Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

The Original Sinners: White Years Book IV

Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever. 

The time has finally come to keep their promises. 

Out of money and out of options after her year-long exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground. 

While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren's collar? 

With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It's the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.

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What I thought about The Queen

Sometimes when I finish a series I feel sad and sometimes I wish it didn't end yet, and sometimes, it's a relief it's finally done because it's clear that the author was done with the series 3 books ago. 

None of these emotions struck me when I finished The Queen. I felt...satisfied.

The Queen gives us the final chapter in Nora's story, focusing on her transition from submissive to the most powerful dominatrix in Kingsley's kinkdom.  What I absolutely adored about The Queen was Nora's struggle to reconcile how she sees herself as a strong, powerful woman with her love for Soren and the submissive role she assumes when she is with him.

It's Nora's story of being true to herself, and it's a bumpy one.  Even though she vows to stay away from Soren, she can't.  The love is clear, and so is the conflict between them.

Even though I'm totally Team Kingsley, I did like that there were important conversations about Soren's vows, his life with Nora and his sadism.  That's one thing that has always bugged me about Soren, the view that he is a fabulous priest in spite of way he breaks his vow of chastity repeatedly. I'm glad it was finally talked about in The Queen and it was enough to help me find my own peace with this character. His skillful manipulation of Nora in The Queen definitely deserves a mention, too.

Tiffany Reisz does a masterful job of telling this story over the course of these eight books. They work so impeccably together to tell this story.  When I finished The Queen, I wanted to go right into The Siren and start all over again.  The storytelling throughout was perfection for me, as I love a tale that is put together thoughtfully and strategically.  

I'm really excited to see what Tiffany will come up with after this series. I'm confident whatever she does will have great characters, a plot that pushes some boundaries, and a skillful way of presenting it -- just like she did with this series and characters.

Five, big, beautiful stars for The Queen and this series.  

ARC provided for review.

About the Author

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany's books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as "literary friction," a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. 

She lives in Oregon. If she couldn't write, she would die.

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