Title: The Queen (The White Years #4)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Length: 400 pages
Rating: 5 stars
Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever.
The time has finally come to keep their promises.
Out of money and out of options after her year-long exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground.
While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren’s collar?
With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It’s the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.
We love this series and author so much, we each wanted to give a review on this book.
This is one of those books that I feel you need to go in blind to. Every fan should experience this book on their own. Hopefully my letter conveys why this is a MUST READ.
Several years, based on the recommendations of my friends, I read The Siren. That story that brought me into a world I know little about and showed me a very different side to the BDSM world and the people who enjoy it. Did I like Soren in that book? No. But you told me and your readers to trust you. And I did. By the Mistress, you had convinced me why he is so special. Then I get to this book, and you break my heart over and over, in a good way as I fell more in love with Soren. I felt that this book, more than any other before, really delved deep into the relationship between Soren and Nora and their love story. It was sad and beautiful all at once.
“Come back to me.”
While I wasn’t always on board with Soren, from page one of The Siren, I have loved Nora. She’s my one of my all-time favorite heroines. I feel like this book among both series, exposed her the most, in good and bad ways, as she takes on a new life role. Her fears of failure and then confidence, made me love her even more. And that scene with Milady, perfection.
I am that reader that hates cheating, yet I have come to accept the open relationships Nora and Kingsley have with others.
I am that reader that hadn’t recovered from The Mistress. I was a green eyed monster when it came to Grace. But you have taught me to accept what happened since ultimately, no one was hurt. Well not emotionally at least, lol. Getting Nora’s thoughts on the whole incident, put it all in a new light and now I fully understand.
What I love about your stories is that there is a reason for everything. Whether it is explained in one book or another, those things that happen that we the reader, challenge, are written for a reason. That lock of hair, that kiss. I could totally relate to Nora’s anger. But like everything else, there was a reason for it. You are truly a wicked genius!
For a series I have come to love and consider it one of the best erotic series ever written, it is hard to say goodbye. My finger kept trying to scroll on my kindle, with an ending arrived sooner than I wanted. Reflecting back, I feel sated. You gave me and other readers, a beautiful ending.
Thank you for giving me this was a dirty fun ride. I enjoyed every minute!
5+++++++++ “I’ll Give You Everything” Stars
Here’s my confession, while one day trolling through Twitter back in late 2011, I kept seeing the promo for The Siren by Tiffany Reisz. I read the synopsis and will admit that I was a wee bit uncomfortable. I’m a Catholic, and I would really consider myself a Jesuit Catholic, my mind is more liberal at most, conservative at best. Oxymoron much you say? Probably, but I’m sticking with this analogy, so bear with me okay. So months later and a few more Tweets about people going on and on about The Siren, I say to myself, “okay just one-click the bitch already”. BEST DECISION EVER. So I devoured the The Angel, The Prince and The Mistress. I meet my co-bloggers Yaya and Rachel on Twitter reading The Mistress and later on met Grace. TR (as we love referring to her) let’s her fans know that she is writing the Prequel and will call it the White Years. On to The Saint, The King, The Virgin and of course, Ms. Reisz saves the best for last The Queen.
I’m not going to say much about The Queen, you need to read it, experience it and fall in love all over again with Soren, Kingsley and of course, Nora. You know the saying, everything comes full circle? TR did it with the final installment of the Original Sinners Series, or it is really final, hmm? Besides the beautifully written words of the story, you all get your Bible stories all packed into this book. Yes, it will want you to pick up your Bible and wanting to read the stories.
Besides the vulnerabilities of the main characters, you get a lot of funny moments. God, I love Nora’s sick sense of humor. Nora telling Soren about the new virgin she de-flowed “Third one I’ve found. I even have a punch card-if I fuck two more virgins I get a free frozen yogurt on my birthday.”
As I sit here trying to type this review, I will admit that I am teary eyed. I have a lot of emotions because truthfully I want to hold on to these characters forever. So here’s one of my many favorite Soren quotes, and I dedicate it these characters: “Come back to me.” Yes, I am hoping and praying that Ms. Reisz will let her characters come back to me in her short stories that she is famous for during the Christmas holidays. I know that may be asking a lot, but I just want to keep them in my heart forever. And now and forever, I will kneel at the altar of Tiffany Reisz.
One final thought, although I was crying my eyes out after reading this beautiful book and after the tears had dried, this song kept popping into my head because this is how I truly felt after reading The Queen, “Oh Happy Day” and, yes, the video clip is from Sister Act 2 which I think it is fitting.
My heart is full. My eyes are wet. My brain is in love.
Tiffany is a story/word wizard. There is not one or sentence that does not drawl you in and hug you to the genius.
