Series: The Royals #2
Published by Everafter Romance on July 25th 2016
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These Royals will ruin youÔÇª
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
Reed Royal has it allÔÇölooks, 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 fatherÔÇÖs new ward suffer turned into something else entirelyÔÇökeep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of ReedÔÇÖs arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, ReedÔÇÖs entire world begins to fall apart around him.
Ella doesnÔÇÖt want him anymore. She says theyÔÇÖll only destroy each other.
She might be right.
Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. ItÔÇÖs like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if heÔÇÖs going to win back his princess, heÔÇÖll need to prove himself Royally worthy.
Again? ARGHHHH ~ this Erin Watt writing duo is killing me. Yes once again we get another of those endings! I thought Paper Princess left us with a cliffhanger, but Broken Prince left us tumbling over the edge. When Paper Princess ended (which you MUST read before reading BP), BP became one of my most anticipated reads in 2016. This time, we get ore into Reed’s head as he reasons through what went down, his actions, and the need to find Ella. The poor girl has had sooo many highs and lows in the last year of her life. And rightly so, Reed faces an up hill battle to gain her confidence again. I mean, what the hell Reed?
I was lucky to receive an advanced copy, I read it right away, but then I JUST had to re-read it again in order to write up my review. Broken Prince is another stellar story line leaving me all twisted up. This time, we hear from the Prince himself and what motivates him…needing to win Ella (& me) back. I mean, how could THAT be explained away, made into something that could be understandable. All the trust and sense of belonging (with Reed) is gone. We learn that Ella’s impact on the Royals is far reaching and much changes with her absence. It doesn’t take long for the mood at Astor Park to turn chaotic and the Royals to lose control. So a great part of the fun in this story is watching the Royals recognize what’s theirs and take it back. There are so many twists in this story line and we learn so much about the boys. The Royal family backstory shows more of the duplicitous community they live in. The dysfunction is positively wicked, making this the type of story that will leave you shaking your head. Simple put, BP drama filled!
As for Reed and Ella…
I love how much Ella’s evolves with this new challenge ~ that of ignoring Reed. This girl is put through SO much but she’s true to herself and she doesn’t back down. The relationship she has with her “brother/protector” Easton is fabulous but she’s has every reason to be guarded. She wisely remains skeptical of Reed but he is not above groveling. As for Reed, for all this swagger and confidence, he’s really quiet damaged (hence the title). We knew he had some issues but they go deeper than I thought. He’s not a degenerate but he’s made some questionable decisions that start to catch up with him. But he’s worthy of forgiveness (he’s young for one thing) and the guilt he carries seems unwarranted.
Finally ~ Callum finally steps up a bit but he is still a man I just don’t get. They all know that they live in a duplicitous community and it seemed like Callum was resigned to it. The Royals have a sense that they don’t really care if they are being judged by the outside world, they play by their own rules. What’s important is their little family and now that Ella is a part of it, they aren’t letting her go. Broken Prince met all my expectations and then some and once again I have a new book to place on my most anticipated list. I’m already wishing my life away in anticipation for the October release of Twisted Palace.
~Review by Cyndi
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