These Royals will ruin you.
Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.
Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.
Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.
She might be right.
Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall. (via Goodreads)
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Do you know how it’s like unintentionally getting hooked on a reality TV show that you know isn’t all that great, but you keep watching anyway because you really need to know what happens next? What else could go wrong? How does this plot twist get resolved? That’s exactly how I feel about The Royals series. I really enjoyed “Paper Princess” and had an all consuming need to read “Broken Prince” soon after because of that cliffhanger of an ending, but the only things that kept me motivated to finish the second book and read “Twisted Palace” was 1) finding out who the real ‘villain’ was (which I figured out halfway through the book) and 2) finishing the trilogy.
Soon after finishing the first three books I discovered that there was going to be more, and that the fourth book would be centered around Easton Royal – the funny, fun-loving, carefree middle child of the Royal family. I liked reading about him in Ella and Reed’s POV so I was looking forward to reading a book focused on him. It wasn’t long, however, when I realized that being stuck in Easton’s mind for an entire book was overwhelming and frustrating most of the time. I sympathized with him and his issues but one of the main reasons why it took me longer to read “Fallen Heir” than the previous three books was because I had to take breaks from Easton. When he wasn’t having so many different conflicting thoughts so quickly, he was being an asshole and sometimes even did both simultaneously! It was exhausting.
I’m still not sure if Easton is worst than Reed or equal to him, but there is not doubt that the entire Royal family is problematic and has major issues. I did, however, enjoy seeing the beginning of Easton’s character development and look forward to him growing up – as Hartley wants him to – and becoming significantly less of a selfish asshole.
My favorites in this book were definitely the newcomers, Bran and Hartley. Bran is so different from Easton and all the other Astor Park male students, mainly because he’s not filthy rich and a privileged brat, and seems more wholesome and down-to-earth, having come from a family who actually needs to work regular jobs. He’s the football team’s new quarterback and despite is obvious talents, he’s not arrogant about it and doesn’t use it to his advantage. I adore him! As for Hartley, I admired her for being so resilient and self-sufficient despite the terrible and difficult situation she’s in, similar to Ella in the first books. Even after she begins to open up to Easton a little we still only get to know her on a surface level basis. I hope we get to see her POV in the next book because she’s a fairly interesting character. I also really want to know what she sees in Easton because right now, I really feel like she would be better off without him. And, to be completely honest, Hartley’s POVs would be a nice and welcome break from Easton’s.
And, of course, I already knew that there would be some sort of cliffhanger at the end of this book. Unfortunately, instead of being surprised and left craving to read the next one (which, as previously stated, is how I felt after reading “Paper Princess”), the cliffhanger here just felt over-the-top and like a cheap way to end the book on a dramatic note. It felt so out of place and random. I’ll most likely still read the next book just to find out what happens next though. Like I said, just like a trashy reality TV show or terrible soap opera, I can’t get enough.