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Friday, 17 August 2012

The Angel by Tiffany Reisz

No safe word can protect the heart...

Infamous erotica author and accomplished dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. While her longtime lover, Søren–whose fetishes, if exposed, would be his ruin–is under scrutiny pending a major promotion, Nora’s lying low and away from temptation in the lap of luxury.

Her host, the wealthy and uninhibited Griffin Fiske, is thrilled to have Nora stay at his country estate, especially once he meets her traveling companion. Young, inexperienced and angelically beautiful, Michael has become Nora’s protégé, and this summer with Griffin is going to be his training, where the hazing never ends.

But while her flesh is willing, Nora’s mind is wandering. To thoughts of Søren, her master, under investigation by a journalist with an ax to grind. And to another man from Nora’s past, whose hold on her is less bruising, but whose secrets are no less painful. It’s a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts.

 Rhonda's Review: 

 Tiffany Reisz is a Goddess with a pen!
The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz has completely consumed me.  This is hands down one of the best series I have had the pleasure of reading.  Reisz is brilliant in her writing and capturing the distinct personalities of each of her characters.  She writes characters that are multi-layered,  that will find their way into your heart and mind.  They are dark, funny, witty, charming, promiscuous, damaged, sexy, shy, and just an absolutely delicious cast to read.  It seems Reisz has come up with her own formula and is very clever in her execution.

For those that are new to this series, and haven’t read the first book ,The Siren, you must start there, this book is not stand alone.  Also, take everything you believe about sex, love, promiscuity, religion and BDSM, particularly S&M,  and put it away.  If you are not willing to open your mind to a darker story and withhold judgment then this series isn’t for you.

 This story begins a little over a year after The Siren, and life is good for Nora and Soren that is until trouble shows up at Sacred Heart in the form of reporter named Suzanne.  Soren is being considered for a promotion to bishop, and Suzanne has received an anonymous fax suggesting a conflict of interest involving the good priest.  Of course her first thoughts are that Soren is a pedophile.  Soren decides to send Nora and 17 year old Michael to Upstate New York to stay with her friend Griffin until things cool down with the nosey reporter.  Soren suggests that Nora take this time to train young Michael as a submissive.   This sets in motion a crazy fun ride with Griffin and Nora at the helm.  Griffin is the carefree, fun loving, playboy , and was such a fun character to get to know, I just adored him. Nora is magnificent as usual, funny, charming, insightful, and very sweet with those she cares for.  Soren, I have a love/hate relationship with,  I hate I love him! Then there’s Michael,  he’s so sweet, and has such battered self-esteem and self worth.

Nora hasn’t spent any time away from Soren since she went back to him a little over a year ago.  Now in Upstate New York with her friends, her thoughts start to stray back to a young man that she has loved , and has been her best friend.  A young man she pushed away so she wouldn’t keep hurting him.  I loved this part of the story, there was a moment my heart was just soaring!

A lot of information from Soren and Nora’s past come out in this book, matter of fact, there’s something revealed about everyone in this story, some of it is dark, and there are some surprises as well.  One thing I have noticed  in this series, is that characters all come from a damaged past, but that is not why they like the kink they do,  they do because it’s just part of their make up, who they are.  They would be kinky even without the scars from their past.

 I loved the first book so much and loved this one just as much.  The Siren was a bit darker, but The Angel still has the dark element, but is also more flirty and humorous.
I actually laughed a lot with this book, and enjoyed every page.  This series has landed on my very favorites shelf, and one I could read over and over.  The Original Sinners and Tiffany Reisz go beyond stars for me.  I give my 5 stars,  but it was so much more.  Fans of the series will not be disappointed!

Many Thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley for the advance copy.
 5+ Brilliant stars!! 

Thessa's Review!

