Fallen Heir (The Royals Book 4)
by Erin Watt
4 Broken CROWNS
Could Erin Watt have come up with a better title than Fallen Heir? No, no they couldn’t. From the characters to the storyline, each broken piece slowly cuts down not only our beloved Easton but also readers’ hearts.
Easton has fallen hard. It was often hard to read/watch each destructive choice he makes throughout this book. What is surprising is that readers should have expected it. They see him in the first three books; they know he is damaged and copes with illegal substances and inappropriate behavior. It escalates to another level, though, with this book, and because we love him it hurts. God, does it hurt. The pain, the self-loathing, the emptiness that drives his choices and motivates him breaks us, but what is most disheartening is that he doesn’t really see it. All I know is that I need him to be better, and I need him to get redemption in book 2. Because although he is an immature jerk through most of Fallen Heir, we still see that boy we fell in love with during the first three books. I have faith in him and Erin Watt to evolve his character into the man we have all wanted him to be from the beginning.
Hartley is an interesting character. She is incredibly prickly and ornery, but there are moments when readers see a softness underneath. As readers learn more about her, they become more enamored with her as a heroine. For her to be where she is in this book takes incredible strength, and readers will begin to feel sympathy for this girl who has been dealt some serious blows in life. Although, she appears to be aloof or stolid, it is clear she has emotions and feelings, and readers want for her to not only bring down her walls for Easton but also to have Easton be the man she needs.
As stated before, Fallen Heir is filled with broken characters who are lost in a sense. There is so much turmoil and back and forth between the characters that it is hard to connect to them as a romantic couple. Readers will love them as people and together as friends, but they are both so broken and damaged that it takes center stage during the book. Now, it is clear through his actions and even Hartley’s that there is romantic interest, but the other aspects of the story take precedence over the romance. Plus, Erin Watt adds the Astor dynamic we have witnessed over and over again, and readers will be dying to see justice served. As with most Royals books, this one ends in a cliff-hanger, and boy, oh boy, does Erin Watt deliver an ending I never once expected but has me dying for more.
Fallen Heir is different than I expected, more complex, a deeper story that highlights the many shattered layers of the life of the party, playboy. It is an emotional rollercoaster, and I feel like Erin Watt just shoved of us down the first hill. I can’t wait to see all the twists and turns they have waiting for us when the story finishes in January.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Warning: This book has a cliffhanger. The story will be resolved in Cracked Kingdom, due out January 2018.
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About the Author:
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.
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