Discussion: American Royals III: Rivals

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This book had interesting pairings in each of the storylines. Which was most intriguing or surprising to you? Bea and Princess Louise? Daphne and Nina? Marshall and Sam?

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How did you feel about Sam’s decision to one day abdicate her position?

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At the end of Rivals, Bea and Teddy are on the rocks and Louise is trying to make amends for her betrayal. Do you think Beatrice’s position as Queen forces her into a lonely position?

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  1. 1. I was truly surprised at how much Nina and Daphne had in common at their core. But also still opposite- It hurt to know how lonely Daphne was in her own home, while Nina has a tight knit family but felt alone in her relationship with Jeff/the public, while Daphne thrives there. I think they could be a “friend power couple” but their doubt from past rivalry really puts a damper on their trust.

    2. I understand her wanting to break free, have freedom to make the decision of love over, or in spite of, duty. I am a little queasy about the decision though, it feels a little soon, too much of a whim maybe? Bea was asking her to be 1000% sure, and I am concerned Sam was treating the gravity of the situation a little too lightly, just trying to make it work in the immediate future because she doesn’t want to loose Marshall. And I was equally surprised that Marshall joined in as well, I really wanted him to keep his title. Definitely keeping my guard up for Sam.

    3. Absolutely, royalty must be incredibly lonely the higher you rank. While her younger siblings get to enjoy more a little more freedom, the weight and pressure of her position falls solely on her, and there’s only so much you can share with others. Losing her Dad must be incredibly difficult with his perspective absent to help her mitigate the isolation she feels. I really wonder why she feels guarded around Teddy and why she hasn’t poured into their relationship more, almost to the point of avoidance. Her yearning for friendship was normal, but her letting her guard down so easily with Louise when Teddy has proved his trustworthiness and is longing for more connection seemed so imbalanced. I think their argument was necessary to get to a better place, and really hope Bea can recover from this accident to sort it out with Teddy!

  2. 1.

    This book had interesting pairings in each of the storylines. Which was most intriguing or surprising to you? Bea and Princess Louise? Daphne and Nina? Marshall and Sam?

    I liked Daphne and Nina’s relationship. It was complicated and at the core they were alike. It was too bad that trust was an issue.

    2.

    How did you feel about Sam’s decision to one day abdicate her position? It made me happy for Sam but sad for Bea. I am close with my sister so I can’t imagine losing my father and sister so close in time. I think Bea will understand but she is losing the one person she can truly trust and be honest with.

    3.

    At the end of Rivals, Bea and Teddy are on the rocks and Louise is trying to make amends for her betrayal. Do you think Beatrice’s position as Queen forces her into a lonely position? Yes, I think the same is true for any high power position. You don’t know who you can trust. Who is looking out for you or just themselves.

  3. 1.

    This book had interesting pairings in each of the storylines. Which was most intriguing or surprising to you? Bea and Princess Louise? Daphne and Nina? Marshall and Sam?

    I think Daphne and Nina was the biggest surprise b/c they have been on opposite sides for so long. I’m actually sad at how things ended for them because I thought it was cool that they brought out good things in each other. Women fighting over men is so old and I wish their friendship had continued to grow. I wish Daphne could let go of Jeff, since she doesn’t love him and hold on to her friendship with Nina and resulting personal growth.

    2.

    How did you feel about Sam’s decision to one day abdicate her position?

    I understand why she wants to do it and a part of me thinks she’ll regret it. But maybe not…she has the support of her family and it seems like Jeff is stepping up nicely into the role of Regent. Maybe things are working out just like they should. Just because you are given a role or born into it, doesn’t mean you have to play it.

    3.

    At the end of Rivals, Bea and Teddy are on the rocks and Louise is trying to make amends for her betrayal. Do you think Beatrice’s position as Queen forces her into a lonely position?

    Absolutely, 100%. I’m an officer in the military and I can say that the role and being a woman makes for a lonely place. All of your peers are male and you can’t be seen as being too close to them or they assume you’re sleeping with them. and things that a man can say are seen as being a good leader and if a woman says them, she’s being bossy. Bea is a tough spot.

  4. 1.
    This book had interesting pairings in each of the storylines. Which was most intriguing or surprising to you? Bea and Princess Louise? Daphne and Nina? Marshall and Sam? For sure Daphne and Nina’s pairing surprised me the most. It seemed almost too good to be true but towards the end, I was hoping they would end up friends. (It wouldn’t be an American Royals book without keeping Daphne the villain in a sense!)

