Early Review: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

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The QueenThe Queen by Tiffany Reisz
Book #8 in The Original Sinners

Genre: Erotica, BDSM
Publication Date: October 27th, 2015
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

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 was one of our most anticipated reads of the year here at Badass. We love Tiffany Reisz and her Sinners, so we knew the conclusion to this series was going to be bittersweet. Fans of this series, don’t despair! If you follow this author on Twitter (and if you aren’t, why the heck not?!??!?!) you may have heard her mention that she doesn’t feel like she’s quite finished with the Sinners-verse. Holla!

AH & Angie’s Review:

AH:  We were so very excited to get a review copy of  The Queen. The Original Sinners series is a Badass Book Reviews favorite. We’ve fallen in love with Søren, Nora, and Kingsley and the rest of the gang. What I love about this series is how each book gives us a new facet of the characters. You think that you know each character really well, then Ms. Reisz adds another piece of their background. In The Queen, we learn how Nora becomes the Red Queen.

Angie: Yes, this is the book in the series I was most looking forward to;  I wanted a front row seat to Kingsley’s motivation for turning Nora into the queen. These characters are very layered, and that is my favorite thing about this series. In my experience, series with the same characters tend to get stagnant after a while(Urban Fantasy being the exception,) but The Original Sinners seems to break that mold. I feel like I could never know enough about Nora, Søren, and Kingsley and their escapades.

I do have to say, though, there were some disappointments in this one for me. I would like to have seen more of some of the previous characters in the series instead of having new ones introduced. I think Nico was an untapped story line, and I wanted more of him. I could have done without Thorny and Milady. And Grace. Ugh. Things never end well when Grace makes an appearance. Also, I was expecting this series to go out with a bang, but I didn’t feel like there were any surprises. It was tying things up.

AH: In a way, I found this book to be introspective. Nora does a lot of soul searching in this book. I also loved how all of our favorite characters make an appearance in this book.

Angie: I agree. This book was less humor and more intensity than previous ones in the series. I also think we got a lot of Nora and Søren together, which was something that I really appreciated. I didn’t realize it until now, but it was something I really missed in previous books.

AH: I think that my favorite scene was where Nora first meets Wesley. There’s some fantastic classroom banter. I’ve loved Wes in all the books and this was just a fun scene.

Angie: Oh, Wes. He’s my second least favorite person in the series. I don’t know what it is about him that rubs me the wrong way; from the moment I met him in The SirenI didn’t care for him. But it didn’t hinder my love for that book at all. Like I said earlier, my favorite scenes were with Nora and Søren, but I really enjoyed the Nora/Kingsley ones as well. Their relationship is so complex, and this book shed light on some aspects of it for me.

AH: For me, the star of this book had to be Juliette. I loved how she is able to keep Kingsley in check.

Angie: That was a fun side to see to her character. I feel like she evolved throughout the series, but really a lot of these incidents took place prior to the first book, so we’re just getting bigger glimpses into her personality. It would definitely take a wild cat like her to (attempt to) keep Kingsley on the straight and narrow!

AH: One of the things that sets this series apart from others is the wonderful writing style. While it is an erotic romance geared to readers over 18, there is a story line that draws the reader in. The reader becomes invested in each character. As for dialogue, the banter between the characters  is fun and flouncy and it made me laugh out loud. The characters have very strong personalities but they don’t overshadow each other.

Angie: There is a balance between the characters that I imagine would be hard for the author to achieve, but she does a fantastic job. If you follow her on social media, she talks occasionally about her edits and how important they are, and I think the respect she has for that really shows in her writing.

If you’ve spent the last seven books (and several novellas) with The Original Sinners, you won’t want to miss the conclusion!

AH’s Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 
Angie’s Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:
1. The Siren
2. The Angel
3. The Prince
4. The Mistress
5. The Saint
6. The King
7. The Virgin
8. The Queen

The Original Sinners series is an erotic romance and we recommend this series for mature readers 18 years and older. Keep in mind that this series is best enjoyed when read in order.

Thank you to HARLEQUIN and NetGalley for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Comments 2

  • I’m both excited and sad for this book. I can’t wait to see where Tiffany takes us next, but I’ll miss Nora and the gang.

    • I know. The end of the Sinners is so bittersweet. From her writing, you can tell that even with all that’s been revealed, it’s the tip of the iceberg with these characters. Her characterization is incomparable. I hope you like it! 🙂