make you question everything and also make you curious about what would happen next. As a result, even the greatest turning points for action always come out of the blue and in a way that you would never expect in life. "The Traitor's kiss" is a new, exciting and romantic story that is my number 1 and I can only recommend it to everyone.
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