Title: Paper Princess
Series: The Royals Bk #1
Author: Erin Watt
Release Date: April 4, 2016!
PURCHASE HERE: AMAZON
SYNOPSIS: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.PURCHASE HERE:
Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Are you kidding me??!?!?! What WAS that?!? What. Was. That?
Infuriating. Intoxicating. Obliterating. Those are my thoughts as I closed this book. I seriously... I... I'm stunned. I have no words. I freaking loved that. I freaking hated that. I need more of that and I need it NOW. That was beautiful and brutal and OMG. This book is perfection, Erin Watt... freaking perfection. Ugly, painful, hopeful, despicable, sensual perfection.
The Royals are orphans... all of them. Callum Royal and his five sons were left blowing in the wind after the untimely death of Callum's wife. Callum may be the king of the castle, but he is virtually clueless about how to keep his family together after losing his queen. The privileged princes are each spiralling in their own ways while their father struggles to hold on to the fraying edges of the Royal kingdom. That is until the lost boys find their Wendy in the form of Ella Harper. Too bad they hate her...
Ella Harper is caught between worlds in this book. She's a young girl in a world where she'd has to be a grown up, doing grown up things, for a long time. She's a girl used to suffering in squalor who's suddenly thrust into a life of splendor. She's unwanted yet craved, invisible yet stalked, hated yet envied all at once. She's a teenager in an adult world who puts on a brave face each day to walk the halls of an elite prep school, all while her young life is in complete disarray. She's thrust into this family, this wealth, this lifestyle that couldn't be more different from everything she knows.
The way this story evolves kept me glued, mesmerized, captivated, hooked from the very beginning. The Royal princes, Gideon, Reed, Easton, Sebastian and Sawyer, are ruthless in their disdain for Ella Harper. They despise her. They don't want her in their house, around their father, at their school, near their friends and they do everything they possibly can to hurt the girl that doesn't want to be there anymore than they want her there.
Jerks are my favorite. I realized a long time ago that one of my absolute favorite themes in romance... the trope I'll go to the end of the earth to find... is love hate relationships. I love a bully. I love cruelty. I love when a character does terrible, awful, mean spirited things to a girl he'd eventually come to love. I love to hate the bad boy. The interesting thing here, with Paper Princess, is that I honestly could not imagine there being another side to Reed Royal, a side that would make me want Ella to care for him, a side where I could fathom him caring for anyone. He's that callous, that hateful, that mean. And that only made me love him more. And, boy, did he slay me. Still, as much as I loved to hate him and hated to love him, I NEVER expected the twists and turns this book would take.
When this book hit my radar, I didn't even hesitate to add it to my TBR. I'm a huge fan of these authors, each of them writing absorbing, sexy romances on their own. But this... this love child born to Erin Watt, this writing pair... well my mind is blown. This writing pair is comprised of two authors that I've been auto-buying for quite a while. They are my go-to authors for steamy, sexy, lighthearted romances. So, of course, it was no question that I'd jump all over their love child. Brace yourselves... I think I loved this book more than anything I've read from either author before. (Yes, I know... that's crazy, right? It's true!) I loved this book so hard. It hit me in all the places I love to be hit while reading a book and a few places I didn't know I had. The pacing and timing and character development and writing style in this story were just spot on. The gut punches that completely KILLED me at the most unexpected moments. The swoon-worthy guys and their terrible antics... all of it. This book is everything. Gritty, angsty, steamy, and rife with scandal and secrecy, Paper Princess is the kind of book you hope EVERY book will be when you open it. The kind you can't put down, can't forget about. This book consumed me and thanks to that crazy ending, I won't be moving on from this book for a good long while.
WELL THAT WAS A JAW DROPPER!!!!!
A fucking JAW DROPPER!!! I'm still reeling! Ahhhhh! Okay... I think I've found a NEW addiction and it's ROYALLY intoxicating!!!! YOU GUYS! I started Paper Princess around 11pm on a Sunday Night. My plan was to read until 12:30. Yeah, rightttttt!!!
BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER.
