Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)
By Erin Beaty
Publication Date: May 7, 2017
Bang Bang Rating:
Sage is close to the marrying age but she doesn’t want to be married off to a man she’s never met just for politics. She expects her uncle to return with news of an apprenticeship but of course that doesn’t happen and she learns she must visit the matchmaker to see if she’s marriage material. At first she relents, but good old Sage tells the matchmaker to suck it and she’s thrown out. Seeing Sage’s potential, the matchmaker asks Sage to be her apprentice and she gladly accepts since no man will ever marry a skinny plain girl.
The cotillion season is coming up and all the young ladies in the land are made up; sucked and tucked; and suited and booted and Sage’s job is to get to know the guys and gals to make the perfect matches. Meanwhile there’s a potential plot to over throw the king and Captain Quinn and his band of hot ass soldiers must use the cotillion season to get close and to eliminate the threat. Did that transition in story give you whiplash? Well grab your neck brace because this is how to book is organized.
Captain Quinn sends his hottest soldier, Ash, to do some super spy work and quickly realizes that Sage is kind of a good spy? So he enlists Sage to babysit his younger brother. Sage is an orphan whose deceased father was a jack of all trades so of course Sage knows everything from water contamination to behaviors of birds and of course this 16-year-old who’s been a tutor for the past four years helps them foil the plan to over throw the king. I forgot to mention that Sage conveniently received one day of combat training just in time to use it.
Everything about Traitor’s Kiss was oddly paced. The romance was comical in several situations and the villain and his plot was an afterthought to the romance. This novel started off well but it began to fall apart a third of the way in. If you want an AMAZING romance with deceit, I HIGHLY suggest The Kiss of Deception Series by Mary E. Pearson, The Winners Curse Series by Marie Rutkoski or Wolf by Wolf Series by Ryan Graudin.