Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for gifting me an e-arc of this book. This review will have spoilers for the first book in this duology, American Royals, but if you want to see my non-spoiler review of American Royals, you can find that here.
The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we’re looking at you Daphne Deighton.
As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her “party princess” persona…and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace–and Prince Jefferson–at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne’s carefully laid “marry Prince Jefferson” plans.
A new reign has begun…
I expected this to be much like the first book, American Royals, in that it would be pretty predictable, and for the most part it was, which I didn’t mind too much. However, the plot took a few turns I wasn’t expecting and I think that was what mainly took this from a 4 star to a 5 star.
I continued to love Sam and Nina’s characters, they both went through a lot in the first book and seeing how they overcome the situation and can be happy again really made my heart swell for them, if you couldn’t tell, they’re my favourites. Beatrice definitely grew on me and feel we got to see some real character growth from her in this book which was much needed, especially with her having to figure out how to not only grieve for her father but also learn how to be a Queen in a history full of Kings. Then we have Daphne who my feelings for did not change at all from the first book, I was not surprised with how her character ended up by the end of the book and I’m glad about that as I think any other direction it could have gone would have felt forced. I definitely feel like all characters got the endings they deserved.
Plot wise I really like enjoyed the way this story went, with Beatrice now the Queen and it becomes apparent pretty much straight away in this book that some people won’t be happy with her ruling alone and won’t accept her until she’s married. I absolutely loved how she starts to fight back against this and be a monarch that her father would be so proud of. The characters each dealing with their grief was written really well in my opinion and more than once had me almost in tears, if not actually crying – especially seeing as this had me crying by the end of the prologue.
This is definitely a series I will recommend and one of the rare occurrences that I really enjoy a contemporary series. It’s also definitely one that I will reread in the future.