The Prince

The Prince (The Original Sinners) - Tiffany Reisz Note: this review inevitably contains spoilers for [b:The Siren|10970532|The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)|Tiffany Reisz||15888570] and [b:The Angel|13548075|The Angel (The Original Sinners, #2)|Tiffany Reisz||19113247]. Read at your own risk. It doesn't make much sense to read The Prince without having read its prequels in any case.Beginning right where [b:The Angel|13548075|The Angel (The Original Sinners, #2)|Tiffany Reisz||19113247] left off, The Prince follows two threads, plus a flashback thread. One thread is the reunion of Nora -- erotic writer, world's most famous dominatrix, and collared submissive -- with Wesley, the sweet younger man she gave up for his own good. The other thread is Nora's Dom Soren traveling to his former Catholic boarding school with former schoolmate Kingsley Edge, to find out who has been threatening Soren and those he loves. Flashbacks from Kingsley's perspective show him falling in love with Soren when they were at school together, an experience he has never recovered from.I didn't find Kingsley particularly interesting in the previous books, but the revelation of his past with Soren towards the end of TA sparked my interest. To my surprise, their relationship utterly enthralled me. Typical of the series, it was shocking, horrifying, and painful -- all in the good way. The rest of the book fell somewhat flat. I loved Wesley and ached for him in [b:The Siren|10970532|The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)|Tiffany Reisz||15888570], yet somehow his reunion with Nora didn't touch me much. The best part about it was seeing the cheeky and funny Nora again, as in this scene:'Wesley rolled onto his back and Nora collapsed onto his chest. He let out a puff of air as she scrambled into position. 'Are you made of lead?''I'm solid muscle and evil. Stop bitching and cuddle me.'"But Nora turning into Nancy Drew to solve the mystery of a dead racehorse seemed very pointless.I kept being irritated by details. Did Wesley have to turn out to be fabulously wealthy? Why does Kingsley praise Soren's ability to hurt without harm, when he's caused massive amounts of physical harm -- does Kingsley mean permanent harm? And what the hell is up with all the unsafe sex? I preferred the first book, where it wasn't mentioned at all, to the second and third in which Nora just says "I'm clean" and that's good enough. Most of the characters in these books are extremely promiscuous. Being tested isn't good enough -- Nora would have to be tested about every other day. Relying on someone's word that they're a virgin isn't good enough.And then the fairly obvious mystery plot ends on a cliched, obvious cliffhanger. Despite the parts I didn't enjoy as much, I'd been loving the book up til then, but that really disappointed me. Neither sequel has come up to [b:The Siren|10970532|The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)|Tiffany Reisz||15888570] for me -- although I would say this one came closer.(reviewed from e-arc provided by netGalley)