by Tiffany Reisz
Published by 8th Circle Press on June 5, 2018
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic, LGBTQ+, Thriller
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Author
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Author.
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.
First, I need to mention that this book is the one that finally ended my romance slump. My last romance review was back at the end of January—about 4.5 months ago! I’ve DNFed so many books these past few months, I can’t even tell you how many. I should also start by saying that although The Chateau isn’t a conventional romance novel, it definitely has romance-adjacent elements in addition to its erotic story. The title page calls it an erotic thriller, which feels right.
The Chateau by Tiffany Reisz takes place in the world of her Original Sinners series, which—gasp!—I have yet to read. However, this can be read as a standalone.
Lieutenant Kingsley Boissonneault is a covert operative for a French intelligence agency. When he receives details about his latest assignment, it’s unlike any mission he has completed before. His newest job is to rescue his commander’s nephew from a sex cult.
Just as his mission is unique, so is the cult and its followers. Inside the Chateau, women rule over men, men serve willingly, and the group’s sacred text is the infamous book, The Story of O.
As Kingsley gets to know the women of the Chateau along with their mysterious Madame, he is faced with a painful ultimatum—all while being haunted by a lover from years ago, a man he still loves and hates all at once.
The tone of The Chateau is similar to Reisz’s The Red, the epitome of an erotic fever dream set down in writing. I loved both books, and was surprised to find that The Chateau has moments of sweetness interspersed with the exploration of pleasure and pain.
Kingsley is a charming devil, and Madame is the ultimate enigma. I’m definitely left craving more of this world, so I’ll be starting the Original Sinners series at long last.
I adore Tiffany Reisz’s writing, from her contemporary romances to her erotic novels, and The Chateau is simply stunning. It’s bold, kinky, romantic, and I highly recommend it.
Rating: 5 stars