Updated: Jan 22, 2021
by Tiffany Reisz
Published by 8th Circle Press
Stand-Alone novel in the Original Sinners Series
As the Jack-of-All-Wicked-Trades for a secretive French military intelligence agency, 24-year-old 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.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Erotica Exciting
The Chateau by Tiffany Reisz is a novella in the Original Sinners universe. It's stars a twenty-four year old Kingsley. While the story takes place before the main Original Sinners series, it is not a prequel. The last chapter brings us to Kingsley shortly before The Priest, and contains spoilers the main books in the series. The Chateau is a recounting of an unofficial mission he did while working in the French Intelligence Agency, trying to find and bring home his commanding officer's nephew, who has left his home to move in with a cult that worships the Story of O.
To be completely honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. I am obsessed with the Original Sinners books, but the idea of reading a while book of Kingsley without the rest of the unholy trio (Soren and Nora), didn't get me overly excited. But Kingsley is ... well, Kingsley, and just like so many women and men in those books, he is hard to resist. The Chateau is a truly unique experience, even in the Original Sinners world, and is written well. Tiffany Reisz does an amazing job keeping her characters personalities consistent across nine big books and countless short stories and novellas (something that I have noticed even the most seasoned authors have trouble with sometimes). The best part was, the story itself was interesting. While a couple of things I predicted correctly, the story didn't end up where I thought it would.
I loved Kingsley's arc in this book. What was supposed to be a mission for him, quickly became a personal mission to find answers that he desperately wanted, not just about Soren, but himself. Tiffany Reisz could have a whole other series about Kingsley while he was working as a spy, and it would never get boring. The women in the Chateau were fascinating, specifically Madame. In a small way, Madame reminds me of Nora. Kingsley's thoughts about Madame being thought of as a kitten when she was really a tiger calls back to Kingsley's initial thoughts on Nora.
The Chateau was a pleasent surprise for me. While we didn't get our favorite threesome together (and even in the last chapter, we only get Soren and Kingsley, which was fantastic, as their chemistry is wonderful to read), I didn't miss them together as much as I thought I would. Kingsley ran the show, and it was funny at parts. bittersweet at others, and a stark reminder to Original Sinner readers of how strong the bond is between Soren and Kingsley. If you love the Original Sinners books, you need to read The Chateau. If you haven't read the Original Sinners series yet ... do it! So sinfully, amazingly good.