Title - The Queen (The Original Sinners #8)
Author - Tiffany Reisz
Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever.
The time has finally come to keep their promises.
Out of money and out of options after her year-long exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground.
While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren's collar?
With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It's the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.
What I thought
This is the single most bittersweet review I have ever written. On the one hand I’m lucky enough to have read it early, to know the whole truth, to finally understand. On the other, it’s the end and I’m truly and utterly devastated. I want to scream and shout and stamp my feet! When I finished this book, i was crying my eyes out, but I had the biggest smile on my face.
At the end of The Virgin, we're In Scotland, getting ready for the wedding of the century and that's exactly where The Queen picks up. With most teasing opening six paragraphs you will ever read! I Was in tears within pages with a kiss that changes everything.And the epic emotion just continued from there.
“Will you hear my confession?”
And so begins Nora telling him the whole truth. Of when she was away, of when she came back, of when she was with him and when she wasn't.
Of how Eleanor became Nora.
All the gory details, how she came to handle a whip, how she became the Queen of the underground.
“You. In chess the queen is the strongest piece on the board” Kingsley Chuckled softly. He pushed the robe aside to kiss her. “ I know. And the king is the most vulnerable.” “There is one person stronger than the queen or the king combined.” She said. “Who?” “The man who moved the pieces.”
We learn the sacrifices everyone made for each other.
We learn how why Nora carried on writing.
We learn how all the hurts were dealt with and the mysteries solved.
As always it's unexpected, it's tumultuous and its revealing.
“That’s why you should do it. Because you’ve been through this before. And because if it is the most important moment in his life, he should share it with the most important person. That’s you.”
The Queen is so much more than an explanation though. It’s smart in ways that is very rare in romance novels. There is no sex for the sake of there being a sex scene. Everytime means something. Every character, no matter how big or small brings something important to the table. Every plotline is so perfectly interwoven. Every bruise Nora has ever carried is imprinted on my heart. And this Catholic girl is looking at her Priest with new eyes.
I want to say so much right now, but I feel like everything I say will be a spoiler. So much happens. So many questions are answered. Everything I’ve wanted to know since the start is right there. I have invested so much in this series and the investment has paid off.
I feel like no word can do justice to this book or this series, it was a perfect ending.
When I was persistently nagging by fellow blogger Lou to start this series, she was like ‘I will, I will.’ She did and she loved it too.
I remember saying to her when she was starting The Siren, that I wish I’d never read that book, so that I could read it for the first time Again. I mean that so much more now after The Queen.
Plot = 5/5
Characters = 5/5
Heat = 5/5
Writing Style = 5/5
Overall Rating = 5/5
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