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…
Type: Erotica, BDSM
Heat:4 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5
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- It's an interesting book. I'll give it that. But it wasn't quite as much as I expected or hoped for after hearing how amazing Reisz's writing is and how the erotica she writes is like art and beautifully written. It just felt average to me and very much felt like a set up book with flash backs on top of flash backs chronicling how the main characters of the series met and their present day lives came about.
- I did love the characters. Especially Kinglsey. He's so unrepentantly...naughty and free with everything he does. I had a good time with him and his debauched exploits as he went from basically being a kid with no vision to ruling the kinky world they lived in and opening THE kink club. He was definitely the highlight and sexy as hell in his ways.
- I did enjoy the slightly taboo quality of some parts of the storyline. Mainly Soren being a Priest and a Sadist though the focus wasn't on him.
- It was a bit slower paced than I expected. And wasn't nearly as extreme or naughty as people had me thinking it would be. It was really tame for most of it. Things did pick up eventually and there were some very intense, hot and intriguing scenes. They all have a bit of Sadist or Masochist in them so its' definitely not the thing for everyone. And lordy be in real life no ma'am. I am way too vanilla for this crew. But in fiction I did love their kinks--once they got rolling-- and seeing how so many of them embraced the hell out of them. They still weren't as hardcore as I'd expected/hoped but they were nicely done.
- I liked the dry humor added in. Kingsley is...well. I just liked his thought process and his quips throughout.
"You own this place?"
"Haven't you ever gotten bored and bought a strip club?"
"No...""In my defense," Kingsley said, "it was on sale."
"You're putting your life at risk. You're putting your fertility at risk. Even if you don't want children--"
Soren looked up sharply. Kinglsey had no idea where those words came from. Did he just say he wanted children? He did? When was he planning on telling himself that?
Overall, while entertaining and a nice diversion for the afternoon I just don't think Reisz is for me--especially after hearing more about the heroine and some of her actions in both this book and others. I really kind of hated the things I was told about her so will pass on the rest of the series. I don't know. Maybe it was too much hype going in? The writing was nice, the characters for the most part oddly charming and the kinky exploits decent but it just didn't leave me excited as I hoped it would.
Have you read Reisz? What did you think?
Have you ever read one where you went in expecting so much and it didn't quite live up to your hopes?