Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Review: King Perry by Edmond Manning

King Perry (The Lost and Founds, #1)From the blurb:

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.

Heather's rating:

This book is one strange, crazy, lovely read. I had no idea what was going to happen for 99% of the story. I was totally, completely clueless, just like Perry. Throw away your rulebooks, ladies and gentlemen, and go along for the ride.

I honestly have no idea what to make of this book. If I had to describe this incredibly indescribable book I would say that it is a journey-type story. This is not a traditional romance novel. This book belongs in a similar category as Woke Up in a Strange Place but I liked this book eons more. The story follows two men, Perry and Vin, and their adventures over the course of a weekend. I can't decide if Vin is psychopathic or a divine genius. He is certainly not what I would consider normal.

This book was confusing, funny, heart-breaking, romantic, and bittersweet. It was everything rolled up into one incredibly well-written package. At times I found Vin to be bizarre and un-relatable and I struggled as to whether or not this story was for me. I often found myself wanting to put it down and start something more accessible. However, then Vin would say something hilariously funny and witty or do something erotic and I would say, "Okay, I'll give it another chapter." And so on and so on... then the book was over and it was 1:30 am. It sort of ensnared me. I give this author a lot of credit for trying something so completely different in the M/M genre.

"King Perry" was a fabulously strange read. I left this book with 1,000 questions (I hope I get some answers!), and I'm so curious as to what the next book has in store for me.

Buy this book: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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