But I’m only seventeen. Sometimes that feels too young to have lived the life I have. Sometimes I look at my surroundings and think, I don’t belong here.
Published: April 4th, 2016
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Pages: 364 (paperback)
Series: The Royals #1
You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us. If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.
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.
First, I want to clarify that I’m classifying this book as a New Adult Romance because that’s exactly what it is. I’m not sure who tried to market this as Young Adult Fiction, but I’m going to stick with my NA rating.
But also, holy shit that was so good. I was obsessed with this book and I really read it in about three days, I just didn’t get to finish it sooner in the week because of school. I would get home and think “man, better read a chapter or two” and then bam, I’m 200 pages in. This book is so compulsively readable and it’s practically impossible to put down. You just get sucked in and suddenly the book is over and you’re left with a Royal hangover (get what I did there?) with no cure besides another dose of Reed and his brothers.
I’ve read a lot of reviews where people were claiming that the blossoming relationship between Ella and the Royal brothers is bordering on abusive, but I don’t think it is. Sure, they don’t like her and make it very known by being rude to her at every turn, but they never physically assault her or anything. Yes, I understand there are different types of abuse, but I’m saying I didn’t get that vibe from this book or the characters. So, if that’s something you’re worried about then don’t let that deter you!
Let’s talk about the characters! I adore Ella, absolutely love her. She’s so funny and strong and not afraid to be who she is. Even when people were rude to her at school and the Royal brothers are rude to her at home, she never backs down from them. I loved reading through her perspective and seeing things through her eyes. Now, I think I loved the Royal brothers even more. They’re all so angsty and hot, don’t even get me started. I loved the way they all connected with Ella as the book progressed; you could literally sense when the tide began to change for them. You can say a lot of things about the Royal boys, but you can never say they don’t love each other.
The plot for this book was the basic NA plot that I’ve grown to love over the years; full of over the top drama, twists and turns, bar fights, and steamy sex scenes. Needless to say, I was hooked. I am going to warn you that there was a huge cliffhanger ending on this one, so you won’t be able to read it as a stand alone, unless you didn’t like this one and won’t be reading the rest. I, however, will definitely be reading the rest. Right after I finished this I went on Amazon and ordered the next two in the series and they’ll be here Tuesday at the latest! I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read more about the Royal brothers!
Side note: The paperback of this is on sale for about $5 on Amazon right now! It’s also free with Kindle Unlimited! Follow my link below!
The Royals Series