REVIEW – ONE SMALL THING by Erin Watt

SYNOPSIS

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo of The Royalsand When It’s Real comes a sensational new novel about a girl falling for the one boy she should never have met…

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 Stars****

YA and angsty, just how I like it!!!! I seriously can’t enough of Erin Watt. Once again this dynamic duo bring us a beautiful story that is a total page turner!

 

 

Elizabeth is finally a senior in High school, she and her family have had a really devastating few years, and “Beth” AKA Lizzy is ready to finish school so she can go away to college and start living her life away from her overbearing parents.

After one particularly bad fight with her parents, Beth decides she wants to rebel by going to a party in a bad part of town. At this party, she meets a gorgeous boy that makes her feel at ease, secure in her own skin for the first time in her life. Chase and Beth spend an exhilarating night together, knowing they’ll never see each other again, this mystery makes their night so much better.

The next day in school, Beth can’t believe her mysterious friend Chase is a new student in her school. But what’s worse is that this boy has more than one reason to tell her how sorry he is…

Chase has become the most hated boy not only in school but in the small town of Darling. Beth is the only one who’s forgiven him, even though she’s the one who should hate him the most.

I was biting my nails throughout the entire read. Some of the characters, especially Beth’s parents were very frustrating and totally unpredictable. I really enjoyed this story.

 

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

”No cage is forever, Beth. I tried to find one small thing that I could be grateful for each day, like the extra ten minutes of free time outside or a work release picking up trash or ice cream for dessert. That’s how I kept my sanity—I focused on one good thing instead of all the fucked-up stuff.” 

YA is not my go-to genre but when it’s a book written by the dynamic writing duo, Erin Watt, there is no way that I’m not going to make time for it. This story is filled with sadness, regret, and a ton of teenage angst and I couldn’t get enough of it. This is a tale of forbidden romance between two young kids who to the outside world should never have met. My heart hurt for poor Lizzie who was forced to live in the shadow of her dead older sister. I admired Chase for owning his mistakes and being the voice of reason that would help lead Lizzie away from her destructive path.

I understood her frustrations with her parents but her rebellious behavior made her seem even more juvenile and beyond ignorant. I was equally annoyed with her parents for being completely blind and for putting their trust in the wrong people. Their punishments seemed over the top at times but I loved the message of the story. Forgiveness heals the soul, and sometimes people can change for the better.

Here are my overall ratings

Hero: 5
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4.5
Angst: 4
Steam: 2
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4

ONE SMALL THING is currently available! I can’t wait to see what these two authors have in store for us next!

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REVIEW – FALLEN HEIR (The Royals, #4) by Erin Watt

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

*****Mel’s Review*****
4 Stars!

 

 

Easton Royal is an 18 yr. old senior at Astor Park Prep. He’s on the football team, popular, & insanely rich. He has it all. Looks, money, & brains. He’s all about having a good time. He’s known for being reckless, thoughtless, & making stupid, impulsive decisions, but is extremely loyal when it comes to family. His family is everything to him, but trouble seems to follow him & he often screws up. He lives life in the moment & doesn’t think much about consequences. He doesn’t really do girlfriends, & prefers hook-ups.

Easton meets a gorgeous girl a school named Hartley Wright. She’s a new student who catches him in a compromising position. She has him pegged right away as trouble & wants nothing to do with him. She makes it clear she isn’t interested & wants him to leave her alone, but Easton’s not one to back down from a challenge. He’s intrigued by Hartley & wants to know more about her. She’s the first girl that’s really held his interest, but the one girl he can’t have. He can tell she’s attracted to him but just can’t figure her out.

 

-“You want to see me without my shirt on. You know what? Let me give you a sneak peak. It’s awesome, by the way. You might want to close one eye to reduce the effect.”

 

Hartley is more of a loner. She thinks Easton is too much trouble & she doesn’t have time for that. He likes being the center of attention & she prefers being in the background. She just wants to get through her senior year & lay low. She thinks Easton is selfish & only does things that benefit himself. He’s arrogant & immature, but as she gets to know him better learns there’s more to him than what you see on the surface. Slowly he starts to grow on her, & they become closer.

Easton becomes a bit obsessed with Hartley, & cares about her. He wants her in his life any way he can have her, even if it’s just as friends. He offers her his friendship but wants more. Soon lines get blurred & their relationship gets complicated.

I’ve adored Easton from day one. The funny Royal with the huge heart. I was so happy to finally get his story. I can’t wait for his next book! Love these Royals!!!

REVIEW – WHEN IT’S REAL by Erin Watt

SYNOPSIS

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

*****Dee’s Review*****

4.5 Sparkling Stars*****

A rockstar romance written by the wonderful pen of Erin Watt. Funny, complicated and totally dazzling. Prepare to be transported to a wonderful world of music, love and second chances.

Oakley Ford is a teen pop sensation, loved by all, the guy can have anything and anyone he wants. He hasn’t been able to put a new record out in the last two years, he hasn’t been able to find his true voice, there’s is much he wants to share with the world through his music, but he doesn’t know how. The problem is that he has been looking in all the wrong places. Excessive partying and quick and meaningless relationships have given him nothing but exhaustion. His record label has started to notice a decline in his numbers and they are pressuring him to get his act together, stop with the wild parties and get back into the studio to cut a new record that will keep him at the top of the charts.

Since Oakley is not able to find a solution to his problem, his manager has come up with the idea to find him a wholesome girl that he can fake date, and that way they will at least fix the party boy image in the public eye, and perhaps help him calm down a bit. The chosen girl is Vaughn Bennett, a seventeen-year-old high school graduate, who is taking a year off from college so she can help her family’s financial situation.

Vaughn lost both her parents two years ago in a car accident. Her older sister has been in charge of taking care of her and her younger twin brothers, working hard to provide for them. Vaughn has been lost ever since her parents died, she doesn’t have any clear direction for the future. When the opportunity to make a lot of money by dating the gorgeous heartthrob Oakley Ford for a year is presented to her, she hesitates at first but the future of her siblings is the most important thing to Vaughn, so she accepts.

Vaughn and Oakley couldn’t possibly be any more opposite from each other. While he grew up with money and everything he could ever wish for, Vaughn has always had to learn to work hard for life’s essentials. But one thing Vaughn has that Oakley doesn’t and he can’t ever buy; is the love of family. The more they fight, the more they are attracted to each other, and as it turns out there is a deep understanding between them. They seem to be the missing piece to the puzzle that is their life. They fall in love organically and it is such a beautiful romance, but can their love survive the differences of their worlds?

When It’s Real is one of those books that grabs your heart tightly from the moment you start reading it. The plot was bold and deeply beautiful and even though there are a million rockstar books out there, this one is definitely one you won’t ever forget.

 

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

I don’t know when that happened, but somewhere along the line Vaughn went from the girl I was forced to have on my arm to the girl I want to have in my life.

 

 

Erin Watt fans prepare to fall head over heels in love with their latest collaborative masterpiece! These two authors have struck gold again with WHEN IT’S REAL. I am not particularly a huge fan of YA but when it’s done right even I can’t deny how enjoyable these romances can be. This enemies to lovers story between America’s #1 Pop Idol and a regular girl with absolutely no ties to the celebrity world was pure unadulterated fun for this particular reader.

Oakley Ford is going through a rough patch in his life. It’s been two years since he’s released an album and his creative juices haven’t been flowing. Lately, he’s been indulging in liquor and women and his bad boy antics have been providing enough fodder for the sleazy tabloids. Oakley desperately wants to work with one of the industry’s most sought after producers but his current reputation makes him an undesirable prospect. His manager is forcing him to get his act together and to do away with his bad boy behavior. The plan is to romantically link Oak to a down to earth girl who doesn’t have ties to the industry. He sees a picture of one of his employee’s sister on her desk and decides this girl is the key to boosting Oak’s image again.

 

 

 

Vaughn Bennett is a seventeen-year-old girl who was forced to grow up sooner than most teenagers when both of her parents were killed in a car accident. She graduated from High School a year early so that she could start working to help her older sister take care of their family which consists of their younger twin brothers, Vaughn, and her sister Paisley. When she is approached by Oakley’s management team with the proposal to become his girlfriend for a year and that it comes with a rather large salary, there is no way she can turn it down knowing that it would help to take care of her family.

Vaughn and Oakley’s first meeting is anything but cordial and neither make a really good first impression on each other. Oakley comes off as being narcissistic and condescending, while Vaughn seems to be headstrong and a bit of a spitfire. She actually intrigues Vaughn because for the first time he meets a girl who isn’t falling all over herself to be near him. While Vaughn thinks Oakley is a conceited jerk, she also used to have a huge crush on him and can’t seem to stop her stupid hormones from going haywire whenever he sings or gives her a smoldering look.

 

 

While both Oak and Vaughn start to feel something more for each other, the tiny doubt in the back of their minds that what they have is still “fake” keeps them from taking the risk and confessing what is truly in their hearts. When they finally take the plunge and give in to their feelings for the first time in their lives they’re feeling what could possibly be true love but can these two make it work when there are countless of people who would rather see them fall apart?

WHEN IT’S REAL is currently available! It’s a definite must-read!

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*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 He’s Worth Everything Stars!

 

Oakley Ford is a gorgeous 19 yr. old teen rock star living in LA. He’s the child of famous movie stars & has always been in the public eye. He’s been a young celebrity since he signed his first contract at the age of 14. Lately, the tabloids keep exploiting all his wild nights & partying, and his image has taken a hit. He just wants to make music he loves, & recently it all seems to fall flat. He’s experiencing a creative block, & hasn’t recorded anything decent since his last album a couple years ago. He’s had unreal success but doesn’t want to become a washed up pop star.

He’s trying to turn over a new leaf, & wants to be taken seriously. His dream is to work with his favorite music producer. His team decides it’s time for an intervention. He needs a full image makeover to show the world he’s settled down. The perfect way to do this is to find a good girl. An ordinary, normal girl the public can relate to.

 

Vaughn Bennett is a 17 yr. old girl who’s a part-time waitress & a devoted sister. After losing her parents, Vaughn & her siblings are barely keeping their heads above water. When a unique opportunity she’d normally never even consider comes her way, Vaughn decides to go for it. She’s offered a lot of money to be pop star Oakley Ford’s fake girlfriend for a year. She has the wholesome girl next door look. She’s the perfect nonfamous, down to earth girl for him to pretend date. She decides her family could really use the money & financial security.

Vaughn thinks fake dating Oakley Ford shouldn’t be too bad, but then she meets him. He’s a shallow, arrogant, conceited, egotistical jerk who thinks he’s better than everyone else. She’s totally unimpressed with the star. They initially clash, but then Vaughn begins seeing glimpses of the real Oak. He’s kind, & the more she gets to know the real him, the more she likes him. Soon she doesn’t feel like she’s pretending anymore, and real feelings are developing.

 

 

-I’m so into this girl it’s not even funny. And I know she’s into me, too.

-Under my mouth, she melts. Her own lips part and she kisses me back. And it’s everything I’d imagined. Better than fifty thousand people shouting your name. Better than a sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd singing your lyrics back to you. Better than the greatest song ever sung.

-“You’re beautiful. Every day I’m with you is brighter and more exciting than the last.”

 

To the outside, Oakley Ford has it all. A beautiful beachfront home, millions of adoring fans, a huge bank account, & a fabulous girlfriend. Lately, all he wants is to make new music & be with Vaughn. He loves spending time with her and is tired of playing make believe. His feelings are real, & he wants to be with her. She completely owns his heart.

Vaughn is caught up in Oak’s world of Hollywood, publicists, & being in the spotlight. Everything is confusing & overwhelming. The only thing she knows for sure is she wants Oak to be hers & she doesn’t want money to get in the way. Can this couple make it work, or will the media & outside influences try to destroy them?

I really enjoyed this book & loved Oak. Such a sweet, sexy, swoony rock star! I hope we get a book for Paisley & Ty next. :))

 

REVIEW – TWISTED PALACE (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt

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SYNOPSIS:

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 STARS****

(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

OMG!!!! Up and down, down and, up again!!!! This book was one crazy roller coaster, and frankly, it’s left me feeling both excited and dizzy… I can’t even form the words to describe this book right now.

True to the nature of the story this third book was every bit as shocking and angsty, as the past two. The Royal’s continue to be their addictive selves, and us readers continue to eat it all up, and of course crave more. I don’t think I could ever get enough of these Royals, and there’s still so much more I need to know.

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By now Ella has embraced her place inside the Royal family; she loves them all, and they all love her. Together they form a team, that loyally works at always protecting one another, no matter what.

Reed is in trouble, being wrongly accused, and while it’s really hard to believe it wasn’t him who committed the crime due to his violent nature, Ella and his family don’t care, they are going to help him!

Ella’s past comes back and is messing up with her plans for her mission to help Reed. She’s not used to having people tell her what to do since she’s always been on her own. But now she has people who care for her, even has managed to make a few friends. Her instinct to run away when things get hard is always present and it’s Reed who is teaching her a new concept, to stay and fight for what she loves, for what she believes in. So, Ella is trying to learn to rely on others and to accept that she can count on the people who love her.

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After the initial shock in which the story starts with , the book was a bit of a slow burn. So many questions but not enough answers. After the 50% mark, I had to literally buckle up, because the plot got very bumpy. Despite the drama and all the twists, my favorite thing about these books was how strong was the love and support the Royal’s have for each other. No questions asked, they accept, and love each other, for exactly who they are.

