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From New York Times best-selling author, CD Reiss, comes an all new, 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 gets 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 does not get it back, he is going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.
Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He is not a guy.
Harper Watson is all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.
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 7 people found this review helpful
Holy hell! I don’t even know where to start. From the get-go I knew that KING OF CODE would be a book that I needed to read – like yesterday. And not only because it’s written by the amazingly talented CD Reiss, but because it’s a hacker romance – something unique and rare in itself. But it gets even better: In this story, it is not the hero who is the infamous hacker whose motives we don’t know. I mean – yes, of course Taylor Harden is a hacker – a black hat gone white – but he is not the one we know almost nothing about until close to the end – no, it was the heroine, Harper Watson who was all intriguing and mysterious. Pure brilliancy!
Taylor Harden: Hacker extraordinaire who is about to release his un-hackable system QI4. He is reaching for the sun – arrogant, cocksure and invincible. Whoa, was he sure of himself! The motivation speeches he gave to his employees literally gave me goosebumps!
But then … Boom! Enter Harper Barrington: small-town princess and a very talented but much underrated (hello, she’s a girl!) hacker herself. In one fell swoop he knocks Taylor off his feet, simply outsmarts him, intent to teach him a lesson – a lesson about success, life and love. She is clever, fierce, strong-willed and loyal – maybe even a bit crazy. A heroine that dethrones the self-proclaimed King of Code in every possible way.
Harper fascinated me, I couldn’t read her, couldn’t quite figure out her motives – while I might have suspected some moves, she completely stunned me with others. She is so incredibly strong, expertly hiding her vulnerability under her hacker-exterior, all while completely exposing Taylor’s. Finally, there’s a heroine that holds all the cards, letting the guy dancing after her pipe and not the other way around, I celebrated and admired her in every which way. Hell, yes!!
Harper and Taylor loose themselves in a dance of mutual seduction, all while taking the reader to a trip to the dark and downside of the internet era, full of hacks, spies and code. Nothing is ever predictable or what it seems, clues are misleading – and beware – read carefully, otherwise you will be missing substantial tiny pieces that are needed to solve the puzzle as a whole. I’m left in awe of the ingenious imagination of CD Reiss.
Now let’s talk about the audio version: Wow, talk about taking the reading experience to a whole new level! There are some bold technical sound effects which fit the story perfectly: There’s the cello at the beginning of each chapter, and, as I’ve been told, the sounds aren’t random. Then there’s keyboard-clicking and some voice-layover whenever it fits. All of that makes the story even more intense and gooseflesh-provoking! And then there is Christian Fox who did a terrific job in bringing the characters to life – accents, voices and all. It was the first of his works I’ve listened to, but I’m already on the hunt for more! He sure has the potential to become one of my top favorite narrators.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I am a lover of all things written by CD Reiss and this book just may be at the top of my list of favorites!
I absolutely LOVED the narrator, Christian Fox. I am a complete narrator snob, sorry not sorry, and he was just added to my 1-Click narrators! I'm always leary of books with one narrator doing both men and women voices. It's hard to pull off. So needless to say, I was pleasantly pleased.
The story-line was unique and the characters so thoroughly complex that I could not stop listening. There was just enough suspense to keep me on my toes and wanting more.
I highly recommend this audio and I can't wait for the next book!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does King of Code rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This has to be in the top 2 books that I have read this year as it is so unique and so well written and performed. Many times I love books that we get both the H/H perspectives but this is one book that I loved only having Taylor's perspective. His mind is so complex and it was so interesting to see how his brain worked and how his thoughts on things changed throughout the story. <br/><br/>I also loved the town of Barringtown, it is a secondary character itself and brought so much to the story. The people in the town made the book so much more enjoyable. Without these details the book would have lacked a lot of flavor.
What about Christian Fox’s performance did you like?
Wow, I could say so much about Christian Fox's performance. This is a different type of book since it had suspense, romance, "nerd speak" with coding in it and . This was by far his best performance I have heard him do. The depth of his narration abilities really showed in this performance as he was able to portray anger, happiness, fear, voice differentiation of characters, accents. etc.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Absolutely! This book drew me in and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I wish life didn't get in the way and that I could have listened to it in one setting! I am looking forward to the next book in the series and am sure it will be another one I don't want to put down.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
CD Reiss is a genius. She is NOT your average romance author. Be prepared to be riveted to this story because it draws you in and clamps down on your attention. You won't want to hit pause until the end. The story of the computer genius on the edge of super stardom, fame and fortune gets hacked and it's not at all who he expects, or why. CD Reiss is a story craftsman of the highest level and you'll feel every inch of that.
Christian Fox brought his usual A game of narration, bringing all the characters to life. His voice acting skills are always stellar and The King of Code is another jewel in his crown. If you haven't listened to him narrate, you're missing out. His narration is transfixing, passionate, suspenseful, and flat out SEXY! Taylor Harden and his dominating spirit comes to life through him and will turn you on in every way.
The additional effects and chapter transitions make this a completely unique audio. See if you can pick up on the hidden meanings!
Well worth the credit and a story you won't be able to set down. Keep driving, walking your dog, doing your housework, and ignoring your family until this tale is complete. It's worth every moment.
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
Absolutely stunning- everything was perfection-- I took my time as the story was extremely well thought out .
Christian Fox completely nailed it every word from his mouth drew me further into this beautiful audio.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I bought the audio version on its release day. What a brilliant decision that was to make it available early. There are very few audiobooks that make the story even better, but this was one of those few. The attempts countdowns toward the end of the book were intense, and hearing rather than reading really amplified the feeling.
