“Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.”
I kind of stayed away from this series because of the hype surrounding it and I wanted to read it without the pressure of everyone else’s emotions overwhelming me. And I think that I decided right since I was told that the cliffies are intense and I’m just glad I don’t have to suffer the waiting game.
I went in blind and all I have was faith in Elle Kennedy (since I heard that she was 1/2 of the authors who wrote this). The cover totally blindsided me. I was expecting fluffy romance, something akin to The Selection series (which I never got to finish) but damn this first book felt more NA than it was YA.
I enjoyed how this was written. Fast paced and fun to read, my attention never wavered. I just cannot get over that cliffy ending because what in the world was that????
I’ve read a lot of alpha males that they no longer come as a surprise to me. To be honest, it was Ella who truly reeled me in. Surprising eh? This girl is a whole different story. She is the kind of female lead that I really enjoy. She’s witty, strong and totally kicks ass. Her resiliency and drive to survive are admirable at best. On the other hand, it was Easton I liked best among the Royal brothers. I have a deep fondness for his playfulness, loyalty and open mindedness. On the other hand, I felt like the twins were just added for decorative purposes. I don’t know about you but they can be taken off the story and I won’t even notice. Big brother Gideon is also a presence in this book. Although he’s more of a come and go character, I feel like there’s heavy baggage in him.
Lastly, Reed Royal. He’s alpha male personified and one of the bossiest among the bossy characters I have read. Still, I credit it to good writing why I found it NOT difficult to like his character despite his douchebaggery. And even at the end, I felt a bigger reason to why that last scene happened.
While the premise very much felt like F4’s Meteor’s Garden, I still enjoyed the banter, the sarcasm and the battle for superiority. It’s like Meteor Garden, Gossip Girl, Mean Girls and Cruel Intentions had an orgy and this was the baby.
UNPOPULAR OPINION: However, parts of the story came across as disturbing like the extent of bullying, the rich kids’ disregard for discipline and other very adult-y stuff happening making me forget at times that these were high school kids we’re dealing with. And this is also the reason why I can’t give it more stars – it was a never ending cycle of sexual tension, evil and violence.
It may not be the most original story out there but the way I was engaged and how it kept me reading are definite plus points. The writing is amazing. I know for a fact that Elle Kennedy is real good but I haven’t read anything from Jen Frederick before so this may just be the arrow sign I needed towards her books.
I’m going to end this by saying that this book, despite some of my issues with it will make you obsessed and hooked. Addictive at best. There’s no other word for it and Elle and Jen (Erin Watt) have a lot of explaining to do to my darkened undereyes. Because truthfully, this book is that hard to put down.
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.