ARC Review: The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: The Third Kiss by Kat ColmerThe Third Kiss (Love's Mortal Coil, #1) by Kat Colmer
Pages: 367
Published by Entangled Teen on August 7th 2017
Series: Love's Mortal Coil #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

Review

If you’ve ever wanted more fantasy in adorable contemporary romance novels, this is the book for you. The Third Kiss is an absolute gem and I am so glad I took a chance on it. The story is part romance, part fantasy, and part coming-of-age. The characters stole my heart from page one (okay, maybe Jonas took a bit longer). If you’re looking for a lighthearted read for the summer, absolutely pick this one up.

The Third Kiss started off a contemporary novel. Cora, coming back from a year in New York following her parents’ divorce, returns in time for Beth and Jonas’s eighteenth birthday party. Even though she’s excited to see her best friends, she’s also nervous because of something that happened with Jonas, a notorious playboy, before she left. The morning after the party, Jonas receives a mysterious letter stating that he only has three chances to kiss his true love or he’ll forever be alone. The friends initially dismiss it as a prank but then things happen that make them start to wonder if there might be more to the letter than they originally thought. What happens next is a wonderful blend of fantasy adventures, contemporary issues, and paranormal activity all tied together with some creatively repurposed mythology.

The pacing was absolutely perfect in this novel. I never felt like I wanted a section to go by faster or that one hadn’t been developed enough. There was a lot of information and unique mythology to wrap my head around but the author did an incredible job of weaving it into the text, I never once was confused or disoriented. There was a nice mix of action scenes and quieter ones that allowed the characters to be more introspective. The romance was entirely swoon-worthy, I still can’t get over how perfectly it developed. Everything was tied up nicely, with just enough of a surprise at the end to make me want book two immediately.

The characters in this novel were absolutely fantastic. They easily leapt off the page and into my imagination. I loved how the author included little quirks and flaws in each character, it really made them stand out. Additionally, the relationships between them were strong and well-developed. If Cora and Beth were real, I’d really want to be friends with them. Jonas has his flaws but he matures a lot in this book, coming to some difficult realizations about him self. As for Leo, just read and find out.

The Third Kiss was a fantastic debut that now ranks in my favorite summer reads. I cannot wait for book two in order to continue on this wonderful adventure.

 

four-half-stars

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