Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin and, whichever one she chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make. Unless someone makes it for her...
Wes Railey is the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and, reuniting with him in Kentucky, she's in his world now. But this infamous New York dominatrix is no simpering Southern belle, and Nora's dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with the relentlessly seductive pull of Soren--her owner, her lover, the forever she cannot have. At least, not completely.
Meanwhile Nora's associate Kingsley Edge is only too happy to take her place at Soren's feet during her hiatus. Soren is the only man Kingsley has ever loved, and their dark, shared history has forged a bond that neither the years--nor Soren's love for Nora--can break. But a new threat from an old adversary is forcing Kingsley to confront the past, reminding him that he must keep his friends close, and his enemies closer.
The Prince by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
6 heartbreaking STARS
“I’m currently imagining a few creative ways of causing you extraordinary amounts of pain.”Kingsley raised his chin. Mere inches separated their faces.“Stop flirting. You know we don’t have time for that.”
I have to start with the end. No spoilers... just... I KNEW IT! I’ve had a feeling this whole time and I was right. And I’m a bit freaked out and somewhat concerned about what happens next.
Ok, on to greener pastures.
The Prince starts around the time the Angel ended and deals with Nora’s departure to Kentucky as well as Søren and Kingsley’s search for a certain troublemaker/thief who appears to be out for something...possibly blood. Who knows at this point?
"We are mere princes, you and I. But she is a queen."
Where the Angel was absolutely hilarious and somewhat light on the heartbreak the Prince feels like a beautifully constructed character study and Reisz weaves the past and present as well as the north and south together in an addictive dance.
”Nora was lawless, unmanageable, uncontrollable. Youtold her one thing, she did everything but that. She laughed when others cried. Danced when others sat. She clawed herway to the top and didn’t even chip a nail on the way up. No one could break her. No one could handle her. No one couldshut her up. “
Wes and Nora are finally together. *sighs*...and I’m sitting on the fence on this.
As a standalone their time together in Kentucky is very sweet and it is heart warming how Nora attempts to lead a ‘normal’ life for once, in a vanilla relationship with no manipulation, pain or secrets.
No matter how this ends for them, I think I’m at the point where I can see that our little (ex-)Dominatrix has to experience this kind of no-strings-attached relationship to make an educated decision about what she really wants in the end. Otherwise there would always be the question...but what if?
...and I for one want to see how this works out, because just between the two of us *whispers* I don’t think she can live without pain, either on the receiving or the giving end.
"Underneath Søren, Kingsley came more alive than he ever felt on top of any girl. He loved his girls, had loved them all. But this was more than love. He couldn’t think of the word for it— not l’amour, not la passion.... la vie. It was the closest word to what he felt that he could find. La vie. Life. "
Such an interesting dynamic and history. I’m in awe. I always thought Søren and Kingsley must have had an interesting past, but damn you me Ms. Reisz...that was something else.
Here is what happens. In order to find out who is causing all the upset they travel back to where it began...the North!
Kingsley and Søren met 30 years ago in school and we get to see what kind of ‘relationship’ they had, have or maybe even could have? The story is VERY twisted and at times hard to read, but ultimately spot on and knowing those two, nothing else would have sufficed.
And just to cheer you up, a few final words to lighten the mood.
"I will kill the bitch."
What can I say; there is a possibility that I have a slight sadistic streak. ;P