The Angel

This book may be uncomfortable for some young readers due to graphic content. I recommend evaluating it personally.
The AngelThe Angel (The Original Sinners #2) by Tiffany Reisz. Harlequin MIRA, 2012. DRC: 416 pp.

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Erotica

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.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wow. Just wow. In my experience as a reader, second books in a series are usually not as good as or better than the first. It happens every now and then, but it’s rare. I think what happened with The Original Sinners is that The Siren took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting what I got and honestly I might have been in shock by the end of it. By the time I began reading The AngelI was settled in Tiffany’s Reisz’s world (well, as settled as you can get with that bunch). I was completely, totally, 100% blown away. I loved every freaking sentence. I read it in a span of 48 hours. Two days later I picked it back up and read it all over again. Just take all of this as a warning that I will gush like crazy and I might not make myself get around to looking at this book critically.

There’s something about every single character in this world that is undeniably intoxicating. I love all of them, even when I hate them. If I’m being honest, I rarely hate any of them no matter what they do. So, Søren’s a priest who has sex and also happens to be a sadist. That doesn’t bother me in the least. He’s also terrifyingly sexy. I wasn’t sure what to think about him when I finished The Siren, but I’ve made up my mind that I actually like him a lot. Don’t ask me to pick sides though because I adore Wesley and I was hungry for more of him at the end of The Siren. What really got to me was the dynamic between Griffin and Michael. I absolutely love them. I could read about them forever because they’re so freaking sweet.

It was reading The Angel that I found I totally agreed with those calling it a thriller. The investigation that Søren is under is really exciting and allowed me to learn so much about him, and actually a lot about Kingsley and Nora. There was a constant anticipatory feeling that I usually only feel on the rare occasion that I read thrillers. I wasn’t kidding when I said I loved every sentence of this book. Normally, when I’m reading a highly energized scene I have to keep myself from reading ahead and skipping details. There’s just something so engaging about Reisz’s writing that keeps me locked in. I read every single word because I know that even though she’s driving me crazy with the tension that she’ll provide the perfect climax. There’s something to be said about delayed gratification, even in books. I assure you, Ms. Reisz is a master at it, not only in the book itself, but throughout the series. At the end of The Siren I wanted to know more about Søren. I wanted to know more about Wesley. She delivered, but quickly left me with a million questions about Kingsley and even more questions about Søren. It’s safe to assume I’ll be practically bursting at the seams by the time I get my hands on The Prince.

The Angel is a stellar second installment to The Original Sinners series. I was, once again, totally blown away by the character depth and the thrilling turns. This book caused my heart to race and the occasional tear to fall. I highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys their erotic content with a side of suspense.

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