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In a way I think it may have been better to wait for each installment of this captivating saga, "The Original Sinners", because as I read each book back-to-back, I am overwhelmed by the presence of these characters. Thoughts of them intrude upon my mind throughout the day and night when I am away from reading about them. After I finished this story, I had to remind myself that this is a book and it is a testament to the author, how personally I take the actions of some of the characters.
There is so much value in understanding these characters, be they real or simply a part of the author's imagination. I find Nora, the dark heroine, both fearsome as a Dominatrix and tragic as the love and lover of the priest, Soren. I was head over heels with Soren...but after this book, honestly I feel betrayed. I seem ridiculous to myself for having these feelings but they're truthful and real feelings. Kingsley...I will always love!
Just because Soren did not act how I wished he would act does not mean this author is any less brilliant. It is my issue and I own it as such. That I feel so strongly is a testament to this writer's gifts. I cannot elaborate on what it is he did to upset me so because it would be a spoiler for the few that have not read this intoxicating series.
I will point out how brilliantly, using the game of chess as a metaphor, the author creates a tense and suspenseful plot while the characters give up more and more secrets about themselves and new relationships are formed. The writing oozes sex and ideas about what sex means. We see Soren through new and unexpected eyes.
We hear from the lips of babes the words she remembers from overhearing her "Aunt Nora" (quoted above) that the act of sex, whatever the shade, is a gift.
The ideas behind the definition of "mistress" change like getting a different shade when you brush the nap of velvet in opposite directions. A mistress is the paramour of a married man or it is how you address a Dominatrix. Appropriately, our Nora fulfills both concepts of a mistress. Although, the end of this story there is one definition more apt than the other.
We also learn that there is more than one mistress that is paramour in this story. In a real sense, every female character mentioned is a mistress a paramour to an otherwise committed man.
The chess metaphor is taken to its ultimate conclusion in the last part entitled "Checkmate". I am sad and angry over this "checkmate". I cannot say more only I understand why the author chose what she chose as the epigraph to this book.
Of course the author began with the allusion to John Stockton's short story, "The Lady, or the Tiger?" the centuries old allegory for the "unsolvable problem". No one is ever happy with the unsolvable problem. My ultimate question is who or what is the unsolvable problem? Is it Soren or Nora or even Kingsley? Even knowing the ending of this story, I cannot decide. I suppose we all need to decide for ourselves or in time we'll come to know.
This one was a bit more difficult to follow because it is in so many POVs. We have Grace, Wes, Soren, Kingsley, and Laila all telling their parts of each and every moment during this difficult time in their lives. We know who has been harassing our characters, but now we will learn why and how. But never underestimate the power of love, friendship and the snarky Nora. I absolutely adore her and her comedic timing. Even when she is serious, she makes fun of herself and her actions. I love that about her. But she is also working things out in her head.
"Only Nora could be rude and flirtatious at the same time."
And isn't that why we love her and love her with her men? SHe pulls out something different in them with her just being her. And chapter 23?! Yowza!
I'm loving this world and I love the journey Tiffany has taken us on. You must read all book in order, so do NOT start with this one. It will mess not do you any good to dive into the middle. You must complete the journey, step by step. It's the way Soren, Nora and Kingsley would have wanted it.
We pick up right where we left off in The Prince, wondering what's happened to Nora – is Wesley alright? Does Soren know what’s going on? Who is this jerk slinking around in the background and generally driving everyone mad? Should I tell you? Should I throw out the worlds best spoiler ever?
No – I won’t do that to you – because that is the best part of this series. There is always something going on in the background that leaves you second guessing everything and everyone – knowing that somewhere, sometime, they may/may not reveal themselves and their wicked games. The Mistress did not disappoint. After the brutality of The Prince, you think what else could possibly happen? Ohhhhhhh so, so, so much more.
After getting the full scope of what Soren had to endure as a child, and the affects it has had on him throughout his life and in his relationships with both Kingsley & Nora, you wonder what could possibly break this man? Perhaps the idea that he could loose not just one – but both of his soul mates?
Nora has disappeared – and now all the men (and some women) that are in her life have to come together – leave their issues aside in the hopes that they can figure out a way to bring her back – and in one piece. As Wesley finds his way to Soren and Kingsley, Griffin and Michael are already there – as well as a few players you wouldn’t have thought about…. all grasping at straws trying to figure out a way to get Nora back….. but from who? Who has taken here?
The biggest mystery of all –
This mystery even has Kingsley worried – scared to the point that he’s sent his beloved away for her safety.
I can’t rave enough about this book – it was an EPIC finale for an amazing series – I was reluctant to finish it so fast, knowing it was the end of The Original Sinners – The Red Years, but it was so jammed packed with the most amazing suspense, I devoured it in nearly one sitting.