Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SUSAN: BOOK 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.

Book 2 of the Original Sinners Series, sequel to "The Siren".

To truly appreciate the works of art that are Tiffany Reisz’s books, you have to remove yourself from your own belief system…approach these books as you would a paranormal or fantasy book. Because truth be told, very few of us share this reality. And if you’re unable to disengage from what you think is “right” or “appropriate” or “acceptable”, fearing that the subject-matter tests your “hard limits”, then you will find these stories reprehensible. 

But, if you are able to release yourself into this “alternate world”, you’ll find yourself in love… in love with Nora, a brazen, unrepentant, sex-obsessed, anti-heroine with a HUGE heart and confidence and bravado to be envied and respected. And you’ll want her to be happy with Soren, the PRIEST. And you’ll want her to enjoy sex with Griffen as he’s falling in love with a 17 yr old BOY. And you’ll want her to interact more with Kingsley, an underworld sex king in RIDING BOOTS. All so wrong in our vanilla worlds, but so right in this one.

And, if you’re like me, fiercely protective of Wesley, a part of you will hate her for loving him too and making him love her. 

“The Angel” is a hard book to read, much like “The Siren” was. Ms. Reisz takes you to the very edge of your limits but takes care of you while you're hanging half off! And it’s the pushing on…the pushing past what sometimes feels like the MOST FRUSTRATING book ever…because you just don’t UNDERSTAND why and how they do these things…that ultimately makes this book so satisfying. It is unapologetic in its content, yet filled with pain and confusion to make it human and relatable. The deeper dive into each of the characters’ pasts, especially Soren’s, was gut-wrenching and ultimately made me feel justified in making heroes out of those we’d typically label as despicable villains. 

PS - The one and only interaction/confrontation between Nora and Suzanne was such PERFECTION. Good riddance, Suzanne! You've got no chance against our girl! :)

Dear Ms. Reisz,
Damn you for the ending of this book. But, as you told me “YOU HAVE TO TRUST ME”, I will. Don’t hurt me in the end. Please…

Quite possibly one of the best books I’ve ever read.  BE CHALLENGED.

1 comment:

  1. It's gonna take me awhile, but I will eventually get to this...I'm eager, but I need to be prepared.