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Book Review: The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Confessions
Author: @tiffanyreisz
Reviewers: @Michelle6803 @MrsCintron @RachelAnn901
Genre: Erotica
Length: 140
Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis
Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire…

Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: “I met Eleanor.”

So begins the 40-page “The Confession of Marcus Stearns,” a moving coda to the RITA® Award-winning Original Sinnersseries. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers’ Convention, and available worldwide for the first time. Continue reading Book Review: The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz

Interview & Giveaway: Tiffany Reisz

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☆ ☆ ☆ Interview & Giveaway: Tiffany Reisz @tiffanyreisz ☆ ☆ ☆

The Shorties had the great opportunity to interview one of our favorite authors, Tiffany Reisz!!! *fan girl(s) down*

Interview

Grace
Sum up The Queen in five words.
The eighth Original Sinners book.
(Sorry, I’m a smartass).

If you were stranded on an island with one of your characters, who would you pick and why?
Kingsley because of all the Sinners, he’s the one who has the strongest survival skills. He could keep me alive. And bang me. But also keep me alive.

This is the first BDSM series I have read that tied so strongly with the Bible.  Was this your intention from the beginning?  How much of the Bible stories did you research and how much was from your personal knowledge?
I started writing THE SIREN while I was attending seminary if that answers your question.

It’s Halloween at the 8th Circle. What will Nora and Kingsley wear? (We know Soren wouldn’t dress up)
That’s where you’re wrong. Of course Soren would dress up. If you read “Christmas in Suite 37A,” last year’s Original Sinners Christmas story, you’ll hear from Griffin about a wild Halloween party where Kingsley dressed like a priest, Soren dressed like Kingsley, Nora dressed like Slash and Sheridan dressed like Axl Rose.

Michelle
​Tiffany I still am thinking about The Queen and cannot wait to purchase it so I can re-read it over and over again.  I still cannot believe that this is the “last book”, yup, I put it in quotes because in my heart, I know you may give us some more eventually down the line.  Anywho, here goes:
Although Original Sinners may be done, are you looking into possibly writing a book from any of the secondary characters down the road?
It’s always possible but currently not anything I want to do or plan to do. I’d love to write more Original Sinners books eventually but The Virgin and The Queen were the two hardest most frustrating novels I’ve ever written. I need a break for awhile to write outside this universe. Someday I’ll come back to it with a fresh brain and new ideas.

What are you working on currently?
I just completed POINSETTIA, this year’s Original Sinners Christmas story, told from the point-of-view of Magdalena, Soren’s friend and teacher from his seminary days. She taught him how to be a good sadist. This story takes place when Soren is 20 and you’ll be able to read it for free this December.

YaYa
Do you have any plans to write another Rom-Com?
Yes! I love writing rom-coms. I had the most fun writing “Seize the Night,” my modern gender-swapped very silly Romeo & Juliet retelling.

Will any of your leading characters become parents in the future?
None of them that aren’t currently parents.

Who is going to win the World Series?
The real winner of every baseball game is the women who get to see those glorious baseball butts in those tight tight pants.

Tammy
Are any scenes or moments in the series from personal experiences in and out of the bedroom, or playroom or a Rolls Royce?
Maybe……..

How do you choose your characters names and looks and status?
Names are very important. Names are everything. I spend a lot of time thinking and pondering and looking at baby name books and lists until I find the perfect name. You sort of get a vague image of a character in your head and as you write, that character turns into a person you can see as if he or she is standing in front of you.

Is there anything that you wished you would have added to any of the books, or a character trait, or scene?
There were a few scenes I wish I could have written. I did write the “Kingsley and Nora get stoned in a bathtub” scene for The Queen but edited it out.

All the characters take a vacation together, where do they go and what 2 toys do they bring with them?
They would all go to the south of France and visit Nico and his vineyard. Kingsley would never leave him without a flogger. Nora must have her crop. Soren loves his razor blades.

Is there anything that you want us to know about the series? Hidden secrets?
I almost gave Soren a pet dog. It was my way of working through my intense desire to own an Irish deerhound. But I didn’t do it. I edited that out too.

What is the strangest thing a fan has asked you?
Did you base the series on Depeche Mode songs? Answer? No. Maybe Pet Shop Boys songs, but no Depeche Mode. Don’t be ridiculous.

What is the strangest thing a fan has given you?
That’s a hard one. I get a lot of weird gifts. But the funniest gift was when a fan from Kentucky came to see me in NYC and asked if I wanted anything from Kentucky. I asked for Grippo’s which is a kind of local potato chip and she actually brought them. A fan also brought me an Oreo Blizzard to a signing and God, I love that woman.

