Yeah, you see it. Four stars and not five.
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOOKS ONE AND TWO AHEAD. GOING TO TRY NOT TO SPOIL BOOK THREE.
In book one, teenage and very underage, stripper, Ella was “rescued” from her life as a poor, broke high school student by Callum Royal, patriarch of the Royal clan. He found her through a PI after finding a letter from Ella’s mom to his dead best friend, Steve, and took it upon himself to give Ella a better life.
What happened was a whole new sort of drama. Step-mothers gone bad. Money grubbing women who would lie, cheat and steal to keep their status in the NCarolina community. Five sons who abhor Ella’s very existence in their home. Until one Royal decided to give into his burning love for her. Reed.
At the end of the first book Ella took off because she caught money-grubbing Brooke in bed with Reed. Though book two, got that cleared up right away. Thankfully. But it kept up with the high drama. Pregnancy allegations. A runaway Ella. Life gone insanely flipped for the Royals. Just veering out of control. But, Ella came back. She tried this new life once again, eventually forgiving Reed for doing nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This is so soapy good….this is why I couldn’t stop reading!!!
Then we get to book three, after a very twisty ending to book two that was like a slap in the face out of no where that had you seeing stars. Like literally. Like if I didn’t find out the what , who, how immediately, I’d have gone insane!!!
I will say that this book cleared up and wrapped up the whole story nicely. That’s not where I took away one star. For me, it was always a story of Ella and The Royals as a whole family. But in this one, it was more focused on the Ella/Reed love story rather than including the other characters that I was made to love from the other books. It was like part of the magic and fun was gone…well, not entirely gone, but greatly diminished.
There was one question concerning Easton Royal that was left dangling. I sincerely hope that there is more to his story in the future! Because I REALLY LOVED his character! And I want to know…who is the girl?!?!?!?
Other than missing some of the magic, this book was fantastic. Another couldn’t-stop-reading-so-I-read-all-night books. I definitely recommend. Especially if you read the first two. Gotta get those answers.
STARTING THE YEAR WITH A BANG ~ JANUARY 2017 READ