Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

Paper PrincessTitle: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

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 youโ€ฆ

Ella Harper is a survivorโ€”a pragmatic optimist. Sheโ€™s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday sheโ€™ll climb out of the gutter. After her motherโ€™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 doesnโ€™t want her. He says she doesnโ€™t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. Itโ€™s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if sheโ€™s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, sheโ€™ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

My Review:
Oh, good, God, I’ve just finished and I think I might be having a coronary – I need the next book so badly I can scarcely breathe.

Quite simply, that was magnificent. I adored every word. I started last night and stayed up until 4am and the only reason I didn’t finish it straight away today was because I had to work.

Those Royal boys are super-hot brats but I can’t help loving them, especially Easton and Reed. They are naughty, naughty, boys but I love that brash, cocky, over-protective type. Right up my alley.

Ella was a great MC, tough, gutsy, with a wicked cool mouth – she was well able for Reed & Co. She did have a vulnerable side though and my heart ached for her at the end.

The high school setting was great and I either loved or hated all the secondary characters.

There are a few things that were a bit ew – like their Dad and that slut having sex in front of them all. It didn’t seem to fit his character, but it was such a minor issue that it in no way dented my overall enjoyment.

I have read many of Elle’s books, although I haven’t read Jen Frederick before, but I have to say the writing was flawless and full of all the things I love about Elle’s books in general – the witty banter, hysterical scenes, lots of kissing and sexy scenes, plenty of angst and drama etc.

This was more sexually explicit than your normal YA read but they have put a 17+recommended reading age on it which addresses that issue.

Now, that ending – holy moly – it was sheer brilliance. Honestly, my heart is pounding in my chest. How the heck am I expected to read another book after that ending?! I can’t – my heart is in the shredder. (Giving myself a pep talk – must calm down before said suspected coronary becomes a real one.) I had a feeling I knew what was coming but I was only partly right. I guessed the person involved (never trusted her from the start) and I suspected she was going to walk in on something like that, but it was still completely unexpected! (Being vague on purpose as I don’t want to give away spoilers)

Awesome! I love cliffhanger endings (I love torturing myself.)

Cannot wait for part 2 – I’m actually really glad I waited until now to read this so I only have a couple of days to wait. I’ll be on a countdown.

I received a copy of this book from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much, Nina!

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