by Edmond Manning
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published February 27th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
In a trendy San Francisco art gallery, out-of-towner Vin Vanbly witnesses an act of compassion that compels him to make investment banker Perry Mangin a mysterious offer: in exchange for a weekend of complete submission, Vin will restore Perry’s “kingship” and transform him into the man he was always meant to be.
Despite intense reservations, Perry agrees, setting in motion a chain of events that will test the limits of his body, seduce his senses, and fray his every nerve, (perhaps occasionally breaking the law) while Vin guides him toward his destiny as ”the one true king.”
Even as Perry rediscovers old grief and new joys within himself, Vin and his shadowy motivations remain enigmas: who is this offbeat stranger guiding them from danger to hilarity to danger? To emerge triumphant, Perry must overcome the greatest challenge alone: embracing his devastating past. But can he succeed by Sunday’s sunrise deadline? How can he possibly evolve from an ordinary man into King Perry?~ Goodreads Blurb
I will begin by stating that this lovely novel is a Bittersweet Dreams read. That means a non-traditional HEA ending for a romance story, though it’s not quite unhappy and yet not happy either. It’s one of those super original novels that’s sort of out there, out of the box, an original through and through. If you know me any you also know these are the books I truly love the most. No doubt about this, King Perry is going to be one of my favorite 2012 reads, one of those I’ll re-read and love more with every new reading experience. These are rare finds and I will point them out whenever I do find them. Maybe I should make a special rating for them, like the special butterfly rating or something. I need to consider this. Back to the review now.
When I saw the blurb up on NetGalley I was immediately intrigued. Of course I would have probably wanted to read & review this just going by the cover because let’s face it, it is beautiful. But the title, the blurb, I was doubly so hooked. Truthfully when I went into this read I was expecting a really juicy story (love those), but I didn’t really expect the sort of essence that it packs. Boy, was I in for a treat!
The story is truly beautiful, touching and tender and a superbly original plot. It’s that kind of smart and well paced and mysterious plot you’d sacrifice bunnies to have thought of as a writer, you know what I mean? That brilliant sort of stroke of genius (fu~fu) plot, one of those rare cases when reading a book you feel the writer’s muse grinning at you through the words, you actually feel her whimsical presence and hear her dancing around. Sorry, I’ll try not waxing it poetic but it’s really hard, this was an inspiring, moving, gorgeous story of change, love, strength, dedication and humbling power of forgiveness. I refuse to let you in on more then the blurb does, but then again I never like to spell out the plot for my reviews anyways, it always feels like staling the start to the race or something. But in this particular case, I wouldn’t give you the standard run down of what’s going on even if by large I’d do it for other books.
You have to read this like I did, not really knowing where it will take you, with no spoilers or safety nets put up, because that’s when it will touch you the best. I was thrilled, scared, excited, anguished and queened, and I think you’ll be too.
I loved Perry and the tricky Vin Vanbly. Well I loved Perry more honestly, Vin was too mastermind for me to really fall for, I tend to be guarded though fascinated when meeting characters with Vin’s capacity for observation and insight. They both had great senses of humor, that always sells me as you know, they were really smart and fun to be around. They are the kind of characters that have really interesting things to say, not only to do, you know what I mean? Not action heroes, but truly interesting characters. I think you can tell by that little categorization which are my favorites, can’t you? I ended up loving Vin too, because after reading this novel I just felt compelled to give him all my love, that’s what you do when you meet a Lost King. God I loved this book, I’m telling you this is absolutely genius. Abso-freaking-lutely genius.
One of the greatest things about it is the writing. It’s a strong and unique voice, beautiful and clear, definitely memorable. The author has that amazing ability to write lightly and stir your soul like crazy while doing it, it’s an amazing gift. I just couldn’t help but love the writing, first phrase in and I was completely in love.
To be fair I will also point out that the novel includes hot one on one action, so if you’re the sort of reader that doesn’t like that for whatever reason, I guess you’re losing out majorly if you won’t read this book because of that. And if you want to read it based on that, you’re gonna be blown out of your mind, no pun intended. Regardless, this is an adult read. A gorgeous, fabulous adult read. You seriously need to read this, that’s my opinion.
It might possibly change the way you view life, it’s that kind of read. Amazing.