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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 Carrie June 15, 2018

Woohoo! Chalk up another of my cover obsession books panning out and actually being a creative and fun fantasy tale. I fell in love with the cover of Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga a few months back while participating for the cover reveal for this book and just knew I was going to have to get... ...more

By D.M. May 30, 2018

We are going on a dragon hunt, I wonder if we will catch one!

Evil cures, witches and a beautiful princess. Zach is a prince of myth. He is said to have outstanding swordsman skills, and an undesirable legacy, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Princess Ivy is a purebred royal. She... ...more

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 The Nerd Daily June 22, 2019

Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasya

In the kingdom of Myria, a kiss is not just a kiss. A Kiss is a magical weapon bestowed by princesses to the princes to provide enhancement and protection against the dark forces invading the kingdom. It enhances your speed, protects you fro... ...more

By Marta May 26, 2018

Do you remember fairy tales of old ? Where good faces evil and triumphs ? How about those old Disney films with the Prince saving the princess ? I know that nowadays the heroines manage to save themselves and yes sometimes even the Prince ! Yet one thing holds
true and that's the power of love a... ...more

By Sara March 22, 2018

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

By Robyn July 03, 2018

Princess Ivy is the purest of Royal blood and the magic in her kisses is very strong. Still, she has now lost her fifth partner due to the Forces of Darkness. Losing a partner is hard enough as it is, but to know that her magic did not work was too much to handle. Ivy did not want to be cast asid... ...more

By Christie«SHBBblogger» July 03, 2018

Title: Kiss of the Royal
Series: Standalone
Author: Lindsey Duga
Release date: July 3, 2018
Cliffhanger: No

Princess Ivy has pure, undiluted royal bloodlines which makes her the most powerful female in the Legion's war against the Forces of Darkness. With her partners, she's taken down many dangerous... ...more

By mith June 15, 2018

this review + others can be found over on my blog!
Well, colour me surprised, I didn't expect to enjoy this so much! I found the idea of Kiss very interesting, if a bit odd—the whole Royals having powers because of a kiss is very unique to me. In hindsight, it seems very unfortunate because roy... ...more

By Marty :} July 13, 2018

I want to thank Entangled Teen for sending me this e-copy, this hadn’t influenced my review, nor my rating in any way.

This was the first book I read after coming back from my hiatus and let me tell you what a great choice it was! When I first read the premise, I was a bit skeptical about whether... ...more

By JenacideByBibliophile September 12, 2018

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Entangled Publishing: Teen, via NetGalley for an honest review.


Goblins, dwarves, griffins, dragons, curses, witches, magic, Princes, Princesses, KISSES!

Oh my word, it MUST be another fairytale!

But NO! It isn’t! It’s BETTER than JUST... ...more

By Lulai December 16, 2018

-- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. --

Imagine a world where the kiss from the Disney's movies, the one that saves the world, wakes the princess or other exists for real and where it is the ultimate weapon against the forces of evil. Well this world is the book, but... ...more

By Leah June 10, 2018


A short story, if you will. Once upon a time, I grabbed Kiss of the Royal from NetGalley because the description sounded interesting. Then I started reading and I laughed and scoffed. People making out on battlefields in order to be powerful? What dafuq? Confusion sett... ...more

By Morris February 17, 2019

This is a great take on the fairytale genre without being a giant trope. I loved the world building and the relationships (not just the romance) were sweet and realistic. Ivy is one of my favorite heroines to come along in a while. Definitely recommend!

This review is based on a copy provided by t... ...more

By Maria Christine July 11, 2018

I'd give this book 10 stars if I could.

I don't know where to begin but this book had me grinning, laughing, swooning, and even crying all at the same time.

If you look from a far the premise of this book seemed silly, childish..innocent even. However, once you get to read this book like really rea... ...more

By Carly February 10, 2019

100 million stars!
I honestly picked this book up for the cover when it came out last year.
I thought it was going to be silly and cheesy. But I loved this story so much and I just loved the romance. ...more

By Fanna December 29, 2018

Kiss of the Royal is a perfectly executed romantic-fantasy that highlights kissing as a romantic gesture by completely bashing it as a romantic gesture for the majority of the book. Yup, that takes talent!

The main idea of the story is this: a girl belongs to the royal family who has to protect he... ...more

By Ashley July 03, 2018

Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a free copy of this book for honest review. I was drawn in by the cover and premise. Magic Kisses, Dragon Hunting, and Magical Journeys are definitely my thing.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the premise. I love how it's set in an a... ...more

By Kirsti June 24, 2018

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Well, I do love a pretty cover, and it's even better when the insides match with all that beauty. At first I was a little skeptical; I don't like books that are heavy on the romance, but this is kind of the opposite? The Ro... ...more

By Erika (The Nocturnal Fey) July 11, 2018


I didn’t expect anything grand about this book. To be very honest, I was a little skeptical after reading the synopsis, so I braced myself for a possible over-the-top romance. The whole idea may also sound cheesy, but it actually wasn’t. It’s quite sweet and I was a... ...more

By Colleen's Conclusions 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 Omg.kacie.reads July 17, 2018

This was such a fun read!!! I loved this book so much! This book was just so wonderfully written. In any YA Fantasy you have to build this world for the reader. Lindsey did not disappoint. Her descriptions and detail to even the littlest things really jumped you right into the world of Myria. I f... ...more

By Alexandra June 06, 2018

I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

In the world of monsters, darkness and one wicked Dark Queen, the kingdoms have gathered together, fighting the Darkness! Their weapons?


That's right! The Princes and Princes... ...more

By Natalie November 18, 2018

I really enjoyed this, for the following reasons:

1) slow burn romance
2) the role reversal of the stereotypical male/female roles (Zach was more emotional than Ivy, etc)
3) the fact that it was a standalone and wrapped up nicely rather than being unnecessarily dragged out
4) it was a debut author... ...more

By Amber July 23, 2018

3.75 stars!

Kiss of the Royal was a fun read!
Plot: In a magical world of an evil queen and ax-wielding dwarves, only those with royal blood had the magic to banish that evil power away. Because of the need for so many royal soldiers, the princesses and princes trained and reproduced with no real e... ...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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