Title: King Perry
Author: Edmond Manning
Genre: M/M Bittersweet Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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?”
I’ve been sitting on this review for over three weeks; King Perry is a book that deserves a review that will make it justice and I’ve been afraid I won’t find enough words to accomplish this.
Let’s start by saying I haven’t read anything like King Perry. When I started reading it I didn’t know what to expect from this book but I’m sure it wasn’t what I found. King Perry is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. One that almost a month later after I finish it I still can’t stop thinking about it.
King Perry is classified as a Bittersweet Romance but it doesn’t have anything bitter about it. It may not have a normal HEA but the end in his own way was a very beautiful end, an acceptable one that let me completely satisfied.
Vin Vanbly is a man that recognizes the lost potential in people; he has dedicated his life to find the lost queens and kings of the world and when he finds them he helps them in their personal journey to find their true self.
Despite his commitment issues Perry Mangin thinks he is happy and has a good life. Perry doesn’t know what to think when he is approached by Vin with the weird offer of a weakened of complete submission in exchange of the restoration of his kingship. Even though he is reluctant to the idea of spending a weekend with a complete stranger there is something inside of him that wants to yield to the offer and here is where this weekend adventure starts.
As I said before King Perry is a book like anything I have read before, it’s a book about a personal journey to find who you really are. At the same time Vin is helping Perry find whom he really is Mr. Edmond Manning with his beautiful writing and his florid prose is taking you on an emotional journey in which he makes you question which queen/king are you and what is stopping you to get your own kingship.
Perry’s journey is not an easy one, not for him and not for us as spectators; you will laugh, you will cry and page after page you will be questioning Vin’s real motives behind his actions. At the end, when you get to cusp of the story and when is almost time to say goodbye to its characters you will wish for the end not to arrive, you will wish to learn more about Vin and his kings and queens, you just want the story not to end, King Perry is that good.
One thing I want to make clear in my review is that the submission that Vin asks of Perry is nothing related to BDSM, it’s a submission of his spirit. Even though this book is M/M I would like to recommend it to all of you, including the ones that haven’t read anything in this genre. You should give it a chance, King Perry is not only an excellent story that will leave a mark on you but it’s also one beautifully written. I can’t wait to read more books by Mr. Edmond Manning.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
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