King Perry by Edmond Manning
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?
A Bittersweet Dreams title: It’s an unfortunate truth: love doesn’t always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.
This is a really hard story to review. This isn’t a romance! There is not a HEA ending! It’s a very interesting and intense read that is very difficult to describe.
Perry is an investment banker who is selling his father’s paintings. Vin is a mechanic from Minnesota. Vin is at the gallery and runs into Perry. There is something there that sparks Vin and he decides to “King” Perry. The book is very twisty and turny. Trying to figure out where it is all going is worthless and like Perry you just have to give in to the experience.
This would not normally be a book I would enjoy or even approach to read, but I had a challenge read for it and so I bought and read it. (As a side note, I bought this in paperback at GRL and had dinner with the author. I really wish I could have read it before then, but the author is a wonderful and sweet man.) The writing is way more descriptive than I like. By the end of the book I didn’t notice it as much and it just added to the writing. I really think the author did an amazing job in drawing me into the story. Just like Perry I wanted to hear more and more about the Kings. I wanted to see what Vin would do next and what he had waiting for Perry. Even more than that I wanted to know what “Kinging” meant and how this would affect Perry.
Vin is a very interesting character. He is mysterious throughout the whole of the story which is fascinating since he is the storyteller. The author manages to show you all the depth of the story but leave you with shadows of the unknown when it comes to Vin. It is a very interesting and complicated paradox. (Ah, Vin might like that word.) I really had a hard time with Vin in the beginning of the story. His word play and descriptions and the like were a little over the top. Perry seems so cold and hard compared to Vin. Vin is just out there! He so grows on you through the story. By the end he is a fun friend that you want to join in with the word game with.
This is a complex and compelling read. A warning in advance, the beginning is hard to get through; I wanted to give up on the book so many times. I was so glad I didn’t! So don’t give up a few chapters in, just like Perry you will slowly soften to the story. I don’t think you will regret hanging in to read it all.
Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Novel: 150 pages and above, Rose Bouquet, TJ and tagged Dreamspinner Press, Edmond Manning, M/M, Novel, Rose Bouquet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.