Series: The Original Sinners #2
Published by Harlequin
Published on September 25, 2012
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Erotic Romance
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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.
Continuing on with my The Original Sinners throwback reviews written right after reading the series a year ago leading up to the upcoming release of The Saint! Enjoy!
Just as great, if not BETTER than the first!
This review contains spoilers for those of you haven’t read The Siren, but you can read my review for book #1 right HERE!
The Angel picks up about a year after The Siren ended with Nora finishing her book and going back to Søren. I wasn’t really sure how to feel about this at the time because when it happened I didn’t know much about the infamous Søren and I had grown to have such a soft spot for Wesley. After reading this, I definitely understand the relationship between Nora & Søren so much better. As unconventional as it may be, the love between them is undeniable.
He had, without a doubt, the most handsome face of any man she’d ever known. The most handsome face, the keenest mind, the wickedest libido, the sexiest body and the most devoted heart….
Since Nora & Søren must keep their relationship a secret for obvious reasons, a reporter snooping around is a very bad thing for them. So Nora goes away to a house in the country with two characters that we briefly met in The Siren: Griffin, a Dom at The 8th Circle, and Michael a young, damaged boy Søren has taken under his wing after an almost successful suicide attempt. Her going away serves two purposes. 1. Lay low to minimize the reporter’s digging and 2. Train Michael as a submissive.
Meanwhile, Søren is dealing with an ambitious beautiful report on a personal mission to dig up dirt on him. Through Suzanne’s appearance in this book, some pretty MASSIVE secrets are revealed. I was completely jaw droppingly SHOCKED for some of these revelations! Just… wow!
Although I think the main thread through the series is focused on Nora, this book really seemed like Michael & Griffin’s to me. They completely stole it. First of all, these are two extremely interesting characters (surprise, surprise for this series, right?). Second, I was so emotionally attached! Completely invested in anything and everything involving them. From Nora teaching Michael, to the interactions between the three, to Griffin’s soft side being revealed… loved it all!
Until now Michael had always thought of kink as something dark and dangerous, something for fetishists and freaks like him. Now it suddenly dawned on him. BDSM was a game— a game where both players won.
This book tugged at me in a way the first didn’t. Not only were secrets revealed, huge choices are made, hearts are broken, hearts are healed. The growth and development of the characters is phenomenal and abundant. I still have NO idea which characters I want together View Spoiler »besides Griffin & Michael « Hide Spoiler but I do know I love them all in their own ways and for such different reasons.
I could not be happier with the direction this series is headed. I have no idea what to expect and I love it!View Spoiler »And poor Søren, I felt so bad for him at the end! “Eleanor, if you have any mercy in that dark heart of yours, when you leave right now, you will walk and not run.” « Hide Spoiler