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Peek Inside The Third Kiss

When master of the meaningless hookup Jonas and his longtime levelheaded friend Cora share an impulsive kiss, a love curse becomes dangerously real. Failure to break it guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost Jonas his own life…or worse—his heart.

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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.


"In a story that concerns love, honesty, family history and the old testament too what I loved most is the wonderful humour that is always there in any circumstance." -Richard, Goodreads

"There is a lot of mystery and intrigue early on which really makes the book fascinating. I was quickly drawn in to Jonas and Cora's story and enjoyed the alternating viewpoints." -Olivia Farr, Goodreads

"I fell pretty hard for this one! Mrs. Colmer writes beautifully and her writing just clicked for me." -Jackie Turner, Dauntless Books and Penguins

"Loved the action part of the book and my heart broke for one of them near the end." -Tammy VanScoy, Goodreads

"The Third Kiss is beautifully crafted and perfectly executed. This book had me guessing all the way through." -Danielle Duncan, Chapters Through Life

"You won't soon forget these characters, and man, I couldn't put it down. The ending climax was awesome." -Jessica Porter, Crossroad Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631540
Series: Love's Mortal Coil, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 7, 2017
Page Count: 418
Imprint: teen
Genre: paranormal, young adult
Tropes: friends to lovers, older brother's best friend

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By Kira November 23, 2017

I received an electronic advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thank you very much Katharina Colmer and Entangled Publishing for this copy. I can't wait to start! :D

A story of love, magic, sprinkled with adventurous lore. The Third Kiss definitely uses its romantic title to pull you in ...more

By Annika September 17, 2017


This book had all the makings for an epic love story. And while it did deliver on everything else I look for in an engaging urban fantasy read, I was left a little disappointed with the romance part. Though I admit that this book was blessedly uncheesy, I was desperate for a little more lurve, espec ...more

By Tiffany August 23, 2017

The Third Kiss is the 1st book in the Loves Mortalk Coil series by Ya Australia author Kat Colmer. It is about:

“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 ...more

By Lisa (Remarkablylisa) August 07, 2017


I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I want to first start off this review by explaining that I don't prefer fantasy and supernatural aspects in my young adult/new adult stories. It's just not my cup of tea most of the times but I was given the opportunity by Entan ...more

By Catriona July 26, 2017

I was very kindly sent an ARC of The Third Kiss. This novel was a relative forage into the unknown, not being romantically inclined myself, but what I found within its (digital) pages more than satisfied my taste for a good book. There’s something for everyone in The Third Kiss, with the budding rom ...more

By Cecily August 08, 2017

This wonderful YA mythology-themed romantic fantasy is an intriguing start to a new series. There is a great blend of romance, humor, and believable dialogue between the characters that kept me turning those pages. I would highly recommend this for fans of Michelle Madow and Bree Despain. ...more

By Richard July 15, 2017

The Third Kiss is a good long way from my comfort zone. YA romance with a healthy dose of mythology. But Kat Colmer would be a great writer in whatver genre she chose. In a story that concerns love, honesty, family history and the old testament too what I loved most is the wonderful humour that is a ...more

By Lauren August 03, 2017


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 a ...more

By Arys October 28, 2017

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 e ...more

By Tara August 07, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted more fantasy in adorable contemporary romance novels, this is the book for you. The Third Kiss is an absolute gem and I am so glad I took a chance on it. The story is part romance, part fantasy, and part coming-of-age. The characters stole my heart from page one (okay, maybe Jo ...more

By Stephanie August 10, 2017

'The Third Kiss' is an excellent first installment in a fresh new young adult fantasy series that readers are going to love. I'm so happy and excited that this is only the first book in a series, because I want more! I loved pretty much everything about this novel - the writing was fantastic, the st ...more

By lacy July 31, 2017

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

You would think that a love curse and the friends to lovers trope would be over played in the YA world, right? Well you are wrong when it comes to this book. And for the record, the friends to lovers trope i ...more

By KarenJo August 01, 2017

4.5 Stars - Fun Swoony Romance with a Paranormal Twist

When I read the premise for this book, I immediately requested. I already love books with romance in them so the idea of love curses just made me even more interested.

