Thursday, 15 May 2014

Review: The Prince - Tiffany Reisz

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One man taught her to love

She left her old life for him. Now Nora is torn in two, wanting to fit into this new, innocent relationship, yet relentlessly hungering for her darker self . . . and Soren, the man she left behind.

One man taught her to obey

While Nora's trying on innocence for size, Soren is stepping ever further into decadence, determined to block out the agony of watching Nora walk away. Will she ever choose to return to their life of glorious, addictive sin?

Which man would you crave?

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.

I'm a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners series, she writes such fabulous erotic stories and is an absolute queen of kink so I always know I'm in for a treat when I pick up one of her books. I have to be honest and admit that as much as I love this series I've put off reading The Prince for a long time because I wasn't really looking forward to seeing Nora run off with Wesley. It's not that I dislike Wesley but I've never felt that he is well suited to Nora so I wasn't as excited about this novel because of that. Luckily for me The Prince is split into three sections so only one third of the story is focused on Nora and Wesley and if I'd known that in advance I would probably have read this book much sooner.

The chapters rotate through the three different segments of the story in order which works really well because it's constantly building tension and leaving readers with mini cliffhangers as events switch to a different point of view and timeline. It's probably easier to talk about each section separately in this review but I'm going to deliberately keep details about the plot very vague to avoid giving spoilers.

I think my favourite part of the story was seeing Kingsley and Soren at school together, we have known for a long time that there is history between them but I absolutely loved getting to learn more about both of them. Seeing them meeting for the first time and watching their relationship develop was fascinating. Kingsley is a character that I've always loved and it was amusing to see that he was still a hit with the ladies even as a teenager. His feelings for Soren are completely new to him though and we get to see him discover a new side to himself - this is very much Kingsley's coming of age story. Soren is a character who has both fascinated and terrified me in equal measures since we first met him so I found it really interesting to see him as a teenager rather than as a fully grown man. Even his younger self is scary but I enjoyed learning more about his background and why he acts the way he does. I'm not saying his kink is entirely down to his upbringing but there are events in his past that definitely damaged him.

As well as seeing glimpses into Kingsley and Soren's past we also see them in the present. Someone is making threats against them and whoever it is they know all sorts of intimate details about them and the people in their circle. It looks like someone from their past is trying to stir up trouble but they are at a loss when it comes to figuring out who it is. I have to admit I was a little disappointed in Kinglsey in this part of the story, he comes across as very bitter about Soren's relationship with Nora and although he has good reason to be jealous I found him a little too brooding about it all. I guess I just missed the flirtatious façade he usually shows the world but I did still enjoy seeing how his relationship with Soren has changed and the way they interact with each other now.

I hadn't particularly been looking forward to the section about Nora and Wesley and I have to say that it was my least favourite part of the story. Not because it wasn't well written because is is - this is more a case of "it's not you, it's me". I just really have no interest in reading about Wesley's rich family and their horse racing circle and I find that even Nora starts to bore me when she's around him. He's a nice kid but that's how I see him - as a kid. I love this series for it's kinksters and for Nora's crazy sexual escapades and I'm afraid sweet, virginal Wesley just doesn't do it for me no matter how nice I think he is. I'd much rather see him with pretty much anyone else and for Nora to be back in the underground with Soren where she belongs!

Although there were parts of the story I didn't enjoy as much as the rest this is still a fab instalment to the series. There is so much going on with the person who is making threats towards Soren and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. The book ends on a killer of a cliffhanger so I'm actually grateful that I left it so long to read The Prince - it meant I didn't have to wait months for the release of The Mistress, in fact I've already made a start on it!

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

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