on April 4th 2016
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Series: The Royals #1
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.
Also in this series: Paper Princess (The Royals, #1), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)
Also by this author: Paper Princess (The Royals, #1), Paper Princess (The Royals, #1), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)
Book 1 in The Royals series.
Ella Harper is all alone in the world. Having never settled in one place very long, following her mother from town to town, she now finds herself trying to finish high school as well as dealing with the grief of losing her mother to cancer. With her eternal optimism she has managed to fool everyone into thinking she isn’t home alone and caring for herself at 17. But things are about to change when a certain Callum Royal turns up looking for her.
Suddenly Ella finds herself under his guardianship, moved across states to live in his huge mansion and thrown together with his five sons who are out to get her; or are they? Determined to keep her independence, she ignores the boys attempts to ostracise her, particularly the ringleader, the second son and prince of Astor Park, Reed Royal. But fighting her attraction to him is the hardest thing of all. Will she become a Royal? Or will she find herself on the streets once again.
The Royal family have secrets and slowly they will begin to come out. Will Ella be able to handle all the deception, secrets and indeed the wealth that is now her life?
OMG! I loved this book. I read the synopsis and it intrigued me for sure. I am a sucker for a good YA, but wow, this book is so much more. Don’t go in expecting an immaturity that often goes hand in hand with a Young Adult book. Oh no, this book has a really mature storyline but with a young cast. And what a cast and storyline it is.
Ella is so mature and worldly wise for her years. Having watched her mother bounce from man to man, town to town and then having to watch her die, it has hardened her to life. Being thrown into this new world of money is a massive step for her but one she takes in her stride. Her biggest challenge is the boys; all 5 of them. They give her shit, make her feel like a sponger and make damn sure she knows she doesn’t belong. Ella being the determined person she is sets out to prove them wrong and slowly forms tentative relationships with them. But it is Reed that is the hardest nut to crack, not only because of the way he treats her, but also his absolute determination to keep his distance; the question is why?
This book is full of mystery, intrigue, suspense and angst. Being YA it isn’t full of graphic sex scenes and that works in its favour in my opinion, as it would detract from the pure quality of the storyline. Be warned it does contain one hell of a cliff hanger; but wow what an ending. It had my heart racing as I frantically read it; so much so that I had to read the final two chapters again to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Needless to say I am now eagerly awaiting Broken Prince, book 2 which will release on 25th July 2016. In fact I hope this series runs on and on; all these Royal deserve to have their stories told and their secrets to come out.
If you like your romance to have angst, suspense and a mansion full of secrets, Paper Princess is a MUST READ!