Review: The Mistress Files by Tiffany Reisz

MistressFilesCoverTitle: The Mistress Files
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotica
Publisher:Mira Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Welcome to the private files of Nora Sutherlin, The Mistress.

Kingsley Edge, owner of the 8th Circle BDSM club and Nora’s occasional lover, has ordered her to compose client profiles so the other Dominatrixes in his employ can learn from her expert erotic encounters. She’s the best Dominatrix at the club and her clients always leave satisfied, no matter how unusual their requests may be. And The Mistress’s first five cases are anything but vanilla….

Review:

          In this sexy little novella I got to reacquaint myself my favorite Sinner, Mistress Nora.  Oh God, how I’ve missed her!  It was like a day hadn’t gone by since I stepped into her dungeon; even though it’s been a long and lonely road since November.  She’s just as smart and sassy as ever and I couldn’t wait to see what fun she had in store for me. Continue reading

June Lover Recommendations

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Title: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

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Title: Geoducks are for Lovers
Author: Daisy Prescott

Food writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin on Whidbey Island. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting.

Gil Morrow, a former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. Facing his own ghosts, Gil decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the support of college sweethearts, a hot lumberjack, a few wishing rocks, and the world’s largest burrowing clam, Gil reminds Maggie that forty-something isn’t too old for second chances.

Can we learn to love the life we have and let go of who we expected to be? What happens when the generation from The Breakfast Club and Reality Bites meets The Big Chill? Come spend a weekend with these Generation X-ers as they share laughter, tears, life’s ups and downs, old stories, and new beginnings. Continue reading

Upping the Ante for Oklahoma: Acts of Kindness

Below are a few authors who’ve decided to up the ante for raising funds for the Acts of Kindness fundraiser.  We’ve provided the info below, now it’s up to you to do good for Oklahoma and get something good in return.

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These authors have been added as team members to our campaign.  To access their individual offers, you can go to our main fundraising page and click on that team member’s event or you can click on the photos above to go directly to that author’s fundraising page.  You can still enter our main giveaway, too.  For a full list of all of the author gift contributions, click here.

Katie Ashley’s Ultimate Fan Pack is being auctioned off starting at $10.00 on June 1, 2013, at 12:15 AM and end on June 7 at 9:00 PM EDT.  Click on the graphic below to be taken directly to the auction site.

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Please send your donation receipt to verify@literatiliteraturelovers.com to ensure you claim your prize.

Click the graphic below to get to the main campaign page!

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My Date with Sin

A Book Boyfriend….is there such a thing? Is it possible to be so emotionally invested in a fictional book that the characters become more than just words on a page?

These are questions I’ve asked myself over the years.  Pondering such existence usually happened when I’d stumble upon those awe gushing reviews of the newest chart busting novel and its leading man, or when I happened upon whispered conversations- that could be compared to teenage ramblings- down the aisles of my favorite book store.  It was chatter such as this that caused me, on several occasions, to choke my laughter down for fear of a lynch mob forming who will undoubtedly come after me for not being the newest member of the Crazy Club. I swore they were everywhere and I just didn’t get it.

I am a reader- this is not news- and have enjoyed many novels over the years.  I’ve experienced stories that made me laugh and do the ugly cry (yes, there is such a thing and we’ve all done it) over a simple moment in fictional time BUT, I’ve never found one that made me feel like we could be anything more than just Reader and Fiction.  Well, that is until now.

I am here to tell you that yes book boyfriends do exist and yes, I have become one of those crazy women who silently consider what it would be like to meet these all-too-real characters who’ve now taken up residence in my head.

Wait.

Did I just admit that on the internet?! *sigh*

So, now that that’s out there and before the urge to go hide in the corner completely suffocates me, I guess I should introduce you all to MY book boyfriend…Mr. Griffin Fiske.  Isn’t he a dreamboat?  Say “Hi” Griffin. ;)

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For those of you who have not made his acquaintance don’t worry, it’s not too late. He -and the best cast of Sinners a girl could ask for- will certainly make it worth your while thanks to their creator and genius writer Ms. Tiffany Reisz. The first thing you need to do is grab a copy of The Siren here, (by Tiffany Reisz of course) and then proceed to hold onto your britches because she’s going to blow them away.  And trust me when I say this… you’ll love it and will be begging her for more.

*cough* You’re welcome.

Just leave the pants off next time, they won’t be needed.

