- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
- Audible.com Release Date: December 1, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AEDDKHS
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The Prince Audiobook – Unabridged
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I am thoroughly and utterly besotted with the characters of this series!!! While her story telling alone is superb, Ms. Reisz elevates the narrative in her writing to create fine piece of literature. I've noticed that some reviewers complain that these characters do not speak or act realistically. Hmmm...consider this...these characters are from imagination and if our reality was as compelling, unique, meaningful and dream worthy as the reality created in the world of these " The Original Sinners", then we would write our own biographies. These are spell binding stories with exceptional characters who entertain, enlighten, and inflame the passions of not only the body but the mind and soul. In the face of such bounty...the complaint of the realness...fades as meaningless. (Can you imagine Soren speaking any other way then he does in the story?) I digress...
This book is titled "The Prince" and perhaps there is one character on which this title is bestowed but I cannot help reading that the the moniker, "The Prince" can be bestowed on more than one male who Nora, "La Belle Dame sans Merci" has "in thrall". I enjoy all the literary devices Ms. Reitsz employs to weave her almost mystical tale...continually expanding the characters and the motivations for their actions. Nothing is ever static, staid or concluded about any character. As the plot lines progress, merge and diverge, more dimension is added to each of the characters. The reader begins to grow in their understanding of them and the themes surrounding the reason for their sexual behaviors and the depth of their desire and love. The characters even dare to touch upon very nature of God.
The reader is introduced to the relationship dynamic Soren and Kingsley shared attending the school run by Jesuits when they were young men. Breathtaking is their desire and love for one another. They are consumed with their passions and at times the violence in their encounters may cause the reader to cringe momentarily, but the encompassing love and beauty of this love steals the breath. Kinglsley is princely in his deportment and manner as is Soren in his talent, mind and fearsome presence. These princes are equally matched and bonded as true lovers of one another.
They also both dream of a day when they will meet that one woman who is "wilder" than either of them to share and complete their desire for a trinity.
Again, you need to know how beautifully written each and every the erotic encounter is. From the S &M scenes of young men to virginal deflowering. The words used to describe the heat rise up from the page and insinuate themselves in your consciousness. That which was foreign and misunderstood becomes understandable and you cannot help but feel desire yourself. (What is happening to me?) I suppose I have reached the conclusion that understanding is the penultimate aphrodisiac and this writer enables the reader to understand oh sooo much!!!
Soren had no doubt in his mind that the woman they dreamed of was his "Little One", Nora. Kingsley quotes the passage from Keats I used as title for this review to Soren, reminding him and perhaps hinting to him that Nora who is without mercy as she has run to the another Prince...a Prince not of their world, but a "vanilla" world. He is Wes, the "Prince of Kentucky". While away from Soren, she fell in love with him and missed him for the year they spent apart.
Soren, a Prince of the Church, in fact, gave Nora the gift of freedom to go and be with her Wesley. As painful as it was to Soren, a few motivations behind his decision are revealed in the narrative. Whether the decision serves Soren's purposes is discovered ultimately in the reading
While in Kentucky, Nora meets yet another "Prince" a titled "Arabian Prince" she knows from her "world". It is interesting to contrast his behavior with the behavior of the other "Princes". This is a fascinating contrast of "Princely" behavior.
Like a persistent underlying bass line in a musical composition is Soren the "sadistic priest" whose
holy heart is ever with his love...even loves? He has loved this woman for two decades since she was a sixteen year old on the cusp of adulthood until now. He has loved his Kingsley since they were both young men on the edge of being the men they ultimately became. The love Soren holds for his "Little One" is beyond the love of a "Prince" like those in fairy tales conferred upon men who seem to be able to offer everything to the subject of their ardor...like Wesley can offer Nora. Soren's love is a rare precious gift that accepts Nora in all her aspects of being and endeavors to protect her...keep her safe from ultimate harm. This love goes so far to give Nora room to explore, breathe and consider those things that Soren knows he cannot give. The question is which "love" will Nora choose?
Wes and Nora have reunited. She is visiting Wes’ world as The Prince of Kentucky ( horsebreeding country). Nora is no stranger to wealth and opulence. She has had some of the most powerful, uber-rich patrons as clients. However, when she visits The Rails she is blown away with all the grandeur. For the first time, she realizes the “kid” she shared her home with was not the struggling student. In the meantime, Wes is still a virgin and he introduces her to his parents, with much disdained from his father, Jackson Railey.
Though Kingsley is the King of Kink in New York City, he has long cherished a deep and forbidden love for only one person, Soren. However, while his pet is away with Wes, Kingsley is ready to cast aside his honorable intensions and seduce Soren into taking him as a lover once again to help fill the void and provide a canvas for him to inflict pain, unlike anything he could possible give to Nora.
In this installment, we get a peak behind the curtain of Soren as a teenager – not as a priest. Kingsley meet Marcus (Soren) at St. Ignatius. Soren’s aura stirred a deep attraction within Kingsley immediately. Even as a teenager, Soren demanded obedience and discipline among his peers and Kingsley willingly sat as his feet – literally. This revelation of course makes him a submissive as well as a switch, a fact only the three of them know…himself, Soren and Nora.
Rekindling old fantasies isn’t the only thing to occupy our three sinners. There is a mystery involving arsonists and thieves. We have secrets and a tangled web of relationships for Kingsley, Soren and Nora.
I love this book from beginning to end and I beg all of you to read this series. You get a smart and intriguing twist. It’s funny, sad, tragic, religious and erotic, all in the best possible way. Because it’s so deliriously elegant, your inner bad girl will melt from joy while keeping your emotions buzzing along with the arousal. It’s intensely sensual between Nora and Wes. It’s achingly emotional between Kingsley and Soren.