What is the strangest thing a fan has shown you?
A “fan’ sent me naked pictures of herself which is not cool. Absolutely not cool. You do  not ever send unsolicited naked pictures to anyone, not even the erotica author. I have the internet. I can find my own porn.

SPEED ROUND
Inside The Author With Twenty Questions

  1. What is your favorite word?

Bumblebee

  1. What is your least favorite word?

Squat

  1. What turns you on?

New office supplies.

  1. What turns you off?

A lack of empathy for the less fortunate

  1. What sound or noise do you love?

You know that weird industrial sound in CONTACT? The sound the aliens make that Jodie Foster hears? I love that sound. Best movie sound ever.

  1. What sound or noise do you hate?

The smoke alarm

  1. What is your favorite curse word?

I like shouting “Holy poop!” which isn’t a swear word but takes the place of one.

  1. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Train engineer.

  1. What profession would you not like to do?

Anything involving child-care. That shit is HARD WORK.

  1. What are you reading right now?

SILVER THAW by Catherine Anderson. It takes place in Central Oregon where I live! Exciting!

  1. What book(s) do you urge readers to read?

“Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey.
“The Vintner’s Luck” by Elizabeth Knox.
“The Winter Prince” by Elizabeth Wein.
“All the Kings’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren.

  1. What inspires you?

Everything. Seriously. I get ideas everywhere.

  1. What is your favorite indulgence?

Chocolate chip cookies.

  1. What is your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride

  1. What is your favorite piece of clothing?

My sock monkey pajama pants.

  1. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate.

  1. What is something you like to collect?

Books obviously!

  1. What item must you have with you at all times?

A pen.

  1. What city could you get lost in for hours to explore?

Savannah, Georgia.

  1. What is one thing about you that would surprise us?

I’m terribly terribly boring.

Last After Dark Question: Who is your favorite Star Wars character?

Luke.

THANK YOU TIFFANY!!!

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Book Review: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Queen (The White Years #4)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic
Length: 400 pages
Rating: 5 stars

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Synopsis

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.

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We love this series and author so much, we each wanted to give a review on this book.

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Grace Review

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.

Dear Ms.Reisz,

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!

XOXO,
Grace

Michelle's Review

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.  

– Michelle

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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.

– Tammy


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“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.”

– Rachel


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Book Review: The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Virgin (The White Years #3)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic
Length: 416 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she’d be running away with Søren. But instead, she’s running from him.

Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure

She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can’t stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make

The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.

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Michelle: I never know what I am going to expect whenever I read one of Tiffany’s books, all I know that I can always count on a great story and pure awesomeness from Tiffany. Little did I know that not only would I be reading one story, but in actuality, we get two stories. Nora is reminiscing with both with Soren and King about “that year”, you know “that year” when Nora left Soren, yes, that one. I really do not want to rehash why because if you are a true Original Sinner fan, like me and my shortie Yaya, you will know why she left Soren oh those many years ago. King is telling both Soren and Nora the story on how he met Juliette.

Yaya: I’m no longer shocked. Thrilled? Extremely. If you haven’t learned by now that Tiffany Reisz will find a way of surprising you, then you obviously haven’t been paying attention correctly. Now in The Virgin she manages to give us the unspoken story of the one year where Eleanor leaves Søren. Because Søren did something so terrible according to her she could not forgive him for. We knew it had to be good. Eleanor leaving her Priest is like a sign of the apocalypse, but what I wasn’t ready for were new secrets and get this, the story is told in both Eleanor and King’s POV. Turns out King and her had some plans of their own and their favorite Sadist was not involved. Best part, that moment where our favorite Mistress Nora is born. Eeekkkk!!!

Michelle: I adore Nora, I love all of Tiffany’s the characters. We get to meet Kyrie, a soon to be ordained nun. Oh man Kyrie really cracked me up at times trying to find out why Nora was hanging out in a convent. I loved how Kyrie would earn her “points” with Nora to get to the truth of the matter. What I didn’t expect was how strong Nora’s feelings were for Kyrie. You will laugh and you will cry.

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Yaya: If you aren’t aware Nora is bisexual. There’s something about Tiffany’s F/F scenes with Nora that you can’t help but admire. Although she doesn’t drastically change Nora being with a women, but I feel like Nora is very passionate with her ladies (Sheridan ). It’s not something being forced out of her, she does it willingly. In this case from a soon to be nun, Kyrie, who can keep up with her sarcasm and attitude. Kyrie develops a crush for Nora. Uh-Oh!!! You don’t say. Reminding you the convent is where Nora fled to hide because she thought no one would find her there. I love those moments where she thinks she hears a “certain” sound of a familiar motorcycle (Mental image of Søren in his Ducati ).