Of course once she has you by the short ones, you will have no choice but to consume The Angel and then The Prince.  The good news is, you will survive and I can guarantee that you too will want at least one (if not all) of her Sinners to come along with your shiny new membership card to the Crazy Club. Now, you want to know why the handsomely stunning Griffin is THE best book boyfriend?  He never comes alone. ;)  Enjoy! (I know I certainly did)

The Prince

Review: The Prince by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Prince
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic Fiction
Grade/Rating: 5 out 5

To begin my review of The Prince I have to admit that this series has rocked me beyond anything I ever thought possible and I am still begging for more. Literally. I’m online searching for whatever morsels I can get my greedy little eyes on and it’s still not enough to satisfy this insane craving. Ms. Reisz has become my drug of choice and according to her… she’s just warming up.

The format and style of this book is unlike any I’ve ever seen. We aren’t given chapters; we’re given glimpses of time. These glimpses are so perfectly timed and notated with headers such as North (past or present) and South; I never once lost my train of thought or where I was last left off. The moments flowed so freely through time that I felt there, in every moment, feeling and seeing them as they happened in real time and not some cheesy flashback moment that is lost in the shuffle of life. The North represents our dear Søren and Kingsley and their journey to where it all began while the South gives us back our much craved Nora and Wesley reunion and her trip into a world she never knew existed.

The Prince picks up right where The Angel left us but this time there’s a dark shadow that blankets everything. We begin with an eerie Prologue that reminds us that not all is well in the world of the Sinners and someone is waiting for an opportunity to prove it. We know that Nora’s file was stolen from Kingsley’s office, but who dared to cross that man? Better yet, who could gain from the secrets kept in that simple file? This mysterious shadow finds its way into the weak crevices of our strong and formidable Søren and begins to taunt him with the still unknown secrets of his past. Someone has their target but whom or what the target is, only the shadow knows and will reveal when it’s time.

I was prepared to see Søren and Kingsley, both past and present, and the dynamic and texture of their relationship but was not strong enough to handle those sweet stolen moments and conversations. They nearly broke me and I found myself not only seeing the young beautiful men they once were but falling hard for Kingsley when he bared his heart out of pure love and weakness for Søren. These two men found each other when they least expected it and need it (whether they want to admit it or not), and now are forced to face the past together. This leads me to constantly wonder…where will their relationship be when it’s over? Søren has always been the strong and solid one but it’s here that I see Kingsley take on the role of protector in the hopes of returning to the one place he’s missed the most…kneeling beside Søren.

Søren also took me by a bit of a surprise again (I swear the man just loves to mess with me) and it was in The Prince that I was introduced to yet another side of this puzzling man. I have always seen him as intimidating, intelligent, and enigmatic but it’s here that I see shocking vulnerability, tenderness, and even raw love. I guess to be a polarizing character you have to keep people on their toes …so now tell me what does it mean when he has me on my knees?
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November / December Read Along Selections

We know the holidays are busy for everyone and yet we hope you can join us in reading three amazing books.
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Title: A Death in the Small Hours
Author: Charles Finch
Chapter Dates
Synopsis: Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle’s estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls.

Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protégé, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.

Title: The Prince
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Chapter Dates
Synopsis: Exquisite pain is one thing– mortal danger is quite another

Wesley Railey is young, handsome and still the object of Nora Sutherlin’s tamest yet most maddening fantasies. He’s the one Nora can’t forget, despite her on-again, off-again relationship with her first and most dangerous lover, Søren. Wes is also horse-racing royalty in Kentucky, and on his arm notorious Nora mixes with very aristocratic company-the likes of which a New York City dominatrix would ordinarily never meet. But they’ve got their own dirty secrets: Nora discovers a chilling scam run by rival horse owners with mob ties and violent methods for keeping people quiet.

But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley’s world is running up against her bone-deep instinct for survival-and Søren’s relentlessly seductive pull. Before the end, new enemies will strike as surely as old flames can still singe….

 

Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series Roundup

October Read Along Selections

We’ve scheduled three great books. We hope you can join us and enjoy reading along!

Title: The Angel
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Chapter Dates
Blurb: No safe word can protect the heart

Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora’s lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora’s protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora’s mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora’s past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It’s a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.

Title: Slammed
Author: Colleen Hoover
Chapter Dates
Blurb: Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart

Title: Heartsick
Author: Chelsea Cain
Chapter Dates
Blurb: Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.

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Tiffany Reisz Links ~ The Angel

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We’ve been busy these past couple of days and therefore the site has been updated with a lot of features relating to Tiffany Reisz. To make it easier to for you, I’ve decided to keep all links in one place for easy reference.

