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Erotic Thriller Early Review: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz (The Original Sinners #4)


Egalley thanks to Harlequin Mira

Synopsis from Goodreads
There's punishment — and then there's vengeance.

Nora Sutherlin is in handcuffs, being held captive. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captors aren'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, tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realises, 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, the heart and the mind...which all could 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...

US Release Date: July 30th 2013.
UK Release Date: August 1st 2013. 
Amazon  US/UK | Amazon kindle US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK | Fishpond

9/10

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Oh. My. God. What a heart-wrenching, intense and raw book. The Mistress is the last of four books in The Red Years phase of the series which talks about Nora as Dominatrix. The next four books will be The White Years which will tell us about Nora, Soren and Kingsley's past.



I just. I kind of worship Tiffany Reisz, you know? She took a concept of erotic romance and turned it on its head. It's still erotic, yes, but it's so much more than that. It's a gripping, action packed thriller, it's full of danger, intrigue and extremely well developed characters, and it contains a hell of a lot of mind f*ck as in complex psychological games and hidden motives for everything.

The only thing I can thank Fifty Shades for is this. It brought me to Tiffany who I wouldn't read at all otherwise, and I would have lost an opportunity to get to know a phenomenal author.

You know how The Prince ended, right? So, The Mistress deals with the aftermath, and it basically strips away all the pretence and artifice from the main characters. And I especially talk about Wesley, who is really the most awkward character in the series just like a fifth wheel. Wesley is forced to communicate with Soren and Kingsley and he finally begins to understand that nothing is as black and white as he imagined in his head. All I can say is hallelujah! It's about time he moved on and get off of his high horse.

Kingsley also has to go through a major trauma concerning his sister while Nora stays in the hands of her captors and tries to keep them entertained with her stories, so she wouldn't end up hurt even more.

I am trying really hard not to give you any spoilers, and perhaps I should leave it at that? All I would add is that the ending is another shocker, and now that I know that the next four books will be about the past I find it unbearable that we will be left hanging for so long. There is also a scene with Soren and Nora which is to die for. So tender, powerful and heart-wrenching. 

Well done, Tiffany! The Mistress is a mind-blowing book, which I highly recommend.
Previous books reviewed: The Siren | The Angel | The Prince

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Вы уже знаете, что ничего плохого об этом авторе я не скажу. Особенно после Сирены, Ангела и Принца.

Правда в том, что Тиффани Райс - это экстраординарный автор, которую не найдут большинство людей только потому, что  она пишет в жанре эротического романа, а они на этот жанр будут смотреть с презрением и боязнью.

Почему я так люблю мисс Райс? Потому что она совершенно сломала все рамки жанра и поставила его с ног на голову. Да, её книги - это эротика, но они также заполненные экшн триллеры с интригами, опасностью и тонкими психологическими играми, а её характеры сложны и многослойны.

Вы помните, чем закончился Принц? Мистресс занимается последствиями произошедшего похищения Норы. Сорен, Кингсли и Уэсли пытаются найти её и спасти, пока Нора умиротворяет социопата, держащего её в заключении своими историями, откладывая пытки на потом. Мистресс срывает последние покровы с характеров Сорена, Кингсли и Уэсли. Особенно меня в этом радует Уэсли, который наконец-то осознаёт что в том, что касается Норы не всё разделяется на чёрное и белое как он себе это представлял, и что в своей ненависти и снисхождении к Сорену он совершенно не знает кто же такая Нора. Только будучи вынужденным находиться в одном доме с Сореном и его семьей по их рассказам он осознаёт глубину связи между ним и Норой и насколько он ошибся в оценке их обоих. 

Наконец-то!  Я так долго этого ждала, что когда это произошло я почувствовала глубокое облегчение. Теперь наш мальчик найдёт себе милую молодую девушку и перестанет тосковать по Норе, потому как та ему совсем не по зубам.

В Мистресс вы также найдётё очень трогательную и мучительную сцену между Норой и Сореном, которая наконец-то расставит всё по местам. Ну и концовка естественно порадует очередным шоком. Это просто садизм какой-то, особенно в свете того, что следующие 4 книги повествуют о прошлом Норы, Кингсли и Сорена, и мы так и не узнаем что произойдёт в настоящем.

Читайте. Очень рекомендую!

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