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review 2015-11-23 23:58
Audiobook Review: The Queen (The Original Sinners: #8) by Tiffany Reisz
The Queen: Original Sinners: The White Years Series #4 - Tantor Audio,Tiffany Reisz,Elizabeth Hart

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

I went into this book with mix feelings. One, I was very excited to see how the story wrapped up with Nora, Soren, King and everyone else. On the other hand, I hated that this was the ending. It seems like I’ve been reading about them forever. I’ve really enjoyed my journey with them and I hate to see it come to an end. Then again, I did read The Siren in 2012 way back before I was reviewing books.

 

I will say that Tiffany Reisz didn’t disappoint with this book. It was everything that I’ve come to expect from an Original Sinners book. The story starts off right where we left off in The Virgin, with everyone at castle in Scotland for a wedding which hasn’t yet taken place. The story then flashes back to the story of how Eleanor Schreiber became Nora Sutherlin. Boy, it was quite the ride.

 

One of the first things the new Mistress Nora has to do is dethrone the current queen. Kingsley and Nora make quite a plan to place Mistress Nora at the top of the dominatrix list. While things don’t go exactly how they plan for them to go, I think Nora shows that she is able to hold her own and is willing to do what it takes to become the most infamous dominatrix New York has ever seen.

 

While back in the past, we have a lot of time with with Kingsley, Soren, Juliette and even Griffin. We have the confessional sex that many have been requesting for a while now. We even get to watch how Nora meeting Wesley.

 

Coming back to the present, we get Kingsley, Soren, Griffin, Michael, Alfred (Griffin’s butler), Grace, and Zach. It was great to get to see everyone one last time. There was a very touching scene at the end, which I won’t spoil for anyone, but isn’t too hard to figure out. All in all, I thought that the story wrapped up very well. My only complaint, flashbacks within flashbacks.

 

Narration

Elizabeth Hart is a narrator that has grown on me as she has continued to narrate the White Years of this series. Originally, I wasn’t a big fan, but the more I listened to her, the more I come to enjoy her narration. My original problem with her was Kingsley. I didn’t like her accent. I noticed it mostly when she narrated The King. I’m not sure how much of that was because the majority of that story was narrated by him and less of him works better for her or if she has just gotten better with his voice. Either way, I’ve come to enjoy the narration.

 

I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.hotlistens.com/the-queen-audiobook-by-tiffany-reisz-review
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review 2015-11-07 10:58
The End of The Original Sinners *sniff*
The Queen (The Original Sinners) - Tiffany Reisz

What an emotional journey we’ve enjoyed along with Nora, Soren, Kingsley and the rest of their salacious group. The Queen is the final installment. The last hurrah. And as sad as I am to watch these characters go, it couldn’t have ended in a more fitting way.

‘So much for being a queen. In the game between Kingsley and Soren, she was still very much a pawn.’

I won’t even begin to try to explain the magic that is Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners series. I could never do it justice and it is something that has to be read book by book to be completely understood. It is a masterpiece of erotica. Actually, not just erotica, because this series has always been more than that. To me, it’s about the abundance of love, respect, hurt and doubt within every book, every character and every substory we have encountered along the way.

 

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review 2015-10-26 23:30
The Queen (The Original Sinners) - Tiffany Reisz

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I fell in love with Tiffany Reisz's books when I read The Siren. I'll admit I actually had to start it twice as it was so intense I actually stopped reading it initially, but wanted to read The Angel, book 2 in the series, so I started The Siren again and fell in love with the characters. I devour each as every book in the series as they come out and have to admit I did wait a couple of weeks after The Queen showed up on my kindle to start it. The Original Sinners series is one of my most favorite series ever and it all ends with The Queen. I honestly wasn't ready to say good-bye to Nora, Søren, Kingsley, Griffin, Michael, and the rest of the Sinners.

 

There is always so much happening in each of the Original Sinners books, I always feel like if I say too much, I might give a surprise away in my review. I absolutely loved The Queen from start to finish. Tiffany Reisz gave her readers the absolutely perfect ending to the Original Sinners series. She pulled ever-single emotion out of me while I read The Queen. I don't often laugh out loud one minute and bawl my eyes out like a baby when reading a romance. However, it totally worked for me and made perfect sense at each step of the story. As with each of the other books in the series, there are plenty of super sexy times between your favorite Sinners, and one super hot scene that many of her readers have been asking for since the very first book. My kindle screen steamed up more than once while I was reading The Queen.

 

I honestly believe the Original Sinners series is one of the best series of books I've ever read and highly recommend the books to everyone. I also believe you should read the series in order to understand the series best. Start with the Red Years and then read the White Years. I am totally in love with the characters from the Original Sinners series and will miss getting new stories about them each year. I am however, super excited for new stories from Tiffany Reisz, as her voice is amazing and I know she will pull me in with her next book.

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review 2015-10-26 16:58
The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
The Queen (The Original Sinners) - Tiffany Reisz

**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog

REVIEW: The Queen is another amazing work by Tiffany Reisz. The Queen is the final book in the Original Sinners: The White Years series and the conclusion is one that will break your heart while filling it up with happiness and so much love.

Tiffany Reisz has written one of the most amazing Erotic stories I have ever read, her characters are compelling, complex and layered – as a reader of romance and erotic novels I find myself sometimes wondering how her brain works. The Queen brings us back to the years when Nora had not yet defined her real role in the kinky world, having left Søren, her heart and mind were not always in the same place and going at the same speed. The Nora we meet in The Queen is not the always assertive, and secure, but a woman whose feelings and thoughts are in a battle for domination and control. Nora knows and feel her place in the kingdom is to be on top – to dominate but she also knows her heart belongs to Søren and she can’t deny how she feels when she is on the receiving end of their affair.

