American Queen... the title alone was intriguing to me. The cover art elegant! It reminded me of Hollywood old style elegance. Simply stunning.
I was unaware of exactly what I was getting myself into. I knew the story was a love triangle, but I was pretty naïve in what type of love triangle. 😁 The Author Sierra Simone had me fully invested into her story. The words just flowed effortlessly and exquisitely. The characters where coming to life. Then I read chapter 6...
Chapter 6 was going seamlessly until the last few paragraphs and the story took a wild, unrealistic turn. To give a small simple idea of what happened and why it pulled me out of the story harshly continue reading. **SPOILER** One of the main characters Greer is in a flashback to when she is 17 years old, still a virgin, only been kissed once in her life; chapter 6 is a series of her emails sent to one of the male main characters. They are very innocent, polite, and even elegantly written; until the last email. That is where it goes all wrong for me. This girl always seems to do the proper thing, not for morale reasons but as it's just who she is. Then in this email she starts talking about how she is masterbaiting, how she wants his face between her thighs. I'm sorry but no 17 yr old virgin is EVER going to really know about these things and definitely never going to write about them. Because until you have experienced sex and such, you don't know how to describe them or to know what you want. **SPOILER**
This was so grotesquely out of character for this girl that I couldn't read the next chapter. I was flabbergasted. This is exceedingly unrealistic to me! I related to this girl up until this point. So I feel this was bizarre and unnatural for a girl to act like this story. I even consulted with a fellow blogger friend, she agreed this is a severe plot hole.
I struggled through the rest of the story, but could never fully commit. I thought Greer would be a strong female, she's weak and never grows up acting like her 16/17 yr old self. I can enjoy a submissive female, but Greer was more like an abused dog. I had hopes for her, she started out so strong.
Then there was Embry Moore:
The Vice President of the United States ... he was just as abused as Greer. Sad really. He needed to speak up for himself. Take what he wanted, just do something!
Then Mr. President, Mexen Ashley "Ash" Colchester. He was a manipulator, cheater, and liar. I'm not a fan of Ash. I really don't have anything nice to say about him.
The good points...
Will I read something else by this author - ABSOLUTELY! Sierra Simone is a phenomenal writer. I just think her story was rushed.
Will I recommend this book - Nope.
A Mom to a teenager, Wife, Veteran and full-time employed. Currently owned by our Catahoula and English Bulldog.