Title: American Queen
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: American Queen Trilogy – Book 1
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance / BDSM
Before I dive into a rambling review that will no doubt turn into a mushy confession of my love for all things romantic, I have to divulge that my lovefest actually began with a graduate class on Arthurian legend. This book modernizes ideals I fell in love with years ago and I enjoyed every single second of it!! I loved this one so hard!!
Greer Galloway, our present day Guinevere is torn by her love of two very powerful men. The President of the United States and his Vice President. Talk about aiming high, right?!
Here’s what I LOVED: The biggest win here for me is the storyline, but I also liked the main characters. Ash is a strong dominate force, Greer is smart and brave enough to go after what she wants, but Embry stole my heart. He’s beautifully tortured and selfless. I can’t wait for book two, which will be told from his perspective.
I really enjoy books that manage to put a spin on the classics and retell them in a new and refreshing way. My absolute favorites in YA and romance this year have both been books where authors were successful in taking something old and modernizing it. American Queen excels at that; it feels completely different but also remains authentic to the original storyline. The idea of mixing courtly love and elements of BDSM blew my mind.
The passion exemplified in this book is sensual and raw. It’s an emotional journey that left me panting for more. I will refrain from discussing all the elements of the Arthurian legend that I found fascinating because no one wants to read a dissertation in book review format, right? I will only say, that they are many, true to form, and very well done. I’ll sum up my likes by saying this book is smartly written, raw, gripping, articulate, masterly executed, and entertaining. It’s all the things a great love story should be.
A few minor issues: There were some minor editing issues, but I was so engrossed in the story they didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all. Also, I try to steer clear of cliffhangers, but this one was so worth it. So, in all honesty, there were no major issues. I loved it, completely and thoroughly.
Overall, American Queen is a brilliantly constructed modern day retelling of the Arthurian Legend. While a love of all things Arthur heightened my experience, it is in no way a prerequisite to enjoy this gem of a book. On a basic level this book will entertain any romance reader who enjoys a well written romance with elements of BDSM. I was utterly engrossed from the very first page. Sierra Simone has a new number ONE fan, ladies and gentleman! I was on the edge of my seat, swatting at my kids and husband if they tried to speak to me, considered ditching a family outing to read, ENGROSSED! Sierra Simone, much like Morgan le Fay is a sorceress willing me to read everything she’s ever written. And I, like a willing submissive will comply. I highly recommend this book, but with a cliffy warning.
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