I loved every page of this book, Nora – Kingsley & Soren are perfect in every way. These characters show a connection that would put any other story to shame. Their world and their feelings are in-sync with their desires, and once they are together their exchange is usually explosive. Reisz takes us into a journey, The Queen is everything one would expect. Though Nora is at war with her heart and mind, she doesn’t let that stop her from enjoying the kinks and the pleasure it brings her. As strong as these characters are, and as in control as they may be, they are every bit of human and their vulnerabilities are heartfelt. From Kingsley to Søren these characters showed us a very different side of them, their emotions ran free, and Nora was absolutely awesome. There were a few times when my heart broke, like when Søren expresses his fear and his life without Nora, showing us the depth of his vulnerability – another was when Kingsley cried in Søren’s arms and the moment when Nora comes back for her Everything & Forever those scenes were heart breaking while exhilarating all at once. I love these characters, their story and their lives. They have taught us more than just kinks, their differences made them stronger and their passion, desires, and love brought them together. Trust, loyalty, desire and need for one another was always present but without taking away their feelings, passions & emotions. Every aspect of their story was told in a way that stays with the reader.

Reisz has defined a genre by giving us complexity and depth. Her stories are not typical in any way, her characters layered in ways that pushes the reader into a roller-coaster of emotions. The Queen may be the last book in the series but I am hoping it isn’t the last we hear from these characters. Griffin & Michael have their ever after, Kingsley found his peace and Søren gave Nora her Everything & Forever. The Queen was awesome and I can’t help but feel like it will take a while before the sense of loss goes away.

Reisz, thank you for having written such an amazing story and for taking us into a journey that has shaken us up in many ways, giving us characters that fall far from typical and a romance that falls far from the stereotypical. You must read The Original Sinners Series because this is one of those reads that will stay with you for a very long while.

Source: readingdiva.com/review-the-queen-original-sinners-the-white-years-by-tiffany-reisz
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review 2015-10-25 13:43
★★★★★ Review: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
The Queen (The Original Sinners) - Tiffany Reisz

*I received a free ARC of The Queen from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*


This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
Series: Original Sinners #8
Published by Harlequin MIRA on 27 October 2015
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley


Reading Challenges:
2015 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2015
5 Stars

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 definitely does tie up loose ends, and it also shows the spectacular talent Ms. Reisz has with words… Everything Kingsley, Nora and Søren went through was worth it – because through all the heartache and pain, the found themselves, and each other, again.

 

My The Queen review:

While I am very sorry the Original Sinners series is over now, what a way to go! The Queen continues just after the end of The Virgin, however, most of the story folds out as a story Nora tells Søren, with only glimpses to the present. As always, Ms. Reisz’s storytelling is far above par, it’s always amazing to me how involved I have become in these characters, and how connected to them I feel – even if they are all so very different from me, and I definitely don’t always like them! In this story, Nora tells Søren about how she became the most famous dominatrix in New York, and everything she had to do and deal with in order to make it. With both a lot of practice, a bit of cunning, some threats and extraordinary skills, Nora became something she hadn’t even dreamed of thanks to King and other people helping her.

 

Having the story weave the past and the present together the way The Queen worked made it even more compelling to me. Because even if there were some things that I knew had to work out somehow, because of the present time, the excitement of reading about this past that brought Søren, King and Nora together is like a precious gift. And seeing how far Nora was ready to go to make sure Søren would be safe, and continue to be a priest, made me respect her even more than I did before. She was not afraid to make difficult decisions in order to achieve all her dreams, and that is not something everybody can say. Working out her own troubles while also looking out for the people who had become her family made Nora even stronger, though, and it made her see that love comes in mysterious ways as well.

 

The strong ties between Nora, Søren and King had almost been severed in the past, mostly because of Søren, but because the three of them were all so stubborn, and had such a strong sense of loyalty towards each other, they ultimately managed to have some serious talks to make their relationships functional once more. There are more secrets unveiled in The Queen, and the trust needed to open up the way these characters did is also something that really touched me. Because trust is such an important part of every relationship – if there is no trust, or not enough trust – a relationship cannot move forward in any way, but will either disappear or become intolerable for all involved.

 

Written in past tense, third person point of view and mostly from Nora’s perspective, The Queen managed to bring all the loose ends together without making the end of The Original Sinners too tidy or seem like something that was easy to manage. My melancholy over the end of one of my favorite series is still strong a month after I finished reading it, and I know this is one I am going to re-visit in the future. And to think I almost didn’t start this series because of the BDSM theme – I am so happy I went out of what I thought was my comfort zone so I could meet these characters and follow their story over several decades to my delight. My emotions were all over the place, from happy to sad, from angry to calm, and of course there were a lot of both beautiful and some slightly uncomfortable moments. If you haven’t started reading The Original Sinners yet, you really should! Now that all the books have been released, you can stay in this complex world for a good while, and just enjoy being taken on a journey that is different from all other bookish journeys I have ever been on.

 

Some of my favorite The Queen quotes:

After one deep breath, Nora stepped through the open doors and did the one thing she’d sworn she would never do – she walked down the aisle of a church in a wedding dress toward Søren, who waited for her at the altar.

 

Yes, Kingsley had forced all the staff and the guests to sign  non-disclosure agreements, but that was no guarantee word wouldn’t leak that a certain well-respected Jesuit priest passionately kissed a fairly notorious dominatrix at a wedding in Scotland.

 

“You don’t really think I’m a sociopath, do you?” “You have a conscience. But you know what they call a sociopath with a conscience?”
It sounded like the setup to a joke so Elle took the bait.
“No, what do they call a sociopath with a conscience?”
“They call her ‘Mistress.'”

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Source: unconventionalbookviews.com/review-the-queen-tiffany-reisz
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