Published by 8th Circle Press on July 11th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, Paranormal
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. She soon realizes she has no choice but to sell it.
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.
Tiffany Reisz is, in my opinion, one of the best erotica authors out there and this book only proved that to me once again. The Red is better classified as a paranormal erotica, a book that is so fantastical, you will find yourself spellbound from the get-go. I hesitate to use the term fantasy because fantasy usually involves certain well-known genre tropes so I wonder if some people will read “erotic fantasy” and believe it’s either just a sexual fantasy or something involving orcs and elves. Regardless, this is not your regular erotica. It’s also not romance and, frankly, there is very little lovey-dovey stuff involved in this. It’s a superbly written standalone that will push your boundaries and have you riveted, wondering what is really going and who the main hero is.
Mona Lisa St. James is an art gallery owner with a love of fine paintings along the line of Degas and Manet. Her art gallery is struggling after the death of her mother to illness, which saddles her with enormous debt. Malcolm, our mysterious male protagonist, appears virtually out of nowhere and offers Mona a deal she can’t refuse: surrender to his sexual appetites once a month in exchange for invaluable art pieces that she can then use to salvage her gallery. Mona of course agrees. I make this sound a lot tamer than it is. This tale is very kinky and risqué, with a good dose of BDSM and filthiness mixed in it. It’s graphic and it’s crazy and it’s a huge heaving orgy of the senses.
I think a lot of people might struggle with some of the scenes in this book, but if you love art and you love erotica, you’re going to love this. And it’s best to go in allowing yourself the chance to be surprised and letting Tiffany Reisz push your boundaries. Just as Mona gives Malcolm a carte blanche, I gave her my own and let her take me places I’d never gone with a book before, and for that I’m glad. Tiffany has to be one of the best writers when it comes to sex scenes, they’re scintillating and well crafted, dirty and exquisitely woven. This book will leave you panting and begging for more, bruised black and blue, defiled and thoroughly pleased yet ravenous.
The mystery of who Malcolm is was resolved in a satisfying way, even if I had a good idea who he was from the moment he appears. The author probably knows the reader is aware, so she crafts an ending that still manages to pack a punch and surprise with its revelations. I suspected much of what was happening but I was still blown away by it.
I highly recommend this book to readers that aren’t too squeamish and like a good dose of kink. If you’re looking for a romance novel though, this isn’t it. It’s erotica at its finest, written by one of the best voices in the genre. I’m giving it 4.5 stars and knocking a half star off for personal reasons. There is something in the book that I personally have an aversion to, but the storytelling is solid and the sex is genuinely off the charts hot. I love the mindf*ck and this has it in spades.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review