I’m happy to participate in this blog tour hosted by The Novel Tease. There’s a giveaway and a teaser further into this not spoilery review post.
Ever since The Siren was published, I had always loved Tiffany Reisz’s writing and this serial deliciousness was a delightfully sinful addition to The Original Sinners. Naturally, I had to get my hands on it.
The Last Good Knight: Scars and Stripes
It’s lust at first sight when Mistress Nora encounters a sexy newcomer to The 8th Circle. She’s happy for the distraction, since she left her lover, Søren, but her session with Lance is cut short when her boss, Kingsley Edge, reveals they’re all in danger….
I doubt I’ll ever get tired of Nora stories. And when you throw in some Søren in there, you won’t find me complaining.
3 years pre-The Siren, we’re getting a Nora story in a series of 5 novellas, and Nora is in her Dominatrix stage. Gotta love it.
Into the 8th Circle enters an ex-Navy Seal, and the boy is troubled. So while Nora is working on helping him un-trouble himself, throws in her own brand of humor and sharp wit, she’s also entertaining the thought of collaring him. WHOA!
But right before round two with the hot (and he’s HOT!) Seal, or as Nora tends to call him, Bookworm, our favorite Jesuit priest comes a-knocking.
I loved the subtle feel of tension between Nora and Søren in the beginning (and end) of this novella. Almost like without barely mentioning them around each other, they’re dancing this see-me-avoiding-you dance. Nora is clearly drawn to him. Søren is clearly troubled by not having Nora as his.
And Lance, ex-Navy Seal extraordinaire, is fabulous. He’s being a great, cheeky when needs to be, and very determined submissive. I can’t wait to see how he’s mixing up with what Reisz is cooking for his story.
The Last Good Knight: Sore Spots
With a potential stalker on the loose, Kingsley hires Lance as Nora’s bodyguard, but stipulates no sex while he’s on duty. Frustrated by the ex-SEAL’s noble chivalry, Nora is driven to seek release with the one man she’s trying to forget….
And now we’re getting somewhere. Well, not far, but we do have Lance as the bodyguard. We have his backstory (frustrating and infuriating, I might add) and we still have King’s sexbargo. Which means… Nora is going to visit a certain someone. YESSS!!!
I love seeing how humanly caring Nora is. So sweet and understanding, yet very fierce, tough and loyal. It’s like the instant she decides she likes someone, he’s on her “he’s my peeps” list and will do everything she can for him.
And Lance has definitely earned his wounded/undeservingly betrayed prize. I absolutely adore that he’s not feeling sorry for himself. He’s angry to be where he is, personally, but is determined to fight back for what’s his. Now to help him fix things.
But only after we find out what’s going on with a certain priest.
The Last Good Knight: The Games Destiny Plays
Shocked to see Nora’s bruises, Lance is furious that she put herself in danger and demands to know where she got them. As Nora confesses her true nature, she’s equally shocked to learn that Lance has some secrets of his own, drawing them together despite Kingsley’s orders….
I keep being surprised at how scenes between Nora and Søren make me emotional. It’s almost like their perfect match to each other is so profound on the emotional level that it simply carries through the page. And Reisz, as previously established, is the perfect person to write this kind of kink.
Søren’s and Nora’s feelings at the beginning of this episode are so clear, it literally made me ache for more Red Years books. But since I know we’re getting some White Years soon, I’ll be impatiently patient and wait.
As for Lance – he keeps surprising me with his easy acceptance of Nora and her quirks. Then again, he’s a submissive so what are the chances of him not accepting everything he’s thrown. Oh, and she popped the question. That was an unexpected expected slip of the tongue. I think even Nora wasn’t so surprised by that.
And then you have King. Again, the bearer of good news. Eeeeep, onto part four.
The Last Good Knight: Fit to be Tied
With her feelings for Lance warring with her recent encounter with Søren, Nora returns to Lance’s bed and finds herself toying with the idea of…toying with him on a permanent basis. But after she gets a glimpse into his personal angst, Nora realizes she has the power to rescue this white knight…
So we know, well, we don’t know, but the culprit has been caught. Now that mystery is out of the picture, we can get back to concentrating on Nora and Lance. And of course a surprise visit from Gød himself. If he can scold Nora for doing something stupid, why won’t he?
To be honest, there’s not much happening in this episode, except for sex and a lot of it. Basically the entire episode is a multipart sex play in the works. And I’m again, surprised by Reisz’s imaginative mind. Well, I guess not much that she’s writing she hasn’t tried herself, if not all, but still. So. Freaking. Hot.
I had tears in my eyes by the end of Part IV. Nora witnessing Lance’s phone call is written beautifully, have having the option to complete the other end if the line felt almost heart clenchingly magical. Now to see what she’s going to do about it.
The Last Good Knight: The Last Good Night
Just as I expected, Nora takes Lance into the city. They head right to Judge B.’s place, where Mrs. B. welcomes them thinking the worst of Nora. At which point I snort giggled. Not very feminine but it’s Nora!!!
Lance takes the judge’s advice very seriously, though revealing his heart’s desire is written so beautifully, I almost (but just almost) wanted things to end up differently. I totally got why they had to end that way, and while I didn’t expect a certain thing that Nora does at the end to actually happen, I thought it was perfect.
After reading so much about the TOS characters I can tell that Nora’s actions, while dipped in humoristic sarcasm, are very emotional and are ALL heart. The woman has a heart of gold, and I love that as she recognizes some things in life are just not for her, she’ll do everything in her power to help and care for the ones she loves. And I’m mostly sure some part of her loves Lance.
With the last swing of the hammock I can definitely say this: TLGK serial novella is a light, fun, emotional, sexy as hell and kinky to boot. It’s just what I needed to tide me over until The Saint is out and had given a beautiful glimpse into Nora’s early Domme years, some much needed and crazy missed Søren tales and let’s not forget the little mentions of The Big Brad Wolfe, Griffin and King that were perfect to complete the picture of Nora’s favorite people.
* Thank you Harlequin and NetGalley for the advanced copies of the novellas in exchange for an honest review.
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.
A big thank you to The Novel Tease for hosting this tour.