Paper Princess (The Royals, Book 1) by Erin Watt
Synopsis: From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
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.
About the Author: Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: email@example.com
Genre: new adult, romance, contemporary, young adult (recommended 17+).
More Info: Kindle Edition, 370 pages, published on April 4, 2016
Un-holy hell! That was my reaction at the end of this book, along with some pacing. But I’m getting ahead of myself because I’m still in shock.
Ella Harper has not had an easy life. To stay afloat, before and after her mother’s death, she works many jobs, including stripping, while also going to school. Survival is the name of the game. It seems like she is stuck in this low situation, until Callum Royal arrives. The best friend of the father she never knew, he makes Ella an offer she can’t refuse; the deal will set her up for life.
Ella is thrown into a life of wealth. A mansion, cars, electronics, clothes, and so much more. Things actually start looking up, until she meets the rest of the Royal family.
“The Royal boys are not what I expected. They don’t look like rich pricks in preppy clothes. They look like terrifying thugs who can snap me like a twig.”
Gideon, Reed, Easton, Sawyer, and Sebastian. They live a life of privilege, so much that have almost never been told no. They do what they want, when they want, how they want, because money is the key at Astor Park Prep Academy. A Royal decree from any of the boys, and the whole school obeys, including the headmaster. Everything seems to revolve around them.
Since the brothers are suspicious of Ella’s arrival, one word and Ella is the trash to be ignored. Despite their impertinence, Ella is supposed to live up the the Royal family name. She can’t tarnish their reputation.
However, she finds out the the Royal boys have scars just like her own. Their own mother died two years ago and their father is still in a dark place. Their code is hard to crack, but that doesn’t stop the determined Ella, who has her eye fixed upon a certain dark haired mystery.
In this crazy household, there is no room for the faint-hearted. Either you have the courage it takes, or you should run.
The writing was very fluid with seamless transitions between the authors. The book itself had a perfect pace. I was never bored or skipping paragraphs along the way, although I am a fast reader. The characters are all very complicated but I feel that they were developed nicely. My only complaint was that there could have been a bit more on the twins. However, I do understand the focus on the main characters because it gives the reader a better insight into the “problem child” of the moment. All of that said, this was a well written book. The action was equally spread out, and characters were real enough to ruffle my own feathers.
Filled with intrigue and sexual tension I was turning the pages like an addict. The twist and turns had me laughing and gasping along the way. I wanted to know what would happen next, and the cliffhanger has me begging for book 2, Broken Prince, that comes out July 25, 2016.
Brooke, Callum’s girlfriend, says “These Royals will ruin you.” Is she right? Will the Royals destroy her or will Ella survive the “stage four hurricane.”
(I’m convinced this book should have been named Ruined by Amy Tintera, which just so happens to be the next book on my to read list.)
The price on kindle, $4.99, is not bad at all and definitely worth the money.
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If you like Paper Princess, try the Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles.