Review: The King

The King
The King by Tiffany Reisz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*provided by NetGalley

This is how the Eight Circle club grew into existence. Lovers of Original Sin Series, The King is another must read. Ms. Reisz pens another tale of sex, religion and politics - all the taboo topics to discuss in polite society. Perhaps this is why I am so drawn to this series.

In The King, the reader is taken back into the past to see a young Kingsley. This more vulenerable and aimless Kingsley is just as captivating as the confident "Godfather-esque" Kingsley. More is revealed about his complicated relationship with Søren. It's enough to cause a hopeless romantic to cry for these starcrossed lovers.

Ms. Reisz creates a beautiful tale of a young man coming into his own. This rough edged Kingsley shows the potential of what he becomes. He's sexy and full of ennui. When he finds his meaning, with the help of a trusty sidekick and a bit of prompting from Søren, it's a site to behold. What is absolutely fabulous about this series is it's complete irrevence to authority. It amuses me to no end. The humour in this book always catches me off guard and causes a laughing fit. It helps me balance and not take things so seriously. Some of my favourite lines in this story are as follows.

“We won’t get rid of them. That’s what I’m trying to tell you. They’re trying to take over the city. The guy who runs it is a piece of shit. He’s this big fire-and-brimstone preacher, and he wants to make sodomy a federal crime, outlaw strip clubs and pornography in every form, ban public schools from teaching evolution, and make having an abortion punishable by jail time. Also, they hate Catholics. They think the pope is the Antichrist.”

“What does that have to do with us?” Kingsley asked. “I mean, other than you’re a feminist, he’s a Catholic priest and sodomy’s my favorite hobby?” (loc. 1299-1303)

Kingsley continues on with his amusing gems of information with his stance on men having sex with lesbians.

“And for the record, I have had sex with lesbians before.” [Kingsley]

“Yeah, how did that happen?”

“One was on an ‘orientation vacation’ as she called it." [Kingsley] (loc. 1485-1486)

 Right, "orientation vacation" is something I'm going to have to remember. Is this similar to soberly hetero and drunkly bisexual girls? Still, my favourite is the following about Kingsley and sex. After learning more about Kingsley, I'd have to agree that for him, it's not possible to abstain from sex with someone he's attracted to - and this isn't necessary a bad thing. Kingsley is carnal lust bottle into the body of a handsome and devilish man. Between his sexy French accent and dangerous military background, it is hard pressed for most breathing females of any age to resist his allure.

“You know you can spend time with someone you’re attracted to without having sex with them.”

“You really have lost your mind.” [Kingsley]

“Try it. I dare you.” (loc. 1797-1798)

And finally, in regards to reading a book written by the antagonist's hypocritical wife. The commentary makes me wish Kingsley and the characters in this book are real, so that I could be their friends. We have similar dry humour.

“Chapter three tells me I have to be attuned to my husband’s needs and anticipate them before he has to ask. Do you think she’s talking about blow jobs? I hope she’s talking about blow jobs.”

“I doubt James Fuller has ever gotten a blow job in his life.” (loc. 1829-1831)

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I have yet to read a book of hers. *sigh* One of these days.

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