The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners #8
Also in this series: The Saint, The Confessions, The Scent of Winter: A Novella
Published by MIRA on October 26, 2015
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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.
The Queen is the last book in The Original Sinners Series and as with most series it must be read in order. I was excited to have another snippet of Nora’s story I hadn’t read but knowing it was the last book had the effect of a little dark cloud hovering. This review will contain possible spoilers from previous books, so if you haven’t met Mistress Nora you need to stop reading this and read The Siren.
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.
He promised her everything, a big promise to deliver on. The last book heralded a wedding, it involved kilts (which I have an appreciation for of course) and an old castle. What I was waiting with baited breath to know was who would be getting married. It was a marriage that would raise eye brows but not when it includes Kingsley and his Kingdom of Kink, it was a celebration of love to be embraced. A smile quickly appeared as the couple was revealed and as usual I wasn’t getting what I wanted but rather what was meant to be.
Again, as with the other books within the White Years, the story telling takes part as much in the future as it does within the past. It’s building upon the other layers of knowledge shared through the previous seven books released so far. I chuckled as the present came to the forefront again when chapter 37 opened up with Eleanor talking to Søren recalling where they were and why.
“I can make it hurt. Who knows more about pain than the submissive of a sadist?” “You are not a submissive. You never were.” “Then what the hell was I doing the past decade of my life, King?” “Wasting everyone’s time?”
The veins of vulnerability are evident as this last revelation of how Eleanor became a Queen, his Queen…their Queen was told. In previous books, when I read about Mistress Nora’s beginnings it was with a tone of frivolity and sassiness. This time the scenes were shrouded in an air of darkness which at times took me by surprise. Now that’s saying something considering the main characters include a Dominatrix, a Masochist and a Sadist.
“You will walk the circumference of the entire globe and find yourself right where you started. Here,” he said, taking her into his arms.
By the time I read the final words, it hit home, Eleanor /Nora’s journey of becoming a Queen had been told. I was feeling a little flat, for no other reason than I have enjoyed this series so much and didn’t want it to end. King proved he ruled for his subjects, he won me over more than anyone else in this book. And this was all while he let his queen shine. It’s not often where I admit to missing the buildup and suspense between releases and reading of new books. The beauty of this series is the characters and the writing is engaging. Reading or listening to them again has been and will be a pleasure I look forward to.
What I loved:
- I highlighted from beginning to end
- Søren was portrayed as a man than an enigma
- Kingsley – a King with a heart of gold, always there for his subjects
- Juliette – a beautiful person inside and out
- Fionn- he is the gift of love that made my heart melt
- Zach and Grace – a touch of vanilla can be grounding
- All the elegant covers from this series – line them up in order and it will reveal both sides of what I imagine is Eleanor / Mistress Nora
What I struggled with:
- Hard limits being pushed for me at times
- I wanted more of Søren’s POV when he was without his Queen
- It’s the end…but I reminded myself a circle has no beginning nor end
Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
A few more of my favourite quotes from The Queen:
“You know, in chess the queen is the strongest piece on the board.” Kingsley chuckled softly. He pushed the robe aside to kiss her nipples. “I know. And the king is the most vulnerable.” “There is one person stronger than the queen or the king combined,” she said. “Who?” “The man who moves the pieces.”
Kissing like this, deep kissing in bed at night, was the province of lovers, not ex-lovers. Ex-lovers could fuck on occasion without it meaning much of anything. But this was nothing but kissing and nothing but kissing was so much more than sex.
“You all are a strange little coven, aren’t you?” Zach asked, shaking his head in amusement. “We prefer the term family.
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