Review: American Queen by Sierra Simone

February 13, 2017 Adult, Book Review 1 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
American QueenAmerican Queen by Sierra Simone
Series: American Queen Trilogy #1
Published by Self-pub on October 25th 2016
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.

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So, I was all about the blurb with this read. I was in the mood for something sexy and a little dirty and this had me instantly intrigued and wanting to know about this book. So obviously it was an instant one-click buy. Once I sat down  and started, the Prologue only added to that intrigue! But, unfortunately, it went a little downhill from there.

Overall it did meet my demand of being a super sexy, dirty book (okay, exceeded!), but there were certain details that were so… weird to me. Like I am still unsure how to take some things as serious. I can suspend some disbelief, but when it is one over the top thing after another I start rolling my eyes. And that was the issue I had. The main character, Greer, was not someone I could connect with. She was naive and sort of a pushover. There were quite a few chapters taking place in the past with how Greer met both the male characters and again, way too unbelievable and over the top. God, I wish it was toned down because so much else had major potential for being amazing.

Nothing bugs me more than super innocent and inexperienced MCs that are in their mid-20s. Guys I know it happens in the real world, but let’s be honest, it isn’t frequent. And when it is happening constantly in my romance reads over and over it gets OLD. It rarely works and this was a clear case of it not working for me. I don’t feel like it was necessary to the plot all that much. And what’s worse is that given that info, the plot delves into the BDSM world. It just didn’t jive.

I did prefer the present day chapters once I got over my hang ups, and by the end I was really into the direction of the story, especially with a cliffhanger leaving me wanting more. Embry, the Vice-President, was my favorite character and I am anxious to get more of his story (and I believe it is his POV next)! So even though I had issues with a few plot points, I still liked the story on a whole and look forward to the next installment.

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About Sierra Simone

Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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