"Masterly and rich... Highly recommended." — Library Journal (Starred Review)
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.
Reisz revisits her Rita-winning Original Sinners erotic romance series in this fantastic prequel. In 1989 France, Kingsley, a spy for an agency so secret it has no name, goes on a mission to a house where the women are in charge and the men submit to them. Though he initially goes there to find his colonel's nephew, he enjoys himself so much that his thoughts return to the chateau again and again. The madame of the house tests his limits and eventually issues him a challenge: Kingsley will have to face the love he's held onto throughout the years for the man who first brought him down the path of erotic submission. Readers who are drawn to BDSM will find this a wonderfully written exploration of it. The characters are strong, and there is enough mystery that the twists feel well earned. Reisz's novel is highly recommended to both new readers and those who are already familiar with Kingsley's world.