Book #127: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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. 

I read this book on recommendation from a friend. I told her I wanted a “trainwreck”. I wanted drama. I wanted emotional turmoil. I wanted something to sink into and drown in the misery of the characters.

She did not disappoint me.

Paper Princess has it all. From the first chapter, you are hit with “oh my god”. I almost put down the book because of the first three chapters, but decided to keep going because I did say I wanted a trainwreck. This is definitely not a book for the younger teen crowd. I say seventeen or older it will be okay, but there is sex, parties, and everything you can think of that makes your jaw drop.

At first, I wasn’t sure about Ella as a character. She is argumentative, has serious balls, but also puts herself in situations she should not be in. Like, stripping. Yes, stripping. That’s the kind of stuff I’m talking about that makes you go “oh my god.” And it only goes on from there.

But, anyways, Ella grew on me. I actually like her a lot. She seriously has balls. You don’t want to mess with her or her own. It’s just not a good idea.

As for the Royals . . . let’s just say they are a royally dysfunctional family. They have a lot of issues, do a lot of stuff that is morally not there, and they are just plain mean. It takes a while for someone to like any of them, but I did start to like them. Reed took the longest. And I’m still not sure how I feel about him.

I wish I could say that the trainwreck ends at the book’s end, but it doesn’t. Nope, there is more to this wreck and the first book wasn’t enough for me. The second one is definitely going to be read, but I’m going to pace this out. I’m going to try and finish other books first and use the Royal series as my “I need a serious crack read”.

Definitely addictive and I can’t say for sure if this is a good thing, but I’m loving it!

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