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Posted September 22, 2012
For those who've read The Siren,I'm sure you're dying to know what happened after that sad ending.The Angel resumes over a year later, but thankfully, Reisz slowly and seamlessly fills in the blanks throughout the story. Nora and Soren are together and happy. But an investigation into Soren's past sends Nora and her new student Michael out of sight, to stay with Griffin. Though she loves Soren and misses him desperately, the time away from him forces, Nora to rehash her past, and confront unresolved and painful feelings for the love Nora turned away. All the while, Michael, whose desperation pushed him to drastic actions, is finding himself. An eager student, a willing lover, an Angel, this story is as much Michael's as it is Nora's.
What I loved the most about The Angel was the fact that author Tiffany Reisz surprised me on almost every page. I felt that I knew Nora so well, and Wes, to a large extent, and that I had a true grasp on them. Even though I didn't get to know Soren, Kingsley, and Griffin particularly well in The Siren, I dismissed them, particularly Griffin, as easily-pegged characters. Ohhhh, how wrong I was, and I am happy to admit it. What Reisz has mastered is the art of creating fully dimensional characters. Her characters are good bad and always so good at being so bad. Take Soren, for example. He's a Priest. A very good Priest who has done remarkable things for the Church. And yet, he has broken vows. He's a Sadist. He has been in love with Nora since she was fifteen. He has given the very best parts of himself to the Church, and yet he is the head of the Underground. He's Complex. I also love that characters I originally thought of as marginal, are not marginal in the slightest. Griffin is a character I dismissed as a fun, "fill in" character in The Siren. But in The Angel, Griffin is magnificent, becoming my favorite in the story. And Michael. Who could forget poor Michael? I thought his appearance in book one was a device used to wake Nora up. I never imagined he would play a central role in The Angel. I'm left feeling blown away by these characters.
The Angel is one of the most erotic books I've ever read. Sometimes it was playful, sometimes it was scary, but it was always seductive. Reisz has a remarkable way of writing sexual scenes. Her seduction lies more in the implication than in relying on an actual "description" of the act. The scene works as a whole; the type sheets on the bed, the color of candles lit, the color of lingerie worn, the whisper of a breath on the back of a neck, the placement of a hand, a sigh... It all works beautifully together to create an intensely erotic atmosphere that will leave you feeling heady and completely satisfied.
The Angel has helped secure The Original Sinners series on my "Must-Read-or-I-Will-Die" list. The clever, sharp, beautifully seductive writing; the characters that I love, like, and am terrified of; the story of a group of Sinners, these complicated, worthwhile characters, haveall combined in this perfect storm to create what I consider a perfect book. The ending left me crying.Sad tears? Happy tears? I'll never tell, but I will tell you that I will cut someone to read book three, The Prince.
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Posted September 25, 2012
I adored the first book in this series, but it was a flawed love. The first book was so incredibly good, but it was painful to read and it definitely left me with a reading hangover. Immediately after finishing book #1, I declared that I probably wouldn't read any more from this series. It was too intense. Too painful. Too doubtful that these characters could overcome everything. But when book #2 came out, alas temptation proved too great and I immediately snatched it up, hoping for more. More movement towards a Happily Ever After for these horribly emotionally scarred characters that I have come to love.
Book #2 delivered and it delivered brilliantly. I could not put this book down and read it till 3:00 in the morning to finish it. But it did something that book #1 didn't...it left me a feeling of hope and now I can't wait for Book #3 (which will probably shatter that hope again...LOL!)
So where do I go with this review to explain how much you too NEED to be drawn into this incredibly complex, deviant world that Tiffany Reisz has created? The first thing that you need to know is that these books are unlike anything you've ever read before. There absolutely are aspects to them which will make you INCREDIBLY uncomfortable. But honestly, that's one of those things that makes the writing in these books so brilliant...You fall in love with these characters...all of them, even though sometimes the details of their lives are not so pretty...both past and present.
OMG, I even loved Soren after this book and I NEVER would have guessed that was possible after book #1. He was the only character that I truly disliked after the first book and a lot of the reason that I was left with such an unsettled feeling after that book. Nora is devoted to him and that will never change...although I will admit, I want it to. Honestly, I want her to end up with the other character in the book. Regardless, I adore Nora's character. She's witty, smart and so in-your-face honest...about absolutely everything. She's completely irreverent, but totally loyal to those she loves. She is self-sacrificing and my heart just aches for her and what she really wants...even though she thinks it's better for those she loves for her not to get it. Hope...it's there and why I NEED book #3.
The Happily Ever After that DID happen in this book was brilliant. OMG, I LOVED the love story in this one. It developed so perfectly with just enough sweetness and devotion and true love. *sigh* It was just brilliant. Again, I LOVE Tiffany's writing style. These books are just so damn smart!!
I know that this review is vague, but I don't want to give away anything in these books. The story lines weave in and out and all around and you never know what's going to happen around the next corner. I don't want to spoil any of that for you. Just know, if you love erotica, these are absolutely some of the BEST erotica books I've ever read. You NEED them in your to-be-read pile!!!
(BTW, the scene depicted in that gorgeous cover...absolutely the SWEETEST scene in the entire book. *sigh* LOVE!!! You'll understand once you read it.)
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Posted September 17, 2012
This book was even better than the first in the series. I had the pleasure of reading it in it's prepub state, and cannot wait for The Prince to arrive so I can see where else Nora takes us. Tiffany Reisz writes a great novel with a lot of depth in her characters and plot. This is not simply a fluffy scintilating series a'la 50 shades, but a much deeper look at human nature and human desires. I simply could not put it down. If you enjoyed the Siren, you will most certainly be in rapture with The Angel.
