Whoa boy, this book series. Sierra Simone has become my go-to for well-written erotica and this book didn’t disappoint if you are looking for something very, very sexy. If you are looking for a super dramatic, smut filled romance, look no further. However, by book 3, I was beginning to tire of all the sex and needed some more story. I would recommend this series but didn’t feel the need for it to go on as long as it did.
Book One: American Queen
From Goodreads: 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.
Book Two: American Prince
From Goodreads: 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.
Book Three: American King
From Goodreads: 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.
Things I Liked:
Simone is very good at writing sex scenes and gives equal time and description to the heterosexual scenes as well as the homosexual scenes, which I appreciated. Too often the straight sex in books is given more pages than the gay sex and it’s frustrating. I found the first book to be a perfect blend of plot, character development, and sex and was really excited to read the second book. The second book really took the time to build on the first and explored more of the character’s backgrounds. The sex was just as hot but also served a purpose to the story. I enjoyed Maxen and Embry WAY more than I did Greer but understand why Simone chose to make this a ménage book…I just didn’t like the whole ménage. I also enjoyed the allusions to King Arthur and thought it added an interesting spin to the story.
Things I didn’t Like:
By the third book, I found myself skimming the sex scenes, looking for more plot which is never a good thing in a romance book and I found myself questioning why the third book was so much longer than the first two. The length of the third was not needed and could have been about 150 pages less and still been a good book. I also HATED the weird supernatural twist that seemingly came out of nowhere towards the end (this twist had been alluded to a few times in the previous books) and I felt that Simone could have done a better job in making the reader understand the world her characters lived in so the twist wasn’t so jarring.
No one can say Sierra Simone doesn’t know how to write erotica. She excels at hot, descriptive scenes and making you care about the characters so it’s not just porn. However, this series could have benefited from a “less is more” approach and it would have not gotten tedious for me toward the end. I am glad I read it, but would have liked a bit more story. Also, while everything in this book is consensual, I would offer a trigger warning for anyone that has dealt with sexual abuse.
Author: Sierra Simone
Rating: American Queen: 3.5 Stars—American Prince: 4 Stars—American King: 3 Stars