Monday, September 24, 2012

ARC Review - The Angel (Original Sinners # 2) by Tiffany Reisz

No safe word can protect the heartInfamous 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.

Release Date: September 25,2012
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Genre: Erotica, BDSM, Contemporary Adult Romance
Pages: 416
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Review:  Tiffany Reisz blew me away again with this tale of love lost, freedom found and past redemption all tied up with a nice, red BDSM bow.  After finishing The Siren, I must say that although intrigued with the direction this series was taking, I was not a big fan of the enigmatic Søren.  I wanted to know more about him, yet I wasn't convinced he was a leading man that I could swoon over and root for.  Rest assured, that has all been cleared up for me after reading The Angel.  Søren is much more than I thought he would be.  He lives by his own moral code, even if it is not a mainstream interpretation of morals.  He loves deeply, to the point where he is willing to damage his already tortured self, and he has become the character that I most look forward to reading more about.  

Nora and Søren are back together in this book after the tumultuous ending of The Siren.  Although Nora is obviously in love with Søren, she is harboring a flame for the one that got away - namely, her Wesley.  It becomes obvious to me in this book that Søren isn't the man I thought he was.  He truly loves Nora, even more than he loves himself.  Nora loves her relationship with Søren in almost all ways except for one little, tiny area - Nora has a taste for her freedom.  Don't get me wrong - she loves the games they play.  From the pain and the humiliation to the rather hard-to-read cutting scene, she revels in happiness when Søren touches her.  

"You're shaking, too."  His arms, his back trembled beneath her hands.  "Not from cold," he confessed.  She knew why and he needed to say no more.  "You belong to me...always."

The Angel takes the reader on a journey of self discovery.  As much as Søren and Nora love one another, she must leave him in order to not implicate him in an investigative journalist's interest into Søren's life and priesthood.  The feelings Nora has for Søren are complex and layered.  We learn more about Søren's life before Nora, and we learn more about Nora and Søren's early days together.  We find out more about Nora's troubled teen years and begin to understand the depth of the feelings she has for the one constant in her life - Søren.

"Life and death are less life-and-death than love is.  When I fell in love with your priest, I felt as though I had this open wound.  I was so raw, so tender.  And it hurt.  But I didn't care.  Love is the open wound that you hope never heals."

Nora takes the very troubled Michael, nicknamed "Angel", to a fellow BDSM friend's house in New England.  Nora is charged with developing Michael into the submissive that he truly is.  Michael begins this journey as the timid, scared and lonely teenager we met in The Siren.  He discovers things about himself that he didn't know existed, and finds that his love burns brightest for an older and more experienced partner.   While Nora is molding Michael, she begins to think about her own freedom.   We learn why Nora and Søren broke up in the first place, and we learn about a huge secret in Nora's past that had me reeling.  I felt stricken when we learn the only command from Søren that Nora refused to follow. 

By the end of this book, the reader knows much more about Nora and Søren and their respective pasts.  Wesley is present in this book in a minor role, yet this is where the wonderfully wicked Ms. Reisz sets up her next book, The Prince, which will feature much more Wesley.  How I feel about this is mixed.  Søren makes a self-sacrificing decision at the end of this book that had my stomach doing flip-flops.  He gained much admiration from me, yet made me so very sad all at the same time.

Father Stearns and Nora Sutherlin had something, a connection, an intimacy...something deep and unexplainable, something untouchable, unreachable.  {Søren} said that he did not belong to himself.  She thought he'd meant he belonged to God or the Church.  Now she knew he meant Nora Sutherlin.

Take it from Tiffany Reisz to make me love a character I didn't want to love, and throw a wrench into my happy world filled with Søren!

I am very much looking forward to the release of The Prince.  We've been promised all sorts of Kinglsey goodies and much more of Wesley and Nora.  Although this series if not for the faint of heart - there are many uncomfortable sexual and religious situations - I would recommend this book to any adult that wants to read a well-written book with an intricate plot and fleshed out, complex characters.  If you can get past the BDSM and religious connotations, this book is guaranteed to rock your socks off!


Braine TS said...

I remember you telling me about your feelings towards Søren, but as I got to know him better, I felt possessive and I was starting to develop a crush for the guy! Damn! I went crazy over him and Nora's vow of dying in their collars. I don't even want to start with Wes, sneaky bastard!

Lovely review, now the waiting begins for The Prince.

Underworld Love Addiction said...

I may have to consider bumping this up on the TBR pile :)

Alexa said...

I'm with you on the BDSM but I really don't like religous tones in books. I haven't heard of this serise before though so I'm going to have to look into the first book to see if this is for me or not.

Thanks for the great review, you added a book to my wish list :)

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