Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother's art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it's in the red.

Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him 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 stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red…

The Red is a standalone novel of erotic fantasy from Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief and the Original Sinners series.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 What-the-heck-is-going-on stars

I need to preface this review that it will be short and sweet, because I will not remove the entertainment value for the reader by adding anything that isn't already in the blurb.

I enjoyed the suspense of trying to figure out what was happening. While I enjoyed the content, what speared me on was trying to puzzle out who Malcolm was in relation to Mona, with a bunch of wild guesses being made. This kept me endlessly entertained, because generally I deduce every detail about a story in the beginning, so it's always amazing when I don't know what's going on (not in a confusing, the author doesn't know what's going on either, so the story is being written by the seat of their pants way, but when it's written precisely in a controlled manner from start to finish).

Mona's whole life revolves around The Red, her mother's gallery. After making a deathbed vow to always keep The Red, Mona is struggling under a mountain of debt, and in an economy where art lovers aren't dropping big bucks to buy from her gallery... in walks salvation, with a devilish request.

If you've read Tiffany Reisz in the past, expect a similar feel with the content – erotic, inventive scenes, BDSM elements, and a riding crop. With The Red, expect a more truncated experience, which I was thankful to read. No inane everyday experiences, no making coffee, or every detail of taking a shower, or phone calls made to relatives, the food eaten, or the actions to take the character from point A to C.

These everyday mundane actions are left up to the reader's imagination, with only the important scenes spotlit by the author. This creates a super-fast pacing, focuses on Mona and Malcolm's agreement and the things that matter – setting the scenes between the characters. However, it takes a bit away from the character building – getting to know the narrator on a deeper level and the relationship she has with Malcolm. But, if the reader uses their imagination and empathy, the gaps should be easy to fill.

Erotic scenes, some sensual and slightly silly, some hardcore and intense, are torn from the canvases of masterpieces. There was an ethereal feel to some of these scenes, almost fairy-tale-esque. Well thought out, highly inventive and creative, it wasn't a stick part B into slot A repetitiveness.

The mystery is the story itself. At the ending, I was eager for more yet surprisingly satisfied with what was left up to my imagination.

I have loved the Original Sinner series since the inception and I make an effort to read anything Reisz puts out there. The Red became available and I jumped at the chance to give it a read. The Red did NOT disappoint! Full out erotica with a strange twist. Who is Malcolm?? No, not who, WHAT? Besides being very dapper, very dom, and very persuading, Malcolm is everything I like in the twisted, male lead Reisz is so darn good at creating. Man, Reisz can make me hate myself for loving the crazy stuff she has her characters do to each other. I shake my head while rabidly turning the pages! Groaning in desperation and dismay at my reactions.

Malcolm comes to Mona in her time of desperate need. Mona's art gallery, The Red, is in the red. Days from closing, Mona finds a strange man in her gallery. The odd man's proposition, to be his plaything and he'll save her gallery, is just too interesting and too good to pass up. But what the heck IS Malcolm, is he real? Is Mona dreaming this? Has he given her drugs? Is he the Devil? Right up to the very end, we are on the edge of our seats trying to figure out where this story is going. I'm still not sure if I loved the ending or hated it, but I'll tell ya what, it left me thinking about it for days. Well worth the read!!

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Erotica with hints of BDSM

Mona is trying to keep her mother's gallery alive. Despite the death bed promise Mona made to her mother, Mona is finding that the best course of action might be selling. Enter Malcolm.

Malcolm is an enigma – he is intriguing, dominant, sexy, rough around the edges, and a smooth talker. Throughout the story we are trying to figure him out. Why is he so interested in the gallery? How does he know about the gallery's financial situation? Who is Mona to him?

This is a great erotic story that is both frustrating and calming all wrapped in to one. It is well developed, but leaves you questioning everything. I loved that there was a mystery and romance, history and sex all in one story.

I have not read this author before, but now am going to be on the lookout – this was a great story.

5 stars of absolute enchantment

I love Ms. Reisz’s books, they challenge the reader. They entice, entertain, and (in my opinion) should be read in private, as their eroticism incites lustfulness. This particular story is one which I am sure I will read again – in fact, I have a feeling it may become a comfortable, soothing friend. There is something so wonderfully magical, so wild and fanciful as to be fresh on each reading, yet familiar and worthwhile.

Mona is a wonderfully conflicted character who we see mainly in relation to her need to save The Red (her newly inherited art gallery) and her relationship with Malcolm. The time in between his visits is compressed into want, but really little else. This makes the situation much more intense and erotic. As she waits to find out what he has for her next, revealed by the clue given by a masterpiece in a text book. The scenes are wild and highly erotic, even when totally crazy! I loved the concept and the execution. Luckily, I knew to read this when home alone as it exudes passion and sexiness off the page.

I loved how it ended, and was totally enthralled by the twists, which I had loved unravelling. Thank you, Ms. Reisz, for a wonderful novel to add to my absolute favourites list.

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany's books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as "literary friction," a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself.

She lives in Portland, Oregon. If she couldn't write, she would die.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Red by Tiffany Reisz to read and review.

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