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 Sidehandsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodderKingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathyonly 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 obsessionand 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 combinedand considerableexpertise 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 .
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Somewhere in London
Kingsley Edge was playing God tonight. He hoped the real God, if He did exist, wouldn't mind.
He'd told his driver to let him out a few blocks before his destination. Warm air, a late-April rain and a little English magic had sent a soft white fog twisting and flicking its tail down winding streets, and Kingsley wanted to enjoy it. He wore a long coat and carried a leather weekender bag over his shoulder. It was late, and although the city was still awake, it kept its voice down. The only sounds around him came from the soles of his shoes echoing against the wet and shining pavement and the distant murmur of city traffic.
When he arrived at the door he knocked without hesitation.
After a pause, it opened.
They stared at each other a full five seconds before one of them spoke. Kingsley took it upon himself to break the silence.
"I'm the last person you were expecting to see again, om?" Kingsley asked.
He expected the shock and he expected the silence, but he didn't expect what happened next.
He didn't expect Grace Easton to step onto the porch in her soft gray robe and bare feet and wrap him in her arms.
"If I'd known this is how the Welsh say 'hello,' I would have visited sooner," Kingsley said. Grace pulled back from the embrace and smiled at him, her bright turquoise eyes gleaming.
"You're always welcome here." Grace's words were tender, her accent light and musical. She took his arm and ushered him into the house. "Always."
Always a lovely word. He never used to believe in words like always, like forever, like everything. Now at forty-eight he'd lived long enough he could see both ends of his life. Always. There might be something to it after all.
"Zachary's asleep," Grace said in a whisper as she took his coat, hung it up, and guided him into a cozy living room. "He gets up at five every morning, so he goes to bed at a reasonable hour. I prefer the unreasonable hours myself."
"You're the night owl?"
"It works for us," she said with a smile. "I can get work done after Zachary and Fionn fall asleep. Would you like tea? I can put the kettle on. Or something stronger?"
"I brought my own something stronger," he said.
He unzipped his weekender bag and offered her a bottle of wine. She examined the label.
"Rosanella Syrah," she said. "Never had it before."
"It's from my son's winery. Best Syrah I've ever tasted."
"Not that you're biased or anything," she said with a wink. She went to fetch wineglasses and a corkscrew from the kitchen, and Kingsley looked around. Zachary and Grace Easton lived in a small two-story brick house that made up one of many in a row of neat but narrow accommodations. It was an older neighborhood, a bit shabby but safe and clean from what he could see. Inside the house was the picture of quiet domesticity. Intelligent educated people lived here. And one very special baby.
"Am I interrupting anything?" Kingsley asked when Grace returned with the wineglasses. He took the corkscrew from her and opened the bottle. Grace had a low fire glowing in the fireplace and a table lamp on. Gentle light. Kingsley felt instantly at ease here.
"Nothing that can't wait," she said, and Kingsley saw stacks of papers on the pale green sofa. He took a seat in the armchair opposite her and crossed one leg over his knee. She curled up into a ball, her knees to her chest, her bare feet sticking out from the bottom of the robe. Her long red hair was knotted at the nape of her neck in a loose and elegant bun. In the soft light of the room she radiated a delicate beauty. A vision, freckles and all. How had he not noticed before how lovely she was? Of course, the one and only occasion they'd been in each other's company, he'd been preoccupied, to say the least.
"You're grading papers?" Kingsley asked.
"No, I'm still on maternity leave," she said. Next to her on the table sat a baby monitor. "These are proofs of my book. Nothing exciting. Only poetry." She held up a printed title page that read Rooftop Novenas.
"You're writing again?" Kingsley asked. He remembered from her file she'd had a few poems published in her early twenties.
"I am," she said, smiling shyly. "I don't know what it is As soon as I was pregnant with Fionn I had so much creative energy. Couldn't stop writing. Zachary'd thought I'd lost my mind. He's an editor, though, not a writer. He thinks all writers are a bit mad."
"I might have to agree with him," Kingsley said. "You have my congratulations on the book."
