Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
My Thoughts on The Red:
First thought when reading: I need a cold shower.
I don’t know how, but I completely forgot just how good Tiffany Reisz is at writing seriously steamy scenes. She wastes no time with this book and gets right down to business.
Mona runs an art gallery, her mother’s art gallery. On her mother’s deathbed, she promises to keep the gallery open and running. But the debt is stacking up and Mona doesn’t think she has a choice. Until a hot dreamy guy walks into the gallery and offers to help her out. In exchange for her body for one year.
I love things like this. Maybe that makes me fucked up, but I don’t care. The whole idea of just giving yourself over to someone completely is so tantalizing. It’s one of the reasons I loved the Original Sinners so damn much. I think Mona is brave to go down this path. I’m not sure I would have the balls to say yes, but she does and boy does it change her life.
The sex is hot as shit. There’s some weird and fucked up stuff in this book in true Tiffany Reisz fashion. Some of it wasn’t necessarily my thing, but all of it was still hot and steamy. There’s a fantasy for everyone in this book. Seriously. There’s everything from flogging to slave trade to threesomes and even to a little bit of bestiality. Yeah, I wasn’t about that last one either, but it’s in there. So whatever you’re into, there’s something here for you.
However, as much as I enjoyed reading about the sex, this book really lacked when it came to plot and characters. I mean, it’s pretty much just all sex. So if that’s what you’re looking for, then you should be sold on this one. But if you like your books with a little more substance like I do, you might be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I still very much enjoyed reading it, but I didn’t see any serious character development from Mona because I felt like I didn’t really know her.
I didn’t really know Malcolm either. He was always just the mysterious guy helping her out.
Something I loved about the Original Sinners was the amazing character growth and the relationships. We didn’t get that here and that bummed me out.
And my final complaint. The ending was just too weird for me. It felt kind of gross and just odd and not right. I don’t want to say more because spoilers, but it just did not sit well with me. Not to mention the completely rash decision Mona makes. Yeah, I wasn’t down with that either.
In a nutshell, if you’re looking for some seriously hot sex, The Red is for you. If you’re looking for character growth, plot and hot sex, stick with The Original Sinners.
Have you read Tiffany Reisz’s latest yet? What did you think? Are you a fan of the Original Sinners?