From the blurb:
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...
I'm a Tiffany Reisz fan, but this book was NOT what I was expecting. The Red is a book that is extremely hard to review without giving away spoilers, and this is a book that can truly be spoiled by a careless review. I will try very hard not to be careless, however, I think there are some important things that potential readers should know going into this one.
1) This is NOT a romance. If you are looking for any sort of romance you are barking up the wrong tree. While there is a hint of romance near the end of the book, this book is EROTICA, plain and simple. And there is nothing wrong with that, however, it is something you should be aware of.
2) This book is KINKY. If you are squeamish about any or all of the following, stay away (some minor spoilers ahead): Group sex and/or multiple partners, pain and bruising play, anal, fisting, role play, orgasm denial, and more. I'm not generally a fan of pain play, but all the other stuff was no sweat for little kinky me.
3) This book does not have much of a plot. It just... doesn't. Most of the book is sex, sex, and more sex. There is very little else happening. It is literally all about the sex.
4) The female MC is a whore. Literally. I'm not using whore in a derogatory manner, but you should know that the female MC prostitutes herself out to the male MC (for most of the story) in order to save her store. This is basically explained in the blurb, but you should know that Mona embraces this role. There is no shame, no guilt, no barriers. There is NO safeword.
Now, I actually loved how sex-positive the female MC was. She was open and free with her body in a way that I rarely see in fiction. She was insatiable and shameless and glorious. It is one of the things I liked most about the book.
I enjoyed the sex in the book a great deal, but I was always plagued with my doubts, my logical mind interfering. I KNEW there had to be some twist, some catch, and that bothered me as I was reading. It was almost a relief once I figured it all out because I could just concentrate on the kinky stuff and let the story wash over me.
I rushed through this book in two sittings. It went very, very quickly, despite being quite long. I liked it for what it was, but I think I was expecting more romance, more plot and less sex. However, if I look at this book as simply some clever erotica, I like it more. It is clever, and it is erotica, and it is well-written. Just check my warnings and go into it with an open mind and minimal expectations.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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