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 Søren—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 Søren's feet during her hiatus. Søren is the only man Kingsley has ever loved, and their dark, shared history has forged a bond that neither the years—nor Søren'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.
As I was editing this review, I was struck by my first line: “Things are starting to heat up in the world of the Original Sinners.” I laughed myself silly when I re-read this phrase. Things are starting to heat up? Everything that Reisz writes is hot – and I don’t mean this just in relation to sex. Tiffany Reisz is a bold writer who takes extreme chances. She writes about a heroine who is a professional domme, but a submissive to her soul mate, who just happens to be a sadist and a priest. The characters of this series are larger than life, kinky and proud of it, but are essentially a tight-knit family. While everything about this series is hot, “The Prince,” takes things to a new level and will leave readers panting for the fourth book in the series “The Mistress.”
In earlier books, there are some hints that someone is after Nora, Soren and/or Kingsley. To keep Nora safe, Soren engineers a trip to Kentucky where Nora is reunited with Wesley, the earnest young billionaire who is as vanilla as Nora is not. While Nora is away, Soren and Kingsley spend time trying to figure out who their mysterious stalker is. While they are together, Reisz reveals their history, from the days when they two were in school together at a private, all male school.
Admittedly, what I wanted most from “The Prince” was this recounting of Soren and Kingsley’s relationship. Reisz had already revealed that the two had a past, but not given any specifics. But here, we get all of the painful, emotional and devastating details from their first meeting until tragedy separates them. The story is heart wrenching and will show readers a new side Kingsley, the man who seems to rule over everything he touches. Well, he rules over everything but Soren. Nobody rules Soren, ever. This backstory far surpassed my hopes for it even as it ripped my heart out.
Soren is anything but cuddly and romantic. He is a brutal sadist who cannot feel arousal without hurting his lover – and Kingsley can take much more than Nora. The intimate scenes between the two are brutal. After their first time together, Kingsley needs serious medical attention. But this isn’t the most difficult part of their relationship. Kingsley loves Soren, but has no idea about how Soren feels in return. Kingsley is almost haunted by the relationship, and the knowledge that Soren will meet someone who is more important to him than Kingsley haunted me as I read. This fact is much more bruising than any pain that Soren inflicts physically.
As I’m not a Wes fan (well, I like him fine, just not for Nora), I wasn’t nearly as invested in the parts of “The Prince” featuring Nora and Wes. I only see heartache ahead for Wes which actually makes reading about their relationship painful too (okay, much of this book stripped me bare).
However, it is the end of “The Prince” that grabs all of the attention. There is a cliffhanger that I did not see coming – and really there are two big things that happened that made my jaw drop and had me screaming “NOOOOOOOO!” Again, Reisz has written a book that enveloped me whole, battered me repeatedly and made me hungry for more.
“The Prince,” like all of the books in this series, is an incredibly powerful story that will take readers on an intense emotional journey. This series should be read in order as many of the events in this one are dependent or related to earlier events. Don’t be scared off by the unconventional subject matter; this book, and its predecessors, are some of the best books of 2012.
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