Easton is back and he is the star! I was eagerly awaiting Fallen Heir ever since I learned Erin Watt (Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy) were writing a trilogy for Easton Royal. And boy does this book start off with a, well, with a happy bang for two people.
Unfortunately, when Easton is caught red-handed with his calculus teacher, he has to catch the peeper in the act quick. When he meets Hartley Wright, he is immediately enamored with her. She does NOT feel the same. And that catches Easton off guard. After all, he is a Royal, the hottest catch in his high school. But pursuing Hartley is not easy. She is not falling for his usual charm in the slightest.
Hartley Wright has her own issues to deal with and she has no plans to be Easton’s latest conquest. But she can’t help admitting that he is a fun guy to be around. Maybe they can be friends? Nothing is ever easy when a Royal gets involved though.
I’m fully addicted to the Royals. Erin Watt knows how to write naughty and addicting YA/NA. From the moment I started Fallen Heir, I was hooked. Easton and Hartley’s initial meeting is the perfect lead-up to them getting to know each other better. There is immediate tension between these two.
Of course, nothing is ever easy for Easton. And he makes some crappy decisions throughout the course of the book, but I kept rooting for him. I have long had a soft spot for teenage bad boys (looking at you Chuck Bass) and Easton fits that profile. I shouldn’t like him because of the crap he pulls but yet, I do like him and I want to see him happy. It’s the romance reader in me.
I really liked Hartley too. From the get-go, she doesn’t put up with Easton’s BS. She doesn’t want to be another notch on the bedpost for him. She doesn’t even want to know him because well, Hartley has some secrets of her own that make life in high school tough. But the more time they spend together, the more they really seemed to come to an understanding and a genuine appreciation for each other.
I’ve long been searching for a more modern readalike to Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. The Royals is exactly that! It’s got everything. Intrigue, gossip, hook-ups and blackmail, and oh yeah, murder too. Easton and Hartley’s story ends on a cliffhanger and I for one am already anticipating Cracked Kingdom which comes out in 2018.
So, if you enjoyed Ell and Reed’s books, you’re going to definitely want to get your hands on Easton’s story and learn everything you can about him as he gives his heart away.
ARC provided by publisher for review.
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