The Original Sinners #9
by Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotica / Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 5th June 2018
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, where women reign and men are their willing slaves. Or are they? It’s Kingsley’s job to find out.
“It’s an erotic adventure,” author Tiffany Reisz says of The Chateau. “[Imagine] James Bond with blow jobs, BDSM, and an angst-ridden, bisexual hero.”
The Chateau is a standalone novel set in her multi-million copy selling Original Sinners universe. Although several fan-favorite characters make cameos or are eluded to, Reisz’s new thriller is also the perfect jumping-on point for new readers.
Tiffany Reisz is the international bestselling author of the Original Sinners series for Mira Books and Mills & Boon, including the RT Book ReviewsBest Erotic Romance winner The Siren and the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning The Saint. Her latest erotic romance, The Red: An Erotic Fantasy, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017 and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month.
As the Jack-of-All-Wicked-Trades for a secretive French military intelligence agency, Lieutenant 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.
This is an exclusive excerpt from The Chateau: An Erotic Thriller, on sale now from 8th Circle Press…
The ropes around his wrists were long enough Polly didn’t have to untie him. Kingsley simply rolled onto his stomach and moved back into place, the ropes twisting into a knot. The pressure on his wrists was comfortable, but tight enough to feel like a pair of strong hands. Strong hands on his wrists, Kingsley lying prone, someone about to take him…
Just like high school.
“I see you smiling,” Polly said as she moved off the bed to do whatever it was she needed to do.
“Just remembering,” he said. “It’s funny. I don’t usually smile when I remember…”
Polly kissed the back of his shoulder. “I’ll give you a memory to make you smile.”
Kingsley let out a breath of pleasure as Polly laid her hand flat on the small of his back and caressed him there.
“This is my favorite part,” she said.
“No, silly boy. Backs are my favorite part. Boy backs. My favorite body part,” she said. “Right here.” With her fingertips she lightly scored the center of his back where his tailbone met his spine. “Maybe that’s why I love doing this so much. The view of you is divine…”
With a compliment like that, how could Kingsley object to anything she wanted to do with his body? Polly whispered instructions in his ear. He did as told, and he did it with pleasure. He pulled his knees up under him and spread them. Polly worked the plug out of him carefully.
She positioned herself behind him and started to slowly…slowly…slowly enter him. Too slowly.
Polly told him to lay flat, to stretch out his legs—however was most comfortable for him. He was under the strictest of orders to tell her the second he felt a moment’s pain. But there was no pain, no discomfort. Fullness, yes. Not pain. Not like he’d known once.
“You like this, don’t you?” Polly said as she kissed and licked the back of his neck. “Being taken? Penetrated? Used?”
“Say it then,” she said.
“Say you like penetration. You said you aren’t shy, so say it. Or are you shy?”
He opened his mouth, laughed softly. “You make me feel shy. It’s an accomplishment.”
“Kingsley…” Polly said as she nibbled on his earlobe. “Say it or I’ll stop fucking you…” Her voice was teasing, but the order was an order. It had to be obeyed.
“I like being penetrated,” he said. “There. Happy?”
“So very happy. If I keep doing this,” she said and thrust into him, “will you come?”
“I would bet my life on it.”
“You’ve come from penetration alone before?”
“Wouldn’t you like to know?”
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My ARC Review:
I was so ecstatically excited when I heard Tiffany was bringing out a new Original Sinners book!! Have you read the first 8 Original Sinners series??!! OMG!!! If you have, you know what I’m talking about, if you’ve not then my goodness you don’t know what you’re missing!!!
Back before I became a blogger, I came across Tiffany’s Original Sinners series by accident, I had just started reading again after not picking up a book for years. I had read FSoG and enjoyed them, but wanted something more. I came across these as I said by accident, but loved the blurb on them and bought the first one. To say I binge read would be an understatement – I couldn’t put them down, I was fascinated and enthralled by these. Tiffany was really the reason why I called my blog what I did and developed my interest in this genre.
Ideally these need to be read before reading The Chateau to properly understand what is going on in there:
The Red Years: 1) The Siren 2) The Angel 3) The Prince 4) The Mistress
The White Years: 5) The Saint 6) The King 7) The Virgin 8) The Queen
The Chateau is all about Kingsley when he was younger working for the French Military Intelligence. He is asked to go undercover and find the Colonel’s son, who they think have been taken by a sex cult against his will – he must infiltrate this cult and get inside and find out what’s going on – sounds like the perfect assignment for him!!
I love Kingsley with a passion, so to find out more about him in his younger years was a treat!! He is cocky and arrogant and full of himself, but so very lovable – yet in this story he is just starting out in his quest to really find himself, learning about his love for pleasure and pain, this shows another side of him, more vulnerable and open.
