Monday, June 4, 2018

The Chateau by Tiffany Reisz

As the Jack-of-All-Wicked-Trades for a secretive French military intelligence agency, 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.

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In the novel Story of O, the woman, O, is taken to a château, and the minute she’s inside the house, four men take turns ravishing her. Kingsley wondered if such a thing was about to happen to him now as he waited on his knees in the hotel room. Would he be grabbed, stripped, violated, raped? Myriad lurid scenarios ran through his mind. But it seemed the mysterious stranger had other ideas. He heard the door lock. He heard a woman’s prim footsteps, first on the hardwood floor and then on the rug. Then he sensed her standing directly behind him. He inhaled deeply and smelled lavender water, the kind his mother used to wear.

“Don’t speak,” the woman said. It was the voice from the phone, who'd ordered him to wait at the hotel. “Only speak when I ask you a direct question. I’ll speak in French. You answer in English. If someone is eavesdropping it’ll make it a little harder on them. Do you understand?”


“Yes,” Kingsley said, en anglaise. He wondered how she knew he knew English. Had his American accent been that convincing?

“I’m going to touch you,” she said. “If you have an objection to that, then I don’t know why you’re here.”

Again, Kingsley did not speak. He had absolutely no objection to being touched. Not by her, anyway.

He waited, eyes closed, and felt a soft touch on his head, a stroke of fingers through his hair.

“You lied to me,” she said.

Kingsley tensed, but didn’t speak. He knew better than to say anything to that sort of accusation.

“You told me you were handsome. You aren’t,” she said. “You’re exquisite.”

Kingsley almost said something to that. Something like, “Will that be a problem?” But she’d only made a statement. Until she asked a question, he wasn’t allowed to speak.

“If I were a painter, you’d be my muse,” she said. “You belong in oils on canvas.”

Not being allowed to say “thank you” to a compliment of that magnitude was mild torture.

She stroked his hair again. His eyes were open, but he couldn’t see her as she stood beyond the farthest edge of his peripheral vision. That explained partly why the curtains had to be closed. Otherwise he could have seen her reflection in the window.

She touched his forehead and now Kingsley felt the silk of gloves against his skin. Her touch was gentle, soothing, and the second he relaxed into it, she put a knife to his throat.

Kingsley froze.

“I don’t want to kill you,” she said.

That made two of them.

“Very good,” she said. “Even with a knife at your throat you hold your tongue. Someone’s trained you very well.”

Kingsley still did not speak. He knew he could overpower her if he needed to, but would she make a fatal stab first? Better to wait it out, behave, play along.

“Someone sent you to me. Who was it and what did he tell you?” she asked. “If you tell me even one lie I will slit your throat. And yes, I will know if you lie.”

She’d asked him one direct question. Therefore he was allowed to speak.

“I’m employed by an intelligence agency without a name,” he said. “French military. Officially unofficial. Leon isn’t my friend. He’s my commanding officer’s nephew. They think you’re holding him against his will. They asked me to get him out. If he wants out.”

“Leon is your commanding officer’s nephew,” she repeated, sounding amused. “So that’s the game, is it?”

“I don’t care about the boy,” he said. Kingsley wasn’t sure what she meant by “the game.” He hoped he lived long enough to find out.

“Then why did you come here?”

“My own reasons.”

“You wish to serve, do you?”

Kingsley whispered, “Yes.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have to admit that I have missed a few of the previous Original Sinners books but I couldn't resist this story about a younger Kingsley. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all.

Kingsley is a 24-year-old living in Paris and working undercover for the French military. While on medical leave, he gets an assignment to fetch the colonel’s nephew. What he learns is that the nephew is 19-years-old and has left for a place called the Chateau. No one knows where it is or how to get there. The only way to get there is to be accepted and he must call and talk to the madame of the house to be accepted. The call is not that hard but the wait for the return call is a six-hour wait. But Kingsley gets the call and meets the madame at a local hotel. After he passes her inspection, he is blindfolded on the way to the Chateau, so he cannot see where they are going.

Once he arrives, he learns that the women are in charge and the men are the slaves or submissives. He seems to be okay with this to a point. When he meets other women there, they are all beautiful, so why wouldn't the men be okay with the arrangement. When Kingsley finds the nephew, he finds out that he is not being held against his will nor is he a captive. He doesn't want to leave, he is happy where he is.

After Kingsley is sent away, he can't think of anything else but the Chateau, he wants to go back. But he gets an assignment to go to New York. After six months, he is back in Paris and trying to figure out how to get back to the Chateau. He calls the number but there is no answer. As he is walking away, the phone rings and he answers it. It is his way back in and he can't wait to get there.

But he will not be happy with Madame when he learns of the game she will play with him to get him to stay. He has to choose between the one he has always loved and the one he will love in the future. What will Kingsley do? Can he choose the one to make his future what it turns out to be? Will he ever be able to go back to the Chateau?

