The Royals – Erin Watt

 

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Timeout LLC

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. 

What is there to say about The Royals? It’s a guilty pleasure read through and through. I generally don’t like the term ‘guilty pleasure’ because reading, regardless of what you’re reading, should be celebrated. But I can’t think of another term that gets across how addicting, ridiculous, and crazy The Royals are. A young woman goes to live with four young men and their father who acts more as their older brother. Shenanigans ensue.

What sets these novels apart from others of the genre is that it’s incredibly mature in its depiction of high school students’ sexual maturity and their understanding of the privileged lives they lead. Without this sexual maturity and understating, the novels wouldn’t work as well as they do. There are moments that feel incredibly juvenile, however they are far and few between. This makes The Royals a Young Adult series that embodies themes typically found in New Adult.

The characters also play a large role in why this series works as well as it does. The main character, Ella, is innocent, smart, and focused on the future. Despite these generic qualities, Ella is also NOT naïve. She has a firm understanding of the world, the cruelty of people, and sexuality. The absence of her naivety is refreshing and made me appreciate the series much more than I would have otherwise.
The Royal boys are each screwed up in their own way. Despite living a life of lavish privilege, they’ve also suffered quite a bit, which in turns manifests in the way act towards others and themselves. Each of the boys are unique and fleshed out just enough to make the reader want more. So, I was incredibly happy to find out that Easton is getting his own set of books (Fallen Heir and Cracked Kingdom August 28th and December 31st) and I can only hope the twins will too.
fallen heir

Overall, The Royals series is easily the most addicting set of books I’ve read all year. The authors found an excellent balance between the ridiculous plot and mature characters that work in tandem in creating a story that sucks readers in from the first page to the last.

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