His love/hate relationship with Søren shows up in here as the boy in white smelling of winter throughout his dreams. These were fabulous flashes of insight into just how much influence Søren has on his life and how he shaped his world, and how much he loved and hated him at the same time, still yearning for him, but afraid at the same time.
Madam is the sadist in this story, taking over Søren’s role, her brand of sadism being different but no less effective. I loved the time they spent together and what she did to try and break him. Madam turns out to be an influential player in Kinglsey’s life and how she shaped his future along with Søren.
I loved it!!! This consumed me completely, I couldn’t put it down, it just had to be read!!
Emotional, passionate, erotic, funny, thrilling with some great plot twists. A beautiful read that brought back so many wonderful reading memories from The Original Sinners I think I feel a re-read coming on!!
Be warned this is a highly erotic read with BDSM if you hadn’t figured that out – it will leave you breathless!! Highly recommended reading.
WELCOME TO THE CHATEAU:
AN INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANY REISZ
The cult at the center of The Chateau regards Story of O—the infamous French erotic novel—as their “holy book.” When did you first read Story of O?
I was in my 20s. I’d heard about it but never read it. Then I read it while I was in seminary considering joining a religious order. I never joined the religious order, but I’m not sure if that was because of Story of O or not. We’ll leave that to my future biographers to decide.
Inside the cult’s château, women reign and men are their willing slaves. How did the idea for such a community come about?
The French spy Kingsley Boissonneault—who Original Sinners fans may know better as Kingsley Edge—is 24 in this novel. What most surprised you about him at that age?
That Kingsley still has the teeniest, tiniest shard of innocence left in him even after all he’s been through at that age. He’s still a bit of a romantic before life turned him into the incredibly jaded (i.e. French) character we meet in later books. It’s fun that now, in the present day, when Kingsley finally has the love and family he craves, he’s turning back into that more playful, less jaded person he is in The Chateau at age 24.
Madame is an interesting character. She’s described as “a woman of wisdom, power, and beauty.” Tell me more about her.
There is a very famous French dominatrix (Catherine Robbe-Grillet) who is in her 80s or 90s now and is still actively kinky. She’s an incredibly classy, elegant older woman with white hair and I find her fascinating. I think my Madame is how I imagine Robbe-Grillet at a younger age.
The Vanity Fair profile of Catherine Robbe-Grillet begins with this line: “[She] makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like a Disney movie.” Madame makes Mistress Nora look like a Disney Princess.
“Through the looking glass” is a theme that comes up several times in The Chateau. What’s the significance of the looking glass?
The Chateau isn’t simply a story about a previously unexplored time in Kingsley’s life (when he was a spy in his 20s). It’s also an origin story of sorts about the kingdom Kingsley will later build in New York for all his kinky friends. Kingsley and Nora both employ Alice in Wonderland and Through-the-Looking-Glass imagery in their kinky lives. This book shows where Kingsley first encountered the concept of living a kinky life as going “through the looking glass.”
You’ve written suspense before (your gothic suspense The Lucky Ones was recently published by Mira Books), but this is your first real thriller. How did your writing process differ on this book?
This book was much easier to write than The Lucky Ones. With Kingsley, all you have to do is conjure him up and drop him into a weird situation and you’ll have fun as a reader and a writer. The pitch was, “Kingsley goes on an erotic adventure inside a femme-domme cult.” The story pretty much wrote itself. It’s James Bond with blow jobs, BDSM, and an angst-ridden bisexual hero still in love with his ex-boyfriend.
Other Original Sinners characters show up or are eluded to, including a certain blond priest…
There’s so much Søren in this book, it’s silly. He’s all over the book from the first page to the last. That’s because you can’t have a Kingsley book without Søren. It would be like bread without butter, day without night, sadism without masochism. Kingsley cannot be understood
as a person or a character without Søren. Søren is his creator. There would be no Kingsley as we know him if he’d never met Søren.
After eight books in the Original Sinners series, The Chateau is the first full-length standalone set in the Original Sinners universe. Why did you decide to step outside of the series format for this book?
I had conceived of the idea for The Chateau a long time ago as a spiritual sequel to Story of O, but Kingsley wasn’t a character in it. But the idea kept falling flat for me. When I threw Kingsley into the mix and made him my O who gets thrown into this weird kinky world, the book came to life.
What’s next for the Original Sinners?
In October, 8th Circle Press is releasing Picture Perfect Cowboy, which is an Original Sinners standalone novel (category-romance length). It stars Simone, Søren’s backup whipping girl who works at The 8th Circle, and a new character, Jason Waters, a retired rodeo champion who’s
deeply conflicted between his kinky impulses and his incredibly conservative family and upbringing. Simone is the cure for what ails him! Søren and Mistress Nora both make big cameos in Picture Perfect Cowboy.
About the Author:
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.
About 8th Circle Press
8th Circle Press is a Lexington, Kentucky-based publisher of literary friction. For more information, visit our website at www.8thCirclePress.com.