Ooh Mary Pearson, you are a sly one! When princess Lia flees an arranged marriage out to the sticks with her chambermaid/bestie, she is followed by two young men, both of whom quickly become smitten with her due to her unexpected awesomeness (for someone who is supposed to be a spoiled, uptight princessy type). One is the prince she was supposed to marry (but had never actually met — the main reason she ran away on her wedding day), and the other is an assassin sent by the country of barbarians the marriage alliance was supposed to hold off by virtue of greater united force against them.
Chapters in the book are written from both of their perspectives, but this sneaky author either writes the chapter from the perspective of “The Prince” or “The Assassin, without revealing what name they are going by, or by their names, without revealing which role they are in. Very, very sneaky. And, it turns out, pretty effective, as I was taken quite by surprise when it was finally revealed which was which. But no spoilers here. You’ll just have to read the book. And then immediately read the sequel, because holy moly this book ends right when things start to really heat up!!
Pearson is also the author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which I also loved. This is completely and totally different, but equally great. Really looking forward to the next book, although I’m glad that I don’t have it right now, because it’s bedtime, and I probably wouldn’t sleep if I did. Yep. It’s that good.