Friday, July 3, 2020

REVIEW: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

The final book in The Original Sinners Series - The Red Years.

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....


TIFFANY REISZ, I COULD KISS YOU RIGHT NOW. I love your mind. I love what you did with this book; I'm in love with this book so hard and I'm absolutely thrilled that I have a few more books in this series to enjoy before I mourn that it's over. 

The Mistress was so much better than I expected it to be (and I expected it to be excellent). It was action packed--my heart was racing so hard in many parts of this. The insight into so many of the characters we were introduced to in previous books in the series was such a nice surprise--I felt like I got to know them in ways that I hadn't known them before. And the emotions that I felt for all parties involved? All I can say is the freaking feels it gave me were just 

I was thinking about this series early this morning (way early this morning...5:55 AM on a weekend, too early, right?!) and I was thinking about how happy I am that I decided to read this series despite my less than zero knowledge of the world Reisz writes about. I was thinking about how many people may pass on reading it because of the sexual subculture she writes about and how idiotic I think it would be to eliminate it from a reading list just because it's something you're unfamiliar with. This series is so much more than the sexual preferences and kinks that these characters enjoy. The love and respect Nora and Soren and King have for each other, and really everyone, is admirable--something we could all stand to embrace, I think.  The stories Reisz tells with these characters are so interesting and funny and engrossing and I'm so looking forward to continuing on in this series.

Until the next time, happy reading~~

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

REVIEW: The Prince by Tiffany Reisz


Shel: To the handful of you who read our blog: I apologize for spazzing out when it comes to reviewing The Original Sinners Series books. I know that I must be incoherently babbling for sentences and you're just thinking: 

...uhmmmmmmm, sorry? I can't help it. I feel like I have to explain EVERY thing and before I know it? I'm too many scrolls down and you're bored. So, thinking about that, I decided to just get to the point.

Do you need to read the previous books in the series? No. SHOULD YOU? Absolutely. 

How's the writing? Great. Fantastic. Her style is a nice mix of description and dialogue and interior monologues; not one of those gets out of hand or becomes too much. The pacing is really great and she kept me on my toes as she flipped between past and present and the Kingsley + Soren story and the Wes + Nora stories.

Was it sexy? Do bears shit in the woods? Of course it was sexy. Honestly though, I was way more interested in what was going on with the plot and characters than I was about when and how they'd have sex. I KNOW, I KNOW. WTF is WRONG WITH ME?!

What about the story? I love how Tiffany Reisz engrosses me in the stories of Soren and Nora and Kingsley..and in this case Wes. Even though it's been a few weeks since I've read The Angel, I wasn't lost or confused at all. I was completely immersed in their world--I had serious tunnel vision and nothing really existed as I was reading. I loved how Kingsley's story mirrored a lot of what was going on with Wes--that constant wondering and insecurity mingling with the confidence of their love in Soren/Nora . I loved how Kingsley characterized Nora too--it's obvious that even though he has a deep-seated resentment towards her, he also respects and admires her too. This novel continued to fill in lots of the history of these characters while also engaging us in the here and now and being very curious about what would happen next. ANYWAY (sorry, y'all, I get carried away). The story also answers WHO STOLE THE FILE from Kingsley and just when I am thinking how the hell is she going to end this?!!! The ending happens and I was all: 

YEP. Seriously. I cannot wait to get to The Mistress. 

If you've stuck with me this far, thank you. Read this series. It's fanfreakingtastic.


Wes Railey is the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and, reuniting with him in Kentucky, she's in his world now. But this infamous New York dominatrix is no simpering Southern belle, and Nora's dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with the relentlessly seductive pull of Søren—her owner, her lover, the forever she cannot have. At least, not completely.

Meanwhile Nora's associate Kingsley Edge is only too happy to take her place at Søren's feet during her hiatus. Søren is the only man Kingsley has ever loved, and their dark, shared history has forged a bond that neither the years—nor Søren's love for Nora—can break. But a new threat from an old adversary is forcing Kingsley to confront the past, reminding him that he must keep his friends close, and his enemies closer.

Monday, June 29, 2020

COVER REVEAL: Inked in Lies by Giana Darling

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Inked in Lies, an all-new sexy and gritty friends-to-lovers MC romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Giana Darling, is releasing July 31st, and we have the smoking hot cover!

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Giana Darling comes a new friends-to-lovers, MC romance about the asshole biker next door and the girl who loves him.

