American King, the stunning conclusion to The New Camelot Trilogy by Sierra Simone is available NOW!!
5 + In Any Lifetime CROWNS
Brilliant. Heart wrenching. Beautiful. Utterly unbelievable. Sierra Simone has a delivered a romance that will make readers feel it all, every single hurtful act and phrase, every moment of passion, and every moment of unconditional love. Readers will cry, will yell, will gape at their books in disbelief. Her retelling of Camelot and the Arthurian legend is not only intense and emotional, but combines one of my favorite classical pieces of literature with everything I love about romance.
One of the many aspects that made me love American King so much is that we truly get to see the inner workings of Ash. We get to see what motivates and drives this man from his perspective, and what we see will astound readers. He is honestly one of the most honorable and loyal characters I’ve ever met with integrity that is unparalleled. He balances wanting to please and love his Prince and Queen with taking care of his Kingdom, and we see how much of a struggle that is for him the whole way through the book. This struggle makes him human, makes him sympathetic, and makes readers wish for a ruler like him. The flashbacks and inner dialogue also show readers a side of Ash we have always expected existed but never really saw. His love and devotion for Greer and Embry is the stuff of legends, literally. This man loves with his whole being. His decisions, his thoughts, his actions, and his pleasure all centers around these two and their happiness. Even when they are broken and shattered, he still thinks about them and what they need to be happy and safe and that is all they want for him in return.
Greer’s evolution over the course of this trilogy has been phenomenal to watch. By the end of American King, I truly saw this regal queen that Ash seemed to see the entire time. She owns her wants and desires, her sexuality. She is still the submissive she has always been, as she needs and craves it, but there is a confidence and a temerity to her character in American King that hasn’t been there before, and I love her all the more for it. Just like Ash, readers feel her pain and her heartache, and we connect with her feelings for both men. We see, through her, how she needs them both, equally, and we want her to get the happy ending with both of them.
Oh, Embry! My American Prince. Embry is the character I was so angry with. I wanted to yell and scream at him at the end of American Prince. What makes his decision then so painful is that readers get it. We get why he chooses to run and why he chooses to leave, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less. This man’s continued sacrifice throughout the book is what brings so much pain to the characters and this story, and again, we can’t really blame him. Like Ash, he is doing what he thinks is best for Greer, even Ash, and America. The most painful moments is seeing them come together after he has blown their world apart, because their pain and passion is palpable in every delicious and torturous moment they are together, even if it is only verbally. Readers will also yearn for this man, who has denied himself happiness at every turn for the ones loves most to finally get what he deserves.
So, it is truth time. I wasn’t going to ever read this series. American Queen is a book I originally passed on because of the polyamorous relationship, but not because of ethics or morals but because I don’t think three people in love in romance books ever seems genuine or authentic. Inevitably, a coupling occurs, one person is left out, and heartbreak ensues. But then I won a copy of American Queen, and from the time I opened this book I was enraptured by these people and their love for one another. It is unique? Yes. It is abnormal by society’s standards? Yes. Does it matter? Heck, no. This relationship works for them, and Sierra Simone has succeeded in making a relationship with multiple people real and authentic and one for which people yearn for (the passion, the devotion, and the unwavering love). Throughout all of American King, never once will the reader feel like Ash loves Greer or Embry more or vice versa. Their love is tied up together. They work much better as a threesome than a twosome, and there is never any doubt that these three belong together.
American King had me so scared to read it. I know the legend. I know how it ends, and I didn’t know how Sierra Simone was going to take this story. Was she going to stay true to the legend? Was she going to give an HEA to the characters by deviating? This uncertainty had my anxiety at an all time high, and while I won’t tell you which way she goes, I will tell you that she does this series and these characters justice. As a HUGE FAN of both the legend and this retelling, I couldn’t have been more satisfied. Now, this is not to say that it doesn’t hurt. It does. I cried, I laughed, I yearned, and I was shocked as I read the conclusion of this trilogy. Every single emotion possible passed through me, and although it is was painful, it was worth the ride. Aren’t all great loves, though? Sierra Simone beautifully articulated how love is pain and hope and happiness and sacrifice all rolled into one beautiful and emotional ride, one that we all crave.
I don’t even know what to do with myself now that this book is over. I know I need to pick up another book from me never ending TBR list, but I can’t. The emotional hole inside my heart isn’t ready to move on. I want to crawl back inside this world, read the whole series again, and bask in the heartbreaking and inspiring love story that is American Queen, American Prince, and American King. This ride is epic. It is beautiful. It is painful. It is not like anything I have ever read or imagine will ever read again. It is a trilogy I will return to time and time again, because this story, these characters, and their love is worthy of becoming a legend in its own right. Sierra Simone has created a masterpiece!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
“Enthralling and drop dead gasp-worthy.“
– CD Reiss, New York Times Bestselling Author
They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth. And here I am. My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal. And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.
I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return. I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.
And I will survive this.
Long live the king.
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When I was twenty-two, I met a prince. He seemed to be the exact opposite of everything I was—loud where I was quiet, smiling where I frowned, careless where I was careful, careful, careful. Embry joined the Army because Vivienne Moore wanted her son to craft the perfect politician’s resume. I joined because it seemed like the place to continue my never-ending quest for honor; because becoming an officer in the Army had a certain cachet in my neighborhood; because I wanted to somehow cosmically return the favor for my college scholarship; because the structure and rigid hierarchy of military life appealed to me.
Most importantly, I joined because I knew Carpathia was the most dangerous place in the world at the time, and I felt needed there in a way I can’t describe. It was like a barometric pressure that made my bones and teeth ache when I tried to resist it. I knew that I was supposed to be there in the same way I knew that God was real or that I was bisexual. It was a fact, even if it couldn’t be seen.
And after all that, then I see this lieutenant refuse to break up a fight? When we were there on the brink of war and responsible for safekeeping innocents nearby? No. I wasn’t an angry person, but I was a disciplined one, and the one thing I couldn’t tolerate in other people was a lack of it.
I only meant to shake some sense into him, to tell him clearly and unmistakably that he wouldn’t get away with that shit while I was around, but then he turned, and I saw his face for the first time.
And it was over.
One look at those winter-blue eyes and those delicate lips and I was finished. One glance at his lean, long body, and I was falling. Every part of me responded with heat and flush and wrenching want, like a hook had been fastened somewhere in my chest and was now giving an almighty tug, and the only thing to ease the ache would be to get closer, closer, closer.
I’d never seen a boy so beautiful. Haughty as he was, overindulged and so obviously dissolute, he was the loveliest person, boy or girl, I’d ever seen.
I still pinned him against the wall, though. And it was when I had him against the wall with my forearm on his throat and my body trapping his that he sealed his fate. As I was choking him, he looked at me with his whole world in his eyes.
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About the Author:
Sierra Simone is a 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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