The Royals Series by Erin Watt
Erin Watt a combination of Elle Kennedy and Jen Fredrick. The Royals series must be read in order and reader beware: the cliffhangers will kill you!
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.
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.
From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.
Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.
Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.
No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.
With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.
OMRoyals! The only thing I knew about this series is that it had been compared to Gossip Girl and that the cliffhangers were causing people to use SHOUTY CAPITALS! And so like the seasoned book junkie I am, I waited. I waited until I had all the books in my possession before I did something even similar to starting this series. And it did not disappoint.
This review, like probably all of my reviews, should be preambled with: I had no idea what I was about to read. I very rarely read blurbs and this was one of the series where I didn’t. I simply took notice of how many people loved it and so figured I would too. Cue Ella Harper. And can we just give this duo a round of applause for creating her?! She is fierce, a bad ass, vulnerable and brave all at once and I adore the combination. And the Royals; they are the perfect bland of brothers. The good and the bad and with secrets hiding behind tough exteriors. I fell in love with these brothers and it has been one of the few times I am secretly hoping for a spin-off; I want to know how it ends for all of them, I want them all to get their happily ever after. Even if the story has to pick back up 10 years later.
This series really does read like a TV series. Each book is a season and every few chapters you can almost pinpoint where each episode would start and end. I must say Paper Princess pulled me in, I loved Ella and how she makes her place in her all new life. And even when those Royals were making it hard for her this story is written in such a way that you can’t hate them, you want everyone to be happy.
Broken Prince was the ‘character building’ and you really get to see each character evolve and change. You learn what is important to them, how they rise above, or sink below, a challenge. And you get to learn each brother’s personality more and more, you get to see them become a family with the good and the bad. Broken Prince is the ‘turn around’ of the series, its the angsty part that breaks your heart and has you cheering at the same time.
Paper Princess and Broken Prince were easily 5 star reads for me with everything I love in a story. And if we want to talk about cliffhangers; you can probably deal with the cliffhanger at the end of Paper Princess but if you can get to the end of Broken Prince with out the burning need to start Twisted Palace RIGHT NOW, I want to know more about how your brain works.
Twisted Palace did fall a bit flat. The mystery I loved but I did feel it dragged on a bit; it wasn’t until ‘all was revealed’ at the end that I understood why. But there were times when I thought ‘yip, OK, lets speed things up a bit’. Twisted Palace did create, for me, a character that I truly despised. A character were every time they appeared I wanted to slap them. And, it’s not the ‘lady villains’ you might assume but I won’t tell who, that would be a spoiler!
So, all in all, this is a 5 star series that is well worth reading. Don’t let cliffhangers put you off; just go in prepared.