Blog Tour – Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga Review + Favorite Quotes

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Hello fellow book lovers and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today, I have my review and some of my favorite quotes to share with you. Don’t forget to stay until the end, join the giveway, and check out the rest of the tour for more reviews and other fun stuff.

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Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: July 3, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

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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.

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A Creative, Magical, and Delightfully Spellbinding Read

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Sooo in LOVEEEE! Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga is a wickedly entertaining and enthralling fantasy story filled with magic, myths, monsters, and royal princes and princesses battling forces of evil one KISS at a time.

I love romance stories, fairytales, and the idea that a “True Love’s Kiss” can defeat anything that is evil. When I first saw this book, the gorgeous cover and the title had me immediately intrigued. However, it was the unique premise that totally sealed the deal for me. I thought the idea about magical kisses and two unlikely heroes slowly falling in love as they battle Forces of Darkness was creative and so much fun. I expected to laugh, to swoon, and to have an epically awesome journey and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was so desperately charmed and hooked the entire time.

Some may find the idea of this book somewhat silly, and even cheesy, but I thought Lindsey Duga did fantastic at creating a world that’s different and undeniably enticing in its own magical way. The writing was mesmerizingly detailed and breathtakingly captivating that I was easily sucked into the story and could picture myself right beside the characters as they fought evil dwarves, griffins, wraiths, and curses. While some parts felt a bit slow, there were so many amazing surprises, thrilling battles, hilarious scenes, and heartwarming moments that made me excited and pleasantly entertained. I really enjoyed this story and the characters and that ending… I absolutely loved that ending.

The characters were incredibly badass, really fun, and likable. They had spunk, wit, and determination. Princess Ivy was powerful and the best in her Legion. She was stubborn and guarded, but also fierce, loyal, brave, and as much as she denied it, Princess Ivy let herself feel.  Prince Zach won me over instantly with his charming personality, humor, and heart of gold. He was definitely my kind of hero – strong-willed, but adorably sweet, and courageous, but also vulnerable. I also really liked Brom and Millennia and enjoyed the roles they played in the story.

The romance was really slow burn in this one and I have to admit… I did get somewhat impatient a few times. Just when I thought this it for Ivy and Zach… after all the wait and pages and pages of me hoping for it…it’s finally going to happen…And then BAM. Nothing. I’m suddenly thrown off and the story moves on again. That being said, the anticipation and the delicious little tease here and there had me ridiculously swooning. It was frustratingly soooo good. I don’t want to say anymore, but my heart exploded into a million different FEELS and at the end of the day, that slow burn was definitely worth it.

This was a delightfully spellbinding read that kept me up late into the night! It was whimsical, fascinating, hilarious, and magical. It’s a wonderfully written YA fantasy story with exciting adventures, awesome fighting scenes, engaging characters, and swoony kisses. I loved this book and highly recommend to everyone who’s looking for something creative and fun.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley and for participating in a Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I have SO MANY favorite quotes from this book and it was really difficult to choose. I tried to narrow it down to 5, but as you can see, I definitely ended with more than that. Hope you enjoy reading them all! Let me know which one is your favorite(s) in the comment below. 

“Isn’t the irony hilarious? The girl I love begging me to kiss her every day and I have to refuse. And I have to. Not just for my own beliefs and this golden theory, but for my own sanity. Because a kiss would mean nothing to you, while it meant everything to me.”

“I couldn’t let you go alone. Or with anyone else. You wouldn’t be safe with someone like Amias. Someone who wanted you only as a weapon. To make themselves stronger by using you. […] They wouldn’t make you feel wanted for just being you.”

“Bond wasn’t a strong enough word for what I felt for him. It was a force, a magic that defied all reasons, and logic. Love was the only thing strong enough to describe him to me. I loved him with all my heart. All my soul.”

“It’s completely and utterly irrational. It can’t be understood, and it can’t be explained. It’s unreasonbable – which is probably why the Legion doesn’t to believe it exists. It’s falling for someone even when you know they can’t love you back. […] Love is sacrifice. It’s painful. It’s wishing that you could have one more day together, one more minute, one more second together, and hoping it lasts a lifetime, and then believing maybe it could.”

“I don’t know how Love… – happens.”

“That’s the thing. It just does. No reason at all. Or maybe it’s all the reasons.”

“I want so much more than your lips, Ivy. I want your heart. Because I love you… desperately.”

“That’s what Love does right? It makes you feel pain, but courage, too.”

“Love does exist. I saw it in the way you talked about him. You still love him. You always will. And it makes you stronger. You’re not weak […] You didn’t cut out your heart or abandon your feelings — you embraced them.”

