American Queen by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I LOVED THIS BOOK! And you will too. Here’s why.
From Goodreads: “Warned as a girl to keep her kisses to herself, Greer Galloway disobeys twice–once on her sixteenth birthday as she’s kneeling in a pool of broken glass, and another time after a charming stranger named Embry Moore whisks her into the dazzling Chicago night. Both times she falls in love, and both times her heart is broken beyond repair. And so as an adult, she vows never to kiss—or to love again.
“That’s until the Vice President of the United States shows up at the university where she teaches, and asks for one thing: for her to meet with the hero-turned-President Maxen Colchester. Maxen, the soldier who was her first kiss in that pool of broken glass.
“And the other complication? The Vice President is none other than charming Embry Moore himself.”
This trilogy is inspired by the stories of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot, but as you’ll see it’s a very original story. AMERICAN QUEEN is the first in the Trilogy, with American Prince and American King following.
The story/The sex/ The characters
The story is intricate and has levels, as I notice most of Sierra Simone’s novels do. So, the progression of the central romance is not the only thing that keeps you turning pages. But the romance was more than enough to keep you turning pages.
Good golly Miss Molly this was scorching! I have learned from experience anything Sierra Simone is NSFW (Not Safe For Work), but this is next level NSFW. I wouldn’t even attempt to read this on my lunch hour and try to come back to work. This is a graphic, open-door, BDSM erotic romance with a non-traditional couple. Basically, what I’ve come to learn is this is Sierra Simone’s thing. This is her niche.
What I thought I looked like after every sex scene (cool while reading explosive sex):
What I actually looked like after every sex scene (a big ole mess):
Of course, as stated there is a lot more here. There are elements of mystery, political intrigue, and there’s one element of social commentary that I am especially proud of. During one scene, Greer points out the obvious difference between a couple in an abusive relationship and her own relationship—consenting and loving. Many people when they don’t understand something, they think negatively about it. A BDSM relationship when done right is not abusive or an excuse to be abusive. I’m glad that Sierra Simone points this out.
About the characters: I don’t know why, but for some reason, I wanted to hate everybody. These are people who on the outside have it all—money, power, fame. But I couldn’t hate Embry, Ash, and Greer. I didn’t really get a book boyfriend here or a favorite couple, I was more fascinated by them. It’s kind of like when I’m watching a where-are-they-now kind of show about a celebrity. Or a 20/20 episode where they go behind the scenes of famous people. It’s intriguing and fascinating, and you appreciate whatever they went through. In the end, the hatred went to the right people, I think. I need to keep reading to make sure.
The story will leave you like this and wanting to get part 2 ASAP:
So, just read it already.
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