The Royals: Book One
Written by Erin Watt
Mature Young Adult, Romance, New Adult
Published April 4th 2016 by Everafter Platinum
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From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.Ella has lived a hard life. Ever since she was born she's been on the move alongside her mother who does her best to make the next buck. However, when Ella's mother dies from cancer she's all on her own. Doing her damndest to stay out of the foster system Ella forges her mother's signature in order to attend high school. To stay afloat Ella follows in her mothers footstep and takes up stripping in order to pay for rent and food. Until one day a mysterious man comes to find her, claiming to be her fathers best friend and her new guardian. Ella decides that it's in her best interest to go along with Callum.
These Royals will ruin you…
Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.
He might be right.
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.
It's in her new home where Ella finds that Callum has five brutish sons. The Royal sons all have one thing in common: Hating Ella and doing their best to force her out of the family. The boys are cruel and have a hold over the students at their posh, rich kid school - they have no qualms about turning everyone against Ella and transforming her life into a living hell. Ella is determinded to do her two years and go to college - something she can only afford with the Royal's money. She does her best to convince herself she can do it, but a girl can only take so much.
Paper Princess was honestly like a pleasant little book holiday for me. Something new, and something exciting. I've never really been one to take a gander down the New Adult hallway. Paper Princess is marketed as Young Adult, but I think it's safe to say that it's for the older teens due to some of its sexy time content. There's nothing extreme, just the right amount to make a person blush. This book has to be one of the most addictive I've read in awhile. I put it down at 3 AM and was thinking about it until I fell asleep. It's one of those stories that's constantly on your mind when you're not reading.
While this isn't a life-changer novel with some profound story, it was good fun. I wasn't sure if it was something I would enjoy but once I started I could not stop. I loved the voice of our main character, Ella Harper who is a junior in high school. Everything about her was so easy to relate to. Her voice was realistic and had an actual personality. Plus the girl knows how to hold her own - she's a survivor and won't take shit from anyone - even if she's intimidated by them. I have a girl crush on her tbh, she's just that amazing. Weakness just isn't in Ella's vocabulary.
“You should know whatever game you're playing, you can't win. Not against all of us. If you leave now, you won't be hurt. If you stay, we'll break you so bad that you'll be crawling away."
The attraction between Ella and Reed was so hot. There were sparks flying mixed in with all the angst and hate. It was both frustrating and phenomenal. There's one hell of a cliffhanger with these two.
The five Royal brothers were also amazing. Let me rephrase that. The brothers are actually assholes, douchebags - especially in the beginning. If you're looking for a gentleman who treats a girl like she's a delicate flower you're not going to find that here. I was actually disgusted by the brothers at first, they were absolutely horrendous to Ella but that's part of the plot, don't give up on them with the first few impressions. While Reed is the MC brother of the book, I fell in love with Easton. Each one of them has something that grows on you. The aspect of family is huge. If you mess with one of them, you mess with all of them. Their bond is so magnetic.
Erin Watt (a pseudonym for the duo of Elle Kennedy/Jen Frederick) was magnificent at crafting the plot. I was never bored, not even an inch. I was always engaged and ready for the next chapter. The writing was great, like a drug to my reader soul. I could never get enough and am going to go through some nasty withdrawals before the second comes out in July!
Paper Princess does have some mature themes, but it's not the main focus. I can forsee this being one of my favorite series for sure. It has all the right elements: kickass girl, brooding boys, angsty plot and amazing writing. Join me in the trash can and read this book guys. I had my doubts but holy fuck was this a great read. It has actually forced me to pick up another book from one of the two authors because I'm not ready to get off this train. I'd sell my soul to the devil to know what happens next.
Just give me book two please, it's all I want.