Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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Title: Broken Prince 
Author: Erin Watt 
Series: Broken Prince #2 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: July 25, 2016 
Rating: ★★★ 

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.

I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me.
Who knew success would taste so bitter.

I have to admit that I’ve only just now found out that Erin Watt is actually a co-writing project. I quickly scanned their website to find which two ‘bestselling’ authors make up this duo, but came up blank. Unfortunately I’m not invested enough (*cough* lazy *cough) to look further than that. Maybe you know? 

Rating this book was a bit of a struggle. I kept going back and forth between 2.5 and 3 stars. I settled on three eventually, but just barely. I loved Paper Princess because it was trashy, compelling and highly entertaining. Its sequel aimed for all the right things, but I think there must have been too much wind or turbulence because this time the arrow slightly missed its target. This book is… unnecessary. As I’m writing this review, I’ve already finished the last instalment of this series and I just can’t get around the fact that Broken Prince has not enough substance. 

Don’t get me wrong. It’s still highly addictive. As in once you start it’s hard not to finish right there and then. And like the previous book, it ends in the kind of cliffhanger that makes you scream in agony. I’m incredibly happy that I only started the series when all the books had already been released. I’m not entirely sure I would have ever picked up Twisted Palace if I’d had to wait for it. 

I missed you every second you were gone. I thought about you every goddamn second. You want to hate me for what I did? Don’t bother – I was hating myself for it long before you showed up.

After Ella found out Reed had been involved with his father’s girlfriend Brooke, she ran away as fast as her feet could carry her and did not intend to ever go back to the Royal mansion. She was done with that life and the decadence of it. But that was not something Callum Royal had in mind for his ward. So he once more sent out his team of investigators to find and drag her back into his care. When she gets back, Ella is very clear about one thing: her relationship with Reed is over. She can not be together with someone who sleeps with his father’s girlfriend out of spite. And there is also the baby thing to consider. Of course Reed is hell bent on proving her wrong and showing her how much he regrets his decisions.

This is the book. The struggles between Ella and Reed and the aftermath of Brooke’s huge pregnancy declaration. That and a lot of petty struggles at school that get over-dramatised and blown up way bigger than necessary. Brooke drama, Reed insisting he loves her to the moon and back and a ton of fights with Jordan and Delacorte. But it’s more than that. Remember fierce, independent, bold, sharp-tongued Ella? She was hard to find in this book. She was just not the same. Constantly pining over Reed, making the wrong decisions etc. Instead of being above all the ridicule, she got sucked in by it and she changed, not for the better. I kept wishing for the ‘old’ Ella to come back.

There was just a lot of magic missing. And one of the main reasons is the sudden dual POV. We get to see things from Reed’s perspective in Broken Prince and… it just didn't work for me. Part of the mystery and the allure was that we got to know the Royal brothers through Ella’s eyes. Bit by bit. Reading through Reed’s eyes was not as satisfying. Because I didn’t like Reed as much. He came across as possessive. The way he kept thinking her about my girl and my baby was probably supposed to be sweet and endearing but felt often really off and creepy.

We’re nothing. Were smoke - insubstantial and meaningless … We aren’t even a tragedy. We’re less than nothing.

While I believe in instant attraction, I don’t believe in instalove. And this book suffered a major case of it. Ella and Reed were always going to be together, but in Broken Prince their relationship is still in its early stages. Yet Reed acts as if they’ve been together for years. They are way too intense about everything. Except the sex part. For some reason we can constantly read about them fooling around and doing all kinds of things with/to each other and yet Ella has to stay a ‘virgin’. I mean, please, just get it over with already. 

Easton on the other hand is a precious gem to keep close at all times. I love him. Which might make me a hypocrite, because he was a pretty big jerk in the first book, but he’s just so… misunderstood? Haha. No, seriously, I know it’s ridiculous but I love him to pieces. He can invite me to live in his mansion anytime. I’d be fine being his sister, I’d be fine being his girlfriend. As long as I got the sweet, funny East.

And there is obviously the HUGE cliffhanger which I mentioned before. Just like that I couldn’t get my hands on the third book fast enough. This book is still addictive as hell, even if I had a ton of issues with it. I may have given the impression that I didn’t exactly enjoy this - but that’s not entirely true. I did still sort of enjoy it.

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