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Title: Broken PrinceMy Review:
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Published by: Indie, EverAfter Romance
Release Date: July 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Kindle Book
Reading Challenges: Lenoreo's 2018 #LetsReadIndie Challenge
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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.
4 stars — Oh ho ho!!! I see what you did there Ms. Watt (or however I address a pen name that encompasses two people)! I actually had little suspicions about the FINAL FINAL cliffhanger twist when I was reading Paper Princess, but then I kind of forgot. This is fun!! I truly feel like I understand what all those Dynasty fans from the 80s were feeling, and how they got hooked!!!
I will admit that I was initially disappointed in the explanations for Reed’s behavior. It was OK, but my imaginary reasons were better. 😛 I did enjoy being in Reed’s head. He’s still not necessarily an awesome guy, but he does have a big heart, that’s just a bit confused. And I loved that we got to see some interactions between him and Easton from his POV. Those two are going to break my heart. What a damaged family.
I was also not super impressed with Ella’s re-entry into the Royal household…and her reaction to Reed. I TOTALLY got parts of her reaction, and they made perfect sense from her perspective and given her upbringing. But there were other parts where it just felt a bit over the top…but maybe that’s the point? How in the heat of the moment, when emotions are high, things seem way more end of the world than with time and perspective? I don’t know. I was conflicted on her. And the back and forth of her feelings went on a smidge too long for me. That could have been because some of it started to feel repetitive.
And honestly, that was my biggest gripe with this story, and where it lacked in comparison to the first book. It felt a bit repetitive at times, and the plot would stall occasionally. I don’t mind having breathers from all the craziness, but when it feels like the characters are going over and over old ground, my attention wavers. Waivers? Nope, wavers. I would be reading a part and thinking “didn’t they have this conversation a few chapters ago?”
I DID love some of the surprises (or surprises for me) that came in this one. Particularly with Callum. Apparently there’s more to him than I thought. And thank the baby jesus we finally got some Gideon explanation. No resolution, but at least we know some of the secret. Poor Gideon. I actually do feel sorry for him.
I occasionally wasn’t impressed with the amount of violence in this one (and in the first one too, but I noticed it more for some reason). Like, holy beat everyone up batman. I’m not really a violence kind of girl, so that’s a bit outside my comfort zone. BUT, I LOVED watching Avenger Ella. Even as I was uncomfortable with the violence, another blood thirsty side of me was standing up and yelling “FINALLY! You teach those snotty rich kids!” I was also not always OK with the way things are “handled” in the rich world. Does it really work like that in real life? I mean, I see it in fiction ALL THE TIME, but for realz? Everything has a price? It’s just weird to see so much vigilantism (and machinations within their rich community). BUT, this is all kind of to be expected in a book like this too, it’s just my own little delicate flower self.
So yeah. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next. I’m even living with all the lack of communication and secrets, and I hate those! But for some reason it fits with this kind of book, you know? ONWARD!!!