- Ever After Romance
- Release Date
- April 2016
- Book 1 of The Royals
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance
"This generation's Cruel Intentions." Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
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.
Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 22, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
50 people found the following review helpful
If this book features MC's just a liiiitle bit older, I'd have really fallen in love with this book.
Seventeen-year-old high school junior Ella Harper just wants to graduate, go to college and get a steady, boring job. Her life hasn't exactly been unicorns and rainbows, so when the wealthy Callum Royal shows up at her school claiming he's now her legal guardian and plops her down in a mansion with 5 brooding, angry teenage boys, it's enough to have her insanely suspicious. One isn't typically plucked out of a strip club VIP room and deposited in the US equivalent of a castle.
Of all the dysfunctional Royal brothers, the one who makes her most wary and yet sets her blood on fire is Reed, who's made his dislike of her very clear. New school, new family, new set of spoken and unspoken rules, Ella is caught in a prep school purgatory, all while trying to fight her attraction to Reed. But it seems Callum's girlfriend was right when she told Ella that these Royals will ruin you.
I don't read YA/NA romances for a reason. Sex scenes with kids who can't even vote just give me the icks. That said, I did enjoy Ella's rags to riches storyline, she had a good voice and an interesting backstory that would've been better if she was just a bit older. But then the plot obviously wouldn't have had the impact with a poor adult coming to live with a rich family and the terrors they put her through. The Royal boys were dicks, just completely ignorant to Ella and to their father. Once they got used to the fact that Ella wasn't going anywhere, the interactions became so much better, and I really dug that they went from antagonizing her to having her back.
There was a lot of sex, drugs, drinking and fighting in PAPER PRINCESS, and honestly, it just made me uncomfortable given the ages of the MC's. I know that's what teenagers do, I was one of them back in the day! But it just wasn't something I'm interested in reading a ton of. I no longer identify with teen angst. Even so, this was really a very good book full of edge of your seat "what's gonna happen next!?!?!" drama, and the collaborative Ms. Watt did a damn fine job creating a fresh, sexy, nail biting read for Ella and the Royal clan.
Bottom Line: Fans of the young adult genre will eat this one up, and it's very well written and interesting…just not totally my cuppa.
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