The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

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Title: The Queen (Original Sinners: The White Years #4)

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Date of Publication: October 27, 2015

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Synopsis

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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Christina’s Five Star Review

“…That instant, I knew you were either going to grow up to be a dominatrix…or a sociopath. I was as hard as a rock watching you and you were barely sixteen years old. I could come right now thinking of it.”
“You don’t really think I’m a sociopath, do you?”
“You have a conscience. But you know what they call a sociopath with a conscience?”
It sounded like the setup to a joke so Elle took the bait.
“No, what do they call a sociopath with a conscience?”
“They call her Mistress.”

Wow. What an end to an absolutely amazing series.*

We’ve reached the end, and it was with great trepidation I even started reading The Queen, but I knew I had to at some time and Reisz did not disappoint in any way. Once again she has managed to take an ensemble cast of characters and enmesh them in such a way to reach a synergystic denouement.

“I hate crying,” Elle said. “Seems…weak. I’m usually stronger than this.”
“It’s not weak. I cry, too, and I’m not weak. If I feel weak because I’m crying I remind myself of one true thing.”
“What’s that?” Elle asked.
“This is a new life I’m living. I am reborn. And all babies cry when they’re born.”

When Nora returns, she finds herself having to rely on Kingsley to help her get back on her feet. But she is shocked when he comes to her with an offer she’ll find very hard to refuse. Between Kingsley’s plan and her desire to publish the book she worked on during her absence, she is quickly back on her feet. But once Søren catches wind of Kingsley and Nora’s activities, will Nora be strong enough to keep from running back to Søren, or will it be too late, considering the new direction her life seems to be taking?

“Have a little faith in me. I’m the David Copperfield of fisting.”
“The Dickens character or the magician?”
“There’s fisting in Dickens? I should have majored in English instead of art.”

With this final book in the series nearly the every character returns, picking up just about where the last book left off. This part of the story though covers that very pivotal part of the story when Nora returns to New York, and how she became the Mistress that we were introduced to all the way back in the very first book. Favorites such as Griffin, Zach, Sheridan et al. all return, almost like a curtain call. We are taken full circle, all the way back to the very first book where we met Nora, Wesley, and Zach.

“I’ve always wanted to use a whip,” Nora said.
“I think I saw too many Indiana Jones movies as a kid. Do you think he was kinky?”
“French Vanilla,” Kingsley said.
“What’s that?”
“Vanilla with a strong libido and a taste for anal.”

As we have come to expect with Nora, Søren, and Kingsley, there is no shortage of humor. A welcome distraction with the heavy subject matter at times, as Søren must come to terms with losing not only losing Nora, but his parish as well. The relationships between each of the characters and the pairings that have been challenged and strengthened over the years continue, and we’re given a glimpse into the future awaiting them.

“What were you playing?”
“Ravel’s Jeux d’eau.”
“Play my song.”
“No.”
“Please? Please, sir? It’s a Swedish song. That’s practically Danish, right?”
“I don’t know who would be more insulted by that comparison—the Danes or the Swedes.”
“Oh, just play it. Please?”
Søren sighed heavily. “One of these days I will learn how to tell you no.”
“But not today,” Nora said.
And with that he launched into eighties Swedish pop sensation A-ha’s Take On Me.

This has been one of those series that no matter the length of time between each book I have had no problem remembering it. I feel as though I have been a part of an epic love affair that has spanned decades; one that has followed a girl’s journey into womanhood as well as the evolution of the very complicated relationships of the three main characters.

I really don’t think Reisz could have given Nora and Søren a more proper send off, it truly felt like perfection in every way. The reader is given the seeds to use their imagination in order to write their own ending, yet the door has still been left ajar for Reisz to revisit. That’s not to say that the series felt unresolved, because it didn’t in any way, but I’m one of those people that is so wrapped up in Nora and Søren’s story that I’d like to hope that this isn’t the last of them. I think it will be a long time before I’m able to find a series that in any way compare, and for that Ms. Reisz, I thank you.

*While this is the end of the series as such, Reisz tells us to look forward to a free Christmas novella available through her mailing list and website. Thank god, because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let go of the amazing love story that has been the Original Sinners.

Christina

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About the Author

Tiffany Reisz author pic 2014

Tiffany Reisz lives with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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