I’m writing this review 3 days after finishing the book, and I still don’t know how to properly express what I felt reading it.
I think my inner conflict is best represented by this GIF:
Paper Princess synopsis gives a great insight to what the story is about, so I won’t get into it too much.
I’ll admit, I’ve requested this advance copy just for Elle Kennedy, who’s 1/2 of Erin Watt. The other half is Jen Frederick, who I’ve never read as far as I can tell. This might change though, because the writing in Paper Princess is superb.
The story is Ella’s voice throughout, right from the beginning where she’s a stripper to where she’s dealing with the Royal boys. I LOVED Ella. She’s all alone in the world having lost her mother and never knowing who her dad is. Top that with her being 17 years old and wanting to survive adolescent and high-school and going to college. That’s basically all she wants – education so she can get a good job.
The story is sweeping. Really, it’s compelling, interesting. Makes you want to know as something happens, how things are going to progress.
Ella, having been brought to the Royal estate, is very out of place, but she gets the hang of things pretty quickly. The clash of worlds seems to be profound, but it turns out that Ella has exactly what it takes to face the challenges set by her pseudo-brothers. She’s a gorgeous, witty, tenacious, determined and all around adorable. Which is exactly what makes her irresistible to Reed Royal, 2nd in line out of five Royal siblings.
Reed Royal is, for all intents and purposes, the one dictating how things are going to go around school and within the family. And he’s positive Ella is after his dad’s money. When Ella stands up for herself and won’t back down, Reed realizes she might just be telling the truth about her being there.
Oh… the synopsis and my ramblings so far haven’t revealed why Ella’s found herself with the Royals. Still not gonna tell you guys, though.
The story is strewn with drama, teenage bitchiness, an inheritance, and a lot of fishy information, which leads to the little cliffhanger at the end. Don’t worry, though… it’s not the kind that will kill you until the next part if out. In July.
There’s a solid foundation for a series with this book, and I’m definitely looking forward for the next installment.
4 Stars (leaning towards 4.5)
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.
Erin Watt is:
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
Who’s a bit of a mystery to me as I can’t find info on her…