June 30, 2013

Braine Reviews: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

Series: The Original Sinners 4
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary BDSM Erotica
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 

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.

Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers 18 and up.

And so it has come to this. The inevitable ending of The Original Sinners series' Red Years. I was saddened, fell in love, heartbroken and understood. I will not dwell on the plot of THE MISTRESS because I feel it will spoil the beautiful ending Tiffany Reisz wrote so I'll do my best to preserve that experience for you. All of you fans know that the story TReisz wrote goes beyond a string of pretty words, The Original Sinners is an avenue for escape and a way to live that kinky lifestyle vicariously through Nora Sutherlin.

Our Nora has a magic pussy. It's the opposite of the Bermuda Triangle. Lost men sail into it and then find themselves.

So I though I'd focus on the ending instead. The ending of THE MISTRESS, The Red Years, and Nora Sutherlin's arc before we move to the White Years, pre-The Siren and Eleanor Schrieber's story.
The most important thing that struck me after I finished THE MISTRESS was now I understood. Like the vanilla characters, Wesley Railey and Grace Easton, I'm fascinated by all the kink but I never really understood the force behind it and I probably never will. But TReisz managed to enlighten my vanilla brain to an extent where I now have a different appreciation for the story and the characters and what makes them, THEM.

Marie-Laure was very instrumental in comprehending Nora's complicated world and relationships. Her questions echoes most of mine and how Nora addressed each inquiry was emotional and matter-of-fact, no sugar added. It was like a BDSM psych crash course. And when Wesley finally had his moment with the magnetic Søren, I now completely get the priest's magic. Søren will remain an enigma to me, he is one of those things one has to experience for one to understand. Søren is The Method to the madness. His truth, though some might find twisted, is sensible. The contrasts of his character, that being a faithful servant of the lord, a pacifist and a sadist, made perfect sense to me. Lastly, Nora and Kingsley and all their intricate relationships and connections now click, as if the pieces of the puzzle are in place and I can see the picture in all it's gruesome and beautiful glory. Again, it may not be our truth or our version of what's right but it's theirs and in it they found the gift of peace, security and love. The real meaning of submission.

If it's love, it's infinite. You can't count it.

The ending of THE MISTRESS had me torn. The different "Teams" will have their own opinion as to who Nora should end up with and I too had an opinion. It took me a while to be objective and though it was a little hard for me, everyone had their HEA in the most basic sense. Everyone got what they deserved. Everyone received their version of happiness and things are in its proper place. It was fair and just. I'll leave it at that.

I've had separation anxiety before reading THE MISTRESS because I'm not ready to let go of this arc. I love Nora and her insane life and lifestyle. I love how honest the story is and how unapologetic these Sinners are when it comes to sex, to dominate and submit. I love her version of polyamory because it transcends the physical, these Original Sinners understand what real love is, its exclusive and inclusive at the same time and really they give it unconditionally. 

I think The Original Sinners is the only series where I gave each book a solid five. IMHO TReisz captured the essence of what erotica is, how to write it and what encompasses the genre. Erotica, to me, goes beyond sex and romantic love, it's about the essence of a person, the how over the what and why they are and TReisz did a magnificent job with her Sinners. You don't know erotica til you've read some Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer, Andrew Shaffer, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey) 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.

Stalk Tiffany


  1. Goodness, that was a potent review. Thanks for sharing and you did great about not offering spoilers, but still hitting the highlights of what you liked!

    1. Thanks, Sophia! If not for my many blog tour stops, I'd like to kick back and reread the entire series.

  2. Can't wait!!!!! I'm such a fan of this serie...Grrrr! You're so lucky!

  3. wow...really great review Braine. I think I'm going to have to push this one up on my review list.

    1. Yes, this series just keeps getting better and better!

  4. I wouldn't allow myself to read the reviews until I finished the book, so I bookmarked this and then finally I read it.

    OH. MY. GOD. Did the ending not just leave you with your mouth open and kind of wanting to throw the book at the wall? Gah.

    Also, I love your review. It's so much more eloquent than mine. (I won't be posting mine on my blog since it's primarily a YA blog, but it's on Goodreads and such). I couldn't even get to write very well. I'm not coherent. If you can tell, I only just finished.

    I'm just. *breathes in* *breathes out* I love this book. I will keep this book in my mind forever.


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