THE LAST GOOD KNIGHT BY TIFFANY REISZ
I am honoured and delighted to play my part in the blog tour for Tiffany Reisz’s latest release: The Last Good Knight.
The Last Good Knight: An Original Sinners novella told in five parts
Part I: Scars and Stripes
It's lust at first sight when Mistress Nora encounters a sexy newcomer to The 8th Circle. She's happy for the distraction, since she left her lover, Søren, but her session with Lance is cut short when her boss, Kingsley Edge, reveals they're all in danger….
Part II: Sore Spots
With a potential stalker on the loose, Kingsley hires Lance as Nora's bodyguard, but stipulates no sex while he's on duty. Frustrated by the ex-SEAL's noble chivalry, Nora is driven to seek release with the one man she's trying to forget….
Part III: The Games Destiny Plays
Shocked to see Nora's bruises, Lance is furious that she put herself in danger and demands to know where she got them. As Nora confesses her true nature, she's equally shocked to learn that Lance has some secrets of his own, drawing them together despite Kingsley's orders….
Part IV: Fit to Be Tied
With her feelings for Lance warring with her recent encounter with Søren, Nora returns to Lance's bed and finds herself toying with the idea of…toying with him on a permanent basis. But after she gets a glimpse into his personal angst, Nora realizes she has the power to rescue this white knight….
Part V: The Last Good Night
Now that the perpetrator has been apprehended, Nora sadly acknowledges she doesn't need a bodyguard anymore. She adores Lance and wants to keep him but is faced with a dilemmaâ€"if she uses her connections to help Lance, she'll have to give him up forever…
This is a review of the full story rather than instalment by instalment. A version of this review in which I discuss the five instalments individually can be found here.
It won’t come as a surprise to readers of my reviews that I’m a huge fan of Tiffany Reisz and her ‘Original Sinners’ books. I have, since I accidentally discovered ‘The Siren’, fallen in love with her world, her characters and her writing. So I grab any chance to reconnect with my favourites with both hands and don’t let go until I’ve satisfied my needs.
The Last Good Knight was a very welcome and oh so wonderful addition to the collection. The opportunity to reconnect with Nora during her pre-Siren, post-Søren years – this story is set three years before ‘The Siren’ - was enticing and more than lived up to my expectations.
The connection between Nora and the ex-Navy Seal named Lance was mesmerizing from the very first moment they meet. Lance may need to submit to Nora, he is nobody’s shrinking violet and almost a match for Nora when it comes to clever comebacks. Their scene in Nora’s dungeon on the night they meet was breathtaking.
“You have a gorgeous body, Lance. I don’t say that to everyone. Just people with gorgeous bodies.”
Of course nothing in Nora’s life is ever easy. When Lance is appointed as her bodyguard after an ex-employee of Kingsley’s is violently attacked, the job comes with a strict ‘no sex’ order. Lance being the man of honour he is has no intention of breaking his word despite the simmering heat between himself and Nora and her best efforts to make him reconsider.
“Stop being rational when I’m horny.”
Frustration and a need too deep to deny lead Nora to Søren’s house and a night of pain and ecstasy. Nora may be convinced that a future for her and her priest is impossible; she can’t deny that staying away from him is just as hard.
“You’re mine...” he whispered in her ear. “Whether you’ll admit it or not, you’re still mine.”
I adore, as I did in the first four Original Sinners’ book, the certainty Søren has that Nora will return to him, although all the signs indicate that she won’t. The bond between them is breathtakingly beautiful.
“I treasure our friendship more than anything, even more than these nights when you come back to me.”
I think this may well be the first book in which I truly felt sorry for Søren, caught between his duty to his God and his calling and the woman he loves but can’t openly acknowledge. Having said that, his confidence still managed to shock me despite the fact that I know how the story ends.
Once the attacker has been caught Lance is taken off bodyguard duty and he and Nora should be free to explore their mutual attraction. For the first time ever Nora finds herself considering putting a collar on a sub and Lance is convinced he’s found the perfect woman in Nora.
Of course life is never that easy, especially not in Nora’s universe, and it soon becomes clear that a future together would do irreparable damage to another part of Lance’s life. Both Lance and Nora have to make heartbreaking but inevitable decisions.
“My dad said that there comes a time when what you want to do is the opposite of what you need to do. And the boys do what they want to do, but the men do what they need to do.”
The two lovers who seem so well suited and were granted so little time together are left with one last, but perfect, night together.
“Such was the nature of dreams. They only feel endless in the dream. By dawn they turn to dust.”
And so the author breaks our hearts once again. And while Nora has no doubts that she will be survive and the reader already knows how her story is going to end, I still finished the books with tears in my eyes as well as a smile on my face.
What fascinates me and fills me admiration is that while I thought I knew Nora and had a pretty good idea who she is and how she works after reading the first four ‘Original Sinners’ books, Tiffany Reisz manages to surprise me with every new story about this intriguing woman. Which makes me all the more excited about the upcoming release of ‘The Saint’. Keep your eyes peeled for my review of Nora’s early years. If past experience is anything to go by I’m in for shocks and surprises, laughs and heartbreak. I can’t wait.
“Say ‘ouch’ again. You know that’s my favourite word.”
Amazon: (US Links)
Part I: http://amzn.to/1fVdUvP
Part II: http://amzn.to/1eWQFnw
Part III: http://amzn.to/NMCpAK
Part IV: http://amzn.to/1iM7joW
Part V: http://amzn.to/1l2A69G
Barnes & Noble:
Part I: http://bit.ly/RM6jI5
Part II: http://bit.ly/1f4uVWV
Part III: http://bit.ly/1gRvhuS
Part IV: http://bit.ly/1fqp3BX
Part V: http://bit.ly/1ifT9rr
Part 1 – 5 (one volume): http://amzn.to/1iteOTd
Author Bio & Contact Links:
Tiffany Reisz lives with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.
Twitter: @TiffanyReisz https://twitter.com/tiffanyreisz