Reisz is one of my favorite authors, so much so that I ration out her books, saving them for 14-hour flights and other such “emergencies”. After a particularly difficult day at work I started The Chateau and it was just what I needed.
If you like erotic romance get thee to The Siren, the first book in the Original Sinners series, of which The Chateau is book nine. The story is a flashback so you don’t need to read the previous eight books but the more you know about the characters the more you’ll enjoy it. For reference I’ve only read through book five (I know! Rationing!) and only a line or two at the end left me with a ‘huh’.
Anywho, The Chateau! Here we follow Kingsley in 1989 when he’s doing secret missions for France’s special forces. He’s asked to extract someone from a sex cult and… things happen. From an author Q&A included with the advance copy:
Q: Inside the cult’s chateau, women reign and men are their willing slaves. How did the idea for such a community come about?
A: Wishful thinking?
It’s a gender-flipped and toned down take on The Story of O. Everything I love about Reisz’s writing is here – amazing characterization, hot and kinky sex, and beautiful writing that packs a gut punch. Her favorite devices also take a turn including stories within stories and an exquisite mind fuck. As with all the books in this series there’s own voices bisexual rep.
An idea that runs through all of Reisz’s work is that sex should be fun and enjoyable for everyone involved. You should be able to crack jokes in bed and delight in your partner’s pleasure as well as your own. It shouldn’t feel revolutionary but, sadly, it kinda is. Here we see many people having sex, both as part of the main plot and side stories, and everyone is having the time of their life. The only shame is for causing someone (unwanted) pain and anguish, and let’s just say that guy is dealt with justly.
Props all around for another kinky, sex-positive novel-length addition to an amazing series. Reisz has two more books coming down the pipe – western contemporary and fantasy-esque erotic romances – and I cannot wait.
Thanks to 8th Circle Press and NetGalley for providing a review copy.