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Jul 25 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Erin Watt’s Broken Prince (July 25, 2016)

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Erin Watt
Broken Prince (Royals #2)
EverAfter Romance / July 25, 2016 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

Broken Prince picks up where Paper Princess left off, Ella has flown the coop away from Royal Palace and it's up to Reed Royal and his point of view narrative to help pick up the pieces and make sense of what is rotten in the Royal family. 

It's a nice surprise to get things in Reed's perspective, however, his change of heart over how much he was anti-Ella for most of the first book is a bit surprisng. The nice thing about this series is that Erin Watt has left a lot of room for shocking and almost unbelievable plot twists to happen. I'm not going to say who or what happens, but by establishing the soap opera tone early on in Paper Princess, Broken Prince can get away with a bunch of twists and plot shifts that would almost kill the suspension of disbelief in other novels.

Reed and Ella's connection in this novel gets ramped up to 11. In addition, things seem almost happier for the Royal family. It's more so in Broken Prince than Paper Princess where readers see how Ella fits in with the Royal family. Book 1 was more so Ella feeling out and surviving her way around Royal palace, Book 2 is really about her taking her place as a member of a very messed up and secretive family. Reed and Ella are definitely on better terms this time round, but just because the love/hate element has diminished a bit, the romance is still hot and heavy. In my humble opinion, it was probably seeing Ella's relationship solidify with other characters like Callum, Easton and the twins as well as seeing Ella kick ass at Astor Park that was wholly satisfying.

Some of our Heroes&Heartbreakers community might ask, “Well what do I read while waiting impatiently between installments of the Royals series?” I don't think Romancelandia has an exact answer for that yet. Given that Erin Watt fuses the writing styles of Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick, the two together have a unqiue combination that makes each installment more dramatic and compelling for the reader.  As we don't have a breakdown of the Erin Watt writing process we're not sure which parts are attributed to which author, but Kennedy and Frederick together have created an almost new sub-genre where the characters are in high school, but the sexual tension and acts of the characters make it almost new adult. As a result, I'm not sure what category to put it in, rather state that the Royals series is so developed that it stands in a category of its own.

The crown jewel in the Royal series definitely continues to be Ella and her characterization. Evem when she is literally absent from the narrative such as the beginning of Broken Prince, the lack of her presence is severely felt not only by Reed but also the rest of the Royal family. It's nice in this installment that Ella really gets to solidify herself as a Royal whether she likes it (sometimes she does) or not. Readers who have eagerly been waiting the second installment in the soap opera-esque series will not be disappointed. In fact, Broken Prince really delivers a heavy dose of hero-driven dialogue giving everyone a better sense of who Reed Royal is and what drives him while at the same time leaving everyone to ask, "Where's Ella?' 

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Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.

 

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