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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.

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  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (Aug. 7 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
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Jonas Leander is not one for committed, long-term relationships, but since he and his good friend Cora shared an impulsive kiss just before she left to spend a year in New York, he's had trouble thinking of anyone or anything else. She, on the other hand, feels little more than a slight fluttering when she remembers that awkward night.

When Jonas receives a strange poem from an anonymous source, Cora does some investigating and discovers it is actually an ancient love curse passed down through the generations of his family. He has three opportunities to choose a partner wisely, otherwise he will be doomed for a life of rejection. For someone as shallow as Jonas appears to be, this is going to be a difficult feat, especially as he's already used up two of his chances! Jonas also finds out that he is an Eros Guardian - the choices he makes have the power to protect romantic love or cause it to die out forever Added into the mix are the Groth Maar, demons who oversee the curse. Their main purpose is to eradicate the Eros Guardian line.

Jonas thinks being in love is a trap - something to avoid at all costs and Cora is far too practical to fall for him. But there is a lot more to them than meets the eye. Because of the bond they share, the potential for genuine love puts Cora in danger from the Groth Maar. The development of their feelings for one another is natural and plausible. They have much in common and understand each other more deeply than they realise.

Filled with clever, witty dialogue and appealing personalities, The Third Kiss is an engaging and entertaining novel. Recommended, especially for fans of fantasy, mythology and romance.
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The Cover: What a beautiful cover! A soft purple silhouette of a couple, I am sure our protagonists, against a light background with the title in calligraphy in front. I felt the promise of a good read from the cover.

The Plot: All in all, The Third Kiss was a very entertaining story. It's definitely not your average love story, 'cause you hope curses and demons and sharp swords are not involved. But the adventure was amazing. I could not put this book down, even for food (and if you know me, food is one of my favorite things, next to books about adventure, curses, and swords lol)

The Characters: I loved our protagonists! With a lot of books, I often find the supporting characters stealing my heart. But Cora and Jonas were front and centre and were very strong characters. All of our characters were very well written, with strong personality traits and flaws, worthy of love or hate!

Was it Worth Reading?: Without a doubt! I was hooked from the very beginning and am seriously hoping for another! I am also going to find more books by our author, because I love her writing. I highly recommend The Third Kiss and give it 5 out of 5 crossbows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING READ Aug. 11 2017
By Rachel @ The Rest Is Still Unwritten - Published on
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Kat Colmer’s debut novel The Third Kiss is a bewitching paranormal YA that is superbly written, features delectable dialogue and tangible characters and will keep you entranced from beginning to end!

Jonas Leander is known for his short-term relationships. The master of meaningless hook-ups, Jonas doesn’t believe in love and certainly isn’t looking for it. The only girls who matter in his life are his twin sister Beth and his next-door neighbor/best friend Cora. A year ago, a reckless moment changed Jonas and Cora’s relationship and now with Cora returning from a year abroad, Jonas knows he’s going to have to face the awkwardness between them. Cora Hammond is thrilled to be back in Australia after a year spent with her mother in Manhattan, even if it means dealing with the fallout over a misplaced kiss between her and Jonas. Jonas has always been her best friend, so all Cora wants is to get to how they were, but when Jonas gets a mysterious letter claiming he’s something known as an Eros Guardian, a descendant of a family line cursed to lose their chance at love, Cora and Jonas are sure one of his disgruntled ex-s are playing a practical joke. Yet when strange things begin happening and Cora is attacked by a group of demons determined to make Jonas’s curse come true, the two best friends will have to face the possibility that not only is the curse dangerously real but facing the truth about their relationship may be the only thing saving Cora’s life.

Having literally just devoured this novel, I have to say I was very impressed with The Third Kiss and enjoyed it very much. The novel was intelligently told, the prose sharp and the dialogue biting. The Third Kiss honestly was just a well written and solid read all-round. The Third Kiss focuses heavily around the relationships between the characters, driven by the sharp and sizzling chemistry and banter between the two leads Jonas and Cora. The Third Kiss unfolds through their varying POV’s and includes the perfect amount of paranormal to support the characterizations and relationships we follow. The supernatural elements are there, but it's easy to focus on the interactions between the characters, and their relationships are never lost among the paranormal--it works out to be perfectly balanced.

