Broken Prince by Erin Watt

The Royals, #2



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.


“I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.”

That cliffhanger - yikes!

Continuing a weird trend where a book has a lot of flaws and things that irritate me but some kind of supernatural reading glue that keeps my face basically sucked into the pages until the book is over (really, it is weird), Broken Prince brings forth the angst from the first but finally waves aside some of the back and forth romance stuff and gives me a breather. Sort-of.

In the first book seeing the main character have to adapt to a hostile rich school, new home, and demented 'brothers' was interesting enough. To keep the flow going in this one since all that has been done and is over with, it now focuses on Ella's too-dependant emotions for the love of her life, I guess, Reed. At least I didn't have to gnash my teeth anymore at high school bullies I wanted to punch in the face, but now that's exchanged for a little bit of teenage romance angst. Fun times? Sometimes.

I dig the brotherly bond toward Ella now and am glad we got the antagonism out of the way, where the group is now tied against the rest of the world, and still the father comes across as a strange, screwed up figure I can't figure out. Having a shift of point of view was kind of hard to take now, since a lot of the story was told through Reed's POV, and that can be uneven if not carefully done.

The weird Brooke and baby stuff is like a soap opera, which is probably why these are so hard to put down, even if they have painful tropes that make me cringe guilty at the same time. I can't understand her acceptance of the violence the boys indulge in with the after-hours fighting stuff - that would be a turn-off killer for me, but whatevs.

It's cheesy and its silly, but its passable for an addictive YA soap opera. That cliffhanger is again brutal though. It's like an episode of Days of Our lives that cuts off for a season finale cliffhanger.
I didn't actually watch soap operas though, I swear! Who needs them when we have books like these and Harlequins?

   Book Quotes:

“She’s mine and always has been. From before we even met, she was mine and I was hers. I fought it too long, but I’m giving in now. I’m all in now.”


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