LMAO!! Omg, the end portion of the author/publisher's book warning has me DYING:
"Warning: Capture fantasy; dubious consent; anal play; M/f as well asLMAO!! Omg, the end portion of the author/publisher's book warning has me DYING:
"Warning: Capture fantasy; dubious consent; anal play; M/f as well as one m/f/f/m scene; BDSM themes including caning, spanking, bondage, and needle play. Also contains one beginner Dom who is exploring sadism but is still working out how and when to stop."
I could be...rejected for every single subsequent title I request on NetGalley this year...And I Would. Not. Care...Why? Becaus SPOLIER-FREE ARC Review
I could be...rejected for every single subsequent title I request on NetGalley this year...And I Would. Not. Care...Why? Because I read Truth early and nothing, absolutely nothing else matters! Finding Anna is the most crack-a-licious, absorbing, and addictive BDSM romantica series that I'm currently following. I was shouting when I got approved and immediately texting my fellow Stephan/Brianna fan-girlfriends screenshots of my email...That's how bad I wanted it, because that's how much this series f**king Rocks. Thank you so much, TWCS!
In Truth, Stephan is still the controlled and s...*now my eyes are totally glazed over just THINKING about this man*...As I was trying to say :) Stephan is still the controlled and sexy Master, and it's not just in the bedroom. It's 24/7. And it's also in Stephan's interactions with his family and the employees at his non-profit organization. He lives and breathes it and he just IS. I hang on Stephan's every word, even during his conversations with secondary characters. It's a testament to Hayes' skill with characterization.
Holy Hot Hell do things heat up with Stephan and Brianna! Remember the wrecked, traumatized girl that went comatose - literally - at the sight of Stephan's erection, or at his heated stares??? GONE! :) It's a great place to be in their relationship. Brianna now knows she's Stephan's slave, by choice, and he's expanding her boundaries...but he wants and needs to take things further. It's who he is. And you feel that tension just under the surface of this entire book. Brianna is far from emotionally healed, and she may never be after having suffered 10 months of involuntary slavery & sexual torture, but she is getting progressively better with book. 'Truth' Brianna gets disappointed and thinks something's wrong if Stephan doesn't take her every night *grin* And yet, she's so damaged that even the thought of a Brazilian wax causes her fear and anxiety because even that act has been perverted by her former sadistic Master. Some of Stephan and Brianna's closest family and friends are aware of her torture at the hands of Ian, and of Stephan's need for physical sexual sadism. Needless to say, they're horrified by the relationship, especially when it becomes quite clear it's a sexual one. Will Brianna be capable of fully meeting Stephan's needs? Or will simply being with Brianna be enough for him? Or will that leave him feeling incomplete? These are the questions that plagued me and kept me on edge.
Things are further complicated with the appearance of Brianna's father, whom she feels is responsible for her kidnapping, and Stephan's efforts to get her former Master Ian indicted.
All issues are entwined and lead to a shocking conclusion...There I was, initially chastising a character's actions, thinking I had the book ending totally predicted...then *BAM!!*...I should have seen it coming and I LOVED it and where she's taking this series for it's final installment next year. Yes, that's right - Fear not Stephan and Brianna fans - this series is a Quartet. I had a chance to speak with Hayes earlier this month. This is a 4 book series and we will not have to wait as long for it's conclusion. She hopes to publish it by early June 2014, in time for the Reader Author Get Together Con. I think 4 books is the right number. Brianna was such a emotional & physical mess in Slave and her progression in both areas has felt very real and perfectly paced. I'm so happy this series dedicates a majority of its pages to the progression of the relationship with plenty of H/h time. That aspect is what I'm anticipating most in the upcoming conclusion.
My personal history with the Finding Anna series I first became intrigued with this series when I randomly had breakfast with Hayes at the 2012 Reader Author Get Together. We were among the last stragglers making our way downstairs on the very last morning of the Con...I love BDSM romance - You write it - Awesome! Let's eat and chat! :) We talked about her writing process for Slave and the extensive detail and care that went into some of the scenes. She reached out to people in the BDSM community - sometimes messaging back and forth into the wee hours of the morning - to get the dynamics of even a Dom to Dom conversation in the presence of a slave correct. Remember Stephan's interactions with Ian and Brianna when he was purchasing her? That was the result of one of Hayes' late night convos. Well, I'd heard enough. Aftewards, I totally stalked Hayes into the parking lot after breakfast (but she said it was okay!)...and I had her open her packed luggage to sell me a copy of Slave. It was just one of those situations where you have a gut feeling and you KNOW...'I'm going to love it.' And I've been having a fantastic ride, doing group reads on this series ever since.
