Updated: Jan 25, 2021
by Tiffany Reisz
Published by 8th Circle Press
Book 1 in the Godwicks Series
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...
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Sexually Explicit Erotica Interesting
The Red by Tiffany Reisz is the first book in her Godwick's series, and centers around Mona, a young woman who is struggling to make ends meet fulfilling a promise she made to her mother on her deathbed: no matter what she has to do, save The Red, her art gallery. After exhausting all avenues, and nothing left to do, Nora decides she needs to sell. Until she walks out of her office, and see's a mysterious man, who makes her an offer she can't refuse: For her to become his whore, for one night a month, for the year, where he will be allowed to do anything he wants to her as long as she doesn't come to harm. In exchange, he will pay her in expensive, rare art, that will get her out of debt, and give her a cushion.
The Red has been on my tbr list for a long time, but once I got sent the ARC for The Pearl (the third book in this series), I realized I needed to get my butt in gear and start reading. I gotta say ... Tiffany Reisz is an odd egg. I mean, I knew that. Her Original Sinners series is so out there, you just know she is a bit of an oddball. The Red is further proof of this. It's an insane concept. I wasn't overly crazy over the plot, to which, there isn't much. Tons of sex, and intense, dirty, perverted sex, which is usually what you want in an erotica. Tiffany doesn't shy away from sex. Each chapter is pretty much a recreation of different paintings. Some scenes are great ... others made me cringe. Admittedly though, I gobbled this book up (and no, not just because of all the dirty stuff), but because I knew there was something going on with Malcolm's character, and I wanted to know if I was right (I wasn't. I was close though. haha)
I think one of the problems for me with The Red, is the characters. They aren't very likeable. I love that Mona isn't ashamed of her sexuality, but there isn't anything we really get to know about her other than that. I wish we had more character development. Malcolm's character is the most interesting, but honestly, he isn't all that likeable either. Charming, sure. In the end, his character made sense, (and spoiler alert ---------> Once that scene of the naked picnic happened, I knew that she was going to end up with who we learn by the end is Spencer, Malcolm's grandson. <---------- ), and I loved the twist ... but with all the, lets admit, CONTROVERSIAL sex that happens in this book, it's hard to get over the fact that he -----------> has a threesome with Mona and Spencer. His grandson. And yeah, I know they didn't touch each other, but still. Ew. <------------.
The Red is definitely an interesting read for erotica readers. I love that famous works of art are the setting of many of the scenes in this book, despite it being ... well ... weird. There are things that made me cri