First Line Friday – Kiss of the Royal – Lindsey Duga

Happy Friday, bookworms! And welcome to First Line Friday, where we share the first line in a book! What we’ve been doing lately is sharing the first sentence of an upcoming novel.

The novel this week is Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga, which comes out July 5 by Entangled Teen, so you only have to wait a couple more weeks.

“By the seventh day of constant agony, I wished I hadn’t already killed the dwarf who cast this locking curse on me.”

Hmmm, that sounds interesting. Who else is intrigued by reading the first line?

32173635 In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.

I’ll actually be starting Kiss of the Royal this weekend while I am at ALA, which I am super-stoked about attending! Last year was my first year attending ALA and it was the best book conference I’ve ever been to. And that’s not just because the books were great, but also because my anxiety levels were way down compared to the year I attended BookCon (which I will never attend again, might I add).

If you’re going to be at ALA, let me or Stacy know! We would both love to meet you!

Have a great weekend, bookworms!


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