ARC provided by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House (TWCS) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
***Updated 9/16/2013 with tidbits from Tiffany Reisz’ September 14, 2013 book signing*** (My SPOILERFREE Review of The Mistress, including a critique***Updated 9/16/2013 with tidbits from Tiffany Reisz’ September 14, 2013 book signing*** (My SPOILERFREE Review of The Mistress, including a critique of all the series' Audiobooks, follows at the bottom)
Tiffany Reisz's September 14, 2013 Book Signing
I told Tiffany that she wasn’t to move from Lexington, KY and that she had to stay in my vicinity forever. I think it was at least her 3rd booksigning in my city, in just this year alone.
- As I suspected, a book titled ‘The Priest’ about a Priest in love with an underaged girl was too much for one publisher to handle. They absolutely refused to carry it under that name. Hence the name change. Tiffany gave her publisher a list of acceptable alternatives and The Saint was the winner.
-Release date push back. Good news and Bad news. The Bad? The Saint is no longer releasing on March 25, 2014. The release date is being pushed back to May 2014. The good? The delay is because Tiffany’s publisher is having her release 2 novellas this upcoming Spring. Around February 2014, we should be getting the first novella, 'Misbehavior,' which is a sort of retelling of a Shakespeare story. Sorry, my notes are rather thin on ‘Misbehavior.’ Tiffany cited the exact Shakespeare story, but I missed it. Around March 2014, they’re publishing the second novella, ‘The Last Good Knight.’ This one will be in the Original Sinners world. It’s about Nora’s time with a male sub that’s an ex-Navy Seal. I’m especially looking forward to this one.
-We’ll STILL get two full length Original Sinners books next year. ‘The Saint’ in May and ‘The King’ in November or December.
-Tiffany’s also working on a gothic novella. She cracked us all up when she mentioned that her working title is ‘Banged by a Ghost’ *g*
-The Saint will have less sex than her other Original Sinners books. Much of it will feel very much like a YA novel because The Saint spans from Nora at fifteen to Nora at twenty. It’s more a romance…After hearing this news, I asked Tiffany: “For my fellow smutlovers, will their relationship be consummated in The Saint???” *panicky-urgency* Tiffany: “Oh GOD yes! I’m not that much of a sadist!” Me: Thank God! (lots of audience approval at that news)
-Tiffany did a reading of a scene from The Saint...it was beautiful, intense AND funny...It involved Nora and Soren slow dancing :)
-The upcoming Original Sinners graphic novel series was described as 3 illustrated hardcover graphic novellas.
-Tiffany and her publisher had no control over Doubleday Book Club’s decision to not carry The Mistress in hardcover. The online bookclub is a totally separate entity. Doubleday makes their own decisions and they do the hardcover publishing themselves. I asked if Tiffany’s own publisher would consider publishing hardcovers, and she said, you never know. Tiffany thought a red leather bound Original Sinners collectors set would be pretty cool (ME, TOO!!)
-A few tidbits about Book 7 of The Original Sinners series: Nora has run away from Soren. She’s hiding out at a convent. She has an affair with a nun while she’s there.
-Tiffany’s publisher LOVES Michael and Griffin plus MM is so hot right now. They’ll be getting their own stories eventually. Format (novella vs. full length) wasn’t specified.
-Tiffany doesn’t have a line editor. Her editor only makes suggestions – she doesn’t line edit for Tiffany. That grammar, those words, the beautiful and witty prose? – that’s all Tiffany!
-Some of the free short stories on Tiffany's website have been removed. The Original Sinners series (Books 1-4, I assumed) will be republished with new covers, and these newer editions will have those short stories as added material in the back of the book. -Women occasionally hit on Tiffany but she’s only gay for her character Sheridan! Aren’t we all? She’s thought about writing more for Sheridan…she’s considered pairing Sheridan up with someone from her Original Sinners world.
