Wednesday, June 7, 2017

REVIEW : The Red by Tiffany Reisz


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

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...

Holy Shit...

So I finished this book at around 3am and I am still in a bit of a “what the actual fuck” state.

So a little backstory on this, The Red was supposedly written in the words of Nora Sutherlin of Original Sinners series. So YAYAYAYAYA! This is very Nora if you’ve ever read that series (you should.)

I’ve learned to expect the unexpected from Reisz and her insanely seductive and creative style but this was a doozey. 

I genuinely don’t want to spoil but I’m going to have to drop a minimal nugget here and there.

First off, the sex scenes were very intense and one in particular had my jaw drop. I mean I’d read an attempt previously but that failed to be “erotic.” The Red took that and flipped it and just beat the shit out of every possible future attempts of this act in erotica. 

Second, the use of fantasy and art was so beautifully done and everything merged to make this plot so fulfilling.

I think my only dislike was the character of Sebastian and lord what an asshole he is. Oh, and that my guess of what was happening was completely WRONG.

This was a new form of fuck from Reisz. The “Mindfuck” of The Red was well done, and if you can’t appreciate the creativity and yes, filthy words, than at least take in the lessons on art history. If my art history classes were taught this way, I would’ve passed the course.