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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Royals: Youth. Wealth. Drugs. Sex. Scandal by R.L. Reid is a young adult romance with characters that have it all. Peta has it all. She's an aspiring art student and dotes on her boyfriend, the most attractive guy in school. Never mind the money and fancy houses. They have each other. But when her boyfriend's indiscretions come to light, Peta's world flips on its head. She finds herself drawn to the art teacher. Every other girl wants him, including Peta's best friend. Should Peta act on her fantasies? Her boyfriend did, so why shouldn't she? But how will her best friend react? And is the art teacher what Peta really wants? With all of these characters dealing with their own personal demons, it makes for an eventful senior year in high school.
I liked Peta's strong character and how she wasn't afraid to take what she wanted, even if she knew it was wrong or that there would be consequences later. She was prepared to deal with those consequences when the time came. But in the meantime, she was strong enough to know what she wanted and to go after it. Even enjoy it. I thought that was really well written characterization. Royals is a fun story because it starts with so much wealth and opulence. Most readers will want the lives of these characters at the beginning of the story. And that may be R.L. Reid's point, because by the end of the story so much has changed that readers may rethink whether or not they would change places with Peta and take over her life.