As our main characters and focus of the story, it was impossible not to fall in love with both Cora and Jonas. Cora was intelligent, practical, town to earth and also every kick-ass. Colmer writes her very capable; highlighting the importance of self defense and gives Cora a stubborn nature you can't help but cheer for. Jonas on the other hand is very smooth-talking and charming who does care very deeply for his sister, aunt and best friend. He's actually a good guy despite his cheeky--and womanizing--nature and I loved seeing him grow and face his true feelings about Cora.

There's so much to love about The Third Kiss including the fact author Kat Colmer situates the story in Australia and gives it a very Australian feel that will also satisfy international readers. We're also introduced to Jonas's twin sister Beth who is also Cora's best friend and someone who brought a lot of potential to the story. They have a wonderful friendship together and had strong bonds. It was wonderful seeing the three of them interact as well as Jonas's friend Leo who loves his slogan shirts and isn't all he seems.

The highlight of the novel for me is easily the relationship between Cora and Jonas. Their romantic development was admittedly somewhat predictable but being a romance as The Third Kiss is, you head into the novel expecting them to obviously fall for one another. What grabbed me is the easy way they interact with each other, the banter, the chemistry and attraction between them. It bleeds through the pages and Kat Colmer has you eagerly turning pages to witness the next electrically charged interaction between them and next smouldering kiss.

The Third Kiss features some interesting mythology I would love to explore more of and enough developments to keep things very interesting. With a breathtaking ending guaranteed to leave you raring for more, I for one can't wait to see what Kat Colmer has in store for these characters next and will be desperately looking for the continuation of what looks like a very promising new series!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Debut! Aug. 7 2017
By Lauren @ Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Kat Colmer's The Third Kiss has been high on my wish list ever since I first heard about it. Then I saw the cover and I had a case of insta-cover love. Isn't it just gorgeous? I love the purples. Luckily, The Third Kiss turned out to be just as amazing as I had hoped, if not more! Containing an intricate curse, a will-they-or-won't-they romance, and plenty of funny banter, The Third Kiss had me hooked from page one!

A year ago, Jonas and Cora shared a sudden kiss. Then Cora got on a plane and flew across the world. Since then Jonas has became the king of meaningless hook-ups with a never-fall-in-love mantra while Cora has become a habitual evader of sorts, trying her best to move past her impulsive decision. The summer, however, has brought Jonas and Cora back together again, both hoping (but not really) that the other has forgotten about the kiss. Everything changes, though, the moment Jonas receives a letter detailing that he's Eros Guardian and therefore cursed in all respects dealing with love. Cora refuses to believe it, thinking it's just someone's idea of a prank, but Jonas, deep down, doesn't agree...he feels that it may just be real. Even with their differing views, Cora and Jonas team up along with the help of Beth, Jonas's sister and Cora's best friend, and Leo, Jonas's best friend, to solve the mystery.

One of my favorite aspects of The Third Kiss was the alternating perspectives. I loved being privy to both Cora and Jonas's thoughts. It gave more development to their characters as well as their respective relationships with not only other characters but also each other. Additionally, I enjoyed how it caused a bit of tension and build up to the will-they-or-won't-they aspect to their budding romance, because as the reader, I knew what they were thinking, but they didn't know what the other was thinking.

Talking about the characters, I really came to love them all! Cora and Jonas were both incredibly likable as well as relatable. I admired Cora's unwillingness to settle/be second best. She really managed to put Jonas's in his place regarding his romantic trysts, and not only did it cause for some laugh out loud moments, but it also made her such a kick a$$ kind of character. I especially loved her dedication to karate! Jonas is the typical hookup king, and even though I normally can't stand those kind of guys, I came to really love him over the course of the book. The aspect that really sealed the deal for me is that even though he was the king of meaningless hook-ups, he did try to justify his actions as best as he could, and given his situation/past, it did make sense. I also admired the fact that he would do anything to protect not only Cora but also his twin sister Beth. He was a good guy who just sometimes made horrible decisions.

