Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4) by Erin Watt

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1.) Paper Princess ★★★
2.) Broken Prince ★★
3.) Twisted Palace ★★

At this point, you guys know I’m trash for this series. It’s honestly just like a high school soap opera, but it’s so addicting and completely impossible to put down. And even though I haven’t enjoyed any of the installments as much as Paper Princess, I knew I couldn’t pass this by because this story is about my favorite Royal boy, Easton.

Reed’s off to college and Ella and Easton are finishing their senior year of school. And Easton is still being Easton; abusing drugs, fighting, having sex with anyone without thinking of consequences. And after one day at school where he chooses to be particularly bad, he is confronted by a girl who is immune to his charm. Hartley Wright is dealing with her own dark secrets, and she doesn’t have time to deal with Easton or his bullshit.

“You’re not the white knight in this picture. You’re the villain!”

But, like, Easton’s story starts out feeling really… gross? And it honestly just set a really bad tone for the book for me. Reed and Ella’s story was a slow, agonizing burn that started out as a hate to love, but it was still an always mutual attraction. Easton refuses to take no for an answer from his love interest and it made me really uncomfortable to read about.

Hartley never shows interest in Easton, which makes Easton want her because she’s so openly unattainable. And instead of respecting her and her wishes and trying to slowly win her over or something, he honestly stalks her. He changes his school schedule to have the same classes as her, he goes to her parents’ house unannounced, he honestly won’t leave her alone no matter how much she protests. And this goes on for like half of the book, until Hartley finally breaks down and starts liking him. But, like, she’s going through so many sad things in her life, it feels worse that she’s using her stalker as comfort because she honestly doesn’t have anyone else.

I don’t know, maybe I’m just being really sensitive because I know how it feels to tell a guy no and for them to turn around and refuse to listen. Plus, it feels so bad being romanticized, especially because Easton was my favorite out of his brothers! He always seems to sweet, caring, and kind, but was abusing substances because he couldn’t deal with the death of his mother. His character had so much potential to find someone and have a better start of a relationship than him being a creepy stalker.

Also, trigger warnings: losing a parent, underage sexual content (17), teacher and student relationship, physical abuse, underage drinking, drug use, addiction, and a lot of toxic male masculinity. So please use caution before going into this book.

All of these books end in a cliffhanger, so I really shouldn’t have been surprised that this one did, too, even though I was secretly hoping for Easton to have a standalone HEA book. Yet, this cliffhanger is the mother of all cliffhangers. Like, let me be the first to say that I’m sure Cracked Kingdom is going to start out with the ending of this book not being as bad as they are making it seem though.

And I know you guys are probably like, “Melanie, why do you keep reading this series if you continue to give it two stars over and over?” And that is such a valid question, and I know I should just cut my losses, but this series truly is addicting and so very fast paced. Like, all the problematic content shines so brightly through the story, but it is still somehow impossible to not turn the page, and that makes for a good reading experience even if I have to write reviews like this afterwards.

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16 thoughts on “Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4) by Erin Watt

    1. You are too kind. Yeah, I was reading it slowly over this busy weekend, and I still found it hard to put down! This series makes me feel so conflicted, but I continue to throw money at it! Hahaha. Happy reading, love. I can’t wait for your review! 💗

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  1. That was exactly what I felt after reading this book. I had high hopes for this one because Easton was my favourite but this book ruined that for me. I will be still reading the next one, especially because how everything ended in this book but I think I have lost interest in this series now. Great review btw.

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    1. Thank you so much, love. Yeah… I feel like Easton had such potential for a good story, but the stalker route just made me not interested. But that ending…. how could we not pick up this next book?! Haha. But I hope we enjoy it more than this one, Poulami! Happy reading! 💗xx

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  2. I know what you mean about a bad series being addictive. I read the Twilight series. Thought it was some of the worst writing I had ever come across. Ever. Yet the story was written in such a dumb way that it was painfully easy to read and I found the pages flying by.

    I had an ulterior motive. An attractive lady I knew begged me to read them. And I’ll do anything for a pretty face 😦

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