Review: Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) by Erin Watt

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

I received a copy of this title from the author. It does not impact my review. 

Fallen Heir will be available August 28, 2017. 

The Royals series is such a guilty pleasure for me. They are not the type of books I usually read, but I picked up Paper Princess because of all the hype and found it totally addicting. I felt like that addictive quality was lost a little bit in the following books, but it was back in full force for me with Fallen Heir.

Fallen Heir shifts the focus from Ella and Reed to Easton. I really enjoyed getting his 1st person POV. I was expecting the story to be told in dual POV between Easton and the love interest, newcomer Hartley, but I’m actually really glad that it wasn’t. I can’t really think of many Romance books that are told solely from the male’s POV and so that set it apart a little bit. And while there was a lot of brooding, I did like the insight into his behavior and I enjoyed it a lot more than I had enjoyed Reed’s POV.

As expected, there was all sorts of behavior I don’t approve of when reading about young adults (or regular adults for that matter), but I felt like it was toned down a lot from the previous books. I really appreciated that the story didn’t rely so heavily on shocking or graphic content. This book focused more on Easton’s destructive behavior and that there were actual consequences to it for both him and the people around him. I am really hoping that Easton gets into a rehab program before this series is over.

I enjoyed the slow burn relationship between Easton and Hartley. While at times Easton did come across a little too stalkery, being in his head we know there was no ill intent, so it didn’t really bother me that much. I liked that we got to see Ella and Val and I liked Easton’s friends Pash and Bran a lot, too. There was some more high school mean girl drama that kind of annoyed me, but I didn’t find it as over-the-top as it was in previous books either.

Overall, I really enjoyed Fallen Heir. I loved getting Easton’s POV. Sometimes he’s a hard character to like, but I was 100% rooting for him the entire time. I felt like this book recaptured the addictive writing that the first book in the series had and I can’t wait to read more – especially with those major cliffhangers this one ends with.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3.5 Stars

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16 thoughts on “Review: Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) by Erin Watt

  1. Excellent review! You nailed all the major points. I know a lot of people are hating on the depiction of Easton in this book right now, but I’m hoping for a major pay off in the next book. I hope he’s back to being the Easton I liked at the end of books 2 & 3.

    • Thank you! I don’t remember really loving Easton’s character in the earlier books (I liked him, but didn’t LOVE him) so maybe I had different expectations than what most other people seem to have. And honestly, I’d rather see him a little brooding than acting like a crazy kid on drugs. If the whole book would have been him doing things like that first chapter I would probably not have finished the book haha.

  2. I actually zoomed through the 3 books quite fast myself! How interesting that there’s a new one coming out… not sure if I’ll read it… but who knows. Thanks for the review, it sounds like I might actually like this, due to the toned down version… 😉

  3. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews about this book but I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I haven’t read Twisted Palace yet so I’ll pick this up after i’m finished with it. 🙂

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