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
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
I made a grave mistake while reading The Traitor’s Kiss. Curious about the course of the romance, I read a few reviews on Goodreads about 200 pages into the book. The reviews on Goodreads are pretty mixed, but almost all of them pointed out something that I just couldn’t stop noticing after it had been pointed out. I’m honestly not sure why, but Beaty brings up skin color frequently, and unnecessarily. That being said, I’m not sure it is something that would have bothered me had I not read other reviews. While the added descriptor is certainly unneeded in many parts of the book (why does Sage need to look for his “dark” and familiar face?) it seems to be just that, over description, not racism as some reviewers have suggested.
Now that I’ve covered the serious issue most reviewers seem to have with this book, I can get into the actual review! The Traitor’s Kiss, while not an earth shattering read, was a pretty decent book. I loved the politics, the scheming, the military strategy, and the big plot twist towards the end. The romance portion of the book wasn’t too overwhelming, and I enjoyed the male lead as both a romantic interest and narrator.
That being said, I felt as though the romance between the two main characters went from 0-60 rather quickly. One moment they were friends who kinda wanted to kiss each other, and the next they were head over heels, Romeo and Juliet in love. It sort of took me by surprise given how slowly their friendship actually formed.
Skin color issues aside, the writing in The Traitor’s Kiss was great. Beaty’s writing is descriptive, and full of scenes that really pull you in. Once the book picked up, the pace was enjoyable and held my interest.
My Takeaway: Though I don’t think this book is “racist” as some say, I did find the unnecessary mention of skin color annoying at times. Overall, however, I did enjoy The Traitor’s Kiss. It was well written, well paced, and full of both romance and political intrigue.