The Bent and Broken Crown (Fallen Heir – A Book Review)

Fallen Heir (The Royals #4)

Author: Erin Watt

Published: 2017

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Rating:

Rated S for savage family secrets that’ll tear you apart and shed light on your own meaningless life.

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.

Easton, the middle child of the Royals, is used to getting away with anything and he can do that because nobody notices him. With Gideon as the eldest, the twins as the youngest and Reed as the big football star, Easton fell through the cracks. That is, until Ella Harper moved in. Daughter of Steve O’Halloran, she became as much of a Royal as any of the boys, and she also fell in love with Reed. Still, Easton lives carelessly and dangerously.

But, when Hartley Wright suddenly enters his peripheral vision and piques his utmost curiosity with her lack of intrigue in him and, in his opinion, mild looks, he believes he’s found the challenge of a lifetime. This is a girl that wants nothing to do with him. Not even friendship, not that Easton does friends. But as he pursues Hartley, finding her a tricky and fickle thing hard to figure out, he does discover that she may have family secrets that rival his Royal despite him beginning to fall for her.

The Royals series is 1 of 3 that I am rereading as a part of my New Year’s Resolution. This is 4 of 5 books.

The Royals Reviews

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Broken Prince

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A book about my favorite Royal. *sigh* Color me fecking excited! The other Royals live a dramatic life of—as I like to phrase it—wild beasts because of the lack of structure their lives have. But, Easton suffers not only from being the middle child but addiction as well. My heart pangs painfully for him. He snatched my attention from the very beginning with how he drowned in himself, almost as if he were dying on the inside even though he had everything a person could want. Now, he’s realized he isn’t as invincible as he thinks. He became someone I wanted to save, and I don’t feel that way very often. And, in this addition to the series, he’s in desperate need of saving.

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Hartley may just be his perfect match. Originally outside his hemisphere, she’s the one that will kickstart his independence and so much more. She doesn’t take any of his shit and actually gets him thinking and changing. I’m just deeply impressed with the effect she has on him. She’s opening his eyes, making him actually take a look at himself and I’m living for it.

The new characters really show how this series is moving forward and I totally appreciate that. There’s still Ella and Lauren—and I’m finding I like her a LOT less—as well as the twins, but new enemies are abound. Freaking refreshing. They still don’t compare to the devil named Jordan Carrington, but damn are they twisted with a side of annoying. And, the new changes that have happened since the last book really left me surprised. They weren’t minor. You really notice.

The book had my heart racing and the end wrecked me! I legit teared up. Easton is having a serious fight with his inner demons and it’s working chaos everywhere in his life, and it’s apparent that his family aside from Ella don’t know how to help him. Sure, this book is still every part ridiculous with its high-octane drama, but it’s gained some major points for grabbing my emotions with some real issues. This one felt more serious than the previous ones.

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Overall

This was everything I expected and some things I didn’t expect. I really enjoyed it. The touch of personal realness really had me latching on. Wild as always and an emotional toiling. I expect nothing less from The Royals. I can’t wait to jump into the second part of Easton’s story. I can’t imagine what’ll be waiting for me. The title of this one really nailed the story on the head. Easton really has fallen and I wonder if he can get back up this time. My heart is already crying. I feel loss coming and am in no way prepared.

Quotables:

“The music fills me up, quieting all the extra noises in my life, making my heart swell larger and larger until there’s nothing left of me but ears and a soul. And that scares me half to death.” (Easton, p, 103)

“Sometimes boring is good. It’s in the quiet you hear the heart beat.” (Hartley, p. 123)

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

P.S. Song today? Way Down We Go – Kaleo.

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