Kiss Of The Royal by Lindsey Duga

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…



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 her kingdom from the evil but the best power the girl has is her kiss so she has to select a guy who she can kiss and transfer the strength to him for him to become more powerful and kill the evil. You can read that again. And again. Yes, it can be a little…different from the usual fantasy plot lines which is why I picked it up. And to my surprise, a pleasant one for sure, THIS WAS SO GOOD!

The plot is well crafted and planned so as to not leave any loopholes. The fantasy elements are amazing with dragons, witches, dwarves and other evil creatures looming over the world. The characters are amazing and I instantly (as always) fell in love with the male protagonist at first line. Zach has officially made it to my list of book boyfriends! He’s so ideological yet witty that it makes me want to do some witchcraft myself so he can turn from a fictional character to a real person. Ivy is my girl, I loved her so much! She’s strong, smart, focused and just an amazing personality. And the characters grow through the story; their ideas change and they accept new beliefs so it was a good graph to look at. 

“The Legion thinks opening your heart to someone and trusting them with it is too much of a risk—well, I’m telling you, it’s worth it.” 


But the best part of the book? It’s ROMANCE! If I haven’t convinced you to read this book in the last paragraph, I’m gonna tell you now: JUST. READ. THIS. And enjoy the slow-burn, gradually evolving tension-filled, nail-biting romance. As the title suggests, the kiss makes an important part of the entire story and while that’s a good thing, it isn’t that good when the reader suffers through sudden hyperventilation and eagerness to finally read about Ivy and Zach kissing…only to be disappointed because UGH. Though, the wait really pays off at the end! I don’t even know if that’s a spoiler or not, LOL. But seriously, just pick it up already. 

I would recommend this book to any and every one who loves fantasy or romance or both or great character arcs or amazing plot line or just an overall really good book!

I received a copy of this via Netgalley but that, in no way, influences my rating and/or thoughts about it. Thank you Lindsey Duga and Entangled Teen! This post may contain affiliate links; to know more click here.


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