Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt


broken princeThese 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.

My Review:

Broken Prince is the second book in the Royals series by Paper Princess and takes place immediately after where Paper Princess ends. I would definitely recommend that all readers start out with the first book and don’t just right into Broken Prince. These are not standalone NA books and need to be read in order. Otherwise, you’re going to miss a bunch of important stuff.

Unlike Paper Princess, Broken Prince starts out with Reed’s POV and alternates between Ella and Reed’s POVs throughout the entire book. Upside: we got to learn more about Reed. Downside: books with alternating POVs are never as good as they could be. It’s sort of awkward to be jostled around to several different POVs. The only way it’s going to work is if the authors pull a 50 shades of grey and rewrite the entire first book from Reed’s POV. I’m obviously not a very big fan of books that alternate POVs.

For the most part, Broken Prince was absolutely amazing. However, it wasn’t as good as Paper Princess. That slightly disappointed me because Paper Princess was SO GOOD that I expected the very same from Broken Princess. No. That’s not right. I expected more. I expected to be mind blown and to not be able to put the book down. While I did stay up until 1:30 am reading this book, I did take quite a few breaks. Unlike with Paper Princess where I read the book straight through with barely any bathroom breaks to help me survive.

Don’t get me wrong. I did LOVE this book. However, I thought it was slightly odd how Ella went from HATING Reed to LOVING Reed without really any breaks inbetween. I was waiting for a pivotal moment that never happened. A moment where Ella would open her door, see Reed, and then allow him in her room. A crucial moment between Ella and Reed that would tear the hearts out of readers. Instead, it just sort of….happened. No pivotal moment. No heart-wrenching scene. Nothing that crushed my heart into little pebbles. With all the build up of Ella absolutely despising Reed, I was super let down. I expected more.

Another thing that I wish I would have seen was more appearances from both the twins and Gideon. Let me say this: the authors either need to decide to 1) give each of them their own book or, 2) Give them a bunch of show time in the third book. There is so much going on with the side characters and, honestly, I like some of the better than Ella and Reed. Decisions need to be made. I’m going to be pissed if I get to the third book and their stories aren’t told or choppily done so. I was also a little peeved off that Easton didn’t get much show time. All of the side characters seemed to get a lot of page time in Paper Princess and crazy ignored in Broken Prince.

On a more positive note, I thought this book was FULL of action! From beginning to end, I was absolutely hooked on the storyline.  Do I think some areas needed to be more defined? Yes. Do I think this book rocked my socks off? Yes.

The ending of this book…….wow. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I will say that it will leave readers DYING for the third book. Most readers are probably going to be extra shocked. I actually saw a lot of it coming. I wish that I would have been a littttttle more shocked than I was. However, it left off with a really strong ending that left the third book open for so many possibilities.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. I know that I had a lot to grumble about but that’s mostly just because I love this series SO MUCH that I have SO MUCH to say! Don’t get me wrong, though, I 100% recommend this series for all readers! However, I might recommend that you wait until all three books are released….

Rating: [rating: 4]mu