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He moved in next door.

Handsome as sin, older in a way that meant forbidden.
He had tattoos on his hands and wickedness tucked in his grin.
I was a goner as a girl to a man they called Casanova for a reason.
He would never love me, at least not the way I needed him to.
I tried to move on.
But I couldn’t turn my back on him or The Fallen MC.
So when they needed me most, I offered the only thing of value I could use to help them.
My body.
And when helping them meant putting my life on the line, Nova had to decide just how much he was willing to do to get me out alive.


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About Giana Giana Darling is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Top 40 Amazon bestselling Canadian romance author who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her man’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat Persephone.

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REVIEWS: Royal Playboy + Playboy's Heart by Nana Malone


Nana Malone's, a new to us author, Royal Playboy was a fun escape from the everyday and ordinary. The first page grabbed my attention and I remained glued to the story of Imani and Xander. Their unusual beginning and then the way they fell in lust and love were a throwback to the early days of the romance community's resurgence. He was a rich, alpha playboy. She was a struggling, strong artist. He had a reputation of being a bad boy. She wasn't looking for a romance. Both had pasts that threatened to haunt them, even as they were actively trying to move past them. And somehow, someway, they found each other. Their chemistry was off the charts and their banter and affection for each other was warm and endearing. Throw a little bit of a mysterious opening scene, and I was completely hooked. So much so that I immediately grabbed book two (thank goodness it was already out).


Vengeance is best served piping hot.
Prodigal Son. Black Sheep. Playboy Prince.
I've been called lots of things. Merciful is not one of them.
It doesn’t matter what you call me, as long as I get what I want…
What I crave.

And it’s not the crown.

She is the Princess I didn’t see coming. The one I didn’t plan for.
Until her, women came easy.
Until her, I wasn't sure I had a heart. Now that I know, I'll give up anything to have her...
Well…almost anything.



In the second book of this duet, Playboy's Heart, the action picks up right where the first book ended. It continued with their storyline and did what I normally expect the second book in a duet to do: answer questions and entertain me with plot, characters, and romance. Then I got to a point where I realized that my inexperience with Malone's other novel series had me a little lost. I muddled my way through it but I hadn't really understood the "royal" aspect of it and who some of the characters were. Had I read the other novels that have characters connected to the Chase family, I think I would've really enjoyed the last part. 

My only other quibble was that sometimes the dialogue went too long without any exposition and it just messed with the way I read (this is a ME thing...probably most readers wouldn't care at all). 

Even with the few little things that didn't always work for me, I wholly enjoyed this duet and look forward to reading more Nana Malone. I love that she writes diverse characters who are complex and well written and it's something I'm betting I will find in her other works.

All in all, a good read and a new author I'll be reading more of!


The Playboy Prince has lost his princess…

The hell I have.
It took me this long to find her, so I’m not letting her go without a fight.

Everyone will know just how far I’m willing to go for love.
Just how far I’m willing to go for…her.

As it turns out, love is a stronger motivator than vengeance.


Friday, June 26, 2020

REVIEW: The Rose by Tiffany Reisz


Much like The Red by Tiffany Reisz, The Rose incorporates a sense of magical realism into the erotic romance of Lia and August. Each major section is devoted to a different Greek myth--and boy oh boy will you never think of those myths in the way you were taught in school. They're a million times sexier than you could ever imagine. And in between those sexy myths, there's a story of a prissy madam, her delightful family, and her new...friend, August. You will fly through these pages and be sorry when they're over. 

The acknowledgments hint at at least one more book in this series and I can only hope that we'll get at least that. You don't have to be an art lover or mythology know it all to enjoy these novels, though it might enrich the experience, you'll find yourself swept away without any prior knowledge...and you may even want to pick up a book or two about these gods and goddesses when you're done!



On the day of Lia’s university graduation party, her parents—wealthy art collectors with friends in high places—gift her a beautiful wine cup, a rare artifact decorated with roses. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. The cup, August tells her, is known as the Rose Kylix, and it’s no ordinary cup. It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life.

But Lia is skeptical of August’s claims of the cup’s mythology and magic—after all, he’s a collector himself, and she suspects he just wants to get his hands on this impressive piece of art. So he dares her to try it for herself, and when Lia drinks from the Rose Kylix she is suddenly immersed in an erotic myth so vivid it seems real—as though she’s living out the most sensual fantasy with August by her side…

Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for.
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