Series: The Royals #1
Page count: 370
Publisher: Timeout LLC
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Young-Adult
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.
Mild spoiler alert maybe…..
I started this book expecting drama and sex with a good ass plot. I did get the first two things, but the good plot… I am not so sure. I would compare this books(series) to a soap opera. There is drama everywhere and it is too addicting to stop reading. It’s also very entertaining and you really want to know what happens next.
The book almost immediately starts off with Ella arriving at her new home. We did see her in her old life for a couple of pages, but not much, which I really would’ve liked. She always talks about her life before the Royals came and how hard it was, but we never experienced this with her. I think this is one of the reasons why I felt a little disconnected to her. I didn’t feel emotionally attached to Ella, also because I didn’t like her personality that much. She’s very cranky and does not want to open up to anyone. Considering the fact that everyone is really hostile toward her in the beginning, I do get that attitude. But the ‘I don’t give a fuck’-vibe she gave off started to annoy me after a while.
The first ¾ of the book I was really confused (and frustrated) as to why all these people were so mean to Ella. They were all so judgemental. Ella had literally set one foot inside that mansion and they had already made up their mind about her… Oddly, Ella didn’t find it strange that no one bothered to get to know her and had made an opinion of her already, but then again, maybe she thought it was their rich boy attitude (there are a lot of prejudices in this book as you may have noticed).
A character I did really like was Easton. He started out as a real asshole so I was surprised to find that, toward the end, he had become my favourite Royal brother. I also really liked him with Ella. Their relationship developed in a very cute and touching way. The other Royal boys we don’t see that much and we don’t really get to know them in this book. We do know that the family dynamics aren’t at all good, especially the boys’ relationship with their father, so I hope we get to see more of them, and their pasts, in the next books because I’m really curious about how they became so… troubled.
Now for the romance… I wasn’t a fan of Ella’s “relationship”, if you can even call it that. It started as this physical attraction that I thought was rather unhealthy because of the mental abuse. There were a lot of scenes filled with sexual tension, and I would be lying if I would say that I didn’t enjoy that… Because I did. And I do understand that you can be attracted to a person without knowing them or even liking them. The thing about the relationship I didn’t like, was how quickly it went from something physical to something more emotional. While to me, they didn’t even know each other that well. For me, it’s necessary that the characters in the relationship have an emotional connection, and I didn’t feel that here.
In general I don’t think it’s a bad book. I finished it in two days, it’s entertaining and very fast paced. I didn’t care much for the abuse and rudeness in the first part of the book, but I did began to like it when the relationship between Ella and the brothers started to lighten up and they treated her like a sister. In conclusion, this is not my favourite book, but I am in de mood for drama and romance so yes, I will be reading Broken Prince. (It’s not that I have anything else to read anyway… *cough cough*)