Nov 2, 2014

The Mistress (The Original Sinners, #4) by Tiffany Reisz

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Dark Contemporary Romance/ Bdsm

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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....



“Sometimes the only way to show someone you love them is to let them go.”

This book was definitely nothing as I expected it to be, but that was also the case with the first three books in the series and I ended up loving them. I love the element of surprise, but whereas it was a good thing before, this time I’m not so sure. In the end- it left me with huge, mixed feelings.

Just everything about it, from the intriguing beginning til' the confusing and unexpected ending, to me felt odd. The development of the plot, the illogical behavior of some characters…just everything. Like my friend Glass said- the book unfortunately seemed to lack everything that I loved about the previous books. From time to time it just felt as if it even doesn’t belong in this series at all, but let me start first with the things that I actually liked:

1. Kingsley

"Mon Dieu, the entire vanilla world has taken over my house."

Still my favorite character of them all. I’m happy as long as he’s happy. Period :).

2. Nora 

“Oh, yes, poor little me. Had to have sex with the two most beautiful men on the planet in the same night. It was torture by orgasm. All, I don’t know, five or six of them.”

Nora is finally back to her old Domina/ whose-your-bitch self *fist-pump* and I hope we never lose her again to her boring sub self. The slap that she delivered to that *special someone* was epic!!!

The things that I didn’t like:

1. Some parts of the book were cheesy  and melodramatic in a soupish kind of way and sorry, but anyone who says different is delusional.

2. Soren- this time I didn’t like him for totally different reasons, because this time he actually acted totally out of his character, which I again didn’t like. He did some things which to me seemed rather unbelievable that his type of character would ever do after everything that he’s been through. I guess me & Soren will never be bffs. The only thing in common is our love for Kingsley and that's it.

3. Grace- I just couldn’t connect to her character at all and the parts of the book with her POV were kind of boring. I don't understand how was she relevant to the story or why the author had to make her relevant to the story and then, don't let me forget about her strange behavior towards Nora. I don't think that any sane woman would behave like that towards the woman with whom *spoiler*.

4. Wesley- Another character whose behavior seemed odd & unbelievable after everything that had happened. 

I know that many Tiffany Reisz fans will want to flog me after I say this, but to tell you the truth, after the first three books, especially after The Prince which was epic and my favorite in the series, as far as the plot is concerned, this installation was rather average, but I think that Tiffany Reisz being one of the most talented and powerful writers I’ve read lately is more than capable to surprise us (me) all over again. 3 solid, I-had-bigger-expectations-from-you stars.

“Will these books be comedies or tragedies?” 

“Both. Just like life.”



  1. I love this series, but this has been my least favorite book to this point. I was like you and had mixed feelings. I still love the series and continue to read it.

    1. Many of my friends thought so, too, Melanie. I really didn't like some twists the author did in this book, but I think she did it to please the fans of every "team" (team Soren, team Wesley etc.) Of course I 'll continue with the series, I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters (read:Kingsley) yet :D. Eagerly waiting for The King!

  2. I love when a book surprises you and you actually like it when you thought you wouldn't
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. I had mixed feelings about this one, but yes, I still love the series.
      Thanks for stopping by!:)

  3. I can only handle Nora as a dominatrix. I can't stand her when she's a wilting violet in the hands of "you know who".

    1. Me, too. I prefer woman with a bit character, even though I'm also a bit tired of Nora's role as the ultimate femme fatale .


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