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Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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

Publication Date: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Mature Young Adult
Source: e-ARC provided via Nina Bocci in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 370 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N | iTunes
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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.
 
 
 
 
 
Oh my. I have been ruined by Royals. Ok, so technically I've been ruined by one Royal in particular.... And after that evil cliffhanger I don't even know what to do with myself and my feels. Thanks a lot ladies. Ok, so really though. I sound bitter, but I promise I'm not because holy hell THIS BOOK. I have been in a bit of a book slump, but when I picked this one up, there was no wanting to put it down!
 
My heart ached for Ella. She has already gone through so much in her life and now she is plucked up by this rich guy she doesn't even know and is brought to live in his house with his 5 sexy as hell, but vindictive sons. They are pretty awful to her in the beginning, and they act as her Judge, Jury, and Executioner without even getting to know her. It's very much survival mode for Ella, but I love how strong she is. She isn't unaffected but she'll be damned before she shows weakness in front of these people.
 
School isn't much better for Ella, as the Royal boys pretty much own the place. She is mostly ignored, with the exception of a girl named Jordan who is the Queen Bee of the school. She also has it bad for Reed, so she won't be rolling out the red carpet for Ella anytime soon. Ella does end up befriending another outcast of sorts, Jordan's cousin, and the two are quite the pair.
 
I wanted to hate Reed and Easton Royal for how they treated Ella, as some of their actions could border on sexual harassment, and I hated how vile they were initially to her. They automatically assume she's a slut and make crude gestures, when she's never even had sex before and is pretty inexperienced when it comes to all things sexual. However, as we learn more about this family and their history, I can understand why it took them so long to warm up to Ella. I'm not condoning their actions, but Ella is a stranger brought in under unusual circumstances, so they are right to be wary.
 
Ella thinks the Royals are insufferable, but she can't get past her attraction for Reed. He is an ass to her, but she doesn't just let him walk all over her. She exacts her revenge and I love how she sticks it to him. He takes to driving Ella to school and to work in the mornings and while he says it's not to embarrass the family, I think he's has his own reasons. As in, he likes her. However, he doesn't want to open himself up in front of her and show he's vulnerable. He tries to keep her at a distance, as he's set on leaving for college in the fall and he can't afford any distractions. These two have crazy tension together and it's seriously hot.
 
I am so ready for Broken Prince. I'm not usually one for drama, scandal, and betrayal but in this case, GIVE ME MORE!

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8 comments

  1. Hmm. I'm not sure I would enjoy this one much. Although I'm really glad you did.

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  2. YESS! This book was like crack. There were so many problematic issues with it, but it also felt like it was done on purpose?
    I'm not entirely in love with Reed just yet, but I'm looking forward to more of him.
    I'm so pleased you enjoyed this, Jess! :D

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  3. Honestly, this book just did not appeal to me. I am not one for super over the top drama like this but everyone is raving about this book! If I do give in to the hype and read it though, I am deff waiting for both books to be available lol. Great review!

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  4. Oh man I NEED to read this -- I've been in the mood for something addictive like this but I don't want a cliffy, hahaha! I'm sure I will give in soon -- glad you loved this Jessica! Sounds awesome!!

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  5. I hadn't even heard of this before! Thanks for putting it on my radar. :D

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  6. I'm still unsure about this, it sounds very Gossip Girl and lots of drama, but your review makes me want to give it a try! I'm all for an addicting story.

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  7. LOL, I am all for something that makes you giddy! I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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  8. I’m currently reading this book. It’s so addictive. I hate cliffhangers, but it didn’t stop me from starting this book. Lovely review, Jessica!

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