Review: The Siren
Review: The Angel
Book Trailer: The Siren
Author Interview: Tiffany Reisz Part 1
Author Interview: Tiffany Reisz Part 2
Transcript: Fan Chat & The Siren Discussion
Quotes: The Siren Favorite Quotes
Culinary Inspiration: The Angel
Recipe: The Sintini
Recipe: The Mick

Recipe: The Mick

The following drink is inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s character, Michael, in The Angel. Michael as you are aware makes an appearance in The Siren.

Michael is incredibly sweet, shy, and as pure as the this creamy concoction. One shot of this and you will know why he’s a very popular young man.

Items needed:
2 oz shot glass
Teaspoons
Small bowl

Ingredients:
• Bacardi Rum- premium white
• Raspberry Puree (recipe below)
• Heavy whipping cream
• Whipped cream dispenser
• Red raspberries- whole

Directions:
1. Place 1 TBSP of premade and chilled raspberry puree in bowl, add 2 TBSP rum and stir
2. Gently place in bottom of shot glass, keeping careful not to get any on the sides
3. Using extreme caution, “float” heavy cream along surface of puree mixture by pouring cream at the edge of glass at an extremely slow pace until glass is full. If this is done slowly and carefully, you will have a distinct separation of the two.
4. Using a teaspoon, dispense whipped cream dollop onto spoon and using another spoon, slowly slide off and onto top of heavy cream.
5. Top with 1 whole red raspberry and ENJOY!

Red Raspberry Puree*
Makes approximately ¾ cup
Ingredients:
• 1 – 12 ounce bag of frozen unsweetened raspberries
• 1/4 cup granulated white sugar, or more to taste
• 1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)

Directions:
1. Thaw the unsweetened frozen raspberries in a fine meshed strainer placed over a large bowl. (This will take a few hours at room temperature or you can defrost the berries in the microwave.)
2. Once the berries have completely thawed, force the juice from the berries by gently pressing the berries with the back of a spoon. (All that should remain in the strainer is the raspberry seeds.)
3. Throw away the seeds and, to the strained juice, stir in the lemon juice (if using) and white sugar (add more if needed).
4. Can be covered and stored in the refrigerator up to a week, or freeze up to a year.
*Recipe from http://www.joyofbaking.com

Recipe: The Sintini

The following drink inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s character, Nora, in The Siren. As you are probably aware Nora plays a major role in her Original Sinners series.

Nora is both sweet and sultry, but she also comes with a bite just like this does!

Items needed:
martini shaker
martini glass
swizzle stick
paring knife
cutting board

Ingredients:
• 4 ounces of Pomegranate Cherry juice or Pomegranate juice
• 2 ounces Maraschino Cherry syrup
• 3 ounces Cherry flavored vodka
• 1 ½ ounces Cointreau liquor
• 5 maraschino cherries (1 with stem)
• 1 lemon
• Sugar for rim (color is optional)
• Ice

Directions:
1. Cut lemon in half and rub edge of glass to moisten
2. Dip edge of glass directly into sugar, be sure to coat entire edge
3. Place one cherry in bottom of glass
4. In shaker, fill with ice and place all liquor, juice, and syrup
5. Shake and then strain and pour carefully into glass
6. Garnish with stemmed cherry (slice open at bottom)
7. Place remaining cherries on swizzle stick and lay across glass
8. May also garnish with lemon rind

Enjoy a taste of Sin~ Nora-style!

Culinary Inspiration: The Angel

I’ve enjoyed reading books with scenes taking place around a table full of gorgeous food and having that key moment when you feel your heart either break or soar as if you are sitting there too. Being that I’m a classically trained Pastry chef, I tend to be interested in the foods written in fiction novels and wonder if it’s an important part of the author’s vision or just a “prop” used to set a scene. Some novels have urged me to try some new things while others have made me wonder “what in the heck were they thinking!” But, there has now come a time when I have just experienced a really unbelievable story and it didn’t have a morsel of food in it. Hmmm…what to do, what to do.

There are very few, if any, books that make me want to get creative and show my unabashed love for the story as well as the author, however, The Angel by Tiffany Reisz has done just that. These are my culinary creations in a tribute to some of my all-time favorite characters as well as my new super-cheesy author crush *blushing*.  So lets make some sinfully good cocktails and celebrate the release of The Angel today!

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Here are some of my Angel inspired creations!