Choosing to have only one male voice was perfect. Christian Fox is incredibly talented with the nuances in tone and accent. At times, it almost sounded as if there were multiple voice actors.
It was truly amazing from start to finish.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
King of Code is one of my most anticipated books. I loved this new turn for CD Reiss. It's different than the usual romance and that's what kept me intrigued. It's all in Taylor's POV which I loved.
Taylor and Harper aren't your typical romance hero and heroine. These super genius and antisocial techies communicate best in code with a keyboard. While I loved Taylor and he was the one telling the story, I have to say Harper was a little more my favorite. All Taylor wants is to find who is drowning all his hard work before his alleged impenetrable program goes live. Someone managed to hack him and he'll do whatever it takes to fix it before the public finds out. Harper is all too happy to take advantage of his desperation. Desperate herself to find a solution to helping her small hometown, she'll do whatever she has to, to get Taylor's help one way or another. Secrets are uncovered little by little, but they also learn something new about themselves as well as eachother. Harper kicks butt behind a computer, and is also strong as she is smart. She is loyal to a fault and always put everyone before herself, and everyone loves her for it.
Christian Fox did an amazing job bringing Taylor and all these characters of King of Code to life. Really enjoyed following along with the audio making the whole story more real. CD Reiss did an amazing job bringing the tech world to life for me in a way I was able to follow. This was a great start to a great new series! I can not wait to read Keaton, Raven, and Catherine's stories that will follow.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Firstly, if you’re looking for a fluffy, hearts and flowers romance, this is not the book for you. This is not your typical romance novel, it is something, new and different. The way forward in my opinion. However, if you like twists and intrigue and an intense story, pick this beauty up today!
I think King of Code just became my favourite book this year. This book kept me on my toes, just when I thought I had it figured out CD Reiss changed things up and had me guessing again. She has created a book that is unique, intelligent and sexy as hell. I love that she doesn’t talk down to her readers, she knows we’re a smart bunch and treats us as such. She doesn’t explain every little thing, just enough to give you an ‘a-ha’ moment. She dropped so many clues throughout this book that I feel like I need to go back and listen to it all over again so I can pick up on the ones I missed, because she does it so subtly that if you’re not looking for them, you’ll likely miss them, and I freaking love it! Yes, the story includes code talk, the title kind of gives that away, right? But it isn’t overdone, again, just enough to give you an idea of what the characters are experiencing. This book has so many different elements; friendship, small-town life, love, understanding, redemption, it literally has something for everyone.
I loved these characters so much. Each one was so different. Firstly, the man of the hour, Taylor Harden, the entire book is from his POV and it worked brilliantly, I loved being in his mind throughout all the events in the book and knowing what and how he was thinking. He had that commanding presence but was also very sweet and kind-natured. I liked that he struggled with some of the demands Harper had, that he didn’t just jump into sleeping with her, considering what had happened up to that point.
Harper was an interesting character, to be honest, I didn’t know whether to like her or not. However, the more I got to know her, the more I liked her. The devotion she had from the residents of Barrington was one of the reasons that I had to stop and think ‘she can’t be that bad’. She was crazy for sure but vulnerable, more vulnerable than she let people believe. I ended up absolutely adoring her. I liked that we didn’t know her reasoning, that we found out when Taylor did, in little dribs and drabs. It made her character even more interesting and made me so much more invested in the story. I HAD to know why!!!!!!
The secondary characters really enriched this story, Keaton who was kind of scary but in a, you don’t mess with my friend kind of way, plus he’s British and you know I have to support my fellow countryman. Taylor’s ‘people’ and Harper’s sister, Catherine were executed brilliantly and gave more understanding and definition to the main characters.
The town of Barrington played a huge role in this book, it was like a character all of its own. I loved that, I loved seeing how all the residents cared for and protected each other. The way they all worked together, even though they were struggling. It was beautiful and it was easy to fall in love with the town and the residents along with Taylor.
Taylor and Harper’s relationship was one of beauty as it progressed and at times, it was funny and crazy and even sad. Of course, this is CD Reiss we’re talking about so you know the sex was off the charts steamy, but, as always, it played a part, there was always a reason, it was never just to steam up someone’s kindle or audible app.
King of Code is the best performance I’ve heard Christan Fox do, it was amazing. It took me longer than it should have to listen to it because I made it last, I didn’t want to rush through it, I wanted to spend as much time as the book would allow with this performance. Each character was unique and easily distinguishable from each other, as were the male and female characters. He never overplays the difference between them. It’s subtle but effective. There are several different accents in this book and they were all fantastic. The standout character for me has to be Taylor Harden, Christian performed his strong but sweet personality flawlessly. As for a secondary character, Keaton’s air of mystery and danger was really enhanced by the tone Christian chose to use for him, I can be overly judgemental when it comes to a British accent but he nailed it.
This audiobook has sound effects, seriously! And it offers the listener such a new and interesting experience. Each chapter point, rather than saying ‘Chapter 1’ is music and it’s beautiful. I may have skipped back a time or two just to listen to it again. I felt this audio production was extremely unique and the way forward for audiobooks. Speaking of unique, whenever Taylor is working code out, it has a voice-over sound (I’m not sure that’s what it is called, but the best way I can describe it), so you hear what he’s saying and what he’s thinking at the same time, it was extremely clever and well done. I say that because you don’t miss anything, it’s still very clear what is being portrayed to the listener. It really immerses you in the story.
5 of 6 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.
5 of 6 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.