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REVIEW: The Angel by Tiffany Reisz

Warning: contains spoilers from first book in series

After the brilliant The Siren, Reisz had set the bar really high for herself in the second book in this new tantalizingly erotic series. Thankfully Reisz more than meets the challenge and again demonstrates a flair for balancing steamy sex scenes with a very compelling plot.

In fact, it is the plotline in this book that really pulled me into the story.

Set about a year after the dramatic conclusion of The Siren, the book opens with Nora once again under the dominance of her lover Soren. She has settled back into her pre-Dominatrix life and from the outside it does seem like she is happy to be back.

It is complicated when Soren is up for a promotion in his career and this throws up a bit of spanner in the works. For anyone else, this would not be an issue, yet for Soren his relationship with Nora and his double life would end his career. The reason being…. Soren is a priest. His name is in contention for the open vacancy as a Bishop. If he gets this role, then it would mean him leaving the small community he currently provides spiritual guidance and it would also put him under greater scrutiny. So protect both Nora and a confused young man named Michael, Soren sends them to Nora’s friend upstate, named Griffen.

If this wasn’t bad enough, someone has sent the list of possible bishops to a reporter, named Susanne, who has a personal vendetta against the church. Alongside Sorens name, is the comment “Conflict of Interests.”

Reisz manages to juggle both plotlines with ease. While we are watching the cat and mouse game unfold between Susanne and Soren, we unwittingly are witnessing the blossoming romance between Michael and Griffen.

Now I am not a fan of m/m romances. It has never really been my cup of tea. This is just a personal taste thing, but only two authors have managed to weave a tale that has me so emotionally invested in this relationship. One of these is J. R. Ward and her handling of the romantic saga of first Butch and V, and then Quinn and Blay. The other is of course Reisz.

Michael is such a damaged soul. At first he tried to commit suicide due to a hard home life. Soren and Nora saved him, recognizing that part of him that doesn’t crave the normal “vanilla” lifestyle. They help him to come to terms with who he is and what he wants in life. In this instance, Michael is a natural sub. Under Nora’s tutelage, she helps him understand what it is to be a sub. However, there is still that barrier to overcome; that one part that Nora cannot penetrate.

This is where the playboy, trust-fund baby Griffen steps up to the plate. The attraction between him and Michael is almost instantaneous. He really does breakdown that last barrier that prevents Michael from really embracing and accepting who he is. Watching these two come together is both heart warming and tragic at times. Both are facing skeletons in their closets, in order to move forward. The ending is just wonderful to read and the “ceremony” between the two at the end gave me fond memories of the mating ceremonies described in J R Wards Blackdagger Brotherhood series (if you substituted the vampires thing for BDSM scene)

The other plotline involving Soren and the reporter is also interesting, especially trying to figure out who sent the list to Susanne and for what means. Through this plot, we are given more to Soren’s backstory. This was just heart-breaking to read and you begin to get a better understanding on why Soren may have turned out the way he did.

I won’t give too much on this for you really need to read this for yourself. All I will say is that my heart ached for Soren. From a character that started off as this manipulative and rather dark person, he becomes someone who is almost damaged beyond repair. It shows strength of character that Soren has managed to overcome this, but also that he is doing everything not to repeat the sins of his father.

The conclusion to the plotline regarding Susanne and Soren did take a very unexpected twist. I really had no idea who was behind it.On retrospect, the perpertrator really did show what some people will do for love.

Reisz was able to push my comfort levels further and while some of these subjects have been touched in other books I have read, Reisz does so in a way that you are given an insight into the psyche of the character.

So after all my raving about this book, why not the full 5 stars, like the previous? Well, one scene really did have me feel uncomfortable. It had nothing to do with how it was written and it did fit in very well with the world. This was just a personal thing for me. Near the beginning of the book Soren and Nora engage in a bit of Blood play. Soren placed a series of cuts on Nora’s body, one in a very sensitive area. This was one bit that I didn’t feel comfortable with at all.

Verdict

Another fantastic book by Reisz that once again demonstrates how a well-rounded erotic novel should be. True, she does touch on a few issues and situations that are very dark, yet it only seems to give weight and justification to the characters.

By the end of the book I was itching to read the next in the series, with a few of the loose plotlines still to be resolved. Thankfully, The Prince (the next book in the series) is out now and I am already delving back into this series that more than deserves its title as “Darker than Fifty Shades.”

Rating: 4.5 Stars


The Angel by Tiffany Reisz
(The Original Sinners #2)
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Mills & Boon (Sept 2012)
Paperback: 410 pages

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Gemma

A self confessed geek who likes all things paranormal (except zombies as they scare her) Genre wise she likes horror, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and historical fiction. [Gemma no longer reviews for BCC]

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Annie @ UTC December 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

Great review, Gemma! We’re so hooked on this series!

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Gemma December 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

Thanks Annie! I didn’t think I’d become so obcessed with a series outwith my usual reada. I was one of the few who really disliked 50 shades, so I only picked up the first book out of curisoity at the claims it was darker than 50shades. now I just can’t get enough.

I’m loving The Prince, but will be sad when it is over cos i will have so long to wait till The Mistress.

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kara-karina December 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Isn’t The Prince much much darker than The Angel, Gemma? I love how Reisz really pushes us out of our comfort zone. Like you I’m not a big lover of m/m romances but the situations here are so very different and full of raw emotions. So far I’m blown away with her talent. I also love and understand Soren with each book more and more. Fantastic review, sweetheart!

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Gemma December 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

Thanks Kara. If someone had told me that my new obcession would be these books a few months ago, I would have laughed. These are just not my usual reads at all.

Reisz is a brilliant writer and knows how to suck you in. And I agree about Soren. With each book you get more of an idea about what had haapened to him and how it could have affected him in such a way he has turned out the way he has.

Thanks for the lovely words. :)

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Laura December 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Oh I think I may have to read this series. My sister was looking for something Fifty-Shades-esque so I recommended The Siren to her – I hope it wasn’t too risqué for her!

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Gemma December 1, 2012 at 11:11 pm

The Angel ups the ante quite a bit. The Siren is fine. And if she complains, blame me…

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Laura December 2, 2012 at 8:14 am

Ok, gets out blame stick lol ;)

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Gemma December 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

No problem. As long as its Soren or Griff wielding it! ;)

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Carolyn December 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

I’m desperate to start this series, it sounds so good. I did enjoy the short story Red Riding Crop so I will have to start it soon. But I think I’m going to start Dirty by Megan Hart first as you’re already reviewing this series :) Great review as always x

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Gemma December 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

I bet you I end up putting Megan Harts Series on my wish list after you read it. :)

Thanks for the kind comments. Its nice when an author and series just grips you and won’t let go. This series is one of those.

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