She shuffled her pages, capped her pen. "Thank you, Kingsley. But I don't believe you crossed an ocean simply to talk about my poetry."
"Even if it was inspired by a mutual friend of ours?" Kings-ley said.
"Even so," she admitted without shame. Good. Kingsley might have despised her if she'd had any regrets, any shame for what had happened. Instead, she'd come with an open heart to their world, an open mind, and had returned home carrying a blessing inside her. "It's back to school in a few months, and I'm trying not to think about having to leave Fionn."
"He taught at our high school after he graduated. Did you know that?"
She held her glass steady on the coffee table between them as Kingsley poured the wine.
"He told me he used to teach. Said he liked it. I didn't expect that from him."
Kingsley picked up a framed photograph that sat on the coffee table between thema black-and-white picture of a newborn infant boy sleeping on a white pillow.
"That's one thing you can say for him," Kingsley said, turning the photograph toward Grace. "He's full of surprises."
She blushed beautifully and laughed quietly, and Kingsley couldn't help but join in her laugh.
"Is he why you're here? Are you checking on Fionn for him?"
"No," Kingsley said. "Although he'll never forgive me if I don't look in on him while I'm here." Kingsley ached to see the boy, but he had learned the hard way to never disturb a sleeping baby.
"I'm only asking why you're here out of curiosity. You never need a reason to visit us. I assume everyone is well?" Grace asked. "Juliette? Your daughter? Nora?"
"Juliette and Celeste are perfect as usual," he said. "But Nora, she lost her mother recently. A month ago, I believe."
"I had no idea. Zachary never said a word about it."
"She didn't tell anyone until afterward. She disappeared on us for two weeks."
"Nora." Grace sighed and shook her head. "Well, if she behaved like a normal person, she wouldn't be Nora, would she?"
"No. No, she wouldn't be." Kingsley laughed to himself. "But she and her mother they had a difficult relationship."
"Because of him?"
"Her mother hated him. I don't use the word hate lightly," Kingsley said. "I think it was a peace offering to her mother for Nora to go alone. And she couldn't tell him. Nora ran away to her mother's once before, and he hunted her down like the hound of hell."
"I didn't know that. But I can imagine he's persistent where she's concerned?"
"That is one way to put it." Kingsley took a sip of his wine. "She and her mother, they had unfinished business."
"That's the worst-case scenario then, isn't it? If you're close to your parents, you have no regrets when they pass away. If you have no relationship, you have no grief. If you want to be close, but you can't be."
"She took it very hard," Kingsley said, knowing Nora well enough to say that in good faith.
"I'll call her tomorrow," Grace said. "Maybe she should come stay with us a few days. She loves being around Fionn. And she and Zachary fight so much, she'll forget all her sorrows, I promise."
Kingsley wanted to laugh. Only Grace Easton would call the woman who had sleptmore than oncewith her husband, offer her condolences on the loss of her mother and then invite her to stay in her home with Grace, her husband and their infant son who was fathered by Nora's lover.
Did Grace have any idea what an extraordinarily odd woman she was?
Then again, what room did Kingsley have to talk?
"Apart from that, we're all well. He's well," Kingsley said, saving Grace the embarrassment of asking about him.
"Good," Grace said with a smile. "I never know He's the easiest man in the world to talk to and the most difficult man to read. Rather amazes me that Nora's been with him over twenty years and is as sane as she is. Zachary was my professor when we fell in love, and I thought I'd go insane trying to keep that secret from my friends, my family, the school. To be with a priest for twenty years."
"No one is more amazed than I that they've lasted. The sanity part is up for debate, but you can't question the love. Not anymore. And he hasn't made it easy for her, and she. Well, I don't have to tell you anything about Nora, do I?"
Grace grinned broadly.
"No," she said. "No, you don't." She took a drink of the Syrah, and her eyes widened in delight.
"Your son is quite the vintner. This is marvelous."
"I told you so," Kingsley said, taking a sip of his own wine. The Syrah was good, an excellent vintage, strong and potent. As much as Kingsley loved the taste, he found it hard to drink sometimes. The knot of pride in his throat made it difficult to swallow.