This story can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest reading some of the Original Sinners, maybe Kingsley's stories, just so you will know what is going on in his mind now. I can't wait to go back and read the stories I have missed. Tiffany Reisz has a way of drawing you into this story and keeping you there until the end and leaving you breathless and wanting more. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

I adore The Original Sinners series and all the kooky kinky characters, especially Kingsley! He's such an adorable rogue. This is a story that goes into a time after Kingsley left school and worked for the military. He's pining over Søren and looking to forget the boy of his dreams (literally). The legion sends him on a reconnaissance mission to find his superior's missing "nephew" at what they believe is a sex cult. Kingsley ends up gaining access and meets the Madame. There are some crazy plot twists and turns as the Madame really takes being a sadist to heart and has no issue messing with Kingsley’s head. He falls in love, in lust, and gets Søren literally beaten out of him. The story meanders a bit mid-book and I felt maybe went on a little long, but Kingsley is always fun to read with his hopping bed to bed, so it wasn't too bad. It's meant to be a side story on its own and it achieves that. Fun summertime read!

Are you familiar with the Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz? If not, you NEED to get familiar with the series!! Having said that, I believe The Chateau could be read as a standalone.

This story is about Kingsley, as a young adult. He's been given a secret mission to find and save the Commander's nephew, Leon, who has been "inducted" into a cult.

This story was the perfect mix of kink, mystery/suspense, Kingsley, and comedy! I loved seeing young Kingsley, on his own. Seeing who he was when part of the French Army. Of course, there are references to his first love, but the choices he's forced to make were just heartbreaking (in a good way).

Ah, how I've missed The Original Sinners...

Intelligent. Intriguing. Twisted.

The Chateau is the 9th installment of The Original Sinners series, with Kingsley as the narrator. However, it can be easily read as a standalone. Kingsley's dreams may be more enthralling to new readers who have never met or heard the backstory featuring Søren. However, series fans will eat that portion up like candy.

Taking place in the early 1980s in France, the climate and era were completely different than today. Kingsley is young, jaded yet somehow naïve at the same time. He's starved for love, comfort, and attention.

Witty and charismatic, I found unexpected humor during Kingsley's interactions with the underling, but especially when flirtatiously bantering with his love interests. While I believe many will find it a hot book, that wasn't the focal point for me. I absolutely adored Kingsley's interactions with others.

A little bit twisted, my favorite element was how everything fit together flawlessly. Tight and concise, written with intelligence, understanding, and knowledge, The Chateau was a mature book.

Without spoilers or giving away plot points. Kingsley is on assignment, chasing down a nephew who was supposedly brainwashed into a sex cult, by the infamous yet elusive Madame at the Chateau. While he may have found the boy, he also found himself.

To me, it was more mysterious, connecting all the dots, than sexy, which was the perfect mix for me.

The entire series has many twist and turns, but this was the favorite novel of mine within the lineup, with The Prince as a close second. I'm just going to continue to ignore The Mistress's existence. (laughs at myself)

Fans will go nuts by the Søren cameo. My heart kept breaking and repairing as Kingsley had dreams and worked out his feelings for the sadist.

This is the ninth book in the series – and every loyal fan, like myself, must be in sheer delight at getting more of the story revealed. But if you have never read one before (really? have you been in the Foreign Legion?), then actually this would be a fun place to start, and you really wouldn't be spoiled for then going back to book one. Do be warned though, once you are in, well, it is nearly as difficult to leave as from the aforementioned Foreign Legion! Tiffany Reisz has written a totally addictive, confounding, and extremely erotic series, and long may more books be released.

The blurb gives you the basics – what I think you need to know is that this book is, in part, a vision of what a community run by women might just be like. Okay, a very kinky group of women, but the reversal of power, expectation, and sensitivities is wonderfully imagined, and it does Kingsley a world of good to consider these possibilities. The fact that every game also prods and pokes his masochistic nature is a bonus that he is not slow to appreciate, even when he simultaneously hates it. A wonderful mind game indeed.

I have always loved Kingsley, so was delighted to get to see him as a young man making his way in a world that had been harsh to him from his teenaged years. We also get to understand just how deeply Søren was entrenched in his soul. And at the end we have to think very carefully about the veracity of some statements made, in the light of the way that Madame had been so manipulative... bluff and double bluff!

The eroticism in this book is beautifully understated and I came away far more excited by what I learned about Kingsley than anything else. Be prepared for mind games.

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today bestselling author of the Original Sinners series for Mira Books and Mills & Boon, including the RT Book Reviews Best Erotic Romance 2012 winner The Siren and the LAMBDA Literary Award-winning The King. Her novel The Saint won the Romance Writers of America RITA® for best Erotic Romance in 2015.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Chateau (The Original Sinners #8.4) by Tiffany Reisz to read and review.

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