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.
Cover: I really like this cover. I think it's really quite pretty and it drew me in. I hadn't really heard of
this book, but I saw a beautiful post on Instagram and the cover intrigued me.
I of course looked up the synopsis on Goodreads and the tagline 'this
generation's Cruel Intentions' really
in. And this was a bit of an odd read for me, because
it kept me turning pages, I didn’t want to put it down, but at the same time I
was never really 100% sure I liked what I was reading.But something drew me in. Ella has had a tough life.I really liked her character- she had a lot
of courage and spunk.She helped her Mum
through her terminal illness, and since she passed away, she’s struggled to
support herself through school.And she’s
done it by working multiple jobs…one of which is a stripper. Until Calum Royal shows up out of the blue claiming
to be her guardian.And whisks her off
to his giant mansion and offers to put her through an elite prep school,
shopping trips, a car…but she has to put up with his five sons, who have made
it very clear to her that they don’t want her there. An interesting relationship develops between Ella
and the Royal brothers.It starts off
rocky, but eventually a sort of friendship starts with some of them, but there
seems to be an odd connection between her and Reed. I wasn’t sure if I was enjoying it, because the
rich lifestyle and they’re spoilt behaviour, and it’s pretty messed up. I
couldn’t understand Calum- and his grief over his wife’s death and yet I couldn’t
reconcile his behaviour with someone that was upset and supposedly loved their
wife enough to never have cheated on them.Getting with someone (and not a nice someone) 6 months after her death.No wonder his kids are messed up- undercover
fights, pain killer addiction, threesomes, sharing a girlfriend. I liked Ella, but I struggled to see how the
attraction to Reed started.I mean he
was awful in the beginning – and she’d been so strong and independent,
particularly with the snobs at school. Towards the end I started to warm to Reed, albeit reluctantly. But the end of this book, with its massive cliff
hanger, had that come crashing down, but I think there’s more to that than
initially meets the eye. Rating was hard, because I was engrossed but not
always entirely comfortable. 3.5/5 stars. And I will be picking up the sequel because of that cliffhanger.
Joss & Braden. Ellie & Adam. Jo & Cam. Olivia & Nate. Hannah & Marco. Shanon & Cole. And one Valentine’s Day they’ll never forget.
It’s Valentine’s Day! How do Joss & Braden, Ellie & Adam, Jo & Cam, Olivia & Nate, Hannah & Marco and Shannon & Cole keep the fire burning in their relationships while trying to juggle busy careers and the joyful chaos of parenthood? Find out in VALENTINE, six sexy and emotional short stories, one for each couple in the On Dublin Street series so far, making up a short novella about one very special day.
VALENTINE: An On Dublin Street Novella is a special gift to fans of the series.
really match the rest of the UK editions, but it’s only an ebook so it’s not a
I love the On Dublin Street series, it’s one of my
favourite adult contemporary series, so I was excited to delve into this
novella.And it didn’t disappoint.It was great to see all my favourites couples
(bar the last) together and how they spent their valentines.Short, sweet and sexy and a must read for any
fan of the On Dublin Street books.
Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Booking Through Thursdayand a different question is posted every week.
What’s the most mind-blowing, world-changing book you’ve ever read? (Or article, poem, whatever.)
This was a tough one because there have been so many amazing books that have blown my mind in totally different ways but most recently I would say Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I found it a very emotional story, tackling a controversial subject but with such humour through out, and a truly remarkable heroine that I just love.