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Peek Inside Kiss of the Royal

Zach believes Ivy’s magic is dangerous. Ivy believes they’ll never win the war without it. Two warriors, one goal, and the fate of their world on the line. Only one of them can be right…

Kiss of the Royal

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Princess Ivy has one goal—end the war against the Forces of Darkness.

Ivy’s magic is more powerful than any other Royal’s, but she needs a battle partner who can help her harness it. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword should make them an unstoppable pair—if only they could agree on...well, just about anything.

But Ivy’s magic can only fully unlock with Zach’s help, and he’s not exactly cooperating.

Zach believes Ivy’s magic is dangerous. Ivy believes they’ll never win the war without it. Two warriors, one goal, and the fate of their world on the line. But the more they argue, the more they fall for each other. And only one of them can be right…


"A timeless tale with a marvelous twist!" —Wendy HigginsNYT bestselling author

"Full of swoony romance intertwined with non-stop adventure, Kiss of the Royal  was a delight from start to finish. Lindsey Duga has created a world with fairytale charm and shivers that readers are sure to enjoy." —Mindee Arnett, critically acclaimed author of Avalon  and Onyx & Ivory

"A heart-warming and charming debut. In Kiss of the Royal, Lindsey Duga carves out a delightful fantasy adventure wrapped up in finding first love." —Sara Wolf, NYT bestselling author of Bring Me Their Hearts

"An action-packed fantasy filled with richly-drawn characters, page-turning twists, and a steamy romance, Kiss of the Royal will capture your heart like a magical kiss." —Brenda DrakeNYT bestselling author

"Brimming with detailed world building and characters you can't help but fall in love with, Kiss of the Royal left me breathless until the very last page, just as any good kiss should!" - Amber Mitchell, author of Garden of Thorns

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640631847
Release Date: Jul 3, 2018
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Amy Leigh May 18, 2018

This cover is awesome! The story reads like a fairy tale and if you go into it thinking of it that way you won't be disappointed bc it's cute. The beginning was slow but once that was over I loved the story because there is an evil queen, a princess, magical properties with any kiss and the knigh... ...more

By mith May 10, 2018

WELL, WELL, WELL. Imagine my surprise at how much I enjoyed this one! The best way I can think of explaining it is basically... Once Upon A Time . There's a lot of exploration about love.

It's a little bit cheesy. But, oddly enough, sort of fun and engaging. Full review to come soon (she lies thro... ...more

By Sara March 22, 2018

An adorable, super sweet traditional fantasy book - swords, dragons, princes, oh my! ...more

By Colleen April 30, 2018

I received Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.

I saw this book on Facebook first and the cover had me intrigued. I like how bold it is. Covers are pretty much my thing. I could stare at them... ...more

By Ails April 27, 2018


PLOT - 4 (it's very original!)

A high 4 stars. It weirded me out at first, but only for the first 3-5% of the story. It got so much better from there! There was a lot of adventures and it had a great, swoonworthy romance.... ...more

By ☆Tweety ☆ May 13, 2018

After a weak start where I was a bit lost and wanted to give up on this book, I suddenly got hooked up on it because the story started moving and it never stalled until the end.

This is a fantasy book about people from the court of a sort of fairytale world where royals have to fight against gobli... ...more

By Jackie May 08, 2018

In what could have easily been a cheesy Disney style disaster, this book manages to tell the story of love and just how powerful the emotion can be.

“Kiss of the Royal” weaves the tale of a kingdom in the midst of a drawn out battle against an Evil Queen and her dark forces against the princes an... ...more

By Isabella April 27, 2018

I rarely do this, but I truly believe that this book deserves a rating of 5 stars!

In a world, where irrational emotions like love are denied and self-control is valued, Princess Ivy has the most powerful Kiss that can help fight in the war against the Darkness. As Ivy resolves to end the war agai... ...more

By Natalie May 02, 2018

Recieved from Netgalley. Sounded interesting so I gave it a go. Slow build and quite serious until Zach’s arrival. Ivy has the weight of a kingdom on her shoulders and is down five partners, she’s strong willed and dangerously stubborn. Given the relationship with her mother, surprising. Zach is... ...more

By Melissa May 17, 2018

I’ve read this at least twice because Lindsey is one of my CPs and I heart her face and this book.

