While this review doesn’t contain spoilers for this book, it does mention some of the events in the first book of this series, Paper Princess. If you haven’t read that yet, I would recommend you read that first, and then come back so that you don’t get spoiled for the book.
These Royals will ruin you…
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.
What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.
Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.
She might be right.
Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.
If the first book was good, this was definitely at least two steps up because it was also just amazing. This book is literally a rollercoaster of drama, emotions, angst and all the feels. It was just as exciting and fast-paced as the last book, with a few slower moments where you could breathe. This was also a total page turner which kept me up into the late night.
It picks up immediately after the first book, after Ella has run from the Royal mansion. We get to see that last scene of Paper Princess from Reed’s point of view, which I thought clarified a lot of things. The first couple of chapters are told from Reed’s point of view, then it begins alternating between Ella and Reed’s point of view. I enjoyed reading from Reed’s point of view because we could finally see what was in that head of his, what he got up to with Gideon amongst other thoughts he may or may not have had.
If Ella and Reed’s relationship the last book was about the feeling when you’re falling in love but totally in denial, this books is about trying to earn back that trust after you broke it so badly. To be honest, although I saw the truth in Reed’s actions and words, he had every right to be rejected by Ella. It switches between Ella’s refusal to forgive Reed, and then Reed’s desperation for Ella to forgive him and walk into his arms again. At the same time, Reed is also dealing with his brothers who hate him, because it was his fault that Ella left.
I really like the little sis/big bro relationship between Easton and Ella. It’s really sweet, because they’re the last people you’d think would get together. I would’ve liked to see more interactions between the twins and Ella as well, because I think that would’ve been just as interesting as Easton and Ella together. I admire the Royal’s loyalty to each other, even if they had many issues that tore them apart.
Through the whole book, the plot was moving at a steady pace, and while it was rather fast-paced, it wasn’t too fast. There’s always some kind of drama going on between at least two of the characters which will just keep you reading. So much stuff happened in the last fifteen pages, it took me quite a while to process, all while my mouth was left gaping at the book. Like what, seriously, you can’t just leave us hanging like that! I’m sad that I have to wait a couple of weeks until the third book comes out in October, but hey, what can you do? My only salvation is that I have exams between now and then so that’ll have to wait.
My only issue with this book is that when Ella gets back, Easton comes into her room and hugs her really tight, but it’s never explicitly explained why he does that. That one gesture, however, is what really sold Ella’s and Easton’s relationship together for me. That one moment was the solidifying point of their platonic relationship, and how they look out for each other.
I really loved this book and I would highly recommend, especially if you’ve read Paper Princess. It was poignant, dramatic and equally as enjoyable as the first book was.