Now lets talk about my favorite part of this book: THE CURSE! I don't know about y'all but I love books involving curses. The curse in this wasn't the most out there curse ever but I really enjoyed how Kat Colmer went about developing it. From internet searches to meetings with university professors to outright sleuthing, the characters go full force into finding out exactly what and Eros Guardian is and what it means for Jonas. The adventure the characters go on to get the answers is just so much fun. Plus it introduces some suspense as well as twists and turns (some of which I saw coming but others I didn't see coming at all!). Plus, I loved seeing what the curse meant for Jonas and Cora's relationship. It caused some really great tension to that as well....I was just waiting for the moment throughout that they'd finally get off their high horses and get together.

In all, The Third Kiss is an incredibly strong debut. I simply can't wait to see what book 2 of the Love's Mortal Coil brings, and given that crazy, jaw-dropping ending, it is sure to be EVENTFUL!

Grade: A-
5.0 out of 5 stars Review is on Smada's Book Smack blog Aug. 9 2017
By KRLGA - Published on
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**4.5 Out Of 5 Stars **
During his 18th birthday party, Jonas receives a strange anonymous card with a vague poem in it talking about three kisses and being rejected if love is not true, which he promptly forgets about. But then strange things are happening around him, girls desiring him (as per the norm) and then the next day telling him he is unwanted, and the card seems to have changed. Not only is he confused over the adverse reaction from his previously admiring crowd, but his best friend Cora just came home and Jonas could not be more conflicted in his feelings towards her. Jonas found himself in a mess, a curse is on the loose and love is at stake.

A good portion of this story dealt with the quest to discover the truth and the struggle that Jonas and Cora had over their relationship. There were other things mixed in of course, be it other relationship dramas, friendship, quirky mishaps usually revolving around Leo and heaps of angst of the I'm-not-jealous-you're- jealous variety. I liked how the story was a mash-up of real life with school and family and romance, but then this crazy supernatural issue wrapped around everything. I can honestly say that I was very quickly wrapped up in this story, the pacing was just about perfect for me, with enough character development and plot that I rooted for the people while at the same time trying to guess what would happen next (and let me tell you, every time I was convinced I had figured something out, I was proven wrong, all the way to the very last page!- way to keep me on my toes Kat!)

The story was dual narrated by Cora and Jonas, with it alternating voices at chapters. Cora was this smart, energetic, self proclaimed nerd who so wanted to get her life back on track after the upheaval of the last year, and step one was pretend she never kissed Jonas. Jonas is a charismatic yet notorious player, having a fan-club of girls who he sees for a max of a week (he knows their names...for the most part) until he moves on,refusing to be in a serious relationship since he saw first hand that love only causes pain. The I really enjoyed both characters in different ways, and it was so obvious the elephant in the room that they both fought hard to ignore- they were into each other from the beginning, but their history caused damage to any hope for love. To put it mildly, I was frustrated at the back and forth they had, refusing to admit the truth and instead be stubborn and hurtful. But on a more positive note, they were great at being friends first, and I liked how regardless of everything else, they were willing to fight for friendship. Beth was the best friend and sister anyone could have asked for, and I enjoyed her upbeat manner even in the face of crisis- she was probably my favorite person in the story, regardless of her not being the main character. And that beings me to Leo, who I originally thought was my favorite, with his nerdy ways, clumsiness and overall attitude...until he wasn't...

I love how this is just the start with the twist ending, and I look forward to the future of the series (and Beth!) and what ever danger and peril the characters will face next. This was such a unique premise for a book, I have honestly never read anything like this before, with Groth Maar and Eros Guardians, a new view on history, adding a completely new spin on the general teen paranormal romances I have come across recently. I highly recommend this for anyone who like magic, danger, surprises and most of all true love. This satisfied the hopeless romantic in me in a big way! I can;t wait for more adventures from Kat.

