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…
Source: ARC from author and purchase My Rating: 5 ginormous star
Sometimes, I feel like instead of a full-blown review, I can just type “F*^$ you, Tiffany Reisz. Just, F*^$ you!” and everyone who reads her and knows her work well will simply laugh and know exactly how I feel about her latest book! Unfortunately, that may be awfully confusing to those who don’t know her work, so here comes a full-blown review.
When Mona’s mother was dying, Mona promised her she would do anything within her power to keep their art gallery, The Red open and operating. When the promise was made, Mona couldn’t imagine the crippling debt she would be in following her mother’s lengthy and expensive illness. With little to no revenue coming in and the bills relentlessly showing up, Mona lives in fear of disappointing her mother. It is at her weakest moment that Malcolm comes into her life with a proposal Mona’s still young and reckless enough to accept. For the period of one year, Malcolm will have access to her body for whatever purpose and position he so desires. In return, Malcolm will provide Mona with enough priceless art to keep her gallery not just open, but flourishing. Desperate and more than a little intrigued, Mona accepts.
The first few encounters with Malcolm are beyond anything Mona could have ever imagined. Each encounter is based on a famous painting (my art historian parts squeaked!) and each sexual encounter is more inventive and satisfying than the last. In fact, there is more than one time when Mona assumes she dreamt or even hallucinated the events of her night with Malcolm and to an extent, that scares her. Worries aside, Mona wakes the morning after each encounter completely sated and with a new (at least to her!) work of art that is worth, at the very least, hundreds of thousands of dollars. To be sure, at the end of the year, The Red will not only be financially solvent, but so far in the black as to be secure for years to come. As the month’s pass, Mona’s financial security becomes less important to her than the eventual and certain loss of Malcolm. Though some of his scenarios scare and even anger her, there is no denying the hold Malcolm has over Mona and the fact he’s ruined her for all other men. More than anything else, it is this inevitable ending that scares and saddens Mona.
The Bottom Line: Holy sh*t!! Tiffany Reisz just wrote the book version of a mic drop and then sashayed out of the room leaving the rest of lying on the ground twitching!! As I said in the beginning, F*^$ you, Tiffany Reisz. Just, F*^$ you. Between the intensity of the read, the desire to know precisely who Malcolm is, and total lack of respect for my next day’s responsibilities, this book got finished in one shot at 5 a.m. I regret nothing! At its core, The Red is all about the art and the sex and I loved every single minute of this read. Only Tiffany Reisz can write a book that is roughly 85% sex and keep it fresh, exciting, dirty, and oh, so good! As always, the writing (even in ARC form!) is flawless and elegant and the ending is spot on awesome!!
P.S. *^$ you, Tiffany Reisz. Just, F*^$ you. 😊
P.P.S. Yeah, I ordered a signed copy of this one. It owes me 😊