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"Sierra Simone writes with a brutal honesty that turns empathy into a weapon and desire into a curse -- and the only salvation. American King is a masterpiece that explores power in its rawest form, snaking into your heart and mind, leaving you spent and breathless long after the book has taken you places inside yourself you didn't know existed." -- Julia Kent, New York Times bestselling author
"...brilliant and breathtaking. You've never read anything like it and you never will again. It's beautiful and gorgeous and epic, a timeless, sweeping, literary erotic contemporary love story that will blow you away and make you feel all the feels. Times ten." -- Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author
"You know that feeling you get when you're reading and you're kind of....how do I put this? Soaring? Like you're reading the words and you feel like you're in front of an orchestra that's being conducted masterfully? And your heart gets...like 'literally'....a centimeter higher in your chest? Well, this book had all that." -- CD Reiss, New York Times bestselling author
"An epic masterpiece from one of the most talented authors in romance--or anywhere. The New Camelot Trilogy is easily 2017's most essential read." -- Ella James, USA Today bestselling author
"American King is spellbinding. Beautifully written, heartbreakingly emotional, and scorching hot, it is the perfect conclusion to the riveting New Camelot series. No one tells an unconventional love story better than Sierra Simone." -- Melanie Harlow, USA Today bestselling author
"Brilliantly stunning and deliciously sexy" - Serena, Goodreads review
"Ash is one of the best heroes I have ever read ... [A] masterfully complex and interwoven tale of seduction, lust, sex, jealousy and love boosted by themes of political intrigue." Sue Bee, Bring Me an Alpha
"This book completely obliterated me! I knew it would, but I had NO IDEA how much!" - Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads, a #SRSRFave
"A story that does justice to the love story of these three characters. ...plenty of times I cried, like ugly snot cried, I gasped out loud at the plot twists...I also swooned and needed a fan & new panties too." - Michelle, Goodreads review
"I had to step away periodically to catch my breath..." - Shabby, Book Bistro Blog
"The ultimate tragic story of love, power and sacrifice! For me, by far the best series of 2017!" - Maria, Goodreads review
"American King and the rest of this amazing, dead sexy trilogy will stick with me for a very long time." - Bookgasms Book Blog
"a head explosion" - Goodreads review
"Transcendental" - Goodreads review
"There are some books you read and then there are some books you inhale, devour and BREATHE. American King is one of these books." - Lina's Reviews Book Blog
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- Publication Date : October 31, 2017
- File Size : 1465 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 485 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B075PVNG2S
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,612 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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THE STORY: This book continues the story of Ash, Embry and Greer. As the book begins, Embry has broken from the trio as he has unwillingly impregnated Greer's evil cousin and has decided that Ash is not doing enough to protect Greer. Embry intends to run against Ash for president. This book, as might be expected, focuses on Ash's view of the events.
OPINION: There was so much I loved about this book, but the ending was not among them. There is something really crazy and beautiful about this series just going for the most salacious romance -- the President, Vice-President and the First Lady. There are so many mixes and measures that I couldn't wait to see what incredible plot twist was next. The whole thing just felt so unreal and big. Using the mythology of King Arthur as the basis for the story allows this story to have its own mythic quality. Yes, the story is unreal on almost every page, but I loved that the spirit of the story embraced all the crazy plot twists that felt like a modern erotic soap opera. This book begins to unwind all the plots that were introduced in the first two books. Mostly, I enjoyed the possibilities. I also have always liked how this book uses love and passion and lust and jealousy and guilt in bigger than life ways.
But the ending just disappointed me. Too small, too neat, too implausible. I expected everything to be blown wide open, but instead, the book ends in secrets and hiding. I just felt disappointed and once that happened, all the veneers of big drama just fell apart. Instead, I just kept asking questions about how things would actually work in reality and the entirety of the relationships just fell apart for me. Perhaps one day I will re-read this crazy adventure and see it differently, but I was sad that today I couldn't walk away excited about the entire journey.
