Release Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
Rich people don't look rich. When you have enough money, you don't have to impress anyone. - Kingsley
It hurts coming back to life. It's brutal, dirty business...It's never easy-resurrection. It's violent and it hurts. -Soren
Every time I see a Tiffany Reisz release I get excited. She's my addiction and her books are like Christmas morning to me. To say that I'm fangirling over THE KING is an understatement and you know it's serious when GIFs are busted out like this...
For all intents and purposes, THE KING is how the 8th Circle (which is a joke at the expense of the priest), Kingley's exclusive BDSM Club, came to be or as Mr. Edge puts it, how Søren saved his life yet again. Suffice to say that it's a colorful and sensual backstory filled with beautiful people, Jesus freaks, hypocrites, and the staple pleasure and pain. Like every other The Original Sinners novel, THE KING is yet another unconventional love story, it's touching, pure, and horrific all at the same time. TReisz word not mine, she said she writes horror and one can look at it that way, I know a lot of you didn't quite warm up to The Siren.
Of TReisz unholy trinity, Kingsley Edge is my favorite. Though I have a girl crush on Nora, awed by Søren, Kingsley holds the tenderest part of my heart. I don't know why exactly, I think it's his reliability that endeared him to me the most. Everyone took their sabbatical, licked their wounds, and done their own shit but Kingsley is the only person who remained constant throughout, he's the glue that holds everyone together and IMO the person who truly loved unconditionally. It takes a big heart and an even bigger person to love equally (like loving Nora as much as he loved Søren) without feeling jealous or possessive. Kingsley is like Nora in some ways, his approach to love is innocent and trusting and it takes a lot to lose that love once he bestows it on you.
It's also worth noting that The White Years seems to have more plot and less sex compared to The Read Years. No complaints here, I'll take what I can get as far as TReisz is concerned, but I want to underline that observation because it matters especially if I'm trying to convince y'all to pick up and read The Original Sinners. Don't get me wrong, there's still some pretty vicious sexy scenes in the past couple of books but if I were to quantify it, it's lessened significantly. Personally it doesn't take away from the story, it's equally powerful like the The Red Years but in a more emotional way.
I know The Original Sinners can be a tough read but since this quadrilogy, The White Years, precedes The Red Years in terms of timelines, you might benefit from reversing the order and reading this first, ease yourself to TReisz brand of erotica and slowly work yourself up to The Red Years which some people consider dark erotica because of its hardcore BDSM elements. I guess The Original Sinners can be considered and acquired taste, then again I always veer off conformity so Kingsley & Co. has and always will be a perfect match for me.
The Novella & Serial
The Red Years
The White Years