Author: Tiffany Reisz
Title: The Red
Subtitle: An Erotic Fantasy
Genre: Erotic / Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 11th July, 2017
Cover Design: Andrew Shaffer
Publisher: 8th Circle Press (eBook and Trade Paperback) • Tantor Audio (Audiobook CD and Download)
Never make a promise you don’t intend to keep…
>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.
★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
I have never read a story quite like this one. Firstly, I went in blind which in hindsight, wasn’t such a good idea–or was it? My shock was as such that I couldn’t believe my eyes! Me, who doesn’t do fantasy or paranormal, was reading just that and had nothing to compare it with. Actually, since I don’t think this standalone is comparable with any other, I didn’t know whether to carry on or DNF. But my curiosity won hands down and once I got into it, there was no stopping me. It’s neither too long nor too short and the well-balanced chapters are distinguishable scenarios. Actually, little imagination is needed for one to get the impression that they’re watching a theatrical play, the chapters being acts.
“It’s me darling,” “It’s only me.”
The internal monologue controls the pace of the story which covers a timespan of just over a year, although I did feel a tad more dialogue wouldn’t have gone amiss. I’m a real sucker for banter and perhaps in all my eagerness, I skim read a few pages. Despite being an intensely erotic read which at times pushed me out of my comfort zone, I have to admit that the sex scenes were probably the hottest I’ve ever read. Except for two that I found extreme in their detail and so over the top, I felt uncomfortable with them.
“If you were for sale I would pawn my soul to buy you,” “I would buy you and keep you chained to my bed…”
It always worries me when authors are overly descriptive with their characters’ actions and surroundings in a story. More often than not, scenes read heavily and I quickly lose interest. But this was not the case because what Ms Reisz created, I loved. Her writing style has a poetic touch to it; the vocabulary–picturesque and she’s given the book a ‘romanticism’ feel to it. Therefore the scenery is easy to imagine, especially if you’re a lover of fine art. Fantastical erotism is woven into a plot set in The Red, an art gallery in dire straits. I really liked the heroine, Mona Lisa St. James. Yes, her name is a tad peculiar but her deceased mother was a passionate woman who had a great love for anything arty. Mona’s inherited her mother’s open-mindedness and is often in her thoughts. Clearly, this was one of the reasons she was mentioned so much in the book. Another one caught me off balance towards the end; a twist of sorts that I never expected, leaving me grinning from ear to ear.
“You’re staring at my boots, love. Tell me why,”
“I like them.”
“I’m very glad you do…”
In love or in lust. Is it possible to confuse these emotions because I thought the female protagonist mistook the first by being blindsided by the second? Surely, there’s a limit to what one would do for another regardless of the sizzling hot chemistry between two lovers. In this story, boundaries simply don’t exist for Mona and they certainly do not for the player, the devilishly charming Earl of Godwick, Malcolm Arthur Augustus Fitzroy. He’s not only the perfect English gentleman, but will make sure their sexual games are consensual. He’s also to become her saviour in a way I would never have guessed in an extremely well-thought-out plan. What I was really taken with was how different they are. Both have art in common but that’s as far as it goes. Malcolm is secretive whereas Mona is an open book.
“You saw what I wanted you to see,” “The oldest magician’s trick.”
“Is this a trick too?”
“Oh no, this is real. This is the only thing that’s real to me,”
Raw emotions abound. Occasionally failing to differentiate between reality and fantasy, her submission to the mysterious Malcolm steadily grows until her need for him and his sexual fantasies verge on obsession. She’s never demeaned and always respected even in the most complex moments so in this respect, it’s easier on the reader. But pleased be warned: this is a very, but very naughty read with a gorgeous twist just in the right place. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Red and for fans of this author’s flamboyantly sensual writing, I can see you all lapping up this read. By the way, I adored Tou-Tou! Bravo Ms Reisz!
“I warned you I like to play games,” “I warned you that next time, you would hate me.”
“I do hate you.”
“It’ll pass.” “It always does.”
Praise for The Red: An Erotic Fantasy:
“Deliciously deviant… Akin to Anne Rice’s ‘Beauty’ series.” — Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Kinky, well-written, hot as hell.” — Little Red Reading Hood
“Tiffany Reisz at her best.” — Collector of Book Boyfriends
“Wonderfully erotic and passionate.” — Crazies R Us Book Blog
“Don’t expect lovey, dovey romance here. It’s pure filthy erotica – just the way I like it.” — Warhawke’s Vault
“This book needs to come with a fan, it’s so beyond HOT!!!” — Beauty and the Beastly Books
“You can’t quite believe what you’re reading.” — Lil Maso
“Not your average erotic fantasy story… [Leaves] you hot one moment, then raw the next.” — Texas Reader Stacy
“Filthy.” — Blogger Vivien Olvasókuckója
“I tossed sleep aside to finish it in a night… This book is worth it.”— No Pithy Phrase
“No holds barred.” — Sarah Tandy, A Woman and Her Books
“Raw, graphic, hardcore sexual fantasy that defies the realm of reality… I’ll never look at a piece of artwork the same way again…” — Cross My Heart Book Reviews
“A lovely bit of literary smut, full of art and sex and mystery.” — RITA Finalist Kira Gold
“Mysterious, scandalous, strange, and weirdly arousing.”— (un)Conventional Bookviews
“Unlike anything I’ve ever read before.” — A Reader Who Reads Blog
Tiffany Reisz is the international bestselling author of the Original Sinners series for Mira Books and Mills & Boon, including the RT Book Reviews Best Erotic Romance 2012 winner The Siren and the LAMBDA Literary Award-winning The King. Her novel The Saint won the Romance Writers of America RITA® for best Erotic Romance in 2015.
About 8th Circle Press
8th Circle Press is a Lexington, Kentucky-based publisher of literary friction. For more information, visit our website at www.8thCirclePress.com.