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…
Okay… maybe The Red wasn’t quite what I imagined, when I requested the arc from Netgalley. And some of the scenes were bordering on – as you can call it – filth. But otherwise it definitely is a genuinely well written story, where Mona is bought by a mysterious man to enact various scenes from famous works of art. And of course, those are mostly very pornographic scenes. But there is just more to the story. The way the strange man is having difficulties to meet for more than once a month, the payment in famous sketches and paintings and the real-life scenario’s are all clues to where the story is going.
But it was up until the last chapter, that I finally understood the full story. It really moved me. So, well done Tiffany Reisz. You really increased my interest in art and history! Four out of five stars from me and a thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: 8th Circle Press
Published: July 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