Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…preferably in bed. That’s always been Kingsley Edge’s strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it’s Kingsley’s chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he’s ever wanted — Søren, Nora’s on-again, off-again lover — until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past. Wes Railey is still the object of Nora’s tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can’t forget. He’s young. He’s wonderful. He’s also thoroughbred royalty and she’s in “his” world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley’s world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren’s relentlessly seductive pull. Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make… unless someone makes it for her….
Let me start of by saying I am a reader not a writer. I write reviews as a way of spreading the word of books that I love in hopes that others too find joy in reading them. That was the whole concept of blogging to me. To be able to share books with people and to spread my love of the written word. There are a few authors who have a certain effect on me. Their way with words tie me up in knots so tight that I find myself spell-bound by them. I am going to say that Ms. Reisz is one of those authors. So I am sitting here with my lap top trying to figure out exactly what it is that I want to say about the third installment in The Original Sinner Series, The Prince. To be honest with both you and myself, I am stumped but here it goes.
With each book Ms. Reisz’s story just gets better and better that I tell myself, “no way she can top that.” Then out of no where she releases the next installment of the series and I just sit back and think, “how the hell did she do that?”
In the Siren we got to know Nora. I believe that book introduced us to this central figure that would be the guiding light in the entire series. She is the wind that carries the reader in all directions the past, the present, the south, the north, the west, and the east. With each novel Ms. Reisz keeps unraveling her warn of words and renders the reader speechless.
I loved the way the book was separated by 3 sections. The North Past where we learn much more about the dynamic between Soren and Kingsley. The North Present where the current story of intrigue and their relationship history and present continues to be explored. The South where once again Nora and Wesley explore their feelings for one another.
The characters that I personally were drawn to in this book were Soren and Kingsley. Soren is beautiful, strong, scary and capable but he seems so sad to me. I know there are many who love him and others who don’t. To me Soren is hauntingly beautiful, the more that is revealed about him the more I find myself drawn to him. I almost found Kingsley and Soren to be kindred in a way. I have always been team Soren and Nora, and I still am but a part of me wants Kingsley to win too. I want him to have a happy ending. I almost want Ms. Reisz to end the series in a polyamorous relationship where everyone wins. No one loses, they all get a piece of their own heaven, a slice of loves paradise.
In the Prince we are taken further down the Sinners rabbit hole. Here we begin to learn more and more as secrets of the past begin to have a blaring spotlight blasted on them. Ms. Reisz once again explores all the seven deadly sins and how they perpetually affect the characters in her novel. Each character is plagued by their own demons. I have seen Ms. Reisz claim that this novel is dark on twitter. Yes, it is dark, there are parts that just simply hurt to read. You feel for these characters so much that all of a sudden you forget your own environment and get swept utterly and completely into this world. But what I find so immensely beautiful in the book as with all the others in this series is that it’s human. Forget about the BDSM or the Kink, aside from all the steamy scenes or the 8th circle world, this is a book full of beauty. Ms. Reisz shows how fragile and precious we all are, how simple acts that we may not think anything of has a domino effect a lasting impression if you will.
Nothing in life is perfect, nothing. Usually romance novels build a world were everything seamlessly falls into place. What I love about this book is that it shows the human condition. No man or woman is perfect, they are human and as humans we slip, trip, struggle. The beauty is in the imperfection in the honesty of the words.
The reasons I love this book. Spectacular writing, complex interesting characters, examination of the human conditions. Why I think you will love it, because beautiful well written stories will grip you and memorize you body, mind, and soul.
I give The Prince by Tiffany Reisz 5 stars of absolute utter perfection.