Paper Princess by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Published by Everafter Romance on April 4, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult (kinda), Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 370 : Paperback edition
Source: Checked out from my local library
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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.
I have a question for you, oh loyal blog follower: do you like slow burn romances? Do you like hotheaded (and also just plain hot) dudes? Do you like rags to riches stories?
Then pick this up immediately. Stop reading, go to Amazon, click “Buy Now” and begin reading.
I wanted to start out with saying my reason for rating this 4/5 stars instead of just 5. There was something a bit off about the flippant handling of sticky situations throughout the book. I’m not going to lie, there’s quite a few. Insinuation of raping girls, attempted rape, drugging girls, underage stripping…the list continues.
My feminist senses were tingling through the whole thing and while I wanted to sympathize with the Royals because you slowly uncover how much they’ve gone through, they’re just plain assholes at times that I couldn’t see past the whole “dude bro asserts his power over female” trope. Think cavemen.
I think it says something about a book if you begin to root more for the background characters than the main characters. Ella and Reed are complicated, that’s for sure, but this was like a Jay McLean novel of “did that really just happen????” Which is why I think I’m a sucker for books like this? Because they reel me in and I can’t let go.
Sigh. I know. I’m a problematic reader, but aren’t we all?
Anyway, if you want a mix of Captive Prince slow burn with some Jay McLean sexy times thrown in, then definitely pick this up. I’m more than halfway through the second one and it’s going to be a long wait for the third one. I have a sinking feeling it’s going to end on a cliffhanger like this one and I’m NOT. READY.