Also by this author: The King, The Virgin, The Queen, 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 MIRA, Tantor Audio on October 27th 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotica
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 yearlong 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.
Since one of my favorite authors to read and review is Tiffany Reisz, it has certainly been no hardship to listen through her Original Sinners series after having read all the books. Even though I’ve already reviewed The Queen which is the most recent book in the series (I totally refuse to call it the last book!), it has been my guilty pleasure to treat myself to the audio version. And what a treat it is! Be sure to treat yourself to a sound bite from The Queen, graciously provided to me by Cassandra McNeil at Tantor Media, by clicking on either the cover graphic below or my Listening Lady to the left. As Nora and Søren wait together for a momentous event that will mark both a beginning and an ending, the storyteller delves into the past to illuminate the present. Tiffany Reisz has a unique talent for writing books that open themselves to readers in a new way with each reading, or in this case, listening. With the Mistress of Mind Games, there is always something more to be discovered.
Reviewing an audio book which falls into the Erotica genre raises an issue I haven’t addressed up to this point: is there a perceivable difference between reading explicit sexual content and hearing someone else read it? In theory, there should be no difference, but, in reality, there can be a huge difference. The difference is going to lie with the narrator. If the narrator has acting skills, then the sexual content is bound to be more intimate and emotional than the written word. As I read a book, I begin to form a mental picture of the characters and the setting. An audio book will lend another dimension to that mental picture because the characters have audible voices. If the narrator is gifted, they will be voices you both recognize and carry in your head throughout the book. When I find an audio series I like, it is gratifying if the author finds a voice for his or her books that is truly an asset. It is very disconcerting to have voices in your head for a group of characters only to have them show up in the next book in the series with different voices because the narrator has changed.
The White Years books – The Saint, The King, The Virgin, and The Queen are all narrated by Elizabeth Hart who gives an excellent performance. She is great with accents (Oh. My. Kingsley!), with vocal qualities and tones that differentiate the characters, and with the emotional nuances that make the more sexually explicit scenes erotic and believable. They never seem awkward or comedic unless that is the author’s intent. I found it interesting in researching the narrator that she learned a love of storytelling from her grandfather who was a member of the Choctaw tribe. This quality certainly comes across in her narration.
So. . .if you love the Original Sinners series and you’ve read all the books at least two or three times as I have, and you just don’t see how you can survive without more from Nora, Søren, and Kingsley, don’t be in pain any longer unless that’s just your preference! Console yourself by downloading the audio versions starting with The Red Years – The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, and The Mistress and then move on to The White Years.