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Paper Princess (Royals Series #1)

Paper Princess (Royals Series #1)

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by Erin Watt

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#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller

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


#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller

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.

Editorial Reviews

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"A compulsively readable YA novel that seems like an adult romance, which may appeal to older teenagers looking for something in the vein of Gossip Girl." —Kirkus Reviews

"Intense, haunting & hot—I can't stop thinking about Paper Princess!! The intriguing sexy characters draw you in and don't let go. A true must read!" —Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled and Legal Briefs series

"Wickedly clever writing, deliciously provocative characters, and chilling final pages made Paper Princess impossible to put down! Confidently a 2016 Top Read!" ―ROCKSTARS OF ROMANCE

“I am aching for the next installment!”—Kristen Krantz / Hypable

Kirkus Reviews
An orphan enters a world of privilege and decadence after she's taken in by a wealthy family in this debut YA romance. Seventeen-year-old Ella Harper is determined to overcome a difficult childhood. Raised by a single mother, she's never met her father; however, she has a few clues as to his identity: his name is Steve, and her mother met him while he was in the U.S. Navy. After her mother's death, Ella moves to a small town in Tennessee, enrolls in school, and takes a job as a stripper. One day, a man named Callum Royal comes to her school and tells her that Steve died and he's her new guardian. They served together in the Navy, he says, before they built a successful aviation company. He's helping to settle Steve's estate and support the daughter whom Steve never located. Wary of his motives but hoping to learn more about her father, Ella accompanies Callum to his estate, where she meets his five sons, Gideon, Reed, Easton, and twins Sawyer and Sebastian. Their mother died under questionable circumstances, and they have a strained relationship with Callum. They're also openly hostile toward Ella, particularly Reed. Ella soon discovers dark undercurrents in the family while also discovering her attraction to the sullen Reed. They fall in love, but secrets from the past soon threaten their relationship. Watt's novel moves along at a brisk, enjoyable pace, and it's built on an intriguing premise with well-developed characters. She doesn't overplay her hand by revealing too much too soon; instead, small details, such as a mysterious bruise on Reed's face, lead to shocking revelations later in the story. Ella is a dynamic, sympathetic protagonist who appreciates Callum's generosity while trying to remain grounded. Although her relationship with Reed begins on an antagonistic note, it gradually evolves into one that crackles with passion. However, some of their scenes together are more erotic than many written for adult novels, so they might be more appropriate for an older YA or adult audience. A compulsively readable YA novel that seems like an adult romance, which may appeal to older teenagers looking for something in the vein of Gossip Girl.

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EverAfter Romance
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Erin Watt's Royals Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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“Ella, you’re wanted in the principal’s office,” Ms. Weir says before I can step inside the Precalculus classroom.

I check my watch. “I’m not even late.”

It’s one minute before nine and this watch is never wrong. It’s probably the most expensive item I own. My mom said that it was my dad’s. Besides his sperm, it’s the only thing he left behind.

“No, it’s not about tardiness…this time.” Her normally flinty gaze is soft around the edges, and my gut relays a warning to my sluggish morning brain. Ms. Weir is a hard ass, which is why I like her. She treats her students like we’re here to learn about actual math instead of some life lesson on loving your neighbor and crap like that. So for her to be giving me sympathetic looks means something bad is cooking down at the principal’s office.

She should save her sympathy for Justin Slade, the captain of the football team, who is unironically sticking his tongue between his fingers and waggling the wormlike thing at me. He bragged about his tongue the day we’d met, when he cornered me in the hallway, informed me I was hot, and graciously offered to give me the best sex of my life. I’d said thanks, but no thanks.

Since then he’s been hounding me to reconsider, but it doesn’t matter, because I won’t have to deal with him for much longer. He’s going to college next year and will be in for a sore surprise when he realizes the best days of his life were in high school. His pathetic attempt at mocking me doesn’t deserve acknowledgement.

“Fine.” It’s not like I can give any other response. I offer a nod and redirect myself to the school office.

“I’ll email you the course assignment,” Ms. Weir calls after me.

Again with the sympathy. I should be worried. The implication behind her statement is that I won’t be returning to class, but there’s nothing Principal Thompson has to say that could faze me.

Before enrolling in George Washington High School for my junior year, I had already lost everything of importance. There isn’t anything else anyone can take from me.

Even if Mr. Thompson has somehow found out I’m not technically living in the GW school district I can think of some lie to stall for time, and if I have to transfer, which is the worst thing that could happen to me today, then I’ll do it.

If he brings up the fact that my mother is a stripper? Well, I’ll call him a liar and remind him that having a stripper for a mother isn’t grounds for suspension or dismissal.

“How’s it going, Darlene?”

The mom-haired school secretary barely looks up from her People magazine. “Take a seat, Ella. Mr. Thompson will be right with you.”

Yep, we’re on a first-name basis, me and Darlene. One month at GW High and I’ve already spent way too much time in this office, thanks to my ever-growing stack of late slips. But that’s what happens when you work nights and don’t see the smooth side of the sheets until three a.m. every night.

