Type: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
My Copy: NetGalley
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….
The Mistress is book four in Tiffany Reisz highly popular Original Sinners series and every lover of the series has been eagerly awaiting this release after the massive cliff hanger of book three that left me wanting to throw my book at the wall in frustration. Seriously, at the ending of that book I was so pissed off I couldn’t talk about it for a few days and even then I spoke with an edge that most of my friend knew to leave alone.
So upon opening this one my first thought was, this better be good. Good it was…great it wasn’t. This book is filled with so many flashbacks that I found myself getting bored and wanting to get on with the current story lines. I understood the reasoning behind the constant flashbacks on Nora’s end as she tries to bargain for her life and give her friends time to find her. However the flashbacks don’t stop at Nora and that’s where it became tiresome to me. There was so much rehashing that the current story arc gets lost.
This series is one you have to throw all preconceived notions out the window with. Everyone will always sleep with everyone else, regardless of who they love. So be prepared for married people to sleep around and people to have multiple partners in each book. It’s kind of hard to shock me at this point, and it felt like Reisz wasn’t even trying to this go around. Sure there are some revelations and some very high tension situations but by the time they come to pass I was kind of over it. I enjoyed all the sexiness of the current story lines but the flashbacks I could have done without.
I think my favorite aspect of this book is that FINALLY we get to see how much Soren cares for Nora and what he is willing to do in order to ensure her safety. He is such a stoic character who is flawed in so many ways that I found him hard to connect with. I could never really figure him out or feel the depth of his emotions in regards to Nora. The Mistress finally let me into his mind and his actions definitely speak louder then words. Wesley gets his own happy ending, and while it felt rushed I was happy for him in the end.
At the end of The Mistress I am content with the direction that each character seems to be taking. Everyone seems to have ended up exactly where I thought they would and in that respect I felt Reisz did them justice. The series isn’t over, there are three more books coming but according to the authors website the next will be more in line with a prequel and I doubt I will continue on. Or at the very least I won’t be in a hurry to read it. I have no need to read about 15 year old Nora with her Priest. If at some point they come back to the present, I will be back in full force.
I give The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz 3 stars!