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REVIEW: The Prince by Tiffany Reisz

Warning: contains spoilers for first two novels in series

Having finished The Angel, I moved quickly on to The Prince, desperate to find out where the numerous loose plotlines would go. However, while I expected this to concentrate on the blossoming romance between Nora and Wes, I was pleasantly surprised that in fact the majority of the book was about the complex and extremely dark relationship between Soren and Kingsley, the King of Kink. And when I say dark, I mean DARK!

As reader, I could only watch helplessly as the origins of these two very different people becoming ‘friends’ unfolded. Truth be told, this was such a major draw for me that I found myself skimming the parts with Nora and Wes, in order to read more about Soren and Kingsley.

As I mentioned in my previous review, M/M relationships have never really held much interest for me, but again Reisz has pulled something so unique that I was sucked right in to their story (Yeah, bad choice of words there).

The plot is really split into three distinct threads; a in-depth look at Soren and Kingsley’s past and the circumstances that surrounded the death of Kingsley’s sister (also Soren’s wife), mentioned briefly in The Angel, the stalker who appears to be targeting Soren and all of those close to him, in the present and Wes and Nora finally trying to make a go of things as a couple down in Kentucky. Out of the three plot-lines, for me, the Wes/Nora plot was the weakest. It just lacked that certain sparkle that made me want to invest in their relationship and in turn, root for them to overcome the obstacles of Nora’s past and Wes’s privileged background.

Wes came off as somewhat needy in this book. His desperation at trying to break Nora’s need for kink and the hold Soren has over her, begins to get very tiring. He knew what Nora was like. This isn’t anything new. Granted, Nora is trying to change and become more ‘Vanilla’ to suit Wes’s lifestyle, but it is part of who she is. The fact that she has to hide a part of herself began to annoy me. She lost a bit of her bite and it is only near the end do we see that the old Nora is still hiding underneath the disguise she wears around Wes and his family.

On writing this review and discussing the book with Vickie (who was reading it while I was reviewing this book), I’ve come to the conclusion that Nora seems to morph and adapt to suit whoever she is in a relationship with. With Soren, she throws herself into becoming a submissive; on her own she becomes a Dominatrix with Wes she tries to be what is described as ‘normal’. You get the feeling that she only really wants to be accepted, but never really get a feeling of the real Nora.

In a scene that still makes me chuckle even now, was when Nora and Wes finally have sex. A theme that seems to run between the two is the fact that Wes is constantly trying to compete with Soren, asking questions that I cringed at reading. Does he REALLY want to know what Soren is like as Lover? Is he a glutton for punishment? (Soren might like that! ;) ) Does he have a secret crush on the Priest that he refuses to admit to? (Ok, that may be me and I do not have that secret of a crush…) To push for answers at a time where Nora is probably at her weakest is a low blow, but ask and ye shall receive. For the reader, it comes across as very uncomfortable, especially in the way that Nora compares Wes and Soren. This is one of the few times that I really felt my love for Nora slip. (Though this is partly Wes’s fault for asking).

Wes and Nora somehow end up embroiled in the mystery surrounding the death of one of Nora’s former clients racehorses. Again, I seemed to zone out on this plot-line and was only slightly interested that this is the client that gave Nora her red Aston Martin.

By the end of the book, it looks as though Nora and Wes look to be on the road to a proper relationship. How this pans out in the next book, is yet to be seen due to a dramatic cliffhanger, which I will discuss later in the review.

For me, what really pushed this book into un-put-downable territory was Kingsley and Soren. This book really delves into the past of Kingsley and how he went from a lothario who had been forced from his previous school due to other pupils threatening his life over sleeping with their girlfriends and/or sisters, to Soren’s first real submissive.

The relationship is really dark and a comparison to the relationship between Griff and Michael in the previous book. It is not for the faint-hearted and though Reisz doesn’t go into too much detail, there is just enough to let your imagination run away with you, or at least it’s a reflection on mine. :D

This is mixed in with the mystery surrounding who broke into Kingsley’s home and stole the file on Nora. By going back into the past, Reisz attempts to lead the reader to who is targeting those closest to Soren. Up to the last chapter, I was completely in the dark, but then as the pieces all fall into place, I was shocked to say the least. It was the last person I expected it to be.

The most infuriating part of the whole book was the cliffhanger at the end and it knocked half a star off the rating. Nora’s fate is left in the balance, especially as there was the ominous message “I WILL KILL THE BITCH” scrawled in blood on the wall in Nora’s bedroom. I know this might be in an effort to make you want to read the next book, but Reisz doesn’t need this gimmick.

Verdict

The darkest book yet in the series, but still one of the best authors in this genre. There were a couple of things I didn’t really like about this, one being Nora herself and the other being the cliff-hanger, but the Soren and Kingsley back-story and relationship more than makes up for it. This is still a must read series for me and I can’t wait for The Mistress to see how this all concludes. Before this book, I had wanted Nora to not end up with Wes and go back to Soren, yet now I am left confused.

For really dark and thought provoking series, read these books. Reisz manages to write really spicy books while balancing very complex plots that suck you in. She really is the Queen of this genre.

Rating: 4.5 Stars


The Prince by Tiffany Reisz
(The Original Sinners #3)
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Mills & Boon (Sept 2012)
Paperback: 410 pages

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Gemma

A self confessed geek who likes all things paranormal (except zombies as they scare her) Genre wise she likes horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and historical fiction. [Gemma no longer reviews for BCC]

8 Comments


kara-karina January 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Ahaha, I can feel your frustration, Gemma! ;)) Excellent review!!
However, don’t you think that Soren made Nora go to Wes so she could try the outfit and see at last that it doesn’t fit? She had that fantasy of normal life that she just couldn’t let go and he is forcing the issue for her sake.
Agree with almost everything in your review apart from your thoughts on Nora. I felt that Tiffany was making a point showing that kink is not an illness (which was Wes’s point of view. He thought he could cure Nora) but a lifestyle choice that suits someone’s personality. She was proving it to Nora’ subconciousness and to people like Wes. It almost felt like parody on 50 shades :)

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Gemma January 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Thabks Kara.

That could have been another way to see things. Soren does seem to force Nora’s hand in the past.

I agree with your point with regards to Wes. He does think kink is an illness and even up to the end he still thinks that. I think that Nora only said yes at the end due to the cliffhanger.

I still think Nora dons a mask to suit each male she is in some sort of a relationship with in order to gain aceptance. Soren wants her to find herself

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Laura January 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Each time I read a review of these books, while they do sound good, I can’t decide if they’re my thing or not. Too intense and crookedly dark maybe?

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Gemma January 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I think you would be safe with The Siren, but both The Angel and The Prince do get very dark. Even I was suprised how dark they got. :)

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Carolyn January 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I’ve bought the series now for my iPad, so I know I’ll get to read them at some point, they sound so good. I love a bit of dark with my romance ;) Another fab review, Gemma!

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Gemma January 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Carolyn, you will love these. True they did push my comfort zone a bit, but its just so well written I couldn’t help but fall for the characters. I really do have a literary crush on Soren and Kingsley

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Carolyn January 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I’m so glad I bought them now. I think I’ll bump them up my list and read them while I’m not blogging. I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance as a break from the usual and I’ve found some real gems.

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Gemma January 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Put it this way, I am already giddy with anticipation for The Mistress and its not out till the middle of the year! lol!

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