Title: The Red
Author: Tiffany Reisz
POV: Third person
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Never make a promise you don’t intend to keep…
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.
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.
Interview with Tiffany Reisz – July 10, 2017
- The Red has heavy “Sinners” symbolism with Nora Sutherlin at the helm of the narrative. Would you agree Nora infused her experiences and fantasies in The Red? And, do you find striking similarities with Malcolm and Søren?
I didn’t realize there was heavy Original Sinners symbolism in The Red. If there is, it was unintentional. There are a few inside jokes—Malcolm wears riding boots in one scene and wields a riding crop. Mona’s gallery assistant is a gorgeous French-speaking black woman who calls Juliette to mind.
Other than that, there’s really no intentional connection. Mona and Nora have little in common other than they have four letters in their names and they like the color red. Malcolm and Søren have almost nothing in common except they both have a connection to England’s aristocracy. Malcolm is more rake than priest. And he’s far more debauched than kinky. He likes his riding crop but he’s happy enough have lots of depraved sex. There’s no need for sadism. He just does it for the fun of being wicked.
- The plot in The Red is crafted around paintings created over the past centuries. Did you discover these paintings during research/writing or did you already have an appreciation for the kinky side of art history?
I’ve always been an amateur art lover so I know of many of these paintings already. I’m familiar with Manet’s scandalous works and the history behind them. I’m no Picasso fan but I admire his audacity. I studied quite a few of the paintings in college.
The connection of art to erotica is well-known throughout the history of both. The infamous erotic book Venus in Furs includes an erotic painting. The South American horror erotic book In Praise of the Stepmother also includes couples bonding erotically over famous paintings. It’s a pretty standard trope. I just added my own weird twist to it.
- From the tableaus in The Red, which one is your favorite and why?
My favorite is probably the “Nymphs & Satyr” scene as it’s the funniest and the silliest and a bright spot in an otherwise dark and shadowy book. I loved how silly the nymphs were, how playful, and how much fun they had having sex with their satyr.
- Taking into consideration that your published library is extensive, what was the hardest scene to write?
First chapters are always the hardest to write. I’m sure I rewrote the first chapter of The Siren a good fifty times and I still don’t like it.
5. Let’s end the interview by playing the kinky version of F*ck, Marry, Kill! Please select which of your characters you’d like to F*ck, Collar, Whip! Any brief explanation you’d like to share is a bonus!
I’d love to fuck Kingsley. I’d love to collar Michael. I’ve tried using a whip and it’s terrifying so I’ll just stick to using a riding crop on sweet Little Miss Sheridan’s adorable bottom. It stings a little, but you’re not going to kill someone with it like you can with a whip.
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ABOUT TIFFANY REISZ
Tiffany Reisz is the international bestselling author of the Original Sinners series for Mira Books and Mills & Boon, including the RT Book Reviews Best Erotic Romance 2012 winner The Siren and the LAMBDA Literary Award-winning The King. Her novel The Saint won the Romance Writers of America RITA® for best Erotic Romance in 2015.
About 8th Circle Press
8th Circle Press is a Lexington, Kentucky-based publisher of literary friction. For more information, visit our website at www.8thCirclePress.com.
CC’s REVIEW ~ The Red by Tiffany Reisz
Mona Lisa St. James is the proprietress of the Red Gallery. Having inherited the love of art and the gallery from her late mother, Mona is desperately trying to keep the business financially afloat. Overwhelmed and having exhausted her options, Mona decides to close the gallery until a gentleman propositions Mona with an opportunity of a lifetime.
“With Malcolm she felt pleasure and lust, but also pain and fear, love and hate. It was the most potent of alchemies.”
Mysteriously appearing at the Red, Malcolm is a tall, dark and handsome Englishman who knows exactly what he wants. Sympathetic to Mona’s financial situation, Malcolm offers Mona the chance to keep her gallery afloat in exchange for agreeing to submit to him for one full year.
“If I must sell my soul to the devil to do it, I will find a way back into Mona’s bed.”
What ensues is a series of meetings where Malcolm orchestrates fantasies inspired by various works of art. In exchange for Mona’s submission to anything Malcolm desires, she receives pleasure, pain and more than she could have imagined. As each of their assignations offers different themes that weave art, beauty and wonder into erotic tableaus, the connection between Mona and Malcolm deepens. With Mona’s attraction to Malcolm, she begins to feel and see what he wants her to experience and it is sensual, arousing, stimulating and hot. Malcolm is unabashedly open about his limitless sexual appetite and desires.
“Obscene, being used like this, but she accepted it, relished it, loved it. She loved it. Shamelessly, blissfully, and utterly loved it.”
Over a year passes with Mona and Malcolm being true to their promises but when their fantasies alter reality, Mona must reassess the value and ultimate closure of her arrangement with Malcolm. Up until that point, Mona doesn’t want it to end, but with Malcolm, Mona knows that Malcolm’s reach knows no bounds.
“Do anything you must, but keep me forever.”
To say this book is erotic and steamy is an understatement, as Tiffany Reisz admirably translates the timeless beauty of art and weaves these compositions into real feelings and sensations. The Red is true erotica at its best with explicitly delicious scenes but also offering an intelligent and cohesive plot with intriguing characters. Mona’s confident sexuality, loyalty to a vision and willingness to take a risk made her a standout character. With Malcolm, the allure and mystery surrounding him was contagious and who can resist a gentleman on the outside but a beast in every other way.
As always, Tiffany’s writing is flawless as she transports the reader into wonderfully erotic and passionate fantasies. For those who wish to escape to a kinky world without limits, I highly recommend The Red!