Release date: April 21st 2014
Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.
Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina. She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. Currently, she lives in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and two kids.
She is a high school math teacher by day (please don’t hold that against her) and YA author by night. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures. Kissed is her first novel.
It had a lot of potential, but a lot of things bothered me in the second part of the book.
Things I loved and didn't like:
1. Love triangle. They are always tricky and I'm usully not a big fan, but I felt weird reading about Naomi-Kai-Puck triangle. I still don't get why she fell for Kai, I didn't find it believable at all. On the other hand, her relationship with Puck was really well developed and I enjoyed reading about it. Why did she have to pick the wrong guy? Ugh...
2. Paranormal elements. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had been normal books about girl trapped in a dark cult, because her parents were crazy. Well, lets say I had a mixed feeling about it.
3. Character development. We saw how Naomi transformed from shy and insecure girl into more confident one. It happened too quickly to feel real for me.
4. Roses. One thing I loved the most about this book. Every chapter started with Naomi's thought about them and I loved it!!! It was like roses were a character in the book. Really well done! That was a big plus from me :)
5. Main character. I loved Naomi, her character was really easy to connect to. That is a crucial thing for me. I always DNF books if the narrator or MC is annoying.
6. Supporting characters. My favorite was Ruth althought she played only a small part in the book.
7. Kisses. Loved them all! Especially the ones includong Puck *wink*
8. Main willian. When we finally discovered the identity of the Master Destroyer I wasn't impressed. Surprised, yes, but my reaction was pretty mild and that wasn't a good sign.
To sum up: at the end I decided to give this book three stars, it was a good read, I'm sorry it wasn't better for me, it started great, I was hooked immediately, but at the end it failed to impressed me.