My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What do you get when you meld together two brilliant storytellers, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick - aka Erin Watt, and throw in similar feels to Cruel Intentions, Mean Girls and a Modern day Cinderella?
I started this baby on a late night train home from a work thingy. I was exhausted and thought I’d just read a few chapters to unwind. By the time the train pulled into my station, I was like a junkie soaring from my last high and jonesing for my next hit!
I rushed home, jumped in bed and told myself I'd just read a few more chapters…until there were no more! Read the rest in one sitting. Sleep be damned! And yes, my sorry ass was tired the next morning
but again, see above, I was freakin’ high as a kite and while I knew I'd eventually crash with one vicious book hangover, I didn’t care!
Ella Harper’s a 17 year old dynamo; I simply adored this girl for her spunk, resilient and take-no-prisoners attitude. Father’s unknown, mother’s passed away and no one knows that she’s on her own. She forged her mother’s signature on school documents, going to school during the day and has three jobs on the side, including stripping, to keep the lights on and to put food on the table.
Then Callum Royal waltzes into her life, claiming he’s her guardian. He tells her that he’ll take care of her financially with enough money to go to college and beyond, and in return, she’ll live with him and his five boys. Ella’s carefully crafted life comes tumbling down around her. And then she meets the Royals and any remnants of life as she knew it is leveled.
These boys don’t like her and the ring leader, Reed Royal, makes it known that she’s not welcomed and they won’t go easy on her.
Ella gives as good as she gets. She was truly a formidable force for not only the Royals but also the psycho rich kids from Astor Park private school, who all take their cues on how to treat Ella from the Royals. Like Reed, all of them see her as a money grubbing whore and as such, she’s given the “royal” trash treatment.
Despite all the machinations and mind games, Ella can’t help but face that she’s attracted to Reed even though he’s the biggest asshole to her. You know the type. Reed’s the guy you love to hate and secretly lust after because let’s face it, he’s all alpha, dominant hotness.
“the apple is dangling in front of me, juicy red and delicious, but like the fairy tale, Reed Royal is the villain disguised as a pretty prince. Taking a bite out of him would be a huge mistake.”
Unbeknownst to Ella, Reed’s fighting the same fight. These two seriously held no punches and their fire and ice tango was tantalizing torture!
Things escalate among Ella, those at school and the Royal boys, and as they reach a crescendo, Ella calls a truce. This is where things get even more interesting. It’s obvious that the Royals may be the “it” family but they’ve got dark secrets that they want to kept hidden.
I really liked each and every Royal...
although, I think they all need some sort of redemption, including Daddy Royal. And I hope we get more. Something tells me that each of these boys would have great stories. Elle, Jen, are you listening? *hint, hint*!!
This story is rich with an intriguing, angst-ridden plot, complex characters that you can't help but FEEL something for and burning sexual tension between Reed and Ella that keeps you turning the pages.
And all of this culminates with one hellvua cliffhanger! WT??
I highly recommend this book. If you want a movie like experience that'll give you so much and leave you hankering for more, you've got to read this!!
**ARC generously provided by authors in exchange for an honest review.**