“I focused on that one sensation. That I still had hold of someone

Someone who stood with me, hands on a sword, burning in black flames, to save the kingdoms.

Someone who loved me when I cried.

Someone who loved me even if I yelled at him.

Someone who loved my freckles and my imperfections.

Someone who wanted to love me and did.”

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Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

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Hope you enjoyed reading my review! I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed and loved this book. If you love adventure, magic, romance, lovable characters, then add this book to your TBR!

Have a wonderful weekend loves!!! Until next time.

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Book Review – Infraction by Rachel Van Dyken

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Published January 9th 2018 by Skyscape

Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports

Kindle Edition, 278 pages

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.
Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.
Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.
Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?

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An Amazingly Well-Written and Wonderfully Emotional Story

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Just take my heart why don’t you! Rachel Van Dyken is my new best friend and I’m just so damn in love with her writing style. She’s a remarkable storyteller and I know without a doubt that she’s going to be one of my favorite new to me authors this year!

In the previous book, Quinton Miller and Kinsey Romonov both did more than kiss in Las Vegas. Months later, Jax, Kinsey’s overly protective brother and Miller’s best friend, asked them to start fake dating in order to keep Kinsey’s ex-boyfriend away from her. Miller and Kinsey agreed to play their part and just be friends. But, how can they fake their feelings when they’re slowly falling for each other? Will they risk everything to finally have their HEA, or will Jax and their past get in the way?

Infraction is an amazingly well-written and wonderfully emotional story filled with heart-wrenching and charmingly hilarious moments, endearing and adorable scenes, and incredibly witty and lovable characters. I loved Fraternize, so I couldn’t wait to start reading about Miller and Kinsey… but, I honestly wasn’t expecting to fall ridiculously in love with Infraction cause really how do you top the sizzling chemistry, enticing writing, and all the awesomeness from the first book? Boy was I wrong… so wrong. Not only did I get to read Miller and Kinsey’s story, but I also learned more about Jax and had the best time catching up with Sanchez and Emerson. This book certainly exceeded all imaginable expectations I had and I fell in love page after page after page.

I rooted so hard for Miller in first book and fell undeniably and completely in love with him in this one. I love Sanchez, I really do and I think he’s charming, funny and sexy, but Miller… it’s always been Miller for me. There’s just something so real and vulnerable about him that I love and yeah… that man makes my heart flutter and have the best swoons. He’s honest, loyal, sweet, handsome, protective, adorably hilarious and just a really great guy.

Kinsey’s my girl and I absolutely adore her with all my heart. The first time I met Kinsey in Fraternize, I knew she would be a firecracker and someone who’d shake things up. Well, she definitely shook Miller’s world and had him going crazy over her. She’s fiesty, cute, quirky, and a fighter. She may not always be the strongest or bravest in the group, but she tries and that’s what really matters. I loved that she matured a lot in this book and overcame some of her fears and insecurities.

Jax was someone that I didn’t really pay attention to in the previous installment. I did like him and thought he was interesting, but this book made me SEE him. I liked his POV and really enjoyed reading bits and pieces of his story. I understood why he acted the way he did and I actually kind of admired him for trying to be a hero. It may seem annoying at times and I would probably be frustrated with him if I was Kinsey, but his intentions came from his heart.

I don’t want to make this review any longer and risk spoiling all the fun for you, so I’m just going to mention a few more things before I wrap this up. This series will always have a special place in my heart. I loved Miller and Kinsey together and their chemistry was just so swoony. Sanchez and Emerson were super adorable and I can’t get over how funny Sanchez was in this one. Jax warmed up to me and I fell a little for him. The ending had me crying, but it was absolutely perfect! All the fun bantering between the characters, the bromance, the friendship, the swoony and sexy moments, the unexpected twists, and even all the heartbreaking parts that made me cry the ugliest tears… I loved all of it and just about everything else. So damn in love with this!

Oh and this also made me crave chicken and waffles…

If you’re looking for an amazing romantic and emotional read for the summer, then take a chance on this series. And don’t forget to bust out your favorite comfort food and a tissue box. You’re going to need it.

I purchased an e-reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Published September 12th 2017 by Skyscape

Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
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With amazingly written storylines, lovable characters, and heart tugging moments, Fraternize gave me plenty of achingly delicious swoons and feels. I adored every single moment from beginning to end and had one of the most delightfully emotional and affecting experience.

 

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rachelvandykenRachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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I really hope you enjoyed reading my review and get the chance to meet all these awesome characters. This series is seriously one of the best I’ve read this year.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day loves!!

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