Paper Princess: A Novel [The Royals Book 1] by Erin Watt


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.

These Royals will ruin you…


That they surely will do. At first, I honestly did struggle to grasp this book. Everything was a slightly jumbled mess of uncertainties. If there’s anything this book is not, then that’d be slow-paced. It’s pretty much a roller-coaster ride hopping from one crazy situation to the next for the entire book. However, I did end up thoroughly enjoying reading this. It was random at times, but eventually, everything fell into place and made sense.

Ella has definitely got a fiery attitude and she’s determined. For a teen, she’s had a tough start and with the Royals thrown into the mix, it only gets tougher. It’s clear that she has feelings for a certain Royal from the first time they meet – you can tell that’s where their relationship is heading. To avoid a spoiler, I won’t say which one in particular.

It’s as if Callum Royal appears out of nowhere – well in a way, he does – and decides she’s ‘the chosen one’. FYI, he’s not the one she’s destined to fall in love with. Trust me, that’d be weird. Be prepared as relationships can develop quickly in this book.

Let me warn you, the royals are initially a complete pain in the ass. Their personalities were enough to anger me. There were a couple of the brothers that I warmed to eventually, though. When you encounter their backstories, you begin to sympathize with them and realise they aren’t all that bad. They’re messed up, but not horrific. Well, maybe one of them is.

Truthfully, the further into this book you get, the more graphic imagery is displayed. If you’re not into sex scenes then I’d look elsewhere for a book to read otherwise you’ll be skipping decent sized portions of this book.

I feel like I’ve given this book too much criticism as it was actually a good read. Sure, it had it’s “wtf?” moments but as I said at the beginning, I did thoroughly enjoy it. Fast-paced books either hook you, or chuck you back out to sea, but this one had me hooked.

There were enough plot twists and dramatic moments to keep me interested. It’s got it’s humorous moments as well. Additionally, it was great to see the characters bonding instead of constantly hating each other. Oh my gosh, wait until you read the last few pages as well… It’s stomach-churning stuff.

In saying this, I would recommend others read it. The best way to find out if you like something or not is to try it for yourself. Give it a go, it might surprise you!

Until next time,

Luce xo

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