Goodreads Rating: 4.27 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult -New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Everafter Platinum
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.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOOK
Q: Is this really a YA?
We recommend this for young adult readers, age 17 and up. We think it’s a book that will appeal to older teens and those adults who are in touch with their inner teen, like us.
Q: Is there a cliffhanger? I’ve heard there’s an awful cliffhanger! Why’d you write a cliffhanger?
We promise that we didn’t set out to write a cliffhanger, but Paper Princess does end in one. The good news is that the next book will be released July 25, 2016.
Can we fast forward to July? I badly need the sequel after that cliffhanger. This book is entertaining, addicting, filled with angst and worth the craze. I swear, it kept me awake at night until my e-reader betrayed me and rans out of battery. It’s like Cinderella meets Boys Over Flowers / Hana Yori Dango / Meteor Garden.
Ella Harper is a feisty heroine with a sense of independence and responsibility. Growing up with a sick, dying mother, she had an early glimpse of real life working as a stripper at a young age to pay medical bills and their basic necessities. Her life gets tougher when her mother passed away but she strives harder to survive and I love her for that.
Things suddenly changed when Callum Royal became her legal guardian and happens to be her biological father’s best friend. He is a rich guy with 5 sons – Gideon, Reed, Easton, Sawyer and Sebastian. The Royal brothers are gifted with good, sexy, chiseled looks but they are a bunch of jerks (Except Gideon – he’s in college but he has a story and it makes me curious.). From being a pauper to princess, she gets in the luxurious life with them.
She find it obvious that Callum and his sons have a strained relationship. There are lots of drama going on and she didn’t want to pry on their issues. It seems she got an impression to the Royal boys that she’s having an affair with their father. That’s why they are unwelcoming and mean to her. Reed Royal is somewhat an acting leader to the Royals. At school, the Royal Brothers are famous and no one wants to mess with them. If someone is brave enough to do so, of course.. everyone will mess with you until you give up. Ella gets a taste of that, instead of crying after being called with bad names.. she fights back. (Talk about girl power *fist bumps*)
I love and hate the Royal brothers at the same time. Yes, they are bad boys and big bullies but when you get to earn their trust by being honest and their bad impressions about you are proven wrong , they’ll protect you no matter what. The romance and chemistry between Ella and Reed.. DAMN HOT AS A SUMMER. The sexual tension is there and it’s definitely not an insta-love. As the story goes on, it slowly builds up. I really like the side characters, it makes me curious to know more about their story. I am actually curious on Gideon and Easton. (These two are seriously hot. Omg. Give me more of them).
Overall, I love this book and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a YA-NA Romance novel. A big thumbs up to Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick)!