Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: November 20, 2012
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Keep your friends close and your enemies closer...preferably in bed. That's always been Kingsley Edge's strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it's Kingsley's chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he's ever wanted -- Søren, Nora's on-again, off-again lover -- until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past.
Wes Railey is still 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 she's in "his" world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with her dear Søren's relentlessly seductive pull.
Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make... unless someone makes it for her.
For readers 18 and up
Jesus H. Christ! If I could marry this series and have babies with it I totally will! Søren can beat me for taking the lord's name in vain but, Dios Mio!, how is it possible that things can even get more intense and violently romantic? Once more, TReisz managed to break whatever boundaries I have with regards to sex and sexuality and this time it's Søren and Kingsley who's giving the lessons.
THE PRINCE begins where The Angel left off. Nora Sutherlin has left Søren and ran away with Wesley Railey off to his Kentucky kingdom. This little interlude allowed Nora and Wes to explore their feelings for each other and gave Kingsley Edge the opening he needed to rekindle whatever relationship he used to have with Søren. On top of this ruckus is a very intriguing mystery involving a person from Søren and Kingsley's past that can will upend their present.
You haven't seen my world. You've got a church. I got a castle. You've got a vow of poverty. I've got more money than God. You can't eve be seen in public with her. I can stand in front of a thousand cameras with the whole world watching, and kiss her.
Wesley and Nora: I love Søren but I am truly rooting for Wesley Railey and I was so ecstatic that Nora finally went the distance and got together with Wes! It's crystal that Nora and Wes belong in different worlds and both of them will be doing a lot of compromising for things to really work between them. I loved how Wes faced his Dad and stood up for Nora and whatever relationship they're trying to have. This kid is truly smitten with The Mistress and come hell or highwater he won't let anything to come in between him and Nora. As for Nora, she dealt with Wes' parents as polite as she can get and just when she thought she had them all figured out, Wesley's parents surprised Nora. No wonder their kid turned out real good! But try as Nora might to shake Wesley off by showing and reminding him her jagged edges, Wes' love for her seems unconditional and if these two are going to "break up", I guarantee that it won't be Wes who'll initiate the split.
Heaven and hell became meaningless words to Kingsley. Heaven was now, this moment underneath Stearns. Hell had been every moment before and would be every moment after.
Søren and Kingsley: This is the juciest part of the entire novel. For two books and several short stories, we've been teased and prodded about these two and their kinship. We can finally stop speculating because finally TReisz tells us the story that ends all the other stories and it. Was. Hella. Bloody. I have an inkling of what their past is but the grit of Søren and Kingsley's history is still shocking and frankly I'm still reeling from it. I felt all sorts of emotions for these two but the most predominant of all were sadness and understanding. There's a lot of things between Søren and Kingsley and it's one of those relationships that goes deeper than blood. And even with all the sordid details, I want these two to be together. In what way I'm still unsure because of Nora but with their hedonistic lifestyles, I'm certain that they can work something out.
"I would have been an atheist but for you proving to me that both heaven and hell were real, even if they existed only when I was with you." [Kingsley to Søren]
This love fest is sweeping and I can't help but get invested in these people's complicated affairs. This love mash-up is making my heart ache because I don't know how these people can get their HEA without the necessary heartbreaks. I love Søren and I envy his fiery passion and unconditional love for Nora Sutherlin and his forbidden love affair with her sure makes for an exciting life and story. Wes, on the other hand, is like the water, he can be calm and cooling but he can also be as tumultuous and thrilling as the ocean and he can most definitely give Nora a teeming and peaceful life. Nora is up for a lot of thinking because there's no way he can keep both men, I'm almost afraid to see who she'll end up with. And Kingsley! This man, for me, is the bearer of so much pain stemming from the loss of his sister, losing Søren to Nora and the painful sting of unrequited love. If anybody deserves an HEA, it's Kingsley Edge.
Before starting THE PRINCE I was adamant on my opinions and whose "Team" I'm rooting for and all that crap. After reading this I'm now discombobulated, just when I though I know everything I realize that I know nothing. So I guess I'll just ride it out and let TReisz confound me further, no use in fighting the tide and guessing the outcome, she'll still manage to pull the rug from under all of us when The Mistress comes out next year, that I'm sure of.
TReisz might claim that The Original Sinners is a gothic, horror story, hardly romantic and yet she, and the rest of these f*cked up people managed to give me a high that hits me on all the right spots. Readers falling in love with her characters might be the last thing on TReisz mind when she wrote these books but enamored doesn't even begin to describe the feeling, obsession is more apt. My imagination is always on overdrive every time I'm holding her books in my hand and scary as it may, I want to be in Circle Eight sinning with the rest of them, Kingsley nailed it in the head about his Heaven/Hell analogy. I'm a little sad that we're almost at the end of the road but at least we have the White Years to look forward to.
"Please let me hate him [Søren]," Wesley begged, finally meeting her eyes again.
"Why do you have to hate him? He doesn't hate you. I'm here not and he doesn't hate you."
"Because you'll go back to him. And I'll be alone again. And if I don't have my hate, what will I have?"
Read our candid interview with Wes and Nora