-A few people, myself included, asked if we might get more Original Sinners books about what takes places after the end of The Mistress. Probably not. No spoilers, but she joked about one character being beautiful at about age 50 in The Mistress, and she SO didn’t want to write about him being eighty and needing Viagra to get it up. Or having to write stories like, “So and So buy a house!”….With the dramatic climax and resolution of The Mistress, there’s really nowhere to go.
***My Spoilerfree Review of The Mistress, including Audiobook critique***
The conclusion for The Original Sinners series' first quartet, 'The Red Years', was perfection, right down to the quote on the front. It's all comes back to the beginning for me. As I mentioned in my review of The Siren last year, http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... , I first met Tiffany as a fellow fan, at a 2010 Lorelei James book signing in Lexington, KY. She was excited as her own book, an erotic novella, was soon to be published, but she was there first and foremost as a fellow fan...and now Lorelei is putting quotes like, "I worship at the altar of Tiffany Reisz!" on her books...Get in line, Hunny! *g*
No WAY am I doing a plot summery on this one, or spoiling the jaw-dropping secret of Soren, but come the fuck on, who hasn't read The Siren yet? Go rectify that, immediately!
For me, my favorite moments throughout the entire Red Years quartet are the flashback scenes of Nora and Soren in 'The White Years'...and right off the bat, The Mistress opens with his jailhouse discussion with fifteen year old Nora, and I'm already, just a few pages in, remembering why I love this series so damn much. The White Years flashbacks are also why this doesn't even feel like a series conclusion to me, because what I'm waiting for the most...what I can't even thinking about without turning into a ridiculous puddle of *squee*...is The Saint. If I'm being honest, I get a little lightheaded just thinking about it. It's going to be the death of me :)
Back to The Mistress, I really loved how the intricate dynamics of the Nora/Soren/Kingley relationship are fully explained. "Soren couldn't live in a world without Nora. Kingley couldn't live in a world without Soren. Her death would be like the sinking of a great ship. She would take them all down with her." Their SCENE together?!? *deep breath* Talk about scorching HAWT!
If I could change anything about this story, it would be less villian and more Soren. I wanted more Nora/Soren time, but knowing The Saint is coming helps me a lot~
Without getting spoilery, I loved the ending. I thought it was bold and unconventional, and it's exactly what I've come to expect from Tiffany. I think it's certainly left room for additional stories...The Black Years anyone? LOL! :)
THE AUDIOBOOKS: This criticism is for the publisher...FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, please PLEASE STOP changing the narrator for every book! I loved the narrator for The Siren. That Soren was sexy as hell. I wasn't happy about the change in narrator for The Angel - that Soren narration was probably my least favorite of the series. That Nora also took some getting used to. The Prince narrator often lacked voice inflection. I actually seriously thought it was a computer on a few occasions...but despite that, I preferred this narrator's Soren and Kingley to the predecessor. In fact, I think the french accent on The Prince's Kingley was pretty spectacular. With The Mistress, I preferred this narrator's Wesley to The Siren's Wesley. And I preferred The Mistress' Soren to The Angel's Soren, but not The Siren's Soren. And I preferred The Siren's Nora to The Mistress' Nora.....Bottom line? This switching narrators for each book is yoyo-ing me around and driving me bat shit crazy. Please find someone fantastic and stick with them for the 4 upcoming White Years books. This series is worthy of that.
Other favorite things/quotes I absolutely loved: -The explanation of how Soren came up with Nora's nickname, "Little One." -The discussion of the monetary motivations for celibacy in the Church -"You were in love, not stupid. They're two very different diseases with identical symptoms." - Grace -"Our Nora has a magic pussy. It's the opposite of the Bermuda Triangle. Lost men sail into it and then find themselves." - Kingley -"I knelt at his feet because I felt like that's where I belonged. And no, not because I was so unworthy of him, but because he was so utterly worthy of my devotion." - Nora ...more
This author was rec'd by Kitty Thomas. Also? The Goodreads warning totally sold me :) "WARNING: If you like your romance sweet, your vampires gentle,This author was rec'd by Kitty Thomas. Also? The Goodreads warning totally sold me :) "WARNING: If you like your romance sweet, your vampires gentle, and your heroines flawless---this isn't for you. This is a dark, unconventional love story meant for readers who prefer morally ambiguous tales."