Thursday, 15 May 2014

Review: The Mistress - Tiffany Reisz

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She is addictive  . . . irresistible

Nora Sutherlin, dominatrix-turned-literary-star, is held prisoner by two dangerous men. Under different circumstances she would enjoy this immensely. These men aren't lovers, however, but tools of vengeance from an old adversary.

Possessor of the hearts of two men, she plays her hardest hand

But her captor isn't interested in play. Or pity. In Nora's world, no one is ever truly powerless. Her friends and lovers will do anything to save her - even if the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak.

The stakes are high in a dangerous game of love, lust and passion

The Original Sinners Series:
Seven Day Loan (Novella) (This novella was also released with the title The Gift)
Little Red Riding Crop (Free short story found on the author's website)
Submit to Desire (Novella)
The Last Good Knight (Serialized Novella published in 5 parts)
The Siren (The Red Years book 1)
The Angel (The Red Years book 2)
The Prince (The Red Years book 3)
The Mistress Files (Short Story Collection)
The Mistress (The Red Years book 4)
The Saint (The White Years book 1)
The King (The White Years book 2)

Visit Tiffany Reisz's website for more information.

Review:
After the shock ending of The Prince I'm so relieved that The Mistress was already available and I didn't have to wait before reading it. This story picks things up immediately after the previous one left off, Nora has been kidnapped by someone from Soren and Kingsley's past, someone who has a grudge against them both and who is determined to make them pay for their previous sins. The Prince is told from multiple points of view - Nora, Kingsley, Wesley, Grace and Laila (Soren's niece) - so you get to see the wider picture of events both in the present and in the past.

I actually really enjoyed getting to know Laila, it was interesting to see Soren & Nora through her eyes because she has grown up knowing all about their relationship. The only time Soren and Nora have ever been able to act like a normal couple is when they were visiting Soren's family in Denmark and I really enjoyed seeing them spending time together away from the Underground. I do think that in some ways Laila's character was a convenient way of resolving a certain issue with one of the other characters but overall because I liked the outcome of that it didn't bother me too much.

If I'm honest I'm not really sure why we needed Grace's point of view. I never really liked Zach all that much so didn't particularly care about Grace or feel that she had much to add to the situation Nora was in. She does the job of showing Soren in a different light but I really struggled to understand her motivations for certain things and I was left unsure about her relationship with Zach. As much as I didn't feel her point of view was needed I didn't mind reading the chapters about her, it wasn't until the horrible twist at the end of the book that I really resented her presence in the story. I really, REALLY hope that the implications at the end of the book are false - if it turns out to be true then I'm going to feel really betrayed and hurt on Nora's behalf and it's something that has been irritating me more and more the longer I think about it. Unfortunately I think I'm going to have to wait a long time to have my answers because the next few books (The White Years Quartet) are a prequel to the ones we've already had (The Red Years Quartet).

The sections I enjoyed the most were definitely Nora and Kingsley's. They both have such a long history, both together and with Soren, and I'm always fascinated to learn more about them. There is something so incredibly compelling about all three characters that although I don't always agree with their choices or even understand the things they do I can never resist learning more about them. Kingsley in particular is in a very difficult situation here, he is dealing with his mixed up feelings for Nora (does he love her because of what she has meant to him in the past or hate her because of the way Soren feels about her?) he is also facing someone from his own past who he never expected to see again and at the same time he's watching Soren fall apart because Nora is in danger. Kingsley is the one who has to try and keep a level head and make sure Soren doesn't risk everything to save the woman he loves. Unfortunately Kingsley also knows that he may be forced to do something that he will never, ever be able to recover from.

Soren has always scared the crap out of me (and his sadist tendencies still do!) but his character has really grown on me over the last couple of books. Learning more about his past and seeing him at school with Kingsley have helped me relate to his character and I have to confess to having a bit of a crush on him. I've loved seeing how tender and caring he can be towards Nora and I'm starting to understand why he has such a hold on her heart. In The Mistress Nora spends a lot of time reminiscing about her earlier years with Soren and her memories of both him and Kingsley. She also goes some way to explaining her feelings towards Wesley although I still struggle with the idea of them as a couple, to me they just don't fit together and it seems like Nora would have to change who she really is to keep Wesley happy.

Overall I'd say that The Mistress is just as addictive as the previous books in the series. Tiffany Reisz has a way of writing that pulls you into her story and makes you care about her characters and what happens to them. I'm so invested in Nora's story that there is no doubt I'll read anything this author writes about her. I want to see her find some kind of happy ever after, not necessarily a wedding and children kind of HEA because I'm not sure that is what Nora really wants, but definitely one where she is happy, loved and accepted for who she is.

Source: Received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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