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.

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My opinion: 

First of all I would like to thank the authors and Nina for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is unlike any other I have read before and the writing is simply amazing. You might wonder why this book is so outstanding….Well, it is obvious on every page that the two authors work together and that they are a match made in heaven. That harmony is simply beautiful and makes the novel enjoyable. I honestly did not put it down until I finished reading, not even when my e-reader asked me not so nicely to charge it. I pushed the device to its limits just so that I could finish the very last chapter.

It is true! The Royals will ruin you and everybody else, in more sense than just one. Five boys, almost men and Ella have one of the most intriguing group dynamics you will probably ever read about. The bond between the brothers is tight and aspects of that bond are explored through Ella’s eyes as she turns from outsider into one of them. I feel like there is more than meets the eye though, that there is something else behind the bond and for one, I look forward to learning more about it in next books. The boys stick together, they take care of one another at home, outside in the real world and at school, no exceptions. No one messes with the Royals, not even with the “adopted” ones.

The scenes that take place as school might remind you of Gossip Girl and with good reason. If you thought that what Blair, Serena and the rest of gang did was bad, you have seen nothing yet. The Royals are both smart as well as physically capable of destroying everyone who dares to stand in their way. The line might be blurred, but in my opinion the authors were not trying  to portray them as bullies, but as people who deserves respect, it is a technique to underline their importance and the power they hold in a society full of people who have and know no boundaries. The universe portrayed is full of people with cruel intentions, people who are capable of anything and everything to get what they want, to climb to the top and stay there.

Nothing is ever as it seem, the same applies in this case. There are many layers to each of the Royals that we are just beginning to discover. Each one of the boys as well as their father have their issues and their secrets. Since the story is told from Ella’s perspective we only get to learn what she learns living with them which makes is easy to fall in the trap of rooting for Ella, especially while she is considered to be the outsider.

But the old saying remains true, nothing stays shiny forever. Things change and the characters are playing a dangerous game, full of deceit. The book ends on a cliffhanger, but for once I did not mind as I saw some huge exclamation marks ( read as hints) in the last chapter that, in my opinion, make it very clear what is actually going on so no need to pout until the next book is released. That is not to say that I am not looking forward to the second instalment, I am, but I can wait a while longer for the authors to work their magic on the next couple hundred thousands of words.

Overall, one of the best books I have read lately, with a relatively unique, intriguing and intricate plot that maintains the reader’s interest all throughout. Do not miss the opportunity to read it! It is worth it, cliffhanger or not.

Recommended: 17+

From me: 4 out of 5

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