The Red by Tiffany Reisz

Back view of a woman is draped in a red sheet. Book: The Red

Author: Tiffany Reisz (writing as Nora Sutherlin)

Series: a standalone

Genre: Erotica, fantasy

Release date: 11 July 2017

Main characters: Mona St James, owner of The Red, a gallery that is failing. Malcolm, an enigmatic stranger who can solve her problems…

Plot: Mona Lisa St James is in dire financial straits. Having inherited a failing gallery, The Red, she is bound to keeping it open no matter what it takes. She made the promise to her mother on her death bed, so there’s no getting out of it. Just as she’s about to despair, Malcolm appears, seemingly from nowhere and makes her an offer she can’t seem to refuse.

The deal is simple: for one year, she will be his. Nothing is taboo. In return, she’ll receive the means to keep the gallery afloat. Simple. Thus begins a thrilling and magical ride, which both excites Mona and makes her fear for her sanity. When it becomes clear that she has lost control not only over her body, but perhaps her mind too, she wonders exactly with whom she has made this bargain…could it be the devil himself?

Why you should read it: it’s Tiffany Reisz people, come on! Plus, it’s the book Nora was writing in the Original Sinners series, which is a pretty cool idea, not something you read every day. The writing was of course smart and engaging. It weaved in works of art impeccably and it totally captivated me. I enjoyed looking up the art pieces while I read – as I am no art buff. Then there’s the sex. The book is filled with sex. Oceans of sex. Battalions of sex. There’s something in there for everyone.

What you may not like: This book is weird. I know the author won’t mind me saying that – she’d probably agree! It starts off fairly normally and lulls you into a false sense of security. I thought I knew what I’d be getting. I didn’t. If this book were the Beatles, it starts off all Please, please me and is sexy and fun and then, bam – halfway in it becomes full on Sgt Peppers. There is a  satyr, (which is different to a centaur, but don’t ask me why) nymphs, a half-man, half-beast. It gets pretty trippy, which may or may not be to your taste. I enjoyed some chapters more than others I’ll confess.

Rating: 3.5/5 for the premise. It was original and I enjoyed the different scenarios each chapter evoked. It’s fantasy erotica, so I’d advise you to just go with the flow and enjoy the depravity and decadence!

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