"Zachary was very impressed with Nico when they met. He's what? Twenty-five and he owns and runs his own vineyard?"
"I think about how I was at twenty-five, what I was doing with my life, and I can't believe he came from me."
"I can believe it," Grace said, giving him a luminescent smile.
"I won't keep you up all night showing you pictures of my children," Kingsley said. He had pictures of both Nico and Céleste with him, and he was seconds away from pulling them out. "I'm only here for a few hours before I catch my next flight. But I did come for a reason."
"Should I be concerned?" Grace asked.
"Non, pas du tout," Kingsley said with a wave of his hand. "Forgive me. French wine brings out my French."
"I speak some," she said. "You haven't lost me yet."
"Bon," he said and paused for another drink. "I have something to tell you. A story. And I can't tell you why I'm telling you the story until after the story."
"I see " she said, although Kingsley knew she didn't. "May I ask what the story concerns?"
Kingsley reached into the inner breast pocket of his jacket. From it he pulled a crisp white envelope thick with documents sealed with wax. The wax was imprinted with what appeared to be a number eight inside a circle. Kingsley placed it on the table between his glass of wine and Grace's.
"The story is about that," Kingsley said, nodding toward the envelope. "And I can tell you the long version which is the true version or I can tell you a shorter, sweeter version. I'm happy to tell you either. But you decide."
"The long version, of course," she said. "Tell me everything I should know even if you don't think I want to hear it."
"Everything dangerous word." Kingsley sat back in the chair, and Grace leaned forward. She looked at him with a child's eagerness. "But if you insist. The more you know about us, the better it will be if "
He didn't finish the sentence, didn't have to, because he saw the understanding in Grace's eyes. She knew the end of the sentence he hadn't spoken, and her nod saved him the pain of saying the words that no one yet had dared to utter aloud. If Fionn takes after his father
"The story starts twenty years ago," Kingsley said, conjuring the memories he had tried to bury. But he'd buried them alive and alive they remained. "And it takes place in Manhattan. And although you don't know yet why I'm telling you this, Grace, I promise you, you won't regret hearing me out."
"I don't regret anything," she said.
Kingsley straightened the photograph of her infant son. No, none of them regretted anything. Not even Kingsley.
"It was raining," Kingsley began. "And it was March. I had everything thenmoney, power and all the women and men in my bed anyone could possibly want. And to say I was in a bad mood would be the understatement of the century. I was twenty-eight years old and didn't expect to see thirty. In fact, I hoped I wouldn't see thirty."
Kingsley took a breath, took a drink and took a moment to pull his words to together. A pity Nora wasn't here. Storytelling was her gift, not his. But only he could tell this story and thus he began.
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The King is second in The White Years Quartet, but 6th in The Original Sinners series overall. Author Tiffany Reisz focuses here on Kingsley Edge's character who is Soren's closest friend. I read The Siren first and became hooked onto this series, then I read The Saint and now my third read is The King. I recommend reading them in this order as well, because you need to read The Siren first especially to kick-start the books then these next two White Years installments really give plenty of background into these characters. It is hard to review series books without rambling or giving too much away or sounding confusing to those who have not read the series, but I will say, this series does not let down. I was eager to read about Kingsley Edge. He and Soren are more than just friends, there is love here. Also, here you get to see Soren telling Kingsley about Eleanor and having fallen in love with her. This book shows how Kingsley started up his famous BDSM club and what he went through to get everything going. Kingsley has a dark past and that is also revealed here as are his tendencies for drugs and alcohol. He is your edgy, tortured hero but his soft side peeks through sometimes. Also in this book is Sam, a woman who Kingsley hires as his secretary and the two become fast friends. Let me say, without giving too much away, I love, love, loved their friendship and the way Kingsley falls for her even though he tries not to. I'm a sucker for that type of I want you, but can't have you, but will still pine for you romance especially when it unexpectedly comes from a tough as nails type guy. While this installment was a fun read, it had a much more dark vibe to it and there weren't as many laughs as the previous books. I also found there was alot more sex here and it gets very dark at times because of Kingsley wanting to feel pain. I want to read all in the series and this one gave plenty of insight into Kingsley and Soren's relationship, which was interesting. These two almost ended up together a long time ago and they are really bonded. These two are soul mates, there is no denying that. ...These were the words his soul needed...It was like drinking a single sip of the finest red wine and forever chasing that taste in every glass he raised to his lips.... p.250, The King by Tiffany Reisz So, If you are looking for a sexy, edgy, well written series that pushes all boundaries, look no further than Tiffany Reisz's The Original Sinners books. You will be hooked in no time. disclaimer: I received my free copy of The King via AmazonVine. This review is my honest opinion. Although I receive free books via publishers and authors, I am never obligated to write a positive review.
Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. He is on a mission to make the most of is delicious talents and there is one man working to stop him. Reisz has made this clearly a series to follow. You will want to find every book in this series and experience it all from the highs to the utter lows. You will not regret this trip on the wild and slightly exotic side of life.
OMG! This book was just too much...of everything! The King is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #6 in the series as a whole and book #2 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. This installment focuses on Kingsley's story. Kingsley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He might just be my favorite character in the series after reading this one. Ms. Reisz excels at building his character beautifully. He's far more complex (and generous) than I ever suspected. Readers will visit each and every emotion on the spectrum while learning of Kingsley's experiences and motivations. His love for Søren simply cannot be measured and my heart broke for him time and time again. I was on the edge of tears so many times, but I was also on the edge of something else so many times... OK, I'm not a crude reviewer but the sex scenes in this novel were off the charts. Whether or not you are into mm, mf, mff, bdsm, and any other acronym that may apply, it really doesn't matter because the acts are so secondary to Kingsley's emotions. The scenes are beautiful, they are heart wrenching, and yes, they are orgasmic. Sorry...but they are. The King is sexy, powerfully moving, passionate, and surprisingly very funny. Why isn't there a goodreads option for 10 stars yet???? Well-done Ms. Reisz! My favorite quote: "It hurts coming back to life. It's a brutal, dirty business. Paddles on the chest pushing electric current into the dead heart. Doctor Frankenstein shooting lightening through his monster's corpse. Life is a force so strong, it can blow a stone off a tomb. It's never easy, resurrection. It's violent and it hurts." The following is the recommended reading order for this series: The Red Years: 1) The Siren 2) The Angel 3) The Prince 4) The Mistress The White Years: 5) The Saint 6) The King 7) The Virgin 8) The Queen The Original Sinners series includes the following installments as of December 2015: 0.5-Seven Day Loan 0.6-Little Red Riding Crop 0.7-Submit to Desire 1-The Siren 2-The Angel 3-The Prince 3.1-Daniel Part Two 3.2-A Christmas Maggie 3.5-The Mistress Files 3.6-Everything They Wanted 4-The Mistress 5-The Saint (White Years #1) 6-The King (White Years #2) 6.1-Christmas in Suite 37A (White Years #2.1) 7-The Virgin (White Years #3) 8-The Queen (White Years #4)
5 stars What can I say but I absolutely love this series. It just keeps getting better and better. I enjoying being about to go back and get more into who the man behind Kingsley Edge is. I swear I do believe he stole a part of my heart from Soren after reading his story. As Kingsley tells his story, you learn so much about why he is the way he is. You can feel the love that he has for Soren. It is also like another person standing in the room with Kingsley. Then to see how Soren felt about King. Wow. Just beautiful. How could a love so wrong be so right? And then to see what King thought of Nora the first time he sees her was incredible because he totally pegged her. She was everything King thought she was and more. Then to see the relationships that King developed as he is building his Kingdom. All the ins and outs of the characters that we all have grown to love from the first book. I look forward to the others in this series but I know when the last one is published it will be bittersweet. Tiffany Reisz can spin a tale that will make you look for your own Eighth Circle of friends and family. I do believe The King is my favorite out of this series even though I love Soren with all my heart and soul.
