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King of Code was a different CD Reiss book than what we have come to expect from her. It varied from her previous novels showcasing BDSM from the Marriage Duet series and her Drazen novels. While I enjoyed this novel and found Taylor and Harper to be sexy and the underlying suspenseful theme to be an added plus, I found it to be somewhat dragging at times with too much internal dialogue.
When Taylor Harden is upon the cusp of greatness and on the verge of becoming the King of Silicone Valley, launching his company, QI4, into the stratosphere of excellence, he is suddenly hacked by a woman who systematically destroys everything he once thought to be important thus causing him to reevaluate his life. I had misgivings about this book. While I loved that their chemistry was potent and their snappy dialogue was engaging, I did find some parts to be choppy and somewhat random (as if they were tidbits of information that came out of his stream of consciousness) which caused me to lose focus and interest at times. But I did find their chemistry and sexytimes to be hot and fiery, which is something we've come to expect from C.D. Reiss novels and the sexual blackmail storyline to be unique.
All in all this was a different read from this author but an interesting start to a new series! 3.5 stars!
Christian Fox was OK with the delivery of the story but spoke a bit too fast and I found myself having to go back and relisten. At times I went to .75 speed which I have never done before.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I'll be honest... when this book started I really didn't think I was going to like it with its sound effects and it's cello notes heralding a new chapter instead of actual numbers which jarred on my senses. But very quickly CD Reiss captured me with her addictive and well researched story of an ex hacker on the cusp of success, wealth and fame with the public launch of his revolutionary computer program with the claims that it just can't be hacked.. when suddenly it is.
And that wouldn't be the worst day in Taylor Harden's life.. but it would be the start of his quest to find the mysterious hacker, ask how he did it and then take him down. But the trail would eventually lead to a dying town whose population had dwindled drastically and the people who were left are loyal to each other, supportive of one another, genuine and quirky - and rooted firmly in amongst them was his genius hacker. However, he turned out to be a she.. a beautiful, gifted, stubborn, feisty she called Harper.. and Harper had spun a web so tight around Taylor he never saw it until it was too late.
What an enjoyable refreshing unique and compelling listen made even more enjoyable by Christian Fox's narration because he MADE the story.. he breathed life into all the characters, fluidly eased from different accents and genders and he brought his A game to the varied emotions. There was drama, secrets, sex, passion, pleasure, twists, fun, heartbreak, sacrifice and love as a wickedly clever storyline (told from Taylor's POV) flowed, picked up speed, tumbled and epically stumbled until the HEA ending. This is the first with Queen Of Rust being the second.. and I can't wait.
Worth a credit? Yes.. all the puzzle pieces slowly fell into place and the end result was a good story epically told.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The blurb is exciting and interesting however the reality is utterly disappointing. I have listened for hours and now at halfway through the narrative, I have decided to give up.
The story is boring, appears disjointed and wholly unbelievable. I'm impressed that I got through the chapter where he arrives at the small town and stumbled through the motions of searching out the hacker... because it is almost mind numbing - curiosity probably.
I'm returning this one. This is the first time that I'm reading anything by this author. It may be my last.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This fantastic story is brilliantly brought to life by Christian Fox. A complex and intiguing story in which our hero learns the joy of becoming human, through being challenged in his casual mysoginy by the brilliant Harper, remains necessary listening throughout. Christian Fox's narration is a masterpiece.
I thought this could be quite interesting - it got into the technical jargon of coding which is different from normal books in this genre. It was the actual story beside the coding stuff which was irritating though. Jumpy and erratic. Perhaps a characterisation of the male lead however just not for me. The double bass sounds and coding talk in the background was off putting to me. Have returned.