Hi, everyone! I am really excited to be on the The Last Good Knight blog tour today, hosted by The Novel Tease. If you’re a reader of this blog you know how much I adore Tiffany Reisz’s writing and I am happy to be on the tour for her newest novella in the Original Sinners series. This novella is being released in 5 parts, and the first part is available now. Read on for my review of all 5 parts as well as a Q&A with Tiffany at the end of the post.
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Adult Romance/Erotica
Find It: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
The Last Good Knight is an Original Sinners novella starring Mistress Nora, released in five parts.
I am going to review and rate each part by itself and then give my thoughts on the story as a whole at the end.
Part I: Scars and Stripes – 4 stars
Reisz cuts right to the chase in the first part of The Last Good Knight. When Nora encounters a good looking male sub at the bar of the 8th Circle, she doesn’t waste any time getting to submit to her whims. A steamy session follows and Nora finds Lance to be the perfect sub. Though they’ve just met, she begins to feel that there may be more than just a one night stand between them. They are about to head into another round of fun when their night is interrupted by Søren telling Nora that a female Domme has been attacked and that she needs to go to Kinsley’s immediately.
This was a good intro into the story and drops us right back into the world of The Original Sinners. Nora is her usual irreverent self and it’s interesting to see what her life was like after leaving Søren and working near him on a regular basis. The two definitely still have amazing chemistry even when they are not together. Like Nora, I immediately liked Lance and wanted to know more about him.
Nora and the employees of The 8th Circle all convene at Kingsley’s house and learn the details of Natasha’s assault. The news of how badly she was beaten and the fact that the culprit is still on the loose rattles the of The 8th Circle. Though somewhat shaken herself, Nora knows that she needs to put on a brave face for the others and she decides not to alter her schedule. Though he’s not happy about it, Søren agrees as long as she has a bodyguard. Kingsley ends up sending Lance to be Nora’s bodyguard with the rule that they cannot have sex while he is working for her. This complicates things as all Nora can think about is having sex with Lance.
Nora shows up at Søren’s house, needing release and knowing that he can give it to her. He wastes no time and what they both need. This is one of my favorite parts just because I love Søren and Nora together. We definitely get to see they dynamic at work here and we can see why they are so good together. Nora is struggling because she still loves Søren but doesn’t want to give up her freedom. Her growing feelings for Lance don’t help the matter and she even asks Søren for advice.Lance is, at first, angered by the bruises that he sees on Nora but later understands that her needs are similar to his own and that he cannot judge her for it. Part III ends on a cliffhanger when Kingsley informs Nora that the perpetrator has made another move, this one against Nora.
Part IV: Fit To Be Tied – 4 stars
Part III left us with the knowledge that the attacker had broken into Nora’s dungeon. However, Griffin (love Griff!) was there and was able to apprehend him. Without the threat of an attacker on the loose, Lance and Nora no longer have to abide by Kingley’s rule not to have sex. So their clothes come off and the cuffs come on. :)While I really liked the love scene between Lance and Nora, I have to say that I was a little disappointed in this part. The fact that the attacker was detained so easily and with so little fanfare was quite a letdown. I expected more since the attack was the entire premise for the story and I wanted a little more from it. But the love scene is pretty awesome so I can forgive the lame ending to the mystery.
Part V: The Last Good Knight – 4 stars
The threat of the attacker is gone and Nora no longer needs a bodyguard. Her feelings for Lance have grown and she feels like she may want to keep him. Unfortunately her plan to help him get his daughter back might just be the thing that keeps them apart.
The last installment of The Last Good Knight is a bittersweet one Lance must make a difficult choice and choose between two people he loves. I thought that the ending was very fitting and really showed how much Nora and Lance cared about each other. But, as the song says, love isn’t always enough and sometimes having one thing means giving up another. This segment was a really emotional one that tied up the story really well.
This is a great little novella in The Original Sinners series. Lance and Nora are a great couple and it was really interesting to see a male sub/female Domme relationship. The story also gives us more insight into Nora and Søren’s relationship prior to The Siren. While I thought that each part was well paced and started and ended at a good spot in the story, I am still on the fence about serialized stories, especially ones that are as short as this one. Since this is a short story, each part is really short, and I think the serialized format would work better for me with a full length novel. That said, this is still a great, sexy read. I don’t recommend reading it without having read at least The Siren. You’ll get much more out of it if you have some context of the people and relationships involved.
*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.
Thank you and spank you!Thank you to Tiffany, The Novel Tease and Harlequin MIRA for including us on this tour!