Rating: 4 Bookworms
These Royals will ruin you…
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.
What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.
Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.
She might be right.
Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.
So happy to be back in the world of the Royals! I really enjoyed the first book, which ended with a cliff hanger, so I was anxious to start this book. So much so in fact that although I ordered the print copy I also bought the ebook so that I didn’t have to wait even a second to read it. I read this book so fast though that I had already finished the ebook by the time the print book arrived.
This book is told more from Reed’s perspective so we get to learn more about him and why he is the way he is. Since his mothers death him and his brothers have been on a steady downward spiral and they have finally reached rock bottom (or so they think). Reed is a good person at heart but has the weight of the world on his shoulders and is just angry at the world. I like that we see him grow so much as a person throughout the book. We can clearly see him tackling his demons and trying to get his life back on track. His love for Ella is what makes him strive to be a better person which I love
and kinda hate. While I love that he wants to become a better person I wish that he would become a better person for himself and not to impress Ella.
Ella is going through her own version of hell in the beginning. Feeling like she doesn’t belong and fighting her feelings for Reed, Ella is feeling out of her element. The bullying at school has ramped up since her sudden disappearance on top of questions about her relationship with Reed and the rest of the Royals. In Paper Princess we see Ella give the bullies a taste of their own medicine but here she really starts to have her own voice and becomes a force to be reckoned with. The Royals may run the school but there’s a new Queen in town.
God that was cheesy.
The duo that makes up Erin Watt seems to love cliff hangers because this book also has one. I’m not too upset about it though because it was a really good one and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book (scheduled to come out in October).
Overall, I think that Paper Princess blew me away because I wasn’t expecting it but this one just fell just a little short of the mark.
About the Author
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) 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.