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Series: The Royals #4
Published by Self Published by Author on August 28, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: Author, Publisher
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 review does not have any Fallen Heir spoilers but does contain some spoilers regarding the first three book in the Royals series.
Don’t hate me but Easton is not my favorite Royal.
I think Reed and Ella are and always be my favorite characters. I have always thought Easton was a self-absorbed entitled jerk. Sure, he connected with Ella and became someone she could trust and a brother she never had. But, Easton has addiction issues that stem from mental health issues. He needs professional help. I am not saying that as a negative thing. I am saying that as someone who struggles with mental health issues. It takes a lot of courage and maturity to admit when you need help to deal mental health issues. Those are two traits Easton does not have in this story. He is not some loveable misunderstood character. He is not some character that has been dealt a bad hand and with a little TLC everything will be all better. Easton is a character that has major issues. He is an alcoholic who never learned to cope with the grief of his mother’s death. He is also entitled and thinks the world revolves around his whims and desires. No, I don’t like Easton but I am not sure I am meant to like Easton at this point in his life.
Sometimes, sadly, it can take hitting rock bottom before a person realizes they need to seek out help for mental health issues. I did like that the authors don’t sugar coat the addiction. They don’t sugar coat the feelings of entitlement. They don’t sugar coat the consequences these two things can cause. I like that Easton is kind of anti-hero. You are supposed to think he is jerk. You are supposed to think he is self-absorbed. He is also sweet. He is also caring. He has many shades to his personality because he is human. We as humans struggle, make mistakes, and in the end try to carry on. Some of us like Easton need help to carry on because we are too afraid to heal the festering wounds of the past. In the end, I liked that Easton felt like a real person.