Book: Paper Princess
Series: The Royals #1
Author: Erin Watt
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.-Goodreads
Review: Okay, let me first apologize to all my Goodreads friends because I've read a lot of books that people rated highly in the last month and I don't think I loved any of them. It may be because I'm 9-months pregnant, tired and constantly sick-and thus find myself way more picky than usual.
So-here we go. First things first-even though the main characters are high school students, this book is new adult, not young adult. I would not recommend this for young teens or tweens. Ella Harper is high school student secretly working as a stripper to make ends meet and wait for it....of course she is sexually inexperienced and a virgin. A man shows up one day telling her he's her legal guardian and she finds herself living in his mansion with his asshole sons who treat her like dirt. Not surprisingly, she falls for one of these assholes. I found her feelings and reactions to him actually very true and 'real.' The asshole in question, Reed, did absolutely nothing for me. I just could not get behind them as a couple. I'll refrain from spoilers, but there was a scene between the two of them, after something happened at a party, that didn't sit well with me. This book also had a lot of teenage drama at school with stereotypical mean kids and I just had to skim those parts, I just didn't find it believable that the queen bee at the school would feel threatened by Ella.
Now-all that being said, this book is very 'readable' and sucks you in. It's a page turner.