Series: The Original Sinners #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on September 9, 2012
Genres: Erotic Romance
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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.
I’m excited to be able to review The Angel, the second book of Tiffany Reisz‘s The Original Sinners series. I fully admit that I was caught off guard by how much Tiffany is able to suck me into her stories and connect me with her characters. I wasn’t sure where the second book would go because the first one tied everything up in a nice little bondage bow. Luckily, Tiffany is far more creative than I am!
The Angel picks up about a year after the first book, The Siren, ends. Nora and Soren are together and we get a peek at some of their delightfully sexy and sinful personal time together. Soon, though, Soren learns that he may be up for a promotion within the church which means that Nora needs to disappear for a while. Soren has a plan which involves bringing back one of the intriguing characters we were introduced to in the first book, Griffin and a sad young man that Nora helped before, Michael. Before Nora departs though, she and Soren have a final night together. Soren shows what a true sadist he is during their final night together and Nora loves every moment. This was the first time I’ve read about blood play in an erotic story and it was fascinating. It isn’t something I ever even considered wanting to experience, but Tiffany manages to make it sexy.
How do Michael and Griffin come back into the story? Well, Michael still goes to Soren’s church and has stayed in contact and kept the promise he made to Soren. In order to protect him from any unnecessary attention during the church’s vetting process Soren decides the best plan of action is to send him with Nora to stay with Griffin for the summer. But don’t worry, just because Nora is away from her priest doesn’t mean the hot sex, bondage, and submission stops. Oh, no. She has explicit permission and instruction to continue behaving badly. In fact, one of her assignments for the summer is to train Michael as a submissive so that he can safely become a part of their world now that he is an adult.
Michael’s arrival at Griffin’s causes some unexpected reactions for Griffin. Immediately, there is heat between these two. That heat only continues to build because Soren has already forbidden Griffin from touching Michael. In the meantime, Nora and Griffin treat us to some wonderful sex scenes. Michael not only learns how to safely and properly submit from Nora but also embarks on a journey of self-discovery that ends with the resolution of some family issues. He ends up a happy, healthy young man who finds love in a most unexpected place….well, unexpected to him.
This book delves further into all of the characters, revealing secrets that were hinted at in the first book. I love how much we learn about Soren’s past because his character was so cold and distant in the first book, as he needed to be. Now, you learn why he holds the opinions that he does and of the trials and tribulations of his life. He just becomes so much more of a person. You also learn more about Nora’s past and Wesley is gone (from most of the book) but not forgotten. Nora is forced to come to terms with her feelings for Wesley, one of the few things left unfinished in the first book. We also check-in with Zachary in England to see how he and his wife are doing.
As if all of that wasn’t enough to hold your attention, there is also a new character. A reporter named Suzanne gets a mysterious fax that provokes her to investigate Soren. What she ends up finding is more than she bargained for and sooo good for us! During her attempt to find out what his secret is, she has to tangle with Kingsley, her on again/off again boyfriend, and her own dark desires. It is through Suzanne that we learn about Soren’s family secrets, which have only been hinted at before.
The Angel feels like the natural progression and extension of The Siren. With as much background as I have on all the characters now, I feel like I’m really starting to settle in with them. The sex scenes are varied and hot with everything from blood play to male submission to male-male partnering and three-ways. Nothing about this book is boring and I could not put it down. I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series!