Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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.




This book is just as hard for me to rate as it was to read.

First of all, there were a lot of things that I was so disgusted by and, honestly, had quite a bit of trouble getting past to really enjoy the story, but there was certainly something that had me on the edge of my seat, refusing to put the book down until I finished.

I had to know how this was going to end.

With that being said, I don’t know that I have any desire to read any of the other books in this series, however, I do see myself seeing what other books this author has written.

I definitely see what the draw was to this book. It’s gritty, it’s full of (extremely) imperfect characters, it gives you a peek into some very interesting lifestyles… however, I also understand anyone who has issues with it. There certainly were some really difficult scenes to read with a lot of trigger warnings that Melanie always does a great job of listing for readers who would like to know before picking this book up.

Audiobook Performance: 4 stars


Butterfly Rating: 1 Star


Re-read Worthiness: Nah

Bookshelf Placement: Nah

Book Boyfriend Rating: 1 star





2 thoughts on “Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

  1. I know the feeling! I definitely wanted to just dnf the book in so many parts – especially the drama – but I wanted to know how it’d end. I ended up reading the next two books too, and same feeling. But I gave up then.


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