Friday, March 10, 2017

REVIEW: American Prince by Sierra Simone



Shel: OH MY GODDDDDDDDD. What have you done, Sierra Simone?! What have you done?!! This series has me in a choke hold and if I don't get some oxygen, I think I might die. OHMYGOD. I can't even care that I'm being overly dramatic right now because I just finished American Prince minutes ago and I am agog. I'm mouth agape, eyes popping, shaking my head, what the fucking and just OHMYGOD.  (EDITED TO NOTE--Don't even think about reading American Prince without reading book 1, American Queen).

Court: Yeah, so I had a little bit of this going on..

And is hard to put into words how I feel about this book. The passion is so intense...and unconventional, but Sierra Simone's ability to craft a trilogy like no other I've read in such a long time is amazing. This story is off the charts seduction, intrigue, manipulation, suspense, submission, power struggle...just, wow. Wow, like Shelley said up there...this book will grab hold of you and not let go right until the very last word.

Shel: I knew that American Prince would be intense because of how American Queen ended. What I didn't have the foresight to see is exactly how you'd create these fantastic plot twists that would ramp up the intensity to DEFCON 10 levels. I've typed like what, five sentences and my pulse is still racing and my mind is just processing as fast as it can and WOW. I bow down to your writing and plotting prowess and I offer myself as tribute for everything you write from here on out. I loved how you wove Embry and Ash's history between the present and past. I loved how you kept Greer an active character in all of this. And I'm intrigued at how you took the threads of subplots from American Queen and built on them to create conflict and tension--secrets and lies.

Court: Politics is such a game, and the players always have to be on their A game. This story is no different, and if these types of things really happy - no wonder all those people be cray, am I right? Having the back story that we read about in American Queen really solidified the type of men that I thought Ash and Embry are. They're wonderfully deep characters, and I really could read about them thousands of pages. I know that is impossible, but I want what I want okay? K. I am just so impressed by all of the boundaries this book pushes, the risks that are taken in the plot...and really the way that foreshadowing gives me palpitations but doesn't actually tell me anything about the land mines I'm about to find on the next page. Just, unbelievable storytelling! 

Shel: Embry's story was interesting and infuriating and heartbreaking. There were so many times that I wanted him to put everything out in the open and let the chips fall where they would--but then would we have had American Queen? Would we have the relationship they all took part in? Would we have what we have at the end of this novel--concern, anxiety, curiosity, anger, sadness, and a small sliver of hope? Would be simultaneously agreeing with Embry even while we agree with Ash, when they can't seem to agree with each other? I.DON'T.KNOW. I had so much respect for why Embry did what he did, every time he did it, but then I'd think about Ash or Greer and I'd question if what Embry was doing was the best choice. I'M SO CONFLICTED. What have you done to me Sierra Simone? You've got me all twisted.

Court: It is definitely not black and white in their world. Literal shades of gray mar their landscape, and neither is more right or wrong than the other. The kicker is that I also AM SO CONFLICTED! I just want to strangle both of them (preferably with me in the middle) and make them talk and open up and not hide things. That sounds so easy right? Right.... Gosh, that ending though. Embry makes the wrong choices for the right reasons a vast majority of the time, but I am hoping that he is playing the long game here and can figure things out! 

Shel: The one thing I think we can all agree with is that there is one certain someone ..well actually two, and those two certain someones need to die in a fire, after being horribly humiliated (among other things). And there are other characters that I have many, many questions about and I can't help but question their motivations. So where does this leave me? With a ton of anxiety about how this trilogy will end and even more excited about what Sierra Simone decides to do with all of these characters.

Court: It does, but this book is seriously just as amazing as we hoped it would be, if not more. I didn't doubt that Sierra wouldn't deliver, but she has this innate ability to write a story with so many layers that I am drowning in plot, and pace and character development and I don't want to come up for air ever.

Shel: Since I have to wait until August to read the final book in this trilogy, I'm thinking it might be in my best interest to study Lancelot and Guinevere and all of Camelot to gain even more context to what I already know. Kudos to you, Sierra Simone, in your ability to take that tale and make it into something so modern, so sexy, and so heartpoundingly good that all of the hard work I know you've put into it seems effortless.

Court: Oh, Camelot. Fickle foe, that one...and these poor people are so twisted up in each other and I need them to figure their crap out asap! I cannot WAIT for the next book! 

American Prince, the highly-anticipated follow up to American Queen by Sierra Simone is available now!!


American Prince by Sierra Simone Publication Date: March 7th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance

I’ve been many things.
I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.
But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.
Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.
My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.
This is the story of an American Prince.


In an instant, he was on me, straddling my thighs, one hand yanking my head back so I had to look up into his face. “Don’t play games with me,” Ash warned in a low voice. “Not tonight. Not after what you did. You don’t even want to know the things I’m thinking about right now.” I could barely breathe. Pain sang out from my shoulder and hunger sang out from my thickening cock. I was at the mercy of a monster—in the hands of an angry god, as they say—and I’d never felt more alive. It was like kissing his boot, like that first moment I’d been shot at in the trees—the whole world came to life, the forest thrumming and the leaves rustling and my blood and heart all part of this incredible symphony of magic and music that was playing all the time, if only I had the ears to listen. Being with Ash was like my battle high, the fragility of life so apparent, the thrill of surviving it so exhilarating. Surviving him. “Take it,” I said, my fantasies from all those years ago coming back and making me stir underneath him. “What?” he asked quietly. “Take what you’re owed. Take what you deserve for saving my life.” His lips parted, his eyes hooded, and he pulled my head back even more, exposing my throat. “And what exactly do you owe me?” he asked. “What exactly do I deserve?” I met his eyes, which were almost black in the dark. “Whatever you want.” “What I want will have you flat on the ground with tears in your eyes. You think you want to give that to me?” “No.” I swallowed. “I want you to take it from me.” He went still. “Let me thank you,” I begged. “Let me make you feel better. Use me. Use me how you need.” “Oh, that’s what you want, is it?” he breathed. He leaned in, his thighs on my throbbing erection, and I felt his own, an iron bulge pressing into my stomach. It was massive. He’d tear me apart with it. “You won’t let me have you any other time, not with kisses or love letters, but when you’re bleeding and I’m furious, that’s when you’ll open yourself to me? That’s when I get to have this?” How could I make him understand? That it had to be like this? That I had to be conquered, not wooed? sbpr-ss-ap-availablenow

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