Friday, November 25, 2016

American Queen by Sierra Simone Review

I don't know if it's because of the election year but there have been A LOT of romance releases in the last few months focusing on the President of the United States. Which honestly has been very comforting to me given the state of the election and all the drama that has followed it this year. It's nice to escape and read something and forget all the craziness the 2016 election has been. Most of what I've read is has centered around someone running for President and falling in love that way or some sort of drama happens while a character is/becoming President and romance blossoms. American Queen was a complete surprise for me (I will get to that later because holy cow there were SO MANY things I was not expecting!) and although I keep happening to stumble on random books, they keep happening to be very happy stumblings so I'm thankful for that! The book I'm focusing on for this review post is American Queen by Sierra Simone. Buckle up kiddos because this book went from 'Wow! This looks like a beautiful, interesting book!" to "Oh my god I am melting. I am a puddle of mush on the floor." And I say that very, very seriously. Simone knows how to write, let me tell ya!
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The Cover: I adore this cover! I enjoy where most romance books have couples on the cover and they are very beautiful, intriguing and hot; but at the same time I'm loving the direction where a lot of romance books I've seen this year have been a cover of one person. Whether that's the heroine of the book or the leading man, I like the change. American Queen's cover is gorgeous and it's always nice to see a picture of the heroine on the cover. This is who the story focuses on right? So why not put the leading lady on the a book cover? Bam! Seriously, American Queen is probably one if not my favorite book cover this year. 

Basics: American Queen was released on October 24 2016 and I am happy to say is book one in a planned trilogy. It is available on Amazon and Ibooks. American Queen is 392 pages long. 

Description: 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.
Overall thoughts: WOW is literally the word that comes to mind when I think of American Queen. I was not expecting a lot of things such as how beautifully Sierra Simone writes, the way she easily weaves words together just takes my breathe away. The characters and story of American Queen had me setting down my kindle because I was so mesmerized by them and I honestly didn't want the book to end. I was very, very happy to find out that there would be two more books but I had such a hard time finishing because I did not want this book to end. Ever. 

But enough of me gushing! Let's move on to some of the the surprises I was discussing earlier. Now when you look at the book's description, it obviously talks about Greer being in love with the President of the United States and how there's some sort of love triangle going on in the book. What I did NOT expect was for Greer, Ash, the President of the United States and Embry, the Vice President of the United States loving one another. All three of them in love with each other. I was shocked and in a good way, because usually in romance stories are between two straight people. It's 2016 and I was so happy to see a different style romance being put into words and it's something different. It's been done before sure and I have read similar stories like American Queen with a couple involving another person but nothing beats the writing of this book.

I am a military wife so I really appreciated reading about about both Ash and Embry's background serving in the military and how they basically fell for one another fighting and protecting each other. I also really liked how Simone broke up the book into sections because Greer, Ash and Embry's story doesn't just happen overnight, it spans years. Again, something I really like reading about because most romance books see couples falling for each other just out of the blue with no history between them. Which is completely fine but it means so much more when there's background between characters.

I have NO IDEA where the story is going to go next but I'm so excited to see where and how takes the story of Greer, Ash and Embry next!

I just want to make a small note before I finish this section of this post: Fictional or not, everyone falls for each other differently and attractions vary. I like reading romance books because every character is different and each couple or couples have different relationships. Again, it's 2016 and it's so refreshing to read about something different because each character and person in this world deserve to find happiness regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, again both fictional and real. Love is love. 

Favorite characters: OH MY GOSH. I adore Embry! I really love Ash too but ah! Greer is also fascinating to me because she has so many different sides to her and I think she is very relatable too. I also really liked her Grandfather although he had minimal parts in American Queen. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
I put THREE gifs in honor of Greer, Ash and Embry. 

Bad character awards: Abilene. American Queen and you'll find out why...but seriously, she is the reason why women hate and have issues supporting one another. 

Favorite Quotes: I had SO MANY favorite quotes from this book! So I apologize if it's a lot more than I usually post but it was seriously that good. 

"I'm not just walking down the aisle to the man I've been in love with since I was sixteen, I'm walking down the aisle to marry the President of the United States." -Greer

"You barely know me." "You're a war hero and the President of the United States. If I can't trust you, I can't trust anybody." -Ash and Greer

"You're with me. You're not with him. You're giving this to me." -Embry (I mean..holy hell. All the heart eyes.)

"I love you. Surely you already know that. You must know." -Ash

"This was supposed to by my fairy tale, with me as the princess and Ash as the prince, but there's a third person ere, a person we both want and who wants both of us." -Greer

Final thoughts: I loved American Queen and I will be waiting with bated breath for the sequel! I highly, HIGHLY suggest checking out American Queen if you are wanting to read something sexy and swoon worthy, but also fun and truly showcases what true love is and how far people are willing to go for the people they love. I hope you enjoyed this review and I hope you check out American Queen and Sierra Simone! 
My Rating: 5/5 shells

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Till next time :) 

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