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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Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.
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Review by Michelle:
The end of the Original Sinners series has come. Say it ain't so. It is the end of an era. So in love with this fascinating, titillating, entertaining, and thought provoking series, these irresistible and intoxicating characters, and Tiffany Reisz's clever, compelling, absorbing writing that I want, no I NEED, this story to continue perpetually. The end of this series is like losing a loved one, a treasured and steady companion, a trusted friend that is always there for a good cry, an even better laugh, lots of fun, and tons of excitement. The Queen is the most bittersweet, perfectly fitting, tearful, joyful, satisfying ending to such a rare and brilliant series imaginable.
After eight books I am still amazed and mesmerized by the real queen, Tiffany Reisz. The range and depth of emotion her eloquent and expressive prose awakens, each and every heart pounding, pulse racing scene, the scintillating wit, and the enchanting, hypnotic storytelling never fail to keep me enraptured and begging for more. Reisz, a true mistress of mystery, never fails to hook you within a mere matter of words, reel you in, and bewitch you with her larger than life, magnetic characters and their wonderfully wicked, sinfully sexy ways. Just as we could never be sure whose wedding we would be attending at the end of the previous book until the very last minute, The Queen is cloaked in mystery surrounding a clandestine event occurring on the evening of the wedding that is sure to change Soren's life irrevocably. All at once every ounce of your attention is ensnared, you are consumed with possibilities, and any plans you had to slowly savor this final chapter is instantly annihilated as you find yourself furiously flipping pages to piece together this one last puzzle .
With a story that spans more than 30 years, it is no surprise that we still don't know everything that happened along the long and winding road Nora, Soren, and Kingsley have traversed making me mourn for the treasure trove of moments we will never be privy to. It is quite shocking though to learn that Nora has kept a few secrets from Soren throughout the years and that there are also a few key details Soren is finally admitting to Eleanor after all this time.
I am in awe of the brilliance behind each of these stories that make up this truly incomparable series. Over the course of eight books each piece has been placed meticulously and now during this eighth and final book we finally we see how everything has happened for a reason and how there is always an underlying explanation lurking beneath the surface even when it doesn't always come to light for a book or two, or in some cases eight, as quite a few missing pieces from The Siren finally fall perfectly into place in The Queen. This stunningly beautiful and incredibly touching story brings the entire journey full circle. All of our favorite characters are revisited, questions from the very beginning are finally answered, and all possible loose ends are tied up making it just a tiny bit easier to let go of three of the most exceptional and arresting characters and an unrivaled and unforgettable story.
The piece de resistance in a remarkable and bar setting series, The Queen, is absolutely everything you could hope for from a book and even more than I ever imagined for the end of this series. I am head over heels in love with this breathtaking and magnificent book and this extraordinary and groundbreaking series. Heartbroken to have reached the end, I have often thought myself a victim of the dreaded book hangover, I now know the true meaning of the words and find myself in a slump like never before. A book and series that transcends all others that will stay with you long after you have said your final goodbye.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars