THE KING: A Kinder, Gentler Soren?

The King


THE KING by Tiffany Reisz CoverThe Original Sinners: White Years Book II
by Tiffany Reisz
ebook & Print  448 pages
published by Harlequin Mira, November 25, 2014
Audiobook Narrated by Elizabeth Hart  Published by Tantor Audio
Publication date Nov 25, 2014  Running time 15 hrs

The audiobook was provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.

 

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

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—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. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club­: a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list that’ll change the scene forever.

The club becomes Kingsley’s obsession—and he’s enlisted some tough-as-nails help. His new assistant Sam is smart, secretive and totally immune to seduction (by men, at least). She and Kingsley make a wicked team. Still, their combined—and considerable—expertise in domination can’t subdue the man who would kill their dream. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed. It’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s….

This is the 2nd book in the White Years quartet, and the 6th full-length book in the Original Sinners series. The story continues in The Virgin.
http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/the-king

 

 

square "my take"This is the first book in this series I have consumed as a audio book. And I really started out loving the series when I read the short, SEVEN DAY LOAN, a few years ago.  I had felt it went a little nuts in a few of the books, recently, but I really enjoyed almost everything about this one.

I LOVED getting to know Kingsley, who has always been this slightly evil, bizarre, loyal, promiscuous, character held at a distance to make him feel both super, sub human.   Here we meet him as just human, or maybe a bit superhuman. He goes from being an important support character to front and center.

At first Kingsley is lost, not floating through life but stumbling and recovering from a bullet wound, and worse he got from his work in the French Foreign Legion. What struck me about Kingsley is that he thinks he has great judgement in regards to people, as if he can size them up perfectly. He is usually right, but not always. He is sometimes surprised.

We meet women in his life, we learn about his deep feelings for BDSM practitioners — sometimes compassion and leadership wear a very, very strange disguise.  We come to understand Kingsley’s bisexuality and his “switch” status. He is pan sexual.

We meet the real non-Nora-centric Søren, a different Søren. Oh yeah he is still a sadist, but this takes place shortly after he is sent to the parish in Connecticut where he meets Nora. He and  Søren haven’t seen each other for eleven years.  Søren has been celibate for that long although he still doles out pain as a Sadist.  But we don’t get some of the more violent glimpses of Søren that appear in later books.  We see Søren more from Kingsley’s point of view. And we see his compassion outside of the dungeon. His concern and compassion for Kingsley, hell-bent on self-destruction, is tangible. His frustration too. He isn’t so much the one who collars as he is the collar. I got a real feeling for why he is a priest.

Clerical Collar.

Nora only appears briefly and I like that; I haven’t loved Nora for the past few books.

At first I did not like the narration at all because the narrator used an awful French accent. But her work with the female character’s voices and other males, including Søren was so good that the horror that was Kingsley’s characterization with its “Frawnch” accent was maybe 65% cancelled out.

Reisz winds the story out nicely and it drew me right on in. She is good at throwing out a tension-producing plot point and letting you nearly forget about it. Then, bam! It’s back and often surprising.

There’s lots of kinky fuckery, but the story is about more than that; most importantly it is about finding your purpose in life and being true to yourself. Kingsley has long let his freak flag fly, but now he has a reason for it other than being antagonistically juvenile.
This one gets my freak-flaggy thumbs up!

 

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