BY SIERRA SIMONE
"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.
Excerpt: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. Done. 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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Wish I could give this book 10 Stars!
The Arthurian legend or myth is a tragic story of courage, love, and higher aspirations for the development of man. Having said that, it is full of hope and the dreams of mere humans working to transcend out mistakes and limitations in order to dare to strive to better the lives of the people they serve.
The New Camelot Trilogy is a brilliant modern-day portrayal of the legend dealing with the struggles that are universal no matter what the epoque. We have the "king" characterized by Ash, pursuing high ideals of improving the human condition and the world around him. As all heroes, he is flawed and has made his share of mistakes. Still, he rises above all that and shows the goodness that is intrinsic in his soul. He loves passionately and with all his heart. He is loyal and his power comes from deep within him as he attracts and changes all that surrounds him.
Bravo to the author for the imaginative portrayal of this beloved myth! May we never forget the ideals that are at the core of Camelot.
I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I thank the author for sharing a copy with me.