Published by Imprint on May 9th 2017
An obstinate girl who will not be married. A soldier desperate to prove himself. A kingdom on the brink of war.
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.
I keep thinking to myself “stupid, stupid girl! Why did you wait so long to read this exceptional book?!!”
About 3/4 of the way through The Traitor’s Kiss, I was determined that this book was definitely going to be a 4 Stars read, then all the sudden this amazing twist occurred, a new, exciting and daring revelation that blew me away. I truly didn’t see it coming! It catapulted my love for this book to 5 stars. The rest of the book was just as awesome with more twists and a lot of action, so of course that 5 stars stuck.
Sage starts out as an easy girl to like, and then she quickly becomes someone you love. She’s incredibly smart, book and street-wise. She’s very stubborn and has a bit of a temper, but when the shit hits the fan, I’d definitely want her on my team. Sage thinks herself to be plain and unremarkable, but that’s so far from the truth. She’s charming and perceptive, and easily blends into different crowds, something that the matchmaker instantly notices and respects. The soldiers who were chosen to escort the matchmaker’s group of brides-to-be across the country, are also wowed by Sage, because she’s magnetizing, quick-thinking, and overall an incredible asset. She’s a kick ass spy for the matchmaker and the soldiers.
I loved how this book is like a re-imagined version of Disney’s Mulan. During the beginning of the book when Sage is getting cleaned up to meet the matchmaker, I couldn’t stop singing “bring honor to us all”.
And then when the matchmaker is examining Sage and noticing her shortcomings, I pictured the plump, miserable character from Mulan saying, in her nasally bitchy tone, “too skinny”.
Sage is definitely like Mulan, the girl everyone takes for granted. They think Sage’s impossible to tame, but then she stuns then all by being a force of nature, throwing on her britches and getting her hands dirty. If you love Mulan, you’ll definitely love Sage!
Sage’s foil ends up being a particularly attractive soldier who is charged with monitoring her for suspicious activities. These “suspicious” activities are basically just her collecting intel on attractive bachelors for her job as an apprentice matchmaker. Sage also suspects that this handsome soldier is hiding secrets, and it’s so funny watching the two of them spying on each other, while also trying not to fall for each other.
Seriously, read this book! If not just for Sage, then also for a hot, slow brewing romance that you don’t want to miss.