Warning: This review does contain spoilers for the first three books in The Royals series.
Book Blurb: (Goodreads)
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.
Okay so I definitely think I’m going to be in the minority here, but I just didn’t love this one. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, but it just didn’t have the same impact as the previous novels for me. The writing was fantastic as usual, and Erin Watt is definitely the Queen(s) of cliffhangers! The cliffhanger at the end of Fallen Heir left me absolutely shocked, so of course I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!
I think the main issue for me in Fallen Heir was Easton. I loved him in the first three novels but in this one he just continually annoyed me. I found the cycle that he went through with both Hartley and Ella, to be so repetitive and frustrating. In the previous novels we got to see that under all Easton’s “douche-bag-ness” there is actually a really sweet person with a great heart. We especially got to see that with how he reacted when Ella left them. In Fallen Heir, we see little glimmers of that great heart, but overall I found it was just completely overshadowed by how repetitive and sometimes awful he was.
Fallen Heir also shows readers a little more of the relationship between the twins and Lauren. I have to say I have been so curious about the relationship between them since the beginning of the series, but I was honestly really surprised with the turn that relationship is taking. A lot of things in this book were really unexpected for me and not in a good way. I felt like a lot of the character’s personalities were a little lost throughout Fallen Heir. Ella just wasn’t as strong in this one, and I get that she’s not the main focus of this book but I found that when reading sections with her in it, it just didn’t feel like the same character we have come to know and love.
I am definitely curious about Hartley and her family dynamic and I’m hoping in the next book we get to see things from her perspective. Easton was my favourite character after reading the first three books but after this I’m really not sure where I stand. I’m hoping in the next one he can redeem himself.