Loved reading about the start of Kings club. Can't wait till the end of March for number seven The Virgin.
Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Tiffany Reisz has officially ruined me for any other Erotic or BDSM book ever. When I read THE SAINT earlier this year, I fell in love with it, gushed about it and then promptly said it was one of my favorite reads this year. But then THE KING happened and now I’m thinking THIS book will be my favorite booof the year. Nevertheless, Tiffany Reisz has shot straight to the top of my favorite authors list. There’s just something about her authorial voice that makes reading her books so engaging. For one, I could read her dialogue for ages. If you notice, Reisz doesn’t drone on with character monologues or the such in her books. A lot of the characters we fall in love with are shown interacting with others and that’s how we learn more about them. In THE KING, Kingsley has a dark past that involves a whole lot of things and while he drinks himself to oblivion most nights, we don’t see him just sitting in bed, nursing a bourbon ruminating about how he hates himself for too long. There you get the angst and you get the character development, but then Reisz extends on that and gives Kingsley something to work for. He wants to build a club that caters to the people who love kink and that spurs him out of his desolation and into motion. I find that much more exciting than having pages and pages of why we should feel sorry for him. I love him more because despite that dark past, he wants a future now. If I had to compare Tiffany Reisz’s writing to another author, I would say Karen Marie Moning. Now I know you’re probably thinking, what the hell Annie! That makes no sense, Reisz writes Erotica and KMM writes Urban Fantasy. But if you really think about it, they’re not that much different in how they approach things. In Urban Fantasy, there’s a kickass heroine who readers continuously root for (Nora), you’ve got your Alpha hero in Soren (no one will argue that Soren isn’t alpha) and there’s also the matter that there are some cliffhanger-ish endings, some ways to go before a true HEA is presented to readers. There’s also the fact that Reisz is a skilled storyteller that is able to explain details to previous known facts in a way that boggles my mind. Why Kingsley dresses the way he does and how the Eight Circle came to be is all explained here and it reminds me of rereading KMM’s Fever series where you don’t see the clues because you don’t know what’s significant to the plot yet. Both are just really good at what they do. Soren remains a big part of King’s life whether he’s actually in it or not. Everything that King and Soren have shared, it had stained on King’s soul. The bromance is strong in this book and boy, was I happy to see them together again. Again, just reading about them talking, going back and forth, hassling each other is something I can do for hours. Reisz always makes it entertaining and fun. I don’t know how she does it! I should mention that THE KING occurs in parallel to The Saint. Readers get to see the other side to the story and what King had to go through in order to get Nora out of trouble. Plus, you also get to see how the Eight Circle came to be. It’s a really nice treat for fans who have followed the series thus far.utc-top-pick There are other characters that really made this book enjoyable. Sam, King’s news secretary was also fun to read. I loved how unapologetic all the characters are in this series. I think it’s such a refreshing outlook on life and is really empowering to see character who aren’t ashamed of who they are and embrace their sexuality. While the series has been largely erotic this far, this series has more than just hot, kinky sex. The series kind of just embraces love and happiness in all forms. And that is something I can firmly stand by. THE KING completely blew me away. I was riveted from cover to cover with Kingsley’s story. I never thought I would say this, but Tiffany Reisz somehow made me love King more than I already did with this book. *ARC provided by publis
Tiffany Reisz is an amazingly talented author and her Original Sinners series is my favorite. The King (vol. 6) in this series about Kingsley and Soren and the story of the creation of the BDSM club, The 8th Circle was great!!! Well written, and erotic, you truly care about Nora, Kingsley, Soren, and Sam. What more could you ask for... well, maybe the next book in this series please! If you have not read the Original Series, start with The Siren today, and enjoy!
Tiffany once said writing this book made her fall in love with Kingsley and I now understand what she meant. While I've always liked King and his eccentricities, I really enjoyed seeing more of his back story. I also liked seeing how he met back up with Soren after their long years apart. This is the first Original Sinners book that didn't make me cry either, so it's definitely going to be one I remember. Another great addition to the OS family!
