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.
What I thought about Paper Princess
So Ella gets rescued by wealthy Callum Royal and suddenly finds herself with money, a place to live, and five gorgeous brothers that don't miss an opportunity to make her feel unwelcome. The circumstances are some kind of screwed up, but I'm not entirely sure how. It seems like there is a whole lot more to the story than we get in this first installment. Some of it seems a bit unlikely to me, but I'm willing to go along with it.
Ella is a nice girl. She's done what she's had to do in order to take care of her sick mother. Her background is exploited by her classmates and just about everyone she comes in contact with in this world, but she sees the value of staying and what it can do for her future. She's determined to get herself a better life, and I liked her a lot. I hated when the Royal boys gave her a hard time, after all, she didn't ask for this, and she didn't ask for the insane attraction she has for one of her "brothers", Reed Royal. He runs hot, hot, hot and cold toward Ella. I wasn't always convinced it was because he was trying to protect her from himself, but he did manage to step up a time or two.
Overall, the book is very engaging and the writing is top-notch as I would expect from Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick. I wanted to know what was going to happen -- I needed to know! The story pacing was great and it kept me turning the pages until I reached the end that had me wondering WTF just happened. So that is a definite plus to this story.
As for the rest, I'm just not entirely sure how I feel about this book. I liked it, but...there are things that bugged me, like Callum and his girlfriend (big time), the boys animosity toward Ella, and her mysterious father -- I'm hoping there will be a payoff somewhere down the line. There is a lot of potential in this series at this point, and I sure hope the authors take advantage of that and give the reader something that is really WOW!
That being said, it was an interesting read, and I'm looking forward to more of this story!
ARC provided for review.
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About the Author
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun--and sometimes crazy--ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org