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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Blog Tour! American Queen by Sierra Simone

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American Queen by Sierra Simone
Release Date: October 25th, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance Cover Design: Hang Le


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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.

American Queen by Sierra Simone is hands down one of the best books I've read. Not just 2016, but ever. This book captivated me from the start and I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment.

The writing is superb. Each word paints such a vivid picture that you can't help but experience everything Greer experiences right along with her. I felt every ache, every touch right along with her. I felt like I was inside the inner circle of Washington politics, seeing what made everyone tick.

The characters in the book are amazing. I want to be Greer. I felt an instant connection with her and thus had an immediate attraction to both Ash and Embry. My god, I'm not sure how my kindle managed to survive after reading this. It should have melted from the scorching heat between them all-I know I did (and for the record my husband appreciated it LOL).

This book was incredible in every way. The development of characters, the dialogue and situations were flawless. I highly recommend this.

Wizards.
 
London.
 
Impulsive Kisses.
 
Sneaking into the White House to have a romantic liaison with the President.
 
This book has everything. Attractive, powerful men? Check…have you met Ash and Embry? If you haven’t, you really should. They are both so compelling, but in ways that are so different. You see not only why they are friends, why they complement one another. And, you see how it would be difficult to decide between them.
 
This book also has, in Greer, a strong woman who knows what she wants. Mostly. She sees the potential in each of the relationships, sees why she is drawn to each of them. But, as they are different, she is also drawn to them in very different ways.
 
Embry…moody, ex-soldier, war hero. Perfect on paper and she is attracted to him. But they have a past, and it is one that might be more than a little messy…as you start to find out.
 
Ash. The President of the United States with whom she shares a kiss when she is 16 before he is the political powerhouse he is now. She watches him from a distance, only seeing him a couple of times…but she remembers him. He is caring, and harsh; powerful and loving, all at the same time. Getting to know him and all of the facets of his personality was fascinating.
 
Hot steamy sex? Oh yes, oh my, that is in there. And, as always, Simone brings the fun here.
 
Amazing writing? As always, Sierra Simone delivers here as well. The characters are compelling; the world she creates is magical. The dialog is believable, and most important, you feel like you get to know the characters as you read the story.

 
The pacing and the plot keep the story moving, they keep you engaged and turning pages. There are no points where the story stalls or feels underdeveloped. The book opens with a wedding and then bounces from the past to the present, allowing you to watch the story unfold in bits and pieces that are out of sequence, so it both shares the details while keeping you in suspense. I loved that you were able to understand why she was attracted to Ash and to Embry.
 
There is light BDSM in this, but nothing that I think would be too much for the average reader. I think in this case, I would use “kinky” to describe the sex. But, saying anything else and I start to give away things that are better for the reader to find out on their own.
 
Sierra Simone has a talent for writing stories that grab you from the beginning and keep you engaged until the (in this case) abrupt, heart wrenching, cliffhanger ending. I have probably said all I can without spoilers, so I will leave you with my 100% recommendation to read this book!

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“I kept thinking about what I wanted to give you today for our wedding day, and honestly, Greer, there isn’t really anything I couldn’t give you. Jewelry or exotic vacations or rare editions of the books you love, anything I could have dreamed of, I could get for you—but they were just things. I didn’t want to get you a thing for a curio cabinet or a jewelry box. I wanted to give you something that you could carry with you through our new life together. Something that would make you a promise.” 

The best man’s hand brushes up against my stocking-covered ankle and I gasp. “What is it, princess?” Ash's low voice comes over the phone line. 

“Embry…I mean, Ash, I—" I can't find the words just then, because Embry’s hand slides up my calf and everything stops. My thoughts, my feelings, my guilt—my world shrinks to Ash’s voice on the phone and the fingers moving past my knee and Embry’s face, so controlled. But lust and anger and determination are fissuring across that control, and I can see his wide pupils and the pulse pounding in his neck and the trembling of his lips. 

What is happening? I think distantly to myself. 

What am I letting happen…and all while I’m on the phone with my soon-to-be husband? And then the world slams back into motion, and I make a strangled noise, stumbling backwards, away from Embry. He starts to stand and come toward me, and I hold out one of my hands, moving backwards until my back is pressed against the floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the skyline. 

Embry looks down at my shaking hand and then back up to me, those fissures in his control now full-on fractures, and he says, “Greer…” “Don’t test me,” I whisper, not sure if I'm whispering to the groom or the best man. “Don’t test me like this.” This isn't happening. I missed a connection somewhere, misunderstood something vital, because there is no way, no fucking way, that Ash is offering his best friend to me as some sort of wedding present. 

This is my wishful thinking turned toxic, this is my darkest fantasies turning into delusion— “I want you to let Embry give you my gift,” Ash tells me. “While I listen. That’s what you’ll give me in exchange: every single moan, pant and cry will be for me.” “You can’t be saying what I think you’re saying,” I say. "Oh, don't worry, angel. I'll get something out of this for me too." I hear the dark roughness in his voice and I realize I'm so very, very wet. “Close your eyes,” Ash orders. I do, my panting somehow louder in my head when I can't see anything. The glass window against my back is cool and strong, just like Ash’s words in my ear. 

“I know you’re wet. I know it like I know Embry is hard right now, just from the mere thought of touching you. You want it, don’t you? You want it so much that you’re shaking with the effort it’s taking to hold yourself back.” “But I don’t want to hurt you.” It's my final plea, my final argument, my final grasp at some semblance of sanity. My skirts are almost up at my waist now, and I know the moment Embry catches sight of my delicate, hand-embroidered French panties because he takes in a sharp breath, as if punched in the gut. “It all hurts,” Ash says. “It hurts watching you two watching each other. It hurts watching him with other people. There’s no part about this that doesn’t hurt, but what’s the alternative? Living without the pain means living without each other.”

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About the Author:


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
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