Crown Me* by Geneva Lee
Royal Saga #3
Published by Westminster Press on February 10, 2015
As the world tried to tear us apart, Alexander fought for me, claiming me as his own. I belong to him – body, heart, and soul. I found strength in his dominance. In his control. In his love. Still, I could always feel it: the darkness creeping toward our joy, threatening to overcome us. But I never imagined it would end like this. To my independence. To us I was wrong. Ripped apart by tragedy, fighting for love, Clara and Alexander face their darkest hour.
And it was really worth it. Fine, it wasn´t as much dark and erotic as I would have wished for, but the change in the relationship of Clara and Alexander and the change in the tone of the novel itself was nonetheless very entertaining.
So I had my moments reading it and though it wasn´t as dark as the others, it was fun too.
Clara should be on cloud number seven. But she is not. Not only that she´s struggling with the constant refusal the royal family is showing, her own isn´t much better. Her mother tries to control her daughter´s life to forget about her own marriage problems and the fact that Alexander relegates her very clearly isn´t making the situation easier.
With a clear and simple writing style wrote the author this third book of her Royal Saga. Written from the personal point of views by Clara and Alexander, the reader gets again involved into a very emotional story. Not as dark and erotic as the first two books have been, but beautiful and sensitive.
Despite that, I couldn´t get rid of the feeling, that there were some scenes that no other purpose but to fill some additional pages.
Alexander is kind of surprised when he has to see that Clara is not willing to play the part he wants to have her in his life and when Clara tells him some things very clearly, he is shocked.
No matter what scenes you are going through in this novel, the author never gets kitschy. Sure I would have wished that some scenes were handled a bit different and that the author would have accentuated some thinks a lot better. And that there were so many questions unanswered in the end was sad, too. But despite that, Crown Me is a real reading pleasure.
A king who misjudges his family, especially his sons, so completely, a grandmother who is as cold as the arctic ice and a best friend who has to learn the hard way that she can´t keep continuing to tell her best friend what to do, when and how.
Clara has changed. She is no longer willing to let others tell her what to do and when and how. She still has to fight her eating problem, has to set an alarm clock to know when she has to eat and yet she manages her life quite well.
Alexander is dominant by nature. The public doesn´t know much of this side of him, but that doesn´t change that he is who he is. The fact, that a bourgeois shows him that he can´t control everyone and everything, is totally news to him and hits him like a rock.
No doubt a beautiful novel. I only missed the dark and the erotic elements that were so typical for the first two books. Despite that, a wonderful reading pleasure and for all Geneva Lee fans, a must read. Clear recommendation.
*I read the German edition new release by Blanvalet on May 16, 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.