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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.
God help me – I’m in love.
King Perry is akin to a long, emotive, poignant, dream. It’s surreal and complicated, but at it’s core its message is really quite simple: love. And the story of King Perry asks: if you only had one chance, just a few moments in the space of your lifetime to create something mind-blowing, to give a gift so extraordinary and life changing – how far would you go to achieve it? How much would you risk for love?
What MC Vin Vanbly would do, is nothing short of extreme and wonderful. What Edmond Manning has done with this story is nothing short of extreme and wonderful. King Perry is, in short: extreme and wonderful. It’s original and thoughtful. Layered beyond belief and profound. It’s also LOL funny – seriously!
I can only assume that this story lived in Manning’s mind for a long, long time before and while he wrote it, because to have the idea of King Perry and then to create all the other intricate, masterful details that carry the story along is a huge, HUGE feat. These characters are divine. The concept is unreal. And I can’t forget to mention that there’s a duck, who is quite frankly one of the most awesome supporting characters ever written – seriously x2!
And there are passages that are so beautifully crafted – so obscure and thoughtful that I couldn’t bear to not highlight time and time again…
“The sun seems fascinated to get closer to this paradise landscape, and keeps dropping half inch by half inch in the west. Tenderly he flies to his lover, the Ocean, who twists in delight with is imminent arrival.
“Patience, my love,” the Sun whispers in long golden rays. “Soon I am yours.”
So, before you begin reading King Perry (and I pray, you will), I ask you to stop where you are and shake yourself off. Take some deep cleansing breaths and prepare yourself for a ride unlike one you’ve had before. Brace yourself for Vin’s constantly fast paced, almost erratic mind. Open your mind to the wonder that’s created within these pages, because I can assure you, it’s not what you’ll be expecting.
*And just in case Mr Manning happens to read this, I’d like to leave a little note for him:
My dearest Sir Manning,
You complete me.
Susan – 4 stars