Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt – Review

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1)Publication Date:

April 4th 2016


Timeout LLC

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Paper Princess has been one of those books I’ve wanted to read for a really long time. This is one of those books that you’ll either love it or hate it and to be honest I always knew I would be one of the people who would love it since there are a lot of people who I trust in terms of books that loved this series. I was so drawn in to this world that I ended up reading the series in 3 or 4 days. That’s how addicted I was to the story and characters.

I don’t really know  how to review this book but let me talk about the characters first. I loved them. I have to be honest and say it took me a long time to like the Royal boys but in the end I loved them and I loved Ella too. Unlike a lot of books we see out there in Paper Princess we have flawed characters. No one is perfect even if some people could have a perfect life. Anyway, I loved Ella. She’s such a strong girl. Ella didn’t have the easiest life, which made her do things she didn’t want to. She’s one of those people who won’t let people take her down even if they try hard. I loved her for all of that. Then we have the Royals. As I said before, it took me a bit to like them. They kind of tried to do Ella’s life a living hell and while I could see why they did it I didn’t agree with them at all. However, they are such great but damaged kids. They are messed up but in the end what they do is because they care for their family and once they get to know Ella they are so amazing to her. I just loved how the relationships developed in this book and I loved the Royals, especially Reed and Easton.

I also quite enjoyed the writing in this book. As you might know Erin Watt is a combination of two authors, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick. Everyone knows how much I love Elle Kennedy and that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book so much so it’s not a surprise that I ended up loving the writing in this book. It was so addicting that I couldn’t stop reading it… and believe me, I tried XD.

Overall, this was a great start to a series. I know this book is not for everyone and some people might have a few problems with it but in the end I loved it (and I also loved the other two books). So if you think this is something you would enjoy I 100% recommend this book to you.


4 stars

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?

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