“You’re playing a dangerous game,” he rasps out.
“I don’t know any other way to play it.”
Okay. What just happened?! What the fuck just happened?! This book… I found Paper Princess a few months ago and the hype was strong but when I read the blurb and I saw who the authors are I knew it would be an amazing read but OMG this went above and beyond! I’ve read and loved Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick‘s books which is the duo behind Erin Watt, so I knew the writing would be something I’d love but the story was mindblowing!
The story starts with Ella and her pretty tough situation. Her mom is dead and she’s trying to make ends meet and go to school and at the same time not revealing her mom’s death to anyone. Until this guy shows up in the middle of the day at school claiming he’s her legal guardian and requesting to take her home.
I was hooked. I was so freaking hooked OMG. What I loved the most about this book was Ella’s reactions to everything. She is, from the start, so aware of her situation and always on the lookout for the exit sign, ready to flee and run away as she is used to doing but she’s also smart and seizes any opportunity, she’s not stupid and naive, to just run away constantly and act foolish, scared of her own shadow — no. She’s very independent but at the same time she’s smart as hell and flexible to any situation.
Callum Royal, her now legal guardian is taking her back home with him after a lot of research and a lot of what I’d like to call grown up talk. Ella – once again – is aware of her situation. Her mom is dead and her estranged father, now dead too, has left his best friend to track down his new-found daughter and take care of her – legal documents in hand – while Ella is using her mom’s ID to work at a strip club. So, of course, she goes with him.
Enter Gideon, Reed, Easton, and the twins Sebastian and Sawyer. The Royals are a mess. But oh such a good mess. With Callum’s 5 grown up sons, it won’t be easy to adapt to her new life. Especially if they all think you’re doing their dad.
“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us.If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.”
Which she is not. But the boys are more than what she can handle and I loved it. They all hated her from the start and they made her life hell. I hated them for treating her like they’re in a bad soap opera but I loved that it was happening.
“The “Royal Brothers” are even more screwed up than I am. They’re hurting and they’re lashing out and I’m the most convenient target, but fighting back only makes it worse. it only fuels their anger toward me.”
The story feels like an upgraded version of Gossip Girl with the mean girls and the cliques, the uniforms and the fancy prep school, but it also had a fresh take on the genre. They were not mean just because they could be mean, these kids come from families that taught them money can do anything and they each have a different screwed subplot going on, especially the twins, OMG I NEED A BOOK ABOUT THE TWINS doing the fucked up twin thing on the girlfriend. Also, Easton… that guy ♥
“You belong with us. You’re the best thing that ever happened to this family.”
The romance in the story is hard to describe. This is a Young Adult book with New Adult elements, a house full of 5 grown up teenagers – that’s the only word I can use to describe them, it’s that in between a man and a teen stage – and a girl who likes to push buttons, it gets interesting but the core couple is Ella and Reed.
Reed is the guy that makes her life hell one day thinking she’s doing his dad and the next he’s all over her, it’s the classic cat and mouse game between the two but it feels effortless and not like the romance is trying to dominate the story; it’s there, things happen and yet with everything going on, it’s messed up in the best way.
These two can write a mean story, so complex and refreshing, don’t hesitate just dive into this family as I wait for the next book and seriously, can I get a book about the twins? PRETTY PLEASE WITH A CROWN ON TOP? ♥