My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A satisfying conclusion to a complex and thoughtful erotic series about a dominatrix, her lovers, and their lives.
Of course, it's much more than that. Anyone who followed The Original Sinners through the Red Years (starting with The Siren) and the second part, The White Years, knows that it's not a simple love story. Rather, it's a story of forbidden love and a triad relationship that evolves, becoming so complex with the people drawn into the orbit of the protagonists that one practically needs to diagram it to remember who's connected to whom.
Nora, Soren and Kingsley's lives unfolded in the manner of Scheherazade's storytelling, with flashbacks and exposition sandwiched into current events. In this final book we learn the full backstory of how Nora became the Red Queen, the top domme in NYC, and what that meant regarding the "forever" she and Soren had promised each other. I'm still not sanguine they can achieve something close to a HEA, but at least they're HFN.
I would strongly encourage anyone interested in this book to start with The Siren. A good story unfolds over time, and the series is beautifully crafted to be read piece-by-piece.
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