Lots of twists and turns At times I found this to be confusing
I just finished The King...:( It was FANTASTIC!! Kingsley has been my fav character since you started this series and you did not disappoint!!! I love how your mind can think of how to link all these memories with the current timeframe. You ROCK!!! Can't wait for the next one!
Nobody writes like Tiffany Reisz. Every book makes me love these characters more. They're all so complex and multi-layered. If you haven't read everything she's written, what are you waiting for?
The best book in my favorite series.
This was a fantastic story about Kinsgley. I loved what Tiffany Reisz did with his story and how she brought us up to date on everything Kingsley. We got to learn more about the early years of Soren and Kingsley and how they got back together as friends so many years after school. What lead them apart and how they came back together. How Kingsley learned of Nora and how he saw her the first time. Of how he became obsessed with building his club and all for Soren. How he used the money Soren had given him all those years ago to be used for Soren's son. Just a great story and as always love the characters Tiffany Reisz creates along the way. I love this series and this was a great addition. Highly recommend!
The story I've been waiting for and it did not disappoint. Three major things I love about this book. 1) It made me like Soren. 2) It helped me understand and love Kingsley even more. 3) It makes me know that a book without Nora as the main character could be a good read, and makes me wish for a book/adventure about Griffin and Michael when she's ready to return to writing sinners books in years to come. I never liked Soren, this book shows his humanity and allowed the readers who he is under the priest/sadist exterior. I enjoyed that. It helped me understand and love Kingsley even more than I do. I've never been sure where his motives came from n w we know.The last book, The Saint, I learned I don't like Nora. She takes up too much space. In this book I now know for sure other sinners can be good fun central characters and I want this series to go on after the white years. With maybe Griffin and Michael as central characters. If you're a masochist read the White Years then the Red Years, I still feel it can be done this way, sorry Tiffany Enjoy this one it's a breath of fresh winter air.
Long live the King! I have fallen in love with Kingsley. My lust has turned to love for this man who, in this book, bared his scared soul. He's kept his promise to Soren and given him his castle and dungeon. Soren just had to remind King to live. And good lord did he....naughty goodness oozes from this book.
The King, Tiffany Reisz Review from jeannie zelos book reviews Kingsley – the King. He’s a strong character full of sex, sin and sensuality, spiced up with his ability to laugh when the situations gets bad. He sees humour in the strangest of places. Soren is the only person to really understand him, and King’s loyal and in love with him to the death. I’d looked forward to this book but...it didn’t have that “can’t put down” feeling every other has had for me. Tiffany's writing style is as ever easy and seductive, and pulls the reader in but the story..maybe its because I know by now what's happening, I know how it ends, and this is just a strand in the whole weave showing how Kingsley becomes so entrenched in the group. I don’t know – but whatever it was it was a fun read, I love Kingsley and I really enjoyed seeing how he was raised to the level of King. How he grew from that schoolboy who idolised Soren into a person in his own right. I loved the snippets of the two when they were at school, and I also enjoyed seeing how his trademark style of dress came about. What didn’t work so well I guess was the big part of the book which was about the creation of the eighth circle. Or mortem to the point, the getting hold of the building. To be honest I’d have liked it more if the gaining it was briefer, and we got a bit about just how the conversion took place, how they decided what was needed and how it came about. I liked how Kingsley started getting the staff, that worked well for me, and maybe as that was new info. The past that I liked best was where we saw them in scenes we hadn’t seen before, or which had been only briefly alluded to – when Soren took King with him and they went to warn his fathers new wife for example. That was interesting, gave us more insights into both of them and what drove them, and of course it was Hot!! Its a good book of course, I don’t think Tiffany can do less with this series, its just for me it didn’t make that magic five, and I'm not sure its one I’d re read. Its fits with the rest but whereas I would (and have) re read some of the others, this one is probably a one off. It rounds off some scenes but there’s nothing that it contains that we don’t already know in part, and its not one that has to be read to understand the whole series. Still, I am SO looking forward to reading more about Soren! and still love the King of course... Stars: Four, a good book but not up to the others for me. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.