Tuesday, May 22, 2012


AUTHOR: Edmond Manning
TITLE: King Perry
ISBN-13:  978-1-61372-379-1
Pages:  350
Cover Artist:  Anne Cain
Categories: Novels, Contemporary, Bittersweet Dreams
Book Type: eBook
File Formats Available: .epub, .prc, .prc, html, pdf
Price: $ 6.99


A book from The Lost and Founds series.

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.


This was one of the most unusual books I have read since starting this blog.  At various points along I was amused, annoyed, confused, touched and even turned on before being moved back to the beginning of the emotional spectrum.  Is this what makes up a good book?  Yeah, I would have to say it is.
Vin is an annoying pain in the butt, however by the end of the book you have grown so attached to him and touched by his depth of feeling for Perry that you get past his annoying qualities.  Would I have put up with what Perry did?  I don’t know; Perry himself is an interesting person, hurting inside, untrusting to start with but deeply lonely for both friendship and love.
Go into this book knowing you will need to give it some time to really get into the flow because it does have a slow start but gets past that to become a fun read.


  1. So true - many people will have a lot of initial WTF moments. Stick with it!! I loved this book from beginning to end, but you do have to kind of go with the flow, stop wanting it to do and be what you expected, and just accept the story. There will be a level of confusion, where you think you have things figured out and you don't. But I loved Vin, and the ending wrapped it for me well. I'm picking this in my top ten for the year so far, partly because it surprised me at every turn but never pushed me away.

    -Kaje Harper