Review: Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) by Erin Watt

Title: Fallen Heir
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher/Year:  Pear Tree 8/13/17
Length:   338 Pages
Series:  The Royals #4

Overview

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

My Thoughts

I had forgotten about this series – and i don’t know how that happen aside from having read a ton of stuff in between.  The Royal family has had quite an interested year with the discovery of Ella and what her real father did to the Royals.  So we’ve gotten through a few bits of the family and now it’s time to see how things go for Easton – the middle child and the one who’s most like his deceased mother with her addiction issues as well as just having no real direction.

He’s not really challenged by anything at school anymore until Hartley comes into his view and well things get turned upside down.  She’s a girl who’s from a very well off family yet she’s living on her own – banished and she’s got secrets.  This story really is one of seeing how she comes out the other side from her demons and watching as Easton matures to be a friend and not just a flirt.

The story here is interesting since we only get hints for the bulk of it on what troubles Hartley and once they open up to each other, we see that it’s far worse than anyone knew.  When Easton tries to help, he makes it worse which leaves us at a really bad cliff hanger at the end.

Ms Watt gives us another really sweet YA story here – all about how you have to grow as a person, and build a foundation on trust and friendship before you can be more – and how if you have that strong base – when people threaten you, together you can be stronger.  We remember from the other stories that the girls at their school Astor are cutthroat.  They are only out to better their stature and that’s no rarity in this story either.  Hartley/Easton and even Ella are up against someone who’s out for blood and hopefully together they will come out on top.  Hopefully when the ending says that we get another book in 2018 that it means early 2018 since i’d rather not wait a year for another installment.  Enjoy!

Review: Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

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Title: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 11/2/16
Length:   370 Pages
Series:  The Royals #3

Overview

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

My Thoughts

Where we left off at the end of book 2 was that Reed was in deep trouble now that Brooke’s been found dead and he was the last person spotted with her, and on top of that, it turns out that Steve, Ella’s father truly isn’t dead.  so of course that means that what was a roller coaster before is going to be even bumpier now.

Throughout this finale we’re dealing with a few things.  First being the fact that Ella and Reed truly have feelings for each other and they want to be together and yet, there are so many things pulling them apart outside of themselves.  Steve wants Ella to have nothing to do with Reed, the kids at school keep making things complicated – but throughout it all they find solace with each other.

Then there are the brothers who i adore – Easton is growing on me so much more – he’s such a sweet guy who’s overcoming so much of his own addiction throughout this story that it’s nice to see the teddy bear side of him come out.  Gideon of course continues to be elusive and he’s an odd one since we know why he’s always in the mood that he’s in, yet it’s a question of whether he’ll ever be able to get away from all that has caused it.  namely Dinah.  (Steve’s wife)  We at least continue to get the relief from Val, Ella’s bestie who knows exactly what to say and do and how to do it all to make Ella feel a bit better of the horror that her life has become.  Val of course guides Ella through what it’s like to have a parent who’s protective and a father at that who’s over over protective. Because of all this, we also get to see ab it more about who Val is and what’s going on in her angst ridden teenage life – so that’s a nice addition in this installment.

The roller coaster that i mentioned is off the charts here.  We know that Reed didn’t kill brooke but there’s no one else that they can pin it on.  mind you, i figured it out quite early on because it’s obvious to me, but of course not to the cops.  Reed has to make the choice of whether to juts take the plea deal and do time or to take it to trial where he’s not sure that he’ll win even though he’s innocent.  The family works to stand beside him, but it’s tough at times knowing that the entire town is against him and there’s so much that keeps cropping up that’s just going to make more trouble.

There are so many questions in this book.  Who killed Brooke.  What’s Dinah’s motive with being such a bitch.  Does Steve really suspect that Dinah was behind the gliding accident and what will that mean for her down the road and will Ella and Reed ever be free to spend their days together.  You’ll have to read to find all that out.  Enjoy!

Review: Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

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Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 7/25/16
Length:   370 Pages
Series:  The Royals #2

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

This second installment makes you wonder how much more complicated are things going to get.  We know that Ella was running away since her heart was broken and we know that the family isn’t going to like that.  as if that weren’t enough, the roller coaster that we’re taken on with just about everyone in the family in this 2nd book is insane.

