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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ARC Review: The Prince by Tiffany Reisz


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....

My Review:

Tiffany Reisz (T.R.), to me, is one of the most talented writers putting pen to paper today.  Who ever thought a series that mixed Theology, Kinkology, and Suspense could work?  But it does!  And so amazingly!  It's sublime.  You could say her books are sexual, because hello?  But they also are sensual.  So, so sensual.

The Prince picks up where The Angel left off.  Nora is with her Wesley.  So far, we've really only gotten to see the romantic, chivalrous side of Wesley in the series.  But in this book, we get to see the sexual being that was always lurking beneath the surface, just waiting to be unleashed.  Nora and Wesley together are just wonderful.  I loved it!  I also ADORE Wesley's mother!  She is a southern belle with a sharp wit and a good heart.

T.R. does her Kentucky home proud with an accurate and interesting portrayal of horse racing and breeding and all that it entails.  I don't think Nora is capable of ever being a fish out of water, but we get to see her have some experiences with an almost child-like wonder, that shows a new side of Nora.

We also get to see Søren and Kingsley's past.  How their lives are interwoven.   How the 8th Circle had it's foundation bricks laid.  I found this amazing.  Going in, I didn't think I was going to care for the Singsley parts of the books, but they are so beautifully written and made me understand sadomasochism on a level I never have before.  What it can be between two people, and I'm not talking about in a club or even a bedroom.  I'm talking unplanned, raw, I need you/I love you/I hate you passion.  The two of them together are combustible! 

And Søren!  Søren doesn't just live in badassmuthafucka land, Søren is the king of badassmuthafucka land!   The physical pain he inflicts is child's play compared to the emotional sadism.  I actually feel sorry for Kingsley!  Kingsley!   I can't believe it myself!  I now like Kingsley!

I am like T.R.’s petulant child, digging my heels in.  I don't wanna like Søren or Kingsley, but I can’t resist. 

As if all of that weren't enough, in the meaty center of it all we have a suspenseful plot, the unraveling of which is a masterful thing to behold. I was holding my breath in places. Add to that, a surprise ending that will make you ache to have The Mistress (book 4), like you might sell a piece of your soul to Søren *shudders* to get it!

So, in my crazy mind, I was constructing an Original Sinners sundae and I realized that I always thought of Kingsley as the cherry.  You know, the one you don't want, you flick it off and it leaves a red stain on your beautiful whipped cream (of course, Nora is whipped cream-'cause everyone wants to slurp her up).  Now I've upgraded Kingsley to  at least sprinkles or maybe wet nuts, I can't decide.   Wesley is the vanilla ice cream.  The good,  creamy, delicious Mexican vanilla ice cream.  Søren is the rum raisin or whatever the most frost burned flavor in the parlor is, but sometimes he's double double chocolate chip.  Those are my favorite Søren moments.  Michael is the yummy, sticky, caramel syrup and a Griffin is the hot fudge.  Mmm, So good together!

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The Prince is a definite recommended read!

Rating: 5 Kisses


*book was provided to Read Our Lips! by publisher via NetGalley*

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