WORTH MENTIONING: I recommend this series because I think that people's reaction to the ending will be personal and doesn't diminish the wonderful crazy series.
CONNECTED BOOKS: AMERICAN KING is the third and final book in the New Camelot Trilogy. These books are meant to be read together in order.
STAR RATING I give this book 4 stars.
I'm usually fairly adept at discerning the way a story will conclude, based on years of obsessive book reading and subtle context clues. This one? This ending threw me up against the wall and left me shaking, rocking and crying in the corner.
I can honestly tell you I haven't read something this amazing, and frustrating, and just absolutely perfect in a long time. I laughed, I cried, I full on ugly sobbed...and then I cried some more.
The take on the arthurian legend was the best modern day spin we'll ever see. It was messy, and it was broken, and it was devastating, and it was perfect. Usually love triangles get tedious and I develop a certain amount of apathy for the characters or the story. Not the case here, my friend, let me tell you. All three books keep you invested, and curious, and all out craving.
I am so relieved, so torn, and so wrecked with finishing this trilogy. I want more, I want to know more, and yet, the author has left us with a perfect ending. A neat little bow tying up all the angst, love, and passion of this 20 year journey.
This book isn't for everyone, least of all the faint of heart. But if you have an open mind, maybe even a little bit of a sick mind like mine, or a healthy curiosity, you won't be sorry. Just be prepared for a daunting book hangover in the best way possible...and maybe even the need for some aftercare.
Embry’s ordeal and what he had to live through in this book really hurt. He changed a lot from who he once was, becoming a stronger, yet seemingly broken man. He was different than what we know of him in his youth.
Greer took somewhat of a backseat in this book. We mostly see her through the eyes of Ash and Embry. However, her one chapter had me in tears and breaking out in watery smiles. It was so heartbreaking and so beautifully romantic.
Ash was the dominating (pun intended) POV in this book … finally! I love how his life paralleled the legendary King Arthur in a modern twist. It stood out a lot more in this book than the previous ones because of certain notable scenes. He was a lot more complicated than seen in the previous two books. I loved being in his mind and seeing how he worked things out, how he figured himself out.
I know about the King Arthur stories, but I don’t know how I know. Just one of those strange things. I have glimpses of scenes in my head, yet I don’t know if they are from my own imagination from reading about it long ago—and I’m talking before the age of ten—or if I saw a movie sometime (I’m currently looking for older movies that could portray what I see in my head). Regardless, this book brought forth all the information previously burrowed in the recesses of my mind and has once again piqued my interest in Arthurian tales.
I can’t say enough about how much I absolutely adore this story. How Simone can beautifully and purely justify a triad. It never made sense to me how three people can have one relationship, but the way she created it … perfection. Absolute, heart-swelling, most romantic thing I have ever read perfection. And as soon as I finished the book, I wanted to start the story all over again immediately.
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1. It sort of dragged at times and felt padded out with a sheer over abundance of sexual scenes. It wasn’t even that they were inappropriate in their timing and they each served a purpose to the story at that point but they were soooo protracted that I found myself skipping pages and pages. They lasted so long they got boring.
2. We now know the author is grandiloquent or in plain English - knows LOTS of big words
3. The story was somewhat weaker or progressed less in this third book and often while reading I felt the text to be superfluous to the story even if it was filling in a history or prepping for a storyline. I felt there was more padding and less substance in this bk.
4. In this book I felt each character sort of lost their voice and individuality. When the POV changed, the voice stayed the same. It felt like the author was so focused on telling the story she forgot each characters individual voice and idiosyncrasies and they all started sounding the same. In fact Greer sort of lost her voice completely. She went from an independent woman in AQ to almost being in full blown Submissive mode all the time in this book who’s only purpose was to do Ash’s bidding.
