What it’s about
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.
Release date: October 27th
Reading The Original Sinners series has been a long journey for me, filled with ups and downs. Never in reading, has a series more pushed me philosophically, morally, and ideologically. When I first started this series in 2012, I did so out of curiosity. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. My only exposure to BDSM was though the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey, and little did I know that FSOG was tame compared to the world that I was about to enter.
Now, three years later, this saga has come to an end. The Queen is the final installment in the saga of Nora/Soren/and Kingsley. It is a book that magnificently completes this story…..completely. I can honestly say that I am in awe of the complexity, layers, and truth about these characters (and this entire story) that is finally completely revealed.
In The Queen, we watch Eleanor, the submissive, transform completely into Mistress Nora, Queen of the Underworld. It is the story of Eleanor taking back the power and control and becoming the woman that she has always wanted to be. As in all decisions in life, there is a benefit and a cost. Nora’s decision to transform herself ultimately comes with both.
I think what I loved most about this book specifically (and really this series as a whole), is the complicated yet simple love that exists between and amongst Soren, Nora, and Kingsley. They will forever be connected, and are irrevocable ties to one another. The love and sacrifice that we see them bestow upon one another is what makes this series THE most memorable one I’ve ever read.
A huge relief that this book offers is the revealing of Soren. Completely. This book finally brings us a full picture of the man behind the priest: The vulnerability, the sacrifice, the love, and most importantly the pain. I have been waiting to know this man for the past 3 years. I went from disgust, to intrigue, to desire, and ultimately to love for this man. The complete turnabout that I have had for Soren’s character may be the biggest turnabout that I’ve ever experienced in reading, and I am thankful that Ms. Reisz gives Soren the transparency that I have been craving.
I can’t believe it’s over.
Maybe one day, I will have the strength and energy to begin this journey again and read it with different eyes and a different perspective. For now, I am basking in the weight and fullness of one of the most emotionally taxing, yet somehow fulfilling, reading experiences of my life.
*A copy of the book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*