“I can’t keep track of what or whom I want any more. I just… want.”
This is definitely not what I thought I’d be reading when I read the blurb. I thought she would fall for his best friend and VP but this is went beyond that point. I don’t want to spoil the story so I won’t mention how the characters meet but it was fascinating going back and forth in time and seeing their relationships from the start. To say that this was an unconventional story would be an understatement. I’ve only read Priest by Sierra Simone but I knew where I was getting into, this one comes off a lot different when you read the blurb but deep down it’s not.
Maxen Ashley Colchester, Ash for short is the President of the United States and best friend and comrade is Embry Moore, also his Vice President. Their story starts back at war and it was the sweetest most heartbreaking story ever. But before meeting him, Ash met a young Greer and she’s a huge part of this although I don’t see why to be honest.
This would have been perfect if it was just about Ash and Embry, meeting and falling in love, their political career and how they navigate both. Greer was just something that added only sex and drama for the most part.
As much as I don’t want to analyze this based on real life there’s so many things that lowered this story’s believability and it made it read like a bad mashup of Fifty Shades of Grey with M/F/M and just enough political touch to make it interesting.
- Ash being the President only added the Secret Service, ball gowns and fancy parties, White House sex which was no different from Any House sex
- Greer being there added literally nothing, she went from being the former VP’s granddaughter to the President’s girlfriend that went with him to foreign events in mere months of them dating, that would never happen. Ever.
- Greer and Embry being together before Ash literally fucked Embry up emotionally for years afterwards, he’s probably the one with the most emotional trauma.
- Ash and his step sister was disgusting and added nothing to the story other than soap opera dramatic lines.
- Greer’s cousin? No.
- Greer abduction? LIKE ANYONE WOULD MANAGE TO ENTER THE HOTEL WHERE THE PRESIDENT IS STAYING AT ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS BS?
- Greer and Embry being all lovey dovey at an event, seriously?
- This. Line. “Tell me you’re eighteen,” he whispered. “I’m not.” “Damn you.” And then he tilted my face back up to his, and his mouth came down over mine anyway.” IS. NOT. OKAY.
Basically the political aspect of this was utterly unbelievable. At the heart of this book there’s a sweet story of two men falling for each other in the midst of pain and devastation that could have been just that but the rest makes this unreadable for the most part even if the sex was smoking hot. Sierra Simone is so good at writing powerful scenes for her characters, the sex language in this one though felt like it was from another century, I Also, when will the BDSM trend stop?