These Royals will ruin you…
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
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.
Ohmigod! Ohmigod!! Ohmigod!!! The team that comprises Erin Watt writes killer soap opera style endings. Not over the top, cheesy dramatized endings, because this is new adult angst at its finest. No, I’m talking the cliffhanger style ending that when you read the last line, you mind follows it up with “DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!!” and you begin immediately salivating for the next installment. Or at least I did, and I doubt I am alone in this reaction. Now, before I begin, if you have not read Paper Princess and you plan to do so, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW as it will likely contain spoilers for that book. You’ve been warned…
Broken Prince begins with Reed’s point of view and actually sets the stage for the scene the sent Ella running from Bayview and the Royals at the end of Paper Princess. And let me tell you, with the way things ended in book one, I never expected Reed to be able to muster up a believable explanation for the scene Ella walked in on. Yet Watt manages to make the lame excuse of “Honey, it’s not what it looks like. I just tripped and fell.” work. Unbelievable. Unfortunately for Reed, by the time he comes to his senses, Ella’s history of disappearing means she’s long gone before he realizes that she’s even left town. The authors prove just how well they can wreak havoc on the family as the Royal brothers seemingly implode in Ella’s absence – the unbreakable bond is broken and when Ella finally returns, Astor Park Prep Academy and the Royal family are far worse than when she left. Secrets are ripping the family apart. Bullies run amok. And Reed Royal learns one of the hardest lessons of all – once trust is destroyed, it’s a hard fought battle to win it back. Despite appearances, the Royals aren’t afraid of working hard for what they want and Reed proves that he can be unwavering in his pursuit to reestablish himself as a safe haven in Ella’s life. But even as he chips away at the wall she’s built between them, outside forces continue to threaten their relationship and the family – and matters of both life and death loom large over The Royals.
Ah, yes, Broken Prince was another great installment in The Royals series. Even as we got to know Reed better, we got to see Ella come into her own even more amongst the sharks and bottom feeders of Astor. She refuses to be a doormat for Reed, not readily accepting his explanation of that night’s events and reconciling with him immediately upon her return, and she holds out against his pursuit far longer than I expected. This is a new adult romance trilogy, so I don’t think revealing that Reed finally earns his way back into Ella’s good graces and her heart is a spoiler – it’s the how that matters. We also got to know Callum better in this installment and I was as impressed with his ability to “close a deal” as I was with Ella’s ability to throw down when standing up for someone else. So much of the ending was unexpected, even knowing that there was going to be a bit of a cliffhanger that left me desperate for book three, I was still shocked. And the ending, with all that transpired in the wee hours of the morning, to see Callum stop and stare in shock, I knew without a doubt that the person on the other side of the door was… “DUN-DUN-DUUUUN!!!” (welcome to my state of mind – hehe hehe).