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 of 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
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.
I really enjoyed Kissed, it reminded me of the first Virginia Andrews books I read growing up, but had the added spice of the paranormal that I read now.
It’s definitely a teen read, but was still very enjoyable to read as an adult. I love a good transformation story, and this has the feel of modern fairy tale.
From a writer’s perspective, the plot was well paced and, as it was first person, it was easy to identify with the protagonist. It was also nice to be in a world where the reader finds out important information along with main character, rather than before them, which can be frustrating.
The front cover is very pretty, but could do with a supernatural element in there, so it represented the book better. Also Naomi has either blonde or green hair throughout the story, and the girl on the front is brunette, although her true colour, maybe the green would have given it an eye catching edge?
Overall I’d give Kissed 5 out 5 stars, well worth reading whether you’re a teen or an adult.