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The Red AKA What The Fuck Did I Just Read

theredNever make a promise you don’t intend to keep… 

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.

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.

 

Oh, the thoughts I have on this book. . .

Since she first announced it author Tiffany Reisz warned readers that it was messed up, that it was literary porn, that it was the dirtiest thing she had ever written. If you’re familiar with Tiffany you know that’s saying something as she’s the queen of dirty books.

Still, there was no way I wasn’t going to read it. I’ve been a fan of Tiffany for years and the woman could rewrite the dictionary and I’d still shell out money to buy it and I’d probably read it in a day. Actually, I read THE RED in a day and I haven’t been able to sit and read anything since my depression relapse a few weeks ago. (Sign one you should probably just go and buy it now)

Even with all of the warnings, and she did warn us, I wasn’t prepared for what I encountered reading THE RED. Think of all of your most taboo fantasies, all of the things that make you tingle while equally horrifying your sane mind, all of the thoughts you have in the dark of night that you wouldn’t admit to yourself in the light of day. Tiffany takes all of that and puts it on the page with her typical literary bent that makes the words flow and the story sail.

There are things that make you uncomfortable while equally turning you on, things that will just make you uncomfortable, things that will just turn you on.

This book is much darker than many of Tiffany’s other novels, lacking Nora’s lighthearted humor from the Original Sinner’s series (About a smut writing dominatrix) or the outrageous penis jokes of her Harlequin books. With dark twists and fantasy elements, this book takes you deeper down into the darkest sexual desires of a person’s soul–from auctions, to nymphs, to a riding crop, and a minotaur this book pushes every boundary and steps out and over the line more than once . . . but you can’t help but turn the page.

As the story goes on you can feel Mona’s confusion and complicated feelings about her relationship with Malcolm and can’t help but feel the same. The twists and turns this novel takes leading to the big reveal will leave you shaking your head in bafflement — both amazed at Tiffany’s ability to weave a story and unsure how you missed the signs.

While it is a solid ending, completing the story in a complete way, I found it unsatisfying and it left me begging for more. Since this is a self-published effort by Tiffany Reisz and not part of her traditionally published works she has been unable to promise a sequel to THE RED but has hinted that if the book does well enough she might be able to make it happen.

With that said, just go buy THE RED. You can thank me later. Or, I’ll apologize later after you’ve read it. If we can still look each other in the eye. . .

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