There’s punishment-and then there’s vengeance.
Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.
As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It’s a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.
But in Nora’s world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak….
There is a reason Tiffany Reisz is a best-selling author, once again I have been completely blown away with her latest offering, so how do you write a review for one of Tiffany’s books without sounding… well, just a little Vanilla.
We were left hanging in a state of utter devastation at the end of The Prince, with Nora being kidnapped, her life hanging in the balance, so I approached this book with trepidation, although I felt totally compelled to take this final journey, I wanted to take it slow, savour Tiffany’s eloquent writing and ultimately find out what in God’s name was she was going to do? Where was the master of erotic writing going to take us next? I started to highlight the lightbulb moments, the erotic & funny moments, and before I knew it I had virtually highlighted every page.
Last we saw Nora she had accepted Wes’ proposal of marriage, was she really about to embark on a Vanilla life with Wes or would we see her return to her collared & complex life with Søren ?
I am trying to keep this a spoiler free zone, but it’s so hard, I want to share every page with you, how I felt during the scenes and discuss the people within it and their experiences, and yes I say people and not characters because yes they are real people and you will not convince me otherwise.
I love Nora, I’m pretty much convinced she’s Tiffany, smart, funny and I could fill pages and pages with Nora quotes just to read them over and over again.
“I’m in agony. Typical morning after for me” Nora
“You know Søren’s not a vampire, right? You don’t turn kinky because he bites you” Nora
“Don’t mindfuck a mindfucker” Nora
“the verdict is simply this – I am willing and capable of helping you out of this mess you’ve gotten yourself into” . Søren “Can we call it a pickle? Pickle sounds less scary than mess” Nora
Yes I could ditch this review and just quote away.
Nothing I write here is going to thoroughly explain how holy freakin brilliant this book is. But if you have read the other books in this series you know it’s going to be good and any pre-conceived notions you had about the BDSM lifestyle have certainly been blown out of the water by this series. But nothing prepared me for how totally brilliant The Mistress is.
I read the first page which listed 4 statements, which I have not included so as not to spoil it for you if you haven’t read it yet:
The Story so far….
At the end of The Prince the following statements were true…..
At the end of The Mistress, only one of these statements will be true
Well I have to be honest I was freaking out already, I couldn’t read fast enough.
For The Angel fans we get an all too small glimpse of Griffin.
“The eight most impressive inches in the east village” (Nora)
And Søren almost seems human rather than the stern God like figure from previous books, if you weren’t Team Søren before this book, you will I know be 100% Team Søren by the end.
“Don’t get in to a scriptural pissing contest with a Jesuit priest, Kinglsey”, Søren chided “you’ll lose every time”
“Why do you love me so much, you stupid man”? (Nora) “Because I met you” (Søren)
“I am yours” she whispered “I always was. Even when I was with someone else” “I was always yours” “I know” he said with utter arrogance
“I promised you forever” “Forever isn’t long enough”
‘He’d probably have to invent some new form of Sadism to punish her for her latest crimes’.
As for Grace, Zachary’s wife, well she was very unexpected.
It has been a long time since I openly sobbed while reading a book to the point I had to walk away, wash my puffy, snotty face and go back in only to be in the same state minutes later. It was heart wrenching, stomach churning and captivating all at the same time. When Søren’s & Kingsley’s early lives collide with the present it puts them all in danger, and Nora is taken by a ghost from their past. Who can save Nora? Kingsley? Søren? They both play their part but ultimately only one person holds Nora’s future in their hands.
This book was beyond all my expectations, but then one should never underestimate Tiffany as a masterful storyteller. Always making us question everything we believe and always leaving us wanting to know more. Personally I will never get enough of these books and what they teach us about love & life. Even if it is an unconventional love. And what an end! Or is it?
Bare Naked Words