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Contemporary Romance Review: King of Code by C.D. Reiss

King of Code by C.D. Reiss (King of Code #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.
Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.
The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.
The edge of utter humiliation.
He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.
His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.
Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.
Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.

Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.

King of Code is the first book in a new series of standalones.

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As with everything C. D. Reiss writes, this book is an emotional mindf*ck. I liked it, but I also felt exhausted in the end. So many volatile emotions, so much drama...

Funny thing about two protagonists is that none of them are particularly likeable. Taylor is so arrogant and has it all figured out, that your hands are itching to take him down a notch. Harper carries her moral superiority around too much and has a big chip on her shoulder.

In fact, these two reminded me of a pair of diamonds, grinding against each other, smoothing previous scratches to the point of breaking, and in the process reshaping each other into something new.

What I loved the most was Barrington itself, a twilight zone of a town, deserted and ruined by the economic depression, but stubbornly refusing to die. Its characters were memorable, they had stories to tell.

I also enjoyed the heck out of Keaton and am looking forward to his book.

At last, I am curious about the alternative ending of this book the author released separately, and I'd like to see if it improves it for me somehow.

Overall, a solid read. Interesting, atmospheric, but not a re-read in the future.

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 Как и со всем, о чем пишет С. Д. Райсс, эта книга - эмоциональный вынос мозга. Мне она понравилась, но я также от нее к концу устала. Так много сильных эмоций и так много драмы...

Что интересно, и Тэйлор и Харпер - характеры, которых нелегко полюбить. Тэйлор -высокомерный всезнайка, которого так и чешутся руки поставить на место. Харпер пытается кому-то что-то доказать и в то же время легко осуждает людей, не видя полной картины того, что происходит.

Они - как парочка необработанных бриллиантов, под давлением друг на друга понемногу отшлифовывающих свои шероховатости чуть ли не до надкола.

Больше всего мне здесь, кстати, понравился Баррингтон. Очень атмосферный городок, совершенно типичный для Америки в экономической депрессии, - заброшенный, полупустой, но упорно цепляющийся за жизнь. Да и характеры в нем были запоминающиеся и насыщенные, тогда как со стороны Тэйлора блистал один Китон.

Мне также интересно, поменяет ли альтернативная концовка книги, которую автор тоже выпустила отдельно, мою оценку книги. А в общем, интересно, качественно, но перечитывать не захочется.
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