Five++ Enormously Dark & Sinful Stars

**Warning: There might be spoilers in this review. Please do not read this until you’ve read the Siren (The Original Sinners #1)**

♥♥ Many Waters ♥♥
Many waters cannot quench love, Nor will rivers overflow it. ~ Song of Solomon 8:7

As I was reading this, I thought about how I haven’t gone to confession in years, not since I attended an all girls Catholic High School. Then as the story progressed, I was thoroughly immersed in this world. I started to form bonds with all the key characters. I fell in love with Nora and her world full of beautiful men. I loved living in her world where even the most perverse thoughts and actions were okay to think about. Certain images formed in my mind and then, finally, I said, “I think it’s high time to go to confession.”

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners…

After I read the Siren, my world was turned upside down. I knew my tastes in books can run on the darker side, and I loved the majority of them. I read many stories that delve into subjects that went beyond my comfort level, but yet, I found myself enjoying immensely because the story was just that amazing. This sequel was just another part of this amazing, dark and sinfully delicious series.

Jeg elsker dig. Due r mit hjerte. I love you, You are my heart.

Love has so many interpretations in this series. There are so many relationships formed in this book. Nora and Soren’s relationship is, of course, intensely raw and greatly misunderstood (Nora, are you proud of all the adverbs so far in my review? lol). To me, book one only skimmed the surface of their relationship. Here, their story was discussed a little more and I found myself starting to understand their bond. Their relationship is unconventional, to say the least, but we cannot help who we love.

Then we have Griffin and Michael. My. God. I loved these two so f**king much. They complimented each other and they formed the sweetest, most affectionate bond imaginable. Griffin is just insanely sexy and I confess, I wouldn’t have minded a piece of that. LOL. He made me laugh and I just enjoyed his character immensely. And Michael. Oh, Michael, you poor damaged boy. I’m so excited that you found someone who will appreciate the wonderful man you’ve become and who will give you the type of love you need. Love these two ♥♥

Lastly, and certainly not least, there is my ♥♥♥♥Wesley♥♥♥♥. I give my whole hearted thanks to the Lord above, and Mistress Reisz of course, that he’s still as wonderful and sweet as ever. Like Nora, I’ve found myself so attached and so in love with him. There’s just something about his charm and innocence that makes him so desirable. God, I love him SO much. I’m so uber excited that the next book will be his story. Possibly bound and blindfolded. Hello I’m smiling from ear to ear just thinking about him.! Whoa. Did I just say that? Whoops. My bad.

I feel like I’ve said so much already, but I haven’t even begun to dive into what went on in the book without giving anything away. Just know that the story did not disappoint what-so-ever. I was thrilled to have been given a chance to read it prior to the release date, but now I’m left hanging until the Prince comes out. I absolutely love this series and highly recommend it to those looking for a great story. This world where Nora resides is one where we can easily immerse ourselves in an alternate world where our deepest fantasies and desires are okay to admit. Come in with an open mind and open heart and you will not be disappointed.

Thank you Harlequin Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this fantastic and brilliant novel before its release. OMG, I just LOVED this installment!!!!


helpmerhonda72 said...

Awesome review Thessa!! I'm stalking netgalley for The Prince! :p

Elena said...

Great Reviews Ladies!

Loupe Duffy said...

No..no..no.. I'm not reading it..lol
I can NOT WAIT for this book.
I only came to check your rating, I'll be back to read your review later,I'm glad to see that you are giving it 5 stars and that the word "brilliant" is part of it.
Thanks Ladies!

helpmerhonda72 said...

Loupe Duffy,
Lol!! No spoilers from me! I'm glad you're enjoying this series too!

GraceDZ said...

Awesome job on the reviews! I can't wait to read this!!!

Tina B said...

I didn't read the review yet because I have not read the first book, so I don't want any info. It's awesome to see that you both loved it so much though! :)

Thessamari said...

Thank you gals! Rho, i, too am stalking netgalley ;) I lOVE this book! I'm sorry my review has some minor spoilers, but I can't help it. It's just soooooo brilliant =)

helpmerhonda72 said...

Tina, girl you need to get on this series! I knew in the first few pages of The Siren that Tiffany had a wonderful voice!

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