The Chateau by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #9
Also in this series: The Saint, The Queen, The Confessions
Published by 8th Circle Press on June 5, 2018
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As the Jack-of-All-Wicked-Trades for a secretive French military intelligence agency, 24-year-old Lieutenant Kingsley Boissonneault has done it all—spied, lied, and killed under orders. But his latest assignment is quite out of the ordinary. His commanding officer's nephew has disappeared inside a sex cult, and Kingsley has been tasked with bringing him home to safety.
The cult’s holy book is "Story of O," the infamous French novel of extreme sado-masochism. Their château is a looking-glass world where women reign and men are their willing slaves. Or are they willing? It’s Kingsley’s mission to find out.
Once inside the château, however, Kingsley quickly falls under the erotic spell cast by the enigmatic Madame, a woman of wisdom, power, and beauty. She offers Kingsley the one thing he’s always wanted. But the price? Giving up forever the only person he’s ever loved.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Kingsley is a Frenchman who appears and I run, well I walk in a manner that left no question I was being attentive. In Chateau, we meet a younger, less polished Kingsley who is still mourning an old school friend who haunts his nights when he is sent on a mission to rescue his commanding officer’s nephew from the clutches of a sex cult.
Of course Kingsley works his charm and is able to infiltrate the Chateau and so begins his adventure, distracting him from the doldrums he has found himself in of late. The goings on at the Chateau was risqué and sordid. Kingsley is not a man to shy away from such a challenge and he performs his duty with the dedication you would expect of a man with nothing to lose.
I smirked at the puns, especially the one that referred to a scenario where the father would commend his son for being so lucky! That information could have saved a particular troubled woman a lot of angst in a previous book. Here though, it was not his call to make and neither he nor the other men made sure they embraced the life on offer at the Chateau.
In The Chateau Kingsley is portrayed as a man who discovers a kindred spirit or two. There is one woman in particular who recognises an opportunity to help Kingsley find comfort in her company. Help is such a loose term. Kingsley is no stranger to pain. So be warned, the kink gets dark and the flashbacks are explicit.
My preference is for the Kingsley who arrogantly charms his subjects while ruling his kingdom. He was present to an extent in this book but his vulnerability was definitely at the forefront. What surfaced above his vulnerability was the mystery surrounding the Chateau and the Madame who ran it. He finds himself having to make an impossible choice and the knowledge his choice brings him allows him to become the man he becomes.
I gradually eased into the story and enjoyed the mystery as it built. The twist had me silently mourning the revelation while simultaneously applauding the unexpected plot twist. Fans of the Original Sinners will relish the opportunity to spend time with one of the favourite characters from the series. As this is the 9th book in the Original Sinners series readers will have a deeper appreciation for the characters if the series is read in order, beginning with the first book, The Siren.
3.5 Mon Roi Stars
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