Twisted Palace by Erin Watt
Published by Ever After Inc. on October 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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These Royals will ruin you…
From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.
Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.
Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.
No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.
With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.
My heart couldn’t take the torture of not knowing the end of this story. I knew going in I was in for a bumpy ride, books one and two were evidence of that. Erin Watt does not disappoint with Twisted Palace. I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t sit still, couldn’t stop reading. 24 hours later, I’m still reeling from the aftermath of Reed and Ella’s story. I don’t even want to think about this being the end.
Nothing is simple in the Royals’ world. Life should be easy with all that money. The world is their playground isn’t it? Money fixes everything except murder. We go into book three knowing a few things. What I’m about to say is spoilerish if you haven’t read the first two books so close your eyes.
My anxiety rose with every turn of the page. I had absolutely no clue who the murderer was. While I knew who it wasn’t, it didn’t help. My stomach was knots with anticipation. Somehow, someway, things were going to work out for Reed and Ella. Except it didn’t. It goes from bad, to worse. Every twist, every turn, my heart screamed no, while my brain conceded to my fears. I was lost to the turmoil and gravity of Reed’s situation, much like Ella.
Ella is a complex little heroine. She has grown so since Paper Princess, and while she still struggles with trust, I was happy to see her open herself up more. The shock of Steve being back, I believe was instrumental in Ella’s progress. Being independent, not relying on anyone is crucial to understanding Ella’s motives as well as her ability to make decisions. It’s important to remember she’s still only 17 years old. Her life was far from perfect before the Royals.
Reed’s character has also shown some tremendous growth. I suspect a murder charge will do that to you. He was surprisingly mature about his situation, including how he dealt with Ella. He was faced with something money couldn’t fix. It was really interesting watching him struggle with what was the right thing to do. Does he protect Ella and himself or just Ella?
I’m so infatuated with the Royals, the twins, Easton, even Gideon all deserve to be have their stories told. I’m really hoping this writing duo isn’t finished!
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *