The King

Tiffany Reisz
The King
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Harlequin Mira
Release Date
November 2014
Book 6 of Original Sinners
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a ruler of Manhattan's kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley's plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York's A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can't subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won't rest until King's dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it's one man's sacred mission against another's…

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Nov 26, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
205 people found the following review helpful
THE KING is definitely one of the most unique reads I have read all year, and my first M/M read ever! Yes, that's right, I'm probably the only person who has gone on to read The White Years Quartet prior to The Red Years Quartet. Interestingly, I'm enjoying the series this way, and have had no trouble following it, as I feel like I'm getting to see how it all began in chronological order. I'm sure this gives me a different perspective from most, and is not the recommended reading order, but I'm loving it so far. In fact, The Saint, the first book in the White Years Quartet, is at the very top of my favorite books from 2014! THE KING is also powerfully moving, full of deep religious symbolism and erotically charged, but features a lot less of my favorite Original Sinners character, sub Eleanor Schreiber who later becomes Domme Nora Sutherlin in the Red Years Quartet.

In THE KING, we learn Kingsley Edge's story. Not only do we get to hear how he and Soren fell in love, but we also learn how his love for Soren inspired the creation of the ultimate BDSM Kingdom for Manhattan's kinkiest. Thus we get to experience the creation of the Kingdom which is later ruled by the trinity of Kingsley, Soren and Nora, and which forms the backdrop for The Red Years Quartet.

This story, however, is not all butterflies and rainbows. The beginning grew out of a troubled time for Kingsley. Having lost his one true love, Kingsley is a man devoid of happiness. A lover of many, who uses drugs to dull the pain, but is nevertheless incapable of feeling. The only person he believes capable of making him feel, Soren, is now a priest and thus forbidden.

Soren, however, is compelled to seek Kingsley's help to save Eleanor and they are once again reunited. It is this union, and re-acquaintance with his muse, that inspires Kingsley to build Soren's safe haven. When Kingsley, however, finds himself on the wrong side of a right-wing evangelical, his vision is nearly dashed before it can begin, and his friends' loyalties are challenged. Can sheer will and determination triumph in a duel of ideologies?

Interestingly, there is also a secondary forbidden love story embedded in this unique romance. One that will cause Kingsley to question his usual proclivities, and which will leave you, the reader, looking at love and friendship in a whole new light.

Without a doubt, Tiffany Reisz is the Goddess of erotic, symbolic, forbidden romance. Her writing really is in a class all of its own, and I, for one, can't wait for the next installment in the Original Sinners series, The Virgin, which is presently scheduled to be released in March of 2015!
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