Soapy Goodness: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

Source: GoodReads

Ah, Broken Prince the sequel to Paper Princess. This series is crack. Actually, it’s like a gigantic soap opera. I think that’s what the authors were going for when they wrote this thing because it really is like one episode of General Hospital without the hospital.

First of all, there’s a weird classification for Broken Prince like its predecessor, age wise it would technically be YA, but it reads more NA—though to be honest there’s not that much skin to skin content just situational stuff that doesn’t often happen in YA. So, older YA?

The point is, it probably shouldn’t be read by those just entering the YA audience but for older people like yours truly its really great. It’s exactly high brow literature by any means, but if you want something that keeps you engage with lots and lots of tropes read this series.

Like it’s predecessor, the book focuses on Reed and Ella. There is actually some dual point of view here but it’s not enough to give you a complete headache. The book like I said follows in the tradition of soap operas so it starts after the cliffhanger in the predecessor and ends up with yet another cliff hanger. Actually, multiple cliffhangers.

I found Reed to be a little bit more tolerable in this one, and Ella was as tolerable as ever. The side characters though—meh—especially Brooke.

Oh, Brooke.

Were there ever a one dimensional villainess it would be you.

The thing is, while I’m not proud of it, I’m okay with Brooke being your stereotypical soap opera vixen here because she is a good bad guy. She’s not stupid, and she makes you realize that pretty fast.

Overall, this was a quick short read. The next book is being released thankfully in October so the double cliff hanger will be resolved soon enough. Again this isn’t great literature, and normally I’m not sure that I would enjoy this sort of book, but oddly enough it works really well.

Overall Rating: An A- it achieves what it wants to do and I like it.

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