“… Now I’m starting to thinking something different. You hid behind your collar and get to play God while the rest of us do your bidding and suffer the consequence. You get the glory. She gets the bruises. Maybe it’s you who’s not worthy of her. Maybe it’s you who’s not worthy of me, either.” – Kingsley

Michelle: Oh my sweet Frenchman King. Can we love this sexy rogue anymore than we do, absofuckinglutely! He’s pissed at Soren, so what else is new? He travels around the world and ends up in Haiti. His interactions with Juliette oh man, so unexpected at times. Juliette is a real firecracker. Yet at times my heart went out for her.

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Yaya: Mon Dieu!!! I love it when King says that. So not only is Nora pissed but so is Kingsley and like Michelle said, what else is new? If King wasn’t mad at Søren it wouldn’t be normal. At times it really seems like King is Søren’s wife with all the bickering they do. Sorry King, don’t be mad at me, but Søren turns you into mush. You go and try and change his Little One and you don’t think he’ll have a fit? Dude, he’s the Lord of your underground world. You’re “damaging” his goods or making them better as we see now. Then you go and keep a secret from him. Where is your shame Kingsley? Knowing King he’ll say he’s French and he doesn’t have any. After his run away from it all and traveling around the world, Haiti is where his heart will situate him for a while and all thanks to this woman named Juliette. Yes this is the story of how he meets his precious jewel. From the moment they meet to how they end up together, their story will knock you off your feet. Some good comedy in there too.

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Michelle: You know Tiffany cannot do any wrong in my book whenever she writes. Her writing is so refreshing and makes you fall in love with all these characters more and more. You just don’t want to stop reading, for me anyway.

“You should know that as much as I love my Eleanor, my Little One, I do love Mistress Nora, too. It took me longer to fall in love with her, but now I love her as deeply as I love my Eleanor.”

Freaking Soren does it to me all the damn time, water works.

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Yaya: Never enough. I want to grow old with these characters. I want to live in their stories. I want to personally know them and hangout with them. That’s how I feel every time I read this series. You may be asking yourself how many times do we need to read their stories? Infinity. I don’t ever want them to end. Yes we know their future story already, but never this detailed. This is going back and filling in the blanks for you. Sort of like behind the scenes. Always new, always fresh. Tiffany always finds a new way to freshen up your Sinners mindset. There’s just never a dull moment with this series. These characters will forever have a place in their fans hearts. They may not be the stories for you and that’s fine. I’ve said it many times have a big heart and a bigger open mind when you begin the series. What you think is right/wrong in your world, might be the complete opposite in theirs. It is why they are the Sinners❤️

– YaYa and Michelle

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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New Release (Book Review, Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway): The King by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The King (The White Years #2)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic
Length: 448 pages
Rating: 5 stars, SHORTIES APPROVED

Synopsis
Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this potent threesome can raise him to his rightful place as ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club: a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list that’ll change the scene forever.

The club becomes Kingsley’s obsession—and he’s enlisted some tough-as-nails help. His new assistant Sam is smart, secretive and totally immune to seduction (by men, at least). She and Kingsley make a wicked team. Still, their combined—and considerable—expertise in domination can’t subdue the man who would kill their dream. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed. It’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s.

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This is story of a King, and how he built his kingdom.

Yaya:
I never go in expecting any less because at this point I would 5 star Tiffany’s shopping list.  Each of the Original Sinners books have sucked me in deeper and deeper into their personal stories that I’ll never find my way out.  Not like I want to anyways and just like The Saint, The King has brought my emotions towards this series to an even higher level. She does such a fantastic job captivating and awakening all of my senses as I’m reading.  You think you knew it all from the first four books, novellas, or short stories, think again.  Nothing like turning back the clocks and starting from the very beginning.

Michelle:
Tiffany Reisz has done it yet again with The King.  If you follow Tiffany on Twitter, you know she has the funniest sense of humor and it shows here with The King via Kingsley Edge.  If you’ve read any of Tiffany’s books (and if you haven’t why are reading this review, get to it and start with The Siren), then you already know Kingsley is one funny mofo.

Kingsley goes off to England to visit Grace and Zach Easton and he finally gets to meet baby Fionn.  The purpose of his visit is give a gift for baby Fionn and to tell Grace the story of how the 8th Circle came to life.

Grace:
I went into this book with an expectation of how the story would be, only for that expectation to be blown to bits by the author.  And before you misinterpret that statement, just look at my rating.  My point is that I expected a light fun book about Kingsley and his shenanigans (if you read Seize The Night, that word choice was intentional). Don’t worry, there are plenty of Kingsley shenanigans.  What I didn’t expect was the deep level of emotion to this book.

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I always saw Kingsley is the fun loving, lover of all.  I didn’t realize how affected he would be at the loss of love, or how hard he would fight for it.  This is the man who gets everything he wants, right?  Maybe not.