    2.
    How did you feel about Sam’s decision to one day abdicate her position? I feel that she may regret her decision once she finds out about her sister. I think she will struggle with some guilt regarding this decision in the next book so that will be interesting to see play out.

    3.
    At the end of Rivals, Bea and Teddy are on the rocks and Louise is trying to make amends for her betrayal. Do you think Beatrice’s position as Queen forces her into a lonely position? Of course. You sacrifice so much to be Queen and she has. My hope is that through her recovery (fingers crossed) that she has time to reconnect with Teddy and mend their relationship.

    • 1. This book had interesting pairings in each of the storylines. Which was most intriguing or surprising to you? Bea and Princess Louise? Daphne and Nina? Marshall and Sam?

      Daphne & Nina for sure. Similar to Amber’s comment, I was actually really disappointed at how this played out at the end. I really wish that Daphne would be honest with Jefferson about who she really is & that she doesn’t truly love him. On the same token though, Jefferson needs to make up his mind on who he wants to be with. You don’t jump back & forth just because your current relationship is “hard” – but, I digress! My hope for the next book is that Nina & Daphne are able to be friends, and Jefferson is able to man up & decide who he wants to be with so that both girls can move on!

      2. How did you feel about Sam’s decision to one day abdicate her position?

      This was probably the only decision made by any of the characters in this book that I agreed with, LOL! (probably an unpopular opinion, but this was not my favorite AR book because the characters all stressed me out with their choices!) I fully expect her to experience regret in the next book given Bea’s accident, but I hope she sticks with her decision and pursues what makes her truly happy.

      3. At the end of Rivals, Bea and Teddy are on the rocks and Louise is trying to make amends for her betrayal. Do you think Beatrice’s position as Queen forces her into a lonely position?

      I do. I think that Bea was excited to finally have a close female friend in a similar position that she was willing to “over share” a bit – causing the disagreement with Teddy. I think we have all been there as women – wanting to fit in. I think being queen and being lonely for so long really impacted that feeling so much more for Bea.

  5. 1. This book had interesting pairings in each of the storylines. Which was most intriguing or surprising to you? Bea and Princess Louise? Daphne and Nina? Marshall and Sam?

    I really loved the relationship between Bea and Princess Louise. I thought it was complex but also real. Loved the arch of their friendship.

    2. How did you feel about Sam’s decision to one day abdicate her position?

    I honestly STILL don’t know! It totally makes sense, espcially with the way her power would become less and less with each new heir. BUT I also feel like it was too soon after the King died… does that make sense?!

    3. At the end of Rivals, Bea and Teddy are on the rocks and Louise is trying to make amends for her betrayal. Do you think Beatrice’s position as Queen forces her into a lonely position?

    YES. But also, I think as a woman in that position she has so much on her shoulders. I would love to see her relationships progress and for her to be in a healthier/more confident place with all. the. things.! I felt like we were getting there, then… eek!!!

    • 1. This book had interesting pairings in each of the storylines. Which was most intriguing or surprising to you? Bea and Princess Louise? Daphne and Nina? Marshall and Sam?

      Daphne and Nina was the most surprising duo to me. Although we saw a different side of Daphne is the last book, her intentions with Jeff are the same as ever. I was hopeful that Daphne was changing and would the right thing. But her true colors came through at the end.

      2. How did you feel about Sam’s decision to one day abdicate her position?

      Sam decision to abdicate is one I thought of early on in her struggle with her relationship with Marshall. For this commoner (me) it seems like the obvious or easy thing to do. It also seemed like she could have waited a few more years until Beatrice had an heir and then stepped back from her role. Sam is so young and has so much life to live. She would still be able to life a life in the royal court as a duchess but would just take a step back as a princess. Considering her Aunt Margret is a princess and was able to live a normal-ish Hollywood life after no longer being a spare, it made sense Sam could do that also. It was also frustrating to me that Marshall was willing to walk away from his role only after Sam was willing to give up being a princess. To me, it seems like an immature decision to both walk away since they will never actually be able to live normal life as nobodies. One of them should have been able to keep their title.

      3. At the end of Rivals, Bea and Teddy are on the rocks and Louise is trying to make amends for her betrayal. Do you think Beatrice’s position as Queen forces her into a lonely position?

      I think Beatrice’s role as queen can put her in a lonely position, if she allows it. It does take extra effort navigating who to trust when you are so young and in a position of power. I would hope if she could take them time to truly rely on the ones around her, she wouldn’t feel so alone in it all. I was skeptical about Louise from the beginning, but I truly believe she had good intentions and was just trying to do the best in the role she was in. I think Louise and Bea can be great friends in the future.

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