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.
Easton and Hartley’s story is complex and deeply moving as bad boy meets good girl in this 4th installment of what has become my favorite YA series of all time.
They said these Royals will ruin you, and they were not joking because as much as I love the other Brothers, it was Easton whose dangerous and carefree persona that captivated me the most, and not because he was the good to be bad Brother who took things to be extreme, but because it was obvious that he was also the most complex and damaged.
This is the book that flays open those layers and gives us a true glimpse into the twisted, hilarious and often heartbreaking make up of Easton Royal, the middle child, as he embarks on a new journey of self discovery.
Often surrounded by admirers, Easton has the world at his feet, yet most of the time he feels alone and alienated due to his addictive and often self destructive personality that started at a very young age. He’s a whirlwind that takes flight and crashes in the next, the wayward son, who when left to his own devices becomes his own worst enemy.
Hartley Wright is an enigma, a recluse. A small, ordinary girl happy to walk within the new school corridor shadows; that is until she opens the wrong door and comes face to face with the Royal boy with a bad reputation up to no good.
Even though she promises to keep what she witnessed a secret, Easton is aware of the consequences and makes it his mission to plant himself firmly in the path of the exasperating girl who berates, disregards and refuses to engage in any funny business with one of the most eligible batchelors in town.
He’s a distraction she doesn’t need, and she’s the new addiction that he just can’t get enough of.
What happens when two young people hit an impasse? Well, they become friends, and best friends at that. Easton and Hartley both find themselves on a steep learning curve when it comes to trust and unravelling of secrets, ones that will have your heart in your throat and your brain coming to all sorts of viable conclusions as to who this girl really is and what is she hiding? The suspense is off the charts and just when you think these two kids have it all sorted, another blow hits knocking them sideways.
Through it all one thing becomes highly apparent in that Easton isn’t all what he seems to be…behind the camaraderie is a heart of gold and a lost boy missing his Mum. There were times I wanted to slap him, hug him and kiss him at the same time and I felt Hartley wanted to do the same which is what made this story work so well.
Easton is at a crossroads and Hartley is the driving force, surely they were made for a happily ever after, right? Well…. with that ending all I can say is there is no way their story is over and right now I’m still reeling over it. I haven’t slept all night and I haven’t stopped thinking about it all day – a true testament of an epic 5 star read.
The dynamite duo have done it again, and yes…. I’m Ruined!
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