Reading: American Royals by Katharine McGee

An enticing idea with very poor execution. It's either a telenovela or a few shitty fan-fiction romance novels mixed together.

Reading History

First Read: December 21, 2021 - December 22, 2021
Reading Counter: 1
Rating: 2 - Meh.

Summary & Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

The entire book reads like a telenovela or four shitty fan-fiction romance novels mixed together. Everyone could be happy, but no one talks to no one, and when they finally do, it’s too late, and everything is complicated. I couldn’t stop listening to the story, and when it ended, I had to start the second book because the ending made me sad and angry.

Washington became king instead of president, and there is an American Royal family. The story followed the princesses, Beatrice, who will become queen when her father dies, and Samantha, who is struggling with being the spare heir, as well as Daphne, a self-made it girl who is set on marrying prince Jeff (Samantha’s twin brother), and Nina, a commoner who is both the best friend of Samantha and dates Jeff for a while. Everything could be easy because Jeff and Nina are in love, Ethan (Jeff’s best friend) and Daphne are in love, Beatrice is in love with her guard Connor, and Sam is in love with a royal from Boston. But the royal is one of the suitors invited to get engaged to Beatrice, and Beatrice chooses him because he’s decent. She has an image to uphold, so she meets Connor in secret while pretending to date Teddy. So, Teddy can’t be with Sam. Daphne is to dead set on meeting her parent's expectations to let herself give up on Jeff, and schemes until she pushes Nina out of the picture. Finally, Beatrice decides to really give Connor a chance, even if it means giving up the crown, and she tells her sister who tells Teddy and everything is supposed to be okay, but when Beatrice tells her father, he has a heart attack and dies, and we all know it’s not going to be okay. They were so fucking close to a happy ending...

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