Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Title: Paper Princess 
Author: Erin Watt 
Series: The Royals #1 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: April 4, 2016 
Rating: ★★★★ 

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.

We Royals are pretty fucked up.  
We’re good in bed, but out of it? 
We’re like a stage four hurricane.

There really isn’t much I wanted from this book. I needed something trashy. A royal guilty pleasure to take over my mind and man, mission accomplished. It was juicy, compelling and so damn addictive. I read it in one sitting (until 4am in the morning, again - I really should stop doing this) and all I could think was more, more, MORE.

Oh, it’s not perfect. Critics would tear it apart and not leave anything whole, but who cares about them anyway? It’s utterly entertaining. Sometimes you just need to swoon over a couple of hot guys, enjoy a thrilling romance and let your mind wander for a couple of hours. And these Royals will take you places, I promise. 

Ella has had a tough life so far. Ever since her mother died of cancer, she’s had to fend for herself. She never knew her father and since the foster system is a big no, she has to take care of herself. And she does it well. Besides going to school, she runs three extra jobs to earn her living. One of them is stripping, dancing for men at a club. Not the job she would have initially chosen for herself, but it brings food on the table and helps her achieve her one goal in life: to graduate high school so she can attend college and be normal. But then a man who tells her he’s her legal guardian shows up and he turns her entire world upside down.

That man is Callum Royal and he offers her a deal. As her guardian, he will give her 10k month and pay for college, food, clothes, everything. The only things he asks in return is that she stay with him and his five sons in their ginormous mansion and become part of the family. Ella accepts. There’s no way she can turn down a proposal like that. But she has no idea what she is getting herself into. 

Brave, sharp-tongued, independent, fabulous, stripper Ella goes from nobody to royalty overnight and gets thrown into a life of decadence and hunger. Hunger for money, status, power and sex. And at the center of it all are the five Royal princes. Brothers - smart, dangerous, magnetic and incredibly hot. She knows they’re trouble - but they’re the kind of trouble she just can’t stay away from. And Reed is the worst of them all.

“You’re poking a tiger.”
I shrug. “He poked me first.”

Aaaaaaah, are you feeling it already?

It’s simple, really. If you like Ella and the brothers, you’ll love this book. If not, you’re not going to take much pleasure in it. The story isn’t extraordinary creative. Sometimes it’s over the top and pretentious. Yet its characters are so enticing and thrilling that it becomes an instant page-turner. Every single one of the Royals has secrets, pain they’re burying away. They’re far from perfect, but they cling to each other in an unhealthy kind of way. The bond between the brothers is something to behold. I really loved the dynamics between all of them. And between them and Ella, a constant struggle between attraction and hostility.

You should know whatever game you're playing, you can't win. Not against all of us.
The world they all live in is equally captivating. It’s a world we only meet in books and movies. A world of wealth, hierarchy and private schools. The side characters are exactly what they needed to be. Obnoxious and snobby. Everything brought together creates this perfect, exhilarating atmosphere that’s impossible to resist. It draws you in whether you want it to or not. This book has a certain irresistible vibe. A combination of melancholy, desire, pain and hope.

And just when you think everything is going to work and that you’ve got it all figured out, there’s this huge plot twist that ruins everything. Oh, I am going to devour that sequel. So goodbye, folks. I have some urgent reading to get to!

"Maybe I want to be ruined…"

"No one wants to be ruined. We all want to be saved."
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