Genre: Young Adult
Recommendation: Not really. Unpopular opinion to say the least.
Type: Series, Broken Prince is set to be released July 25, 2016.
Pricing: Average to good, is less than ten bucks on Amazon for the e-book.
Summary: +tough protagonist -vapid love interest -overly sexual -/+ trigger topics -downplayed harassment + unexpected plot twists +horrible yet unexpected ending
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.
Before I start this review I have to disclose that not only is my opinion in the minority of those that have read this book, I am pretty sure my own dislike of certain things completely influenced by review. So here it is: I completely despised half the characters in this book. I detested Reed and his brothers. I disliked the female antagonist and I didn’t really enjoy the actual protagonist either. This book is full of completely inappropriate sexual harassment that goes completed unaddressed and even an attempted sexual assault via date rape that is completely over looked and swept under the rug.
The female lead and main POV Ella is a seventeen year old high school student with a deceased mother and unknown father who pays for her rent by stripping all night. Did I mention she is seventeen? She gets called into the school office one morning and told she has a guardian per her fathers will and she is whisked away to some rich guys house that ends up being her biological fathers best friend. She of course rebels and said rich guys five extremely hot and conveniently close in age sons rage and rebel against the gutter trash that interrupts their cushy lifestyle. This story follows Ella as she tries to navigate through a new school and the new surroundings she is forced into.
The plot is interesting even though I felt murderous at certain points because of the complete lack of respect the Royal boys have for Ella and women in general. From a set of twins pulling a switcheroo on their girlfriends to angry sexual propositions it is just kinda gross. Not to mention the ending.. I just don’t know how I could ever be down with Reed ever. If he was a real person, I would claw my eyes out before spending any time with him. The entire book characterizes inappropriate sexual attention and violence as being ok. It’s cool a seventeen year old is working a fully nude strip club. It’s totally cool some guy tries to date rape one of characters. No big deal that she is scared to leave her room because of what one of the super sexual boys living in that house would do to her. Just.. no.
As stated previously, I think my dislike of much of the content of the book is what leads me to give it such a poor review. Either way, this book was not for me and I won’t be purchasing the next in the series.
Disclaimer: I purchased this book and this review is full of my thoughts and my thoughts alone.