BROKEN PRINCE is book 2 in The
Royals by Erin
Watt, the pen name of writing duo Jen Frederick and Elle
Kennedy. I like both of these authors individually, and I
like their work together. Fans of Kristen Ashley and of
the Bourbon Kings series by J.R. Ward will find this series
right up their alley. Similarly, fans of the 80's tv show
Dynasty, Gossip Girl, or Cruel Intentions will enjoy Watt's
books. This is a Young Adult series (the protagonists are
all in high school), but it's a mature YA.
Ella Harper is broke and orphaned. She had to turn to
stripping to make ends meet as she struggled to survive
after her mother recently. Callum Royal was best friends
with Ella's absent father, and snatched Ella out of poverty
in book 1, Paper Princess. He dumped her in his mansion
along with his messed up family of 5 sons. The sons have a
lot of resentment toward their dad that they turn on Ella.
Ella also has to deal with the incredibly rich, spoiled,
and asshat-y kids at the prep school where all of Callum's
sons who attend high school go.
As if this isn't enough of a soap opera, Ella then falls
in love and into bed with Reed, one of Callum's sons. The
path to love is definitely not smooth for these two in this
forbidden romance. Reed and his brothers are all
douchecanoes, but as we learn more about them, it is easy
to understand what has made them that way, and I end up
rooting for them despite their behavior. I also really
like Ella. She's an optimist, and having gone through true
poverty and heartbreak, she has a good perspective on what
is and isn't important- something that many of her
classmates definitely don't have a handle on.
There is so much going on in this story. Angst and
betrayal, pettiness and true malice. Much of the fun of
this read is how over-the-top it is. Fair warning, BROKEN
PRINCE ends on a cliffhanger (just like book 1, PAPER
PRINCESS, does. Fortunately for you, you can snap up all 3
of these cracktastic books by Erin Watt and binge read them
in one go. I dare you to try to put this book down!
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
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
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.