ARC Review | The Red by Tiffany Reisz

The Red by Tiffany Reisz
Erotica, BDSM
Publication Date | July 11th, 2017
ARC from Tiffany’s Manservant

 

Book Blurb: 

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…

| Review |

I’m going to go the Captain Obvious route and start off this review by saying this book was hot as hell. Tiffany Reisz has written a lot of steam in the past, but nothing quite so steamy (that I’ve read) as The Red. As soon as I settled in to read, I knew I was going to fall in love with this story. The entire premise of Mona nearly losing The Red, the deathbed promise to her mother, and willingly selling herself to save the beloved art gallery is so alluring. Mona and Malcom’s story is steeped in sexiness, and it just gets better as we start each new chapter. The way this story is formatted, with each section named after a painting to give hints of what’s to come (for Mona and the reader,) was genius. And while The Red is contemporary, I appreciate that the author still takes the time to develop this world. Her stories are so lush and vibrant, and that’s something I don’t often feel from contemporary reads.

I really enjoyed Mona’s character. She was loyal and loved experiencing new things, and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind to Malcolm when things felt shaky. Even at the possibility of him walking away she wouldn’t cower. I loved the mystery surrounding Malcolm. He was a man who made things happen, and his stamina was unparalleled – men like him are what fantasies are made of. The Red progresses in a way that ups the tension with every encounter, and it soon becomes clear that there is much much more to Malcolm that Mona ever dreamed. And that ending! GAH! It was perfection. I did not see it coming, but I loved every single second!

I don’t want to go into more detail because I would hate to spoil this story for anybody, so I’ll just say that if you’re a fan of The Original Sinners series, I don’t think this book will disappoint you. And if you’ve never read Tiffany Reisz but are a fan of erotica and BDSM, this would be a wonderful introduction to her writing. The Red was a huge hit for me, and I can’t wait to see what the author’s next offering will be!

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. blodeuedd says:

    I have not read her, I fear she is too sexy for me

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    1. I think you are right. This particular book would be too sexy for you. But if you want to give the author a go, The Headmaster was very good. It was a gothic romance with a lot less heat!

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  2. ratmom says:

    I haven’t read this author but that does sound good.

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    1. I love her writing! Especially her Original Sinners series. The characters were so layered.

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  3. Birdie says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you loved this one! I still haven’t read her, but I’m not really all that interested in erotica so it makes me nervous. The cover is stunning though.

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    1. Because I know your reading tastes, I feel comfortable telling you to disregard that portion of the description. (Not for this book – this one isn’t for you.) But her Original Sinners series, much like the Captive Prince trilogy, is very layered and the characters are amazing. If you commit to reading the first two books, I think you’ll be hooked.

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      1. Birdie says:

        I think that’s the series I planned to start with. Mostly because of how much you love it. 🙂

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        1. I really do. I am hoping to be able to re-read it someday. On vacation. Along with my 5000 other books.;)

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          1. Birdie says:

            8000, Angie. Don’t sell yourself short. 🙂

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            1. LMAO! Oh, man. You totally get me.

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  4. I have this one coming up and I can’t wait!

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I did! 🙂

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  5. I am glad you enjoyed it. Not sure if this one is for me though.

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    1. Thanks, Nadene! 🙂

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  6. Fantastic review. I have read her other book, but not romances. Although I own a few 😦 I might jump in with this one.

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    1. I think there was very little romance in this one. It was mostly heat with plot, but if you love erotica, I think you’ll enjoy this one!

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  7. I may have to try this author again. It does sound good! Love the cover 😀

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    1. I loved that cover, too!

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  8. Naomi Hop says:

    I’ve read Reisz before (The Original Sinners series) but I haven’t read anything since… I am kicking myself! The Red seams sizzling and AMAZING! Great review!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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    1. Oh, if you liked The Original Sinners series, then this is the book for you! LOL

      Thank you. I really enjoyed this one! 🙂

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  9. I got this book from NetGalley but haven’t read it yet. Yay, you make me want to read it now. So curious. Fantastic review, as always, Angie. Love your review. 😁👍🏻

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    1. Thanks, Geybie. This was such a hot hot hot story! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

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  10. Melissa says:

    Hmmm…not my usual type of read but it actually sounds tempting!

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    1. It was a really good read!

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  11. Vanessa says:

    Oh gosh, I love the sound of this one!

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    1. It was very steamy! 🙂

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  12. Lauren Becker says:

    Definitely sounds like a sexy read! Thanks for sharing. I need to try this author someday.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. She is very good. Her books are so layered. I hope you get a chance to read one soon!

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  13. Not my typical either, but it does sounds really smexy! Glad you enjoyed it. 😉

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    1. Thanks, Aleen! 🙂

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  14. Heidi says:

    I have heard great things about this author, but BDSM is not my thing. I want to try one of her other books that isn’t so sexy.

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    1. The Headmaster is a gothic romance. It was a short and very good read! I think that would be a good one to try. 🙂

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  15. carolesrandomlife says:

    I really enjoyed The Night Mark but it wasn’t erotica. Erotica is just not my thing. I almost requested this one on NetGalley but thought it would be too much for me. I am glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I haven’t read The Night Mark yet, but it’s on my list!

      Yes, if you’re not a fan of erotica, then The Red is not for you.

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  16. I admit I’m a bit picky on my erotica and especially BDSM, but I think you have me wanting to give this one a try. Brilly review.

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    1. Yeah, I’m not typically a fan of BDSM, but I’ll pick up anything Tiffany Reisz writes!

      Thank you, Melissa. 🙂

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  17. Melliane says:

    I heard a lot about this author and I think I have one of her books but I still need to try!

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    1. I love her stuff! I’ll be interested to see which one you decide to try.

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