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Review: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

The Mistress coverTitle: The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4)
Author: 
Tiffany Reisz
Genre: 
Erotica
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Rating: 
5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis:

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….

Review:

For the last few weeks/days/hours I have been asking myself the same question over and over… “Where do I even attempt to begin this review?”  Not only did The Mistress damn near kill me just being the final book in the quartet, but it thoroughly came back and made sure the Wreck-n-Break Elizabeth job was finished and there was no coming back the same from any of it. I was left hanging and holding my breath at the turn of the last page of The Prince so I’ve basically spent the time between trying to figure out what was going to happen to my Nora and just who was going to hurt me more. Even with all my theories and late night discussions with those select few who understood my (almost) unhealthy obsession with these characters, nothing came close to preparing me for what was about to happen between those pages.

Right off the bat I’m thrown into Nora’s memory and it’s such a poignant moment in her life that it had me grinning like a goon and that’s exactly where the author wants me. Happy and gooey all before she straps me into the seat and tightens the harness for the wicked ride I’m about to go on.  Of course, as the memory came to a close, and the ride began, the darkness set in and I knew it was going to take an army of heroes in order to make it go away, for good.  This little flashback also taunted my craving for more of young but ever-so sarcastic Eleanor but I have faith that I will make it until I have The Priest in my greedy little hands.

“And you’ll go to all this trouble for me…why?” Eleanor lifted her head a little higher and stared straight into his eyes.

“Because there is nothing I wouldn’t do to protect you, Eleanor. Nothing I wouldn’t do to help you. And nothing I wouldn’t do to save you. Nothing”

Much like The Prince, this book is written in a different format and not divided into your typical chapters. Instead, the story is set on a stage much like a chess board and the characters are the pieces; each moving precisely while mounting their attack and told in different points of view.  There is no telegraphing in this story either. From one page to the next I didn’t know if the move was going to be the right one to save The Queen or if it would be the one that claimed the “checkmate”.  The cast of characters playing this sinister game have returned to take the stage by storm and I knew I was a mere pawn that would be trampled by the stampede.  There were familiar faces and new ones; all of which banded together for the same cause…love.

“Søren couldn’t live in a world without Nora. Kingsley couldn’t live in a world without Søren. Her death would be like the sinking of a great ship. She would take them all down with her.”

Søren, Kingsley, and Wesley join together, despite their differences and without a plan, all for the sake of Nora and it made my heart nearly burst to see these boys getting along…well, as best they could.  Of course they had their moments of disagreement but I expected no less considering the circumstances and past history between them. Each of them shocked me in their own way with their strengths as well as their weaknesses and became even more layered and flawed than before.  Of course these manly men aren’t the only ones on the game board and it’s the return of one, small but fearless, woman that had me completely dumbfounded and in awe. A Rook she may be, but a “rookie” she is not. Her role in this story is monumental even if she’s not the one breaking down doors and taking down the enemy. She had the strength of a saint and the grace of an angel which was exactly what was needed during the dark hours.

Even though this entire book takes place over a few days’ time, it felt as if time stood still along with my ability to breathe. The suspense builds in the background all while Nora is faced with a ghost whom she had no idea she had wronged and is now faced with the chore of spilling her secrets and memories in order to stay alive.  It’s in those tales that I am whisked away from the impending danger and safely cuddled back in happier times. In reliving some of those beautiful and passionate moments I am reminded that Nora is not only a woman every woman dreams to be but that she also has the strength that men could only wish they had. She is forced to face some of her decisions, admit things she never thought she would, and basically becomes a target of some bitter and disgusting venom that had me up in arms and wishing I could jump into the pages and slap the snot out of her captor.

“No amount of reasoning or rationalizing could make sense of this madness, so Nora prayed only for a miracle. And at dawn, she finally slept. She woke up to her hands numb from the rope and in a world without miracles.”

This story made me face many emotions and broke me down only to put me back together again. I laughed, I cried (the ugly, silent sobs too), I shouted, and even felt so much rage that I thought the Kindle may end up through the window and on the lawn. The way the pieces of this story were given to me, along with the tie-ins to the previous books in the series, was brilliant.  In one book, I was given the world of the four combined and it was perfect! The ups and downs and upside downs I was put through was worth it and the ending, now that I know it, was the only way it could have ended.  It was comical, teary, shocking, and perfect and even now while writing this review, my heart is soaring.  Ms. Reisz has an unbelievable way of writing and weaving a story that is unlike any other I have ever read. Her methods and plots are unconventional and push those boundaries we all have within us but, once you read it you see it’s the only way this world could have ever been created and you will appreciate it.

