Paper Princess by Erin Watt:
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.
Goodness, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I didn’t really know what to expect, apart from it had been recommended to me as ‘one to read’. I had read the blurb and thought I would give it a go, especially when I realised that Erin Watt was actually the pseudonym for authors Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick. Admittedly I’ve not actually read anything by Jen Frederick, but I have read Elle’s books and loved them so I went in with high hopes! And it did not disappoint…
Plus the cover – I LOVE that cover!!!
Seventeen year old Ella Harper is getting though each day making ends meet, working extra jobs, as well as going to school and living completely alone. She has never known her Dad and her Mum passed away recently. Although not ideal, it’s working for her, it’s all she knows, and all she wants to do is get an education to go to college, finish her studies and get a decent job. Then out of the blue, Callum Royal appears, whisks her away and pops her right into his life, in his mansion, with his 5 sons…… who really don’t want her there!!
The boys don’t trust her motives as to why she is there and there are a lot of background stories with their father too. These Royal brothers are HOT!! And they all have fantastic character, from the identical twins, to the eldest at college, which leads to excitement on every page. The boys are brutal and mean.
Although not the oldest, Reed is the ‘leader’ of the brothers and they all look to him for direction. You’ll dislike like the brothers, then you’ll like them and then you’ll hate them again! This book is written with fantastic pace, so there is never a dull moment.
I loved Ella’s character. She was a really strong female character, simply because she’s always had to be. So when she is given certain obstacles or things come up against her, she doesn’t let it get in her way and will say it exactly how it is.
And Ella & Reed…. phew! You could cut that tension (sexual or otherwise) with a knife! Eeeeek!
“The apple is dangling in front of me, juicy red and delicious, but, like the fairy tale, Reed Royal is the villain disguised as a pretty prince. Taking a bite out of him would be a huge mistake.”
This book is funny! There were some really great parts, especially where those brothers are involved. It’s a book of friendship, trust, betrayal, love, anger, heat, passion, and angst! It really does have it all. I read it really quickly and devoured every page and before I knew it I had got to the end…. and OMG!!! Cliffhanger… But such a FANTASTIC one! Honestly, it was so good and I cannot wait until book number 2 is released!
**** 4.5 Royal Stars ****
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Princess-Novel-Roy…/…/B01DT9ZWNI
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