These books are so addictive that I could read them forever. I really hope these authors are planning on writing more, because I still want to know what happens to Easton, Gideon, the twins, and even their dad, I think he should get his own book. Mr. Royal was so awesome in this last book, that he really made an impact in my heart, so yeah you can say I have the hots for every single Royal there is.

I will do some investigating and find out if in fact there will be more books, and will share the news with EVERYONE because these books are totally awesome.

*****Mel’s Review*****
4 Stars!
Ella Harper’s life has been one challenge after another. After moving to Bayview & a complicated start with the Royals, she’s come to care about them all. There were her enemies, then allies, and are now her family. She can’t imagine them not in her life. When her long lost father returns & Reed finds himself in some trouble, everything Ella holds dear is in jeopardy. Ella is tough, & will fight for the people she loves.
Ella & Reed suddenly feel like the universe is conspiring to keep them apart. They are two teenagers desperately trying to protect everything that matters to them. Reed’s life is on the line & his quick temper continues to sabotage him. Can this young couple find a way to overcome all the obstacles in their way & be together?
-“One kiss wasn’t enough.” One anything is never enough with this girl. I don’t know how I ever lived without her.

-She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.

REVIEW – BROKEN PRINCE (The Royals, #2) by Erin Watt

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SYNOPSIS:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

*****Dee’s Review*****

******5 ~Amazing ~ Stars

(ARC kindly provided by author)
(BR with Mel)

Even more addictive than the first, and I thought that Paper Princess was book-crack. My head is spinning, my heart beating fast and a huge smile is painted on my face because this series is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

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I’m going to be honest in saying that I don’t know how to review this book, without giving anything away. I hate spoilers, I prefer going into my books blind, and in the case of this story, I feel it would be detrimental to say too much.

But I also realize that what I can do , is tell you without fear how reading this story made me feel. Completely enchanted, yes, that’s the most accurate word I could find because it’s incredible how the words of these authors have irrevocably captivated my heart . You’ve heard it before, The Royals will ruin you, well… do not take those words lightly. That’s exactly how you will feel, these sexy brothers will rob you from your words, and every single one of your emotions with the complex beauty of their dark hearts.

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Secrets, so many of them. When one is revealed , and you think the shock is finally wearing out, another one comes to hit you right in the face, and we just eat it all up and beg for more. By the time you are done reading, you’ll pretty much do anything The Royals will ask of you, these books are thatGOOD!

Don’t be foolish in trying to figure out what the secrets are, or what the book is about by asking people or dissecting reviews; just buy the book, read it, and enjoy losing yourself in a story that will for sure leave you breathless.

I, for one, could read these books forever. I actually had a dream the other night that I was Ella, and what a dream it was to be in the arms of Reed Royal.

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

5 I See You Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Dee)

 

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In Broken Prince Ella is still missing after Reed made a mistake that sent her running. The Royal brothers all went from resenting her & trying to get rid of her, to accepting her as part of their twisted family. She became their rock & gave them purpose. She brought joy back into their lives, & made them laugh again. They all loved her & wanted to protect her. Without Ella, their world felt like it was falling apart.

 

They eventually track Ella down & when she returns to the Royal mansion, she’s angry & hurt with Reed. She doesn’t want to be there. She just wants to finish school & then be done with this family & this town, but her heart has other ideas. She still can’t shut down her feelings for Reed as much as she tries not to care.

 

Reed will do whatever it takes to win Ella’s forgiveness. He’s determined to get her back & prove he’s worthy of her. He is willing to make a complete fool of himself for her. Reed groveling is priceless. I loved that the tables were turned & Ella had all the control.

 

-“You’re the only one for me.”

-“I missed you.”

-“Tell me you missed me too.”

-“It’s okay, you don’t have to tell me. You can show me.”

-“You still want me.”

 

Reed is quite the beautiful charmer, and eventually resisting him becomes impossible. Reed wants to care for her and has never felt this way before, and Ella wants to be able to trust him.

 

-Fuck. This girl is wrecking me.

-“Sometimes…the way you make me feel scares me.”

-“She’s the best thing to happen to the Royals in a long time.”

 

I loved this book so much! I devoured it just like I did the first one. I can’t get enough of these delicious Royals. This book had a lot more emotion to it. It also ends on another cliffy & left me dying to get my hands on the next book!

COVER REVEAL – BROKEN PRINCE (The Royals, #2) by Erin Watt

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SUMMARY:

These Royals will ruin you…

 

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

 

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

 

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

 

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

 

She might be right.

 

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

 

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