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American Royals Series, Book 2
Is America ready for its first queen? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan and Will and Kate, you'll love this sequel to the New York Times besteller that imagines America's own royal...
Is America ready for its first queen? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan and Will and Kate, you'll love this sequel to the New York Times besteller that imagines America's own royal...
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  • Is America ready for its first queen? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan and Will and Kate, you'll love this sequel to the New York Times besteller that imagines America's own royal family—and all the drama and heartbreak that entails. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We.
    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....
    "Inventive, fresh, and deliciously romantic—American Royals is an absolute delight!" —Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns and Roses series

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    Beatrice

    Six weeks later

    Beatrice had never heard the palace so silent.

    Normally its halls echoed with noise: butlers giving orders to footmen; tour guides lecturing groups of students; ambassadors or ministers chasing after the Lord Chamberlain, begging for an audience with the king.

    Today everything was still. Dust sheets hung over the furniture, emitting a ghostly glow in the half-­light. Even the crowds that usually thronged the main gates had melted away, leaving the palace stranded, an island in a sea of empty sidewalks and trampled grass.

    Behind her, Beatrice heard her mom getting out of the car. Sam and Jeff had elected to stay at the country house another night. When they were younger, the three siblings used to go there together—­in a dark SUV, watching movies on its drop-­down TV—­but Beatrice could no longer ride in the same car as her sister. The monarch and the first in line for the throne weren't permitted to travel together, for security reasons.

    She'd only made it halfway across the entrance hall when her heel snagged on an antique carpet. She stumbled—­and a firm hand reached out to steady her.

    Beatrice looked up into the cool gray eyes of her Revere Guard, Connor Markham.

    "You okay, Bee?"

    She knew she should reprimand him for using her nickname instead of her title, especially in public, where anyone might overhear. But Beatrice couldn't think properly with Connor's hand on hers. After all these weeks of distance, the feel of his touch sparked wildly through her veins.

    Voices echoed down the hallway. Connor frowned but took a swift step back, just as two footmen turned the corner, accompanied by a man with grim features and salt-­and-­pepper hair: Robert Standish, who'd worked as Lord Chamberlain for Beatrice's father, and now for her.

    He swept a formal bow. "I'm sorry, Your Majesty. We weren't expecting you until tomorrow."

    Beatrice tried not to flinch at the title. She still wasn't used to Your Majesty being directed at her.

    The footmen began moving from room to room, whipping away dust sheets and tossing them in a pile. The palace sprang to life as ornate side tables and delicate brass lamps were hurriedly uncovered.

    "I decided to come back early. I just . . ." Beatrice trailed off before saying I just needed to get away. This past month at Sulgrave, the Washingtons' country estate, was supposed to have been a getaway. But even surrounded by family, she'd felt alone. And exhausted.

    Each night Beatrice tried to stay awake as long as she could, because once she fell asleep the dreams would come. Horrible, twisted dreams where she had to watch her father die, over and over again, and know that it was her fault.

    She had caused her dad's death. If she hadn't shouted at him that night—­hadn't threatened to marry her Revere Guard and renounce her position as queen—­then King George might still be alive.

    Beatrice bit back a sigh. She knew better than to let herself think like this. If she did, her mind would sink like a stone, deeper and deeper into a well of grief without ever touching bottom.

    "Your Majesty." Robert glanced down at the tablet he carried with him at all times. "There are a few things I'd like to discuss. Should we head up to your office?"

    It took a moment for Beatrice to realize that he meant her father's office. Which belonged to her now.

    "No," she replied, a little forcefully. She wasn't ready to face that room—­and all the memories trapped inside it. "Why don't we talk in here?" she added, gesturing to one...

About the Author-

  • Katharine McGee is the New York Times bestselling author of American Royals and the Thousandth Floor trilogy. She studied English and French literature at Princeton University and has an MBA from Stanford. She now lives in Houston with her husband. Visit her online at katharinemcgee.com. Follow her at @katharinemcgee.

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  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2020
    America's new queen has a royal wedding to plan in the follow-up to 2019's American Royals. Imagine that George Washington was crowned America's first king instead of president, and you've got the intriguing premise of McGee's addictive series. In the wake of the sudden death of King George IV, his oldest daughter and heir to the throne, Beatrice, must put her grief aside and throw herself into her new responsibilities as queen. But first, she must get married. Even in a contemporary America, the very idea of a single woman taking the throne is controversial. She's engaged to the perfectly nice son of the Duke of Boston, Theodore "Teddy" Eaton, but her heart lies with a commoner, and Beatrice is torn between love and duty. Meanwhile, her younger, hard-partying sister, Samantha, is consumed by her own romantic foibles, as is her best (and nonroyal) friend, Nina, who briefly dated Samantha's twin brother, Jefferson. Then there's relentless social climber Daphne, Jeff's ex, who plans to win him back at any cost--along with the status that comes with him. McGee skillfully juggles each woman's narrative, framing their struggles with plenty of pomp and circumstance and the challenges of living very public lives. Add in a dramatic finale that packs in all the feels, and you've got a royal winner. Most characters are white, but Nina is Latinx, and there is diversity in the supporting cast. An immensely fun sequel. (Fiction. 14-19)

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  • School Library Journal

    July 31, 2020

    Gr 9 Up-His Majesty George IV has passed and it is time for Queen Beatrice to rule. But is she ready to be the queen her people need? It is hard to tell since she is inundated with wedding plans instead of being able to focus on ruling. Also, her advisors and the government do not seem ready for a female leader. She must figure out how to change their minds. This sequel to American Royals, much like the first, is filled with relationship drama, backstabbing, lies, and love. Queen Beatrice is finding unexpected love with Teddy while trying to forget Conner. Princess Sam makes a bargain with a famous young man named Marshall to pretend to be in a relationship to make their past loves jealous. Prince Jeffrey is trying to move past his breakup with Nina and runs back to the scheming Daphne. Nina finds love with Ethan, Prince Jeffrey's best friend. With each new secret uncovered, friendships are tested. But like most teenage relationships, tempers burn hot but cool quickly. McGee's sequel is just as gripping as the first. The royal family is white, Marshall is Black, and Nina is Latina. VERDICT While illustrating the benefits of friendship and relationships, McGee helps readers realize the importance of being independent and believing in yourself.-Jessica Perovich, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Lib.

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series "With elegance, saucy secrets, and forbidden love, American Royals is fast-paced and utterly charming. Katharine McGee's prose sparkles, capturing the glamour and pressures of an American monarchy."
  • Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and Court of Thorns and Roses series "Inventive, fresh, and deliciously romantic--American Royals is an absolute delight!"
  • The Sun "Critical questions tantalize readers through the foibles and flaws of characters who are frustratingly human... readers will eagerly await the next installment to find out whether true love will win or stodgy tradition will triumph."
  • Kirkus Reviews "A deliciously soapy American royal family... McGee's characters are well-crafted and flawed, giving the narrative emotional texture that elevates it above the dramatic formula."

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