His experiences with Søren as a teenager, profoundly impacted him. Spending years apart, his connection to the man who broke him, doesn’t change.  But without the powerful man in his life, there is a sadness about him.  A broken quality, worse that the pain Søren inflicted years prior.

“I look at the future, and I see nothing.  It’s all black.  I have no dreams, no visions, no hope.  And you don’t even want me anymore like you used to.”

Michelle:
As a reader of the Original Sinners Series, I was always curious on how the 8th Circle got its name and how it became the biggest kink club in NYC.  We get a thorough account on how Kingsley made the 8th Circle his Kingdom for Søren. Kingsley hasn’t seen or heard from Søren in over 11 years so having this night with Justin who reminds him of Søren, is what the doctor ordered. Let’s just say this was one hot brutal scene that Justin loved.

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Then one day he receives the call from Søren himself and Kingsley is at a loss.  Søren needs Kingsley help to get Nora (or rather Eleanor) out of trouble. Søren reminds Kingsley of a conversation they had a long time ago of finding their perfect match and that he’s found her. Kingsley is intrigued and helps Søren out.  Søren tells Kingsley “I found her”.  If you’ve read The Prince, who will get the reference.

Grace:
When Søren returns to his life, now as a Priest, Kingsley’s sadness begins to fade.  His spirits rise and he has a new purpose.  This book truly captures Kingsley’s love for Søren.  It was heartbreaking, yet beautiful at the same time.

YaYa:
Apart for 11 years and yet the first moment they see each other it’s like no time has gone by at all.  Am I the only one who wanted to sit on King’s lap and tell him how much I love him? I can’t help it. I thought Søren would be the one to ever break me.  I just felt so much hurt for King and what he was going through.  Oh, he was stubborn, sarcastic and of course kinky as always, but how that man loves is unexplainable.  11 years?!  How? How do you love someone after so long?  But that’s the beauty of it all. These characters are made for one another.

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Michelle:
I was Laughing Out Loud literally through parts of the book.

“Kingsley, I believe your ex-girlfriend current submissive is attempting to tell you your bartender is a lesbian.” “Why are you in my office?” Kingsley demanded. “You summoned me,” Søren reminded him. “When did you start doing what I asked you to do?” “I promise, it won’t happen again,” Søren said, standing up. If you have no further need of me my divinely inspired quest to build the largest kink club in the world, I have a homily to write.”
God I freaking adore Søren.

And Kingsley’s one track mind . .
“Why can’t we have phone sex like normal perverts?” Kingsley asked.
“The story is found in 1 Kings, chapter three.”
“So that’s a no to phone sex?”

I shed a tear or two as well.  The things Kingsley went through was gut wrenching.  The love he has for Søren, undeniable yet so sad to read. Just reading the love Kingsley and Søren have for one another reminds me of that song by Journey “Faithfully”.

“You looked for me,” Kingsley said again. This time it wasn’t a question. “And I didn’t find you.” “Why didn’t you tell me you looked for me?” Kingsley asked. “What does it matter? Søren was quiet now, but his voice still resonated.

Grace:
Two characters you may expect to see in this book, but really don’t, are Nora and Juliette.  The latter doesn’t come into the story at all.  That is for another time, I suppose.  As for Nora, she is often discussed between Kingsley and Søren, but she doesn’t take part in any of the scenes, other than in appearance.  I loved when Kingsley sees Nora for the first time, and immediately recognizes something in her that Søren does not.  Who knew he was so perceptive?

YaYa:
Grace I’m with you on the first time King sees Nora.  Who would’ve known right?  He also felt the connection.  You know, King may have built that kingdom, but it’s the Priest they all follow.

Michelle:
I found it interesting how Kingsley was at a destructive phase in his life. He needed to hire a new personal assistant, but all the ones he’s ever had he ends up messing it up.  Enter Sam.  She’s beautiful, funny and a lesbian and, of course, Kingsley wants her (so what else is new).  She ends up playing a crucial role in making his dream come true.

Grace:
I was a bit confused with the direction of the story, as Kingsley is telling his story to Grace.  But I should never doubt the talents of this author. She brings everything together and it all makes sense.  Also, while I have never truly recovered from the ending of The Mistress, I liked Grace’s role within this story, even as a small one.  It made me understand everything that went down, a bit better.  Still not past it, but I’m slowly getting there.

YaYa:
Well my dear Grace, there you entered by the Grace of God.  Slick Tiffany, very slick.  Even more knowing it was Magdalena who predicted all of this.  People get your bible studies on.  It will help you understand the significance of these characters even more.

This book truly exposes all of Kingsley’s vulnerabilities and how with determination, he built his dream.

