King of Code, an all-new intriguing and sexy standalone from CD Reiss is LIVE!
King of Code by CD Reiss
Publication Date: September 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
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Computer coding might as well be a foreign language to those of us who aren’t in the field, but even if we’re severely uneducated to the world that CD Reiss introduces us to in Taylor and Harper’s story, the machinations of this profession and the intellectual abilities of the programmers/hackers is intriguing, especially due to the competitive nature of computer hackers and the fact that they’re always trying to one up each other in order to call themselves ‘unhackable.’
But as CD Reiss proves in King of Code, there will never be one single ruler in the hacker world because as specialized as the skillset seems to be, there are quite a few computer geniuses whose goal in life is to hack into systems that are supposed to be impenetrable, proving themselves the superior coder and outing the flaws of systems that shouldn’t be made public knowledge.
I’m always in awe of Reiss’ world building and with Taylor and Harper’s story, she must construct a setting that most readers won’t have a lot of knowledge about, and while Reiss aptly portrays and describes the content involved in this location, a clear perspective will still be difficult to obtain simply due to the fact that for a lot of her readers, they will be outsiders looking into an atmosphere that they can’t connect with due to the specialized information that is involved. And while it shouldn’t detract from the enjoyment of Reiss words and the construction of her multifaceted characters, in some ways, it does because a lack of understanding makes readers frustrated and disconnected.
As characters, Taylor Harden and Harper Watson are beyond flawed; the very act that brings them together suggests deviant minds at work, which also seems to translate to the intimate relationship that these two embark on when Harper takes it upon herself to prove her hacking skills as well as get what she needs from Taylor with a modicum of blackmail.
Getting the entire story through Taylor’s perspective adds an interesting spin on all of the events that occur in the text because his mind, at times, is a jumbled mess and sorting through everything as well as dealing with the upheaval that occurs due to Harper’s antics leads readers and the main characters down a very twisted and at times volatile path, upping the angst as well as the intrigue of the events that play out in both Taylor and Harper’s professional and personal lives.
CD Reiss continues to be an innovative romance writer in her latest release, King of Code, and the premise of the story may not be overly unique, the way Reiss gets into the heads of her characters and allows them carte blanche with her words and her plotline makes Taylor and Harper’s story standout, even for those readers who don’t really understand the technological world that serves as the setting of the story. And while I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a ‘techie,’ which I did find a bit problematic and disconcerting at times, the fact that Reiss feels at ease with the language and concepts in this setting is shown through the characters’ interactions with the materials and the ease with which they claim their spots in the field.
Once again, Reiss unique writing style and multi-dimensional characters take readers on one heck of a journey and while at times I felt like I fell down the rabbits hole, by the end, I didn’t mind being a bit lost because it was quite a riveting experience.
4 Poison Apples
“About time!” the older lady shouted.
“Is Harper back?” I asked, handing the bags to the blushing redhead.
As if summoned, Harper came through the swinging door, keeping it open so everyone could get past. She looked at me through the screen.
“You coming in?” she asked.
“We need to talk.”
“Did the decryption key work?”
The door slapped closed behind her as she came out, and we were alone. The way the setting sun hit her cheeks made her glow, and the strands of gold hair at the edges looked translucent. She belonged on a postcard.
I kept forgetting she was holding me hostage. I kept forgetting I needed to think strategically. I had more at stake with this girl than I’d ever had with another.
“Did you doubt it would work?”
“Not really. I’m just making conversation.”
“What are the thorns about?” I pointed at the thorn bed that had eaten my phone and went down the stairs to the yard.
She came after me. “Don’t you have these where you’re from?” She snapped a dry twig off the end.
“Roses? Yes. Impenetrable, groomed thorn bushes in our yards? No.”
“It’s not normal to give the gardeners in town something to do?” We walked around the perimeter.
“You are not normal.”
“It still blooms in spring. It’s really nice. You should see it.”
We were at the back end of the yard, where the very top of the factory’s roof cut the horizon.
I took her hand, pulling her to a stop. “Harper.”
“Taylor?” Her hair flew in her mouth when she turned, and she drew her finger across her cheek to get it out.
What was I supposed to tell her again? That I knew we’d interviewed her. That I didn’t give her the job despite her having a leg up on everyone else we saw.
But was I contrite? Accusatory? Was I just going to relay information? What did I want out of her after I told her I knew?
“Thank you for helping today,” she said. “If you’d asked me when we met, ‘Would Taylor Harden help clean the factory?’ I would have said, ‘No, not for any reason.’ But there you were. Pushing a broom. Scooping up shit. Not being an asshole.”
“My watch was at stake.”
“Yeah. Whatever. You can say what you want to keep your reputation as a shithead intact.”
“I have a reputation as a shithead?”
“You know you do.”
I did know it, and I reveled in it.
She faced me and put her other hand out. I took it, holding both hands between us. I couldn’t help it.
“Well, you guys are such a bunch of sad sacks I had to help. And let me tell you, every guy in Barrington has a little asshole in him. Trust me. I’ve played pool with them.”
“I want to say…” She stopped herself as if she really didn’t want to say. “Let’s get together tonight and get you another decryption code. But… saying this is stupid.” She bit her lip.
“Say it anyway.”
“The sooner you get four codes, the sooner you leave.”
I looked at our hands so I wouldn’t have to look at her.
“I’m not sure if I want that,” she said.
About the Author
CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.
Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.
She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.
If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
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