Ruthless Princess by Rachel Van Dyken

Published: May 19, 2020

This book was everything. Oh my god. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with myself when I finished it. It was so fucking good. And the cover!!! I’m in love with this cover! Those earrings are fabulous and it all just works. I could geek out about the cover for probably a good paragraph but I won’t. So moving on, there has definitely been a lot of hype around this book and since I hadn’t read the original Eagle Elite I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from her mafia. Honestly, all of the hype was well deserved. It was totally nail biting from the beginning to the end. Serena and Junior had a love so forbidden and so strong that it turned into hate at the slightest provocation. A provocation that we saw in the prequel book, Royal Bully. They couldn’t be together but they couldn’t have a relationship apart. They were thrust into their roles as the Prince and Princess of Eagle Elite University and they ruled the kingdom with an iron fist. Though they also suffered from always being told what they were meant to do and who they were meant to be. They had deal with the mistakes their parents made with having every single decision they made second guessed a looked at by the parents. That was something they couldn’t abide any longer. But to go against the bosses was to be killed. So why not go out in a big way and prove that their hate is actually a true love?

This book had me laughing and it had me crying. Like ugly crying for sure. I didn’t know what was going to happen from one page to the next and though some of it seemed a bit over the top, what the hell do I know about being part of a mafia family? It could totally be like that. I loved how Junior and Serena got together and how it sets up for the next book. Especially since the kids aren’t supposed to even think about hooking up with each other. But I agree that the bosses can’t dictate who they get together with so a mutiny of sorts had to happen. And it happened for probably the most tragic reason out there. Like totally unexpected and I’m still not over it even though I read this book several weeks ago. I’m sure there will be a reread of it before the next book but I think I need to read the Eagle Elite series first. Again, you do not have to read the original EE series to fully understand and enjoy this book. I didn’t but it totally made me want to because I wanna know the shit all the mafia bosses went through to set their kids up like this. So final thoughts is that this book is absolutely phenomenal and different than my normal flair which has made it stick to much longer. I’m fully looking forward to the next book in this series.

—“Broken heart? Have some bread! / Broken finger? Try the wine, it’s a Malbec! / Near death? The pasta should help!” -Serena on being Italian—

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