by Tiffany Reisz
Published by 8th Circle Press on July 11, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Erotic, Fantasy, Menage, Paranormal
Format: ARC, Print
Source: The Author
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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...
Wow. I can honestly say that I’ve never read anything quite like The Red by Tiffany Reisz. The book has a dreamlike quality that pervades the entire reading experience, so much that I found myself thinking about it over and over, even when I wasn’t actively reading it.
Before the death of her mother, Mona Lisa St. James promised her that she would do anything to save her mother’s art gallery, The Red. Now deeply in debt and still suffering from the loss of her only family, Mona doesn’t know where to turn. Despite the promise she made, she can’t see a way that the gallery can possibly be saved…that is, until she meets Malcolm: a handsome, mysterious art connoisseur who turns up at The Red late one night.
Malcolm makes an indecent proposal to Mona: he will help her save The Red if she agrees to give him carte blanche over her body for one year. Mona isn’t easily offended, nor is she scandalized by his offer. On the contrary, she’s quite pragmatic about it. She considers her promise to her mother alongside the outlandish proposal that Malcolm is making and decides the risk is worth taking. She agrees.
For Mona as well as the reader, what follows is nothing less than a surreal and carnal series of events. Each chapter centers around a piece of art that inspires the sexual adventures that take place. As Mona finds herself deeper down the rabbit hole with Malcolm, she begins questioning his true identity–and finds herself becoming more entangled with him than she ever intended.
This book won’t be for everyone. It’s straight-up erotica, it’s decidedly dirty–to the point where some will probably find it shocking. As a romance and erotica reader, I like having my limits pushed. When a writer can unnerve me deeply yet somehow do it in a comforting way, I know I’ve found something special.
Like the art featured throughout the book, Reisz creates a decadent, delightfully smutty story between Mona and Malcolm. Part fantasy, part paranormal, and completely filthy, The Red is a book that I couldn’t stop thinking about, even after I turned the final page. If you’re ready to have your boundaries pushed–and then utterly destroyed–I recommend The Red.
Rating: 5 stars