Release Blitz (Book Review & Interview): The Red by Tiffany Reisz


{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: The Red
Author: @tiffanyreisz
Reviewers: @Yaya_ADBL, Grace, @Michelle6803, @tammyvoiced
Ratings: Yaya – 5 stars, Tammy – 5 Erotic Artistic Stars, Grace – 4.5 stars, Michelle – 5 stars

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…

The Red is a standalone novel of erotic fantasy from Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief and the Original Sinners series.

YAYA’S REVIEW

What a delightful little story written by yours truly, Nora Sutherlin aka Mistress Nora.

Was it all a dream?

Art has never been this interesting to me and the way the author used it with the story was magnificent. So passionate, erotic and sinful. Forbidden is her expertise. She will make you love the unlovable, crave the unwanted and have you lust for sin.

Welcome to The Red.

Happy Readings!

– Yaya

TAMMY’S REVIEW

What a delicious read!

Mix: Art + Roleplay + Erotica = Ringing out my non-existent panties!

To say that this was full of wonderful erotic scenes would be quite an understatement. Girls, be prepared for some off the pages steam that not only includes our bodies but our minds.

We just do not get: man+woman+toys = happy ending, we get the Tiffany’s signature touch with classy and unique stories and scenes. The characters all play an integral part to make this read come alive. Whether it be a black, cat, a woman on a mission to save her gallery, a mysterious man who promises both pleasure and means to save The Red.

Tiffany has a wealth of knowledge to weave the BDSM that we read, true to the lifestyle. Our limits, what we will say yes or no to, who holds the power, the pleasure that can come from the smallest of actions. It is quite refreshing to read the words her mind creates to give the unique flavor of adding art to a scene played by two willing and wanting parties.

Mona and Malcolm set on a journey not only with their bodies, but their souls and the art that they love. Each art piece has a solid meaning to both the story and society.

How we need to see an other for who they are.
How we need to recognize the progression of man and woman.
How we need to acknowledge hidden meanings.
How we need to learn.
How we need to overcome.
How we need to love.
How we need to forgive.
How we need to stand strong.
How we need to be powerful.
How we need to just be ourselves.

I am always in awe of Tiffany’s writing, how she fuses words to lend us her incredible imagination. She intertwines life with fiction that is so smooth we want to fall down the rabbit hole to be witness right alongside of them. We fell in love with Nora Sutherlin in The Original Sinners, she wrote many stories and we are lucky to have Tiffany write as Nora to give us this completely unique and intriguing read that only Nora and Tiffany can create.

– Tammy

 

GRACE’S REVIEW

If you are avid fan of this author’s work, like I am, you know you can expect two things.
1) Something deeply erotic.
2) Something completely original.

Initially, this book starts off like several other romances I’ve read, where a man has a proposition for a woman that is centered on sex. But that’s where the similarities end. The arrangement made between Mona and Malcolm is usually not only because of the timeframe, with midnight meetings only once a month, or less. But also because these meetings are deeply set in fantasy, with specific acts inspired by famous works of art.

I will tell you up front, I recommend that this book be read behind closed doors. I guarantee that at least one scene will have you grabbing your vibrator, and lover of choice. If you’ve read the sinners series, you know that this author has the ability to create discomfort for her reader, with the balance of pain and pleasure, that may have you questioning the character’s actions, yet still turning you on. No other author, that I’ve read, has the ability to do this.

“It’s one thing to allow a man to pleasure you. It’s quite another to allow him to hurt you. You’ll know real powerlessness tonight, real fear, true pain. And I will drink it like wine.”

With regards to originality, this book has it in spades. Why? Partly due to fantasy type scenes, but more so with where the story leads. Specifically, who is Malcolm? I had some theories along the way on where the story would lead, and they were all wrong.

As with any book from this author, go into this with an open mind. And prepare for a wild journey.

– Grace

MICHELLE’S REVIEW

I went in blind going into this book not knowing the genre beforehand, and that’s okay with me because let’s face it, it’s Tiffany Reisz but if we’re going to be technical, it was her alter ego, Nora Sutherlin that wrote The Red.

I do love art and the artwork mentioned in this book, I have seen them in New York, but when the art becomes part of the story, it’s even more wonderful. Add erotica to the story and you are taken to a wonderful happy place.

Tiffany or rather Nora can write the best erotic sex scenes, it’s tasteful and raunchy enough that keeps you captivated. I will admit there was one scene that I got a bit nervous, but followed through and continued to read.

I’m not going to give you too much as far as plot points, etc., you need to read for yourself and escape into the art world and fantasy. All of here at ADBL are true fans of Ms. Reisz and with The Red my love for her just keeps growing.

– Michelle

*ARCs were received via NetGalley for an honest reviews.

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Tammy:
When you wrote The Red, how did you get your mind, body and soul ready?

The Red was a weird book. I remember very clearly lying in bed one night trying to fall asleep. This would have been March of 2016. And out of nowhere it popped into my head that I really REALLY wanted to write The Red. For readers who don’t know this, The Red is a fictional book mentioned in my real book The Angel. The author is my main character Mistress Nora. But the book’s premise stayed with me for years. It was the one book of Nora’s that I knew I could write really well. I just got this urge, this overwhelmingly strong urge, to write that book. I started that night. I wrote the entire rough draft (250 pages) in three weeks. I spent months editing it but the book came out in a whoosh of inspiration. Some books just come to you like that and The Red was one of them.

We know that some authors use the same formula each time they write. This book was different from your other reads. It definitely had your flavor. We need the details on how this one played out differently for you!
I was writing The Red as if I was Nora so that meant I could make it much more erotic and pornographic since she writes erotica and I usually write erotic romance. I found a slightly distinct writing voice for the book pretty early in the process and stuck with it. It’s less light-hearted than my usual writing voice, more intense, more dramatic but I think it worked.

Michelle:
I went into reading The Red cold not knowing the genre beforehand and it’s not one I usually would read, but I was totally hooked. Having said that, how long did it take you to think of those amazing erotic scenes you wrote?
Thank you! I wrote one chapter every few days. Usually it started with trying to find a good erotic work of art or a work of art I could turn erotic. In the book, the hero Malcolm likes to recreate erotic art in his own bedroom. So I dug through all the sexy fine art out there looking for paintings to inspire me. Then I would read up on the painting I found, meditate on it for a couple of hours and then go write my brains out.

Was this the book Nora was working on when Zach was editing her book in The Siren?
The Red was already out by the time Zach and Nora started working together. It was her second book.

Yaya:
Art was obviously a big part of the book, have you ever visited the Louvre in Paris?

No, I’ve never been to France but I’d love to.

Grace:
The Red is really, really hot, with some wildly creative scenes. Which one was your favorite to write?

My favorite is probably the “Nymphs & the Satyr” chapter. It was so silly and lighthearted and the nymphs are goofy. I liked the line in it about orgies being “joyful.” Most of the other scenes and chapters are very serious in tone, dark and sexy and a little sinister. But sex can be silly and funny, too, and that can be a blast to write.

THANKS TIFFANY!!

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