YaYa:
Hold off Grace, this didn’t only show Kingsley’s vulnerabilities. What about Søren?  He begged King to help his Eleanor.  How’s that for the Top Sadist to be on the other side?  Priceless.  I fall in love with him more and more.  Didn’t bother me not one bit Eleanor wasn’t a part of this story.  She was so young during these times and our Nora always gets the spotlight no matter what.  Look at what King calls her, The Virgin Queen.  But Sam, Blaise, Irina and the woman behind Søren and King’s expertise, Magdalena, now that’s a way to bring a story to life.

Grace:
With Kingsley’s dream, he brings together a group, previously outcasts, giving them a place to expose their true selves.  A place where his true love can rule with dominance.  And the rest is history, or so they say.

YaYa:
Someone just tell Tiffany I’d like to worship her and is there an 8th Circle out there I can become a part of?  Thank You.

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Side note: It didn’t really fit into our review, but we all loved Maggie’s inclusion in this story.  We shed a tear, knowing what we know happens, but we loved her spirit.
“Daniels’s not my toy.  I’m his.”

– YaYa, Michelle and Grace
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**An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Excerpt

“How much trouble am I in for getting out of the car without permission?” Kingsley asked.

“None,” Søren said, and Kingsley was wildly disappointed. “Let’s go. We can make it  back to school by tonight.”

Kingsley followed him back to the car. The driver opened the door for them. When they were alone again, Kingsley said, “Or…”

“Or what?” Søren demanded.

“Or we could find a hotel and fuck in a real bed for once.”

“We’re not on a date. And here I was wondering where the real Kingsley had gone.”

“What do you mean?” he asked as the driver opened the car door for them. He slipped inside and Søren followed. They were on the road again before Søren answered.

“When you were with Claire—I wasn’t sure you were the same Kingsley I know and barely tolerate.”

“Why? Because I like kids?”

“You were good with her.”

“Kids are fun,” he said. What else was there to say?

“I never considered you would like children.”

“Well…I do. So what?”

“Nothing,” Søren said, laughing to himself. “Nothing at all.”

“I know you see me as some kind of pervert,” Kingsley said. “But believe or not, I am a human being. Yes, I like kids. I might want kids someday. I don’t have much of a family anymore. If I want a family I’ll have to make my own. Sometimes I have thoughts that don’t have anything to do with sex. I’m not just your toy, you know. I have feelings and—”

His impassioned “I have feelings” speech ended abruptly when Søren grabbed him hard by the back of the hair and brought his mouth down in a brutal kiss. Kingsley almost pulled away so he could finish his tirade before realizing he wanted the kiss so much more than the fight.

Kingsley returned the kiss with equal and greater passion. Søren yanked Kingsley’s jacket off him and threw it on the floorboard. Kingsley pulled his own shirt off and rolled on to his back on the bench seat. He’d remember the sensation of leather on his bare back all his life.

“Have you ever had sex in the back of a Rolls Royce?” Kingsley asked, trying not to rip Søren’s shirt in his rush to unbutton it. He needed Søren’s skin on his skin right now.

“No,” Søren said. “But ask me that question again in an hour.”

Before Kingsley could respond to that, Søren grabbed his wrists, pinned them over Kingsley’s head and kissed him again—deeper, slower, but no less punitive. Kingsley groaned, and Søren slapped a hand over his mouth.

“Quiet,” Søren said into Kingsley’s ear. “We aren’t alone, and I’ll gag you until you choke if I have to. Understand?”

Kingsley nodded against Søren’s hand. A curtain and partition separated them from the driver. He couldn’t see them, but if they were loud enough, he could hear them. He’d disobeyed Søren’s orders to stay in the car, he’d yelled at him and talked back. He was going to get it this time.

Good.

Søren kissed him again. Kingsley kept his sounds of pleasure to a minimum even when Søren reached between their bodies, unzipped Kingsley’s pants, and stroked him hard.

Every muscle in Kingsley’s stomach tightened. He sucked in his breath sharply from the shock of pleasure. It took every bit of self-control not to moan audibly.

“You like this?” Søren asked.

“God, yes, so much,” Kingsley said, lifting his hips against Søren’s hand. He spoke in French and English. He was about to lose control of more than his language skills if

Søren didn’t stop touching him like that.

“I think you like it too much.” Søren rose up on his knees and looked down at Kingsley.

“I don’t. I really don’t. I like it exactly as much as you want me to.”

“You’re pathetic when you’re turned on.”

“I am so pathetic right now.”

About

Tiffany

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.

