18 Nov '12

A Nix BDSM review – The Prince by Tiffany Reisz (5 Stars)

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First of all, this review contains spoilers for other books. It contains some spoilers for this book (although not many).This book changed my perceptions of the other two books. I thought I was team Wes. I was wrong. Half way through this book I realised that I can’t be team Wes because Wes only wants a part of Nora whereas Soren accepts the whole package; even the bits that leave her bucking against the fit of their relationship.
The Prince ended with Nora removing her heels so Soren wouldn’t know that she wasn’t doing what he asked from her and walk towards Wes. We start this book with the continuation of that scene, with Wes and Nora seeing each other again. I thought I’d be uplifted by this scene; I wasn’t, I felt oddly bereft. Soren had instructed Wes to take her with him, to keep her safe, and so he takes her home to Kentucky. It quickly becomes apparent why he is known as the Prince of Kentucky. He is heir to a fortune as his parents raise and race horses and it is to their house that Wes is taking Nora, to his world and out of hers. I enjoyed the different setting for Nora, enjoyed the difference in her personality whilst she is with him. She still has her spunky side (as shown periodically in her conversations with Wes’s father who hates her on sight) but this is not the Nora we have seen in the other books. In one way, I wondered if this is the Nora that would have existed without Soren but in my heart I knew it wasn’t. This seemed to me like Nora on holiday, not on holiday from Soren but on holiday from the trials of their relationship.
I won’t go into too much detail about the happenings between Wes and Nora at the farm. Yes, they become closer and no I didn’t like it. I enjoyed the side of Nora that we saw, and the side of Wes to be honest, but I didn’t like the implications of it. The Nora the Nora that exists now is a product of all the things that have happened in her life and I just don’t think Wes wants anything to do with her sharp edges. She would never have kink with him, never be given pain or allowed to Dominate or force to submit. I did have a favourite Wes scene though (I can’t be too mean, it’s not his fault he isn’t Soren) which saw him taking care of Nora after she does something unpleasant but necessary. I saw that he protected her which made me him slightly more than Soren. Then I found out Nora had been telling a few porkies about Soren and the scales tipped again.
The other side to this tale is the one of Kingsley and Soren. Soren sent Nora away to protect her from whoever the stalker is that is after them all. Due to this, Soren and Kingsley relationship comes to the forefront. Most of this is told in flashbacks in which we see how the two of them met, how Kingsley learned to submit to him and how their relationship developed as they met Nora. I loved this relationship. These are my favourite parts of this book and I ended up being so conflicted at the end of the book because I was left needing Kingsley to be happy so very very much.  These scenes weren’t easy to read and were filled with paragraphs upon paragraphs describing the marks left on him by Soren, marks of love and Domination. Soren didn’t need to pull any punches with the manly Kingsley and so left more marks than we ever saw on Nora. Soren and Kingsley were in love during their time at a Catholic school, Kingsley becoming Soren’s slave from pretty much the first moment they met. Was resulted was a tale of forbidden love that couldn’t be contained or denied and my heart bled for them. I loved all of the scenes with them, but my favourite had to be when they were alone together in there hideout. I realised then how much Soren truly loved both Kingsley and Nora, how all the things that I had assumed in the previous books was really just a manifestation of his kink. I also realised that Soren is the King of Doms as he can control two very bloody feisty switches. Then I found out about the event that drove them apart and I hated them a little bit for using someone so unwittingly in that way. Then they met Nora and everything changes…..
During the course of this book I realised that there isn’t a current relationship in this book that works fully. Relationships need to encompass the full needs of the individual and none do. Kingsley can’t submit to anyone but Soren and that’s a part of him left unfulfilled. Soren seems to need to give out a whole host more pain than Nora can take. Nora seems to want a relationship which can be open in certain ways, the constant guilt she refers to in previous books over being the one thing that could remove him from his “flock”. God knows how this will all work out, but Tiffany tells me it will.
This is a fantastic addition to a series that just keeps getting better and better and better. I need The Mistress, need to know that all the characters that I’ve grown to love will be OK when the dust settles.  Look out for the scene where young Soren and Kingsley fantasize about what there relationship would look like in the future….very interesting!


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