The Original Sinners series is my #1 go to BDSM erotica series. It will probably always be the first series to pop in my head when asked for recommendations. There’s a reason for that, and if the previous 7 books I’ve read in the series didn’t hit the nail in the head – The Queen definitely will, and does.
Every one of the White Years books deals with a backstory to a time period in the Red Years. The Queen is Nora’s rise to power, or throne, or Queendomme (Queendom? Never mind…)
Nora left Søren for about 4 years post hers and King’s incident, one of those years she spent in her mother’s convent and the other three… well, you need to read The Queen to get those.
I want to focus on the relationships in this book when writing this review, and there are some intricate relationships in The Queen.
Nora faces and realizes being a switch, learning what it means, fully, and embraces it. But doing that she’s becoming Kingsley’s Domme. Which in turn gets her on the path or Dominatrix training. Can you imagine the fun? If you’ve read the previous 7 books and in between novellas, you know anything to do with Kingsley is fun, and so is Nora’s training. What’s so interesting here is the love-hate bond they cultivate during that time.
Nora has to dethrone another Domme in the community, a Domme who’s threatening Nora with what she holds most dear in the world, and a Domme who’s not a very good Dominatrix to begin with.
Nora has help from a young man, who’s true to Tiffany Reisz’s mindfuckery ways is very fickle. I think Nora is a people lover and is very trusting, so her relationship with this young man gives a unique insight into her thought process and how naïve (or not?) she is.
And last but never least, her relationship with Søren. Fiction’s best and ultimate sadist wants her back. Obviously. But Nora isn’t a submissive anymore – she’s the Red Queen – and as a Dominatrix she will gladly take Søren back but he will have to submit to her. I swear, even writing this I’m cracking up laughing. You know, we all know this isn’t going to happen, but it’s what she demands in order to go back to him, back to wearing his collar again.
You see, there’s a reason for that; If she’s submitting to Søren, he will never let her be a Dominatrix. When Eleanor is his, she’s his. She can’t be anything else, and so while she will always be there for Søren, she won’t go back to being his submissive. Yeah, my heart breaks, too.
The scenes between the leading couple are intense, insane and mind blowing – both emotionally and sexually.
The entire book is classic Tiffany Reisz. It’s fast paced, it’s mesmerizing and it’s very much a full length turn on. We get little bits of information on things we knew as fact before now, but now we get the stories leading up to those facts. For instance… Eleanor’s Dominatrix name.
We get glimpses into the other characters, all of them, and while they’re all bits of information – I loved and enjoyed them all.
The Queen somehow concludes beautifully the previous 7 books and the entire series, and I’m loving the fact that Reisz pretty much promised there will be more at some point in the future. But even if there won’t be – this series is perfection just as it is.
**As always, my thanks to Harlequin, Tiffany Reisz and NetGalley for this early copy in exchange for my honest review.
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.
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.