Our author – Ms Watt puts a new perspective on this book – we had it all pretty much from Ella’s POV in the first one, and in this one we alternate chapter groups between Ella and Reed – getting their take on how the situations are unfolding from both of their minds.

Where we pick up in this book 2, the Royals are crumbling in a way.  Reed is at a loss because Ella is gone, Easton is pissed off because he knows that it’s Reed’s fault, and Easton tends to get into his own sort of trouble when he’s trying to cope with stuff.  The twins seem to be doing ok, but i’m sure there’s doom on the horizon there for some reason.  Callum however, while we all thought he was clueless about things, he’s really on the ball and knows all of what’s going on in his home and really tries to step up to sort it out.

Throughout this book we see their world fall apart both personally and in school.  No one knows where Ella is and when they can get her back before she’s hurt or worse.  Val, her best friend knows there’s more to what she’s being told going on, and of course that makes things even more emotional for everyone.

Tying Val back to school and what’s going on there – with so much going on with Ella, Reed and the other Royals haven’t held the same level of control over school and things are going insane.  The cattiness etc is getting so far out of hand and the fact that Daniel from book 1 is still up to his own ways with no one to reign him in, you can be certain that we’ll get into it a bunch there.  Prep schools definitely breed a lot of tension!

Then there’s Brooke – (and Dinah i guess).  Those two are trouble in such a big way for the Royals that i’m actually interested to see where things are going ot go with them.  As it relates to Brooke, we know that she’s the reason that Ella ran – because Brooke was trying to seduce Reed, and Brooke’s got an end goal of money and power from Callum.  I think that there’s a huge question of whether or not she’s going to succeed since she’s got a dirty plan in mind that she’s putting into place that makes everyone angry.  One that has something to do with a bun in the oven….who’s parentage is unknown.

Then there’s Dinah – we know she’s Steve’s widow (Ella’s dad) and when we learn that Ella’s been given 1/2 of Steve’s wealth and a quarter of the company – well we know that’s not sitting well so she must be scheming.

There’s a rather large cliff hanger that we’re left with at the end – someone’s stabbed, someone’s killed and someone’s being investigated by the cops.  Who falls into those buckets?  you’ll have to read on your own, but trust me, i don’t know that it’s possible to have left this 2nd book off with more tension.  Enjoy!

Review: Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

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Title: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher/Year: EverAfter Romance 4/4/16
Length:   287 Pages
Series:  The Royals #1

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

I’ve clearly been on this thing where i need to read light and airy YA books and this one falls right into that description.  What we have here is the introduction to a trilogy that will really just take us through what it’s like being a teen who’s live was one way and routine and then all of a sudden, it’s something completely different.

As we read in the summary, our leading lady Ella has had a bit of bad luck her whole life.  Her mom passed away, she never knew her father, and she’ll do whatever she has to in order to survive and get to college etc.  When things seem like they are working out, she finds herself being taken away from all that and thrown into the world of wealth and all that comes with it all because of Callum Royal who was best friends with her father.

If that weren’t enough, bring along 5 testosterone laden sons, 2 of whom Ella’s attracted to and one of those that she perhaps may even love….then an entire school of catty girls and guys who will say whatever they want about her because she’s different.  Callum seems to be the only one on her side, the sons want nothing to do with her, and she really would do whatever it takes to get out of there and live her life on her terms.

While i usually see a bit of ‘coming of age’ in these things, it’s really just about survival here – being able to make it through the day with everyone who’s against her in this new environment, and just when she thinks she’s turned a corner, it all blows up in her face.  People that she felt she could trust – she can’t, and when she almost had enough to allow for survival if she had to run, that’s all gone too since she tried to protect one of her brothers.

We’re left on a cliffhanger – Ellas world is completely upside down again and she can’t trust anyone.  Her heart’s been broken and she’s on the run.  Can’t wait to see where she goes and who comes after her in the hopes of finding her.  Everyone’s got an agenda and i feel like it may be an unlikely suspect that comes to her rescue.  we’ll have to wait and see.  Have a great day all!