Beauty's Kiss

C. S. Johnson

“You’re crazy,” Rose said. “He knows, of all people, how I feel about love.”
“And he is the one person, of all people, who is determined to get past the barriers you have in your heart.”
Rose shook her head. “He won’t.”

Rose, the Princess of Rhone, doomed to fall into a sleeping death on her eighteenth birthday, has only ever wanted two things in all her life: to be free of her curse, and to never fall in love. After securing the dragon’s blood from the Serpent’s Garden, Rose is confident she has all she needs to free herself from Magdalina’s curse. But when Magdalina comes to offer Rose a new deal—one that would free her from her curse, while also eliminating future threats—Rose is forced to confront the truth of her feelings for Theo.
As Theo’s past and new troubles interrupt their journey back to Rhone, Rose knows she must make a devastating choice. Will she let herself fall in love? Or will she break her own heart instead?
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About the author

C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at

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C. S. Johnson
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Published on
Sep 1, 2017
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Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Historical
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“I don’t want to talk about it, Mary.” She measured her words out carefully, keeping her tone light. “I told you, he had to go and take care of something for his grandfather. It was important.” 
“It was more than that.” 
“It doesn’t matter.” 
“Obviously, it does, or you wouldn’t be acting like this.” Mary came up beside her. “He told you that he loved you, didn’t he?”
The blush on her cheeks burned hotter. “Please stop, Mary,” she said. “Isn’t it bad enough that he said it?” 
“But Rose, you love him, too.” Mary arched her brow at Rose’s silence. “Don’t you?” 
“Of course I do,” Rose snapped. “But he doesn’t deserve to be stuck with me and my curse. That’s why it’s better that he left.” 
“Oh, Rose.” Mary came up and leaned against her, stroking her hair in a mothering manner. “I’m so sorry.” 
“Don’t be.”

With only weeks away from her eighteenth birthday and the fulfillment of her curse, Rose, the Princess of Rhone, faces more obstacles than ever. The kingdom, anxious over her fate, is destabilizing under her father's rule; her mother is imprisoned, and her uncle is holding a silent coup against the crown. With Theo's absence, she is unable to do more than brood over her fate as she attempts to solve the problems around her. 

When Theo returns with surprising information, Rose knows the time has come to risk everything. Along with her friends, she prepares to face Magdalina, the wicked ruler of the fairies, and fight the battle of her life - the battle for her freedom, her kingdom, and her heart. 

Enjoy the conclusion to this historical fantasy fairy tale series, a fun retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale. "Beauty's Gift" is a tale full of true love, adventure, revenge, and betrayal that will have you guessing until the very end!
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