PAPER PRINCESS is book 1 in The Royals by Erin
Watt, the pen name of writing duo Jen Frederick and Elle
Kennedy. While I like both of these authors individually,
I must admit I was nervous to try this series, because I
often don't care for YA romances. I finally broke down and
read the series, and I'm really glad that I did. Fans of
Kristen Ashley and the Bourbon Kings series by J.R. Ward
will find this series to their liking. Likewise, fans of
the 80's tv show Dynasty, Cruel Intentions, or Gossip Girl
will enjoy these books. While this IS Young Adult (the
protagonists are in high school), it's a fairly mature YA
given the characters.
In an interview, when asked what readers can expect from
PAPER PRINCESS, the authors said, "High drama, a strong
emotional hook, messed up characters, and a forbidden
romance. Oh, and the best darn heroine we could write. We
love Ella." That's a very accurate (and rockin')
description! These tomes are book crack- I devoured these
Ella Harper is a poor orphan who has turned to stripping
to make ends meet as she struggles to survive after her
mother died while Ella was halfway through high school.
Callum Royal was best friends with Ella's absent father,
and snatches Ella out of poverty, dumping her in the middle
of his messed up family and their posh prep school that is
filled with back stabbers and rapists. Yikes.
I like Ella. She's a little naïve, but an optimist and
determined to not be spoiled by the excesses around her.
Her pragmatism is a refreshing change from many YA romance
characters. I also love Callum's five sons, who are all
tragic figures in their own individual rights. The over-
the-top drama and the interplay between all the characters
sucked me in instantly. The whole thing is a like a slow-
moving train wreck that you just can't look away from.
Fair warning, PAPER PRINCESS ends on a cliffhanger (as
does book 2, BROKEN PRINCE), but fortunately for you, you
can snap up all 3 of these cracktastic books by Erin Watt
and binge read them!
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast
mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to
These Royals will ruin you…
Ella Harper is a survivor―a pragmatic optimist. She’s
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
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