Review: The Prince by Tiffany Reisz

Tuesday, November 20

Title: The Prince*
Author: Tiffany Reisz      
Series: Original series #3      
Genre: Erotic fiction
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Format: ebook and print
Date/Year: November 20, 2012
Reviewed by: Michele

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

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 Musings:

Note:  This review contains spoilers from The Angel. If you have not read The Angel, please stop here.

At the end of The Angel, book 2 in the Original Sinners series, we are left with Nora reconnecting with Wesley and what appears to be the end of the perceived danger to Nora which had begun with the theft of her file from Kingsley’s townhouse. But as we soon find within The Prince, the danger to Nora is still present and very real. This is why Søren has practically thrown her into the arms of Wes and why it will take both Søren and Kingsley to discover what is threatening the peace and safety of the 8th Circle.
“His pet’s run off, and this time, she hasn’t got her collar.”

While Nora is attempting to find her niche within Wesley’s rarefied and decidedly vanilla world, Kingsley is hoping to leverage her absence to his greatest advantage. After all, before Søren was hers, he was Søren's. The Prince is the story of not only the dangerous present, but also the inescapable past, where decisions made in the throes of passion lead to unintended consequences in the here and now. In it, we learn how Kingsley and Søren's relationship began and how it directed what would happen years before Nora had been Eleanor, long before she had even been born. At the same time, we see Nora come to terms with what she feels for Wesley as he continues on the same path of devotion he began all the way back at the beginning of The Angel. The place where everyone’s paths intersect is where the true danger begins.
“I’ve read Machiavelli, too. The Prince. It is better to be feared than loved.”

It should come as no surprise that I absolutely loved this book. Yet, if you had told me a year ago that I would shed tears over the intimate scenes between Søren and Kingsley, I’d have said you were crazy. The genius of Tiffany Reisz is how she draws you into her world of the Original Sinners so slowly and surely that by the time you realize what you are reading and how you are reacting to it, it’s all much too late to change your mind. The seduction is complete.

As always, please be advised that there are no taboos that Tiffany Reisz isn’t willing to explore, no line she won’t cross, no bar to what she will reveal. If you are easily offended by any sort of sexual taboo, this is likely not the book for you. More’s the pity.
“What? You’re telling me romance novels and erotica novels aren’t one hundred percent realistic with the sex scenes? I’m shocked.”

Ratings:

Overall: 5
Sensuality level: 5
(non-consensual M/M, hardcore BDSM, a single scene of animal abuse)

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