by Erin Watt
Published by Everafter Romance on April 4th 2016
Genres: YA Romance
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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.
A few days ago, I read this really addicting book called Paper Princess which exceeded my expectations. It’s one of the most addicting reads I’ve had in a while, and that’s saying something. Before I share my review with you guys, we have Erin Watt in the house.
In case, you missed the big announcement, Erin Watt is the brainchild of Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick. I’ve read and loved their books in the past, so when I heard that they’re co-writing together, I was beside myself with excitement.
So tell us more about their collaboration and about Paper Hearts, here is the transcript of the Q&A I did with Erin Watt. Enjoy!
Hi guys! I’m so stoked to have this Q&A with you. Just so you know, I had the worst hangover after reading Paper Princess that I literally had to down some advils just to go to work the next day. True story. I had no sleep but oh my gosh, it was so worth it.
Sorry to hear about the hangover! We’ve been considering putting together a support group for like-suffering individuals… like a safe place to get all your feels out, you know?
You probably hear this question all the time but how did Erin Watt came about?
The decision itself for Erin Watt really came down to wanting to give the book its own feet – we both have our own followings, but this book really isn’t like anything else we’ve done before and we wanted to give it a bit of distance from our prior work. We were also really curious to see what readers thought of the book without being swayed by any pre-existing influence, and the results were AMAZING. For the name itself, we are both huge football fans and it was one of the things that united us, so we went to our favorite players for inspiration. Aaron Rodgers & J.J. Watt.
I know you guys have other projects between you and other collaborations as well, how did you even manage to write this? I am just blown away. Do you guys even sleep or you just write all day and all night? Not that I’m complaining, just curious. 🙂
LOL! Sometimes it’s great to do what you love for a living! Seriously, though, it’s a matter of prioritizing, the occasional “hurry up” nudging-text from the other, but more than that we were lucky enough that when we embarked on this book it was so much fun to write it only took us a couple weeks.
I know Jen, you’ve co-authored with Jessica Clare and Elle, you’ve collaborated with Sarina Bowen, what is it about collaborating with another author that you love so much?
Where to even begin with this… Everything. When you write with another person you get constant support, encouragement, someone who is just as invested as you. But you also get the inside jokes, the back and forth, and the experiences and knowledge that the other person has that you might not. You always have a friend you can bounce ideas off of, but your co-author knows exactly where you’re trying to go and can always keep you on the right path to get there.
Let’s talk about the book for a bit. When you started this, did you guys know it’s going to be a 3-book series or it just happened along the way and you realized that the story can’t be told with just one book?
We just sort of started writing and went from there! Honestly, sometimes you start with a basic storyline and some events you want to plot in, and next thing you know, the characters take on a life of their own and you realize you can—no, want—to do so much more with them. Once we started writing Book 1, we realized we had way too many ideas and storylines for just one book, so we decided to expand it to a trilogy.
By the way, I’m really grateful for your honesty and being upfront about the cliffhanger there. What would you say to convince readers to read this now and not wait for the series to be completed?
Paper Princess is sort of like starting a new series on TV. Sure… you can wait until the first season or even the entirety of the series is out and then marathon through it, but sometimes the fun is in the wait… You get the opportunity to start building your own story and discussing with your friends where you see it going because you just don’t know. I know a lot of our ARC readers were “#RuinedByRoyals” by the cliffhanger ending, but there’s something bittersweet about the build-up and suspense.
I love Ella. I have a huge heroine crush on her. Did you guys make a list on the qualities you love about your romance heroines and wrote her because it feels like you’ve checked every romance reader’s dream heroine with her character?
Starting out, we knew we wanted Ella to be a street-smart, tough-as-nails, gets-it-done survivor of a character wrapped up in a teenage girl who still has those shiny, giggly, girly moments without being over-the-top. We think we managed to achieve that? J
Last question. I know that there’s going to be three books so far, do you guys have any plans on expanding or writing more from this world?
That’s a really tough one. We had a blast writing the books, and we’ve gotten a lot of requests to expand on the Royal boys, so we’ll leave it with: “Anything’s possible.”
Thank you so much for taking the time out and answering all my questions.
Thanks for having us!
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two of my fave authors in NA right now: Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick. So when I heard they’re writing releasing a “cracktastic” book, I was like…
Four hours and a cliffhanger later….
A word of warning. Do not read this book if you have something important to do the next day, like go to work or go to school or just doing something that needs you to be alert and awake because you’re gonna fail at it. Hard. And all because of this book.
Paper Princess is one of the most addicting books I’ve read in a while. It’s pure fantasy, pure fun and pure unadulterated cracktastic read.
Set in a very privilege world of the rich and the insanely rich, Paper Princess follows a story of a young high school girl named Ella who, at the start of the book was struggling to get through her life. She just lost her mother and she’s been on her own trying to finish high school. Fate intervened in the form of Callum Royal. A man claiming to be Ella’s biological dad’s best friend and Ella guardian. Suddenly, Ella finds herself in the middle of the Royal world, which includes Callum’s five young sons, one of whom caught Ella’s attention immediately.
The Royals are rich, privileged and entitled. They’re not really good people. They’re amoral but they are also utterly fascinating. They have skeletons in their closets and you can’t help but question their motives all the time especially Reed Royal, the Royal brothers’ de facto leader and all around asshole.
Oh my gosh. This guy just pushes all of Ella’s buttons even the ones she doesn’t want pushed. They have insane chemistry and hate-lust going on, which is one of the most addicting factors in this book. I’m not gonna lie. There were times in the books where I want so bad to knee him in the balls. Normally, I would hate a hero like Reed because he is just horrible sometimes but because Ella was no wilting flower and has no intention of laying down and letting Reed or any Royal for that matter, walk all over her, made the story more interesting to me.
All the Royal brothers have their own personalities and little ticks and secrets that you want to uncover. I am so hoping that the authors are going to give each brothers a book because I would totally read all of them! But I’m getting ahead of myself.
As much as I loved reading about the Royals and can’t help but be fascinated by them, the main attraction or the main character that keeps me glued to its pages was Ella. This girl slays. She’s the perfect combination of vulnerability and toughness. And she’s not afraid to stand up to the Royals and their friends who look down on her.
Paper Princess is her story. And it is only the beginning. I cannot wait for the second book to come out. And as much as I loathed that cliffhanger, there is no way to fit everything in just one book. There is still too much to uncover about the Royals, about Ella’s biological dad, about Callum…everything. And I really, really want to know more about the Royal boys.
So if you’re in mood for a crazy addicting story, I would highly, highly recommend this book. Yes, it’s tag as YA but honestly, I wasn’t bothered by the age of the characters even with the stuff that’s been happening. I was too caught up in the story. It was that addicting.
ARC provided by Erin Watt in exchange for an honest review.