Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Queen’s Crown by Jennifer Anne Davis

The Queen’s Crown
(League of Rulers #1)
Jennifer Anne Davis
Publisher: Reign Publishing
Publication date: Oct. 19, 2023
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Eighteen-year-old Princess Sabine Ludwig of Bakley thought her biggest problem was finding a man remotely interesting to dabble with while trying to fill her days with something other than knitting or drinking tea. But when her dear sister is brutally murdered in a foreign kingdom a week before she’s to be married, Sabine suddenly wishes for boring, ordinary days again.

Seeking retribution, Sabine decides to take her sister’s place and marry the mysterious king of Lynk. It’s the only way she can hunt down and find the killer. It’s the only way she can get revenge. When she finds the king far more appealing than she’d intended, it becomes difficult to keep her wits about her and remember why she’s there.

Thrown into a world of lies, power struggles, and seduction, Sabine must learn to navigate through the foreign kingdom’s dangerous court as she seeks her sister’s killer. The closer she gets to discovering who it is, the more she questions who she can trust—including herself.




“Oh good,” Rainer said as he came out of a doorway in the wall to the right, “you’re here. We can begin.” He was dressed similarly as her with loose pants and a shirt.At least he wasn’t half naked like he’d been when fighting Markis. If he’d shown up without a shirt, she wouldn’t have been able to be alone in the room with him. At least not until they were married. His presence was so overpowering.

“Do you have any formal training?” he asked, standing a few feet away from her.

“No. But my brothers have shown me a few things.” Better to be as vague as possible.

“Do you know how to get out of a chokehold?” He stepped forward and gently took hold of her neck with his large, calloused hands.

For some reason, she hadn’t expected him to jump right in. Taking a deep breath, she forced herself to focus and remember what Rolf had taught her. She slid her arms up, her hands going between his arms, and then pulled her arms outward, breaking his hold on her.

“Excellent. Then knee your attacker in the groin and run.”

She nodded.

His eyes remained locked on hers, not once looking elsewhere. It was unnerving. He placed his hands on her shoulders, turning her body so her back was to him.

“If someone comes up behind you,” he mumbled, close to her ear, sending a shiver down her spine, “what do you do?” He splayed his hand against her stomach, the heat of it penetrating through her shirt.

He was trying to rile her up, she was sure of it. Two could play that game. Gathering her courage, she leaned back into him and said, “Lean back and kiss him?” She lifted her chin, her lips hovering near his neck.

He sucked in his breath, clearly not expecting that to be her answer.

While he was distracted, she grabbed one of his fingers, pulling it back while simultaneously slamming her foot down on his. She easily moved away from him. Turning to face him, she patiently waited for his next challenge.

“Who taught you to fight?” he asked, folding his arms across his chest and studying her as if she were a puzzle he couldn’t quite figure out how to put together.

The way in which he looked at her made her toes curl, and something deep inside of her yearned for more. She shoved her attraction toward this man aside, so she could keep her wits about her and not get lost in his eyes. “My brothers.”

“What about weapons?”

“I know the basics of a dagger. That is all.”

With his arms still folded, he lifted his right hand and rubbed his chin. “You definitely have some work to do. For now, I think it best if we focus on what to do during a physical attack. For example, if someone blocks the corridor or comes running at you with a sword.”

Sabine thought that wise and welcomed the chance to physically train in how to defend herself since Rolf had only taught her the basics. A small part of her acknowledged that if someone poisoned her, there was little she could do. At least her mother had shown her the most commonly used poisons and how to recognize them. For now, she would learn everything she could about how to keep herself safe—even if that meant working with this devilishly handsome man before her.


Meet Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer Anne Davis graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. She is currently a full-time writer. Jennifer is the recipient of the San Diego Book Awards Best Published Young Adult Novel (2013), winner of the Kindle Book Awards (2018), a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (2014), and a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards (2014).

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