Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

twisted-palaceTitle: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #3
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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 Review:
The nail-biting, stomach clenching, heart pounding conclusion to Ella and Reed’s story is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I had all the feels reading this one and it was virtually unputdownable.

Initially, Ella grated on my nerves a little – her attitude toward Reed’s guilt or innocence and her behavior around her dad bugged me. But I got over that pretty quick as Steve took a more prominent role in her life. What a total and utter complete douchecanoe!! There were plenty of things that didn’t add up about him but most of all, I hated how he abused his parental role and tried to pull Ella away from Reed. (How very dare you!)

As the story progressed, I became increasingly frustrated at whoever was setting Reed up – they were doing a stellar job, and I became so worried for him.

As a couple, Ella and Reed really come into their own in Twisted Palace, and I loved their progression. They are a real unit and the romance was swoon-worthy and downright perfect. Reed is to die for. Amen. He also grew up a lot and realized how much his actions had hurt others in the past. As if I needed any more reason to love him.

Ella was amazing, as always. I love her no-nonsense approach and her intelligence even if I did wish she thought to investigate a little sooner.

The last twenty percent of the book had me on the edge of my seat, almost afraid to turn the page. It was so freaking amazing – my heart was in my mouth and my pulse was pounding so badly.

I loved how it ended. Loved, loved, loved it. But now I feel bereft – I am not ready to say goodbye to any of these characters, but especially Reed and Ella. Can we have a college based NA spin-off at some time, pretty please? It also leaves things open for a book about Easton which I believe Erin Watt is writing mid-2017.

This was a very fitting ending to a phenomenally addictive series. If you haven’t started it yet you need your head examined. You won’t be disappointed.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.

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