While some crave conventional society baring relationships, Tiffany allows you and entrances you to see a unconventional world be beautiful, loving, respectful and warm and most certainly right for them. All are one family. A family you want to send a Christmas card too. A family you want to just sit around and listen too. A family you want to invite to your child’s birthday party. A family you want to fool around with and it will be ok. A family who just has love.
The Queen gives you everything you thought you wanted and more. All ties are knotted so that we can see the entire story as a whole. We see why one person is this way and they other is one way. It all just makes sense for these characters that we have a huge attraction too. It makes you think outside of the box, it’s bigger are the outside.
Many people ask me what I recommend them to read. She is my number one. They get a look of “what?!” When I explain the story. I always reply with “it sounds crazy I know but she writes it so beautifully you look over, understand their lifestyle and it becomes just a-o-k. Tiffany can write a book on why a worm has two heads and I would devour it.” That perks them up.
“I told you there were three ways to be a queen. There are four.”
“What’s the fourth way?”
“You can be born a queen.” He looked up at her. “That’s why you are a queen. Not because I made you one or you stole a throne or a crown. You were born to be the queen and you are.”
So after 2 years, 8 books, numerous short stories, about 86 near heart attacks, and enough tears to fill a lake or at least a large pond we finally come to the end of the Original Sinners series, and I’m not sure how to put into words my love for this book, this series, or this author. This won’t be a review of The Queen so much as a review of the series as a whole because like all of the other books it’s best to go into this book knowing as little as possible. Also, finishing The Original Sinners has me feeling a little nostalgic about all of it (I apologize in advance). I dreaded and anticipated The Queen in equal measure, always eager to spend time with my favorite characters and yet wanting to hold off for as long as possible because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them just yet. I’ve never read a series of books that filled my heart with such ache and such joy before, and in The Queen Tiffany Reisz wraps this story up in an ending worthy of these larger than life characters she created. Everything comes full circle and when I finished I felt like there was nothing else I could’ve asked for.
I know that when some people find out I read erotica I get that “Oh really?” look that is usually somewhere between feeling ashamed for me or pitying me, and I will be the first to admit that a good portion of it isn’t exactly high brow literature. In fact, a lot of it is crap. But I’ve always felt that The Original Sinners is a series I would recommend to anyone, even someone who doesn’t read erotica, because it is THAT well written. It’s isn’t just the sex (even though the sex is incredibly hot) that makes this erotica worth reading. It’s Nora, Søren, and Kingsley. It’s the unconditional love they share that seems to defy all odds and the inextricable link of their lives as if they were somehow brought together by destiny. We get to know these characters inside and out over the course of years to the point where they began to feel like real people to me. I know Tiffany says she doesn’t write romance but I’d be hard pressed to find a story filled with more love than this one. For me good erotica has hot sex, but great erotica has to have something more. It has to make me feel, and no other series has made me feel like this one.
If someone told me I could only read one series for the rest of my life, it would have to be this one. I’ve read a lot of books. Most of them, even the ones I enjoy or even love, I rarely go back to, and yet I always go back to Nora, Søren, and Kingsley. I’ve read these books more times than I can count and I know that years from now I will continue to go back to them. Like Alice falling through the rabbit hole, I was introduced to a world that was so unlike anything I’d witnessed in real life. It was a world that some people on the outside would call “ugly” or “wrong” but Tiffany Reisz made it seem beautiful. I want to thank her for allowing us into this dark and intriguing world inside her head for a little while. I even want to thank her for all the mindfucks and torture she put me through and reminding me that a little pain makes the sweet moments all the sweeter. I want to thank her for giving me Nora, the best heroine I’ve ever had the fortune of reading, a heroine that all others will be measured against and found lacking. When people complain that “there are no strong females in romance” I always point to Nora and say “she’s who I want to be when I grow up”. Mostly I want to thank her for Søren, my favorite character in any book ever. Maybe I’m weird but I loved him from the beginning, and with every line and every book my love for him grew, and by the time I finished The Queen my heart felt full to bursting. The Queen was the final piece of the puzzle in the evolution of Nora Sutherlin, from submissive Eleanor Schreiber to the Mistress Nora we know and love in the Red Years, and just like the other books this one broke my heart only to mend it up in the most beautiful ways, and I can’t thank Tiffany Reisz enough for that. It was truly one hell of a ride.
“Eleanor, I will never truly be gone from you. I will never leave you or forsake you.” “Where you go I will go. Your God will be my God,” Nora continued the verse. “Where you die, there I will be buried.”
“And we will have each other forever. In this life and the next.”
“Promise?” she asked.
“Anything for you, Little One,” he said. “Everything for you.”
*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
**Teasers made by Yaya.