“…it’s easier to remember why I sought out this life. A life of books instead of kisses.”
Good Lord, this was a ride! But this is a super enjoyable erotic novel that surrounds a girl, that has grown up in politics, and is now walking down the aisle to marry the brand new, thirty-six-year-old, President of the United States of America! Yeah, you read it right. But what kind of erotic novel would this be without some angst? Also, her and the President are both sort of in love with, wait for it, the Vice President!
Okay, I’m doing a bad job at selling this to you all. Honestly? This was a refreshing to read. The author does a wonderful job not assuming everyone in the world is default heterosexual and does an amazing job at being inclusive and actually uses inclusive terms. This story constantly impressed me by doing something that most erotic authors don’t even try to do. Also, this book showcases polyamory beautifully. Even though this is not an own voices review, one of my dear friends is exploring polyamory right now, and based off what I know, I feel like this story was done very realistically and accurately. And a tiny bit more rep: The President in this is white, but he is an adoptive son to a black mother and has a black sister. I’m telling you guys, this book tried, and I really appreciated it.
Also, because I know most of you follow me for my fantasy reviews, I always feel it necessary to state that I rate erotic books differently than other books! I know many of the relationships are toxic and problematic and I completely understand that they wouldn’t be the healthiest and/or most ideal of starts for people in real life, but I love steamy reads and I rate them purely off my enjoyment.
“I want to be handled and cherished and used and worshiped. I want a man or woman to claim me as their equal partner in every way—until we’re alone. Then I want to crawl to them. I can have that someday, right?”
And this book for sure has its problematic aspects that I completely realize. For one, there is some borderline cheating, maybe cheating, grey area cheating in this book. I really didn’t enjoy that at all, especially because relationships like this really only work with an incredible amount of trust, and once it’s broken, it’s for sure hard to get back. Yet, it’s very much brushed off and deemed “okay” when it happens.
The other, much bigger, problematic element is that the first sexual encounter happens to our main protagonist and the soon to be President, who is ten years older than her, when she is only sixteen-years-old. Full disclosure, it was only kissing, but there was still a much bigger promise of more. And… it was still a kiss. I could write an entire review on the power imbalance alone, and I know it will bother a lot of people. And not to lessen the situation at all, but it’s not terribly done in my opinion, and it didn’t make me uncomfortable, but it is for sure problematic content.
The thing I didn’t like the most about this read was how the main protagonist lack common sense for the point of story development. When you are in a relationship, especially the kind Geer and Ash are in, you have to trust that person completely, in every aspect of life. Why wouldn’t she trust him when he tells her about someone close to her? I just do not understand. On top of making really unsafe choices, when you know the information he told you. Also, miss me with that cliffhanger ending. Like, I can’t.
“I saw that you can be hurt—mortally wounded, in fact—and it doesn’t have to be anyone’s fault. Sometimes the world is just cruel that way, and it wasn’t fair to grudge them their happiness even as it tore down my own.”
Also, one small last qualm: During sex scenes Greer would sometimes call Ash “Mr. President” and I would immediately think of Trump, get turned off, and want to take a shower and/or die. This is no fault of the book’s, but my own personal bias.
Overall, I did really enjoy this. Again, this is a very erotic read, and you totally get what you bargained for if you’re looking for a steamy read. Yet, I truly do think this book is better than most, and I really appreciated the author using inclusive terms and adding small amounts of diversity. Also, I loved every sexy scene except for part of the very last. The rest? Honestly 10/10. If you guys are looking for a sexy polyamory read, please give this a try! I can’t wait to read more by Sierra Simone.