Meet the Author

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun—and sometimes crazy—ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: authorerinwatt@gmail.com

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Paper Princess 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this on a recommendation. Couldn't put it down. I had to buy the second one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. It depicts some real life situations in which some people may connect too. It's also a VERY descriptive/vivid book so if you're looking for a movie type of book, here it is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, good read didn't want it to end and can't wait for part 2. This book will make u cry and laugh out loud but was really sad. I really hope in the next books we learn more about the others especially colum, I feel so sad for him and hope by any chance he'll find true love again and please let Val and Easton hook up she's something else. Good read looking forward to part 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for a new kind of love story and I found it. The characters for fun and unexpected. Fast passed, finished the whole book in one sitting without putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book sooooo much literally cant wait for the next one to come out :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Completely addictig! Can't wait for book#2!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story with good twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had by the first sentence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don' t pass this up very good!!!
Anonymous 13 hours ago
This book was sooo good. I'm so glad that I decided to pick this book up. I cant wait to read the next one.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Easy great read!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I absolutely love this book
Anonymous 7 months ago
sugarpine721 7 months ago
Thank goodness I didn't start reading this until the third book was published because it would have killed me to wait. This series reminded me of Tijan's "Fallen Crest High" series...which I loved! It is well written and you can't help but fall for those Royal boys! I loved every minute of the entire series!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Anonymous 10 months ago
Okay this book is amazing. There is so much going on. The Royal family is so messed up. I have to say I really like Ella, the heroine. That's rare and it helps me enjoy the book that much more. I'm not sure there is anything I disliked about this book. So very entertaining. Their life is like a soap opera. I wanted to go around and lecture every student at the school. What a bunch entitled jerks. The ending was awful. Reed is such a jerk to her for this entire book. But at the end, I wanted to punch him. I'm not sure he can redeem himself to me after what he did. That wasnt just bad judgement. We'll just have to see. Highly reccommend this entertaining, well written book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left me wanting more! It's so good and though the reader might get a feeling of something happening it doesn't always happen.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Ella is no stranger to hard work in this life. She works hard to get the future she dreams of. So when a stranger claims to be her guardian - she calls his bluff. When it turns out he has 5 seriously handsome sons who she now has to live with, life takes a whole new turn. Ella thinks this may be harder than the life she left. Who do they think she is Cinderella? Lots of great surprises are in store for the reader. I loved this book. I laughed, I cried and then I screamed at the ending! I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. There are so many interesting and compelling characters. ***This ARC copy given in exchange for an honest review only.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! You know it is amazing when you can't put it down and then you dream about the book! Can't wait for the next one!
christokes More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK. I have mixed feelings. A LOT of mixed feelings. I think it might be an overload from the angst and the cliffhanger in the end. But man… Paper Princess is a book that you read and in the end you are left a jumbled mess of frayed nerves and shocked sentiments, leaving you spinning and wondering what in the world just happened. All that to say… can I have book 2 please? While some things that happen in this book are somewhat absurd and a bit out there, the book owns what happens. There is no holding back. Even if there are parts that you dread or that rub you the wrong way, this book is committed to what it is and leaves it all out on the floor. The intrigue and deceit is not subtle. The shocking reveals and the burning attraction fuel what you read. Even if I found something to be frustrating and others to be a bit too crazy, this book takes it all in stride and makes the reader understand the reality and knits it all together in a story that is true to itself, one that leaves the reader gasping for breath. While I might roll my eyes at some of the antics, I could not stop reading. There are so many things in this book that evoke emotion. You will love it or hate it. You will be sucked in or disgusted. This book draws an emotional response out of the reader. It can go either way and you will be dead set on defending that emotion. I think what evokes that response is the complete emotion and good writing of this story. Anytime you blend two authors’ styles together into something new and exciting, you are bound to make waves. The story is intriguing and the modern twist on the Cinderella tale is enough to get people on board. My head is still reeling and I am hesitant for what happens next. I want to sucker punch quite a few characters and to hug several others. Prepare yourself for a story that is both horrible and brilliant. At least there are only a few more months until book two… Right?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AHopelessRomBooklandia More than 1 year ago
Omg. Omg. Omg! This is YA? Because holy hell, this was not what I was expecting from a YA book. I don't ever read them, they're not my speed at all, but I may just start! When two of your favorite authors team up and have a book baby AH-MAZING things happen. And they are so right! These Royals will ruin you. And you don't even see it coming. Because I'm obsessed and I need the next book like yesterday. I'm in cliffhanger hell. I've managed to avoid them for quite a while, settling for standalones. But this was one of the best cliffies I've ever experienced. And my God, my book hangover is immense. I hope that they're going to release these books quickly because I don't think I can wait. If you were a fan of the Off Campus series and the Woodlands series you are going to cream your bloomers over this book, this series, these characters. And there's FIVE hot-as-hell Royals to sink your teeth into. Hotness to the nth degree. I feel like a pedophile lusting over these high schoolers. It's so wrong yet so right. Go grab this, devour it, and then find me on Facebook because I NEED to talk to more peeps about this book. ~ Lia, 5 Royal Brother Stars
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
Paper Princess is a TOP read of 2016. Erin Watt has written a current and topical Cinderella-esque story that you will not be able to put down. From the very first chapter you are sucked in to the world of the Royals. This book gave me a major hangover and I seriously don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until July for Book two ~ Broken Prince. I give Paper Princess 5 out of 5 Krissy Stars. This is a MUST READ! Xo- K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.