The time it was about The Winning Kiss

Posted January 11, 2016 by Stacee in Blog Tours | 6 Comments

I’ve been in love with Marie’s words ever since I read The Shadow Society.  I got sucked into The Winner’s Curse world because of that gorgeous cover, so needless to say, when I got the invite to be part of the blog tour for The Winner’s Kiss, I couldn’t sign up fast enough.

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This tour is a little unique.  Each blogger gets to share their favorite kiss in literature.  This was a no brainer for me.  Before we get to my probably predictable kiss selection, let’s check out the book.

20443235War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

Sounds good, right? {IT’S SO AMAZING}


I’m sure you guys have probably guessed what my choice for favorite kiss is, right? Of course it’s between Mara Dyer and my boy Noah Shaw {he’s mine, I have proof} in The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

The set up is that it’s Mara’s birthday and Noah has planned a surprise.  She finds a gorgeous dress on board the boat that has been sent for her and when the captain takes her to the private beach, Mara finds Noah waiting for her in a tux.


They start to argue and then this set of dialogue happens: {Noah talks first}

“What do you want?”

“You.” Always you.

“You have me,” he said, his eyes meeting mine. “You inhabit me.” His face was stone but the words issued from his lips in a plea. “You want to know what I want? I want you to be the one wanting me first. Pushing me first. Kissing me first. Don’t be careful with me,” he said. “Because I won’t be careful with you.”

My heart began to race.

“You can’t hurt me the way you think you can. But even if you could? I would rather die with the taste of you on my tongue than live and never touch you again. I’m in love with you, Mara. I love you. No matter what you do.”

My breath caught in my throat. No matter what. The words were a promise, a promise I didn’t know if anyone could keep.

“We’re only seventeen,” I said quietly.

“Fuck seventeen.” His eyes and voice were defiant. “If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”  {pg. 348-349}

And then as if that wasn’t enough to kill someone, Mara basically knocks Noah into the sand, straddles him, and the actual kiss happens…

“Fuck,” he murmured against my lips. The feel, the word, sent a hot little shock through my spine. It skittered through my veins, danced through every nerve.

And then I brushed his lips with mine.

I knew Noah worshipped Charlie Parker and that his toothbrush was green. That he wouldn’t bother to button his shirts correctly but always made his bed. That when he slept he curled into himself and that his eyes were the color of the clouds before it rained, and I knew he had no problem eating meat but would subtly leave the room if animals started to kill one another on the Discovery Channel. I knew one hundred little things about Noah Shaw but when he kissed me I couldn’t remember my own name. {pg. 351}

From there, it’s just…awesome. Yet brief.  There is a lot going on between the two of them and I think the set up is more important than the actual kiss.

But seriously?


So. What do you think of my choice? What is your favorite bookish kiss? 


1238111Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.


Huge thanks to Macmillan for the invite!  Make sure you’re checking out Marie’s website, following her on Twitter and Pinterest, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR page.

Definitely check out the rest of the blog tour to see other winning kisses.

And now…

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Macmillan is so graciously allowing each blogger on this massive blog tour to send a copy of The Winner’s Crime to a friend and I’m picking the ever so awesome Sherry. I know she hasn’t read it and I’m fairly certain that she’ll love it.

The Winner’s Kiss comes out on 3/29 and I promise it will be worth the wait.  You can pre-order it at: Macmillan | Indiebound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

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6 responses to “The time it was about The Winning Kiss

    • Stacee

      The Winner’s Kiss was so amazing. My review is such a mess. :D

      The Mara Dyer series is one of my top 5 series. I try to push it on everyone.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Stacee

      OOOOOOHHHH. The Winner’s Curse trilogy is absolutely stunning. I hope you love it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!!

  1. I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK. Book II had me so emotionally upset. It was a lot of negative emotions, but in a good way. I’m excited. Great post!

  2. Gorgeous blog tour post Stacee. <3 Thank you for sharing about it sweetie :) Sigh. I love The Winner's Curse SO MUCH. And ahh, Mara Dyer. <3 Love love love. That kiss is awesome :) I loved book one and two. Must re-read soon, so that I can finally read book three. <3

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