Monday, 25 July 2016

Release Day Review ~ Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

Book Description:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“You can’t change anything. The most you can do is keep your head down and survive.”

After Paper Princess I was totally and utterly addicted to the Royals, this book was like readers crack and I couldn’t wait for my next fix. The torture was real and once I got my grubby mitts on Broken Prince I couldn’t wait to dive in…the Royals were waiting.

“My instincts had screamed at me that she was trouble. My instincts were wrong. She wasn’t trouble. I was. Still am. Reed, the destroyer.”

The Royals series is YA/NA, a dysfunctional family with enough drama to fill a 747, high angst, heat, dramarama but totally swoon worthy nonetheless. All the Royal brothers are endearing in their own right, trying to overcome their problems and their issues all the while trying to look out for the “sister” they never knew they wanted. As I said in my Paper Princess review, “but most of all they were enigmatic, intriguing, intoxicating and contradicting, but I desperately wanted to get to know them,” and so the soap opera continues!

“And I thought, I’ll just keep after him. Eventually I’ll wear him down, convince him that we’re a beautiful fairy tale. But we’re not. We’re nothing. We’re smoke – insubstantial and meaningless… We aren’t even a tragedy. We’re less than nothing.”

These types of reads are definitely my crack, private school kids, entitled, snobby, bitchy with parents that only care about their next business deal or spa appointment rather than the children that they brought into this world. A world where money talks and no problem is insurmountable when you have a wad of daddy’s cash. But whereas you should cringe and hate them all, I find myself totally invested, reliving a school life I never had and now I have seen it, I never wanted.

The Royal’s though, while entitled are acting up on their past and their issues with their dad, and this continues in Broken Prince. They all have their secrets but slowly but surely we are getting to find out a little more about this family. Ella is kind of the glue that is cementing them together, albeit still fragile at the moment, but you can see the Ella magic working and you find yourself rooting for this family that were decimated by the death of their mother and in Callum’s case, wife.

“I’ve spent the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.”

Callum really starts to get his get act together in this book and although he was rather weak in Paper Princess his backbone is definitely coming back in some regards. He is beginning to get himself back on track and assisting in what his family needs, a parent. Callum Royal though is still the dark horse for me, yes he is firmly in my sights, especially being my age group ;-) but I feel that he is a lot stronger and manipulative than anyone gives him credit for and when push comes to shove he is going to be the one to pull it out the bag.

I am intrigued as to what direction this is going take, I have theories, I got some answers but then I got many more questions. That is the beauty of a story like this, intricately woven, flawlessly written and totally and utterly addicting. Blindsided one minute and OMG moments this book has something for everyone and once again has me waiting on tenterhooks for October 17th for the release of Twisted Palace. I just hope that the gold digging, money grabbing whore gets her comeuppance.

“I’m done playing games, Ella. No other girls exist in this world for me. If you see me talking to one, know that I’m talking about you. If you see me walking next to someone, I’m wishing it was you… You’re the only one for me.”

Yes, this series is over the top, yes it is cheesy at times, yes it reads like a soap opera, but look how long Corrie and Eastenders have been running…DECADES. It is because it is so crazy yet relatable that you want to imagine the what ifs, you want to live their lives, immerse yourself in their brand of crazy and live the high life, even if only for a few hours. It’s an escape and that is what I love the most about reading.

Bring it on Erin Watt, this crazy woman wants more… and soon.

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