Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Virgin (The Original Sinners #7) by Tiffany Reisz: ARC Review


The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.

For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she'd be running away with Søren. But instead, she's running from him.

Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure

She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can't stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make

The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.

Releases: March 31, 2015

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About the Author:

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor's Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.

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Review by Michelle:

Finally an Original Sinners wedding! You know when a wedding is brought to you by Tiffany Reisz it will in no way be simple, easy, or predictable. No matter how much you think you know about the Original Sinners and their past, on top of this highly anticipated wedding The Virgin details an entire missing year which has never been spoken about, until now. Turns out a whole lot can happen in a year. Who knew with everything that we know about the holy trinity of the Original Sinners series, Nora, Soren, and Kingsley, that so many incredible things had transpired without our knowledge thus far.

This installment is a bit different from the previous books as we get to see a different side to many of our beloved characters. I simply could not get enough of the playful, adoring side of Nora and Soren's relationship that we experience this time around. Soren and his relationship with Nora is so amazingly complex and it seems as though there are really are no surprises left when it comes to these two, but it was certainly refreshing to see such unabashed, unfiltered love and affection from Soren. It was also satisfying to see the trio, Nora, Soren, and Kingsley, interact so amicably, so teasing and light-heatedly, so fondly. At times it could seem as though Nora and Kingsley have had a relationship of tolerance with an air of irritation and obligation. In The Virgin we finally get to see what the three mean to each other and especially the love that Mistress Nora and her King truly have for one another. As always Tiffany Reisz's wit, humor, and dialogue shine to make the interaction in this story amusing, enlightening, and enthralling. As for Kingsley himself, if you think you loved him before, be prepared to fall completely and hopelessly in love with him now. I gained a whole new level of respect for this man experiencing his vulnerability, his compassion, his wounds, his heart, and his ardor.

As with every colorful character in a Tiffany Reisz novel, each new character we are introduced to in The Virgin is compelling and quickly wins over and grabs a piece of your heart. Juliette is certainly no exception. She is the perfect mix of strong and subservient, willful and yielding, assertive and tender, and absolutely ideal for Kingsley. Then there is Sister Mary George who is a completely unexpected and exciting addition, an utter delight, clever, adorable, and totally endearing. These two new characters also help to shed a whole new and surprising light on our favorite protagonists.

The White Years stories always give valuable and precious insight and explanation into all aspects large and small that occurred throughout the entirety of the twenty-plus years the threesome have been together. This time, though it may not seem particularly important as to how Elle became a well known author, the story behind it brings a smile to your face and a knowing head nod as it is perfectly fitting for Nora's character and situation and is fun and fascinating to experience.

No matter what the story, the characters involved, the timeframe detailed, the highs and lows, Tiffany Reisz never fails to captivate with her impeccable and incomparable storytelling, her engrossing and expressive writing, and above all, her clever and entertaining dialogue. No matter how excited I am each time I have a new Original Sinners book in my hands, I find myself slowing down to savor each nuance of the story as one of my all time favorite series gradually nears its end. The Queen will be a bittersweet experience as we will have one last hoorah with the Sinners gang before being forced to say goodbye to a riveting, unique, and truly brilliant series.

Rating: 5 Stars

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