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 went into this book with zero expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

It has shades of Cruel Intentions, Gossip Girl and even the OC, all of which I’m more than OK with.

After her mother dies, 17 year old Ella is making ends meet stripping and forging her mum’s signature on school papers when she is located by Callum Royal, who tells her he is her guardian by way of her absentee father, who was Callum’s best friend until his recent death.

This is the basic setup for Ella coming to live with the Royals, who are of course wealthy beyond belief. She immediately clashes with Callum’s five sons, who find the whole situation quite suspicious and think Ella is trying to take advantage of their father. The sons’s de facto leader is Reed, who is the main antagonist/love interest.

From this premise alone you can tell this is soap opera material. And I can tell you that it’s a very entertaining and addictive soap opera. I seriously didn’t want to stop reading at any point during this book.
It’s a very fun read, and I guarantee it will make you want to read the next one as soon as you’re done with it.

 

3 hearts out of 5

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