King of Code

King of Code

by CD Reiss


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King of Code by CD Reiss

From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes an all new, sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.

The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.

The edge of utter humiliation.

He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.

His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.

Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.

Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.

Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.


King of Code is the first book in a new series of standalones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635760828
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 09/21/2017
Series: King and Queen Duet Series , #1
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 791,369
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up, she's at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it gave her a big enough ego to try her hand at novels. She’ll tell you all about it out back, where a cord of wood awaits.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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King of Code 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SammiiTX 6 months ago
Aras40 More than 1 year ago
CD Reiss is so good at writing original and interesting stories and this book definitely check both boxes! This book was so smart, but still had the heat I like. I loved Harper, I thought she was such an interesting female character and so well developed. This story had me hooked from the beginning and I can't wait to read the next book in the series. It is a definite must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was... wow. CD Reiss brilliant mind shines through. King of code isn't your typical romance. The love between Taylor and Harper slowly develops, it isn't very intense at first. Once it builds, it's passionate. Taylor and Harper grew on me and I ended loving them. Both are crazy and do things differently. I couldn't easily figured them out, especially Harper. I love reading books where it keeps me guessing. Harper was a spitefire, and the way she kept Taylor on his toes was fun to read. I may have developed a girl crush on her. I loved these characters and their complexity, and also the secondarary ones. I'm intrigued by Keaton and Catherine. Can't wait for their story. I have to admit that I was a bit intimated by Keaton. I wouldn't want to be on his bad side. King of Code has a feeling of originality and it was refreshing. All the little things that Reiss wove in the story just shows the genius writer that she is. I got most of it, but some just went over my head. There's so much to process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not your typical love story. But I really enjoyed it.
BJsReviews More than 1 year ago
4.5 "United by the Love of Code" Stars! You can always count on a totally fresh and delightfully mind bending and edgy story from Ms. Reiss. King of Code is no different and is unlike any of Ms. Reiss' prior works that I have previously read. For those of you that undertake this adventure, be prepared to be immersed into a brand new world--that of computer code hackers with an interesting heat-filled twist.  Harper Watson is desperate. Her beloved town is falling to ruin and she has resigned herself to saving it. Once the princess of Barrington, USA (a fictional town in middle America)--as the daughter of the man who owned its largest factory and nearly all of its properties--Harper is greatly loved and protected by its citizens, especially the men who view her as untouchable. As a result, Harper is still an innocent (physically--though not virtually or mentally). In her last ditch effort to turn around Barrington's fortunes, Harper uses her hacking skills and a rather unconventional erotic proposal to the "King of Code," Taylor Harden. Taylor, a hacker turned computer genius with the help of a rather unscrupulous investor, has created Silicon Valley's dream, an unhackable computer system. Poised to finally capitalize to the tune of billions of dollars on his invention, Taylor has become somewhat out of touch with the normal world (including primarily women, who he will not hire for fear of a lawsuit). When his computer system is hacked just a few days of cashing in though (by none other than Harper), Taylor's world is turned on its head as he puts his life on hold to travel to Barrington to save his company from hacker ruin. What he never could have imagined, was what he'd actually find and learn once he arrived. Could a relationship started in such an inauspicious and acrimonious manner possibly lead to a HEA? Moreover, just what is it that Harper is after? And what other third-parties stand to potentially get in the way? This book kept me guessing throughout. Just when you think you know the message, Ms. Reiss finds a way to add another dimension. I also liked seeing the positive character growth, especially by Taylor, who in the beginning is not the most likeable of characters. Ms. Reiss, however, finds a way to turn him around by love in the end. And that ending! Now I can't wait to read book 2 to learn Keaton's (Taylor's investor's story). Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
CD Reiss' "King of Code" has so many twists and turns you are wonderfully inside-out throughout this Enemies-to-Lovers Thrill Ride. This novel has a delicious slow-burn that has you singing the "Halleluiah" chorus when the couple exchange "I Love You"s. The Hero and Heroine are not easy sells. Meaning they aren't the most likeable characters you'll find. At first. They're both harboring secrets and play games so hard they don't know which way is up much of the time. "King of Code addresses and challenges so many societal and economic issues. The "Good Old Boy" atmosphere in the computer world, the socio-economic demise of small towns, Hacking, and the Dark Web. In addition to that this novel is rich with sexual chemistry and , dense steamy heat. The setting is full of wonderfully detailed bit players and the storyline will reel you in and keep you riveted. "King of Code" is deliciously decadent. Rich in a complex storyline rife with intrigue, coding, strategy, subterfuge, romance and unbridled sex. Taylor is a tough Hero to love. He's egotistical, misogynistic, spoiled, and rude but inside he is soft, tender, and sexy! Since the book is told from Taylor's Point of View Harper's a mystery throughout half of the book. CD Reiss delivers a novel that checks off every box and hold you captive while doing it. The characters, storyline, romance, and sexy times are all Spot On! To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
King of Code is an engaging game of cat and mouse. Author C.D. Reiss has infused the opening chapters with the life-like tension involved in every high tech rollout since Hewlett, Packard, Woz, and Jobs started crafting sci-fi-like innovations in their Palo Alto garages. Beyond a couple small gripes that I will share later, I really enjoyed this book. The references to the stress and tension in the valley couldn’t have been truer. The big egos, the competition, and the high stakes all felt genuine. Ms. Reiss has peppered the story with commentary on the plight of the rust belt as well as the divergent views of the haves and have-nots. Much of the story takes place in the town of Barrington, which typifies the plight of the rust belt. It is a small town that is dying a slow, painful death since the one factory (and main job source) shut down. The remaining inhabitants are forgotten or written off as stupid, lazy rubes. I loved how Ms. Reiss showed that one’s prejudice about a group influences acceptance of an individual from “that” group, and how getting to know the individual from said group can make him/her more acceptable. I especially loved that this calling out happened on both sides of the haves and have-nots. The inhabitants of Barrington are just as ready to judge Taylor as he is ready to judge them. Taylor and Harper are great characters. Both are wicked smart, but only one has powerful connections. One had humble beginnings and one has fallen on hard times. Together, they’re an interesting story. Taylor thinks very highly of himself, but it is really Harper who is in complete control. She outplays him until he is lulled into complacency and accepts her apparent guilelessness. Or is it love? Who knows? However, Harper is the wake-up call Taylor needs. He’s read the hype on his genius one time too many, but being stuck in Barrington, forces Taylor to take stock of his life and reassess his goals and motivations. San Jose and Silicon Valley are my hometown, and I appreciated some of the references to the area. There is the obvious Tesla, and the less well known, but locally iconic, Scott’s Seafood—a long time business lunch location. As a local, my two beefs are the use of “SanJo” and “Cali”. Longtime residents refer to San Jose as “downtown” (as opposed to “the city” which is San Francisco), and more recent-to-the-area locals use SJ, or DTSJ. SanJo is “outsider” slang that is equivalent to using Frisco in reference to San Francisco. Same with Cali; sadly, the rapper reference is gaining in popularity with non-natives. While use of “SanJo” and “Cali” are like nails on a chalkboard to me, perhaps the use is fitting since main character Taylor Harden is not necessarily a native who saw the main “crop” change from apricots and prunes to microchips and code. Ms. Reiss draws her readers into both the fast paced life in Silicon Valley where conspicuous spending is a broadcast of your success as well as to middle America where friendship and loyalty are measures of one’s success. This skillfully spun story is a suspenseful race against the clock. The potential scope of involvement and the motivation of the players will keep you guessing as to who is the true ruler of the QI4 code.