Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

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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.


Paper Princess was an interesting read. It is like Gossip Girl meets...something. You know how Gossip Girl is totally not how high school is? Well, that was like this book, but to more of an extreme. It was fun in that kind of unbelievable way if that makes sense.

Ella has been working at a strip club to make money to take care of herself for a while now. She is not old enough to be doing that, still in high school, but she needs something that will pay the bills. She is alone in the world, but doesn't want anyone to know it as she doesn't want to go into foster care. And she doesn't want to move again. Hopefully she can just stick it out where she is and graduate high school. That is her hope until Callum Royal appears and makes her come home with him. He was friends with her dad, who has died and has been trying to find Ella ever since he knew of her. It wasn't easy, but he is rich and can get what he wants.

Now when Callum brings Ella home his sons are not happy. Especially Reed who seems to be the leader. He is not the absolute worst to her, but he is not nice at all. He does keep people from being horrible to her at school because the Royals rule the school, but that is just one small thing. Really I expected all the brothers to be so much worse and Ella to really struggle to survive there, but that is not really the case. She starts to become friends with them, even Reed, even though he doesn't want to. He likes Ella, but doesn't think he is good enough for her. I did enjoy this story, but that ending?!? There has to be a reason why it happened. There has to be. Reed is better than that. I know he is. Now to see what happens next!

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


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