Friday Fun Review: AMERICAN QUEEN by Sierra Simone

American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy, #1)American Queen by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED THIS BOOK! And you will too. Here’s why.

The Premise
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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Review of “Rule Breaker” by Sienna Snow

So I’m a little partial to Sienna Snow since I sort of  know her personally. 🙂 I don’t blog many reviews (and I haven’t decided yet if I will start reviewing novels here), but then again no one’s asked me, soo. . .

In any case, this review is also on Goodreads (because I’m not sure if the spoiler section is showing up here).

Rule BreakerRule Breaker by Sienna Snow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In the world of contemporary erotic romance with BDSM elements, this is one that, to me, gets the culture right, even down to the capital “D” whenever Dom is mentioned and the lowercase “s” for submissive. Also, it takes the shock value off what people in BDSM relationships DO and brings to light the intense, trusting, love bond you have to have to do the things you do in these relationships.

The presence of Arya, a WOC (woman of color), as conglomerate owner and a tech “super nerd” was a big hooray! for me. It’s a refreshing change from the naïve, virginal, white girl being introduced to a powerful Dominant man. They’re equals in their business lives, moving in and around traditional gender roles. Love this! I wish I liked the actual character of Arya more, but that may be my personal hang up. (view spoiler)

The writer girl in me was missing some things, which most readers probably wouldn’t care about. I figured out what they were near the end: a lot of the descriptions and scene settings are missing or are barely there. 1) this tends to happen a lot in book 1 of a serial and 2) we’re plot driven right now in contemporary fiction (especially when a good story ends up going to screen, anyway. Let the director set the scene). The book’s still enjoyable, but when I can’t see where the people are, what they look like, etc., I can’t get fully immersed in a book. Part of enjoying a novel–especially a romance novel–for me is escape, and without descriptions, I can’t totally escape. There’s also a lot of telling in the dialogue. While you need some backstory here, and putting it in the dialogue is one way to do that, sometimes it reads weird. Like people wouldn’t talk this way.

In all, it was enjoyable, and I’m excited the next book will delve into Milla and Lex more.

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