Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

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The final book in The Original Sinners Series - The Red Years.

There's punishment-and then there's vengeance.

Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn't interested in play. Or pity.

As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It's a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.

But in Nora's world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak....

Alexis and Angela say:

Let me start with a warning: This is book four in a series. This is my review of book four, and I’m being very careful not to give any spoilers of book FOUR, but I make no promises of not giving spoilers of the previous three books. In fact, I guarantee to spoil the hell of them. I’m sorry for that in advance. If you haven’t read the previous novels: “The Siren”, “The Angel”, and “The Prince”... I’m not even sure why you are reading this, and not out buying them on Amazon and reading right now. Now, it is time to move on to the review.

There are few books or in this case series, that have left me reeling. I read The Siren shortly after discovering the erotica genre. I have to say it pretty much pushed every limit of comfort I had. I kind of hated it. But I found myself thinking of it constantly. I couldn’t put the characters out of my mind. I was disturbed. I loved them, I hated them, I wanted to find out what happened to them. I swore I would NOT read the next book. I think that lasted about a week before my tortured mind bought The Angel on Amazon and devoured it. THAT was my first experience with male/male erotica/romance. I swore I hated it as well. But again, I thought about it, loved it, hated it, couldn’t get the characters out of my mind. To date, the couple in this story is one of my all time favorite couples. Book three blows your mind with revelations that you never see coming! Why am I telling you all of this when I am supposed to be reviewing The Mistress? I have no clue my mind is all over the place, that is what Tiffany Reisz does to you. She fills your mind with this world of BDSM erotica, and a love story so overwhelming, that it will blow your mind.

The Mistress was so highly anticipated by me, that I was practically shaking when I found out I was getting an advanced copy to review. For years, I have been wondering if Nora will decide to stay with her beloved Priest, or explore a relationship with Wes, her young assistant. Was my question answered to my satisfaction?

The beginning of The Mistress finds Nora held captive by someone with an old grudge against Soren and Kingsley. Many people from the past come to aid them in their quest to find and save Nora as her captor forces her to tell stories to keep them “entertained”. It was so much fun to see and hear from so many of the characters from the past. Some from past books, and some from short stories featured on Tiffany’s website.

There aren’t a LOT of details I can go into without giving away spoilers, but I will say that I got *almost* everything I wanted in this book!

This series by far is my all-time favorite series ever!  I bow at Miss Reisz's feet for giving us, the readers, the absolute three most beautiful love stories of all time. When Angela told me she had signed us up for this tour, not only did I scream, but I wanted to give her an actual virtual hug and kiss.  I had been anxiously waiting for this book to come out to the point that I had a mental countdown-don't judge! The sad part is that I don't know how I could even give this book the justice it deserves. I always thought that Tiffany (or Miss Tiff) hit her highest mark with "The Angel" but I was sorely mistaken. This book took me on the best emotional journey a book has ever taken me on.  The journey included countless texts and messages to Angela along with hyperventilation, tears of joy and sadness, as well as the feeling of completeness.

Like Angela said above, "The Mistress" begins right where the "The Prince" ends.  This book was written a bit different from the others.  You were able to read everyone's point of views except for Soren's.  But, through everyone's points of views you were able to learn more about Soren through his actions and how the others viewed him   I have to admit, I have always loved Soren, even in "The Siren". I truly believe this book is Tiffany's ode to him.  You find out that he has a quirky sense of humor, he is a romantic in an unconventional sort of way (how else can a Priest be romantic), and would face death for the two people he loves the most. I also loved how much Wes had grown from "The Prince" until this book.  I was never a Wes fan, so that is a huge step for me.

Alexis is so right! I want to add that these relationships build and grow so much from the first book to the last... I know Alexis mentioned not caring for Wes, I have to admit, I didn’t like Kingsley. I thought he was a jealous, arrogant narcissist. Everyone kept saying “Oh, I feel sorry for him”. Me, not so much. But by the end of this book, I kind of loved him. Soren, What can I say about Soren? He was so hard and unyielding in “The Siren”. You were just terrified of him. By “The Angel”, when Nora described him, you start to see a different side of him. In “The Mistress”, you really see Soren as a different person. But not to everyone else. Just to Nora. You see Nora’s Soren. I won’t mention how many times I cried over this relationship in “The Mistress”.

When Nora describes her relationship and is telling her stories, she is really saying “look at this...this is my life...this is who *I* am”. I think it speaks of tolerance of the BDSM/ Homosexual/ménage lifestyle in a way. I really don’t know how you can read this and say it isn’t ok for them, because they are *so* happy with it.

My last side note is this, Tiffany Reisz is a master with word play and symbolism. Some religious some not. Some of it was so deep that Alexis had to point it out to me.

One thing you will need for this book is a reading buddy! You will need emotional support. If you don’t have one, email me and I’ll be there for you. If I could give it more I would, but since I can’t, I’ll stick with FIVE STARS!!


Nora was also fantastic in this book. She is the type of girl who does not take shit from anyone, even people who are out to hurt her.  Nora has got to be one of the sassiest heroines I have ever read, ever.  I loved the way she taunted MarieLaure, with her stories and wittiness. Kingsley is the one character I have a soft spot for.  I am one of “those” people who do feel sorry for him. But, in this book, he does find true happiness in more than one way.  Everything else Angela said above I completely agree with 100%.  I cannot imagine Nora and Soren’s lifestyle without the BDSM/ménage aspect nor do I want to. 

I have to say that Tiffany really knows how to deliver an ending.  At first, I was like, “wait, what?”, then I calmed down and thought about it and realized the beauty in it. I wish that this wasn’t the end, but we all have to say good-bye at some point.  I am now sitting on pins and needles waiting for the prequel “The Priest”.   

This book is definitely a 5++ star read for me.

If you haven’t read any of these books, stop what you are reading and pick up “The Siren” today.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

Quotes we loved:

“Look, in my world slut is a term of endearment. Why do I have to keep explaining this to people? You’re going to have to find a new name if you want to actually hurt my feelings”

“You know who never told me how to live my life? Soren. He asked me to obey him, not to change for him.”

“Why do you love me so much, you stupid man?”

He smiled at her.

“Because I met you.”

“If you choose Little One…I can own you. You would be my property, mine alone. 

“Of course you own me.  You always have…”

“I have to go. I have to get my Little One back.  No matter the cost.”

“I would have done the same for you”

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Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice. 

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed). 

THE SIREN was awarded the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance 2012. 

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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  1. nice review! the original sinners series definitely knows how to bring out every emotion. i just finished it last night and still need to process the whole thing.

  2. I haven't read it yet but would love to. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I started reading the first book in the series but had a hard time getting into it. After reading this post, I think I am going to have to give it another try! From what I had read, not sure I could pick a team just yet. I will have to read more and decide!