The writing in this book is so creative, vibrant and compelling. I found myself ...more

By Beaches&Books August 01, 2017

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 stamp ...more

By Jennifer July 25, 2017

What a gem! This very well written story has a bit of everything any reader would enjoy. Romance, drama, comedy, action and lots of plot twists. Ms Comer has created an amazing and unique world inhabited by an engaging and lovable cast of characters, with a tightly woven and intriguing plot. Persona ...more

By Tamar August 14, 2017

Sweet, sexy and sassy all in one book! Could not recommend it enough! The Third kiss is the story of strong, smart Cora and sexy Jonas - and the two are about to discover love can't be sidestepped, not matter how much it frightens and challenges you. Get this book peeps, you won't regret it! ...more

By Elizabeth September 21, 2017

Kat Colmer has produced a winning debut with The Third Kiss. The author has a gift for throwing you right into the scene, and a knack for portraying smart and sassy characters.

The Third Kiss alternates point of view with each chapter, revolving around two older teenage protagonists: Jonas and Cora. ...more

By Nayab August 10, 2017

Let me apologise in advance for the rambly review…


Gah! How do I write this review without giving things away?

Well, I’m giving it a go! (Wish me luck!)

Let me start at the very beginning…When I first read The Third Kiss’ blurb I was interested but I didn’t have too many expectations going in; in fa ...more

By Dove August 07, 2017

If you ever had a LOVE CURSE and you only have 3 kisses to find your one true love what will you do? I would totally freak out. Anyway this romantic-fantasy book is about LOVE CURSES. The first time I saw it on NetGalley, I didn’t hesitate to check it out and read its synopsis. I was so intrigued si ...more

By Olivia July 26, 2017

“The Third Kiss” is an interesting (but predictable) YA romance that centers around a curse. As it says in the description, we learn that Jonas is an Eros Guardian and has three chances at love (signaled by kisses) to find someone to be with him forever. As you can imagine, the third kiss is the one ...more

By April August 09, 2017

The Third Kiss is a fast moving, fun, and delightful read. It's pretty much equal parts romance, mythology, and action. I really enjoyed the contemporary feel of the friends/girl next door turns into something more storyline, mixed with the more supernatural feeling of the Eros Guardian mythology. ...more

By Danielle's July 29, 2017

The Third Kiss is beautifully crafted and perfectly executed. This book had me guessing all the way through.

Love cures are long gone with the once upon time stories. Jonas is celebrating his birthday when he receives a strange voodoo type letter. It can't have meaning, can it? After a string of bad ...more

By Jackie July 30, 2017

I'd like to start off by thanking Netgalley, Entangled Teen, and Chapter by Chapter for giving me the opportunity to read this awesome book! I had been a little wary about participating in the blog tour only because I've been big on contemporaries without the fantasy aspect of other stories.

However, ...more

By Victoria August 09, 2017

Please note: I received a copy of THE THIRD KISS from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author.


Here’s why:

Kat Colmer’s debut novel sucked me in from page one! I got nothing done! I literally sat in a chair and read the ...more

By Taryn August 16, 2017

With a dose of mythology, a handful of humor and a bucketload of writing talent, I highly recommend this romance-led YA debut. I love the quirky writing style from Kat, and she's one of those clever authors who draws you right into the action so that you feel like you're right there. I hope we don't ...more

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Kat Colmer

About the author

Award Winning Author

Kat Colmer

Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based author and teacher librarian. She has won several writing awards, including the Romance Writers of Australia 2014 First Kiss contest as well as the Romance Writers of America 2015 On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Her New Adult short story, For the Love of Gnomes, won the Romance Writers of Australia annual Little Gems short story competition in 2015 and is published in the anthology Peridot, along with her Young Adult short story Sweet Bombe Alaska. Her middle grade tale, Change of Heart, inspired by her son’s open heart surgery, is published in the New South Wales School Magazine, Touchdown. Kat is a member of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre and the Romance Writers of Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a Diploma of Education as well as a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. Having spent a significant portion of her childhood in Germany, Kat speaks fluent German and is looking forward to the day she’ll be able to read one of her novels in Deutsch. When not writing or teaching, Kat enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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