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.
(ARC provided for an honest review)
A book filled with beautiful people swimming in wealth and extravagance combined with sex, drugs, and the juiciest and most scandalous secrets. Paper Princess by Erin Watt is T.V. series worthy. It will keep you bouncing on your toes, breathless with anticipation of what is yet to come. I practically finished this book in one sitting. 5 hours stuck in a car from a nice relaxing weekend by the water, my poor husband had to deal with crickets when trying to have a conversation with me and my sweet 5 yr. old sure got a lot of “uh huhs” and “ok, baby” because I swear this book just had me. The pages flew way faster than I would have liked.
I was really drawn to Ella’s character. She was a survivor. Resilient in so many ways; she’s faced the kind of life no seventeen year old should. Parentless and forced into adulthood way too early, she’s managed to keep herself educated and healthy. While Ella had built an external armor around her, she also had such a depth of vulnerability and innocence that surrounded her. A true enigma for those who truly tried to look deeper into who the real Ella was. There were many times in this book that my heart wrenched for her. Tough on the outside but completely broken in the inside, I wanted to be Ella’s savior. I wanted to protect her from the petty actions that her peers would torment her with. Having lived through the sort of life she had before Callum Royal “saved” her from it, I found it ironic that even though she now lives in the lap of luxury, she was belittled even more so than she was living in poverty.
Alas, life outside of school is just as difficult if not more so. With an army of suspicious Royals made up of Callum’s five sons—Gideon, Reed, Easton, and the twins Sawyer and Sebastian constantly harassing her, Ella finds herself to be extra vigilant around her new “brothers.” And I found this to be just as ironic. Having had to strip for leery men in order to support herself, I kept thinking just how funny it was that she had to watch her back even more now when she was supposed to have been in a safer environment. The mystery behind these Royal men’s actions were a bit much at times; a stretch that you could find in daytime soap operas I found myself losing interest in some of their mischief wishing for the story to get back on track.
The sexual tension that crackled between Reed and Ella was crazy hot. Reed, the puppeteer of the brothers inadvertently finds himself drawn to Ella amidst the weariness that surrounds his relationship with her. Unable to look past the darkness of what being a Royal has brought him, he fights his attraction for Ella as hard as he can. But of course, lust always wins out and when these two finally hook up—oh boy, do the pages sizzle.
There were so many elements in this book that had me grasping for more. That’s what Erin Watt (better known as Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) does to you with Paper Princess. They feed you with such delicious scenes you can’t help but need more. An addiction as bad as those that haunt the Royal men, Paper Princess is a surefire quick read that will have you at the edge of your seat. With a cliffhanger ending worth pulling out your hair out of their roots, I cannot wait to see where the 2nd book will pick up and how all the deceit and secrets will pan out. Fans of the 1999 Cruel Intentions film with go gaga over this highly entertaining book. Make sure to pick up your copy today.
** Warning: cliffhanger ending but so worth the read. If you’re allergic to cliffy’s then I suggest one clicking anyway and saving it on your TBR until the whole series has been released **
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