ARC Review: Queen and Bandit by Geonn Cannon

Gracie Simon is a reporter with a secret. Forced to lie about her gender to get hired, she lives in fear of what will happen when the truth comes out.

Cover Design: Geonn Cannon

Evelyn Wade is a rising star with a secret of her own. With three hit films on her resume already, she’s ready to risk it all to reveal the truth in the hopes it will help other actresses.

When Gracie is assigned to do a story about Evelyn’s new movie, both secrets come to light during the course of their conversation. Evelyn is ready to spill the beans about what she knows but doesn’t want to be anywhere near Los Angeles when the bombshell drops. To avoid the fallout, Gracie suggests they take a road trip under the guise of doing a complete, in-depth profile of the up-and-coming starlet. Evelyn agrees, and they hit the road the same day Gracie’s exclusive hits the presses.

Trapped together in a car, with bridges burning behind them and 2,000 miles to their destination, Gracie and Evelyn quickly discover that when the secrets are thrown out, the only thing left is the truth.

My thoughts

Let’s talk about this cover. I love this movie poster style cover. Credit is not given to the designer, but kudos because it caught my eye.

Queen and Bandit is a really fun read with a serious undertone in it. Geonn Cannon takes on Hollywood and the casting couch in this road trip romance.

Evelyn’s plight unfortunately still happens today. Cannon’s historical tale does not read as one. The only time you really feel as if you are reading a historical novel is when they are driving through Las Vegas.

There is one scene that is stereotypically male that while I was reading it I was thinking, “Oh, no.” Then I was chuckling and saying the same words out loud in CAPS as Gracie reacts to it. Men have not changed. Smh

Gracie is my favorite character in this book. Her desire to write and tell important stories is something I can readily identify with. The fact that she hid her gender to make this happen is (sigh) so attractive. That drive and determination in a person is so appealing. Then how Evelyn sees Gracie is hot. I love them together.

There is a point in the book that I thought Cannon was going to go in another direction and I was horrified. I am so glad that they didn’t. It would have devastated me as I love Gracie and Evelyn as a couple.

Queen and Bandit is a fantastic road trip in time and love.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



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Further Details:

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, 9781952150760, February 22nd 2022


Settings: 1947 Los Angeles, CA to Chicago, IL, U.S.

Pages: 251

SC: Gay


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