Review: The Chateau by Tiffany Reisz (Original Sinners #9)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by 8th Circle Press via NetGalley.

No one does erotic romance quite like Tiffany Reisz. Add an air of suspense to the romance and eroticism and the author's writing and you've got yourself a novel that's worth every minute you spend reading it. The Chateau is the ninth full-length book in Reisz's highly popular and much lauded Original Sinners, but it is a prequel and can be read on its own, as far as I could tell. Although, I'm seriously encouraging any of you who have yet to discover the awesomeness that is this series to please, please, PLEASE read the books. I promise, they'll be worth every single minute you put into them, especially if you're a reader who appreciates well-written literature that doesn't pander to those who are looking for the same old, same old kind of romance read.  This series brings what I call the three Hs: the heat, the heart, and the hurt. Totally no pussyfooting here; these are unapologetically erotic and oh-so-hot.

It's been seven years since Lieutenant Kingsley Boissonneault last saw the boy in white, but that doesn't mean he's far from Kingsley's thoughts. But when he's given an unofficial assignment to locate and rescue the nephew of his commanding officer, he knows he needs to keep his head together. While removing the nineteen-year-old from the clutches of a cult is one thing, the fact that this group considers the classic (and controversial) erotic novel Story of O by Pauline Réage as its bible of sorts has Kingsley's mind whirling. Led by a mysterious woman called Madame, Kingsley's introduction to life in the Chateau has him both intrigued and enticed. For seven years, he's denied the side of him he believed he left behind when he was last with the boy in white, but what Madame and the Chateau have to offer call to that long buried side. But this offer comes with a lone string: cutting all ties with his only love.

Set in Paris, France in 1989, Kingsley Boissonneault--known as Kingsley Edge in the other Original Sinners books--is only twenty-four in this book, but he isn't some innocent boy with nary an experience in what may be considered forbidden by many. I quite enjoyed seeing this side of Kingsley, especially given what's already known about him in the earlier novels and the fact that he's a favorite with many fans and readers of the Original Sinners series. However, I must reiterate that this book CAN be read on its own. You won't need any sort of back story whatsoever. Kingsley is a young man who is still quite in love with one person, even though it's been years since they were last together. I loved how the Chateau reopens a long locked part of Kingsley, but also reinforces his feelings for one person. Whether you're a fan of the series or not, The Chateau's a five-starred recommended read. ♥

Date Read: 07 June 2018

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