She lives in Portland, Oregon. If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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Interview

Do you have a favorite book or author you like to recommend? Do you have a comfort read?
I have a set of books I regularly recommend to people. Want to read amazing literature? Read my favorite novel of all time All the King’s Men by Kentucky author Robert Penn Warren. Want to read the most moving love story I’ve ever read? Read The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox. My comfort reads are Sherlock Holmes short stories and Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I’d need to feel guilt to have a guilty pleasure. Buying office supplies I don’t need is probably the closest I get to a guilty pleasure. I buy them and think about all the people out there who don’t have awesome office supplies like I do and I feel bad for them.

Favorite Meal?
Coffee and an ice cream sandwich is my version of a “Power Lunch.” The combination of tastes is glorious.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
My non-writer dream job is train engineer (what? I like trains). My realistic non-writer job would be working in a bookstore. That’s what I was doing when I started my writing career.

If you could time travel, what time period would you visit?
I would have to pick Palestine in the time of Jesus Christ. I have so many questions to ask him!

What made you write Søren and Nora?
Zach Easton did. He came first. Once I had my stuffy Type A British editor nursing a broken heart in need of mending, I conceived of a Wild Child American woman to be his perfect foil and drive him nuts until he gets his head on straight. But I wanted Nora to be able to relate to Zach who was going through a separation from his wife so I had to have Nora separated from someone who was like a spouse to her as well and that’s where Søren came from—he was Nora’s ex-something who she’d never gotten over and knew she never would. Creating the happy endings for Zach, Nora, and Søren in the series has been the most fun I’ve ever had writing.

What gives you inspiration when writing your characters?
Everything. Biographies I’ve read, people I’ve known and loved, people I’ve known and hated. Søren was based on God the Father which is why he’s so scary and so loving. The Old Testament depicts God as being both sadistic and compassionate and that makes for a wonderfully rich character. He’s a joy to write because he’s got these two seemingly diametrically opposed personality traits but in reality they’re just him being him.

Did you get any response from the Catholic Church when you published your books?
Nah. The Catholic Church has better things to do than worry about me. I have lots of Catholic fans. Catholics are good at making fun of themselves. I should know. I am one.

What has been the most exciting has happened in your latest writing endeavor?
The best part of writing is when I get it. There’s always a Eureka! moment about two or three drafts into a book when I realize exactly what I have to do to make the book work.  It’s like solving a puzzle or figuring out a math formula or striking oil. Just the best feeling.

Who is/are your favorite book characters?
Other people’s books:
Xas the angel from The Vintner’s Luck.
Sarah from The Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (I have never loved a female character in a book like I loved Sarah)
Lord Crane in The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

OCharacters in my books:
Mick will always be my Angel
Sheridan’s my favorite minor character because she’s just so sexy and yet looks so innocent
Grace (sigh…I loved writing her)
Merrick in Seize the Night – I based him on Mercutio from Romeo & Juliet and like Mercutio, he stole the show

What’s your favorite quote from THE KING?
Upon seeing sixteen-year-old Nora do bodily harm to an obnoxious teenage boy, Kingsley gets slightly aroused and says to himself, “You little sociopath, fuck me until I forget I’m French.”

What will be your next read?
I don’t know! So many great books to choose from. Since it’s almost Christmas I’ll probably read Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Jesuit priest James Martin. I adore Father Martin’s books on his spiritual journey.

What was it like to write an entire novel from Kingsley’s POV?
Fun! Kingsley is a joy to write. He feels everything deeply. Pain and pleasure and longing. He could have been a cliché, the French Don Juan, but more than anything he desperately wants to be a father. That tension between his libertine tendencies and his desire to have children make for some fun drama to write.

Do you have a personal favorite character in the series that you like to write more about than the others?
Søren. I get so happy when I can put Søren in a scene. He just throws everyone and everything in a tizzy when he shows up and he’s just standing there in the center of the chaos being calm and stately and sadistic.

Can you give us a concrete overview of what’s next in store for this series or are there other projects as well that you’re working on?
Yes! So…book seven in THE ORIGINAL SINNERS series is The Virgin. We already know that at a point in Mistress Nora’s past, before she was Mistress Nora, she and Søren got into the fight of fights, and she left him. She hid from him in her mother’s convent because no men are allowed inside and she knew she’d be safe there. While hiding out at the abbey, she meets a young beautiful novice who changes her life. Meanwhile Kingsley runs off to Haiti to lick his wounds after a personal crisis and meets Juliette. You get two erotic romances in The Virgin for the price of one! Nora and her young nun.  Kingsley and Juliette.  Oh, and you see King and Søren wearing kilts. So there is that.

Is the BDSM club based on a real club?
Yes! The old Playboy clubs used to give their members keys. And the leather clubs (gay leather fetish clubs) had the flag and hanky system that’s used at The 8th Circle.

