Series: The Original Sinners #3
Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 20, 2012
Genres: Erotic Romance
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Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin and, whichever one she chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make. Unless someone makes it for her…
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.
The Prince by Tiffany Reisz is the third book in the Original Sinners series and easily my favorite so far. I really enjoyed the first two books in the collection but I didn’t know what I was in for with the third. The first book introduces you to several characters, gives you an overview of each of their personalities and their current lives. The second book delves deeper into Nora and Soren’s lives a bit while also expanding on two other minor characters from the first book (Michael and Griffin). The third book takes us back even further.
It begins by introducing us to a sullen French boy who feels like he is somewhere he doesn’t belong. He refuses to admit that he speaks English to the priests that are trying to welcome him to their school and vows that he won’t make friends or fit in with everyone. That is until he hears piano music playing and sees a beautiful young man who others seem to cower away from. He is immediately intrigued and eventually ends up being the only one brave enough to start talking to Soren. If you haven’t guessed by now, this sullen French boy is Kingsley and the story being told is how Soren and Kingsley became friends and more.
Between these flashbacks to Soren and Kingley’s past you get current life updates with them. Someone has been breaching their personal world and leaving messages. They embark on a trip trying to figure out who could possibly be threatening them and who could know their secrets. They travel to Soren’s sister after an incident occurs there and then all the way back to the school where they first met. Kinglsey reminisces at each place about how he slowly broke through Soren’s dark and strong façade. He remembers and savors every rough and tender moment they had.
Meanwhile, Soren has arranged for Nora and Wesley to reunite and Nora is determined to give it a fair chance. She ends up in Kentucky with Wesley and learns about his background and who he really is. Wesley has misled Nora, allowing her to think he was a student of meager means who needed her help and support. Nora has to come to terms with his reality, including his family and ‘empire’. Of course, Nora doesn’t just come to sit and talk. She gets Wesley right where she wants him and they FINALLY take the step that they have been lingering on for two books.
The book goes back and for the between Soren and Kingsley in the present, Kingsley’s reminiscing, and Nora and Wesley’s time in Kentucky. Every time I would get to the end of a section I would be sad that I didn’t get to know more right then…until I got sucked back into the story in the next section. The scenes between Kingsley and Soren are savage and heated and the way Tiffany Reisz writes them makes you feel the cuts and bruises with Kingsley.
One of the most intriguing parts of the story of Soren and Kingsley is the revelation of how Soren and Kingsley’s sister, Marie-Laure, end up married. At this point, all we know is that Soren was once married to Marie-Laure but throughout this book we are learning of his deep feelings for Kingsley. It seems difficult to reconcile the Soren who loves Kingsley with the man that will eventually faithfully marry Marie-Laure. Soon the story reveals that the marriage to Marie-Laure, while real for her, was only a way for Soren and Kingsley to be together and a way to do something for Kingsley. Kingsley was desperate to keep his sister in the states and Soren came up with the perfect way to do that. Kingsley loves the idea but doesn’t anticipate the jealous feelings that arise when he sees them together. He soon finds himself acting out and risking everything in his desperate need to receive love and attention from Soren. Finally, Soren responds and the two end up together in their retreat at the school. Unfortunately, Marie-Laure happens up on them together and runs off in shock. The next thing Kingsley knows is that his sister has fallen from a cliff and died. He believes that she may have jumped when she realized her husband doesn’t want to be with her.
As the book returns to Nora, you find her working to solve a mystery involving the death of a horse. Using her expertise as a dominatrix, she notices something at the scene of the crime and deducts what happened. The horse’s owner happens to be an ex-client of Nora’s and she feels compelled to uncover the truth. She also discovers what a great love she has for horses and begins to imagine what her life might be like if she were to remain in Wesley’s world.
Kingsley and Soren continue to have mysterious things happening at their homes and the final one has a message that leaves absolutely no doubt as to who the culprit is. As Kingsley finally understands who must be behind these attacks he back tracks once again to confirm what he believes. And then…we cut to Nora, alone in the stable and then something unexpected. She gets taken by someone…and then Kingsley reveals just who that is.
I don’t want to ruin the story line by spilling the beans here but the book ends in a wonderful cliffhanger that has me stalking the release of the next installment. The way that Tiffany Reisz weaves amazing tales full of suspense and intrigue along with amazingly hot sex scenes is beyond comprehension. Every single one of these books has been a total page turner.
Read this series, you’ll love it!!