Title: Twisted Palace (2016)
Series: The Royals – Book 3
Author: Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick)
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 370 pages
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.
Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.
No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all. They may be right.
With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.
So… The Royals is one of those New Adult series that I actually follow quite closely. I read the first two books in two days, thought they were super addictive, and couldn’t wait to get into this one, especially because of that deadly cliffhanger at the end of Broken Prince. This review will contain spoilers for both Paper Princess and Broken Prince, so please tread with caution. 🙂
Twisted Palace picks up right at the end of the second book, and the drama is cranked right up in this book. Reed is dealing with the police and the crime he’s suspected of, Ella is dealing with the appearance of a character long thought dead, and things just become much, much more serious.
“I’m a Royal, baby. I don’t run. I fight.”
Unfortunately, the things that I enjoyed in Paper Princess and Broken Prince are no longer there. The Royal brothers didn’t appear as much or play that big of a role. Ella had to hold back herself a lot and stood up for herself much less. The aforementioned new character bled over pretty much all other plot threads. Simply put, it just wasn’t as addictive as the previous books.
There are also a lot, and I mean a lot, of loopholes with the main crime plot thread. I’m not going to elaborate on what exactly happened because I don’t want to spoil anybody, but it seems very forced and too convenient, and more questions were raised than answered, which at this point probably shouldn’t happen.
“Ella Harper is all I’m ever going to see, because she’s my future. She’s my steel and my fire and my salvation.”
Flaws aside, though, the writing was still incredibly easy to get through, so even when I wasn’t entertained, I was still reading on. To me, that was the saving grace, especially because I actually didn’t really care all that much about the main couple. Twisted Palace is not the best book in the series by a long shot, but I love the authors so much I’d probably read anything they write. 😂