Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) – Erin Watt

fallen heir

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary 
Publisher: Timeout LLC

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

Fallen Heir follows Easton as he navigates his final year of high school, his addiction problems, and meeting a girl who has the power to change everything for him, but has problems of her own.

Easton’s perspective is hard to read because it’s so tragic. Watching his spiral further into his addiction as he tries desperately to grapple with his unresolved feelings about his family’s past and his evolving feelings for a girl that he’s never experienced is particularly difficult. Easton constantly makes decisions that affect everyone around him and his subsequent attempts at trying to fix the consequences that are clouded by his addiction is frustrating and heartbreaking. In my series review of the previous three novels, I talked a lot about how mature the character’s understanding of the world, the cruelty of people, and sexuality is portrayed. Fallen Heir follows this mature portrayal while adding addiction. Easton’s addiction is a textbook portrayal of alcoholism and its devastating consequences.

Fallen Heir isn’t as high school in its plotting as the previous three novels because it focuses mainly on Easton’s battle with his emotions and how he then deals with how he feels about those emotions. It isn’t until the end of the novel where the ridiculous high school plot comes into effect. And with that comes a brutal cliffhanger. Luckily, January isn’t too far away.

I’ve kept my review purposely vague since this series is best enjoyed knowing little to no details. If you’ve read the first three novels, just continue reading since with the Royals its what you see is what you get.

Overall, Fallen Heir is more of the same from The Royals, but also adds another layer of mature story telling. Easton is a broken character and is going to need a lot of therapy and soul searching in order to piece himself back together and try to make amends for his past behaviour.

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