Conquer Me by Geneva Lee
Royal Saga #2
Published by Westminster Press on November 11, 2014
Love doesn´t always conquer all, but it can conquer me. Alexander had the world at his feet and me on my knees until secrets tore us apart. I should stay away from him. I should run. But I´m addicted to him … to the pleasure and the pain. He warned me about his dark side … about his past. But I have a dark side, too. Together we´ll conquer our demons … if we don´t destroy each other first.
Good, the German cover (I read that edition) looks way to cute and doesn´t fit at all the content of this novel, but okay, I can live with that.
In that case I rather keep my eye on the story itself than on how the edition looks like.
Clara has broken up with Alexander. His wish to live as his mistress in the house he bought for them is not acceptable for her. All she wants is that he admits that he loves her the way she loves him. And even though he can´t say those words, she knows they are true to him and to her. But what will life look like without him? She throws herself into work. Long working hours are the only way to keep her insanity. But Alexander has his own ways to fight for her, to make her see what he can´t change.
Conquer Me is written mostly from Clara´s point of view. On some chapters, Alex steps in with his point of view, but that is kind of rare. The change of perspective gives this novel at some point the certain tension shows how life looks from the other side of the medal and the reader gets drawn into a very intense and totally emotional story.
The writing style is clear, blunt and during some scenes very graphic. Oh yes, the erotic factor is very high here. But Geneva Lee writes always with style and grace. There is not one kitschy word or line to find – thank god!
Okay, I admit it I still have my problems with Belle and how she handles things. Especially when it comes to the point where she decides what´s best for Clara. What she does to “protect” her, is way out of line and for my taste way too unauthorized.
Very dark sides, a hunger for sex that isn´t what we usually call flower-sex and a world in which no one is as you would expect them to be. Geneva Lee draws with her figures two sides and shows what it can mean to stand up for what you want and believe in; even when you have to set your own demands and needs aside.
No doubt, Alexander of Cambridge is a very dominant man. He is like an animal when it comes to having sex that really satisfies him and his needs. Needs he always knew were dark and out of the usual. And Clara seems to be the woman who is able to control him and his dark desires. But he is also a man who is destined to become king one day, to produce an heir and to live a life I never asked for it. With the looks of a God, a charm you need a weapons license for and the need to control every single aspect of his life outside the palace he makes it very clear that with him there can be no real feelings. Pleasure and fun yes, but he isn´t capable of love; not in the long run.
Clara begins to change. Her family is one pain in the ass, her mother a story she rather ignores instead of telling her what she really thinks her mother should do and her work is everything that´s left for her. Without that, she would turn insane. Her love is still growing, her desire for Alexander still there, but she´s no longer willing to become what he wants her to be. And who needs a family like the royal one anyways?
That was a very intense, highly emotional and incredible fantastic read. Enjoyed every second of it! For all those, who love to read in the erotic genre, who love books about women who fight for their love even though their love is captured in a dark world and with very bad and dangerous but highly anticipated rules – then this is your book.
*I read the German edition new release Blanvalet on March 14, 2016
Geneva Lee was since always a hopeless romantic, who prefers fantasy to reality – especially fantasies involving powerful, dangerous, and sexy men. With her Royals Saga, the love-story between the English crown prince Alexander and commoner Clara, she hit into the heart of the reader and took the international bestseller lists by storm. Geneva Lee lives with her family in Kansas City.