In light of this week where a certain “erotic” story is officially going from page to theaters near you, I decided to share the love of my favorite erotic author and my thoughts on her latest novel.
In all honesty, I can’t support the-film-that-shall-not-be-named-from-the-book-that-shall-not-be-named for NUMEROUS reasons and politics that I don’t want to bother listing but know they’re there and that’s that. But because of this getting unnecessary press, I wanted to remind readers out there that there IS well-written and delightful erotica available! And if you enjoy erotica YOU MUST READ TIFFANY REISZ’S BOOKS! I hadn’t been blogging when her first part of the Original Sinners series started but I was able to read an ARC of The Saint, her first novel in the second part of the Original Sinners series called The White Years, and posted it all here.
The King (The White Years #2 – Original Sinners series) Available for Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Pages: 443, Kindle Edition
Received Copy: Personal library, was approved by Harlequin via NetGalley but approval was on actual release day
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.
Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—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.
Kingsley’s plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can’t subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s…
Tiffany writes in this way that gives you a mix of everything. You can get all of these different angles and perspectives through each novel. The Saint starts off with present time of Nora, ex-Mistress/dominatrix-turned erotic author, going off to be with thoughts of her recently passed mother as well as spending time with Kingsley’s, owner of NYC’s most prestigious underground BDSM club, adult son Nico. While spending time in Europe Nora describes on how she first met Søren, the demi-god himself…(actually not a demi-god but a priest who’s into S&M, yeah I know it SOUNDS insane and probably sacrilege, but don’t worry it works, I SWEAR!) and how they fell in love.
In book 2, The King, we get a glimpse into what was happening to Kingsley while Søren was shaping teenage Nora into the woman she was made to be. We also find out the deep and dark path Kingsley goes on to find his new beginning and the early stages of the Eighth Circle the BDSM club that’s now famously known in their world. I have a hard time describing this because, the more I read the universe which Tiffany has created, I fall in love with Kingsley’s character more and more. I find him raw and passionate, I understand his loss and suffering, I sympathize with his yearning and envy his confidence. He’s everything I need from a character, and he’s foreign AND is very non-judgmental on what’s considered sexy.
So in relation to The King, I find I can give this book more depth than others because of my feelings for King. And again, if you’ve read the series, kudos and keep reading, if you haven’t you might want to look away because it’s semi-spoilery but…… I happen to LOVE, LOVEEEEEE the relationship between King and Søren, more so than Søren with Nora. I know, it sounds crazy, but I can see that their love is different. It’s got a dark past and I have no problem telling and fangirling to Tiffany on Twitter about it because I need to express my Kingsley love! UGH! Anyway, Tiffany continues to deliver and keeps the story going and does not disappoint with the sex and drama. You hate characters, then you love them, you want to smack them (not always in the kinky way) and then you want to pet them (yes in the kinky way). TIFFANY JUST MAKES YOU FEEL THINGS AND BY GOD, IF THEY HAPPEN TO BE SHOWING OFF A KINKIER SIDE TO YOUR LIFE SO BE IT!
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Rawness and demons…
So I have a slight confession, I’ve been going through a really rough time mentally and where Kingsley has spiraled to, I’ve definitely touched on that and I could relate completely. I’m not as dramatic as him, and I’m most DEFINITELY not there sexually, haha, because if I was well…anyway, I got it. I loved it. Because it made me feel even the tiniest bit happy knowing that a fictional character could get there…which means Tiffany either knows of the struggle personally or knows from others but she got it. And I got it too.
I kind of enjoyed a break from Nora to be honest. She showed up a little less in The Angel (Reisz’s second novel in the Red Years for the Original Sinners series) but she’s barely a blip in this book and I’m okay with the other characters getting a little more love. Not to say that I don’t love Nora, because I do, but again I’m all for the Kingsley/ Søren bickering, lovefest, and sometimes Søren can get clouded by Ms. Nora. But this also makes me VERY VERY excited to see more of Kingsley’s side of a Nora introduction when she was younger. It’s gonna be good.
And FINALLY–we can see how that infamous line got started, “Have you ever had sex in the back of a Rolls Royce?” Oh Kingsley, you cheeky man, you!
Once again, I love that we start off the story in the present yet we dive right back into what happened, the creation of the club. Even more so, we travel even further back during the high school years at St. Ignatius where Søren and Kingsley were the naughtiest of school boys.
Again, I don’t have much to say, one thing that I was curious about (didn’t love or hate it) the present time’s storyline. I’m still slightly confused and I literally keep thinking a major character has died and I’m not ready for that punch to my gut just yet. But I’m probably wrong. And I KNOW for sure that things are going to start coming together soon and we can see where it’s going. But for right now, Nora hanging out with Nico, Kingsley visiting Grace and Zachary in England….the Kid is confused. But again, I have faith all will unfold in due time.
Most definitely check Tiffany’s novels and novellas. I swear you will NOT be disappointed, you might even find yourself a new fan of all things kinky 😉 Also, the first two novels, The Saint and The King are Kindle deals on Amazon for a limited time! Make sure you grab your ebook copy today!
See ya ’round, the Kid xx