Series: The Royals #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 4, 2016
Format: eARC, 370 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.
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.
I’ve been sitting on this review for entirely too long because I wasn’t sure exactly what to say. I’m still not sure about that because I have no clue how to do this book justice without spoiling the events for you, but I need to get it done. I’m keeping this one short and sweet. It’s truly just best if you experience it for yourself.
I’ll be honest, I was all over this book from the minute I read the synopsis. It sounded delightful in that Cruel Intentions/Gossip Girl kind of way that I love so damn much. When I learned who the writing duo behind the pen name Erin Watt was (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, if you didn’t already know), my excitement – and expectations – grew even more. I wasn’t the first of my friends to read this book, but as more and more fabulous ratings and OMG THAT CLIFFHANGER comments, I knew I had to bump it up on my reading list, so I did. And it was FANTASTIC. I had such a tough time sitting it down when it was time to adult.
I had a love-hate relationship with the characters. I liked Ella. She was strong and determined and dind’t take shit from anyone. The Royals? Well, I’ve not figured them all out yet. I want Callum to be a good guy with no nefarious intentions. I want Reed to be the guy he should be for Ella. I think under all that prep school bad boy jackassery, he has a good heart. We saw glimpses of it throughout this book. As I was reading, I had no idea how it was all going to turn out and, even after reading, I still don’t have any idea. There are so many secrets being kept and I do enjoy being kept guessing, but I hope to get some real answers in the next book.
This book was unpredictable with twists and turns I didn’t see coming at all. The ending? HOLY COW. I wanted to rage. What a cliffhanger. Imma need Broken Prince, like, now. It’ll be a book that makes me drop EVERYTHING to read it the minute I get it. I really was ruined by the Royals. And I regret nothing.
I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
This will never be my home. I don’t belong in splendor. I belong in squalor. That’s what I know. It’s what I’m comfortable with, because squalor doesn’t lie to you. It’s not wrapped in a pretty package. It is what it is.
“Get used to the gossip, darling. Get used to walking into a room and having everyone in it whisper that you don’t belong. Get used to it, but don’t let those whispers defeat you. Strike back when they strike you. Don’t be weak.”
Will you be getting “ruined by the Royals”?
You should. Really.