ARC Review: Tiffany Reisz – The Angel

The Original Sinners Series:

Book 2:

The Angel: Nora Sutherlin, Soren, Griffin Fiske and Michael Dimir 

The Angel (The Original Sinners, #2)

Purchase on Amazon: Tiffany Reisz – The Angel (Original Sinners)

Release Date: September 25, 2012

Summary:

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

Review:

This book takes place 13 months after the ending of The Siren. Nora and Sørenare back together and Wesley has returned home to the south. He still calls Nora weekly, but she never answers. Nora is incrediably happy to be back with her heart Søren, but thoughts of Wesley linger. Søren is up for a possible promotion, but if the truth of his life underground gets out, it can ruin everything. With that in mind, Nora and Michael must get gone for the summer while Søren handles his business.

For me this book was less about Nora, who still is the main character, but more about the journeys of Søren as well as Michael. If I just worried you, don’t be worried Nora is still the bulk of the book, but it was Michael’s story as well as Søren’s that captured me the most.

We get an in depth detailed look of Søren’s history. We go all the way back to some of his earliest memories. What you find here is nothing you would have ever expected, it is shocking and disturbing and really gives you perspective on the adult Søren. If you may not truly understand his lifestyle after his back story you can certainly begin to understand how he came to be the way he is. It becomes all that more shocking that Søren is as well adjusted and how he still has so much kindness and understanding in his heart. In the first book you keep hearing Nora say that Søren is amazing and the best man she knows, but you have a harder time believing it in that book, because of what he does to Nora behind closed doors. In this book, you truly do start to see how good of a person he really can be. Yes, he is a sadist, but there is so much more to him, and being a sadist he could have gone in a completely different direction that he ended up in. By the end of this book I was truly a Søren fan.

Michael, is a young masochist in the true sense. He is only 17, but he already knows that he craves pain. At 15 Michael tried to take his own life, his father had made him believe that there was something wrong with himself. Only Father S. and Nora have kept him from hurting himself since his attempted suicide. Now almost two years later he has graduated from high school and is off to college in the fall and has not once hurt himself, but the crowning moment of his young life was when Nora took his virginity (happened in book 1). Now because of Søren’s possible promotion he has to take off with Nora to train to be a submissive. Finally life is looking up for this young man. I enjoyed his interactions with Nora, but what really took me in was his interactions with Griffin. In this time we find Michael start to truly find himself. More and more he starts talking and interacting with people. Before the summer had started he didn’t talk to anyone, he was there but that’s all. With Nora and more so Griffin, he finds that it’s ok to be who he is. There is no judgement, no yelling, no calling him a freak, just calm acceptance. With Nora he can explore life as a submissive, with Griffin he finds that he can actually talk to other people even people as intimidating  as Griffin. I loved Michaels journey, I wish he could have been at least 18, 17 makes me feel a little pervy, but at least he was a HS grad. LOL

I loved Griffin! He just has an infectious attitude.  He is free spirited and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He loves life and it shows. He freely shares his enthusiasm for life and affections. Nora is one of his best friends and is openly affectionate towards her, but he finds a growing friendship with Michael as well. He helps to bring Michael out of his shell. I feel like I should also note that Griffin is also very much a Dom! He is one of the top Doms in the underground and it very much comes out in this book.  But even Griffin has to answer to the top Dom, Søren.

We also have a journalist poking around in Søren’s background. It is through her ruthless investigating that we find out about Søren’s horrific childhood. The reporter Suzanne has a journey of her own to go through for the duration of this book. It is through Søren that she is able to find some closure from her brothers death.

Again, there is explicit, graphic sex scenes possibly more so then the first book, but I never found them to be too much. I found that they seemed to add value to the book rather then just being a gratuitous sex scene that was unnecessary to the plot line. I find Ms. Reisz to be a master of writing a sex scene that matters. This book has some M/M (male on male) scenes, so if that bothers you a lot, you may want to refrain from this title although I never found it to be disturbing in the slightest and M/M is not really my thing.

What I did miss from this book was Zach! I can’t help it, I really liked him in the first book and while he does have a few scenes in this book he is mostly absent. *sad face*

At first I thought that I enjoyed the first book more so then this one, but now that it has been at least a week I find that this book is taking up just as much thought as the first book. I didn’t cry in this book, but that does not make it any less then the first. Now after both have been read and thought about, I find that I liked this title just as much as the first and I find myself impatiently waiting for the third book “The Prince” to come out in November.

*This title was provided through NetGalley for an honest review, there was no other compensation given.

Rating: 5 Orchids

Amanda Sig

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