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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We know the holidays are busy for everyone and yet we hope you can join us in reading three amazing books.
Title: A Death in the Small Hours
Author: Charles Finch
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
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….
Inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s The Angel. Enjoy!
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We’ve scheduled three great books. We hope you can join us and enjoy reading along!
Title: The Angel
Author: Tiffany Reisz
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.
Author: Colleen Hoover
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
Author: Chelsea Cain
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.
Here is the transcript for our author fan chat with author Tiffany Reisz. She was kind enough join us and discuss her book The Siren. Enjoy! The transcript is also uploaded to our FB page as well.
Once again thank you to Tiffany Reisz and everyone who participated in the chat. We really do appreciate it!
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.
2 oz shot glass
• Bacardi Rum- premium white
• Raspberry Puree (recipe below)
• Heavy whipping cream
• Whipped cream dispenser
• Red raspberries- whole
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
• 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)
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
Nora is both sweet and sultry, but she also comes with a bite just like this does!
• 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)
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!