Paper Princess (Royals #1) by 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.
Seventeen-year-old Ella Harper has not had an easy life. She started stripping at fifteen to pay her dying mother's medical bills and now she strips to keep a roof over her head while still attending high school. But everything changes when Callum Royal shows up at Ella's school and announces that since both of her parents are dead and as her father's (the man she never met) best friend, he is her legal guardian.
Ella tries to run but Callum quickly locates her in a strip club where she's trying to earn a little fast cash. He makes her an offer: come live with him and his five sons and he'll give her $10,000 each month that she stays plus more after she graduates.
Reluctantly Ella goes with him to his mansion on the Atlantic coast. Upon arrival it is clear that Callum's sons are not happy that she's going to be living with them - Especially second oldest son, Reed.
As Ella tries to settle into her surreal new life the Royal house is filled with tension as the boys try to prove Ella is either sleeping with their dad or just after money. Ella tentatively becomes friends with Callum's girlfriend Brooke and Valerie, the cousin of her new school's resident mean girl, Jordan.
The longer she stays the more the Royal boys realize she's not going anywhere and a truce is forged. The more time Ella spends with the gorgeous Reed, the more she wants him. But does he want her too?
As they grow closer Ella finds herself falling for Reed. But what dark secrets is he hiding? Do they have a future or will Reed torpedo their budding relationship and break Ella in the process?
Paper Princess was an amazing read! I found it nearly impossible to put down from the first page. Paper Princess reminded me slightly of a mash-up between Megan Mead's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian and the movie Cruel Intentions. Ella is tough as nails on the outside but on the inside, she just wants normalcy and to be accepted. I loved all of the Royal boys, especially Easton. I wasn't sure I would like Reed but underneath his angry exterior is an amazing, caring guy.
The ending completely shocked and broke me and I NEED to read the next book pronto! As a whole Paper Princess is a perfectly written tale of a poor girl with a dark past being thrust into a vastly different life than she's ever experienced before. This book made me laugh at times but more importantly it made me FEEL. I loved every minute of this fast-paced read and I can't wait to see what's next for Ella and the Royal family.
5 of 5 Stars