by Erin Watt5 out of 5
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU...
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.
Daring to care has broken both Reed and Ella, but that is only the start of their troubles. Their high-society school recognises the slip of the Royal family's control, and everything devolves into chaos. Even at home, old enemies return to plague the Royals.
Just give me a minute...
Bloody hell, Watt knows how to write a cliff-hanger. I thought the end of Book 1 was pretty effed up, but this one was just...
give me a minute...
Yes, I enjoyed this, very much so.
It starts with Reed, dealing with the aftermath of his "betrayal" of Ella. Of trying to bring her back, when she runs away. And dealing with the blackmailing Brooke, who doesn't care which Royal she gets her gold-digging claws in.
Then it brings in Ella, when it's clear she's going to stop running. I was a little disappointed that her time away from the Royals was glossed over - after all, this is the girl who worked at strip clubs with her dead mother's ID to survive. But I as happy to see her back.
I was even happier that she didn't immediately jump onto Reed and forgive his lying arse.
I felt that the story was a little bit sweeter than the first book, because Ella knows about the shit going on in the Royals lives; Reed is working hard to be a good guy for her (but not above beating the crap out of somebody); and Valerie provides something invaluable - Ella's first real friend, and someone who missed her when she ran.
That being said, it still hits hard.
Aster Park is sensing weakness from the usually unbreakable Royal brothers, and the high-society teens are pushing the boundaries. Everything breaks down into absolute chaos, and needs a very strong hand to bitch-slap it back into place.
I might have mentioned this in my review of the first book, but Ella is awesome.
There's other drama around Brooke regaining entry into the Royal family, but I won't mention any of that, because it might spoil.
And then there was that ending...
Next book, please.