Series: The Royals #1
Published by EverAfter Platinum on April 4th 2016
Genres: Coming of Age, High School, Mature Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Reviewed by Joanne
*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*
“No one wants to be ruined. We all want to be saved.”
This booked consumed me! From picking it up early on a Sunday morning, I was hooked and didn’t put it down until I finished a few hours later. The tag line is ‘These Royals Will Ruin You’ and it couldn’t be more apt. There are five Royal brothers, and they’re all intriguing. Gideon is the eldest and is away at college. Then you have Reed, a senior in high school, Easton, a junior like Ella, and the twins Sebastian and Sawyer who are sophomores. They live a very pampered life, although they have known heartache too. From the moment Ella arrives, they make their feelings perfectly clear.
“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us.If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.”
I loved Ella from the start – she took no crap, she was feisty, witty and she stood up for herself, but underneath it all she just wanted a family. She hadn’t had the easiest of lives, and had done whatever it took to keep her and her mother going. She was like a fish out of water arriving at the Royal home. Plucked from a life of poverty and dropped into a sea of wealth, it was easy to understand how overwhelming that must be.
She doesn’t factor in the influence Reed Royal will have over her life though, in more ways than one. Reed is the second eldest royal son, but with Gideon away at college, Reed rules the siblings, AND the school. What he says goes. If he likes you, then its all good, but if he doesn’t, then your life will be hell. Reed gets to Ella, big style. He makes it quite clear that she isn’t welcome, and his opinion of her is less than favourable.
Don’t get sloppy drunk. Don’t embarrass the Royal name. Don’t hang around us. Don’t use the Royal name to get anything. Act like a whore and we toss you out on your ass. Gid says your mom was a prostitute. You don’t try that shit here, got it?” The infamous Royal decrees. “Screw you, Royal. She was not a prostitute, unless dancing is your version of sex and if so, your sex life must suck.” I meet Reed’s hard eyes with defiant ones. “Do your worst. You’re an amateur compared to what I’ve been through.”
Reed was, well he was Reed. He definitely has secrets that have yet to be discovered. I loved the silent but deadly persona he had going on. The more time Ella spent in the Royal household, the more she found herself attracted to Reed. Despite his warnings that he was no good for Ella, she wouldn’t listen. The heart wants what it wants I suppose. Oh my these two could light a fire with the heat that was between them, the sexual tension and the chemistry between them was immense.
“Shit, Ella, I need a smoke every time you two are within five feet of each other.” He grins, but almost immediately sobers. “Look, I like you. Didn’t think I would but I do, and because I like you, I feel the need to warn you that we Royals are pretty fucked up. We’re good in bed, but out of it? We’re like a stage four hurricane.”
I know that Erin Watt is a pen name, and it’s a collaboration between Jen Frederick & Elle Kennedy. I loved the writing in this book, it was flawless and I couldn’t tell that it was written by two different people. I’ve read other collaborations in the past, but it’s always been more than one point of view, where each author has had their own character. This story is told solely from Ella’s viewpoint and it was seamless. The story was gripping and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
The end of this book left me in pieces. That ending, O.M.G. that ending. My heart was ripped in two. My jaw dropped and I was looking at my kindle in shock, thinking WHY?! Reed Royal, what have you done? I can’t wait for book two, I need to know how this is going to go down. Is it July yet?