Shel: Warning #1: DO NOT start reading this at 11pm unless you have absolutely nothing to do the next day or you will find yourself going without sleep and without people to commiserate with. Fortunately I have summers off and could stay up until all hours of the night obsessing over this book, so I did. Unfortunately, no one else was up so I had to deal with my anxiety and 'what ifs' and other things by sending texts to Courtney knowing she was sleeping (so in other words, I had to be a big girl and deal with it BY MYSELF--insert despair emoji here). Court: Let the record show I told her that she'd be up alllll night and wouldn't stop! Hahaha. That's the best book though, that even though life functions the next day will be minimal...it will totally be worth it.
Shel: Warning #2 If you haven't read Paper Princess you probably should start with that novel and that review ( posted here ) and not go much further in this review. We're going to do our damnedest to not spoil anything here for Broken Prince but may mention some things from Paper Princess in passing and we'd hate to ruin your experience with either book, so read on at your discretion. Court: I concur. Definitely should not read this book without reading that one, because your experience will be so much better. Be #royallyruined properly, please.
Shel: I honestly could write an entire post of 'warnings' about this book. For instance, this book will #royallyfuckingruinyou but let's face it, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick are the two who are really ruining us. These two crafty devils are ruining us for any book that has the unlucky position of being read after a Royals book. JFC. I'd barely recovered from my Paper Princess hangover and here I am completely book drunk and absolutely worthless because Broken Prince nailed it (and nailed me). I swear to god whatever writing voodoo they have going on with this series is addictive and I hope they never ever stop; I will willingly submit to their voodoo magic anytime, anywhere. Every single piece and part of Broken Prince (and PP for that matter) work--the pacing, the dialogue, the characters you love to hate and hate to love ...and love to love are superbly developed, and the plot gives you enough detail and information to answer the questions you've been wondering about only to be gasping and grasping for answers at the end (hellooooooo cliffhanger). Court: Yep. We have many lists of characters. Ones that we're watching. People who have the "C" word dangling above their head, if labels were to dangle over their head. And I think it should be noted that I've seen some shade thrown around out there about this series, but the best part that I love about it is that it is outside of the reality of my high school years...suspend reality, and chillax and enjoy it please. I have a lot of nostalgia for when you're newly dating and everything is new and exciting, especially things you *haven't* done...and that made me smile like a thousand times brighter than the sun, because it was FUN and sexy and sweet! And the mean girls are mean, and the boys that we love in this series have some seriously messed up heads and issues, and I want to hold them to my chest (ahem, haha) and solve some of their mommy issues.
Okay, /rant, and continue on.
Shel: I could warn you that you're going to catch a very solid case of the feels and it's gonna hit you from every direction--horror, tenderness, pride, anger, frustration, hilarity and more. Court: I think that is a big like factor...Erin Watt et al make me feel *everything* - every single emotion felt, and honestly at any given time for any given character. Which annoys me when I want certain people to make smart choices, and they don't. And then do something brilliant a few pages later, only to annoy me again. But, well rounded plot, and new questions, and gasp worthy moments at the ready...and I read this thing at warp speed.
Shel: I could warn you about how much you're going to fall in love with this series all over again and feel wholly unprepared with your anxiousness at waiting for the next one to come out. I could warn and warn and warn or I could just tell you about my texts to Courtney while I read and she slept; I basically made a series of lists--
The increasing list of people I wanted to bitch slap or cunt punt (this list held steady for a large part of the book).
The list of places in the book when I had a verbal gasp (several).
The list of creative cursing I used and used often from pretty much chapter one (I pulled out some oldies but goodies for this round of reading).
The list of emojis and gifs that littered our texts back and forth..and for that matter, a good number of exclamation points too.
And my constant comparison to 90210 that slid into Melrose Place and ended in a very 1980's nighttime soap opera comparison a la Dallas or Falcon Crest. The drama and angst and good times were on point and would make a fantastic nighttime soap.
Court: HAHAHAHAHA. OMG. That is amazing. And somewhat makes us seem a little bit insane, but baby, we're crazy - and we like it. So...mostly I wish I could re-read both of these books for the first time again. I wish that the Royals were real. And...just know, that you can come crying to us whether you love it or hate it, we'd love to chat - but do think you'll love it, hate it, love it some more...and then just make a mess of your hair in frustration because it sucks you in, and then we have to wait for another. But, wait we shall. Brilliant, Erin Watt - just bloody brilliant.
Shel: All of this to say that I am in awe of what the duo who make up Erin Watt have done. I'm absolutely addicted to this series and I cannot wait for the next book to be published. Thank you, ladies, for giving us a series that reminds us of how much fun this book world is. Court: Yes! These pages hold gold in the form of words, and I cannot tell you how refreshed as a reader I am every time I read them. And then am hungover trying to find the next magical thing to read. Sigh. JUST READ IT ALREADY!
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These Royals will ruin you…
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
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.
More info. about Erin Watt: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14902188.Erin_Watt