I had to forced myself to set it down. I had read and read and read and before I knew it I had to be up in 2hrs. TWO HOURS. The next morning I couldn't think. Not about ANYTHING but this book. I was obsessed. Intoxicated. Completely taken by what I was reading. As I was making my kids breakfast, my mind ran a marathon, covering every little detail and scene my mind had soaked in. I couldn't get my kids to school fast enough. I came home. I finished immediately. And OH MY WORD! Seriously!!!! THIS, friends, is your NEXT addiction. These Royal's are delightfully wicked in every single way.
When you first meet Callum Royal and his sons, you don't know what to think of them. Callum swoops in and saves the day. Literally. I, personally, thought the man was fantastic. Even with his blatant flaws glaring at you, I saw a diamond in the rough. I have a major crush on him. He's HAWT. But his boys... Oh, baby! His five sons left something to be desired. To be honest, at first they're a bunch of assholes. Gorgeous assholes, but fuckers I wanted to throat punch nonetheless. However, first appearances are often times deceiving. There's soooo many things going on in this story. So many skeletons and little hidden compartments lingering behind the scenes, just waiting to jump out. I'm still trying to figure each of them out.
One of best things about Paper Princess, my most favorite thing, is Ella herself. Our main character is down right FABULOUS. At 17, this girl has handled more than anyone should. And it hasn't broken her. No, if anything it's made her one hell of a fighter. I respected her. I admired her. She's lost her mother, her father, and she's had to do things, to get by, that made my heart ache. This feisty, yet sweet girl, has been taking care of herself for what seems forever. And because of that she's developed an incredibly fierce sense of independence. She rarely shows weakness. And if she feels weak, she gets over it in the very next breath. Simply put, I have a girl crush on her.
With Ella's life's doing a 180--from pauper to princess--she's thrust into the Royal Mansion. That could easily change her as a person, yet it doesn't. Ella Harper is a good to her core. But while she's good, she's also strong. She takes no shit and gives zero fucks as well.
[.... "I lift a finger and trail it slowly across his naked pecs, my nail scraping across his smooth skin. His breath hitches, almost imperceptibly, but it’s there.
My heart leaps to my throat and blood begins to pound in places that I absolutely do not want to be associated with Reed Royal.
"You’re playing a dangerous game,” he rasps out.
Don’t I know it. Still, I can’t let Reed see he’s gotten to me. I pull my hand away, folding the fingers into a fist. “I don’t know any other way to play it.” ....]
All the Royal boys have distinct personalities. From Easton, to Gideon, to Sawyer, to Sebastian, they're all intriguing in their own way. But our hero is Reed Royal.
REED MOTHER FUCKING ROYAL! Prince of aloof fuckery!
Reed is the ringleader of the bunch. When he says jump, they say "YES, SIR!" He sets the standard in the Royal house and at Astor Park Prep, their High School! He's cold and his heart seems impossible to penetrate. I have so many thoughts on this man! I've analyzed him over and over and over again. I could say so much, but I don't want to spoil. So, I'm not going to. But I'll say this... I think our Hero has a soft heart. I think he's deliciously sexy. He makes me feel like a cougar. RAWR! I definitely think I'm in love him. And I think things are going to get very juicy, and maybe even a touch scandalous, in book 2. **waggles brows**
[.... "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 bit out of him would be a huge mistake." ....]
Also, I need to mention! I'm always skeptical when two authors I love write together. Especially when those authors have two very distinct writing voices. I mean, it's ELLE KENNEDY and JEN FREDERICK! Hello, major awesomeness. But with them writing under Erin Watt, I couldn't tell who wrote what!!! It was perfect, seamless, fluid. Effortless writing and transitions that I just devoured. I am so ready to read EVERYTHING these two collaborate on.
You've probably heard this already but Paper Princess definitely had a TV show feel. I could absolutely see this on the CW or one of those TV networks that everyone loves. I'm not a huge movie person. I've never watched Cruel Intentions (don't judge). And I've only seen an episode or two of Gossip girl (I'm lame, I know). But I could absolutely imagine this as something even I, a non TV watcher, would invest in. I would definitely be there every week, snacks at the ready, bells on, waiting for my weekly fix of the Royal TV show.
Overall, I loved it. From the first words to the last, I was BEYOND hooked. This is chock full of drama, sex, dysfunction, but also heart. The writing is good. The characters are enthralling. And the plot line is juicy. With plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, it's an intoxicating read. It is the first in the series. However, I urge you to try it out. You'll LOVE it. I'm sure of it.
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun--and sometimes crazy--ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.