Saturday, August 22, 2015

REVIEW: 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.

ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Mira Books
Source: Purchased
Purchase this book: Goodreads | Amazon

Shel: Is it weird that I refer to Tiffany Reisz as THE QUEEN? Because in my mind when I think of her and her books, that's how I think of her. Actually, if I'm totally honest, I think of her as OUR QUEEN. The queen of all of the OS fans' hearts. Her novels are so freakin easy to love. You start on page 1 and then before you know it, it's midnight and you have no idea where your day went, if people were fed, if you answered questions, or signed away your life. The Angel was no different than anything else I've read in this series--I consumed this novel in a few short days because I didn't want to put it down. 

Court: Shel is not wrong. These books are so much more than you would ever imagine. This series brings in so many things: erotica, love, sadists, BDSM, catholicism, faith, and one of the best writers that I have had the privilege of devouring her books. (Trust us, the sadism part isn't as scary as you are thinking!)

Shel: As you can see by the synopsis, Nora has to leave her priest to protect their relationship; she takes Michael with her to Griffin's place and this story is the focus of one of the major plot points. We watch as Nora misses Soren, "trains" Michael, and gently nudges Michael and Griffin in the direction both of them so desperately want and continue to deny themselves. I loved the way that this storyline was crafted--the adoration and love and sweetness seemed to touch so many pages of this part of the story. Court: It is definitely an onion book, and by that I mean as each layer is peeled back...we get more and more and more. The amount of information we get about the present, and how our characters move about...and what we get about each of their pasts. It all blends together to a wonderful part II of this series, and makes the series even stronger.

Shel: In another major plot point, we get to know more about Soren + Kingsley, Soren + family, and Soren + Nora when an investigative reporter starts digging into Soren under the suspicion of him being an abuser of some sort. This storyline was extremely interesting and helped me get to know Soren and Kingsley in more depth. I felt like I could feel more of the tension between Kingsley and Nora and understand it more than I had in The Siren. I can definitely see how this storyline is preparing me for the next books in this series. Having an outsider, Suzanne, challenge Soren and learn more about him and fall under his spell was a great way to show us some of what we didn't know before and enhance ideas and parts of the mythology of these characters that we'd come to know in book 1. Court: I didn't see ANY of what happened coming, and I love that we are always on our toes...but not so in that we don't also get fun times, sexy times, some life lessons, and even some humor and banter. Understanding these characters is a big part of the picture, and I fell even more in love with each of them for different reasons. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL TO DO WITH HOW IT ENDED. I must devour the next book as soon as possible! 

Shel: A very important plot point, and one that sets us up for The Prince, I think, is the story of Nora + Wes. Their love is haunting them both--try as they might they cannot seem to let the other go. We see time and again with Nora and Wes and while absolutely nothing is resolved there is a promise of more to come at the end. Court: *holds my hand over my mouth*

Shel: I love this series and am very much looking forward to The Prince, a novel I hope to tackle in April (NOTE: I read this a while ago and left Court in the dust...sorry Court!). I am eager to see what happens with the missing file of Nora and continuation of  stories for all of the characters I've come to love in this series. Court: As always, I am behind. And Shelley is a goddess, so hopefully we will have our series review continue soon! But start this series as SOON AS YOU CAN, because Tiffany Reisz is a writing goddess, and this series packs some powerful punches. 

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