Series: The Royals #4
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Rating: 4 / 5
ARC generously provided for an honest review.
These Royals will ruin you.
Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.
Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.
Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.
She might be right.
Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.
With Erin Watt you get over the top young adult and family drama, you get absorbed by the lurking possibilities but in the end you still get burned by the unexpected. Congratulate me because I aced that deer-caught-in-the-headlights look with Fallen Heir’s jaw dropping cliffhanger.
I loved Easton’s POV and to me it was spot on. Grounded and true to his form. I found his funny, over confident, and jack ass antics, surprisingly charming. His protective ways towards Hartley weren’t perfect and most of the time he’s all over the place but that’s Easton Royal for you – impulsive and broken. I saw him stumble, try his best to man up then fail again. And to me, that’s genuineness written all over his characterization. My only hesitation was not seeing him grow and shine to the fullest.
I saw bits of Ella Harper in Hartley Wright – resilient even after all she’s been through but with that strong and independent spirit. And for a young girl still figuring out life, she already has a good grasp of what she truly values. For the most part Hartley was closed off but when she gave a piece of herself she bloomed and I wanted to see that side of her more. Maybe, Hartley’s POV in the next book?
Now let’s talk about Easton’s and Hartley’s chemistry. To be honest the connection wasn’t as palpable as Reed’s and Ella’s. Their friendship was close to solid and there were a couple of sweet moments that got me eager, but the romance was still vague. And just when I thought they’re finally in that stage of mutual adoration they come face to face with a huge mess.
Overall Fallen Heir was a page turner. There were interesting secondary characters that I think can influence the plot of the next book. I wouldn’t say it’s flawless but rather a promising primer to Easton’s and Hartley’s story. I am looking forward to seeing it unravel with more shocking revelations. My heart was nowhere to be seen after that fantastic cliffy but I am hopeful.
Come on Easton, show me what you’ve got, roar for me Royal!