Keep your friends close and your enemies closer...preferably in bed. That's always been Kingsley Edge's strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it's Kingsley's chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he's ever wanted -- Søren, Nora's on-again, off-again lover -- until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past. Wes Railey is still the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and she's in "his" world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren's relentlessly seductive pull. Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make... unless someone makes it for her....
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Genre: Erotica, Adult Contemporary, BDSM
The Prince, the third book in Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series, blew me away. By now, I'm sure you've heard a bit about this series - the damaged characters, the messy relationships, the hard core BDSM, and Soren's profession. This series is full of all kinds of kink and sexiness, but don't be fooled by its hard core nature. This is a wonderfully written story, with twists and turns, and a whole hell of a lot of heart. Tiffany Reisz should be on everyone's must-read list and recognized as an up-and-coming star.
In The Prince, we learn a lot more about Kingsley's and Soren's pasts. We learn how they met and more about their backgrounds. I enjoyed reading about the young Kinglsey - he was full of cockiness and self-assuredness even as a teenager. We learn how Kingsley falls in love with Soren, how and why Soren married King's sister, Marie-Laure, and generally what life was life for these two before Nora entered Soren's life.
He wanted to sleep for days, for years even. Maybe when he woke up he would be a grown man and no one could send him away again. The day would come when he would take orders from no one, and that would be the best day of his life.
Nora spends this entire book in Wesley's Kentucky. She learns about horse racing and gets a glimpse of what a "normal" life would be like for her. Wes is passionate about Nora, and she seems to feel the same way, but there is just something about this couple that I cannot bring myself to root for. Wes and Nora adore one another, for sure, but there's just something missing in my opinion. For me, Nora isn't made for life on the farm, no matter how appealing Wesley is.
"Wes, you shouldn't love me this much. I'm a lot of things, but good for you is not one of them. I don't know why I'm here other than I can't be anywhere else right now. I couldn't leave if I tried."
As in The Angel, there is another major mystery that is investigated in this book. This time, however, we don't know whom the culprit is. Someone has stolen Kingsley's file on Nora. That alone seems to be enough to get Soren into super protective mode. When Soren learns that his childhood bed has been burned, and later that Kingsley's townhouse is broken in to, things become very serious, very quickly. Soren and Kingsley work together to figure out this mystery, and we learn that an adult Kingsley is still very much in love with Soren, and that Nora's life might be in great danger. This book switched settings and PoV several times, bouncing between Nora's present, Kinglsey's and Soren's pasts and also their presents. Sounds confusing, right? Not at all. Ms. Reisz pulls it off superbly.
One thing I need to mention is that I believe that as much as Kingsley loves (in his own way) Nora, he also hates her. Although he would do anything to protect her, I think that he is madly jealous of her and I look forward to seeing where these emotions go in the next book. Kingsley seems to be stuck in the middle with his feelings for her. It's a great, yet difficult, dynamic and Reisz pulls it off perfectly. It is obvious that Soren is completely in love with Nora, even though he seems to have very deep feelings for Kingsley.
Kinglsey had tended to twenty-year-old Nora for a week after that night - icing her bruises, rubbing ointment into her welts, picking the shards of glass from her feet and bandaging her bloody skin. She hadn't cried. Not once. Not even when she'd woken up bleeding onto the sheets. More than not crying, the damn girl had even smiled. Smiled like only a woman in love could do. Kingsley hated her for that, for not shedding a single tear no matter how much she suffered.
There are a few grand revelations at the end of The Prince that shocked me. The reader is left on a cliff hangar that seems very ominous. I cannot wait to read the fourth installment in this series, that sadly, isn't due until next year. This book is highly recommended for erotica and BDSM lovers, as well as those who enjoy exceedingly complex characters and relationships. Don't let the BDSM scenes scare you off - this is a series not to be missed.