1.) Paper Princess ★★★
Broken Prince is much worse than Paper Princess in every way, but it was still an addictive read that I couldn’t put down. Again, I was having a rough couple of days and just wanted to read a really fast story that I didn’t really have to think about, and this series totally fits that bill.
This book starts off right where Paper Princess left off, and I mean right off, so thank the Lord for not having to wait for explanation to that terrible cliffhanger, but Reed’s reaction was just so lame, I’m sorry. We get to see the angst ensue for over fifty percent of this book, while also seeing Reed beg for Ella to forgive him for his gross actions, and then the real story gets started. It’s too bad that the real story is improbable that I felt like I was watching The Bold and The Beautiful with my Grandma back in Flint, Michigan.
Plus, this book is hella problematic and not only condones violence, but constantly reinforces that violence will solve your problems and you’ll get away with doing shitty things. The topic of bullying is never really challenged, and it made this installment in this series much less enjoyably for me. Also, trigger warnings for losing a parent, underage sexual content (17), physical abuse, sexual assault, attempted rape, underage drinking, drug use, addiction, a lot of slut shaming, and a lot of toxic male masculinity. So please use caution before going into this book.
And most importantly: This series is NOT YA! This story definitely deals with seventeen and eighteen year-olds that are still in high school, but I would still consider this NA, because of the very mature themes and because of all the sexual content. So, again, please use caution.
Also, because I know most of you follow me for my fantasy reviews, I always feel it necessary to state that I rate erotic books differently than other books! I know many of the relationships are toxic and problematic and I completely understand that they wouldn’t be the healthiest and/or most ideal of starts for people in real life, but I love steamy reads and I rate them purely off my enjoyment, yet this still got only two stars from me, because it became the equivalent to a soap opera in every way.
Like, the twists were just too damn unbelievable that I had to laugh out loud numerous times. And I mean, like, I was witch cackling at the absurdity. And even though Paper Princess had a heart wrenching cliffhanger from hell, Broken Prince had the most annoying and outlandish cliffhanger of all time.
Overall, I still recommend this series if you’re looking for a quick and easy series that is honestly enjoyable. Unfortunately, I just enjoyed this one more for the laughs than for the sexy time. I obviously don’t hate this series, or I wouldn’t be happily binging the entire thing, but there is a lot of uncontested problematic content, on top of some of the plot being downright unbelievable.