The Queen, book #8 in the Original Sinners series, by Tiffany Reisz, brings together the missing chapters in the story of Nora, Soren and Kingsley. The Queen tells the tale of how the submissive known as Elle rose to become Mistress Nora, the reigning dominatrix of her city. It takes place shortly after Nora’s return to the city from her self imposed exile in a convent and she shows up without hope and a future at the door of Kingsley. She is in hiding from her master and lover, the Jesuit Priest Soren.
“…Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned,’ she began her confession. ‘When we were apart there were two times I almost came back to you and didn’t.’
‘Two?’ Soren looked at her, wide-eyed and stunned. Usually she loved shocking him, it was such a feat. Not today. ‘Why didn’t you?’
‘Are you sure you want to know?’
Then Soren said to her the two words she’d once said to him that had changed her life. ‘Tell me…”
Nora tells Soren the story of how she became the dominatrix Mistress Nora. They were celebrating the marriage of two men they both loved. A marriage Soren had presided over. A Jesuit Priest, marrying two gay men, kissing a known kink dominatrix. They knew his days as a priest had become numbered. Now was the time for them to let all secrets go. To be completely honest with one another, so Nora shares the story of how she come to their friend and lover Kingsley Edges door. At the guidance of Kingsley, Eleanor Schreiber transforms from the submissive of the Jesuit Priest Soren, into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. But to do so, she will need to dethrone the current Queen. A devious woman who uses the secrets of her clients to enrich her self through pain and blackmail.
“…You don’t really think I’m a sociopath, do you?’
‘You have a conscience. But you know what they call a sociopath with a conscience?’
It sounded like the setup to a joke so Elle took bait. ‘No, what do they call a sociopath with a conscience?’
‘They call her Mistress…”
Outside of Soren’s control, Nora finds a new power and sense of worth in being the Mistress. But she cannot hide her love for the Priest and her desire to give in to his control sexually. But she also knows she cannot give up her new life either. Neither is willing to compromise and when Soren decides to take on a new church assignment, Nora must decide between the Priest she loves and life she has come to love.
I have little tolerance for poorly written erotica Especially BDSM. The reason for that is because I was introduced to kink writing, really good kink writing, in a book called the Siren where I was introduced to the character Mistress Nora. Tiffany Reisz set the standard for what I have come to expect and enjoy in BDSM writing and with the Queen she takes it and raises that bar even more. The characters, the trials, the intelligence and the respect for the lifestyle; while making it real and exciting and beautiful for those of us who are vanilla at heart, is what makes these stories so good. Reisz is the Mistress of kink writing and no matter which book you grab you will not be disappointed. If you think you understand and know the BDSM lifestyle because of a mainstream popular series and poorly acted movie, you don’t.
Nora, Soren and Kingsley are three of the most powerful characters to fill the pages of a novel and they each have their story to tell. Stories of pain and tragedy and of great love and respect.
The Queen is another in a line of well written novels of erotica and BDSM. Pick it up. Read it and enjoy.