Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes is royalty inspired novella coming out November 27! Get ready with this exclusive excerpt from the book.
About ‘Bad Princess’ by Julianna Keyes:
Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.
But when her older sister abdicates the throne, all Brinley has to do to inherit the role is not twerk, not maim anybody, and definitely not get caught fooling around topless with Prince Finn, her childhood crush, the only man she’s ever loved…and her sister’s former future husband.
Finn embodies the definition of good. Tall and handsome, serious and honorable, he always does the right thing—including agreeing to marry his ex’s sister to cover up this latest scandal. Brinley has fallen down stairs, broken teeth and broken bones, but this is the first time her heart has ever been broken. She now has the crown and the prince, and on the surface, life is good—but is being married to a man everyone swears could never love her back good enough?
‘Bad Princess’ by Julianna Keyes exclusive excerpt:
“To duty,” Finn said quietly. He tipped his glass to hers, then held her stare as they downed their drinks. He exhaled heavily afterward, contemplating the empty bar top, and it occurred to Brinley that she might be a bad princess, but he was a sad prince.
She could not say which was worse.
“I hate squab,” Finn announced.
She blinked. “What?”
He lifted his head. “I hate squab. And turnips, too.”
“But you…” She thought back to the meal they had just finished. “You said they were scrumptious.”
“There is nothing scrumptious about a pigeon or a bland root.”
“Are you still hungry?” Brinley ventured. “I have some bagels in—” She cut herself off before she could say “my room.” “The kitchen,” she finished. “If you would like.”
“No.” He reached for the bottle. It was clear he needed something, but it was not carbohydrates. He waited for her nod before filling her glass again. “To hidden bagels,” he toasted.
Their fingers bumped and energy arced through Brinley, making her twitch in her seat. She was pretty sure she was drunk, that’s why she was feeling such an intensely magnetic pull toward Finn. His gray eyes weren’t as shuttered now, luring her in, tequila the key that unlocked the gate to all his hidden hallways.
Hallways she still very much wanted to explore.
She drank, the alcohol making her pleasantly light-headed. In the weeks since she had been escorted home early from university, she had not felt this carefree, this unburdened. She had given up on the far-fetched dream of one day ruling Estau and committed herself to her studies, and then she had been abruptly told to give up that dream and replace it with the original, even as everyone scoffed at the plan. This week she had exhausted herself with the effort of appearing pleased with her new role, but now, with Finn watching her closely, she did not bother to pretend. She just nodded for him to pour another shot, which he did.
“To your situation,” Brinley said, extending the glass.
Finn paused, then touched the brims together. “Or not,” he said.
“Or not,” she echoed, less uncertainly this time.
He no longer had a situation because he was no longer intending to marry her sister.
Brinley no longer had a situation because she had been pulled out of university.
They were both…free.
So they drank.
Then before she could figure out what to do next, Finn kissed her.
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