New Release Review: FALLEN HEIR by Erin Watt

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.

Erin Watt knows how to deal out a monstrous cliffhangerI The ending will leave you with your jaw on the ground and stomach in your throat. I think it was a satisfying book for fans of the Royal series, especially Easton lovers.

I liked the additions of new characters or previous characters that were just brought to the forefront. Bran and Pash were great, and I loved Hartley. She was such a mysterious character that was able to resist Easton’s charms pretty well. I thought she was the perfect counterpart to Easton, and made him fight for something/someone for once in his life. She’s headstrong, independent, driven, and focused on her studies as oppose to the typical Astor girl priorities. She seemed so sad and lonely, and I think that’s why she kept Easton close no matter how much she kept saying no to him. She genuinely liked him and saw the good in him. She was so hard to read, and I loved that, but I was desperate for some of her POV, for sure!

Although I did like this book, I also felt like it left a little to be desired. The writing was good, but the structure of the novel wasn’t as strong as the first two books in the series. The plot was practically non-existent for the majority of the book. The story development didn’t really begin to pick up until later half of the book. I loved the drama, as frustrating as it was, because it kept the story interesting. There were too many scenes to count in which I desperately wanted to reach in the book and beat the life out of Felicity, or slap Easton around a few times. In addition, there were plenty of laugh out loud and chuckling moments that really lightened the weight of the drama.

Aside from the weak plot, I found issues with the character of Easton himself. I figured that perhaps now that Easton was the top Royal at Astor, he’d grow up a bit and wise up, but I saw none of that. I felt somewhat sorry for him, because he has such a tough life despite all his family’s money. But then he ruins my sympathy for him when he constantly screwed up. No matter how many times he messes up, he just doesn’t learn. He doesn’t realize that though he has good intentions, he is in the wrong and makes things worse. His actions are so reckless and impulsive, and he cannot stop. He’s certainly the black sheep of the family, but we already knew that from previous books. Easton was a favorite character of mine, but I expected to see him grow in this book considering it’s his own book. However, I felt like he didn’t show much depth. He’s complex for sure, but so darn childish. There was nothing new, although he was definitely more annoying here. I guess I have to keep in mind that he is only 18 years old.

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