Was the vision of Søren as Alexander Skarsgard came from him… or when you saw Alexander he just clicked as the vision of Søren?
Actually Søren looks nothing like Alexandar Skarsgard and I’d never ever cast Alexander Skargard to play him in the movie. I wrote The Siren back in 2003/2004 and Søren’s look was vaguely based on Jeremy Irons. If I were to cast Søren now, I’d choose Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Now HE does look like Søren. Absolutely.

Do you have a favorite adult website & if yes… what is it?
Nope. Not really.

Kingsley’s time spent with the French Foreign Legion has had a huge impact on the man he’s become. Will we learn anymore about that time in his life?
I have no plans on writing about that time in his life in detail. I prefer writing about my Sinners when they’re all together. They’re at their best when the three of them—Nora, Søren, and Kingsley—are in close proximity to each other.

Was there a particular arc for Original Sinners you had planned on that didn’t pan out? If there was, are you willing to share any tidbits?
Well, I had early ideas that were discarded as the series progressed. I thought about killing Kingsley in The Mistress. I always knew I wanted to do a story where Nora was in real danger and had to have someone who wanted to kill her so years ago I thought I’d write about her running off to Ireland to hide from Søren and Wesley drama and she’d get kidnapped by the IRA. I know. Terrible idea. But that desire to put her in real danger led to the plot of The Mistress.

Which character (out of any of your books) are you most surprised by your readers’ reaction?  I love how you reveal little bits and pieces of each character slowly.
Thank you! I was pleasantly surprised by how much readers loved Michael and Griffin’s characters in The Angel. I get requests daily for more Mick and Griff stories. I never dreamed a love affair between a 17 year-old boy recovering from a suicde attempt and a 29 year-old ex-drug addict trust fund baby would resonate with readers so much. But it did!

What do you have in store for your readers once this series is finished?
So many weird wonderful books! I hope anyway. The book I just finished writing is called The Angels’ Share and it’s a story of forbidden love, bourbon, and revenge set in Kentucky. Erotic suspense!

Are you a plotter or a pantser? (when you write)
Both. I plot but the book always surprises me so I often have to throw out the outline and start over. Basically I just write and rewrite and rewrite and rewrite until the book reveals its secrets to me.

If you could change places with one of your characters for a day- who would it be and what would you do?
I want to be Kingsley for a day so I could have sex with all the beautiful perverts of Manhattan—men and women. We’d wear out the leather in the Rolls Royce.

You’ve talked about wishing your books would be banned more. Do you think THE KING is the one to do it?
I don’t really want my books to be banned. It’s quite a nightmare I hear when they are. But if any book was going to do it, The King has a good shot. So much sex and violence and kink and more sex…

Was there one book in the series that was harder to write than the others?
They were all nightmarishly hard to write and took twelve drafts, all of them. But The Siren was probably the hardest since I was starting from scratch. With the other books I at least had some characters I already knew to work with. The Saint was probably the next hardest simply because I had to throw out almost the entire first draft and start over. But that’s the book business for ya.

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Book Review: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Saint (The Original Sinners #5)
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotica
Length: 448 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis
In the beginning, there was him.

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

My Review
While it was not a traditional love story, Nora and Søren’s story couldn’t have been any more beautiful.  Once again, we find our beloved Nora (my favorite book heroine) recounting stories, this time in how she met and fell in love with Søren.  I was shocked at the tenderness Søren showed at times in this book, so unexpected from a sadist.

The most touching moments were those as Søren tries to fight off his feelings for Nora (or Eleanor, as he always calls her), knowing that their involvement with each other wasn’t right.  Knowing that she could never have a normal relationship with him.  And then, the moments when he finally gives into his feelings, perfection.  If you haven’t fallen for him prior to this book, or somewhere along the way in this story, I’m pretty sure you’ll be sold on him when Nora receives her birthday present (it’s not what you think).

I loved how Tiffany built their relationship.  It wasn’t an impulsive moment of passion, even though the yearning was always there.  He makes her wait, and punishes her when she disobeys, by making her wait some more.  Most women probably would walk away. But their love was destiny.

“Had it been any other man it probably would have scared me. But with Søren, everything felt like destiny. When we met he said, ‘It’s a pleasure to finally meet you.’ We’d both been waiting for each other, like it was meant to be that we would find and love each other.”

Even though Nora is tempted frequently to stray, she always comes back to Søren.  Surprisingly, not only did he understand her desire to stray, he pretty much encourages it.

Like the previous books, Tiffany does an amazing job of weaving together the story, both past and present, and adding some sexual humor.  Nora’s first meeting with Kingsley is hilarious, I just about highlighted the whole section.

Here’s just a glimpse of their banter:
“I get it,” Eleanor said to Kingsley. “I do. You’re Prince Charming if Prince Charming wasn’t charming.”

