REVIEW: Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt – spoiler free

broken-princeAuthor: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Rating: 4.5
ARC was graciously given. This doesn’t affect my opinion of the book in any way.
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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.

I’m trying to put two and two together and I’m thinking… while channeling my inner Ella Harper… Why on earth am I addicted to this series? And how in the world did the Royals easily squeezed their way into my heart? Given each character’s bio and the setting of the story, this series’ general field is Young Adult. There were elements in it that made me question my own level of maturity, like the characters’ dubious behavior, bullying, and over sexed teenagers, all of which repeatedly played in Broken Prince. First few chapters immediately moved on from Paper Princess’ heart breaking cliffhanger with slightly predictable and mediocre revelations. STILL, I carried on with gusto and determination to find out what’s going to happen next!

I think I might have fallen more in love with Reed Royal in this book. He definitely upped his game and revealed his fragile and sweet heart in more than ways than one. His love for Ella didn’t shake despite his girl’s will power to keep her pride intact. It is rare, too, that I get that same level of attachment for both major characters. I guess this is because I have always thought of them as a perfectly imperfect match! They were electric, even during the constant pushing and pulling in the early chapters. Again, I never stopped cheering on for Reed more so after seeing him in a different light. And yes, I was still pumping my fists in the air whenever Ella showed her bad-ass goddess persona.

While Broken Prince is mostly Reed’s POV, I realized that it was a female-driven story. The women, both devious and courageous, controlled the pacing of the story. Majority of the male characters were like dogs on a leash, tugged and shoved by their female masters making the story intriguing and entertaining especially for a female reader like me.

What’s telling is after all the jumbled rights and wrongs, for me everything just meshed and worked. Admittedly, I slightly loved Paper Princess more for the reason that it felt strong from start to finish maybe because it was a different kick at that time. With Broken Prince though, my heart rate was stable from beginning to 70%, with little flutters here and there, but the major plot twists nearing the end definitely pushed me to the edge of the cliff. Ugh! It was adrenaline high at its finest, friends! Erin Watt will distract you with better times, sneak in and then throw explosive game changers behind your back, all in perfect motion and timing. Timing is indeed everything!

Miraculously I am still breathing after that cliff incident. I wouldn’t want to miss book three for the world! Because I just know… in my Reed-and-Ella-governed heart… that… TWISTED PALACE WILL BE EPIC!

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