Published by Everafter Romance on July 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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.
Broken Prince is the second book in the Royals trilogy by Erin Watt and guess what? I totally loved it! It was a lot better than Paper Princess! I’m glad I stuck around for this one even if Paper Princess was sort of dissapointing. In a nutshell, this book made the trilogy worth it to me. It felt like everything gelled so much nicer than in the first book, almost as if the first one was only a long preamble to the actual story.
This is going to be a spoiler free review, and because of that, there’s very little that can be said about the plot without giving too much away. This trilogy is strung together by cliffhangers so what happens next in each new book is a result of a major plot twist at the end of the previous one. The gist of the situation is that there’s a lot of angst in this one because of the constant push and pull between Reed and Ella. I loved this. It made the chemistry between the leads that much stronger. Where Paper Princess was only half satisfying, seeing Reed grovel and try to earn Ella back was very romantic.
I think the real reason I preferred this book to the first one so much is the dual POV. It opened up the character of Reed so that it was easier to understand what Ella saw in him. It made him more complex and sympathetic. And the writing seemed a lot tighter and well paced in this one. There were no annoying royal puns and the vibe was less Mean Girls and more well… I don’t know! Something I’d never seen before. This is where the character of Reed really developed into someone I could fall in love with.
As for the ending… I was BLOWN AWAY. Where the ending in the first book felt like drama for drama’s sake and oddly out of character for Ella, this cliffhanger was tremendously effective. As I told my blogging partners, this kind of OTT soap opera drama deliciousness is what I signed up for when I picked up this series. I was so glad that the ARC for Twisted Palace was already sitting in my kindle or I would have gone insane with the wait. How did the people that read this many weeks ago before Twisted Palace was released do it?
So Broken Prince earns a well deserved 4.5 stars. It’s not a 5 because… it wasn’t perfect. I’m not sure why, maybe it has to do with the way the first book was handled and my expectations prior to starting these books which were very high given the hype. I loved the character of Reed in this one and the character of Ella showed me she really was the strong, resourceful and bright girl that I thought she was before the end of book 1. The authors addressed all my concerns and gave me more than I bargained for. I did not see that ending coming which is high praise because I normally can smell a plot twist ten miles away.
It’s Royal month at the Sisterhood of Traveling Book Boyfriends so stay tuned for my review of all three books, coming October.