American Queen by Sierra Simone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WARNING: This review might ramble. My hands are shaking and I'm not quite all together back inside my own head. I'll start by stating I've had a love hate relationship with the Arthurian trio since I was a teenager. As I got older I fell in love with Arthur and retained a loathing for the other two. This book has altered that view so much. I adore how Ms. Simone changed the triangle and made it both more beautiful and oh so much more painful. It hurt to read this book. I had to stop a few times because I couldn't stand the ache in my chest. I'm not much for women in submissive role books. If you've ever read anything I've written you'd be able to see that. Ms. Simone does something unique in this book. Greer is so much more an equal than she is submissive. That is the beauty of this book. A real dominant submissive relationship only looks like the dominant has the upper hand and the submissive has to do everything to please the dominant on the outside. That is simply not true and American Queen shows that perfectly. In a real beautiful dominant submissive relationship the submissive has all the power. They choose to yield, to trust the dominant partner, in order to reach their own heights. The dominant takes every path he or she does because of the submissive's wants and needs. Ms. Simone illustrates that flawlessly. The King Arthur package of this tale adds a layer of tension, of intrigue, and the updated setting makes it even more potent for today's world. Ash, Greer, and Embry are the Arthur, Gwen, and Lancelot of a modern era. I adore everything about this book and how Ms. Simone literally rips your heart out with each new line. She has a gift for creating magic in even the most mundane circumstances. I can't wait to see what magic she has for American Prince.
P.S. Merlin is still my favorite.
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