King of Code

By CD Reiss

Holy hell… I’ve been waiting to read a CD Reiss book for a while and now I’m wondering… WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG???

My personal writing deity (as my sister calls her), Penny Reid, recommended King of Code to her readers a while ago. Can someone tell me why I didn’t just jump on it right away?

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I won’t be making that mistake again. Guys, King of Code isn’t just good… It’s so good. SOOOOO GOOOD!

So here’s the plot:

Taylor Harden is on the verge of Silicon Valley greatness. He’s built an unhackable system….until it gets hacked and now he’s out in the middle of nowhere trying to save his company and his future. Enter Harper Watson. She may look like a simple (but sexy) country girl, but she’s actually a hacker extraordinaire. And she’s holding Taylor’s system  – and his body – hostage for a price that is not what he expected!

With just one book Reiss has joined the ranks of those authors I hold in the highest esteem — I’m looking at you Penny Reid, Mariana Zapata and Emma Chase — those who can write a sexy, riveting romance that does not insult my intelligence. I can’t wait to read more from her! These writers don’t just make you hope and feel… they also make you think.

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I should add at this point that I actually listened to the audio version of this book. And while I usually don’t recommend one version over another, I highly recommend you check this one out on audio.

First of all, the narrator, Christian Fox? Whoa momma, his voice is sexy! He, too, has been added to my list of favorite narrators with just this one book. Have a listen here…. But more than that, the additions of sound effects like keyboard tapping and the cello chords played between chapter breaks really work to bring the book to life. There was so much tension and mystery. Everything just worked.

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I think it’s pretty obvious I’m giving this one five stars. And if ever the word “amazeballs” was appropriate, I believe it is here.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from King of Code:

“They call you Hard-on in school?” Johnny asked, proving that inside, he was more tattoo than polo. “Yes. Yes, they did.” “You punch ‘em? Or did you cry?” “I fucked their girlfriends.”

“What was that about?”

“She’s a famous boyfriend stealer.”

“Okay, one”—I held up a finger—“I’m not your boyfriend. I’m half of your binary pairing.”

She pushed me so hard I had to take a step back or fall over. “You’re the one to my zero?”

“I’m your mate. A boyfriend can be stolen. A mate can’t.”

“Who made this woman? What cruel god put together the sweetest traits with this level of joyful filth? I’d never met anyone like her. I didn’t know if I’d said that to myself before, but I was sure I’d say it again. She was a complete original.”

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  1. King of Code was my first CD book, too! AND I listened to it on audio. I swear I had the EXACT same reaction as you did to Christian Fox and the writing. Did you know that Christian Fox did all the post-production himself and he played the cello parts for each of the chapters? He’s a musician and a gorgeous singer on top of it! I’m over here like, “WTF – you aren’t allowed to be THAT talented! Save some for the rest of us!”

    I highly recommend With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe. He is one of the narrators for that book and the things he says… It’s very dark and twisted, but since you appreciate great writing, I think you might really like Trisha Wolfe 🙂

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  2. […] King of Code – I feel like I was late to the party with this one because so many blogging friends and authors were recommending this and it took me forever to get to it. But it was worth the wait! If you are a computer nerd, just plain nerd like me or simply like a romance that requires you to think, then this is the novel for you! […]


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