Since the last time I was immersed in this world, I had missed it and the characters within it terribly. They had become more than just another set of books that sat on my shelf, they had become one of my prized possessions and I knew that they could reach out to me and draw me into their world easier than any others have done before. I had gotten to know them just the same as I do a close friend. I was emotionally invested in their lives, good and bad, and wanted the best for each of them even if I knew it would hurt. I realize that thinking this way about fictional characters is probably enough to have me committed and issued one of those shiny white jackets and a padded room but I just can’t help it.  Their layers are not unlike those which I have as well, they just do a better job at letting people see them and for that I can’t help but adore them as if they were real. Thank you Tiffany for giving the world your beautiful Sinners. I can’t imagine my life without them in it and I’m thankful I don’t have to.

My favorite quote that had me broken down so bad, I didn’t think I would recover:

“Don’t be afraid,” he whispered against her lips. “This life is nothing but one blink of God’s eyes. He’ll blink again, and we’ll be back together.”

“Are you sure I’ll go to heaven?”

“Of course. It wouldn’t be heaven without you.”

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About Tiffany Reisz:

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).

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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11 Comments on “Review: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz”

  1. mlynpeters July 31, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Such a perfect description of my thoughts & feelings exactly!! My family would put me right next to you with my little white jacet on ! These past few weeks & months I was like an addict – ingesting any tidbit, clue, teaser or review, to bring be closer to what this final installment was going to bring. The Mistress brought me to so many places: heartbreak, anxiety, tears, laughter, shock, happiness, satifaction & finality. As I sit after reading for 6 hrs straigt,Tiffany Reisz has given me a peace & calm, as I need to simmer in the satifaction of all I have read. I cannot & will not move onto another novel yet, I cannot let go of Nora, Soren, Wesley, Kinsley, Grace and everyone inhabits the Original Sinner’s World. I need to linger with them & bask in the subject & core of this story which was – love – God’s Love – as best we humans can live it. ( o.k. I’m done now, tearing up again – ugh! 😉 )

    • Elizabeth July 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

      Thank you! I was shocked that this review was the hardest to write out of them all. I wanted to say so much but all my emotions just couldn’t get their act together to formulate words after that ride! Tiffany blows my mind with every word she writes and has changed the way I read and see stories. The world she has created here is so textured and multidimensional that I feel like I could hop in my car and be there in no time. Damn that woman and her wicked mind! *shakes fist* 🙂

  2. Lorie Glowania July 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    I love this series and Tiffany Reisz books. Its hard to pick a team because you can’t let any of these characters go

  3. Alexandra A July 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE this series ❤
    And I'm team Nora! 🙂

  4. Tanya Conaway July 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Love love love this series team nora!

  5. jpress1206 July 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I am ashamed to say that I have not yet started this series… :(. I look forward to building a bond with the individual characters!

    • Elizabeth July 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Oh no! I hope you will pick this series up and give it a go. 🙂 It’s not your typical romance or erotica stuff either and isn’t for everyone. It will push moral boundaries of just about anyone but isn’t done for just the shockfactor. I’d consider it a mystery/thriller type of fiction with romantic and erotic scenes with elements of various types of BDSM. If you do decide to pick it up, I’d love to hear what you think!

  6. fishgirl182 @ nite lite July 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    yeah the scene near the end with nora and soren was so heartbreaking. what an awesome series.

  7. Rachel July 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Have waited so long for this book to appear, so excited that I don’t want to start reading it as soon as it is out cause I know I will need to read it in one sitting. Team Soren all the way x 😉

  8. Shelly F. July 31, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    I can not wait to read this book!!! I fell in love with this series around December of last year and I devoured each book after that!#TeamNora of course!

  9. mariaresquivel August 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I haven’t had the chance of reading this series!! I know where have I been! Right? Well it’s on my TBR list. But I am looking forward to reading it. Read awesome reviews for her work.

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