I received this title in return for my honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Third Kiss Aug. 7 2017
By Eva Scalzo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
kat colmer's debut, the third kiss, takes two best friends and two inexplicable kisses and makes them the biggest deal. before cora left sydney for manhattan for a year she kissed her best friend jonas. then she was gone and they never talked about it. and things were weird, but then got better and now that she's back in sydney she hopes they don't ever have to talk about it.

she still doesn't know why she kissed him. she was sad and scared and he was there for her. he's always been there for her. and she loves him, of course. but not romantically, because she knows that jonas is a bad bet romantically. but their friendship means everything. and she can't believe she risked it for a kiss.

when cora surprises jonas and his twin sister with her arrival at their eighteenth birthday party, his whole life goes into a tailspin. he's got girls throwing themselves at him, weird prank love curse letters, his aunt helena making grand speeches and then cora is home. she's finally home after a year of being gone and he doesn't know what he's going to say to her. they have to talk about that kiss.

and when they do and she calls it a deviant impulse, he's not relieved. he's hurt. and when she goes on a date with some other guy he's also angry and hurt. and when they start arguing he kisses her.

it's an impulse. but it's also the third kiss he's able to give before losing the chance to find his true love. and the love curse means that cora's apparent rejection of the kiss and what it could mean for them puts her in danger. and even though jonas isn't ready to admit it, cora means the world to him. it's not just that he doesn't want his best friend to be safe. it's that she is someone who is important to him, who is vital to his happiness, and if she were hurt, life wouldn't be the same.

so cora and jonas spend a lot of time grappling with their feelings and not giving them name. both of them have some real fears about calling what lies between them love. giving it a name gives it power. and jonas has always feared the power love can have over you, mainly because of the way his parents' lives ended. while for cora, loving someone opens her up to the possibility of betrayal. and she isn't sure she has it in her to trust jonas given his terrible track record. except none of those girls were cora. and she means more to him than any casual hook up ever could.

conquering the demons after them almost comes into second place to conquering their fears and issues with love and commitment. and as impossible as all these feats seem, they get there. only to realize that a new set of problems waiting for them at the other end. here's hoping that the sequel to this story doesn't take too long to publish.

**the third kiss will publish on august 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer was a good start to a new YA fantasy series... Aug. 7 2017
By Arys - Published on
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The Third Kiss (Love's Mortal Coil #1) by Kat Colmer is book one in her Love's Mortal Coil series about Jonas Leander and his longtime friend, Cora Hammond. A year-ago, they shared a spur-of-the-moment kiss that both are pretending didn't happen as they reunite, on Jonas and his twin sister Beth's eighteenth birthday.

Known for his lack of commitment in the dating area, Jonas is taken back by a mysterious letter he receives under his door stating that he'll have to endure a test of true love or be forever alone. A curse that gives him three chances, or rather kisses, to find his true love. However, nothing is ever easy.

Demons are out and about trying to make sure he fails on finding his true love and they mean business. Filled with interesting myth-building, action, suspense, and romance, Ms. Colmer creates a story that will keep you interested until the very end.

I liked how Kat Colmer created a unique fantasy story with mythology and curses. She plays with the theme of love: romantic love, familial love, and love through friendship. How deep the bonds are. Jonas and Cora are strong characters. I admired how Jonas cared strongly for both Cora and his sister Beth. Not wanting either to be hurt even at risk to himself.

Ms. Colmer also succeeds through her characters in showing us the various forms of love and how they are experienced and how it affects people feelings towards love. For example, Jonas and Beth's parents loved each other so much, that Jonas described their type of love as all-consuming, which made him steer clear from love all-together. For Cora, though her parents are divorced, when she asks her father if he regrets loving her mother, he tells her no. Bringing forth the idea that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. I liked how Ms. Colmer has ties-in the different views of love through Jonas and Cora, and how they learn how they really feel about love throughout the book.

Besides, the subject of love, there is the curse. The history and mythos, and how they find out more about the curse was interesting. I don't want to give too much away in regards to that, but I liked how it was presented. Though it did take a little while to get there from the beginning. I really hope there is a second book coming soon, because I really want to know more about the curse, the bad guys, and how are the descendants chosen as the Eros Guardians.

Overall, The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer was a good start to a new YA fantasy series and I look forward to reading more by this author. I gladly recommend.

(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)

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