Book Review: American Prince by Sierra Simone

{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: American Prince (American Queen Trilogy #2)
Author: Sierra Simone @TheSierraSimone
Genre: Erotic Romance
Reviewer: Rachel @RachelAnn901
Rating: 5 Stars

 

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.

“The little prince in the book is so wise but so sad. Has so much to offer this world and yet he can’t stop pining for the one he loves.”

Oh my Sierra Simone, you are quite the dirty bird! I still need to process everything I just read. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite erotica writers, right up there with Tiffany Reisz simply for the reason that both of them know how to write smart erotica. Most erotica can feel like one long drawn out sex scene from beginning to end with very little plot. But Sierra does something that Tiffany Reisz excels at, something that elevates their stories from being just erotica. Sierra knows how to weave a story into pure magic. The past and the present intertwines and connects the characters in ways we don’t see coming. There are twists and turns and surprises and OH MY GOD moments that shocked me, and in the backdrop to this series is just the right amount of suspense and intrigue to keep your mind racing. Simone, like Reisz, knows how to build and layer a story through her characters and their connection to one another. There’s are layers upon layers of hurt and love and need and deception and sacrifice and jealousy that run through this entire series, and it’s taken to a new level in American Prince.

“I was ruined for loving anyone else, and call it fate or bad luck or genetic compatibility or psychological trauma—whatever it was, I was bound to them like rust to metal, a collision of particles and forces that changed us all irrevocably. There was no going back.”

The second book in this trilogy picks up right where the cliffhanger from American Queen ends, and primarily deals with Embry, the Vice President. It’s told in dual POV, split between Embry in the past and present and Greer in the present. Through Embry we see what brought him and Ash together all those years ago as soldiers fighting in a war. I felt everything Embry felt as he tried to deny his love and attraction to Ash, the desperation and the heartbreak he went through. It was filled with lust and pain and it was completely raw. Getting to see their relationship through Embry’s eyes, I fell even more in love with Embry. He’s one of those fascinatingly tragic characters who feels destined to always be just out of reach of what he really wants, and you can’t help but root for him and hope that he gets everything that he’s ever wanted.

“Embry holds my husband’s heart in his hands and he doesn’t even know it. He’s too busy looking at the details of Ash’s faces to see the expression, too busy being in love to see how loved he is.”

While American Prince focused on the journey of Ash and Embry’s relationship, Greer still plays an important and vital part in American Prince. Sheis one of those heroines that I just can’t help but love. She is vulnerable without being weak or stupid. She knows her limits and what she can and can’t handle and it makes her all the stronger. There were more than a few occasions where I wished I could trade places with Greer. She has the love and devotion of the two most powerful men in the world love, and the love they all had for one another was something I truly felt. It was hard to tell where one began and one ended. And the sex! Dear god the sex was something else. I had to stop reading at one point, and I thought there was no way Sierra could top it, only to have her top it a few chapters later. I’ve never been happier to have an author prove me wrong!

While Ash does not get a POV in American Prince, he still cuts an imposing figure. He is pure raw power, and he is the force that drives these characters. It’s his love that they crave, and it’s his love that draws Embry and Greer to him and steadies them. He is a force of nature unto himself and I love him even more than I thought I could after reading American Queen because as strong as he is, his love for Embry and Greer makes him vulnerable.

“This is always how it is, Embry. Always. I give and I give, and you hurt me. You throw it back in my face.”

To say too much about the plot would be too spoilery and ruin the story. There are some jaw dropping twists, and if you know anything about Arthurian legend, of which Simone borrows from, then some of these twists won’t be too surprising. But she doesn’t just take inspiration from the tales of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot. Parts of this series read like a Greek tragedy. There’s a sense of the mythic woven throughout everything that creates a feeling of destiny and inevitably, and gives the story an almost dreamlike fantastical quality. I couldn’t ask for much more from a series, and I have no idea how Sierra Simone will top herself with American King but I am dying to find out.

-Rachel

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

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