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Published by 8th Circle Press on July 11, 2017
Genres: Abuse, BDSM, Dark, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
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Source: Shameless Book Con limited edition hardcover
A standalone erotic fantasy novel from the Original Sinners collection...
Never make a promise you don’t intend to keep…
Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise, that she would do anything it took to save her mother’s gallery, The Red. The gallery is well-named for not only is it painted red but it’s in the red, and there's no way to bring it back into the black again without selling it.
The night Mona realizes she has no choice but to sell, a mysterious man comes into her gallery after closing time and makes Mona an offer she cannot refuse. He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him sexually for the period of one year. The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting. But surely her mother didn’t mean for Mona to sell herself to a strange man.
Then again, Mona did promise to do anything...
[This standalone novel is a work of erotica fantasy fiction and is intended for a mature audience only. It includes some BDSM content and dubious consent.]
Publication date: July 11, 2017
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Book Review: 5+++ Stars
The Red is sooooooo good that it left me speechless. Seriously, Tiffany blew my mind with this book. First, this story is written not only by Tiffany—who is one of the best authors I’ve ever read in my entire life, no news here, right? *chuckles*—, but also by her most important fictional character of the Original Sinners, Nora Sutherlin. Second, this book has a fantasy/paranormal element I never expected to be written so well, full of descriptions, very vivid scenes and also very mysterious. And third, the erotic element was shocking, forbidden, arousing and way beyond hard core than it was in the Original Sinners Series, and that’s saying a lot.
In The Red, Mona Lisa had a promise to keep, and when she thought there was no hope for her gallery art, a mysterious English man came offering to save it in exchange of one year of Carte Blanche to do with her body whatever he wanted. When he proved himself to her, she agreed to it, but she didn’t expect for one second that by agreeing to be this man’s whore, her life would change forever.
“I’m your slave,” she said.
“No. You’re my employee,” he said. “A slave has no choice. But you’re here because you want to be. Aren’t you? Admit it, Mona… admit you love being my whore.”
And their deal began.
“The devil doesn’t smile,” he said. “The devil smirks.”
This man came to her once a month, and they recreated famous erotic artworks, at least that’s what Mona was so sure they were doing. She didn’t say no to anything, since the man was keeping his part of the deal, but she was outraged by everything he asked her to do. Ok, scratch that, he TOLD her to do. He had Carte Blanche, after all.
She hated it all, hated being held, being opened, being examined and displayed…
Oh, but she loved it too.
And this is when I was more shocked with this book. I have a very hard limit with books, I don’t read books with rape, captivity or any kind of abuse. I don’t like it, in fact, I don’t understand what’s the appeal in The Stockholm Syndrome, but to each their own; and there were a few scenes with this kind of subject, even if Mona was never a prisoner, this man never kidnapped her or raped her, but the recreations he wanted them to do were so real, so vivid, so raw, that they felt like a captivity/rape kind of scene. AND I LOVED EVERY WORD OF THEM.
“It’s the intimacy of captor and captive. There’s nothing like it.”
“Am I your captive?”
“You are tonight.”
“Can you keep me forever?”
“I wish I could.”
This story was full of surprises, I never knew what would come next, and with every new scene this man wanted to do, more exciting, more awful but wonderful things happened and I couldn’t put it down. I cried for Mona, because just like her, I didn’t know what would happen with them after the year was over, and know we both loved this mysterious man, so damn much. In the end, when there was no hope for Mona’s heart—at least her art gallery was saved—the most unexpected happened. And it was wonderful.
“Millions of painting in this world. Only one Mona Lisa. Billions of women in this world. Only one you, Mona Lisa St. James.”
Review from the Shameless Book Con limited edition hardcover, 2016.