Video Review: The King by Tiffany Reisz

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Author: Tiffany Reisz

Series: The Original Sinners #6, The White Years #2

Genre: Erotica

Rating: 5 stars

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Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley’s plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can’t subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s…

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9780778313533_smp.inddThe Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

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Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book… if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining… and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him… or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

 

13548075The Angel (The Original Sinners #2)

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No safe word can protect the heart
Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren—whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin—is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora’s lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora’s protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora’s mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora’s past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It’s a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.

 

15704485The Prince (The Original Sinners #3)

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Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin and, whichever one she chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make. Unless someone makes it for her…
Wes Railey is 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, reuniting with him in Kentucky, she’s in his world now. But this infamous New York dominatrix is no simpering Southern belle, and Nora’s dream of fitting into Wesley’s world is perpetually at odds with the relentlessly seductive pull of Soren–her owner, her lover, the forever she cannot have. At least, not completely.
Meanwhile Nora’s associate Kingsley Edge is only too happy to take her place at Soren’s feet during her hiatus. Soren is the only man Kingsley has ever loved, and their dark, shared history has forged a bond that neither the years–nor Soren’s love for Nora–can break. But a new threat from an old adversary is forcing Kingsley to confront the past, reminding him that he must keep his friends close, and his enemies closer.

 

17251444The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4)

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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….

 

16117368The Saint (The Original Sinners #5, The White Years #1)

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In the beginning, there was him.

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

 

 

The KingThe King (The Original Sinners #6, The White Years #2)

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22357742The Virgin (The Original Sinners #7, The White Years #3)

Release Date: March 31, 2015

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The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she’d be running away with Søren. But instead, she’s running from him.

Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure

She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can’t stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make

The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.

 

The Queen (The Original Sinners #8, The White Years #4)
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Hollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans

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Author: Olivia Evans

Series:  Standalone 

Genre:  Contemporary

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Source:  ARC provided by Author

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In the land of Hollywood, bright lights cover lies, truths hide in shadows, and the lives of the rich and famous are illusions created by smoke and mirrors.

When costume designer Josie Bane first lays eyes on Anders Ellis, she hates him instantly. Conceited and arrogant, he’s the epitome of a Hollywood playboy. So it’s much to Josie’s dismay when he becomes the star of her sexual fantasies.

Never expecting to see him again, she gives in to her desires for a night she’ll never forget. However, Josie soon learns that life is full of surprises. When their paths cross again, sparks fly. With three little words, Anders changes everything.

He’s after one thing.

She refuses to give it to him… again.

When Josie realizes she’s falling for a man that will never let her in but refuses to let her go, she must decide if the risk is worth the reward.

With a relationship shrouded in secrets and outside forces poised to tear them apart, did they ever stand a chance? Before the smoke clears and the curtain falls, Josie and Anders must distinguish between what’s fact and what’s fiction in a place where the truth is never black and white.

Tania's ReviewHollywood & Vine by Olivia Evans came to my attention through Christine over at Shh Mom’s Reading and after reading the plot summary I was instantly intrigued and curious to see what had her so excited over this new author.  I’m a fan of the ‘celebrity meets and falls in love with the normal everyday girl’ romance story but Hollywood & Vine isn’t your typical celebrity fairytale.   Charming isn’t in Anders Ellis’ vocabulary and Josie Bane has no delusions of happily ever after when she goes after the one and only thing she wants from him.

Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen
Well that title couldn’t be any more poetic.  Anders Ellis is Hollywood elite, he knows it, and he runs the fucking show.  Asshole is his own personal term of endearment and quite frankly, his assholiness is written so damn well, you can’t really hold it against him.  He is what he is, he makes no apologies and he doesn’t do repeats.  Ever.  Anders’ intent is always clear, he takes what he wants and then he dismisses, until he is the one being dismissed…

5 words or less: conceited, smug, swagger, high maintenance, damaged

Diva, Damsel or Determined
Working as a costume designer amongst the Hollywood A-listers in the land of Botox Barbie, Josie Bane is the real deal.  There is nothing fake or plastic about her.  She’s intelligent, hard working, a great friend and a supportive sister.  She has confidence in who she is, knows her worth, but isn’t conceited.  Josie is everything you want in a heroine, her only weakness is Anders.  She’s not afraid to call Anders out on all his bullshit and she’s smart enough to know he’ll break her heart when it all ends badly, but she can’t get off the inevitable train wreck.

5 words or less: stubborn, short-tempered, speaks her mind

All the Work but No Glory
There are plenty of supporting characters that aren’t overly developed but blend perfectly with the story.  I’m curious to see if Hollywood & Vine will turn into a series since a certain photographer and French chef both remain unmatched.  I think they could definitely carry on this series in the land of fame and excess.  Levi made some bad decisions but I think in the end he redeemed himself and deserves his own HEA.  Then there’s Philip, he’s hot, and he’s French, and he cooks, need I say more?  The villainous bitch (cause you know there’s going to be some crazy out there with her own agenda to break the unattainable bad boy) put forth a valiant effort with her scheming and manipulative plans but that asshole I talked about above?  Anders.  He isn’t stupid and he definitely doesn’t take someone fucking with his life lightly… ahhhh retribution, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

How it All Went Down

“For someone known as the king of fuck and ducks, you seem to be confused about the mechanics of how a one-night stand works.”

Josie Bane has no grandiose delusions when she purposely places herself in the path of Anders Ellis’ predatory line of sight.  She knows he has one of the shittiest reputations in the business but that makes it perfect because she is after one thing, and one thing only.  Tables are turned when Anders expects the usual Stage Five Clinger and instead is faced with the thankyouverymuch could you show yourself out attitude.  When Anders decides he is willing to break his no repeat rule for Josie, and shouldn’t she be thankful? he isn’t prepared for her lack of interest.  There is no level Anders will not sink to or exploit to get what he wants and no matter how good a fight Josie puts up, eventually the cat and mouse game shifts from no repeat to exclusivity.  With too many rules, secrets and half truths surrounding their relationship, it’s only a matter of time before the machinations of conniving co-stars, studio execs, and paparazzi, rip them apart.

Was it Good for You
You don’t have to wait long… hot frenzied wall sex happens right off the top in the prologue.  Hollywood & Vine is a 400+ page book and the sexual tension between Josie and Anders is palpable right from the start but if you are looking for a book with overly descript sex scenes, this is not it.  Sometimes the scenes are short and sweet and sometimes they are hot and bothered.  I think it’s the perfect mix, it’s not gratuitous and it’s not fade to black.

The Big But:
There is no ‘but’ forthcoming as there wasn’t much in this story I would have changed.  Josie and Anders seem to spend more time arguing with each other and rarely did a conversation take place that didn’t become heated but they are both stubborn and short tempered.  Anders has never had to pursue or work for a girl so he is easily pissed off when she doesn’t fall in line.  Josie is strong willed and refuses to be a doormat so she shoves back whenever she feels pushed aside or unimportant.  The qualities that endear you to these characters can drive you crazy at times.

And it all comes down to this

“It’ll work because I love you.  I refuse to live without you.  Ever.”

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