Paper Princess by Erin Watt
Published by Ever After Inc. on April 4, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.
Finally a book I could sink my teeth into. Enraptured is what I was. From beginning to end I need every delicious, delicious morsel. Erin Watt definitely came to stake a claim in the romance playground. They get to go down the slide first! The very first few pages had me worried. I thought we were headed towards a spin on the Princess Diaries. Boy was I wrong. Paper Princess is more like Real Housewives of New York TEEN edition. They’re beautiful, filthy rich, and very spoiled. So when Ella pops up she must be after something right?
Ella is just trying to survive after her mother’s death and if that means stripping while trying to graduate high school, then so be it. She’s tough, jaded, and street smart, she’s definitely not made for the rich and famous lifestyle. The Royal brothers, there are five of them, were born with silver spoons in their mouths. They run the house, they run their prep school. Easton, Reed, Gideon, and the twins, Sebastian and Sawyer have decided Ella is public enemy number one. Reed is the leader and one word from him can and will ruin Ella’s future with the Royals.
There is nothing about this book that says “this is real life,” it’s not. While there are certain elements that us common folk find in the real world like bullying the rest of Paper Princess is just delicious, scandalous fiction. For whatever reason I was able to dive in with an open mind, just letting the story unfold.
*SPOILERISH stuff ahead*
View Spoiler »I only had a few issues with the story as a whole. I hated (yep hated) that the word ‘sis’ was tossed around these boys while they were flirting with Ella. It made me super uncomfortable. No they’re not biologically related but it didn’t matter. They were all under the same roof. I’m sorry, do not call me ‘Sis’ then try to stick your tongue down my throat. That’s just gross and it’s hard to switch gears and think of it as a serious romance. The other part that I totally hated was when Ella was given molly and Reed felt it necessary to provide her relief in the orgasim varity. I get it, I really do, shock value is awesome in these books. However, this, and I’m sure it crossed the authors’ minds, this could be viewed as rape. Not cool and it was hard to look past it. Luckily for me and maybe them (haha) I shoved it away and focused on the underlying plot. « Hide Spoiler
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The Royals are a mess. They all have deep dark demons and secrets. They are dysfunctional and twisted sitting up under piles and piles of cash. I loved it. The more twisted they were the more I wanted. I cannot wait for more books. This story ends in a cliffhanger. I know there are many readers who dislike them but I love them and this one was a doozy! I was freaking out at the end. Holy cow it’s a moment for sure. Ella doesn’t know who to trust in the beginning of Paper Princess and I’m not sure she’s any wiser by the end. There is so much more story to tell and I seriously hope each Royal gets their own book. I’m down for all their dirty little secrets.
This is definitely an upper YA book.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*