5. Even with the mediocre attempt to give Embry his moment to shine the author never did this character justice. I never felt he was an equal person in this relationship. He was always the third wheel, or their occasional play thing who they sometimes felt sorry for and patronisingly spent “pity time” with. It was always Ash and Greer with poor Embry on the outside. Even the last ditch attempt in the last chapter to let him be his own man fell flat as it was glossed over and still all about Ash. He only had his moment as Ash allowed it. And we are “told” about it in a few cheap sentences and were never shown or got to experience it. I felt this unsatisfactory.
6. The Ending. Ugh. This was the real killer for me. After an amazing series, even if this bk was less strong for me I could not believe or forgive that ending. Personally I thought it was ridiculous and hated it so much. I had three issues with three twists at the end of the story:
6.1 The reason for the whole story and events as per Merlin. SERIOUSLY?? So disappointing. It didn’t sit with the rest of the story and changed the whole dynamic and genre of this story. I was so disappointed by this twist, it was enough to change my feeling on the whole series. Unfortunately I can’t expand further as it would mean spoilers.
SPOILERISH COMMENTS ALERT - BUT NOT SPECIFIC GIVEAWAYS COMING UP!!!
6.2 The end twist - I HATED!! After all we’ve been through. To end like this? Just no! Hated it.
6.3 The Epilogue. Well this was just the nail in the coffin. The epilogue was ridiculous and stupid and how was this ever going to work in real life?? The epilogue was so silly that even though I had hated the ending- I was now wishing that the author had the guts to leave that as The End instead of the ridiculous ending we were left with.
Ash referred to Galahad as his stepson. Not nice in this type of relationship setup especially as he considered the other kids in their family his children even though who actually fathered them was probably unknown. If he had his original wish to marry Embry and have kids together would he have referred to any kids Embry fathered as stepkids - No. Not very nice Ms Simone.
I had strongly recommended this series to friends as a Must read but after reading the ending, this is now a series I would not recommend to anybody; even though the journey to that point was so incredible, the ending just ruined it all for me and spoiled the experience.
After reading the ending I will not be reading any more of this author’s work.
What a fabulous conclusion to this gripping series, I've loved it all the way through. For three pretty long books, the pace has varied throughout, but in a good way mostly. Sometimes it slows up enough to allow you to catch your breath, just for it to take off and grab you by the wrist so you have to hang on tight.
It's been a series of turmoil, intrigue, betrayal, heartbreak, passion, love, emotion and downright steamy hot sexiness. There is definitely something sizzling with MM, especially where Ash and Embry are concerned, add in Greer for some MMF and it was off the charts, it made the MF scenes slightly (I say slightly) tame(r)! I've loved all three characters, but Ash in particular called to me very early on and seeing the heart and soul of the man behind the soldier, the dominant, the king in this book, there was no choice but to hand over a big piece of my heart.
I love the Arthurian legend and if you know it even a little, you will see throughout how the author has skillfully woven the history and legends into this modern twist. I wasn't sure how it was all going to come to a satisfying end after such a wonderful build up through books 1 and 2. I had a small inkling, especially regarding Merlin's revelations, but nothing prepared me for the heartbreaking but amazing twist at the end.
In summary, I just loved it. I don't very often re-read books, but this is a series I'm quite sure I will re-read and find new things and facts I missed the first time around and I'll definitely be reading more by this author. 5 stars
Of the three main characters, Ash was the one I felt the least for. Until now, I felt him to be a little cold and controlling, with Embry and Greer ultimately doing his bidding. The detail and depth of Sierra Simone's writing allows you to see all of Ash - his complexities, his sacrifices and his love.
My opinion of him did a complete turnaround. Although the Dominant in this love circle, he is truly their equal and worthy of their love. As the story unfolds, my heart ached for this man; by the time the true nature of this story emerged, I was sobbing quietly as my heart broke for him.
I cannot recommend this series of books highly enough. It will take you through every emotion on the spectrum and leave you with the mother of book hangovers. But if I could experience these books again for the first time, I would. They're that good. These books will stay with me for life.