“I fucked a virgin last week. I didn’t mean to.”
“What happened? You trip and fall into her hymen?”

We are also introduced to some new characters, Nico and Wyatt.  I loved them both, but for very different reasons.  Nico offered physical and emotional support when it was needed.  Wyatt made me laugh.

“You told Dr. Edwards she was an idiot. I want to make love to your brain. Marvin Gaye-style.”

While those men and Kingsley play important roles, the heart of the story is the love between Nora and Søren.  Their confessions to each other are simply beautiful.

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I’d quote them all, but its best for you to read them within the context – their words have so much meaning behind them.  I also loved finding out more pieces to their puzzle, like how he started calling her Little One.  And while it just seems like simple acts along the way, looking back you see how Søren is preparing her and himself for their ultimate union.  This was an unconventional entrancing love story for two souls meant for each other.

While I feared the ending, it didn’t leave me with the heartache that the Mistress did.  It only made more eager to hear Kingsley’s story.

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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Recap: My Favorite Authors

Authors

Kristen
Creator of the perfect Alpha males.  Her books are always entertaining, with a good blend of sexy times, humor, and tension.  The importance of family and community are an underlying theme, something that is missing from a lot of books I read.

If you are sick of the tortured male, then look no further.  These men are not weak in any way.  Their lives might not be perfect, but they fight for what they want, no matter how annoyingly frustrating their woman might be.  They aren’t sensitive, and may be a bit blunt.  But when the time comes, and they finally verbally express what they have been showing through actions all along, the words will warm your heart.  No one gives a better “wake the fuck up, I love you” speech then a KA Alpha male.

I really could go on and on as to why I love KA’s books, but I’m going to save some of that for a future post.

My Favorites Books:

The GambleCreed the will

Krista
To put it bluntly, I am ADDICTED to their books.  The Addicted series is so well written and the character development is top notch, that I am shocked more people haven’t read their books.  I adore all 6 of the main characters, and the love they have for their significant other.  Lily and Lo are one of my all-time favorite book couples.  Their love story might not be traditional, but their bond is unbreakable.

The authors draw you in, with smart dialogue and detailed emotions, you feel like you are part of the story.  My addiction is not exaggerated.  I frequently stalk all of the authors’ social media sites, eager for more of their words.  If you haven’t checked out their books, I implore you to do so, right now!

My Favorites Books:

Addicted for nowhothouse flower

Amy
The beauty of Amy’s work leaves me kind of speechless.  It’s hard to capture in words how much I enjoy her work, it touches me on such an emotional level.  Both A Different Blue and Making Faces were in my Top 5 list for 2013, with the latter being my Favorite Book of the Year.  Both produced waterworks, where I frequently had to take breaks because my tears were making it hard to see the words.

Her stories often focus on the everyday person, struggling through everyday problems.  There is a prevalence of history with a strong message that isn’t preachy, but makes you want to do better personally after reading them.  While her books are stand-alones, there is one common theme – the book hangover I have after reading them.  It sometimes takes days to recover from the message of her stories.  And once I’ve finally recover, I just want to read more.

My Favorites Books:

Making Faces A Different Blue

Tarryn Fisher
Queen of the mind fuck, her books play with your head and your heart.  You literally feel beat up after reading them.  It might not be right away, but sometime later, you will reflect on her brilliance and smile.

Recently Tarryn was talking on FB about having likable characters in books, and her frustration with people who dismiss a book merely because they didn’t personally like one of the main characters. After Dark confession: I didn’t like any of the main characters in the Love Me with Lies series, and guess what?  It was my favorite series of 2013.  I totally agree with Tarryn, that you don’t have to like the characters in a book to like the book.  If the writing is good, the overall story is what’s important.

My Favorites Books:

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Tiffany
The Original Sinners is not your typical romance series.  It challenges traditional beliefs about relationships and love.  The main heroine, Nora, is perfection!  She’s seductive, smart, sassy, and selfless.  The stories are much more complex than you might initially expect, with clues throughout the books that lead to turning points in the storyline.  Any author that can make you fall in love with a sadist should be applauded.

My Favorites Books:

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Colleen
As one of the most popular authors in the New Adult genre, there is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said.  Hopeless will remain as one of the best romance stories I’ve ever read.  The pain and love the characters feel just jump off the pages.  Who can forget the “Best First Kiss” to end all best first kisses?

Colleen flawlessly incorporates poetry and music into her books, so it becomes part of the story.  The words in the poems and lyrics speak volumes about the characters.  I love how each of her stories is fresh, and not a repeat of her prior work.  While she takes some risks, the stories and characters are easy to relate to, drawing in the masses, and beautifully developed to keep you coming back for more.

My Favorites Books:

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