But, mostly, my heart belongs to Bromley. ...more

By Lacey May 09, 2018

I Voluntarily read and reviewed "Kiss of the Royal". All thoughts and opinions are my own.

First Thoughts:

I was interested in reading this book because of the premise. A kick-ass heroine? Count me in. I went into this book thinking it was possibly book one of a series but I later discovered it wa... ...more

By Olivia May 03, 2018

"Kiss of the Royal" was a really fun YA fantasy/romance that is suitable for even younger YA readers. In this alternate world, Royals have magical powers that can be unlocked with a Kiss (to be differentiated from kisses which are sans magic/for Lust). They are partnered as a Prince/Princess to f... ...more

By Amber May 15, 2018

I received a fee copy of this book from Net Galley, and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Enter into a world filled with trolls, goblins, griffins, and an evil witch Queen who wants to see the whole world end. The legion made up of royals is the only force to stand in the way of the... ...more

By Marissa May 12, 2018

When I read the synopsis I was confused ... but intrigued.

The "Royals" are fighting hoards of monsters: orcs, griffins, goblins, etc all being created by an evil queen in the forest. The only way the royals stand a chance is with their "kiss." Royals have been blessed with magic that manifest whe... ...more

By Tammy May 11, 2018

At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the Royals going around kissing everyone to heal them or stop curses. Seemed to take the intimacy out of kissing. Turns out that was the point. Zach works to change Ivy's mind as to what kissing is supposed to represent. Although Ivy is brought up strictly... ...more

By Kassie May 05, 2018

I received an arc from netgallery of Kiss of the Royal.
Going into this book i thought is was going to be just like everyother YA fantasy out there. Were the heroin has to save the day and team up with some super handsome guy to help her. As i started reading this book it seemed that way but when... ...more

By Jessica May 05, 2018

3.5 stars - This clean, young YA fantasy tale was well thought out, just wasn’t my cup of tea. ...more

By Mayumi April 28, 2018

rtc. ...more

By Amber April 18, 2018

Brimming with detailed world building and characters you can't help but fall in love with, Kiss of the Royal left me breathless until the very last page, just as any good kiss should! ...more

By Erin May 22, 2018

(I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.)

In actuality I would probably give this book a 4.5, but I thought I would mark it 5 because it really had to fight to win me over. At the beginning of this book I did not expect to like it so much. I thought the premi... ...more

By Mary May 21, 2018

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. The cover is what caught my eye, and once I read the summary, I was hooked. I enjoyed the book from start to finish, the twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat. This book is like a fairy tale, the power and spells connected to... ...more

By Jordan May 01, 2018

I've got to be honest - the cover pulled me in before I read the synopsis. I mean who doesn't love a cover with a flaming heart and a dagger on it? But then the synopsis just drew me in further. I don't think I've ever read anything like this and it was truly amazing.

I loved the relationship betw... ...more

By Amanda April 28, 2018

I received a copy of this book through netgalley and I have to say it is an amazing book!!! The cover of the book is appeal to the eye and the content of the book just had me sucked in. If you are wanting a book with princess, dragons and many princes. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Zach a... ...more

By Tarah April 29, 2018

I completely fell in love with Ivy and Zach’s story. It was such a thrilling and alluring read. It was like nothing I’ve ever read before. ...more

By Angelica May 17, 2018

I really enjoyed this story! It was a nice twist of "true loves kiss". I am all about new takes on fairy tales. It was kind of slow at first for me, but once it was explained more about the difference between a Kiss and a kiss, I really digged into this. It was kind of cliche about the two partne... ...more

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Lindsey Duga

About the author

Lindsey Duga

Lindsey Duga developed a deep love for courageous heroes, dastardly villains, and enchanting worlds from the cartoon shows, books, and graphic novels she read as a kid. Drawing inspiration from these fantastical works of fiction, she wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. By day, Lindsey is an account manager at a digital marketing agency based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. By night, and the wee hours of the morning, she writes both middle grade and young adult. She has a weakness for magic, anything classical, all kinds of mythology, and falls in love with tragic heroes. Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show, practicing yoga, and listening (and belting) to her favorite music artists and show tunes. KISS OF THE ROYAL is her YA debut novel.

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