By Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Published by Timeout LLC
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
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 don’t really know what I expected from this book, but it was so highly recommended to me by book friends that I couldn’t resist when it was available for a really good price from the Kobo store.
This book was, in some ways, not my usual read. It’s definitely racier than what I typically read, and there are some things that were just too bizarre for me to overlook (e.g. Easton calling Ella ‘sis’…), and I kind of couldn’t stand how awful the Royals were to Ella. However, the book was also entertaining and a page-turner.
I have already bought the other two books in the series (good deals on Kobo!) and given the out-of-nowhere cliffhanger ending of Paper Princess, I am looking forward to reading them!