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Posted January 29, 2014
There are just too many delightful developments regarding Griffen, Michael, Kingsley, Nora, and... Soren?! His past is much more scarred than a child should endure. Michael is a beacon of hope. Nora is sexy, audacious, insightful, and fierce in her loyalties. Kingsley is a bigger player in this cadre than heseems. And Soren? Hawt damn!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2013
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Posted August 25, 2013
This one is my absolute favorite of the four in the series. I fell in love right along with Micheal and Griffin. So, so good!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2013
i really enjoy this book it was different in a good way a little less depressing than the first i was crying at the end of the first one,
i really like it the relationship between michael and griffin it was sweet and well written i had not read before a history m/m and this one really like it,
know the story of Soren made ¿¿me like him a little more, im glad that Nora keep in touch with Zach, i did not like Suzanne at
all not even at the end of the book, and please someone give me a picture of Kingsley he is the only one that I can not imagine do not know why, Nora
yes i know how she looks in my mind and Soren, and Wes but no Kingsley. the only thing i can think at the end of the book was why Soren let go of Nora? i understand it is because
he loves her and only wants the best for her. amazing book!!! I can not wait to read The Prince
Posted June 2, 2013
I enjoyed the story so much I wasn't able to put it down. First time I read this author so I'm going right now to check out some of her
other books. Hope they're as good as this one.
Posted May 23, 2013
Posted April 9, 2013
This book has byfar been the most sweet in the series, but it still packs the serious erotic punch I've come to expect from Reisz. Michael is adorable and Griffin is hard not to love. We learn much more about Soren and his past which is the darker, more difficult part of the book, but it made me love him that much more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2013
I loved this book. I so like Tiffanys writing style. I'm so connected with these characters. My Nook will be lucky to make it through this series! Lol!! I laughed,cried,and screamed in frustration.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2013
Posted January 31, 2013
Wow. Tiffany Reisz continues to impress me with her ability to write original and emotional character driven stories. She continues to push the envelope while still remaining accessible to all readers (as long as you’re not afraid to try something new). When I read a Tiffany Reisz novel, I go through the gamut of emotions – joy, lust, rage, sadness, frustration, fear – and that’s just in the first few pages.
The Angel takes us deeper into Nora’s world and explores old relationships as well as new ones. It picks up about a year after the events of The Siren, and Nora finds that she must leave town when a journalist comes poking around Søren’s congregation. Nora holes up at the estate of Griffin Fiske, a friend and fellow Dom. She takes with her Michael Dimir, the damaged young man that we met in The Angel. Michael is Nora’s protégé for the summer and Nora plans to teach him everything she knows.
Before reading The Angel, I was on the fence about Søren. I wasn’t his biggest fan after the last book but the Angel sheds a lot of light on his past and now I can see why Nora fell in love with him. He is an extremely compelling character with a very dark past. There’s so much that makes up Søren and I think we’ve only scratched the surface.
The other half of the book focuses on Michael, aka The Angel. Michael is struggling to figure out who he is and to accept himself. I loved that Nora and Griffin encouraged him to be himself. Under their tutelage, he sheds his painfully shy exterior and lets out the confident, funny, and thoughtful young man inside. Ultimately I think Michael’s story is one of healing and acceptance. One summer with Nora isn’t going to cure all his problems, but he is getting there.
I have to say that I fell in love with both Michael and Griffin. They were the cutest couple and it was fun watching them both try not to fall in love and failing miserably. I know that the age difference (Michael is 17) might bother some people, but I did not feel that at all. Age is never an issue as they are well matched in personality and maturity.
With each book, I fall deeper into the rabbit hole that Tiffany Reisz has created. Well written, sensual, emotional, and unapologetic, The Original Sinners series is one that you won’t soon forget. I cannot wait to read The Prince, which will give us more insight into Søren and Kingsley’s relationship. I have a feeling it’s going to be the best one yet!
*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.
Posted January 25, 2013
If you have read The Siren, you must read this book, especially if you had a difficult time with it. Have you ever tasted something and you had to take a second bite to see if you really liked it? That's how it was with The Original Sinners Series for me. I had to continue on with book two in order to really appreciate the taste.
This book changed me as a person. I would give it 5 million stars if I could. I loved it that much. I'm so glad that I made myself continue on with the series.
Reisz writes characters that you may not always love but they make you think about things in a different way and they do not leave you alone when you put the book down. I'm still thinking about what Soren, Nora, Kingsley, Griffin or Michael will do next. I'm wondering who else Reisz will introduce into the mix. What will happen with Wesley? Oh my God, Wesley?!
Don't take my word for it, please, please read it for yourself.
Posted January 14, 2013
I felt a deep connection to the characters in this book., their pain, loss and need to be loved. I wonder if the real world of BDSM is as heartfelt and yearning for love or just not so glorified.
After all this is a book.
I loved this book and look forward to the mistress since i have read the books out of order!
Posted December 31, 2012
Posted December 28, 2012
Ms. Reisz' writing is beautiful and her message is poignantly drawn in words. Apart from the Priest that isn't celibate, the characters are all worthy of our empathy (including the Priest). While the love heals message is cloaked in erotica, all these books are worth adding to your bookshelf. Even though they're difficult to read at times, the emotions that are painted are beautiful. I highly recommend.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2012
This was a hard read for me because it was dark. Mixing priest and sex together kinda freaked me out a little. I did finish the book.
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