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Series: The Royals #4
Published by Self Publish on 2017-08-28
Length: 300 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
These Royals will ruin you.
Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.
Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.
Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.
She might be right.
Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.
Oh Easton ? Fallen Heir by Erin Watt is the fourth book in The Royals and tells Easton’s story. This story is NOT for the faint of heart. It’s a heart-breaking, gut-wrenching, can’t-sit-it-down kind of read. I didn’t realize before I started the story that Easton would/could break my heart, but oh boy! He does.
Easton is my favorite Royal boy. He stole my heart with his naivety and boyish antics. He’s a contradiction on so many levels. To Ella and the readers of the original trilogy, Easton has a big heart that’s been crushed beyond repair. I’m here to tell you that this is true, but he also has a dangerous dependency, one that was hinted at but never really explored in the first part of the series. Easton had a pill problem, now his poison of choice is alcohol and sex. Lots of sex. *shiver* Honestly how the boy doesn’t have some sort of STD is beyond me. All of this is known from the first three books. I felt the authors do an amazing job of exploring this dark side of Easton. He’s broken, SO broken. I just wanted to reach through the pages and hold him, tell him he is loved, and there are people that care about him even if he doesn’t care about himself.
Then enters Hartley. Hartley is the exact opposite of Easton. This is a girl who reminds him of Ella. She’s fiercely independent, not interested in what Easton is offering, but like Easton she is drowning. She has secrets, big secrets that she refuses to share with anyone. She drives Easton crazy, but she is also his savior. She sees him, all the broken, ugly pieces. This strikes a chord with Easton who craves that attention. He is the typical middle child, always feeling left out, but Hartley doesn’t make him feel that way. And now he has a new poison, one that has the potential of wrecking this girl.
Like the Reed and Ella’s story, Easton’s is messy. It’s full of drama, but not the same type of drama. I could actually relate to this boy, even if I felt what he was going through, he was too young to be dealing with it. I pictured him more in college, even if he was a senior in high school.
Overall, I devoured this book. I loved Easton and I still do. However, I think I should warn readers. If you loved the Easton from Ella’s story, this isn’t the same boy. He is different, a little colder, some of his actions in the first books are explained from his POV in this one and it isn’t exactly endearing. Easton is hard to love, but of all the Royals I think he needs it most. If you enjoy contemporary romance, I highly recommend it. FYI while this book is billed for the mature YA, under 18 should read with caution. The book deals with underage drinking, drugs, sex, gambling, and abuse. Read with discretion. Oh and that ending?!?! It’s brutal ?