Review: Paper Princess (Royals Book 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. 


I often don't like to read books that end in a cliffhanger, but I decided to give this one a shot. I am glad that I did. Ella is such a strong character. She had a rough childhood and when her mom died, she had to be resourceful to make ends meet while trying to finish high school. Her absentee father passes away in a freak accident and his will lists Callum Royal has her legal guardian. Whisked away into a world of snooty, rich private school classmates, Callum's broody and angry sons, and Callum's conniving girlfriend, Ella doesn't let anyone walk all over her. Reed is an interesting character - an alpha, angry, and not all that nice to Ella. I didn't want to like him at first, but then I really was rooting for him and Ella to finally get together. Easton is a hoot. He is a great character as are the twins.

This book is full of lies, deceit, and secrets. I was shocked by many of the things as the secrets were revealed and I kept wondering "what is next"? The book moves at a good pace and the author keeps you entertaining until the end. There is a shocking cliffhanger that led me immediately diving into book 2.


The Paper Princess (Book 1)
Broken Prince (Book 2)