The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

Posted September 28, 2015 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

The Queen by Tiffany ReiszThe Queen by Tiffany Reisz
Also by this author: The King, The Virgin, The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years, #4), The Confessions, The Bourbon Thief, The Bourbon Thief, The Night Mark, The Red, Michael's Wings: An Original Sinners Collection, The Lucky Ones, The Chateau (The Original Sinners, #9), The Rose, Winter Tales, The Priest (The Original Sinners, #9), The Pearl (The Godwicks, #3)
Published by Harlequin Mira on October 27, 2015
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
ISBN: 978-0778318439

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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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Robbie’s Review

As with every book in the Original Sinners series, I approached reading The Queen with equal parts of anticipation and trepidation; however, I knew up front there would be an additional component to this reading. Would it be sadness knowing the story was coming to an end or would it be joy knowing the story would have an ending? One of the elements I can count on in Tiffany Reisz’s books is nothing is ever exactly as it seems on the first reading. Whether or not that is intentional (and who am I kidding??? We know it’s intentional!!!), every story, every line, every word is subject to the Mistress of Mind Games! The Queen is no exception.  Once more the author pushes the boundaries of your imagination by painting outside the lines of acceptability…and she makes you love it!

At times, it’s really hard to review a Tiffany Reisz book without giving spoilers because I just want to say “Remember that thing that made you go hmmm? Well, this is what’s really going on!” Recently I purchased the audio book of The Virgin and began listening right after I finished reading The Queen. As I listened the proverbial light bulb popped up because it became clear to me that what seems to be pre-wedding jitters between Nora and Søren at the beginning of The Virgin isn’t due to anything that happens in that book! But…I’m not going to even hint because I want every reader to read and savor every word of every book until the last line of The Queen.

There is always much to love in The Original Sinners books and my favorite thing to love in The Queen is Søren. Unfailingly involved and in touch with her Sinners, Ms. Reisz  plays her cards very carefully as she shows us every character, but it is with exceptional skill that she shows us an uncharacteristically vulnerable Søren as if she wants her readers to love this stern and scary man as much as she and Nora do. Even though I remain faithfully Team Kingsley, I think many of you may find yourselves a little bit in love with a priest before the end!

Never one to leave plot elements or characters dangling (except from a St. Andrew’s Cross), the author answers questions, ties up loose ends and flips the light switch both on and off at the end of The Queen. I think every devotee of this series will be pleased with the grand finale, but I also think every person reading this review believes there will be more stories from our favorite Sinners!


About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin’s Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky’s Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Tiffany also writes mainstream women’s suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief (winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.

Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.

Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers